MAKE HOTEL RESERVATION
Winter Getaway Special
Make your escape this winter to Reno-Tahoe. Log in now to receive 25% off all tower...
Atlantis Gift Certificates
Atlantis Gift Certificates! The perfect fit for every wish...
With the highest concentration of ski and snowboard resorts in...
Witness seven-time Grammy winner and CMA's Female Vocalist of the...
Atlantis invites you to indulge yourself in its warm and totally...
Atlantis offers great room & show packages for special events,...
Personal Casino Rate Atlantis
It's a win-win! Use the money you save on your rate to enjoy one...
Pick Your Wins
Slots made for your winning style! Do you enjoy more time on the machine or the rush...
$15,000 Leaping Keno Tournament
Win your share of $15,000 in cash prizes in our Leaping Keno...
Win Loss Statements
View and print your 2015 Win/Loss Statement! There's no more...
5X Comp Points February 26
Loose slots. Exciting comp multipliers. A winning combination....
Turley Wine Dinner
Join us in Atlantis Steakhouse for a dinner featuring Turley Wine Cellars.
Seasonal Tastes of Bistro Napa
The Atlantis Food and Beverage team is excited to announce a new...
Spirited Dining Series
Don’t miss our exclusive Spirited Dining Series events where we...
Valentine's Day Dining at Atlantis
Valentine’s Day Fine Dining at Atlantis. Enjoy a delightful...
Win your share of $15,000 in cash prizes in our Leaping Keno Tournament. This is a...
Triple Wheel Poker Online Contest
Introducing Triple Wheel Poker online video poker contest. Spin a...
$25,000 Blackjack Tournament
Win your share of $25,000 in cash and free play in our...
February Spa Features
Available throughout the month of February, the Time Together Package includes a...
Get your glamour on right here. Look and feel your best with...
Make A Spa Reservation
Book in advance. Make a spa reservation today.
Request a Meetings Proposal
We have designed a program to reward both the business traveler and…
We've doubled our convention space with a newly-designed Grand...
We have designed a program to reward both the business traveler...
Request A Wedding Proposal
Ready to get started on your planning. Please complete the form to begin…
Savor contemporary cuisine inspired by Napa Valley in a...
With the highest concentration of ski and snowboard resorts in North America,...
Flights to Reno
Traveling to Reno? Find airlines with flights to Reno / Tahoe...
Email Club Sign-up
Please enter your email address to receive special offers, promotions and hot deals.
As dinner begins at Spring Splendor, things are going to be upside down. That’s when the amuse-bouche arrives, a sweet-spicy Peppadew pepper stuffed with Dungeness crab — and served on the bottom of an inverted martini glass. The bowl of the glass, facing down, shelters a spray of colorful flowers (but they’re not edible, so no nibbling).
Spring Splendor, running April 6 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, is the former Grand Chefs Gala, the annual fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada. But the newly made over event has been given a slimmer silhouette, a stylish updo and a splash of cool.
Most notably, the format in which a dozen or more chefs cooked for tables of guests they were anonymously assigned to has been replaced with a single, four-course spring menu created by Atlantis chefs.
“We realized we were taking chefs out of their element by having them cook tableside, so we thought, ‘Let’s do something else,’ ” said Ann Silver, chief executive officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
There’s also a spiffed up reception featuring a $100-a-ticket raffle in which the winner splits the proceeds with Big Brothers Big Sisters, though “who knows?” Silver asked. “Perhaps they might give some of it back to us.” The 2013 fundraiser also introduces an after-party with cordials, sweets and a deejay whose sets span the decades.
One thing that remains, however, is the event’s signature, pre-dinner dessert auction in which cheesecakes in the past have gone for $2,500. This year, confections are being donated by a dozen restaurants and bakeries, including Campo, Doughboys Donuts, The Grove, Haven on Earth Bread and Bakery Co., La Famiglia Ristorante and the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe.
“These are going to be elegant desserts,” Silver said, “that everyone wishes they could have a piece of.”
Silver said the organization hoped to raise more than $200,000 at Spring Splendor. The money, she continued, would “help each Little get a good Big,” especially the 200 children waiting to be matched with an adult mentor and friend.
The money not only pays for extensive background checks, but also Big-Little activities like sports tickets, museum visits, skiing and snowshoeing.
Much of the event’s appeal rests on the dinner, and for that, Big Brothers Big Sisters turned to Atlantis chefs to design a menu that was “very spring, very fresh, very colorful,” said
Silver, who used to work for
Restaurant Associates, one of the nation’s leading restaurant groups. “We wanted a menu that created the feeling people were among friends, enjoying delicious food and wine for a good cause” (Wirtz Beverage Nevada is donating the wine).
The offbeat amuse-bouche does its part by offering bright, sweet tang and “a little prick of heat on the finish from the Peppadew pepper,” said Bob Katausky, executive chef of the Atlantis.
“Imagine when they’re all on the tables with the flowers under glass,” added Joan Gondry, the Atlantis’ director of catering and banquets, of the amuse-bouches. “It will be so beautiful.”
Spring pea soup swirled with herbed crème fraîche continues the dinner. The soup is made with vegetable stock and goosed with thyme.
“It’s like pure spring in a bowl,” Silver said the other afternoon at a tasting.
A salad of baby lettuce, pears, candied walnuts and blue cheese crumbles is tossed with guava mustard vinaigrette.
“We use guava purée,” said Dennis Houge, the Atlantis’ assistant executive chef. “It’s one of our signature dressings.”
For the main course, spring meets the grill room. Wood-fire filet mignon is nudged by mushroom ravioli plumped with wild mushrooms (hedgehog, shiitake, nameko, what have you), then spooned with porcini cream sauce. Alongside, asparagus and broiled tomato, grill classics, join offbeat looking Romanesco cauliflower. The emerald green cauliflower is composed of bumpy spirals that, in their smallest iteration, replicate the larger whole. Fractal, meet vegetable.
For folks who don’t place a winning bid during the dessert auction, there are sweets aplenty at the after-party.
“We hope the party rages on for hours,” Silver said. “We hope the after-party becomes a signature part of our event — just like the desserts.”
Atlantis Reno App
Make reservations, play free games, log in to view offers, and more! ...Learn More
Atlantis Sports Book App
Atlantis Sports Book has gone mobile, make your bets here! ...Learn More
About Us |
Property Maps |
Driving Directions |
Press/Media Kit |
Club Paradise |
Green Initiatives |
© 2016 Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. All rights reserved. 3800 S. Virginia St. Reno, NV 89502
Reservations: Toll-free 800.723.6500 or 775.825.4700