50 Eggs, Inc. has announced that it is bringing Yardbird Southern Table & Bar to The Venetian, slated for an early 2015 opening. Created by restaurateur John Kunkel, the 8,000-square-foot space will be located in the resort’s Restaurant Row, and will seat 180 guests throughout the main dining room and two private rooms. The menu will feature farm-fresh ingredients and Southern cooking. An expansive bar will allow the 50 Eggs team added space to expand their beverage program, complete with a special on-site ice room where mixologists will harvest hand-cut blocks for an array of libations. The new Vegas location will join Yardbird Southern Table & Bar’s original location on Miami Beach, which opened in 2011. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-414-1000, 877-883-6423.
Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group has announced the opening of Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at the 400-acre Downtown Summerlin retail and entertainment complex. This will be Puck’s seventh restaurant in Las Vegas, but his first located off the Strip. Slated to open in October 2014, the 200-seat space will incorporate materials paying homage to the desert beauty and towering red cliffs of the Red Rock Canyon. The menu will feature seasonal salads, sandwiches, grilled meats, seafood, handmade pasta and pizzas. Puck, who opened his first Vegas restaurant, Spago, in 1992 said, “We have such strong loyalty from locals who have been, and continue to be, a driving force behind the success of our six Strip restaurants. It’s exciting for us to move off of the Strip and become an integral part of the neighborhood.”
Station Casinos has opened a second Charcoal Room inside its Palace Station. The classic American steakhouse concept showcases top-grade cuts of beef and fresh seafood. Menu items include selections of dry-aged USDA Prime beef including a bone-in New York steak or top sirloin, Maine lobster, jumbo shrimp, oysters, Alaskan crab and seared Hawaiian ahi tuna. The restaurant features 170 selections of fine wines located in a glass-encased wine room at the entrance of the restaurant, along with 20 wines by the glass. Charcoal Room is open Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m.-10 p.m., and Friday through Saturday from 5 p.m.-11 p.m. For reservations, call 702-221-6678. Station’s other Charcoal Room is located within its Santa Fe Station. Charcoal Room, 2411 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89102, 702-367-2411, 800-634-3101, 888-319-4661.
SLS Las Vegas has announced its opening date, set for midnight, Saturday, August 23. Set on the iconic grounds of the Sahara Hotel & Casino, the new resort will open ahead of schedule (it previously had announced Labor Day Weekend as its debut). The new resort broke ground in February 2013, and upon opening, will be the newest resort to open on the Las Vegas Strip in nearly five years. Dining reservations are now being accepted for Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, Cleo, Katsuya, Ku Noodle and The Griddle Cafe. Other dining venues will include 800 Degrees Pizza, The SLS Buffet, Umami Burger and The Perq. For reservations and additional information, visit slsvegas.com. SLS Las Vegas, 2535 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-737-2111.
F.A.M.E. – Food∙Art∙Music∙Entertainment is now open at The LINQ. The Asian market concept serves authentic street fare combining the street foods of Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Korea, China and Vietnam on a menu serving dim sum, stir-fry, ramen and barbecue. The 12,000-square-foot venue seats up to 200 inside and 50 on an outdoor patio with views of the High Roller observation wheel. A Boba bar offers several flavors made with fresh fruit, including watermelon, lychee, mango, taro and strawberry, and a selection of microbrews from an array of Asian countries is available on tap. A stationary “food truck” offers Japanese fusion burgers from the popular local Las Vegas favorite, Fukuburger. Live Asian-inspired entertainment is offered, such as tiger and dragon dances, Taiko drum performances and Gangnam-style beats. F.A.M.E. is open daily from 11 a.m.-midnight. F.A.M.E. – Food∙Art∙Music∙Entertainment, 3545 Las Vegas Blvd S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 888-516-4771.
Sambalatte Coffee Lounge & Espresso Bar has opened at the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino within its new open-air plaza overlooking the Vegas Strip. The 3,300-square-foot space seats 80 and features free WiFi, multiple power sources, a small-batch coffee bean roaster and a coffee lab. The roasting process can be viewed through glass windows, and the walls are decorated with a world map delineating the coffee-making regions throughout the globe. Water is processed through reverse osmosis, and beans from all over the world are used to brew iced and hot coffee. In addition, muffins, scones, sandwiches and salads are also served. Sambalatte has two other Vegas locations, one in Boca Park and one at Jones and the 215 freeway. Sambalatte Coffee Lounge & Espresso Bar, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-730-7777, 888-529-4828.
New York-New York Hotel & Casino will open two new restaurants, Tom’s Urban and Shake Shack, within its new plaza experience. With an expected opening date of December 2014, the restaurants will take over the space formerly occupied by The Sporting House, which closed June 3. Shake Shack, a modern day “roadside” burger stand known for its all-natural burgers, flat-top dogs and frozen custard, opened its original location in 2004 at NYC’s Madison Square Park, and has multiple locations on the East Coast. This new outlet will mark its first West Coast location. Tom Ryan is the namesake of Tom’s Urban, which has its roots in Denver, a concept he founded with restaurant financier Rick Schaden in 2012. Tom’s Urban will be open 24 hours and will feature an indoor-outdoor patio and menu offerings such as butter poached lobster and shrimp tacos, Xiangxiang crispy duck wings and bratwurst breakfast sliders. New York-New York Hotel & Casino, 3790 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-740-6969, 800-693-6763.
The legendary Sterling Brunch has returned to Bally’s Las Vegas inside the newly opened BLT Steak, in the same (although redesigned) space it has resided in for the past 25 years. Like its former version, the lavish buffet features caviar, lobster tails, freshly shucked oysters, Alaskan King crab legs and unlimited glasses of Perrier Jouët Champagne, Mimosas and Bloody Marys. While the previous version was only open on Sundays, the new rendition is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Priced at $90, reservations are required and it's recommended they be made weeks in advance. Sterling Brunch, Bally's Las Vegas, 3645 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-967-7258.
Lobster ME, a Las Vegas-born brand, has opened its second location, within the Grand Canal Shoppes, near the food court at The Venetian. The Maine lobster-inspired menu features a variety of lobster rolls, each of which includes the meat of a one pound lobster, such as the original Maine-style roll with chilled lobster meat, a touch of mayo and subtle spices, and the Connecticut roll with warm lobster meat tossed in melted butter. Other items include lobster tacos, lobster mac and cheese, lobster bisque and lobster grilled cheese. For breakfast, there's lobster and waffles, a lobster scramble, New England-style French toast and the Lobster ME muffin. Lobster ME's other location is inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, and a Lobster ME food truck serves lobster rolls to guests around the Las Vegas Valley. Lobster ME, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-414-1000, 877-883-6423.
Yusho, the Japanese-inspired grill and noodle house by renowned Chicago chef Matthias Merges, has made its debut at the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino. The 250-seat venue, designed by Rachel Crowl of FC Studio, was inspired by vintage industrial spaces, anime and Japanese ramen shacks. It features exposed brick walls, natural wood surfaces, stained concrete floors and warm-hued upholstery. Tables strategically placed around the open kitchen provide guests a front row seat to the culinary action, while the outdoor patio overlooks the Vegas Strip. Menu items include fried chicken made with fermented chili, green tea and seasoned with a sprinkling of lime zest; Logan poser ramen, a robust soup featuring crispy pork shoulder croquette, poached egg, nori and cucumber; charred octopus grilled over an open flame and served with green beans, crisp enoki mushrooms and topped with a light ponzu vinaigrette; marinated eggplant steam bun filled with Japanese mint, plums and broccoli; and doughnuts made with tofu, sweet potato and a hint of rosemary. Yusho is open daily for dinner. Yusho, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-730-7777, 888-529-4828.
Station Casinos LLC has announced it will invest $20 million over the next year in Green Valley Ranch in Henderson and introduce four new bar and dining concepts. The new concepts include Mercadito, with Mexican fare from the Sandoval brothers of Chicago; Tippling Hall, a collage of beverages with innovative and creative presentations paired with a menu of globally inspired comfort food crafted by chef/partner Guillermo Tellez; a second Southern Nevada location of Tony Gemignani’s Pizza Rock; and Tony’s Slice House, a small casual venue serving slices of Gemignani’s New York, Sicilian and California-style pizzas. Construction will commence soon and will be completed by spring 2015. Green Valley Ranch, 2300 Paseo Verde Pkwy., Henderson, NV 89052, 702-617-7777, 866-782-9487.
BLVD Creamery has opened within the new plaza facing the Vegas Strip at the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino. Twenty-four ice cream and sorbet flavors from a rotating roster are available each day. Flavors include traditional vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, and new creations such as #WTJ --- watermelon sorbet infused with jalapeño, or B.T.A. --- ice cream created with avocado, oven-roasted tomatoes and bacon. Ice cream sandwiches may be made to order and catered to each guest’s preference with ice cream sandwiched between cookies, waffles, brownies or donuts. BLVD Creamery is open daily 11 a.m.-11 p.m. BLVD Creamery, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-730-7777, 888-529-4828.
Chef Daniel Boulud’s DB Brasserie has opened inside The Venetian in the former space of Valentino Las Vegas. The décor features an exterior façade clad in travertine limestone panels, a faux-skylight reminiscent of those in classic Beaux Arts train stations and laser-cut blackened steel glass ceiling panels anchored by Art Nouveau-style brass globe pendant light fixtures. The menu, created in collaboration with executive chef David Middleton, includes poissons fumes, pissaladiere, poulet croustillant and the DB Burger; and desserts of chocolate & salty peanut bombe and apple tatin. A wine program of approximately 300 international selections features the best French producers; and new American wine regions showcasing domestic varieties beyond the classic Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. DB Brasserie, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-414-1000, 877-883-6423.
In June, celebrity chef Kerry Simon will open Carson Kitchen, his first restaurant in downtown Las Vegas, located on the corner of 6th Street and Carson Avenue at South 124 6th Street, in the space formerly occupied by the John E. Carson Hotel. The American gastro-lounge menu will have an emphasis on sharing, and will include social plates, sandwiches, entrées and stone-oven flatbreads, with items such as “devil’s eggs” made with crispy pancetta and caviar, and a cocoa-espresso New York strip steak served with red wine demi-glace. The 1,800-square-foot dining room will seat 90 guests and will include a stone oven; chef’s table with a tabletop that borders the kitchen and doubles as an expo counter; and dining room designed to have the feel of being welcomed into a homey, yet modern kitchen with the use of repurposed wood and steel materials. Carson Kitchen will be open for lunch and dinner. Carson Kitchen, 124 6th St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, no phone.
Both an opening and a closing are in store for Michael Mina’s restaurant at Aria Resort & Casino. In July his American Fish will close and in the winter will be replaced by Bardot Brasserie, a French bistro. The new restaurant will pay homage to the café culture of Paris offering traditional brasserie fare, such as foie gras en croute, steak frites, roasted bone marrow with bacon marmalade and the Bardot burger with Comte cheese, caramelized onions and a bordelaise sauce. Designed by Bishop Pass, the décor will reflect the mood of early French film noirs where low lighting and dramatic shadows set the stage for an alluring and mysterious experience, and will feature a open kitchen, a Parisian storefront and 360-degree accessible bar with counter-to-ceiling brass shelving. The kitchen will be headed by Joshua Smith, who previously helmed the now-closed Seablue at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Bardot Brasserie, CityCenter, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 866-359-7757.
Chef, author and TV personality Giada De Laurentiis has opened her first restaurant, Giada, in The Cromwell (the former Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall). The venue is located on the second level above the casino floor with views of the Vegas Strip and has al fresco dining. The restaurant space extends over the pedestrian walkway below, featuring large glass windows affording natural lighting, and is outfitted with living room-style furniture. Private dining room space is available for larger parties or group functions. The menu features De Laurentiis’ cuisine embracing her birthplace of Rome, with Californian influences, and includes traditional family recipes and her signature dishes as seen on her Food Network TV shows and in her cookbooks. An open kitchen gives guests the opportunity to watch the chefs in action. Giada, 3595 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-667-1799.
Bally’s Las Vegas and ESquared Hospitality have opened BLT Steak. The classic steakhouse has taken over the space of Bally’s Steakhouse and also expands to 9,300 square feet, offering seating for 250 with a curved bar, two separate dining rooms accommodating 100 guests, and two private dining rooms. BLT Steak first opened in New York in 2004. BLT staples include tuna tartare, chopped vegetable salad, Dover sole, USDA Prime and Certified Angus steaks, and peanut butter and chocolate mousse. Weekly blackboard specials highlight seasonal flavors and local ingredients, and the wine list features more than 500 wines with selections from the regions of Burgundy, Bordeaux, Piedmont, Tuscany and Rioja, among others. BLT Steak, Bally's Las Vegas, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-967-7258.
Giada Now Open for Lunch
Celebrity chef and best-selling author Giada De Laurentiis’ first-ever restaurant Giada, located on the second floor of The Cromwell, has added lunch service from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The restaurant is offering a special preview until August 1, so Las Vegas locals can be the first to experience the new lunch menu. To reserve, call 702-667-1799. Giada, The Cromwell, 3595 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-667-1799.
Emeril's New Orleans Fish House Offering Nightly "Last Hour" Happy Hour
Emeril's New Orleans Fish House at the MGM Grand is now offering a "last hour" happy hour every night in the bar, starting at 9:30 p.m. Chef Heath Cicerelli has created an array of bar bites, such as oysters on the half shell for $1.50, a Louisiana crawfish boil for $12, and gumbo for $5. Drink specials include New Orleans cocktail favorites French 75 and Pimm's Cup, both priced at $7. Emeril's New Orleans Fish House, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-891-7374.
Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar Offering Summer Dining Promotion
Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar is offering a “Sunset Dining" promotion, which gives guests seated by 5:30 p.m. a 50 percent discount off of food on the restaurant’s new lower-priced summer dinner menu. The other option is to receive 25 percent off the entire check, including food and beverages, when ordering items off that same menu, from 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, 4480 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-364-5300 .
Grimaldi’s Offering Summer Dessert & Wine Specials
Grimaldi’s is hosting Tuesday Tastings through September 30, with half-off all glasses, carafes and bottles of wine every Tuesday. Also available through the end of July are strawberry cheesecake served with fresh strawberries, and blueberry cobbler cheesecake topped with crunchy granola, each priced at $5 per slice. Grimaldi’s has five locations in Las Vegas, including two on the Vegas Strip --- one at The Palazzo and one inside the Fashion Show Mall. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Boca Park, 750 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-479-1351.
Jayde Fuzion Now Serving All-you-can-eat Sushi
Jayde Fuzion at the M Resort is now offering all-you-can-eat sushi Sunday through Thursday at its sushi bar. Included are unlimited sushi, nigiri and hand rolls, along with a complimentary carafe of sake, for $24.95. The selection of fresh fish is flown in daily and includes cuts of hamachi, toro, big eye tuna and, when available, bluefin tuna. Sashimi is excluded from the all-you-can-eat menu. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Jayde Fuzion, M Resort Spa Casino, 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Henderson, NV 89044, 702-797-1000.
Morels Offering Summer Prix-Fixe and Locals Discount
Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro at The Palazzo is offering a 50 percent discount off bottles of wine to locals with a Nevada ID through August 31. In addition, a two-course summer tasting menu is being offered at lunch for $22, which includes onion soup or romaine heart salad and steak frites or slow-roasted turkey club. A four-course dinner for $56 includes an amuse bouche; mixed red salad with nectarines, radicchio, red Belgian endive, walnut oil vinaigrette, toasted hazelnuts and goat cheese; a 20-ounce, bone-in New York sirloin with ratatouille, asparagus and sauce bordelaise; and classic profiteroles with candied almond ice cream and malted chocolate sauce. Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-607-6333.
Sushi Roku Offering Three-course Prix-Fixe Menu and Locals Discount
Sushi Roku at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace has brought back its “Summer Break” menu. Available through Labor Day, the $47 three-course dinner includes a choice of popcorn shrimp tempura, spicy tuna hanabi or filet mignon-wrapped asparagus; an entree of tuna, yellowtail, salmon, albacore and whitefish sushi served with half of a sushi roll or grilled petite filet with shitake mushroom tempura and truffle mayo; and a dessert of green tea tiramisu or fresh fruit and sorbet. In addition, locals receive a 20 percent discount on the regular lunch and dinner menus. Sushi Roku, Caesars Palace, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-733-7373.
Social House at CityCenter Offering Four-course Prix-Fixe Deal
Social House, inside The Shops at Crystals at CityCenter is offering a daily four-course menu from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. for $49. Created by executive chef Jon Amorin, it includes a choice of miso soup, green salad or cucumber sunomono; Kobe gyoza, salmon wasabi, yellowtail with jalapeños, rock shrimp tempura or Kobe sashimi (additional $10); miso cod, seared branzino, chicken teriyaki, firecracker scallops (additional $6) or filet mignon (additional $10); and a dessert of green tea tres leches, mochi ice cream or banana hosomaki. Social House, CityCenter, 3720 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89158, 702-736-1122.
Postrio Bar & Grill Now Serving Weekend Brunch
Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio Bar & Grill at The Venetian is now serving brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., featuring new dishes crafted by executive chef Mark Andlebradt. Brunch options include corned beef hash; breakfast sandwich with prosciutto, roasted tomato and arugula; classic eggs Benedict with choice of lobster, smoked salmon or spinach and mushroom; and spicy big eye tuna tartare. All guests will be treated to one complimentary sparkling wine, Bellini or mimosa cocktail of their choice. Reservations can be made by calling 702-796-1110. Postrio Bar & Grill, The Venetian, Grand Canal Shoppes, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-796-1110.
Wynn Las Vegas Launches “Ocean to Table” Program at Lakeside
Chef David Walzog of the Wynn’s Lakeside restaurant has launched the “Ocean to Table” fish program, a specially curated menu featuring unique species found around the Hawaiian Islands. Chef Walzog traveled to Hawaii and worked side by side with a group of local fishermen to catch seasonal and indigenous species from their fleet of 30 boats. Walzog now works directly with the fishermen, as each morning the head fishmonger personally contacts chef Walzog to advise him on the day’s catch, including opaka, uku, monchong and nairagi. Chef Walzog's selection is packed and shipped that day, enabling the fish to be served less than or close to 24 hours after being caught. Chef Walzog customizes the menu daily to highlight the catches of the day, and the team works with guests to provide insight into the distinct qualities of each species. Lakeside, Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-248-3463.
Panevino Adds New Vegan Dishes to Its Menu
Panevino Ristorante & Gourmet Deli has added four new plant-based dishes to its vegan menu: grilled vegetable lasagna --- layers of eggplant, zucchini, squash, roasted tomatoes, roasted bell peppers and mushrooms in a creamy vodka tomato sauce; organic whole wheat spaghetti Mediterranean tossed with roasted tomatoes, black olives, capers, garlic and parsley in a fresh tomato sauce; organic brown rice mushroom and pesto risotto with marinated Italian mushrooms, pesto, mashed avocado and diced tomatoes; and organic “meatloaf” and mashed potatoes, organic legumes, wild mushrooms and herbs on a bed of garlic-and-rosemary mashed potatoes in a fresh tomato and Kalamata-style olive sauce. Panevino Ristorante & Gourmet Deli, Marnell Corporate Center, 246 Via Antonio Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-222-2400.
The Cosmopolitan Serving Bubbles & Brunch on Sundays
Bubbles & Brunch is now being served every Sunday from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. at The Cosmopolitan’s indoor/outdoor Overlook Grill, above the Boulevard Pool deck on the roof of The Cosmopolitan. Brunch items change weekly, and include chicken and waffles, huevos rancheros and blue claw crab Benedict. In addition, handcrafted Bloody Marys, margaritas and mimosas are made tableside. The cost is $35, which includes warm monkey bread with caramel and pecans, bottomless Champagne or mimosas, and a choice of one entrée. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling 702-698-7970. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7100, 877-551-7772.
Pre-Show Menu Offered at Citizens Kitchen & Bar
Citizens Kitchen & Bar at Mandalay Bay is offering a three-course, pre-show menu served nightly from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Priced at $29, diners can choose between French onion soup or Caesar salad; a main course of brick chicken, an 18-hour Prime rib or penne prosciutto; and dessert of Nutella cake. Citizens Kitchen & Bar, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-7405.
Pink Taco Launches Sunday Brunch
Pink Taco at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is now serving a Sunday brunch from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Menu items range from $4-$10, or an all-you-can-eat option is $24.99 per person. Signature dishes include plantain and nuts french toast, blue corn pancakes, mini lobster quesadilla, bacon-wrapped jalapeños, beef machaca empanadas, goat cheese enchiladas and a chicken tortilla sopa. Bottomless mimosas or "donkey punch" are available for an additional $9.99. Pink Taco, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 4455 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-693-5525.
Aureole Offering Locals Specials on Thursdays
On Thursdays, Aureole in Mandalay Bay is offering locals a 20 percent discount off all menus. In addition, a rotating list of "unusual suspects" wines is $39. The deals are available in the restaurant’s Swan Court patio. Nevada ID is required. Aureole, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-7401.
Interactive Cooking Classes at Bellagio
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.
Pizza Rock Hosting Weekly Pizza Cooking Class for Kids and Parents
Pizza Rock in the Downtown 3rd District is hosting Kids in the Kitchen, a weekly series where kids and their parents learn tricks of the trade from pizza-tossing pros, including handling the dough, topping the pizza and cooking it to perfection. Held each Saturday at 10:30 a.m., the class is priced at $10 per person with all proceeds benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. To reserve, call 702-385-0838. Pizza Rock, 201 N. Third St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-385-0838.
Jayde Fuzion at the M Resort has parted ways with Seonkyoung Longest. Taking over is Mark Sandoval, former chef at Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio at The Venetian. The Colorado Springs native is a graduate of the University of Colorado and studied at the California Culinary Academy. Sandoval was previously room chef at Marinelli’s at the M Resort, before moving over to Postrio. Jayde Fuzion, M Resort Spa Casino, 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Henderson, NV 89044, 702-797-1000.
Jeremy Pacheco has been appointed executive chef of Society Café Encore. Pacheco grew up on his family’s farm in Arizona and, after studying at the Scottsdale Culinary Institute, held positions as executive chef at Lon's at the Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley, Arizona, where he sourced ingredients from his own half-acre garden, connecting with the farm-to-table process; and in Las Vegas as chef de cuisine of SW Steakhouse, as tournant chef of Encore and Wynn and chef de cuisine at Society Café Encore. Society Café Encore, Encore Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-770-5300.
Master sushi chef Gen Mizoguchi has left Kabuto Edomae Sushi, the traditional Edomae-style sushi house in Chinatown. Taking over is chef Ken Hosoki, who had been working alongside Mizoguchi. No changes to the menu, preparation style, or fish-vendor sources is expected. Mizoguchi plans to remain in Las Vegas to create his own project. Kabuto Edomae Sushi, 5040 W. Spring Mountain Rd., Ste. 4, Las Vegas, NV 89146, 702-676-1044.
Michael Mina’s American Fish at Aria Resort & Casino closed June 30. Mina will stay on in the space, which will become Bardot Brasserie, a French restaurant concept paying homage to the café culture of Paris. The new restaurant is slated to open in winter 2014, serving lunch and dinner. American Fish had been open since the resort debuted in December 2009. American Fish, Aria Resort & Casino, CityCenter, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
Chef Kai-Wa Yau’s Pearl at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino has temporarily closed for renovation and is set to reopen July 24. The traditional Chinese restaurant specializes in preparing dishes using four Chinese cooking methods: steamed, braised, baked and fried. Pearl, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-891-7380.
Pinot Brasserie at The Ventian closed after service June 1. Chef Joachim Splichal’s French bistro had been open since the resort first debuted in 1999, but after DB Brasserie opened next to it in May, there proved not to be a need for two brasseries side by side. It has not yet been announced what restaurant concept will take its place. Pinot Brasserie, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
Eva Longoria's SHe by Morton’s inside The Shops at Crystals at CityCenter has closed. The steakhouse, with décor and cuisine that catered to female customers, opened in late 2012 and was Longoria’s second steakhouse venture after Beso, located in the same space, closed in August 2012. SHe by Morton’s, CityCenter, 3720 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89158, no phone.
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