Reno, NV: Reno-Tahoe Open – Local Food Options Add to Experience

Marcus and RJ Lane prepare a burger outside the Burger Me food truck during the third round of the RTO. / Ross Brinkerhoff/RGJ

By Regina Bradley  |  RGJ.com

Marcus and RJ Lane prepare a burger outside the Burger Me food truck during the third round of the RTO. / Ross Brinkerhoff/RGJ
Marcus and RJ Lane prepare a burger outside the Burger Me food truck during the third round of the RTO. / Ross Brinkerhoff/RGJ

Grilled cheese, Awful Awful burgers, California rolls, lemonade, sweet potato fries, crab cakes, Parmesan garlic fries and an array of other tasty nibbles can be found at the Reno-Tahoe Open.

This year, four food trucks were invited by Roundabout Catering owner Colin Smith and Campo chef and owner Mark Estee to be vendors at the RTO in order to create a local food atmosphere for guests at the four-day PGA Tour event.

This is the first year Smith and Estee partnered with the RTO to head the food and beverage service. As local business owners, their goal was to provide a variety of treats that are prepared by some of Reno’s favorites.

Gourmelt, Reno’s grilled cheese truck, served a special sandwich — the RTO Melt, consisting of jack cheese, red pepper pesto, turkey and grilled red onions on sourdough.

“It’s been great. We just like to support other local events as much as possible, and it’s so easy for food trucks to do events because we are all self-contained,” Gourmelt co-owner Jessie Watnes said. “So, we just roll up with everything we need and roll out when the event is done.”

The rich and unique grilled cheeses had RTO visitors lining up. It’s hard to say no to the Parmesan-crusted bread, gooey goodness and a popular, local food truck.

“You can’t go wrong with a grilled cheese,” said Jessica Billman, an RTO fan who recognized the addition of local vendors to the tournament this year. “I like that it’s giving a mixture. You don’t have to be in a tent to actually get some good food. I think it’s a good idea because they (food trucks) are very popular right now.”

Burger Me! and Mamasake were two other trucks at the RTO on Saturday. Mamasake, which also is a sushi restaurant in the Village at Squaw Valley, added new items to the food truck menu this weekend, such as crab cakes and chicken curry rice bowls.

“We’re doing a bunch of different things,” said Mamasake owner, Elsa Corrigan. “That’s what the food truck gives us an opportunity to do is to try a bunch of stuff out that we wouldn’t normally do in the restaurant.”

Outside of the food trucks and local vendors, Roundabout Catering was responsible for 14 venues, six concessions, three full bars and nine hospitality bars.

Smith set up a “base camp” at Montreux Golf & Country Club for the week, comprised of 16 ovens, three flats tops and two Swiss grills in order to prepare for an expected 13,500 people.

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