09 Oct 2014 04:07 am

Making his Strip debut, Steve Martorano’s second Las Vegas location is now open at Paris Las Vegas. In typical Martorano fashion, the popular cook, DJ and cookbook author brings to the new location his signature dishes and his one-of-a-kind entertainment offerings with movies and music, making it a truly unique dining experience.

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Credit: Erik Kabik

Martorano’s at Paris Las Vegas features the classics as well as specialty menu items fans have come to know and love. Menu items include, the signature Eggplant Stack, “Macaroni” including Rigatoni Sunday Pork Gravy, Bucatini Carbonara, Veal Cutlet Martorano and his Famous Homemade Meatballs.

The cocktail menu features an array of classic and sweet cocktails, perfectly complimenting the signature dishes. The Yo Cuz!, named after Martorano’s well-known tagline, is a bold vodka martini adorned with black truffle stuffed olives. Also showcased are the Philadelphia staple Water Ice cocktails, available in cherry, watermelon, lemon or coconut flavors.

Martorano’s at Paris Las Vegas is not only a dining destination, but an entertainment destination as well. Several high-definition televisions can be found throughout the restaurant, showcasing famous scenes from Martorano’s favorite films.

Once the clock strikes 9 p.m., the party begins as the restaurant transforms into Martorano’s Supperclub. With the DJ booth and the state-of-the-art sound system pumping out anything from classic R&B, Disco and slow jams, to today’s Top 40s and Hip-Hop, the center of the restaurant quickly turns into a dance floor, perfect for cutting a rug. The nucleus of the restaurant lies just between the bar and the kitchen in the form of an elaborate Disco Ball chandelier, illuminating and reflecting the multicolored lighting system.

Located along the Le Boulevard portion of the property, Martorano’s features expansive seating areas, including patio dining, and a large elaborate central bar. Reminiscent of Martorano’s original location in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the sleek black and white décor is the perfect blend of modern with slight touches of the classics, including black and white tiled floor.

Martorano, known as the “Godfather of Italian American Cooking,” started his career as a D.J. and created the first restaurants with D.J. booths in the kitchen. He now blazes a new trail again; this time expanding his brand with his second Las Vegas location and first on the famed Strip. The Paris Las Vegas location is sure to be a celebrity favorite like its Rio sister, which has welcomed notables from the music and sports worlds and big and small screens.

Martorano’s Paris Las Vegas joins the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino location as well as Steve Martorano’s other restaurant locations in Atlantic City and Fort Lauderdale. Martorano’s Paris Las Vegas is open for dinner Sunday-Thursday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. For information or to make reservations, please call 702-946-4656.


08 Oct 2014 04:09 am

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White truffle season is here, and there is no better way to indulge than with the perfectly crafted menu offerings now available at Restaurant Guy Savoy. Widely known as Chef Savoy’s favorite season, diners will be delighted by the choice of either a lavish six-course prix fixe menu priced at $420 per person or a la carte items highlighting the complex flavors of the celebrated white truffle.

The White Truffle Menu begins with scallops prepared two ways: carpaccio in vegetable crust and frozen cauliflower mousse and roasted scallop in its own shell. A delightful pumpkin soup follows, served with poached egg and white truffles. For the third course guests are treated to the rich alba white truffle risotto, followed by a main course of roasted guinea hen with salsify, hazelnut and watercress coulis topped with white truffle shavings. The menu concludes with two sweet treats. Guests will savor the apple baked in spiced sugar crust followed by Restaurant Guy Savoy favorite, Mont Blanc. White truffle enthusiasts will not want to miss out on this seasonal menu available. Items are also available a la carte for guests wishing to sample one or two of the offerings.

For reservations, call (702) 731-7110.


03 Oct 2014 03:28 am

Homage to all things grilled, roasted, shucked and seared to open at Downtown Summerlin Spring 2015

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Chef Kim Canteenwalla and Elizabeth Blau, the husband and wife powerhouse team behind acclaimed neighborhood favorites Honey Salt and Made L.V., have officially announced their highly anticipated fine dining concept opening spring 2015 at Downtown Summerlin.

Andiron Steak & Sea will pay homage to all things grilled, roasted, shucked and seared.  The restaurant will abandon the ‘traditional steakhouse’ concept in both menu and design, inspired by fresh, summertime meals grilled outdoors with a focus on premium meats, shellfish, seafood and lighter, seasonal market sides.

“We’re incredibly excited to announce Andiron and expand to another level of dining in our city. I think diners will find it to be an entirely different experience from a typical ’steakhouse,’ and it will surely become a destination restaurant,” said Blau.

A wood-fired grill will take center stage at Andiron Steak & Sea, with veteran Honey Salt Chef Joseph Zanelli leading the kitchen as Executive Chef and Stephen Jerome assuming the General Manager role. Both Zanelli and Jerome have been a part of the Blau team since 2012 and are managing partners of the restaurant group that oversees operations of Honey Salt and Made L.V., as well Andiron.

The restaurateur couple has selected designer Thomas Schlesser’s Design Bureaux, Inc. (DBGB Kitchen & Bar, Blackbird, David Burke Kitchen, Má Pêche) to design Andiron Steak & Sea. The three-time James Beard recipient looks to create a bright dining room with light woods and floral patterns giving Andirona decidedly feminine twist.


02 Oct 2014 04:09 am

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WHAT:
Lagasse’s Stadium® at The Palazzo Las Vegas® is teaming up with Anheuser-Busch to host a special five-course beer dinner featuring a selection of Chicago-based Goose Island Brewing Co. beers on Friday, November 14 at 6 p.m. The menu is priced at $55 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity) and will feature the following pairings*:

Organic Arugula, Pickled Red Onions and Toasted Pecans Tossed in Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette with Warm Brie Cheese

Goose Island IPA

Bacon Crusted Swordfish on Apple, Caramelized Onion and Beer Braised Cabbage

312 Urban Wheat Ale

Grilled Salmon on Sweet Corn, Mushrooms and Beluga Lentils with Charred Tomato Sauce

Goose Island Sofie

Herb Roasted Turkey Breast on Focaccia Bread Stuffing with Homemade Cranberry Sauce and Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Goose Island Honkers

Apple Crisp with Caramel Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream

Goose Island Matilda

*Special Menu Subject to Change

WHEN:
Friday November 14; 6 p.m.

WHERE:
Lagasse’s Stadium
The Palazzo Las Vegas
3325 Las Vegas Blvd. South

For reservations, please call 702-607-2665. Must be 21 years or older.


01 Oct 2014 04:09 am

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What:
Exclusive four course pairing menu at Delmonico Steakhouse with Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

When:
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
7:00 p.m.

Where:
Delmonico Steakhouse
The Venetian Las Vegas
3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Details:
Delmonico Steakhouse is hosting a four course pairing dinner with Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey on Thursday, Oct. 23. Chef de Cuisine Ronnie Rainwater and Buffalo Trace representative Kris Komstock will take guests through each course and explain the pairings. A reception will begin at 7 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and a bourbon cocktail created by Mixologist Max Solano. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. The event is $200 per person plus tax and 20 percent gratuity.

Delmonico Steakhouse is open for lunch daily from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and dinner Sun.-Thurs. from 5-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. from 5-10:30 p.m. The restaurant also has a Fall Cocktail Hour from 4:30-6 p.m. daily in the bar area with food and drink specials.


30 Sep 2014 03:38 am

Hosted by MGM Grand Wine Manager and Certified Cicerone Danielle Grams and Nick Tribulato of New Belgium Brewing Company, Tuesday, October 7 at 7 p.m.

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Michael Mina’s PUB 1842 at MGM Grand and New Belgium Brewing Company will host a beer pairing dinner Tuesday, October 7 at 7 p.m. The event will feature a four-course menu of PUB 1842 favorites and inventive twists on original dishes created by Executive Chef Anthony Schutz. MGM Grand’s Wine Manager and Certified Cicerone Danielle Grams along with Nick Tribulato of New Belgium Brewing Company will host the event and guide guests through the dinner, explaining each skillful pairing.

The menu will include the following dishes and craft beer pairings:

  • Pork Belly Sliders with pickled veggies, kimchee aioli, and Gochujang sauce and served with shrimp and scallop ceviche; paired with New Belgium’s Snapshot Wheat
  • Pan Seared Black Pepper Ahi Tuna with baby greens, yuzu vinaigrette, and ginger aioli; paired with New Belgium’s La Folie Sour Brown Ale
  • Smoked Brisket with Carolina barbecue sauce, baked beans and jalapeño cornbread; paired with New Belgium’s Hop the Pond Imperial IPA
  • Bacon Ice Cream; paired with New Belgium’s 1554 Black Lager

This memorable dinner is priced at $60 per person, plus tax and gratuity. To purchase tickets for this event, call 702-891-3925 or contact PUB 1842 Assistant General Manager Nathan Grates at Ngrates@lv.mgmgrand.com.


29 Sep 2014 04:34 pm

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WHAT: In early celebration of National Vodka Day, renowned innovator and curator of cocktails, Tony Abou-Ganim will be kicking off his book tour forVodka Distilled at Lobby Bar at Caesars Palace.  Guests will be able to connect with the master of modern mixology himself and enjoy cocktails from the bar’s signature vodka-infused menu in honor of the nation’s most popular spirit. Highlights include “Flame of Love” with Absolut Elyx and “Monkey Shine” with Absolut Mandarin, plus Lobby Bar’s award-winning cocktail from the Cocktail Gladiator competition, “The Philosopher’s Stone” with Absolute Elyx created by Caesars Palace bartender Angelo Larocchia. In addition, Abou-Ganim will sign copies of Vodka Distilledthat will be available for purchase. Throughout the month of October, the Vodka Distilled book tour will make stops throughout a selection of the top food and beverage markets in the United States, including Seattle (Oct. 5-6), Portland (Oct. 7-9), Sacramento (Oct. 10-13), San Francisco (Oct. 14-16), Los Angeles (Oct. 18-20), Orange County (Oct. 21-22), San Diego (Oct. 23), Scottsdale (Oct. 26-28). For additional information on The Tour, please visit the Tony Abou-Ganim BevMo! Tour. WHO: Tony Abou-Ganim, known as The Modern Mixologist and author of The Modern Mixologist: Contemporary Classic Cocktails and Vodka Distilled: The Modern Mixologist on Vodka and Vodka Cocktails. WHEN: Friday, October 3 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. WHERE: Lobby Bar at Caesars Palace 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109


26 Sep 2014 03:41 am

Gimme Some Sugar Bake Shoppe, located at 19 S. Stephanie Street in Henderson, Nevada is introducing nightly Happy Hour special dessert and wine pairings offered at $14 each.  Happy Hour begins at 6 p.m. with a different special each night of the week:

Tuesday:          Fresh Fruit Pavlova and a glass of Bubbly
Wednesday:     Choice of Cheesecake and a glass of Charles Krug Late Harvest Zinfandel Port
Thursday:        Tropical Tease and a glass of Bernardus Sauvignon Blanc; also $20 off select bottles of wine
On Friday and Saturday nights, the Bake Shoppe offers a Reverse Happy Hour from 9 p.m. to midnight featuring any dessert and glass of wine for $14 and all cupcakes or cookies are buy one, get one free.

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As fall approaches, new seasonal offerings include gourmet éclairs featuring combinations such as Banana-Nutella or Peach Cobbler and a Turtle Cheesecake with Oreo cookie crust (vanilla bean cheesecake with salted caramel swirled in, topped with chocolate ganache and toasted pecans). October promises creative and festive treats featuring pumpkin, apple, cinnamon and spice to complement their fresh daily, seasonal menu of desserts including cakes, cheesecakes, cake pops, cupcakes, cookies, tarts, and an assortment of their oversized signature macarons in sweet and savory fun flavors. Select vegan and gluten free items are also available, along with a selection of champagne, specialty wines and craft beers in addition to gourmet coffees, teas and sipping chocolate.


20 May 2014 03:38 am

Hosted by Mandalay Bay Director of Wine Harley Carbery and Penfolds
Winemaking Ambassador DLynn Proctor Thursday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m.

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Charlie Palmer’s Aureole at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino will partner with Penfolds for an exclusive wine pairing dinner Thursday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m. Penfolds, a renowned Australian wine producer, was founded in Adelaide in 1844 by Christopher and Mary Penfold. The winery is one of the oldest in Australia and produces varietals such as Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling and Grenache. Each course of the dinner will be paired with Penfolds’ exquisite wines, as selected by the evening’s hosts, Mandalay Bay Director of Wine Harley Carbery and Penfolds Winemaking Ambassador DLynn Proctor.

The event will tantalize taste buds with a six-course menu created by Aureole’s Executive Chef Vincent Poussel and Executive Pastry Chef Megan Bringas, and will feature:

  • Chef’s Signature Hors-d’oeuvres; paired with 2013 Bin 51 Riesling
    Seared Halibut Cheeks and Slow Poached Organic Brown Eggwith sour dough crisp, tiny vegetables, confit lemon and pickled ramps; paired with 2011 Yattarna Chardonnay
    Colorado Lamb Skewer and Vegetable Tianwith merguez sausage, kidney, loin, pesto pomme puree and mint jus; paired with 2010 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Whole Roasted Duroc Pork Shoulder and Grilled Bellywith confit shallots, dry prunes and pee-wee potatoes; paired with 2009 St. Henri Shiraz
    Herb Roasted Veal Loin and Golden Chanterelleswith fava beans and crones fricassee and tarragon veal jus; paired with 2004 Grange
    Ocutan Dark Chocolate Cremeuxwith wilted blackberry compote and smoked almond crisp; paired with Grandfather Rare Tawny

Tickets are priced at $225 per person, all-inclusive. To make a reservation, call (702) 632-7401. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend.


08 May 2014 03:41 am

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What:

Special Bubbly Brunch at Poppy Den by Chef Angelo Sosa to benefit Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN)

When:

Sunday, May 18

11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where:

Poppy Den

Tivoli Village

440 S. Rampart Blvd, Las Vegas

Reservations:

702.907.5227

Details:

Eat well and do good at Poppy Den’s Bubbly Brunch on Sunday, May 18 to support AFAN. Soak in the sunshine on the spacious garden patio while Chef Angelo Sosa serves up Western-inspired items including grilled steak and eggs, poppy seed pancakes with berries and whipped cream, brioche French toast with vanilla sauce and caramelized bananas and the acclaimed Poppy Burger with French fries. No brunch would be complete without bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys and bellinis for $18 a person. Ten percent of all food and drink proceeds from the day will benefit AFAN’s client service programs that assist in enhancing the physical health and wellness of the local community they serve.


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