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.
February 13, March 5, April 3, May 28, June 12, August 27, September 24, October 1 and November 19
The Bellagio has announced the 2014 schedule for its An Executive Chef Classroom interactive classes held in the Bellagio’s Tuscany Demonstration Kitchen. The two-hour sessions are led by Bellagio executive chef Edmund Wong and his team, who guide students in creating a seasonal themed menu using fresh ingredients. The schedule is as follows: I Heart Food/Feb. 13, The Noodle Lover’s Guide to Pasta/March 5, Blossoming Taste of Spring/April 3, Grilling Perfection/May 28, Father’s Day Barbecue/June 12, The Chicken or the Egg?/Aug. 27, Farm to Table/Sept. 24, Cooking with Chocolate/Oct. 1 and Harvesting Thanksgiving/Nov. 19. The classes begin at 7 p.m. and the cost is $125 per person. To purchase tickets, call the Bellagio Concierge at 866-406-7117. Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-693-7111, 888-987-6667.
April 20 & May 11
House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino will add additional seatings and activities for its Gospel Sunday Brunch on Easter Sunday and Mother’s Day. Seatings for both dates are 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. On Easter, kids will receive a basket filled with Easter eggs and goodies, and the Easter Bunny will make a special appearance. On Mother’s Day, each mother and grandmother will be recognized with flowers and special songs during the set dedicated to mothers. Tickets are $50 for adults, and $27.50 for children under 11, plus applicable fees. The buffet includes southern specialties such as cornbread muffins and maple butter, Creole chicken and shrimp jambalaya, chicken and waffles, carving stations, plus create-your-own Bloody Mary and mimosa bars. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com, HouseofBlues.com and the House of Blues Box Office. House of Blues, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-7607.
Keep Memory Alive’s 18th Power of Love Gala, this year honoring Gloria and Emilio Estefan, will feature a gala dinner prepared by superstar chefs Wolfgang Puck and Masaharu Morimoto; musical performance by Gloria Estefan; and star-studded performances and tributes from Ricky Martin, Carole King, Jon Secada, Andy Garcia, Queen Latifah, Rita Moreno, Fantine and Jordin Sparks. Held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the event’s proceeds will support the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and its fight against degenerative brain diseases. Individual ticket prices start at $1,500. For more info on pricing options and to purchase tickets, visit Keep Memory Alive’s website at www.keepmemoryalive.org, or call 702-263-9797. MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-891-1111, 800-929-1111.
MTO Café will host its next pop-up dinner in its Sunday Night Supper Series, entitled “El Chapo’s Cantina.” The Mexican-themed dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will feature dishes created by chefs Johnny Church and Eduardo “Lalo” Saavedra (of MTO Café), James Trees (Winner of Esquire TV’s Knife Fight), Chris Palmeri and Christian Dolias (of Naked City Pizza & Desnudos Tacos), Jose “Lupe” Avila (of Fleur by Hubert Keller in Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino) and Heidi Kovall (of Rx Boiler Room). Guests will choose from four appetizers and four entrées from the chefs, along with three desserts from pastry chef Heidi Kovall. The cost is $60, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling 702-380-8229, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. MTO Café, 500 S. Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-380-8229.
The 8th Annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit, a celebration of wine, food and spirits, will take place at Aria Resort & Casino, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, MGM Grand and The Venetian. Seventy of the world’s greatest chefs will be participating, including Bobby Flay, Buddy Valastro, Daniel Boulud, Giada De Laurentiis, Joel Robuchon, Julian Serrano, Guy Savoy, Mario Batali, Pierre Gagnaire, Masayoshi Takayama, Michael Mina, Nobu Matsuhisa, Royden Ellamar, Shawn McClain and Thomas Keller. Many events are planned over the four-day period, including a sampling of dishes from 50 chefs at The Grand Tasting, several five-course Master Series Dinners hosted by celebrity chefs, and a poolside pig roast and beer garden hosted by Michael Mina. For a schedule of events and to purchase tickets, visit VegasUncorked.com.
The 5th annual Las Vegas Epicurean Affair will be held at The Pools at The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino from 7 to 10 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Nevada Restaurant Association (NvRA), gives guests an opportunity to sample cuisine from chefs from nearly 75 of Las Vegas’ finest restaurants and cocktails from some of the most prestigious beverage purveyors in Las Vegas. Some of the participating restaurants include Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio, Delmonico Steakhouse, STK, Bouchon, TAO Asian Bistro and Il Mulino. General admission prices are $105 and VIP tickets with early admission at 6 p.m. are $155. Proceeds from the event benefit NvRA’s educational and scholarship programs. To purchase tickets, visit www.palazzo.com or any Venetian or Palazzo box office. The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109, 866-263-3001.
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.
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.
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.