Somersett Profile: Amanda Burden
Years in Reno: 17
Originally from: Santa Barbara, Calif.
What gets you up in the morning? Presenting fascinating stories about Reno’s, Lake Tahoe’s, and the Greater Sacramento area’s food and drink culture (from farming, ranching, and food artisans to brewers, distillers, and home cooks). In this venture, I get to combine all of my passions: a love of food and drink, publishing, community, local business, and for making a difference.
Favorite food (s): Depends on the season! Fall and winter: apples, squash, and hearty stew. Spring: asparagus, peas, and the season’s first strawberries. Summer: fresh fruit of all kinds (peaches, plums, grapes). I also love a big bowl of freshly made pasta with pesto sauce anytime, but I have to be careful with that craving.
Last book read: The Third Plate by Dan Barber. Excellently written, great stories, and a fascinating look at our food system.
If I could travel anywhere, I would go to: I love Paris; I could live there. And I’ve been wanting to go to Argentina, Spain, and Morocco for years. One of these days!
Favorite spot in Reno/Tahoe: Mountain biking or hiking the top of a mountain in Reno or Lake Tahoe or bobbing in the water at Lake Tahoe on a sunny day.
Why Somersett? Jaci, my partner of 19 years, and I were among the first 100 people to live in Somersett. As soon as we heard about the development, we rushed to buy a home here and even had to go into a lottery to purchase. We love it here! Natural surroundings, trails (I was on the trails committee to help develop them), and parks. Our beautiful home backs up to open space. The people are friendly. We love our neighbors! The Town Center has lots of great amenities, including yoga with lovely Linda! Frankly, I can’t see living anywhere else, except maybe Paris.