The third annual Reno Bites—a weeklong, citywide festival—celebrates the diversity and innovation of Reno’s exuberant restaurant and foodie culture.

All week, a diverse array of more than 25 locally owned restaurants—including Bistro 7, Campo, Mari Chuy’s Mexican Kitchen, Homage Bakery, and Wild River Grille, among many others—are offering prix fixe menus, special items, and price points.

Chefs will also flex their creative muscles and show their artistry at themed dinner events such as “Speakeasy Cocktails and Bites” at Campo, “Bites and Brews Block Party” at Wild River Grille, a four-course dinner and tequila tasting at Uncork’d, a cheese-making class at South Creek Pizza Co., Homage Bakery’s “Bluegrass, Bubbles and Bites,” and “pop-up” restaurant, Tournant, reprises its “Dining in the Dark” blindfolded culinary event.

Festivities begin with a kickoff party and chef meet-and-greet at the new Pignic Pub + Patio, where guests will mingle with some of the participating chefs and restaurateurs while sampling items from both the new Pignic and Dough Catering, and picking up another new feature of this year’s event: Yelp’s Passport to Reno Bites.

Diners can pick up the free event guidebook at the meet-and-greet event on October 9, and any participating restaurant during the week. Collect a sticker from each establishment visited that week, and bring the passport to the Chef Showdown October 18. Those with the most stickers will be eligible for prizes such as restaurant gift certificates, an overnight package and dinner from Nakoma Golf Resort and Spa, a cooking class for 10 at Lanna Thai Café, or the grand prize: private, catered dinner for 10 from Tournant Pop-Up Restaurant.

Don’t miss the Chef Showdown—a Reno Bites tradition in which eight of Reno’s top chefs compete on the gourmet kitchens at Czyz’s Appliance under pressure to make their best meal from secret ingredients revealed to them as the event begins.

Event schedule, links for purchasing tickets and a complete list of participating restaurants can be found at, with up-to-the-minute info found at