25 Sep 2012 04:06 am

Here’s a winner - steps away from the slots, football fans are gathering at the Central Michel Richard Bar/Lounge - no longer needing to make the big choice between game-time TV and their gaming pleasure.


Every Thursday - Monday during football season, for pro-football and college games, Central Michel Richard at Revel will serve drink specials and a menu of game-time snacks. Forget the soggy subs and dry wings, football fans can now watch the game and savor touchdown dishes like Bacon & Onion Tart, Crispy Chicken Wings, Bison & Poblano Chili, Bleu Cheese Chips, Fried Chicken, and Beer Battered Onion Rings drizzled with Honey from Central’s Bar/Lounge menu.

If you’re going to belly up to the bar for a three hour game make every drink count with Central’s snappy drink prices during the games;  $3 domestic beer, $5 Titos vodka drinks (including Bloody Mary’s),  and $6 weekly featured wine selections.  Drink specials start 30 minutes before each game and end 30 minutes after the final play.

The Central Michel Richard Bar/Lounge, located just off the Revel gaming floor, is a lively and energetic venue for small group parties - consider it casino tailgating.  Game schedules available upon request. Bet on it!

20 Sep 2012 03:34 am


Celebrity Chef Akira Back celebrates four years of Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge at the iconic Bellagio with a special anniversary party on Thursday, September 20. Join Chef Akira Back and other invited guests as they  reminisce on the past, toast to the future, and indulge in stand-out dishes - including the Big Eye Tuna Pizza and Lobster Carpaccio - that have made Yellowtail a culinary staple on The Strip.

Thursday, September 20
Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge, Chef Akira Back at Bellagio
3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

19 Sep 2012 03:39 am

Guests can indulge in global seafood cuisine and handcrafted cocktails at special prices


Rick Moonen’s rm seafood at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino is allowing guests to break from the traditional happy hour with an early evening menu that celebrates sustainable seafood and award-winning cocktails. Offered Tuesday through Saturday, from 7pm to 10pm, guests can escape to the upstairs lounge and indulge in a variety of extraordinary items at unbeatable prices.

The special menu offers exceptionally fresh and sustainable seafood bites for under $10. Highlights include Crab Cake Sliders with brioche buns, chipotle aioli and heirloom tomatoes; Spicy Shrimp Lettuce Wraps with ponzu sauce; Thai Prawn Shrimp Cocktail; Citrus Cured Salmon Flatbread; Rhode Island-style Calamari with sweet and spicy cherry peppers; East or West Coast Oyster Sampler; Buffalo-style Blue Point Oysters; Surf & Surf Roll made with shrimp, crab and avocado; and the Taka Roll made with fluke tempura, spicy mayo, avocado and sweet soy.

Perfect for parties of two, the menu also features delectable wine pairings such as The Class Act which includes ½ oz of Spanish Oscetra Caviar served with potato waffle and traditional garnishes and two glasses of Nicolas Feuillatte champagne ($99); and The Aphrodisiac which features 12 oysters on the half shell and two glasses of Juve & Camps Brut and Rose Cava ($60). For those who crave something sweet, The Sweet Tooth offers dark chocolate coulant, brandy strawberries and cherries, Amaretto semifreddo, brown sugar streusel and a glass of Taylor-Flagate LBV Port ($24 each).

In addition to these a la carte and paired items, guests also can enjoy specialty handcrafted cocktails created by award-winning lead barman JR Starkus. The list includes such favorites as Tangerine Honey made with Tangerine Vodka, Aperol, honey and lemon; Off the Cuff which blends Bulleit Rye, Drambuie, honey, lemon and barrel-aged bitters; and My Friend Jenny that combines Corazon Tequila, St-Germain, fresh-pressed pineapple, Bittermans, tiki bitters, lime, Orgeat and mint. Each cocktail is only $7. An array of wine flights also are available for just $12 including a selection of Old World Whites, West Coast Reds and Dessert Wines.

For more information, visit rmseafood.com or call (702) 632-9300.

18 Sep 2012 03:50 am

Throughout the month of September, The Mirage is celebrating National Bourbon month with specialty bourbon cocktails and events. The beverage professionals at The Mirage have carefully crafted cocktails that highlight the flavors of this truly American spirit. The specialty cocktail list is below.


On Tuesday September 18 from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. inside Onda Wine Lounge, legendary Knob Creek Master Distiller Fred Noe will be hosting a meet and greet. He will be sharing his keen knowledge of bourbon and signing autographed bottles of The Mirage’s very own special selection of Knob Creek Single Barrel Bourbon.

Specialty cocktails are $10 each

Gold Rush

Knob Creek Mirage Single Barrel Bourbon, Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur, Simple Syrup, Fresh Lemon Juice, Angostura Aromatic Bitters, garnished with an Apple Ginger Fruit Chip

Smash Bill

Knob Creek Mirage Single Barrel Bourbon, Fresh Lime Juice, Fresh Mint Leaves, Simple Syrup, Strawberry Puree, Lemon Lime Soda, garnished with a Strawberry

The Blues Tea

Red Stag Honey Tea, Fresh Lemon Juice, Blueberry Liqueur, Angostura Aromatic Bitters, Prosecco, garnished with a Lemon Wedge

Kentucky Scout

Basil Hayden Kentucky Bourbon, Dark Crème De Cocoa, Crème de Menthe, Cream

Simple Syrup, garnished with a sugared rim.

17 Sep 2012 03:34 am

Tonight, Hearth will host A Night to Honor Our Friends, a charity dinner featuring five top chefs.

dining_roomPhoto Credit: Katherine Bryant

Chef and owner Marco Canora has invited his fellow toques to prepare a five-course dinner in honor of two Hearth family friends recently diagnosed with A.L.S., or Lou Gehrig’s disease: former Hearth server Kevin Swan and chef Gerry Hayden. The dinner benefits A Life Story Foundation, an organization started by Swan that helps raise awareness for the disease.

Guest chefs April Bloomfield (The Spotted Pig, The John Dory Oyster Bar, The Breslin), Seamus Mullen (Tertulia), Carlo Mirarchi (Roberta’s) and pastry chef Claudia Fleming (North Fork Table & Inn and wife of Gerry Hayden) will join Canora in the kitchen, each preparing a single course with a beverage pairing. Full menu is below.


A Night to Honor Our Friends

A dinner to support A Life Story Foundation

September 17th


$250 per person (all inclusive). All profits go to the foundation.

Reservations: HonorOurFriends@gmail.com

Hearth Restaurant

Address: 403 East 12th Street

Phone: 646-602-1300

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1st Course

Huevo Ahumado

Smoked soft-cooked egg, marinated mushrooms, pickled squash, Iberico

ham, sherry mushroom vinaigrette

Seamus Mullen (Tertulia)

2nd Course


Celeriac and poppy seeds

Carlo Mararchi (Roberta’s and Blanca)

3rd Course

Pan-roasted Red Snapper

Lentil puree, saffron stewed tomatoes, herb breadcrumbs

April Bloomfield (The Spotted Pig, The John Dory Oyster Bar, and The Breslin)

4th Course

Beef in Brodo

Sirloin, tongue, cheek, marrow, beets, and consomme

Marco Canora (Hearth Restaurant and Terroir Wine Bars)

5th Course

Buttermilk Panna Cotta

Oysterponds Farm figs, concord grape sorbet, pistachos

Claudia Fleming (North Fork Table & Inn, and formerly of Gramercy Tavern)

14 Sep 2012 03:34 am

Grab your favorite political mascot or take a bite out of your opponent with dark chocolate ganache truffles


Portland, Ore.-based Moonstruck Chocolate Co. anticipates the 2012 election season with its whimsical chocolate truffles in the shapes of the country’s iconic political mascots, an elephant and a donkey.  Both truffle mascots feature dark chocolate ganache hand-formed into an adorable donkey or elephant and enrobed in naturally colored and hand-decorated grey ivory chocolate. A box of four truffles is available for a suggested retail price of $15. The truffles are also available for bulk purchase at $3.75 a piece.

“We love to design whimsical chocolate critters at Moonstruck and are excited for the 2012 election season to showcase our handcrafted donkey and elephant truffles,” says Moonstruck master chocolatier Julian Rose. “We are making a bold flavor statement by using extra bittersweet dark chocolate for both of the truffle designs.”

Election Collection ‘12 is now available at all five Moonstruck Chocolate Cafés in Portland, Ore., at select retailers and fine grocers nationwide and at www.moonstruckchocolate.com

13 Sep 2012 03:32 am

For the revelers who prefer to rise a tad late, and those who like to lunch a wee bit early, the ideal Saturday/Sunday meal is Brunch.  From 10am-3pm every Saturday and Sunday, Central Michel Richard at Revel perfectly combines breakfast and lunch menus to satisfy all expectations of the hour. For French toast with bacon, or a burger on a toasted bun, it’s the perfect spot to grab a spork and nosh.


Chef Michael Williams features breakfast items front and center, in addition to the full lunch menu.  Continental favorites start with Croissants, Chocolate Croissants and Blueberry Muffins, and Smoked Salmon Rillette & Brioche.  Chef inspired presentations are eye-openers with Crème Brule French Toast topped with wild berries and bananas, and Croque Madame topped with a fried egg and served with salad. For the traditionalist, a Choice of Omelets, and Eggs Any Style are staples with sides of bacon, sausage and home fries, and for the health-conscious diner, the Berry Parfait with Raspberry Sauce or a bowl of Seasonal Fresh Fruit are favs.


On the lunch side Central’s signature “gougeres” (cheese puffs) start every meal off with a smile.  Pair them with a goat cheese Caesar salad, bacon & onion tart or “La Quercia” prosciutto plate.  Sandwiches selections are plentiful; think Central’s infamous burgers - Lamb, Tuna, chicken, classic Beef, or the award winning Lobster Burger - try a piled high Corned Beef Sandwich, or colossal Crab Cake..  Other lunch dishes are also sure to please, enjoy Tartare of Filet Mignon with French Fries, Salmon with Black Bean Sauce and Fall Vegetables, Fried Chicken with Garlic Mashed Potatoes, or Mussels with White Wine and Garlic.

“I opened Central because I love to eat hamburgers, and I love American food,” said Michel, “Besides, I am French, so who better to be making French fries?”


Whether you are here for breakfast or lunch, you never want to skip dessert when you are in a Michel Richard restaurant! Central features classics like Lemon Meringue Tart, Chocolate Lava Cake, Cheesecake, and a Banana Split which is a delightful shared experience.  Central is a perfect spot for celebrations and holidays - with appetizer plates sized for the table, and a multi-tiered Celebration Cake, served with a dazzling sparkler candle.

For guests with a packed activity schedule, eager to hit the casino or local sightseeing, the Central Bar/Lounge offers a quick grab-and-go pastry bar serving coffee, croissants, and pastries. Ideally located just off the casino floor, the Central Pastry Bar is on the way to the retail shops and self-parking area. You’ll hardly lose your stride, and it’s as yummy as a row of cherries.

Central at Revel is the destination of choice for great food served in an attractive, yet unpretentious atmosphere. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly - and dedicated to ensure your dining experience is deliciously fun.

12 Sep 2012 03:33 am

World-Class Resort Stay, Private Chef Experiences and “All-Star” Kitchen Items Provided in Exclusive Offer

The highly anticipated 2012 Food & Wine All-Star Weekend Oct. 5-7 is auctioning off the Ultimate Foodie Getaway package on Charitybuzz.com, the leading destination for online charity auctions, valued at $7,500 with all proceeds benefitting The Public Education Foundation. World-renowned celebrity chefs including Masa Takayama, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Joël Robuchon, Hubert Keller, Rick Moonen and Michael Mina plus the weekend’s host Gail Simmons, have come together to create an elite culinary experience for the highest bidder to indulge in during the third annual epicurean weekend.


The winner and a guest will enjoy luxurious accommodations in a world-class resort, admission to the weekend’s culinary events, exclusive one-on-one time with celebrity chef superstars and the opportunity to taste the finest array of wine and cuisine. Additionally, an “All-Star Kitchen” will enhance the package, featuring treasured culinary items the participating chefs love to use in their kitchens such as cookbooks, a chef’s jacket and more.

The auction’s beneficiary is The Public Education Foundation. The Foundation is a nonprofit Nevada organization dedicated to cultivating innovative strategies to improve public schools, including the expansion of arts education. For more information about the auction or to begin bidding on the Ultimate Foodie Getaway package, visit www.charitybuzz.com/MGMVegas through September 25.

The Ultimate Foodie Getaway package includes (for two guests only):

World-class Accommodations
Enjoy a luxurious three-night, four-day stay in extravagant accommodations with VIP check-in and an in-room amenity at the property of your choice: ARIA, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay or The Mirage

Elite Travel Services

Experience lavish treatment with limo transportation to/from your choice hotel

Food and Wine All-Star Weekend itinerary:

Friday, Oct. 5

Choose between Afternoon Tea at Joël Robuchon Restaurant featuring Gail Simmons or Tequila Tasting Happy Hour at Diego

  • Meet with culinary expert Gail Simmons while tasting French desserts and sipping on the finest tea selection at Joël Robuchon Restaurant at MGM Grand. Experience includes a photo opportunity
  • Enjoy more than 15 types of mouth-watering tequilas with a chance to meet Food Network’sChoppedwinner, Diego Executive Chef Christina Oliverez. Experience includes a photo opportunity

Poolside All-Star Tasting

  • Taste the first-class restaurants and featured dishes by MGM Resorts International’s All-Star lineup of best eats inLas Vegas. Indulge in savory treats alongside The Mirage’s tropical pool paradise

Autographed Red Carpet Photo

  • Savor this incredible experience with a personalized autographed red carpet photo including all the Food & Wine All-Star Weekend celebrity chefs

Sweet Strip Viewing

  • Enjoy the best night sky view of the Vegas strip from the rooftop lounge at miX atMandalayBay. miX Executive Chef Bruno Riou, Executive Pastry Chef Orady Ditgnavong and Master Chocolatier Vincent Pilon will create signature cocktails and custom desserts sure to make for a memorable night

Saturday, Oct. 6

Choose between Four Farms, Three Chefs, Two Brothers and One Table or All-Star Lunch at Sage

  • Experience an enticing luncheon at Bellagio’s Grand Patio featuring an outstanding menu with seasonal ingredients harvested from select farms and perfectly paired with an array of the finest wines. Culinary expert Gail Simmons will host this authentic farm-style epicurean experience
  • Be a part of an extraordinary lunch menu inspired by top culinary chefs Shawn McClain, Masa Takayama, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Michael Mina and Julian Serrano at Sage at ARIA. For an afternoon sweet tooth delight, World Pastry Champion Jean-Philippe Maury will masterfully prepare a sample of mouth-watering desserts

Choose between One-on-One culinary experiences with Chef Michael Mina or

Chef Masa Takayama

  • Delight in an exclusive wine and cocktail tasting experience paired with delicious small bites prepared by Chef Michael Mina at AMERICAN FISH at ARIA
  • Learn from Master Sushi Chef Masa Takayama as he shows the intricate skills it takes to roll sushi with this exclusive class at barMASA at ARIA

Surfside Soiree

Relax while enjoying live music, cocktails and signature recipes next to the gently crashing waves of the MandalayBayBeach. With dishes served by property taste crafters, it will be a memorable community-style American Classic night along on the Beach

Sunday, Oct. 7

Choose between a Four-Course Brunch & Champagne Tasting at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon or Jasmine Dreams of Dim Sum & Champagne at Bellagio

  • Take pleasure in a four-course gourmet brunch prepared by Executive Chefs Claude Le-Tohic and Steve Benjamin at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon inside MGM Grand. Every taste bud will be satisfied, as each new course is perfectly paired with a variety of champagnes
  • Experience a luxurious brunch hosted by Gail Simmons and Bellagio Director of Wine Jason Smith at the AAA Five Diamond Bellagio. Enjoy a blend of modern and traditional dim sum paired with champagne while overlooking the beautiful backdrop of the Fountains of Bellagio

Choose between Top Chef Masters Dinner at Border Grill or rm seafood dinner with signed cookbook by Chef Rick Moonen at Mandalay Bay

o       Enjoy modern Mexican food in a vibrant setting at Border Grill, an urban cantina from Chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken. With this Chef’s Tasting Menu for two, guests will enjoy a menu of authentic cuisine, consisting of signature Border Grill dishes and cocktails

  • Experience Celebrity Chef Rick Moonen’s state-of-the-art sustainable seafood restaurant offering a pristine raw bar, delectable sushi selections and contemporary cocktails. Chef Moonen will greet the winner and present a personalized cookbook at dinner

11 Sep 2012 03:44 am

Border Grill Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino will celebrate Mexican Independence Day with an array of tasty cocktail and dining specials all week long, starting Monday, September 10- Sunday, September 16.  In addition to Border Grill’s daily menu of modern Mexican favorites, guests can enjoy the following specialty menu courtesy of Executive Chef Mike Minor:



Hornitos Margarita

sauza hornitos blanco tequila • pomegranate • blood orange

passion fruit • fresh lime juice • agave nectar   13

Black Cherry Mojito

fresh black cherries • cruzan black cherry rum

fresh lime • mint • sparkling soda    12


Ahi Tuna Ceviche

crunchy quinoa fritter • hawaiian ahi tuna • onions • cilantro • avocado

serrano chile mint sauce • piquillo pepper salsa   15

Chicken Pozole

traditional mexican chicken stew • hominy • roasted jalapeño chile broth

cabbage • onions • cilantro • corn tortillas strips   10


Seafood Chile Relleno

poblano pepper stuffed with shrimp • dungenes crab • carrot chayote salad

chipotle cream sauce • poblano sauce • almond walnut sauce   22

Turkey Mole Negro Enchiladas

smoked turkey • homemade corn tortillas • spiced chocolate mole sauce chanterelle mushrooms • cranberry salsa • avocado   23


Sweet Corn Ice Cream Crepe

homemade vanilla crepe • sweet corn ice cream • cajeta

berry compote • prickly pear sauce   8

Border Grill is just steps away from the Mandalay Bay Events Center, for those guests attending the holiday performances, and is also located right off of the pool for sunbathers who need tasty holiday refreshers.

10 Sep 2012 03:46 am

For the first time ever Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams will be bringing their “Street Treats Truck” to the streets of New York City.  Jeni’s first started scooping from the truck at Meatopia on Sat/Sept 8, and then they will hit the city streets, handing out free scoops in front of several of their retail partners in Manhattan and Brooklyn through Sat/Sept 15. The truck will offer four Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams summertime flavors: Sweet Corn & Black RaspberriesRoasted Strawberry ButtermilkSalty Caramel and Lemon & Blueberries Frozen Yogurt.


For real time updates on Jeni’s Street Treats Truck, check blog.jenis.com/nyc.

Saturday/Sept 8

5:00pm - 9:00pm

Meatopia Randall’s Island

Monday/Sept 10

12:30pm - 2:30pm
Dean & Deluca 1150 Madison Avenue, Manhattan

6:00pm - 8:00pm
Grace’s Manhattan 1237 3rd Avenue, Manhattan

Tuesday/Sept 11

12:20pm - 2:30pm

Dean & Deluca 560 Broadway, Manhattan

Wednesday/Sept 12

12:30pm - 2:30pm
Foragers Chelsea 300 West 22nd Street, Manhattan

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Valley Shepard Creamery 211 7th Avenue, Brooklyn

Thursday/Sept 13

12:30pm - 2:30pm
Forager’s 56 Adams Street, Brooklyn

6:00pm - 8:00pm
Green Grape 753 Fulton Street, Brooklyn

Friday/Sept 14

12:30pm - 2:30pm
Brooklyn Fare 200 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Stinky Brooklyn 215 Smith Street, Brooklyn

Saturday/Sept 15

12:30pm - 2:30pm
Gourmet Fresh 437 Court Street, Brooklyn

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