Mark Estee Opens French Restaurant

Mark Estee, chef-owner of Campo in Reno, Burger Me! in Truckee and Reno, and formerly of Moody’s, recently opened chez louie, a French-inspired eatery in the Nevada Museum of Art. The grand opening of the restaurant on Nov. 2 was part of the museum’s feature exhibition “Toulouse-Lautrec & La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1919,” on view through Jan. 19, 2014. Estee’s newest venture will highlight seasonal ingredients, and will be open for brunch and lunch. Info: chez louie, 160 W. Liberty St., Reno, (775) 284-2921, ~ Kara Fox/Moonshine Ink

Help Needed for Truckee Follies


The 21st occasionally semi-annual Truckee Follies, a tasteless, theatrical revue, is once again looking for writers, actors, singers, stagehands, props, waitstaff, sponsors, and advertisers who take a look at local issues occurring around town. It’s held at the same old location, with the same old cheap seats. Organizers are looking for new, as well as the same old characters, to help volunteer and have fun. All those interested need to contact producer Mitch Clarin at (530) 308-9124,, or co-director Aimee Schaller at (530) 448-6599,

Soroptimist Honors Anti-Sex Trafficking Work

The Soroptimist International of Truckee-Donner honored Bobbi Johansen, the 30th annual recipient of the Soroptimist Ruby Award (formerly Woman of Distinction). The award recognizes women who, through their professional and/or personal efforts, are making a difference in the lives of women or girls.

Johansen has made a significant impact in the area of sex trafficking locally and at a multi-state level with the organization Courage Worldwide. Domestic sex trafficking of minors is a prominent and growing issue in the greater Sacramento area. Its location between Seattle and Las Vegas, and the short drive to the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as large cities in Southern California, make it a prime spot for the sale and trafficking of minors. In the last several years, a local FBI task force has recovered over 300 girls being sold for sex; the youngest being only 11 years old. Johansen works full-time without compensation or formal employment to stop this crime. She primarily works closely with survivors at a Courage House located in the Sierra foothills.

Alpenglow Sports Hires Former Well-Known Nordic Sports Specialist

Alpenglow Sports in Tahoe City is extremely proud to announce its newest team member, Ben Grasseschi. A well-known Nordic sports specialist, Grasseschi comes to Alpenglow after 18 years of local and international Nordic ski coaching and youth development. He will fill the roles of assistant manager, Nordic buyer, and steep skin-track setter on daily Alpenglow dawn patrol missions.

Since 2005, Grasseschi has been the head coach for Auburn Ski Club and Far West Nordic. In both positions, Grasseschi coached the full spectrum of Nordic skiers, from beginners to Olympic-level athletes, including U.S. Ski Team member and Tahoe local Matt Gelso. He has played a large and vital role in fostering the rejuvenation of Nordic youth skiing in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Grasseschi also holds a high degree of technical knowledge regarding ski selection, waxing and ski preparation, and on-the-ground personal race experience. He has been an assistant U.S. Ski Team wax technician on the World Cup and understands the science of klister. Info:

Lakefront Incline Compound Marked Down to $28.5 Million

One of Lake Tahoe’s largest lakefront estates, the Sierra Star, which includes three homes and a highly impressive collector’s garage, has been marked down, according to Chase International’s Donovan Group, which is listing the property.

Located in Incline Village, the entire five-parcel estate was previously listed for $42 million. Three of the parcels — the Lakeview House, the Carriage House, and the Main House – are available at a packaged price of $28.5 million.

The Main House is located on 1 acre and includes 10,695 square feet, seven bedrooms, eight and a half bathrooms, and a pier designed to hold the ultimate mega boat with engineered lifts and a boathouse cabana. That parcel is available for $13.4 million. The Lakeview House is offered individually for $7.8 million and is situated on half an acre, while the Carriage House, which includes an impressive 30-car collector’s garage, is offered for $6.6 million.
Info: Chase International’s Donovan Group, luxury home and lakefront specialists Kerry Donovan, Megan Warren, and Debbie Hansen at, (775) 750-2190,,


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