Kitchen Collab Opens in Truckee


Kitchen Collab, Tahoe’s only commissary kitchen, is now open. The Collab is cultivating a network of like-minded culinary creatives who live and work locally to form an epicenter for thriving small-scale food businesses for the benefit of the community and its regional food systems. The building includes shared office space, a 2,000-square-foot kitchen facility, a conference/private dining room, and a large drive bay that can transform into an event space. They are now accepting culinary members and reservations for events. Please contact director Alex Tolger or the office manager, Andrea Barrow, for details. Info:

Arbor Collective Partners with Boarding for Breast Cancer


Tahoe/Venice based boardshop Arbor Collective has announced its Solstice Collection, the brand’s first line of women’s specific skateboards — an offering exclusively curated by the women of the company. For the new collection, Arbor has partnered with Boarding for Breast Cancer, and will donate a portion of every board sold to the program. Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation that advocates early detection and a healthy, active, and sustainable lifestyle as the best means for breast cancer prevention.

Off Road Tahoe Opens for Season


Off Road Tahoe is the newest adventure company to hit North Lake, specializing in guided backcountry tours in Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTVs). It is the only full-service guided off-road tour company in the Tahoe/Truckee area and the first to be permitted by the U.S. Forest Service to operate in the Tahoe National Forest. All guides are Wilderness First Responder certified and environmental stewards of the land. Guests can book tours for groups of up to seven people online or by phone and can customize their experiences to include lunch and snacks, special touches for parties and team building events, and any other group requests. Info:

New Restaurant Philosophy Opens in Truckee


Philosophy opened May 18 in the old Sash and Door building on Donner Pass Road. The restaurant is based around the philosophy of communal dining, and customers can order food and drinks at the bar from a simple, locally sourced menu, and then take their food to any of the long dining tables to eat. The restaurant will feature food from the Tahoe Food Hub, Produce Plus, Liberty Food & Wine Exchange, Sierra Bakehouse, and Lobo Baking; wine from the Truckee River Winery and beer from local breweries FiftyFifty, Alibi Ale Works, Knee Deep, Revision, and Moonraker, among others. The restaurant has a stage and plans to show live music on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for the summer. Info:

Whitehawk Ranch Opens in Clio


The scenic Whitehawk Restaurant in Clio opened May 18 with well-known chefs Mike Trombetta and Sean Conry at the helm. The co-owners/chefs of Farm to Belly share a passion for creative fresh and organic cuisine and cater events throughout Lake Tahoe and northeastern California. Mike Trombetta’s experiences expanded through his years at the Resort at Squaw Creek and Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats, and as executive chef at Christy Hill Restaurant before founding Farm to Belly in Truckee. Chef Sean Conry was the executive chef at Longboards Bar and Grill in Graeagle through 2016, and leads the culinary program at Feather River College. Conry has won numerous awards at regional competitions including the prestigious Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival. Whitehawk Restaurant is open Wednesday to Friday. Bar opens at 4:30 p.m., dinner 5:30 to 9 p.m. Info: (530) 836-4985,

Truckee Laundry Adds Mailbox Service


Beginning July 1, Truckee Laundry will be offering mailbox services. The business is currently in the process of purchasing and installing over 300 mailboxes inside its existing location on Deerfield Drive in Truckee. It will be the fourth business in Truckee offering this service, and is currently soliciting reservations for some of the boxes between the hours of 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. on weekdays.

Elder Group Recognized as One of Top Engel & Völkers Offices


Alison Elder of Elder Group Tahoe Real Estate was recognized as a Top 3 Producing Advisor in the U.S. by both Gross Commission Income (GCI) and closed sides transactions. Elder was ranked the third top producing advisor by GCI and the second by sides. The Elder Group sold over $91 million in volume in 2017, and nearly $400 million in volume with over 700 transactions since 2010. The Elder Group Tahoe is the top producing Engel & Völkers shop in California since joining the organization as a partner in December 2016.

Van Life Rally Comes to Tahoe


Lake Tahoe’s first-ever Van Life Rally will take place on Friday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the heart of Tahoe City, as part of the nine-day Alpenglow Mountain Film Festival. Alpenglow will be holding a raffle with proceeds to benefit the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. Builders and van outfitters will be hanging out to answer questions, talk about their setups, and knock around van living ideas. The event is free and presented by Goal Zero, Howler Brothers, and Sufferfest Beer. Info:

Business Speaks Launches New Round of Meetings


The Truckee Chamber of Commerce is inviting businesses and their key employees to come together for 90 minutes on June 19, 20, and 21 for the next round of free Business Speaks meetings. Businesses will have the opportunity to share ideas, give input, and take action. At the meeting businesses will help shape the Employee Co-Op (Truckee Connects) Project, designed to help employers find workers and fill jobs, and hear and provide input on infrastructure projects such as roads, sidewalks, roundabouts and more that may impact their business locations. All meetings are inclusive; you don’t need to be a chamber member to attend. Info:

Plumas Bank Takes Over Bank in Carson City


Plumas Bank announced on May 22 that it has signed a purchase and assumption agreement to acquire the Carson City branch of Mutual of Omaha Bank. The transaction, which is expected to close later this year pending regulatory approval, will result in the acquisition of approximately $50 million in deposits and less than $1 million in loans. “We’ve been looking for effective ways to expand in northern Nevada and this acquisition is a perfect fit for our culture and our future business plans in this region. This transaction will almost triple our Nevada deposit base and will complement our current branch network nicely,” President and CEO Andrew J. Ryback said.