Reno chowdown: Dinner and a lecture at Daughter's Cafe
Daughter’s Café has offered dinners with lectures for a year now and The Greater Reno Grub and Gripe Group attended the dinner and lecture on Friday night. The lecture was on Lewis & Clark and the café tries to match food with the lecture theme. So for dinner we had warmed arugula with a blueberry and corn succotash, smoked salmon in a mustard cream sauce and a blueberry dessert. There was plenty of food and no leftovers as everyone either ate their food or took it to go.
The arugula and blueberry and corn succotash exemplifies why I like Daughter’s Café, where I’ve only tried the breakfast or brunch before. Blueberry and corn in a succotash may not sound like much but it was great. The corn wasn’t as sweet as corn might be so it was a better match with the blueberries. They meshed together nicely. And fresh arugula is always delicious. We also got some fresh dinner rolls with that course.
For the entrée we each got a nice piece of smoked salmon. It was expertly cooked. My only disappointment with the meal was that the mustard sauce seemed to overwhelm the salmon. It seemed almost like the salmon suffocated in it. It didn’t have the delicacy that I expect from Daughter’s Café food. But it was probably an easy dish to prepare for a large dinner crowd. And as I said before, everyone ate their food. There were no complaints.
The dessert was a nice way to wrap up the meal.
I brought a 2002 Medici pinot noir. The vineyard is about 50 miles southeast of where Lewis & Clark spent their winter before heading back east. Corkage is $5. For wine, they provide regular drinking glasses and not wine glasses.
I had assumed the dinner lecture were at the same time. They’re not. The dinner started at 6:30 p.m. and the lecture started at 8 p.m., ending just after 9:30 p.m.
Daughter’s Café is in a home in the Powning addition just west of downtown Reno. They use three rooms – I’m guessing the original dining room, living room and one bedroom – to seat customers and cook in the kitchen. The people who operate the café live upstairs. It’s wonderful to eat a weekend brunch there outside in the spring and fall, by the way.
So for the lecture they cleared the table out of the way in what I assume used to be the living room and lined up some chairs and also put chairs in what I’m assuming used to be the dining room. They all faced a screen with a PowerPoint-type of presentation. Michael Thomas gave the lecture. The next topic is gladiators. A future topic includes Thomas’ look into claims that ancient astronauts visited the earth.
The lectures are on two Fridays a month.
They had room for more people for the Lewis & Clark lecture, but the prior lecture, on Black Death, was filled up at 30 people.
97 Bell St
Reno, NV 89532