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.
The Venetian/Palazzo will host the La Cucina Italiana Food & Wine Festival, with four days of events featuring chefs Mario Batali, Wolfgang Puck and Cake Boss Buddy Valastro; butchers Dario Cecchini and Roberto Caporuscio of Don Antonio Pizza in New York City; and the Wine Wise Guy, Anthony Giglio. Events include a dinner with Puck and Cecchini at CUT December 5 from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. for $250 per person; the Grand Banquet December 6 from 7 p.m.-11 p.m., hosted by Batali for $500 per person; and a truffle hunt breakfast December 8 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., for $150 per person at Batali's B&B Ristorante, Carnevino and Otto Enoteca Pizzeria. For more details, visit www.venetian.com. The Venetian/Palazzo, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-414-1000, 877-883-6423.
Tender Steak & Seafood at Luxor Hotel & Casino will offer specialty menu items during the National Finals Rodeo December 5-14, 2013. A 30-oz Angus rib eye tomahawk chop will be accompanied by roasted fingerling potatoes, exotic mushrooms and caramelized onions. It may be paired with a Crown Royal flight including pours of Crown XR, Crown Reserve and Crown Royal. The combined price for the steak and liquor is $95 (the chop la carte is $75, and the flight alone is $30). Also offered for $55 will be a game meat tasting platter featuring items such as range-fed American bison rib eye served with maple-flavored baked beans and duck bacon, Colorado Rocky Mountain elk medallions accompanied by huckleberry sauce and cherry fig chutney, and Texas Hill Country wild boar spare ribs served with a roasted white corn salad. Tender Steak & Seafood, Luxor Hotel & Casino, 3900 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-262-4852.
December 8, 15, 21 and 22
Lawry’s The Prime Rib will host its annual holiday dinner theater production of A Christmas Carol December 8, 15, 21 and 22. The menu will feature a spinning-bowl salad and a choice of an eight-ounce roasted prime rib or broiled salmon, as well as dessert. The cost is $89 for adults and $69 for children under 12; it's $69 and $59, respectively, for matinee shows December 8 and 15. To reserve, contact Michelle Rizzo at 702-893-2223 ext. 205. Lawry’s The Prime Rib, 4043 Howard Hughes Pkwy., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-893-2223.
The Venetian will again host its Culinary Clash Master Chef Competition, a two-day contest pitting chefs from the nearly 40 restaurants in The Venetian and Palazzo. The event will be held at The Venetian’s Doge’s Palace plaza, with the action projected on giant screens; competitors will cook from mobile “food truck” kitchens, creating dishes using ingredients from a mystery basket. Added this year is the Masters of Mixology competition for resort bartenders. During the competition, two teams will be headed by celebrity mixologists Tony Abou-Ganim and Francesco Lafranconi, each leading a team of four bartenders. There is no admission fee to view the events. The Culinary Clash will run from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. each night; the Masters of Mixology is scheduled for 8 p.m.-10 p.m. on Friday, and 7:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-414-1000, 877-883-6423.
The Venetian/Palazzo will host its sixth annual food festival, the Carnival of Cuisine, showcasing more than 15 of the resorts’ eateries. Taking place at The Palazzo Pool Deck from 1 p.m.-4 p.m., guests will be treated to an appearance by iconic chef Emeril Lagasse. Participating restaurants will include Aquaknox, B&B Ristorante, Bouchon, Carnevino, Cut, Delmonico Steakhouse, Grand Lux Café, Lagasse’s Stadium, LAVO, Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro, etc. Tickets include unlimited samplings of food and beverages, and are priced at $60 for general admission and $85 for VIP (which includes early admission at 12:30 p.m. and a gift). Grazie members (the two resorts’ loyalty program) will receive a $5 discount. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Southern Nevada's food bank, Three Square. Tickets may be purchased at any Venetian/Palazzo box office, by calling 702-414-9000 or online at www.venetian.com. The Palazzo, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-414-1000, 877-883-6423.
Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar will pair white truffles from Alba, Italy with wines from the Piemonte producer Batasiolo. The five-course dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will pair wines made from the legendary Nebbiolo grape, which includes Barolo, Barbaresco, Gattinara and Ghemme. Ferraro’s owner Gino Ferraro and the winemaker from Batasiolo will be in attendance. Tickets for the dinner are $250; very limited seating is available. To make reservations, call 702-364-5300. Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, 4480 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-364-5300 .
Chocolate & Spice will host a hands-on holiday cookie decorating class for kids from 4 p.m.-5 p.m. During the class, chefs Megan Romano and Keris Kuwana will lead children through a design session featuring holiday sugar cookie cutouts and ginger bread ornament cookies. The cost is $20 per child, and includes treats and refreshments, courtesy of Chocolate & Spice. Parents must be present for the duration of the session. To sign up or for more information, email email@example.com. Chocolate & Spice Bakery, 7293 W Sahara Ave. Suite 8, Las Vegas, NV 89117, 702-527-7772.
MRKT Sea & Land at Aliante Casino and Hotel will open at 2 p.m. on Christmas Day and offer a four-course meal for $49. Courses include orange-dusted seared scallops, apple and winter root slaw and parsnips smash; a chop house salad with romaine, avocado, hard-boiled eggs, tomatoes, bleu cheese, smoked bacon and creamy buttermilk peppercorn ranch; an entrée of crispy duck breast with sweet potato mash and seasonal vegetables; and French apple tart with apple cider reduction and vanilla bean ice cream. MRKT Sea & Land, 7300 N Aliante Pkwy., North Las Vegas, NV 89084, 702-692-7777.
Central Michel Richard at Caesars Palace will serve a Christmas prix-fixe menu for $49. The four-course meal will include a choice of lobster bisque or butternut squash soup; crab cake accompanied by leek tartare or ahi tuna carpaccio; an entrée choice of prime rib with au jus, red snapper with roasted root vegetables and red pepper sauce or roasted duck with cinnamon sauce; and a dessert of chocolate yule log cake roll filled with pastry cream, or a "Snowman Vacherin" made of homemade vanilla ice cream with marzipan, whipped cream, raspberry sauce and whole blueberries. Central Michel Richard, Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-650-5921; 877-427-7243.
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 .
Munchbar at Caesars Palace has extended its happy hour to twice daily, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. and midnight-2 a.m. Half-priced appetizers include the popular tiny grilled cheese sandwiches, nachos and Chef Ogden’s signature “naked” wings. Munchbar , Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-731-7544.
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.
Andrea’s at Encore Las Vegas is offering the Monday Pairing --- a lobster-salad roll with avocado, sweet kampyo and eel sauce paired with a lemon kisu cocktail (sugar-cookie vodka, amaretto and limoncello). The pairing is $24 and is only offered on Mondays. Andrea’s, Encore Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-770-7800.
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.
Tuesday through Thursday
Twin Creeks Steakhouse at the Silverton Casino Hotel Lodge has introduced a happy hour every Tuesday through Thursday from 8 p.m.-10 p.m., featuring half-price tapas, cocktails, beers and house wine. Twin Creeks Steakhouse, Silverton Casino Hotel Lodge, 3333 Blue Diamond Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89139, 702-914-8594, 866-946-4373.
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.
SHe by Morton’s is hosting Fabrik Fridays, a weekly fashion show celebrating style, music and women. The shows are held on the restaurant’s 30-foot runway that winds through the main dining room. Each week, fashion collections by a different designer are featured, with showtimes at 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. During the event, five specialty cocktails priced at $9 are offered. SHe by Morton’s, CityCenter, 3720 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89158, 702-254-2376.
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.
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.