30 Apr 2010 04:55 am

Impress Mom with a Day at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas  Sunday, May 9th

Pamper the special mother, wife or friend in your life this Mother’s Day in an exceptional way with a soothing spa treatment and an unforgettable dining experience at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas.  The newest and most luxurious hotel on The Strip is offering an array of relaxing delights and culinary indulgences made just for the lovely lady in your life.

MOzen Bistro
Chef Shawn Armstrong prepares internationally inspired dishes for a refreshing, new Mother’s Day Brunch that will be sure to delight. The special menu will be served from 11am-2:30pm on Sunday, May 9 and includes a variety of limitless passed items as well as a main course and full dessert and cheese buffet to finish.

Passed items include a variety of sushi and sashimi, prepared fresh to order; Fresh Shucked Oysters with Champagne Mignonette and Thai Chili Sauce;”72″ Kobe Short Ribs with Smoked Chili Potato Salad and Chimi Curri; Curried Alaskan Crab Salad with Mango and Apple Gelee; Boston Lobster and Pomelo Salad with Coconut and Fried Shallots; Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps.

Delectable main courses include Roasted Duck Thai Red Curry with Pineapple and Fragrant Rice; Eggs Benedict with Black Forest Ham and Truffle Hollandaise on Toasted English Muffin; Croque Madame with Serrano Ham and Gruyere finished with Mornay; and Free Style Eggs with Pork Sausage, Smoked Apple Wood Bacon and Skillet Potato Hash.



This special Mother’s Day Brunch is priced at $62 per person (excludes tax and gratuity). To make a reservation call +1 (888) 881 9367 or email molas-mozen@mohg.com.

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

Your mother has given you all the time and attention, now it is your turn to buy her time with a fully customized Time Ritual spa treatment designed to cater to what mom needs most. Our Time Ritual makes it easy to pick a spa treatment that suits your mother as our highly-trained spa therapists will consult with her and tailor the treatment to her needs. Complete her experience with a finishing hair appointment or nail treatments at The Salon. Time Rituals are available in two hour or three hour treatments. Starting at $350.

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28 Apr 2010 05:38 am

Vegas Uncork’d Presented by Bon Appétit Debuts Palazzo After Hours - Crushed: Wine that Rocks!

Extraordinary Wine Program to be Paired by Viticulturist/Rock ‘n Roller Joe Bastianich 

Vegas Uncork’d Presented by Bon Appétit, the culinary world’s most extraordinary epicurean event held this year from May 6-9, announces the wine lineup for Palazzo After Hours - Crushed: Wine That Rocks. This event, new to the Vegas Uncork’d program this year, takes place May 8 poolside at The Palazzo Las Vegas beginning at 10:30 p.m.


With Crushed, restaurateur, winemaker and rock and roller Joe Bastianich pairs the great wines of the world with the greatest music of all time. Accompanied by Scott Ian of Anthrax and the electrifying band Six Foot Nurse, Bastianich will lead guests and chefs on a synesthetic exploration of explosive tunes from Led Zeppelin and The Beatles, asking the audience to listen with their palates and taste with their ears. Wines selected to complement the evening’s rock ‘n roll program comprise a veritable tour of the globe’s most exhilarating offerings:  Joe Bastianich’s own Sauvignon Blanc from his own winery in Italy’s famed Friuli region, William Hill Chardonnay from California’s Napa Valley, Kaiken Ultra Malbec from Argentina, Yangarra Shiraz from South Australia, Bisol Prosecco from Valdobbiadene, Italy, and the sparkling dessert wine Marenco Brachetto from the Piemonte region.

Along with outstanding wines, this poolside after‐hours celebration also features signature bites from the all‐star lineup at The Venetian and The Palazzo, including Bangin’ Mini’s from First Food and Bar Executive Chef Sam DeMarco, house cured salumi and cheese from executive chef Zach Allen of Carnevino, and a Rockin’ Wing Bar from Chef de Cuisine Vince Chiyuto of Lagasse’s Stadium. In addition, legendary actor Chazz Palminteri, whose one-man show A Bronx Tale returns to The Venetian Showroom on April 28, will open the red carpet along with a host of other celebrities, chefs and special guests.

“Held in what is hands-down the most exciting epicurean environment anywhere, Vegas Uncork’d Presented by Bon Appétit makes an ideal backdrop for introducing the Crushed concept to a  sophisticated and - most importantly - fun-loving audience,” said Bastianich.

Bastianich, who owns Carnevino at The Palazzo along with B&B Ristorante and Enoteca San Marco at The Venetian in partnership with Chef Mario Batali, joins a roster of Vegas Uncork’d personalities that includes some of the world’s most recognized chefs and decorated sommeliers. Unlike that found at other major culinary events, all epicurean talent headlining programs at Vegas Uncork’d Presented by Bon Appétit maintains a Las Vegas restaurant or works in its kitchens or wine cellars every day.

“We are honored to add The Venetian | The Palazzo, as well as Joe Bastianich, an icon within the wine and spirits world, to this year’s event,” said Paul Jowdy, publisher, Bon Appétit magazine. “We’ve always believed in the vitality of Las Vegas and its culinary scene, so it comes as no surprise that more and more top names in the epicurean arena taking note and signing on to be part of Vegas Uncork’d Presented by Bon Appétit.”

Added Rob O’Keefe, executive director of Vegas Uncork’d:  “Each year, our goal is to build upon the previous event’s success by carefully selecting innovative, new offerings to add to the schedule. Crushed fits perfectly into this strategy.”

The playground for Vegas Uncork’d Presented by Bon Appétit is destination wide and features five anchor partner resorts, each of which offers an enviable roster of on-site restaurants and in-house chefs: Bellagio, Caesars Palace, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and Wynn | Encore. Joining the lineup for the first time this year as an associate partner is The Venetian | The Palazzo. The event’s charitable partner is the Three Square Food Bank, which is dedicated to providing wholesome food to hungry people, while passionately pursuing a hunger-free community.

To purchase tickets and to see more information about this year’s event lineup, please visit www.VegasUncorked.com. There, you may also opt in to receive information about additional events as they are added to the schedule.

Vegas Uncork’d Presented by Bon Appétit is made possible by the following sponsors: the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, exclusive travel partner Travelocity, exclusive automotive sponsor Infiniti and Samsung.

27 Apr 2010 06:30 am

Celebrity  Chefs, Cooking Demos, Wine Tastings, Grand Tastings… Experience all this and more!  Check out all the action during Vegas Uncork’d in our article on TheStreet.com!


26 Apr 2010 08:08 am

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23 Apr 2010 09:20 am

Everyone loves a special occasion.   Now, Mom’s is coming up We’ve scoured our favorite restaurants in search of their special Mother’s Day menus, which we showcase in our Special Events sections (NYC, Vegas, South Florida, etc.) for your convenience, in an abridged version of our traditional listing format. Check back often; we’ll be posting new menus regularly for all those special occasions. Taste and Enjoy!


21 Apr 2010 07:12 am

Dine and unwind during happy hour

Ongoing - Monday through Friday from 5:30 - 8 p.m.

Nove Italiano invites fine dining enthusiasts to enjoy happy hour food and drink specials including featured wine, premium cocktails and signature dishes such as Bruschette, Salumi, a variety of Pizze, Federal Hill Calamari, Nana’s Meatballs, Crudo and more. These items will be available for $7 each in the bar and lounge area only. For more information, visit www.novelasvegas.com or call 702.942.6800.


18 Apr 2010 02:24 am

NYC Grows at Union Square:  A Delicious way to honor Earth Day.

As part of Earth Month, Rouge Tomate will take part in NYC Grows at Union Square on Sunday, April 25th, a fun full day event showcasing healthy living, gardening, tree planting and of course sustainable cooking.   Stop by the Farm to Fork Pavilion in the southwest quadrant of Union Square, where Rouge Tomate will greet you with samples, recipes and nutritional information from 10:00 am to 4:00pm. Jeremy and James will also each be conducting cooking demos on the main stage at 1:30PM and 3:30PM respectively. So come by and support your local restaurant, your local gardener, your local city, and your local taste buds.


16 Apr 2010 03:53 am

The Loire Valley: The Next Stop in our Wine Dinner Series


On April 19th, Route Tomate’s Wine Dinner series continues with a focus on the wines of the Loire Valley.

Explore the extraordinary diversity of the region’s offerings, from red to sparkling to sweet. The evening will be hosted by our Wine Director Pascaline Lepeltier who proudly welcomes winemakers from the area where she grew up. 

Enjoy a 4-course dinner while tasting wines produced in one of the world’s most prominent organic wine growing regions.  

Thierry Michon of Domaine Saint Nicolas - Fiefs Vendeens Michel & Nathalie Delhommeau - Muscadet Nicolas Ganichaud of Domaine de la Fruitiere - Muscadet Marion Venet of Louis de Grenelle - Saumur Jerome Billard of Domaine de la Noblaie - Chinon Jean-Francois Merieau -Touraine Bertrand Michin of Claux Delorme - Valencay Laetitia Gendrier of Domaine des Huards - Cheverny/Cour-Cheverny.

To be part of this tasting adventure, just call the restaurant at (646) 237-8977 and reserve a seat.  The evening begins with a 6:30pm wine reception followed by a  7:30pm seated dinner.  Seats are $95 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Up Next:
May 11th - Dashe Cellars of Sonoma County hosted by winemaker Mike Dashe.

15 Apr 2010 05:56 am

FIRST Food & Bar announces new late night menu showcasing “Size Matters” featuring larger-than-life eats


FIRST Food & Bar - THE place for late night dining in Las Vegas. The high energy of the city is wrapped up in amazing eats and drinks in this hip restaurant and bar that allows guests to keep an eye on all the action with amazing views of The Strip.



Chef Sam “Sammy D” DeMarco listened to customers who were coming in after their shifts or when winding down from a whirlwind night - they all wanted one thing - something more than a watered down late night menu. Chef responded with a creative menu full of FIRST classics like Fish & Chips, Breakfast Mini Burgers and Tuna “Nachos” but for customers looking to ward off late night debauchery with a fun, larger than life menu, Chef created Size Matters - a fun selection of larger-than-life eats featuring items such as:

  • Chicken & Waffles - Half a chicken, thick waffles with Wild Turkey American Honey bourbon maple syrup. Can also be topped with sunny side up eggs. ($17)
  • The Big Dobranski Burger - Already popular with taste testers, the 21 ounce burger is about a foot in diameter and described as “Twice As Big As Your Head.” The Dobranski features six pieces of cheese, six slices of bacon, half an avocado and LTO BBQ Mayo. As with just about everything at FIRST, guests can add some eggs or even an additional patty. ($24)
  • Have You Seen My 12″ Weiner? - Fully loaded hot dog with all the fixings. ($12)
  • Two-Handed BLTA - a FIRST Food & Bar classic. The largest and tastiest BLTA in town. ($18)
  • Chicken Fried Steak - Hearty helping of Chicken Fried Steak alongside four eggs, gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits. ($17)
  • Chicken Parmagiana Lasagna - Two pounds of layered goodness straight from the kitchen of Sammy D. ($24)


Tuesday - Saturday - 1am until 4am


Items start from $12 and are meant to be shared…or not.


Inside The Shoppes at the Palazzo
3327 Las Vegas Blvd. South #2812
Second floor; access next to Barneys New York
Additional entrance from the Las Vegas Strip

14 Apr 2010 03:27 am

Le Bernardin

Intimate Events.

Ultimate experience.

Our successful private wine seminars return with three new topics and conversational dinners.

Le Bernardin continues with our Spring series hosted by Aldo Sohm, Best Sommelier in the World 2008 and winner of the James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine Service 2009.


Aldo will share his years of tasting experience plus his knowledge of terroir, vinification and ultimately “How to Taste.”  This will be an interactive seminar with questions to create a dialogue about wine while increasing your wine knowledge and confidence.

The evening begins with the tasting, followed by a conversational dinner furthering discussion on wine and food pairings.


April 24 Burgundy

May 8 Champagne

May 22 Wines from South America

-4:30 pm tasting and discussion

- 6:00 pm conversational dinner

- $295 pp per topic, all-inclusive

- Limited seating


To Reserve: Contact Private Dining
(212) 554-1108 or

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