Napa's Backyard

A Weekend Culinary Adventure

Napa's BackyardAre you looking for a way to unwind this weekend? Grand Sierra Resort (GSR) and Charlie Palmer are hosting the first Napa’s Backyard May 14 – 15, a culinary event celebrating Sierra Nevada’s access to the country’s most abundant growing regions. In other words, it’s an event filled with great local food and wine.

Reno is just a short drive from the heart of wine country and also home to Tahoe Ridge Winery, a Nevada born and bred winery. The weekend’s event will feature 20 wineries from Northern California (T-W-E-N-T-Y!) and several events and competitions that will provide behind-the-scenes access for guests to toast and taste their way through Napa’s Backyard. Proceeds from the event and silent auction will benefit C*A*R*E Chest of Sierra Nevada, a northern Nevada nonprofit agency serving individuals in need by providing medical resources, free of charge.

Schedule:            Backyard Brawl

6 – 9 p.m. Friday May 14 in the Summit Pavilion at GSR

Tickets are $60 per person; VIP tables available by calling 1.829.CARE, prices vary.

The Backyard Brawl is a tasting match-up to award the best food and wine pairing. Sixty of the finest wineries from Northern California will be paired with 20 different dishes created by Charlie Palmer chefs. Join the brawl to see who wins “top pairing” in the People’s Choice and media categories. 

Backyard Crawl

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday May 15, poolside at The Beach at Grand Sierra

Tickets are $30

Fifteen local mixologists will blend their favorite libations for the Backyard Crawl competition sponsored by Tito’s “All American” Vodka. Rain or shine, guests will sample Hog Island Oysters, BBQ favorites and try their hand at mastering the art of the perfect cocktail with a build-your-own fresh-market Bloody Mary bar.