The Grill Next Door wins Taste of the Towns |

The Grill Next Door wins Taste of the Towns

by Ellen Caywood

Jamielynn Rose, Dan Fredrickson, 6-year-old Mason, 4-year-old Cassie and Jennifer Fredrickson at The Grill Next Door in the Gardnerville Ranchos. The restaurant won
Shannon Litz file photo |

We at Douglas County Historical Society are celebrating another successful Taste of the Towns. The food was so good at all of the restaurants that tasters had a difficult time choosing the best. The same went for the businesses. But, we cannot name each venue as the winner, so here are the winners that the tasters voted for:

Best Business went to Battle Born Wine. Best Atmosphere went to Abby Jo’s Café Girasole. Best Discovery, Best Taste and Best Overall went to The Grill Next Door. Congratulations to our winners and our sincere thanks to every restaurant and shop that participated. We also want to thank all our volunteers, all the tasters and a special thank you to our sponsor, the Douglas-Alpine chapter of Thrivent Financial. We are very grateful for your generous support.

Next on our list of things to do is the Chili’s Restaurant Dining for Dollars on Aug. 20-22. Every meal you eat at Chili’s during those three days is eligible for Chili’s donation to DCHS. All you have to do is eat at Chili’s during those three days, pay your bill and present one of our flyers with each bill you pay. Chili’s is helping us by donating a very generous portion of each bill accompanied by our flyer.

If you’re ready to eat, drop by the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, or click on and navigate to Calendar/Events and scroll down to “Chili’s Fundraiser.” Click on the “click here for flyer” link and print it out. Black and white or color; either one will do. Then head on up to Chili’s 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 20-22. Make a bunch of copies of the flyer and pass them out to your friends. Everyone gets a great meal and DCHS gets a financial boost.

Our second flea market is scheduled 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 7 in the CV museum parking lot. We have great Highway 395 frontage and always draw a crowd from the passers-by. Spaces are 100 square feet for $20. Sign up soon by downloading an application from our website or dropping by the museum.

Sept. 12 will be the next in our lecture series. No word on the speaker or topic as yet, but we’ll get you that information in the next couple of weeks.

Following that, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 14 is our Home Tour. Tickets are $20 per person or $15 for DCHS members. This year we will be touring homes in the area of Douglas Avenue and Eddy Street in Gardnerville. Tickets are on sale now at the CV museum. We are so grateful that the owners of these historic homes are willing to open their doors and let us look at their treasures. Don’t miss this tour.

October will feature our usual lecture series and the Haunted Weekend Tour, Oct. 17-20. By then it will be time to seriously think about Christmas. This will be our 17th annual Gallery of Trees. Our Holiday Gala will be on Dec. 7, with the trees decorated and photos with Santa. But this is still summer. We’ll tell you all about Christmas in a few weeks.

All monies donated to DCHS are 100 percent tax deductible and go to keep our doors open. The Douglas County Historical Society receives only occasional financial assistance from our county and state governments. We are here solely to preserve the history of this wonderful valley and to make sure you have the opportunity to enjoy it. If you have any questions about anything mentioned here, call the historical society at 782-2555 or visit our website at

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