10 Dec 2013 05:15 am

MGM Resorts International Makes Healthy Living A Priority With The Introduction Of Smart Plate®

New Program Provides Guests Menu Selections at 700 Calories or Less


MGM Resorts International is reinforcing the company’s commitment to healthy living with the addition of Smart Plate®, a new program providing guests and visitors delicious and healthy menu items at 700 calories or less per dish. The exclusive calorie-conscious items are available on select in-room dining menus and at participating cafes. Smart Plate selections, designated on menus with a specialized logo, will be updated frequently, offering guests new choices throughout the year.

“The Smart Plate program is an excellent resource for Las Vegas visitors wanting to manage their healthy lifestyle on the go,” said Mandalay Bay Vice President of Food and Beverage Sean DiCicco. “In order to positively impact eating decisions, it’s important to provide guests flexible options that cater to their dietary needs. Smart Plate menu items provide all of the essential nutrients required per meal while allowing guests the opportunity to stay on track and motivated throughout their travels.”

The Smart Plate program is available at the following MGM Resorts properties and features offerings such as:


  • Café Bellagio
    Grilled Atlantic Salmon served with a side of broccolini and topped with yellow tomato and cucumber salsa (690 calories)
  • Raffles Café at Mandalay Bay
    Blackened Ahi Tuna Sandwich served with a side of fresh cut fruit (510 calories)
  • The Café at Monte Carlo
    Club Wrap made with Boar’s Head ham, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayo; served with a pickle and side of fresh cut fruit (620 calories)
  • Pyramid Café at Luxor
    Chicken Breast topped with Monari Federzoni balsamic glaze and served with a side of steamed vegetables and quinoa pilaf (580 calories)
  • Market Café at Vdara
    Primavera Pizza made with summer squash, artichokes, red onions, sun-dried tomatoes, zucchini, fresh basil, crumbled feta cheese, nonfat mozzarella cheese, black pepper, olive oil and raw garlic (700 calories)
  • Garden Grill at Circus Circus
    Chef’s Salad made with spring mix lettuce, turkey breast, ham, cheddar cheese, Swiss cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, croutons, cabbage, carrots, hard-boiled eggs and red onions and topped with balsamic vinaigrette (680 calories)

In-Room Dining Menus

  • ARIA
    Cracked Wheat Fettuccine mixed with chicken fennel sausage, shrimp, asparagus and tomatoes (570 calories)
  • MGM Grand
    Caprese Sandwich made with Buffalo Mozzarella, yellow and red tomatoes, balsamic pesto aioli, fresh basil and pickled vegetables (690 calories)
  • The Mirage
    Market Fresh Greens with Chicken made with spring lettuce mix, tomatoes, cucumbers and radishes, topped with balsamic vinaigrette and served with a fresh fruit cup (630 calories)
  • Monte Carlo
    Red Bean Chili Bowl made with red bean chili mix, cilantro leaves, onions and cheddar cheese (260 calories)

Promoting healthy eating is one component of MGM Resorts’ greater healthy living efforts. In February 2013, MGM Resorts announced the launch of Healthy EatingHealthy You, a complimentary mobile application, available to the public, featuring more than 50 recipes from property chefs, including world-class chefs Julian Serrano, Emeril Lagasse and Wolfgang Puck. Calorie counts and other nutrition information are included with each recipe as well as photographs of the finished dish. Additional healthy living initiatives include:

  • MGM Resorts partnered with The Jared Foundation on a comprehensive program to cultivate a healthier workforce, healthier schools and ultimately a healthier community. Founded by weight loss icon Jared ‘the Subway Guy’ Fogle, the foundation is committed to raising awareness and developing programs that educate and inspire kids to live healthier, happy lives.
  • Valuing time, cost and quality care, MGM Resorts introduced the Direct Care Health Plan option in 2012. The plan focuses on patient engagement with a strong emphasis on prevention, early detection and annual physicals.
  • MGM Resorts employees were introduced to “Jim’s Plate,” a program coined after Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International Jim Murren. The initiative ensures that all employee dining rooms offer healthy meals daily with recipes created exclusively by chefs at MGM Resorts properties. Each recipe has been reviewed by registered dieticians and is modeled after the United States Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate.
  • Since 2011, MGM Resorts has partnered with Wellness Coaches, USA to provide on-site wellness coaches at five Las Vegas properties: Bellagio, Mandalay Bay, New York-New York, MGM Grand, and The Mirage. Wellness Coaches work with employees to build personalized health plans centered on reaching fitness goals and reducing health risk factors.

For further information on MGM Resorts’ healthy living initiatives, visit the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility website here.

09 Dec 2013 04:46 am

Executive Chef J.L. Carrera of Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro at The Palazzo has created a $49 three-course steak menu that will run through Dec. 24.


The menu consists of choice of soup of the day or Boggiato Farms baby iceberg with house dried cherry tomatoes, spring red onion, applewood smoked bacon and Bleu D’auvergne dressing; a 14-ounce grilled New York sirloin with pesto pommes puree and bordelaise sauce; and mixed berry crumble dessert with blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries, served with vanilla ice cream.

Named one of the Strip’s best steakhouses by USA Today’s 10best.com and recipient of Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence,” Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro merges a classic steakhouse with unique culinary aspects, including an iced seafood bar and a cheese and charcuterie bar with more than 60 farmhouse and artisanal cheeses with handmade salamis and meats.

Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro is located in the main lobby of The Palazzo and open Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. - 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. - 12 a.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. For reservations, please call 702.607.6333 or visit morelslv.com.

03 Dec 2013 04:24 am

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, famous for its award-winning, hand-tossed, coal-fired brick oven pizzas and calzones, continues its winter cheesecake lineup with flavors that are sure to tickle your taste buds: Peppermint Cheesecake and Butterscotch Toffee Cheesecake.


Taste the holidays with Peppermint Cheesecake, a winter cheesecake made with an Oreo cookie pie crust and garnished with whipped cream and chocolate sauce.  The Peppermint Cheesecake is available at all Grimaldi’s Pizzeria locations and will replace the Pumpkin Cheesecake starting Sunday, Dec. 1. Grimaldi’s cheesecakes are prepared fresh daily and priced at $5 per slice.

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria also serves up Butterscotch Toffee Cheesecake made with an Oreo cookie and toffee crust and topped with whipped cream and chunks of Heath bar.

During the winter season a new flavor will be featured each month, although guests can spoil themselves with the Butterscotch Toffee Cheesecake through the end of January. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria will continue to offer its traditional dessert menu for guests to choose from which includes: Tiramisu, Housemade Cheesecakes-New York Style or Oreo Cookie-priced at $5 per slice and Grimaldi’s Famous Cannoli for $4.50.

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