ARTOWN AND WHITNEY PEAK HOTEL TO KICK OFF
“Artown and Whitney Peak Hotel Present: Heritage Sessions”
Last week we posted a blog about the inaugural Artown Heritage dinner with pintxos from chef Ben Deinken and live music by Paper Bird. I had never been inside the Heritage restaurant, nor had I been aware of what they served. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised! After enjoying a Cava at the bar while waiting for a table, I enjoyed bites from a selection of pintxos and some starters from the menu.
While other restaurants in Reno are known for serving up traditional Basque-American cuisine, these pintxos, from what I have experienced, seemed to emulate those that one might find in Donostia-San Sebastian. So, check out these delicious Basque delights and come enjoy the rest of the series!
The series is designed to highlight up-and-coming indie acoustic music performers, while celebrating innovative culinary arts. The inaugural Heritage Sessions event, which the hotel will host monthly in its Heritage restaurant, pairs a special Chef’s menu created by new Executive Chef Ben Deinken with live, acoustic music.
For more information CONTACT Whitney Peak Hotel/Heritage Restaurant at: 775-398-5454 or
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clockwise: Brie and Quince Crackers, Roasted Baby Artichoke Hearts, Mushroom Ragout Crostini and Cava
Watermelon and Serrano Ham Rosette
The pintxo, a little bite of heaven.
Pintxoak and live music are going to be served up at the inaugural Heritage Sessions event partnership between Reno’s beloved cultural juggernaut Artown—which takes over most Reno-ites’ social schedules for in-town events during the month of July—and the Heritage Restaurant at the Whitney Peak Hotel (Reno’s only full-service nongaming and nonsmoking hotel) on Friday night. These events will celebrate up-and-coming indie music acts and innovative culinary arts and so of course it is no surprise at all, given their innovative and constantly evolving nature, that executive chef Ben Deinken has chosen to prepare Donostia*-style pintxoak. They will be served accompanied by the indie folk/baroque pop of Paper Bird from Denver, Colorado.
It’s hard not to want to try them all!
(*Donostia is the Basque name for the beautiful Basque seaside city known as San Sebastián in Spanish and officially as Donostia-San Sebastián, which is also coincidentally the 2016 European Capital of Culture.)
Pintxoak (the plural of pintxo in Basque, it is also common to see pintxos in Spanish) are Basque tapas and while sometimes they are relatively “simple” things like Spanish tortilla or jamon serrano and bread, in some places, in Donostia especially, they have evolved into complicated culinary small bites. They come in both hot and cold varieties. In Donostia and elsewhere in the Basque Country an entire evening can easily be filled up with walking from place to place sampling a pintxo or two, or three, as in my case above 😉 and either a zurito (small beer) or a txikito (small wine).
Of course, Reno is no stranger to Basque food and culture, although Donostia-style pintxoak may be something of a surprise for eaters more used to the heartier fare of the typical family-style Western US Basque restaurant. So, if you’re reading us in Reno, this will be a fun and unique event and I for one won’t miss it!