Las Vegas Culinary Events
Hungry? Need to fill your culinary calendar? Here is where you will find all the restaurant and culinary happenings in Las Vegas. We feature a calendar of special dinners, tasting menus, prix-fixe meals, food festivals and other events, including regularly occurring food events as well as special one-time-only events featuring top chefs. Keep checking back so you can know all that's going on in the world of restaurant and food events in Las Vegas. We've also got the latest Las Vegas Restaurant News and Wine Events.
Dec. 2, Jan. 6, Feb. 3 & March 3
Yusho at the Monte Carlo is hosting Yusho After Dark from 11 p.m.-2 a.m. on the first Tuesday of the month, a monthly late-night dining event featuring chef collaborations with Yusho executive chef Brian Lhee and guest chefs from the local culinary community. Tickets are $25 and are available for purchase at the door of each event. Included in the ticket price are one of Yusho’s signature draught cocktails, passed hors d'oeuvres, dishes created by chef Lhee and his guest chef, and the opportunity to watch the chefs in action through Yusho’s open kitchen. On the schedule are Gina Marinelli, sous chef at D.O.C.G. at The Cosmopolitan (December 2); David Mangual, executive chef at Double Barrel Roadhouse at Monte Carlo (January 6); Roy Ellamar, executive chef at Sensi at Bellagio (February 3); and Michael Chen, chef at Simon at Palms Place (March 3). Yusho, Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-730-6888.
February 8 to March 1
Hakkasan at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino will honor Chinese New Year by offering an eight-course feast created by international executive chef Ho Chee Boon. The menu will feature spicy lamb lupin wrap; a dim sum platter; golden fried sea prawns with red chili and curry leaf; spicy prawn; stir-fry black pepper rib eye; grilled Chilean sea bass in honey; and a dessert of "Kumquat Wishing Tree," comprised of chocolate, caramelized macadamia and cocoa rocks. Guests who dine from the Chinese New Year menu will receive a special gift of a complimentary cocktail. The Chinese New Year menu is priced at $136.88, and a la carte items such as mock duck and fried bamboo pith roll with asparagus, yam bean, pumpkin and mushroom, will also be available. Hakkasan, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-891-7888.
February 12, March 19, April 30, May 26, June 30, July 23, August 27, September 29, October 13, & November 10
The Bellagio has announced the 2015 lineup for its An Executive Chef Classroom, a series of two-hour, interactive cooking classes taught by Bellagio executive chef Edmund Wong. The classes, held monthly at 7 p.m. in the Tuscany Demonstration Kitchen, include detailed step-by-step descriptions of the preparation of a three-course themed meal. Following the cooking session, guests taste their creations and a menu card is provided to each guest. Tickets are priced at $135 per person, all-inclusive, and can be purchased by calling the Bellagio Concierge at 866-406-7117. For more information and a list and description of monthly themes, visit www.bellagio.com. Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-693-7111, 888-987-6667.
February 19-March 5
Jose Andres’s China Poblano at The Cosmopolitan will celebrate Chinese New Year with a special menu showcasing Chinese classics from Feb. 19-March 5, 2015. Dishes will include wok-roasted Manila clams with Chinese sausage, pickled chili and black bean sauce; crispy radish cake with XO sauce; beef Xiaolongbao with bone marrow, black truffle and scallion; mapo tofu with steamed oat noodle, Thai basil and peanuts; and choy sum with oyster sauce and black bean crumbs. In addition, several specially crafted cocktails will be served, such as the Wool Blanket with Bourbon, cinnamon syrup, fig jam and goat’s milk; Lu Yang (Green Sheep), prepared with Bourbon, orange liqueur, green tea, ginger star anise syrup, lemon and green tea air; and a complimentary mini cocktail, Spring Festival, made with melon-infused pisco, aloe vera liqueur, honey syrup and lime. China Poblano, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7900.
Rí Rá Irish Pub inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place at Mandalay Bay will host a three-day festival in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Festivities will include live music, giveaways, Irish dancers and authentic Irish cuisine. The pub will feature a special St. Patrick’s Day menu with traditional Irish dishes including corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, and beef and Guinness stew. A cover charge of $5 will be charged March 17. Rí Rá Irish Pub, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-7771.
Nine Fine Irishmen and New York-New York Hotel & Casino will host an all-day St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Festivities will include a parade through the hotel, a Guinness toast and Irish bands. Multiple bars in the pub will serve draught Irish beers such as Guinness, Smithwick’s, Magners and Harp, as well as a large selection of Irish whiskeys. In addition, Nine Fine Irishmen will serve Irish fare and pub classics including include fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, chicken pot pie, lamb stew and a traditional corned beef and cabbage. Nine Fine Irishmen, New York-New York Hotel & Casino , 3790 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-740-6463.
The JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa will host a St. Patrick’s Day celebration from noon to midnight at its JC's Irish Sports Pub. Special Irish menu items will be served, including pork sausage rolls in puff pastry, potato leek soup, corned beef sandwich, Guinness-marinated braised beef and beer-battered fish & chips; and drink specials including green beer, traditional Irish coffee, jello shots and the pub’s signature drink, “The Leprechaun.” Guests wanting to participate will purchase a $10 wristband, which will include admission and drink ticket valid towards one shot of Jameson’s or a pint of green beer, and live entertainment from Irish bands Holes & Hearts and Finnegan’s Wake. JC's Irish Sports Pub, JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort, Spa & Golf, 221 N. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-869-7725.
Through March 31
Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis’ first-ever restaurant, Giada at The Cromwell, is offering a special locals appreciation offer of 20 percent off breakfast and lunch, valid weekdays through the end of March. Breakfast items include salmon cake Benedict, strawberry polenta waffle and Italian hash; and the lunch menu features items such as Waldorf panzanella salad, lemon pesto grilled cheese with heirloom tomatoes, and Caprese frittata with fresh mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes and basil. Breakfast is served daily from 9 a.m.-11 a.m., and lunch is from 11 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Guests need to show a valid Nevada ID and a maximum of six people in one party can partake in the discount, which does not include retail items. Giada, The Cromwell, 3595 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-667-1799.
The 8th Annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit, a celebration of wine, food and spirits, will take place at ARIA, Bellagio, Caesars Palace and MGM Grand from April 23-26. Participating chefs include Emeril Lagasse, Guy Savoy, Ho Chee Boon, Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Feniger, Michael Mina, Julian Serrano, Gordon Ramsay, Masayoshi Takayama, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Royden Ellamar, Shawn McClain and Francois Payard. Dozens of events are planned during the four-day event, and include a sampling of dishes from 50 chefs at The Grand Tasting and several themed tastings hosted by celebrity chefs. For a schedule of events and to purchase tickets, visit VegasUncorked.com
Embers Grille + Spirits has introduced a new daily happy hour, served from 4 p.m.-7 p.m., offering half-priced appetizers including bacon-wrapped dates, roasted garlic hummus, crispy beef tacos, barbecue tri tip sliders, crispy chicken tenders and flatbreads. Drink specials include draft beer, house wine and sangria for $3, plus well spirits for $4. Embers Grille + Spirits, Boca Park, 740 S. Rampart Blvd., Ste. 7, Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-778-2160.
Due Forni has introduced a happy hour menu of gourmet appetizers priced at $5, including oven-baked goat cheese with bacon, apple and honey; duck confit over arugula, caramelized onions and ubriaco cheese; pork belly with smoked bacon polenta and red wine reduction; turkey meatballs with tomato and Parmesan; and braised oxtail served with gnocchi, cremini and parsley. The happy hour is offered from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. daily; add a glass of select wine for $5. Due Forni, 3555 S. Town Center Dr., Ste. 105, Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-586-6500.
Brand Steakhouse at Monte Carlo Resort & Casino has introduced a daily happy hour, featuring a variety of appetizers for $9. Held from 5 p.m.-7 p.m., appetizers include hot rocks, lollipop wings and salmon carpaccio. Also offered are $5 well cocktails, house wines and domestic beers. Brand Steakhouse, Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-730-6700.
Comme Ça at The Cosmopolitan has introduced a daily happy hour, offering half off on its 18A cocktails and an array of specialty dishes. The menu includes 17 food items, such as steak tartare, charred calamari, a burger with aged cheddar and french fries, and crème brûlée with Tahitian vanilla. The happy hour is available in the bar and lounge Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., and Friday through Sunday from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Comme Ça, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7000.
Estiatorio Milos at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas hosts an all-day happy hour. Available in the bar and lounge, menu items include shrimp cocktail ($4), Kumamoto or Kushi oysters ($2 each), fried calamari ($8), crab cake ($8), fried zucchini and eggplant with tzatziki and kefalograviera cheese ($8) and a single Colorado lamb chop with fries ($10). A daily selection of cocktails is offered for $10, while beer is $5 and wine is $8. Estiatorio Milos, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 877-893-2001.
Embers Grille + Spirits at Boca Park in Summerlin is serving a twice daily happy hour menu from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. and from 10 p.m.-closing. On offer are $3 drafts, $4 wines and sangrias and $4 to $6 small plates including bacon-wrapped dates, tri tip sliders and grilled chicken skewers. Embers Grille + Spirits, Boca Park, 740 S. Rampart Blvd., Ste. 7, Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-778-2160.
Lakeside at Wynn Las Vegas has extended its oyster happy hour indefinitely. Taking place daily from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., a selection of fresh Hama Hama, Shibumi, St. Simone or Rappahannock oysters are offered for $1.50 each, and are served at Lakeside’s bar or in the restaurant’s lounge. Lakeside, Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-248-3463.
Osteria del Circo at the Bellagio is offering a pre-theater, three-course menu, available nightly from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., and priced at $49. Osteria del Circo, Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-693-8150.
Ferraro's Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar is offering 50-percent off its "antipastini" tapas menu, daily from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. The menu features more than 20 items regularly priced at $10 or below. Ferraro's Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, 4480 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-364-5300 .
Hussong's Cantina Taqueria is giving back to Las Vegas locals with a 20-percent discount on food every day, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., for those who can show a Nevada ID. The restaurant is also offering happy hour Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m.-6 p.m., where locals and visitors can enjoy buy-one-get-one-free traditional margaritas or draft beers, or a $5 combo of a 24-ounce Tecate and a taco Hussong's Cantina Taqueria, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. S. , Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-553-0123.
Monday through Thursday
BLT Burger at The Mirage is offering a late-night happy hour, Monday through Thursday from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Selections include half-off select beers, wines, liquor shots and bites. Among food specials are waffle bites for $3.50, a Kobe-style slider trio for $9.50, and chicken wings or ahi tuna spring rolls for $6. BLT Burger, The Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-792-7888.
Monday through Friday
Simon at Palms Place has introduced a new $6 happy hour menu featuring appetizers, a choice of six sushi rolls, wines by the glass, beer and premium well drinks. Appetizers include wok-charred edamame, grilled shishito peppers, calamari, meatball sliders and personal margherita pizza. The happy hour takes place weekdays from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Simon at Palms Place, Palms Place Hotel & Spa, 4381 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103, 702-944-3292.
Monday through Thursday
Michael Mina's American Fish at Aria Resort & Casino at CityCenter is now offering a happy hour, Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. All food from the Bar & Lounge Menu is $5, cocktails $7, wine by the glass $7 and beer $4. American Fish, Aria Resort & Casino, CityCenter, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 877-230-2742.
Wednesday through Sunday
The Country Club steakhouse at Wynn Las Vegas is now offering happy hour from 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, in the restaurant’s bar and lounge, with panoramic views of the resort’s championship golf course and 18th-hole waterfall. Chef Carlos Guia has created a menu of small bites priced from $3.50-$8 that include maple- and bourbon-cured candied bacon with Aleppo chile, oyster shooters with a Creole-spiced Bloody Mary, American Wagyu beef skewers, peppadew pepper poppers and pulled pork sliders. The bar offers Cruzan Light Rum or Skyy Vodka for $7, specialty cocktails for $7-$8 and select beers for $4. The Country Club, Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-770-3315, 888-320-WYNN.
Chef Brett Uniss of Honey Salt presents step-by-step cooking demonstrations at the Williams-Sonoma store, located just steps from the restaurant, on the corner of Rampart and Charleston. Held the third Thursday of every month from 11 a.m.-noon, Uniss demonstrates how to prepare one seasonal and one signature item from the Honey Salt menu. The demos are free, but attendees are asked to RSVP by calling William Sonoma at 702-938-9480. Attendees will also receive a 10 percent discount off their William-Sonoma purchases. Williams-Sonoma, 1001 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-938-9480.
B&B Hospitality Group partners Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich host the Bet on the Farm!, a sustainable farmers market, every Thursday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Desert Living Center at the Springs Preserve. The market is certified by the Green Restaurant Association and is a member of Slow Food USA. Admission is free. Locally and regionally grown fruits, vegetables, fresh eggs, herbs and nuts are available for purchase. For more information, visit www.betonthefarm.com.
El Segundo Sol celebrates Cinco de Mayo every month, by offering its Loco Hour specials all day in the bar. Specials include loaded nachos ($5), three varieties of fully loaded street tacos ($2.25-$3.25) and quesadillas ($4-$5); drink deals feature $5 margaritas, $3 tequila shots, $4 sangria and beer ($3-$4.25). El Segundo Sol, Fashion Show mall, 3200 Las Vegas Blvd. S. , Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-258-1211.
The Vegas StrEATs Festival is held monthly on the second Saturday in the Jackie Gaughan Parkway outside the El Cortez. The downtown Las Vegas food truck, arts and music festival runs from 6 p.m.-1 a.m., and features several local trucks, artists, and performances by local bands and DJ’s. El Cortez, 600 E. Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-385-5200, 800-634-6703.
Executive chef Terry Lynch hosts a monthly cooking class at El Segundo Sol in the Fashion Show mall from 10 a.m.-noon. All recipes are demonstrated and then tasted by the participants. The cost is $25, plus tax and gratuity. Call 702-258-1211 to make a reservation. El Segundo Sol, Fashion Show mall, 3200 Las Vegas Blvd. S. , Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-258-1211.
Saturdays & Sundays
Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar at the Monte Carlo has expanded its sushi hours and sushi menu, and will celebrate by offering all sushi rolls for 50-percent off Saturdays and Sundays from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. The deal is continued at the sushi bar only on Sundays until 10 p.m. Some of its more popular rolls are the dragon roll with crab, cucumber, eel and salmon roe; the tiger roll with shrimp tempura, cucumber, spicy tuna, avocado and teriyaki; and the spicy ocean with spicy crab, topped with spicy tuna, sliced jalapeno and sweet soy. The sushi menu is served weekdays from 4 p.m.-closing, and all day on Saturday and Sunday. Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar, Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-730-7965.
The On the Ranch Farmers and Artisan Market is convening on Sundays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Garden Plaza parking lot of Craig Ranch Regional Park at 628 W. Craig Road in North Las Vegas. Items for sale include certified-organic fruits and vegetables, honey, natural skin-care products, ready-to-eat meals, coffee, tea, sauces, tamales, jewelry and crafts. For more info visit www.ontheranchmarket.com. On the Ranch Farmers and Artisan Market, 628 W. Craig Road, North Las Vegas, NV 89032, 702-726-2426.
MOzen Bistro at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas has launched its Jazz Sundays Brunch. The weekly event features live jazz and an all-you-can-eat brunch priced at $58, which includes sushi, crab claws, Kumomoto oysters, traditional dim sum, Belgian waffles, live carving stations and dessert offerings. Free-flowing champagne is offered for an additional $35, and unlimited mimosas are $19 per person. The brunch is served from noon-2:30 p.m. Additionally, on Sunday evenings, the Mandarin Bar on the 23rd floor hosts live jazz bands from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. with light bites, domestic and imported beers for $6, and signature cocktails for $14. MOzen Bistro, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, CityCenter, 3752 Las Vegas Blvd. S. , Las Vegas, NV 89158, 888-881-9367.
Sunday through Friday
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Trevi in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is offering happy hour specials Sunday through Friday, from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Available in the bar, drink deals include $3 Bellinis, $4 bottled beers and $6 martinis and wines by the glass. An array of $6 small plate selections are also featured, including tomato and garlic bruschetta, chicken sliders, homemade meatball sliders, and tuna-stuffed peppadews. Trevi, Caesars Palace, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-735-4663.