Forks, Corks & Treat-Yourself Sweets
If the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, you live in the right state. Because, with Reno’s happenin’ cuisine scene, Las Vegas’ international culinary fame, classic small-town mom-and-pop diners galore—and plenty to wash it all down everywhere—if there’s one thing Nevadans have, it’s taste buds. Whether you’re looking to stuff a family member’s stocking (and belly) with handmade chocolates, treat a friend to a tasty tour, or sip spirits from one of the country’s few estate distilleries, check out our menu of gift ideas. Just remember, don’t browse when you’re hungry.
For those with great taste or who simply love a little holiday “spirit”
Las Vegas & Reno
Lip Smacking Foodie Tours
These award-winning food tours visit up to four of the top restaurants on the Strip or Downtown. Guests are always VIPs with immediate seating, 3-4 signature dishes at every restaurant and a guided walking tour between stops packed with insider information on Las Vegas and the sights along the way. Prefer to go self-guided? Check out their scrumptious sister outfit, Finger Licking Foodie Tours.
Taste Buzz Food Tours
From big-name restaurants to on-and-off-the-Strip secrets to hole-in-the-wall hotspots Downtown, and plenty in between, treat a pal to a plate-hopping walking tour, packed with history, sightseeing, and all kinds of flavor, with line-skipping privileges, to boot.
Reno Food Tours
Take a bite outta the local culinary scene in the Biggest Little City. Marvel at murals and funky boutiques as you stroll through the blossoming Midtown District or dig into downtown Reno’s mouthwatering history while sampling six different tastings from locally loved eateries.
Reno Brew Bike
If you’ll bike for beer, book your brew-lovin’ posse for a pedal trolley version of a pub crawl. Take yourself to a speakeasy, distillery, a beer library, bocce ball courts, and a handful of equally enjoyable stops over the course of 2-3 hours.
Craft Brew, Wine & Spirits
Reno, Mound House, Virginia City, Fallon, Pahrump, Carson City & Sparks
Black Rabbit Mead Co.
Made oh so sweetly from Sierra Nevada honey, this first-in-Nevada meadery in the Biggest Little City specializes in cider-style libations. Choose from blends of cucumber and mint, pineapple and jalapeno, strawberry and oak, or pure mead aged in cinnamon cordial-soaked bourbon barrels.
Inspired by best-ever oatmeal raisin cookies, Mound House’s Dovetail Distillery crafts premium, oat-forward whiskeys using crisp Carson River water. Cut Throat tastes of raisin, chocolate, caramel, and allspice, while White Dove has a strong peppery taste up front that follows with a buttery caramel finish.
This official spirit of Virginia City is “guaranteed to embalm you… while you’re still breathing.” Laced with Nevada pine nuts and locally distilled, it goes down smooth (and makes for a killer memento).
Frey Ranch Farmers + Distillers
Grown, distilled, matured, and bottled in “The Oasis of Nevada,” Frey Ranch’s whiskey farm pairs 165 years of farming know-how with state-of-the-art distilling methods to create a damn good Nevada-born bourbon. They’re also pouring rye whiskey, single barrel whiskey, and various other specialty “whiskeys of the land.”
Distillery: Fallon | Sold in Reno stores
Stonewise Mead & Cider
Sip Pahrump-made meads and ciders at Stonewise, which offers a dozen crisp and refreshing options that taste extra delightful on the (leashed) dog-friendly patio.
High Desert Botanicals
Based in our capital city, High Desert Botanicals offers cocktail and bitters kits for the budding (or pro) mixologist in your family. Up the drink cart ante with rose petal and cucumber infusions, homemade gin, and a “Mad Scientist” bitters laboratory.
Family-owned and operated, this amaro distillery distills on site, focusing on innovative spirits with ancient Italian origins. Pull up a chair at their full cocktail bar or grab a bottle to give to the connoisseur in your life.
Engine 8 Urban Winery
As northern Nevada’s largest urban winery, Engine 8 invites you to “come as strangers, leave as friends.” The Sparks locale boosts the vino fun with blending parties, winery tours, and wine club memberships.
Located in Pahrump, Artesian Cellars is passionate about supporting and expanding Nevada’s wine industry. While growing grapes in the Mojave Desert has unique agricultural challenges, the extreme climate produces rich, full-bodied vintages.
Chocolates and Candies
Las Vegas, Reno, Carson City, Washoe Valley & Gardnerville
Ethel M. Chocolates
Build delicious boxes of truffles, caramels, liqueurs, and seasonal chocolates, then bookmark a future trip to the on-site botanical cactus garden (especially magical during Christmas).
Sierra Nevada Chocolate Co.
Family-owned and always handmade, you can take your pick from 40+ flavors of truffles, chocolate-covered strawberries, caramel apples, and even edible versions of Reno’s iconic arch.
Sugar Love Candies
Flavor-packed brittles and buttery caramels are the stars of the Sugar Love show, where all the goods are made with real, fresh ingredients. Made in Sparks, the tempting choices range from bourbon pecan and chipotle cashew brittles to lavender or smoked salted caramels.
Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory
Homemade chocolates, fudge, taffy, brittles, and more – including still-in-use candy-making equipment dating back to the early 1900s – await at this candy shop that’s been in business for three generations.
Carson City & Washoe Valley
Don’t shop hungry – everything from rocky road bars, chocolate rice krispie treats, peanut butter bombs, and caramel macadamias will be too tempting to resist. Good thing Dorinda’s offers a monthly subscription box.
Reno – Downtown & South Reno locations
Handcrafted in small batches, you won’t be able to resist chocolate barks, cherry cordials, honeycomb, toffees, and turtles from this Gardnerville-based gem.
You’ve heard of the Grammy Awards, but have you heard of the Candy Grammys? Thanks to now-internationally selling ChocoRocks, Kimmie Candy is a proud trophy holder. Started by a third-generation farmer, this Reno-owned and Reno-made candy factory also makes Sunbursts, ChocoAlmonds, and all kinds of other sweets and nut-based treats.
Happy Ending Chocolate
With humble beginnings as a push-cart operation, Happy Ending Chocolate now whips up exceptionally unconventional confections like bourbon-soaked cocoa nibs, cabernet sauvignon-infused dark chocolate, and ten flavors of “ice cream tacos” (cookie butter, anyone?)—each flavor with its own themed comic book-inspired package. Find them at Mothership Coffee, Khoury’s Market, or have them delivered anywhere in Las Vegas and Henderson.
Other Gotta-Try Goodies
Fallon, Reno, Sparks, Las Vegas & Elko
Farming the Lahontan Valley for five generations, you can seasonally pick your own produce, herbs, and flowers in Fallon or shop family-made jams, dressings, and pasta sauces (made from homegrown ingredients) online.
Star Village Coffee
Native American-owned and family-operated, Star Village Coffee is poised to make lasting impacts on local and national native food movements. You can taste their attention to detail and passion for the bean with roast profiles that surprise and delight.
The Radish Hotel
This urban family farm and homestead practices sustainable agriculture and aims to contribute more to the environment than what is taken. Order a holiday basket this year and receive honey, jams, granola, and lots of produce straight from the garden; stock up on homemade lip balms and salves; or level up your kitchenware with hand-carved and hand-whittled spoons and bowls.
Owned by a mother and daughter in Las Vegas, Tranquili-Tea Organic offers over 75 loose leaf blends ranging in style and flavor from blueberry chai and matcha to Mango Sunrise and Boston Tea Party. We’ll raise a pinky to that.
Collective Coffee Roasters
Coffee connoisseurs delight over gourmet beans from this specialty roaster in downtown Elko. Find your favorite and subscribe to get it delivered anywhere from once a week to every two months.
Your kitchen will look extra sharp with Town Cutler’s exquisite knives on display and in use. Handcrafted with premium materials in the heart of Reno, these precision tools become works of culinary art with “Desert Dawn” and “Baja” design details.
Taco-bout one tasty topping. Killer Salsa chops and dices herbs and veggies into homestyle salsas, with flavors like Vaquero Verde, A Kick in the Kisser, and The Smokeout. Pile on nachos, punch up a Bloody Mary, or whip up one killer guac.
Sold in Nevada stores and online
You can literally go “whole hog” at the Made In Nevada marketplace, choosing from their array of whipped-up-right-here meat rubs, Basque boxes, jams, bulk meats, and more.