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January 2011 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

I♥burgers has opened on the second level of The Shoppes at the Palazzo, serving options of beef, buffalo, ahi, free-range chicken breast, turkey and vegan options. To complement the burgers, there is a large collection of domestic and imported beers, 10 different varieties of fries and some unique homemade ice cream shakes, such as the blueberry panshake---real pancake with maple syrup and blueberries. i♥burgers, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109, 866-263-3001.
 
The dining room of Comme Ca Los Angeles-based chef David Myers and his David Myers Group has opened Comme Ca at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, the second location outside of its popular West Hollywood flagship. The menu is hand-written on chalkboard walls to underscore its simplicity and farm-centric mission; its selections are frequently changed. A variety of shellfish are served from the raw bar, and entrées include an Angus beef burger topped with cheddar, and crispy skate grenobloise in a brown butter sauce accompanied by duck confit. Desserts are created by pastry chef Ramon Perez, such as ice cream-filled profiteroles and chocolate bread pudding. Comme Ca, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7000.
 
Jaleo is now open at the brand new Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, serving a small plates and paella menu. Executive chef José Andrés, chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup, has made frequent appearances on programs such as NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s Early Show, ABC’s Nightline, the Food Networks’s Iron Chef and Bravo’s Top Chef. Located upstairs at the gateway to the P3 level, the restaurant’s focus is on its centerpiece Paella Grill, the first specialized paella kitchen in the U.S. The menu is divided into an array of different tapas selections comprising meat, seafood and vegetarian options. The restaurant design, inspired by Spanish food, features doors decorated with calligraphy and imagery of the Spanish countryside. Jaleo, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7000.
 
STK is now open at the brand new Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Stephen Hopcraft, who has appeared on Bravo’s Top Chef and Food Network’s Chefs vs. City, has been named executive chef. The Las Vegas branch is the company’s fourth location, joining its sister properties in Los Angeles and Miami. Three separate plate sizes are offered---small, medium and large. STK offers unique signature side dishes such as shrimp rice krispies, foie gras French toast, Lil’ Big Macs, sweet corn pudding and parmesan truffle fries. Dubbed “not your daddy’s steakhouse,” STK blends two concepts into one---the modern steakhouse with a chic lounge. Design elements include a central lounge furnished with creamy leather banquettes and textured crocodile tiles, and an elevated dining room featuring smoky mirrors and theatrical lights illuminating each table. STK Las Vegas is open for dinner seven days a week. STK, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 877-893-2001.
 

News Bytes

Marinelli’s at the M Resort Debuts New Happy Hour Menu
Marinelli’s at the M Resort Spa Casino has introduced a new happy hour menu to its bar. The menu includes Italian meatball slider; pork and beef meatball with marinara and melted fresh buffalo mozzarella; vongole al brood---steamed fresh clams with garlic, herbs, wine and chili flakes; and fried bocconcino---crispy fried mozzarella with creamy marinara sauce. All items are priced at $7 and the happy hour occurs daily from 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Marinelli’s, M Resort Spa Casino, 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Henderson, NV 89044, 702-797-1000.
 
Hubert Keller Filming PBS Show in Las Vegas
Hubert Keller has a new kitchen in Las Vegas. His Hubert Keller: Secrets of a Chef is now filming its third season at the KLVX headquarters, the PBS Las Vegas affiliate. The recording begins an exclusive five-year partnership between Vegas PBS and Keller. On-location footage of Keller at his Burger Bar Las Vegas and Fleur restaurants at Mandalay Bay has been filmed, and the focus is now on his custom-designed kitchen set at the station’s studio, which is decorated like a real restaurant kitchen. The series will feature 26 half-hour episodes showcasing Keller’s culinary talents and taking viewers step-by-step through his recipes. The new season will air nationwide on PBS stations this spring.
 
Safe Harbor Certification Program Implemented in Las Vegas
N9NE Steakhouse and Nove Italiano located inside Palms Casino Resort have implemented the Safe Harbor Certification program. The program was developed by Micro Analytical Systems, Inc. (MASI), a California-based company that provides the industry’s first and only real-time, large-scale and low-cost testing for mercury and pathogens, such as E. coli, and histamines that are caused by microbial contamination in certain species of fish. A clear indication that a restaurant is participating in this program is that the Safe Harbor logo is displayed within the restaurant and on the menu. Currently, there are more than 30 restaurants implementing the Safe Harbor program in Las Vegas.
 
Cabo Wabo Cantina Offering Football Specials During NFL Playoff Games
The Cabo Wabo Cantina inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is hosting football -viewing parties during the NFL playoffs. During the games special prices are offered, including $5 touchdown shots, $5 buffalo chicken nachos, $5 buckets of fries, $10 buckets of chicken wings and $20 buckets of beer. Cabo Wabo Cantina, 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-785-5555, 877-333-WISH.
 
Yard House Introduces Snacks Menu
The Yard House, known for its American fusion fare and up to 250 taps of beer, has added a new savory snacks menu. Priced from $2.95 to $5.95, the selection lends itself well to sharing. More than a half-dozen items are offered, including truffle fries sprinkled with shredded parmesan and herbs, shrimp ceviche with chunks of mango papaya salsa, fresh hummus with edamame and kalamata olives, and an ahi poke bowl comprised of marinated raw ahi blended with avocado, carrots, bean sprouts, macadamia nuts and crispy wontons. Yard House, 11011 W Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135, 866-767-7773, 702-797-7777.
 
Project Dinner Table Announces 2011 Dates

Project Dinner Table has announced dates for its 2011 season. The Project Dinner Table dinner series showcases local chefs’ one-night-only menus created almost entirely with ingredients from local purveyors, suppliers and farmers, and educates guests regarding local growers and sustainable sources. A signature long, white table is the centerpiece of every dinner seating, with seating for approximately 130 people. The dates for its second season are: April 16, May 14, June 25, September 10, October 15 and November 13. Each dinner will be hosted in a unique location that is typically unavailable to the public for dinner. Like all Project Dinner Table events, a percentage of the proceeds go to local charities. Since Project Dinner Table launched in April 2010, more than $20,000 has been distributed to a total of nine Southern Nevada charities including Junior Achievement, Natural History Museum, Community Counseling Center of Southern Nevada, Nevada Cancer Institute, Vegas Valley Children’s Book Festival supporting Children’s Literacy, Nevada School of the Arts, Gilcrease Orchard, HELP of Southern Nevada and Teach for America. For more information, go to www.projectdinnertable.com.


 
Happy Hour Every Hour at Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina
Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina inside Crystals at CityCenter has extended its happy hour times to the restaurant’s opening to closing times, seven days a week. The new menu is called happy hour every hour, and features a selection of signature appetizers and cocktails, wine and beer for less than $7 each. Appetizers include vegetable pizza with baby squash blossoms, cherry tomatoes and ricotta cheese; tomato bruschetta with basil and parmesan; and calamari with garlic aioli, lemon and paprika. The menu is served from 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina, Crystals, 3720 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Ste. 240, Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-238-1000.
 
Smashburger Partners with Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
During the month of January, the Las Vegas Smashburger locations will donate $1 from each Sin City Smashburger or Sin City Smashchicken sold to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to help fund research and advancements in the management and eventual cure of type 1 diabetes. The Sin City Smashburger is prepared with 100-percent Certified Angus Beef topped with a fried egg, applewood smoked bacon, American cheese, grilled onions, haystack onions and smash sauce on an artisan egg bun. Smashburger is open daily from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. For a list of locations, visit www.smashburger.com. Smashburger, 4725 S Maryland Pkwy., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-385-0043.
 

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Chef Shuffle

Errol LeBlanc, formerly of R.E. Tapas Kitchen and Aureole, is now executive chef at the i♥burgers at The Shoppes at the Palazzo. i♥burgers , 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109, 866-263-3001.
 
Carla Pellegrino has left her position as executive chef of Rao's in Caesars Palace. Rao's, Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-7267.
 

Closings

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Alex at Wynn Las Vegas has closed. The space will be turned into a special events center. The French-inspired restaurant had been open for nearly six years and had garnered numerous accolades and awards. Chef Alex Stratta will remain at Wynn Las Vegas operating his more casual Italian-themed Stratta. Alex, Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109
 

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