31 Jan 2012 04:58 am


The Kitchen NYC is the best kept secret in culinary driven venues.  Since opening, the studio has welcomed numerous notable guest chefs and clients through its doors and produced innovative experiences ranging from interactive product launches and private events/dinners to recipe development and production shoots.  As the food scene’s popularity grows, The Kitchen NYC continues to break boundaries between what food and entertainment have to offer.  JBF Award-winning Executive Chef, Patrick Connolly has joined The Kitchen NYC as Executive Chef and as it turns out, Chef Connolly’s brother is Dan Connolly from the New England Patriots.  So, it’s only fitting that The Kitchen NYC is offering an exclusive Super Bowl Party package, available on February 5, 2012 to you and 50 of your closest friends, for the all inclusive price of $65,000.00.

The package includes:

  • Top Shelf Premium Bar Options
  • Luxury Stadium with a 12 Foot Video Wall for Optimal Viewing
  • Tiered Couch Seating for Maximum Comfort Featuring ‘Kitchen to Couch’ Personalized Service for Every Single Guest
  • Completely Customized Design
  • Professional Event Planning to Ensure Seamless Service from Start to Finish

Executive Chef Patrick Connolly is offering “competing” menus for game day:

Taking inspiration from New England flavors and New York cuisine, the menu will be customized to your party’s liking:

Pats Fans:

Fried Wellfleet Oysters with tartar and celery salt

Chicken wings with spicy NH maple and Great Hill blue cheese

Maine Crab Nachos with corn tortillas, smoked bacon,  tarragon crème fraiche, hard-boiled egg and capers

Lobster roll grinder on brioche with Boston lettuce and VT butter

Fall River Portuguese linguica sausage with radicchio and pepper jam

Whoopie Pie Ice Cream Sandwich


Giants Fans:

North Fork LI Oysters Rockefeller

Hudson valley duck wings with black pepper, honey and cider vinegar

Steakhouse Baked Potato ‘Skins’ sharp cheddar, potato puree,  sliced NY strip, scallion, sour cream

Pastrami Grinder with caraway, brussel sprout slaw and Russian dressing

Arthur Avenue Sweet Italian sausage with homemade gardiniere

Black and White Cookies Cheesecake 

Connolly, originally from St. Louis, began his rise to fame in 2002 at the world class restaurant Radius in Boston.  During his tenure as executive chef, Radius was awarded four stars by the Boston Globe.  His success caught national attention and in 2008 he won the food industry’s highest honor, the James Beard Best Chef, North-East Award.   Following his win, Connolly made his New York City debut at the West Village restaurant BOBO, where he spent three years as their executive chef.


“I’m thrilled to join The Kitchen NYC and excited for the opportunity to provide our clients with a unique interactive food experience” said Connolly.  “Here I’ll be able to welcome guests into my kitchen and involve them in the creative process.”  Owner and founder of The Kitchen NYC, Steven Yevoli adds, “Patrick is a great addition to our team.  His talent combined with the versatility of the space allows us to offer even greater opportunities that cannot be found anywhere else in New York.”

30 Jan 2012 05:09 am

Dinner will feature dishes inspired by Chef Alex Stratta and world-class wines from Chateau Montelena


Marché Bacchus French Bistro & Wine Shop will host a very special wine dinner featuring a delectable four-course tasting menu executed by Chef Alex Stratta expertly paired with world-class wines from Chateau Montelena, Napa Valley’s most historic and heralded winery. Featured wines for the evening include the wine-maker’s highly rated Riesling, Cabernet and Zinfandel premier release.

Calistoga-based Chateau Montelena, established in 1882, is credited for helping California wine earn worldwide recognition. In 1976, Chateau Montelena was one of two Napa Valley wineries to come out on top in a blind tasting held for a who’s-who of the French wine and food establishment gathered at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Paris. Chateau Montelena produces Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Riesling varieties. The winery has been owned and operated by the Barrett Family since 1972. www.montelena.com.

James Beard Award-winning Chef and restaurateur, Alex Stratta, is regarded as one of the top chefs in the world today. A consultant with Marché Bacchus, Stratta was recently featured on the third season of the popular Bravo TV program, Top Chef Masters.  Stratta was previously executive chef of ALEX, the award-winning (Michelin Two-Star, AAA Five-Diamond, Mobil Five-Star) French fine dining restaurant at Wynn Las Vegas. 

Wednesday, February 1st -6:30pm; $89 per person (does not include tax or gratuity)

Marché Bacchus French Bistro & Wine Shop
2620 Regatta Dr # 106 (in Desert Shores) Las Vegas, NV 89128

Seating is limited and reservations can be made by calling (702) 804-8008.

27 Jan 2012 04:33 am

Due to the success of Craft’s recent blind wine dinner, wine director Greg Majors is hosting another blind wine tasting dinner today/Jan 27 at 7:30pm.


Greg will lead guests through a blind tasting of eight wines paired with a four-course dinner (menu below). He will also highlight a variety of tasting techniques, and the highest scorer takes home a prize. Follow Greg on Twitter at @GregDMajors for clues leading up to the dinner.

The blind tasting will take place in the private dining room and costs $110/person (not including tax & gratuity). For reservations or more information, email Kate Gardiner, kgardiner@craftrestaurant.com.

Craft private dining room, 47 East 19th Street, 212.780.0880

Craft’s Blind Wine Tasting Menu

Satsuma and Pickled Hon Shimeji Mushrooms

White Bean Agnolotti
Rosemary and Espelette

Braised Short Ribs
Roasted Root Vegetables

Warm Chocolate Cake

26 Jan 2012 04:32 am

An Ode to the Super Bowl Viewing Party with a Gourmet Twist


Due Forni Pizza & Wine celebrates its first annual Foodie Bowl on Sunday, February 5 in conjunction with local food blogger Dominic Scali, aka The Vegas Foodie. Foodie Bowl I is a Super Bowl viewing party for people who love food as much as they love football and will feature games and giveaways including bottles of wine, football gear, and food gift certificates.

Guests can kick-off their savory Super Bowl experience with game day gourmet grub items including the Turkey Meatball Sliders, House Made Sausage and Pepper Paninis, Oven Roasted Lamb Lollipops with Fig Vincotto, Prosciutto Cotto and Cheese Calzones, Chicken Piadinas “Italian Quesadillas” and Butternut Squash Raviolis with Pancetta and Walnuts. The full Due Forni menu will also be available. Beverage specials include wine for $5 a glass and all you can drink Peroni for $20. 

Foodie Bowl I takes the gridiron gourmet; the event offers a comfortable setting to enjoy the game while fueling fans’ excitement with scrumptious game day sustenance at an affordable price. Walk-ins welcome, but guarantee a spot by calling 702.586.6500 as space is expected to fill up quickly. Due Forni opens at 11 am on Super Bowl Sunday and full festivities begin at 2:30 pm.

Due Forni
3555 S. Town Center Drive, Suite 105
Las Vegas, NV 89135

25 Jan 2012 04:53 am

Chef Tim Bando will serve up some new menu items for those dining at the bar at Tremont including, baked goat cheese with spicy tomato sauce and piment d’espelette, white anchovies with celery, lemon and parsley and the Tremont burger with foie gras onions and aged cheddar.  The menu will be available all night, Sunday through Wednesday 5:30p - 11pm and Thursday through Saturday 5:30p - midnight.


Shishito Peppers
lime, sea salt, cilantro

Baked Goat Cheese
spicy tomato sauce, piment d’espelette

White Anchovies
celery, lemon, parsley

Chilled Shrimp
lemon, currants, pine nuts

Lamb Meatballs
tzatziki & cucumber salad

Tremont Burger
foie gras onions, aged cheddar

Artisanal Cheese Plate
honey, jam, housemade crackers

Red or White Wine by the Glass
bartender’s choice

bartender’s choice

51 Bank Street
New York, NY 10014

24 Jan 2012 05:07 am

Edge, Steak & Bar Launches Innovative Sunday Brunch at Four Seasons Hotel Miami


Photo Credit: Andres Aravena

Edge, Steak & Bar - the chic, approachable and hot new restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel Miami - brings back the property’s acclaimed brunch, this time with a twist. The culinary team at the hotel has gone to great lengths to surpass expectations and deliver a memorable and innovative Sunday brunch.  Enter: Edge, Steak & Bar’s Best of Miami Sunday Brunch.

Embracing Miami’s wildly-popular food trucks movement, the new brunch will offer a twist on this trend with creatively designed food stations. Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., diners can enjoy a savory buffet with all the classic trappings, as well as interact with chefs serving delicious fare via simulated food truck-style stations. The Viva La Mexico taco “truck” station will dish up braised short rib and chilaquiles served with chicken and green tomatillo and queso sauce.  A Cuban foodtruck” station will offer crispy roast suckling pig served on Cuban bread with mojo onions, house pickles and lemon aioli. 

A meat carving station will showcase Edge’s signature tomahawk chop served with house-made Edge rub and three sauces; a Peruvian Seafood station will feature corvina ceviche with sweet potato and aji Amarillo cream; ahi tuna tartare with watermelon, shallots and flat leaf parsley, and wahoo tiradito with heirloom tomatoes and saffron vinaigrette to name a few.  The brunch centerpiece is a seafood tower with an abundance of fresh spiny crabs, oysters and shrimp. 

The buffet will include light offerings such as assorted chilled melons, mojito tropical fruit salad and passion fruit mango smoothie shots.  There will be an array of small plates, soups and salads and antipasti will feature three bruschettas; balsamic mushroom and cipollini onions; smoked chicken and celery remoulade, and bacaloa with smoked trout, fennel, white beans and olive salad.  Hot dishes will include seafood paella, BBQ spiced chicken with chimichurri, and guava braised short ribs with fried onions.

And what brunch is complete without amazing sweets?  Desserts will range from a signature ice cream station, churned to order with an array of toppings, and a cotton candy station with an assortment of flavors.  Additional sweet treats: freshly made churros; alfajores, guava tart and Key lime panna cotta.

Brunch activities will include a kids’ station with Wii and Xbox, and a small food display with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cheddar sticks, mini chocolate brownies and more.  A kids a la carte menu is also available, which includes mac and cheese, chicken fingers, fresh fish with vegetables and mashed potatoes, and pasta Bolognese. And, for grown-ups who need a little hair of the dog, a Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary bar.

The brunch buffet and stations will be located between Edge and the adjacent 1435 Bar playfully known as the Outer Edge.  Priced at $75 per adult, $32 per child (ages 5 to 12).

Edge, Steak & Bar is located at 1435 Brickell Avenue on the 7th floor of Four Seasons Hotel Miami.  Reservations suggested.  Telephone: (305) 381-3015.

23 Jan 2012 04:58 am

The Venetian® and The Palazzo® will celebrate Chinese New Year and the Year of the Dragon with festive attractions and décor throughout the award-winning properties beginning Monday, Jan. 23. These complimentary offerings are a remarkable way for guests to take part in an over-the-top Chinese New Year experience in Las Vegas.




The Venetian and The Palazzo kickoff the Year of the Dragon with a ceremonial dragon dance complete with firecrackers and eye painting ceremony.  The colorful spectacle will feature a parade of dancers and musicians dressed in elaborate costumes playing authentic music.  The premier Chinese New Year attraction is a spectacular 128-foot hand-crafted, fire-breathing dragon, suspended above in the 65-foot-high space of The Waterfall & Atrium Gardens of The Palazzo.  Spanning the entire atrium, the one-of-a-kind, 8,000-pound dragon will be perched amidst the ground fountain and breathe fire.

The kick-off event takes place on Monday, Jan. 23 at 1pm.   The Dragon Dance will begin at The Venetian porte cochere, making its way through the casino to The Waterfall & Atrium Gardens of The Palazzo, where the unveiling of the fire-breathing dragon will take place.  The dance will continue through The Palazzo.         

The Grand Canal Shoppes and The Shoppes at The Palazzo will feature additional Dragon and Fan Dances, along with a chance to receive complimentary center gift cards, decadent chocolates and more.

The Dragon Dance will start in the great hall of The Grand Canal Shoppes and will conclude near Table 10 at The Shoppes at The Palazzo, on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 1 p.m.

The Fan Dance will take place near the canal turnaround where The Shoppes at The Palazzo and The Grand Canal Shoppes meet, on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m.

CHINESE NEW YEAR DÉCOR: Guests are invited to come feel the thrill and beauty of Las Vegas’ premier Chinese New Year attraction: a 128-foot hand-crafted, 8,000-pound, fire breathing dragon suspended above in the 65-foot-high space of The Waterfall & Atrium Gardens of The Palazzo.   In addition to the dragon, the resorts are featuring breathtaking feng shui-inspired décor, including fresh bamboo, citrus trees and 15-foot floral arrangements of tangerines, bromeliads and orchids. Nine traditional I-Ching coins, representing an abundance of wealth, will surround the dragon and Lalique statues of The Palazzo.  Six-foot-tall, hand-loomed brocade silk and jade gold and red lanterns will be suspended from the atrium ceilings signifying the lives of those around to always be bright. 

The dragon will breathe fire daily at 1 and 5 p.m. Jan. 23-Feb. 5

Chinese New Year décor will run Jan. 23-Feb. 28

The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd., South
The Palazzo Las Vegas, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd., South

19 Jan 2012 05:00 am

New luxury brunch offers an array of dishes to soak up and nourish weekend fun


Valentino Las Vegas at The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino is happy to announce the launch of an exquisite Sunday brunch experience.  Sunday Brunch, featured weekly from 10:30am to 3pm inside The Grill at Valentino, features an array of traditional and contemporary Italian-inspired culinary delights and refreshing drink specials, courtesy of James Beard Award-winning Chef Luciano Pellegrini.  The Chef, regarded for his award-winning lunch and dinner cuisine, is excited to get into the Las Vegas brunch game.

“We’ve had a lot of guest communication asking us about opening a little earlier on Sunday mornings so we decided to start the New Year off by introducing our take on brunch, featuring some classic dishes with my own personal twist,” says Chef Pellegrini. “With a growing number of convention and hotel guests the past several months, this service will be perfect for hotel guests as well as friends and families looking to enjoy a great meal in a casual but refined atmosphere.”

The menu reflects takes on traditional brunch items, as mentioned above, with Pellegrini’s unique twists.  A few of the signature items include Wild Boar Sausage Scramble (Wild Boar Sausage, Tomatoes, Bell Peppers & Onions), House-Smoked Salmon Omelet (House Smoked Salmon & Dill Sour Cream), Veal & Eggs (5oz Veal Scaloppine Cooked in Butter and Garlic with two eggs any style, served with Rustic Potato Napoleon) and Eggs Benedette (Poached Eggs on Toasted English Muffins with Principe Ham, Hollandaise Sauce, Served with Rustic Napoleon). In addition to these a la carte items, the menu also features a four-course selection priced at $39 per person (excluding tax and gratuity).  Guests can also indulge in Bottomless Bubbles ($15) and Bottomless Bloody Marys ($25), to complement the new brunch menu.

Located inside The Venetian Resort-Hotel- Casino, Valentino Las Vegas is open for brunch every Sunday from 10:30am-3pm. For more information, visit www.valentinorestaurants.com or call (702) 414-3000

18 Jan 2012 04:00 am

To celebrate Craftbar’s 10th anniversary, chef de cuisine Lauren Hirschberg has curated a special three-course lunch prix fixe menu featuring both old favorites and new dishes offered Mon/Jan 16 through Fri/Jan 27 from 12-4pm. 


Photo Credit: Mark Jordan

First course offerings include Craftbar classics like white anchovy bruschetta with confit leek, soft-cooked egg and lemon aïoli and pecorino arancini with spicy tomato and parmigiano. For the main course, guests can choose from favorites including Guinea hen ravioli with chanterelle mushroom and cippolini onion and grilled sardines with fennel and pine nut ravioli. Pastry chef Abby Swain will offer a selection of her specialty desserts for a sweet finish to the meal. 

The celebratory three-course menu is $24/person (plus tax and gratuity). For reservations and more information, please call 212.461.4300.

Craftbar, 900 Broadway, 212.461.4300

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Craftbar 10th Anniversary Winter 2012

First Course
Choice of:
Frisée Salad
Bacon Lardon, Gorgonzola, Poached Egg
Roasted Baby Beets
Goat’s Milk Cheese, Pistachio

Mixed Lettuce
Shallot Vinaigrette

Pecorino Arancini
Spicy Tomato, Parmigiano

Parsnip & Fennel Soup
Maine Crab, Gala Apple

Soffritto Braised Tripe
Anson Mills Polenta, Poached Egg

Field Mushroom & Fontina Bruschetta
Maitake, Trompette Royale, Beech, Piopini, Crimini

White Anchovy Bruschetta
Confit Leek, Soft-Cooked Egg, Lemon Aïoli

Country-Style Rabbit Terrine
Pear Mostarda

Marinated Montauk Squid
Fresno Chili, Niçoise Olive, Fennel

Main Course
Choice of:
House-Cut Spaghetti
Manilla Clams, Pancetta, Mustard Greens, Roasted Tomato

Roasted Hanger Steak
Potato Purée, Caramelized Onion

Guinea Hen Ravioli
Chanterelle Mushroom, Cippolini Onion

Grilled Sardines
Fennel-Pine Nut Ravioli

Braised Pork Belly
Lentils, Carmelized Endive

Roasted Atlantic Salmon
Baby Shitake Mushroom á la Grecque

Veal Ricotta Meatballs 

Pancetta & Fried Egg Sandwich
Red Pepper Relish, Pecorino

Eggplant Panino
Radicchio, Goat Cheese, Piquillo Pepper


17 Jan 2012 05:00 am

WHAT:           Executive Chef Rob Moore of Jean Georges Steakhouse at ARIA Resort & Casino will share cooking tips, recipes and more during an online Facebook chat Wednesday, January 18. The one hour chat, the first in a series highlighting culinary talent at ARIA, gives fans and followers the opportunity to learn more about Moore and his cuisine, his culinary background and the latest news from the Jean Georges Steakhouse kitchen.


WHEN:           Wednesday, January 18; 5-6 p.m. PST

WHERE:        ARIA Resort & Casino Facebook Page

PREVIEW:       http://twitpic.com/85sf0j

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