29 Jan 2014 05:06 am



Tbones Chophouse & Lounge will host a special four-course dinner on Thursday, February 27 at 5:30 p.m. Featuring a four-course tasting menu created by Executive Chef Aaron Losch, each course will be paired with craft beers from various beermakers including Lagunitas Brewing CompanyAngry OrchardRogue Ales and Stone Brewing Company. Dave Streeter, a certified beer server and brand manager from Bonanza Beverage, will discuss the highlighted pairings during the event. This menu is priced at $85 (excluding tax and gratuity) and includes:

Appetizer Course
Garlic Sautéed Sea Scallop & Shrimp
Smoked Corn Pudding, Pea Shoots, Chive Oil
Lagunitas IPA

Salad Course
Baby Arugula & Fennel Salad
Maple Glazed Bacon, Goat Cheese, Balsamic Roasted Ciopplolini Onions, Apple Ginger Cider Vinaigrette
Angry Orchard Apple Ginger Cider

Entrée Course
Molasses Braised American Wagyu Short Ribs
Shiitake Mushrooms, Crisp Potatoes, Roasted Chili & Chocolate Demi
Rogue Chocolate Stout

Rhubarb & Almond Shortcake
Sweet Buttermilk Biscuit, Amaretto Whipped Cream
Stone 10.10.10

Space is limited, so please RSVP to Michelle Lee by calling (702) 797-7517. For more information about Tbones Chophouse & Lounge, visit redrock.sclv.com or follow on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/1hnFSiB.


Thursday, February 27, 2014. A cocktail reception featuring passed appetizers and craft beer on the patio will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by an intimate dinner experience in the private dining room at 6:30 p.m.

Tbones Chophouse & Lounge
11011 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135
(702) 797-7576

28 Jan 2014 04:40 am

Eat Like a Champion with Football Specials Available Sunday, February 2


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MGM Resorts International restaurants will be the headquarters for great football fare offering an extensive lineup of “Big Game” specials Sunday, Feb. 2. Fans can rush to ARIAMGM GrandMandalay BayThe MirageMonte CarloLuxorNew York-New York and Circus Circus to enjoy dining specials fit for winners while catching the exciting action of every play.

For more information and full menus, click here.

Catch the Big Game at the following locations:

Mandalay Bay

  • THEcafé at THEhotel will punt it out of the stadium with game-inspired dishes including Moroccan-Spiced Chicken Wings and the Big Game Burger.
  • Rounding out the lineup, Raffles Café will offer the Big Game Breakfast featuring  Philly-style scrambled eggs loaded with shaved prime rib, sautéed green peppers and onions on a bed of golden hash browns topped with cheddar cheese sauce and the Big Game Raffle Sandwich made with boneless buffalo chicken wings, Applewood smoked bacon and pepper jack cheese.

The Mirage

  • Guests can take a time-out inside BLT Burger with two menus representing the teams battling it out in the biggest football game of the year. Appetizers and juicy burgers inspired by Seattle and Denver will be available beginning Tuesday, Jan. 28. BLT Burger will track the sales of each and the results will be posted before Sunday’s game to see if the spirited menu items predict the actual winner.
  • STACK Restaurant & Bar will feature an all-you-can-eat Big Game menu priced at $75 per person. Offerings include Warm Pretzels, Classic Sliders, Old Bay Crab and Spinach Dip and King Crab Jalapeno Tacos and more. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. on game day and reservations can be made by calling 702.693.8300.

Monte Carlo

  • The Pub at Monte Carlo will pump up the crowd with the All-You-Can-Eat Package for $60 and the All-You-Can-Eat-and-Drink Package for $125. With a selection of more than 300 beers, it is a prime location for the football frenzy. Table reservations are available by calling 702.730.7421 or visiting the hostess stand at the restaurant.
  • Guests can scrimmage inside BRAND Steakhouse & Lounge with game day specials beginning at 2 p.m. Menu items include Chili Cheese Dip, Wings, Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, New York Sirloin and Brooklyn Filet. Reservations can be made by calling 702.693.8300.
  • Andre’s Restaurant & Lounge’s menu items created in honor of the Big Game include Spicy Chicken Wings, Shrimp Cocktail Platter, Assorted Cheese Plate and more. This feast, fit for a quarterback, is priced at $180 plus tax and gratuity.

New York-New York

  • Guests can head down field to The Sporting House Bar & Grill to indulge in the Bottomless Bar Package featuring an all-you-can-eat buffet with build-your-own nacho and baked potato stations, hot dogs, bratwursts, chili with cornbread and novelty ice cream bars. Packages range from $195 to $225 and every seat in the house offers a prime view of the game.


  • Fans can land in the end zone of Public House to view the game while splurging on the All-You-Can-Eat Buffet Game Day Package featuring a full array of enticing fare served buffet-style for $160 per person plus tax and gratuity. Items include Italian sausage and peppers with hoagie rolls, beef, chicken and pulled pork sliders, assorted foot-long sub sandwiches and loaded potato skins.

Circus Circus

  • Guests won’t fumble by checking out The Garden Grill for a pizza and pitcher of Bud Light for $26 as well as Budweiser, Bud Light, Bud Light Lime and Michelob specials at The West Bar and The Garden Grill Bar. Drink specials include: bottles for $3 each; buckets of four bottles for $11; and a bottle with select shots for $7.


  • FIVE50 Pizza Bar, the industrial-chic casual concept by renowned chef Shawn McClain serves up wood-fired pizzas, flavorful small plates, artisanal charcuterie, international cheeses, seasonal salads, handmade pastas and decadent desserts as well as more than 50 craft beers. FIVE50 is located next to the Race and Sports Book and will be broadcasting the Big Game on televisions centrally positioned above the main bar.

MGM Grand

  • PUB 1842, the casual tavern-style eatery by Celebrity Chef Michael Mina playfully blends unexpected flavors and textures into classic American pub favorites. Named for the year modern Pilsner beer was invented, PUB 1842 offers more than 60 ales, pilsners, stouts and lagers making it a great place to fuel the cheers during the Big Game.

Race and Sports Books

  • Food and drink specials abound throughout the Race and Sports Books at MGM Resorts International properties. Each offers prime viewing of the Big Game and convenience for those wishing to place last-minute bets.

This is a sampling of the many offerings across MGM Resorts’ restaurants in honor of the Big Game. No matter the yard line, any of these stops are sure to keep the crowds rumbling from kick-off until the clock runs out.

27 Jan 2014 05:12 am

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


Due Forni Pizza & Wine celebrates the third annual Foodie Bowl on Sunday, February 2 in conjunction with Dominic Scali, aka The Vegas Foodie. Foodie Bowl III is a Super Bowl viewing party for people who love food as much as they love football and will feature games such as Wine Pong, 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 and $5 wine and Peroni beer.  The menu includes Turkey Meatball Sliders with mozzarella and San Marzano tomatoes ($6.95), Roasted Dates with Alto Adige speck, goat cheese and vincotto ($5), Roman Piadina with pulled pork, fontina and caramelized onions ($12.95) and Short Rib Lasagna with roasted cremini mushrooms and a red wine reduction ($16.95). Also joining the line-up: Duck Confit with fresh spinach, caramelized onions and ubriaco ($12.95), Gnocchi with house made sausage, San Marzano tomatoes, and parmigiano reggiano, which can also be ordered vegetarian style ($8.95) along with a Vegetarian Flat Bread, topped with basil pesto, cherry tomato and parmigiano reggiano ($5).

Due Forni’s regular menu featuring Neapolitan and Roman pizzas, bufala mozzarella bar, inventive appetizers and salads and oven roasted entrees will also be available throughout the day.

Foodie Bowl III 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.

23 Jan 2014 06:50 am

Last night, Sunday, January 19, a group of the country’s most acclaimed chefs collaborated on the first “Chefs to the Max” dinner at Chef Rick Moonen’s Rx Boiler Room inside the Shoppes at Mandalay Place and raised a total of $275,799. The dinner was the first of a series to benefit critically injured Las Vegas-based food journalist Max Jacobson. The event featured a cocktail reception, sit-down seven-course dinner with wine pairing, as well as a live and silent auction for 100 guests. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit Jacobson directly to help pay for mounting medical bills as a result of the accident.


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Chefs in attendance included Megan Bringas, Kim Canteenwalla, Shirley Chung, John Church, Saipin Chutima, Barry Dakake, Susan Feniger, Bobby Flay, Hubert Keller, Thomas Keller, Rick Moonen, Grant MacPherson, Mary Sue Milliken, Bradley Ogden, Luciano Pellegrini, Vincent Pilon, Pino Posteraro, Vincent Pouessel, Joey Romano, Megan Romano, Angelo Sosa and David Walzog.

In addition, Rick Moonen challenged Bobby Flay to a “Kampachi Throwdown.” Moonen prepared a Chili Seared Kona Kampachi with avocado, ruby red grapefruit and yuzu butter sauce; and Flay prepared a Kona Kampachi with Korean red pepper-tangerine glaze with pickled Brussels sprout relish and squab egg. Guests voted and Rick Moonen was announced the winner.

Two days before Christmas 2013, Jacobson was struck by a car while in the crosswalk at Windmill Parkway and Pecos Road as he walked from home to the gym. He sustained severe brain trauma from the accident. He remains in critical condition at Kindred Healthcare.

Jacobson is currently Vegas Seven’s restaurant reviewer. Prior to that, he covered Orange County for the Los Angeles Times for 15 years. He moved to Las Vegas in 1999 to be the lead critic for Las Vegas Life. He has also written for numerous national culinary publications including Saveur and Gourmet. Jacobson recently co-authored “Eating Las Vegas” with fellow food critics Al Mancini and John Curtas.

20 Jan 2014 04:57 am

Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner Hosts Super Bowl Xlviii With Special Tailgate Menu And Draft Beer Specials


Chef Gutenbrunner invites football fanatics to his TriBeCa bistro; Blaue Gans, as he hosts a special tailgate and viewing party in celebration of Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2, 2014 (139 Duane St. New York, NY 10013, 212- 571-8880). The all-day event includes a live DJ from 2pm-4pm, German draft beer specials as well as a Tailgate menu featuring game-day favorites such as hot wings, burgers, and Chef Kurt’s specialty Touchdown Sandwich.

16 Jan 2014 04:57 am

Trendsetting Restaurant Now Open Following Stylish Remodel


The iconic N9NE Steakhouse  at Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas’ premier celebrity dining hot-spot, has reopened following a chic makeover. Since the remodel, N9NE has attracted numerous celebrities to experience the steakhouse’s alluring vibe and top-notch cuisine including Matthew Perry, Robin Thicke, Paula Patton, Brody Jenner, Holly Madison, Floyd Mayweather and Pharrell Williams. As part of the $50 million renovation at Palms, N9NE’s remodel features stylish new décor, elegant draperies, sleek private dining areas and the introduction of the Center Table, a semi-private dining experience with prime location in the heart of the restaurant. The revamped venue also offers guests a selection of new menu additions created by Executive Chef Barry S. Dakake which complement N9NE’s signature dishes that have made the steakhouse famous.

“We are delighted to introduce a creative new menu and serve our guests in a stylish and vibrant space with an unmatched scene,” said Dakake, who has been leading the kitchen since opening in 2001. “Over the years, N9NE has become known for outstanding quality and service. With our recent additions, we intend to continue to meet and exceed the expectations of our guests.”

Sexy and modern, N9NE Steakhouse is adorned with exquisite fabrics, delicate draperies and soft lighting in a bustling, high-energy environment. Known to be frequented by A-list celebrities, the restaurant’s unforgettable style and lively atmosphere make N9NE the perfect location to kick off the party before a night out in Sin City. Guests celebrating special occasions can retreat to the Center Table, a beautiful space, enclosed by a sheer canopy of drapes and accented by an ornate custom-made chandelier hanging at the pinnacle of the room. N9NE also sports a reconfigured lounge with elevated high-top seating for a dazzling view of the dynamic steakhouse.

As N9NE continues to set the trend for steakhouse experiences in Las Vegas, the restaurant has added new items to the menu created by Chef Barry S. Dakake. Developed with the freshest ingredients and prepared to perfection, each new dish captures N9NE’s traditional flavor and culinary style while adding a new element of creativity to the menu. Additions include decadent entrees like the braised Kobe Beef Short Rib with horseradish crust and curried root vegetables or the 48oz. prime rib eye Tomahawk steak for two, grilled and pepper crusted with roasted bone marrow, seasonal vegetables, baby Dutch potatoes and a red wine sauce. Seafood lovers can enjoy the 3 pound succulent Lobster Thermidor, boasting whole Maine lobster meat sautéed then placed back in the shell where it is topped with gruyere cheese sauce and toasted garlic bread crumbs and finished with shallots, white wine and fresh herbs.

N9NE also introduces new dessert and beverage selections including hand-crafted barrel-aged cocktails. Created by N9NE mixologists, signature cocktails include whiskey based libations like the Rock & Rye made with Hochstetler’s Slow & Low, served over an ice sphere in a sherry rinsed whiskey glass, or the Fig Infused Manhattan, a flavorful adaptation of the classic made with Wild Turkey rye, Cinzano vermouth, black walnut bitters and fresh figs. Guests can top off a delicious meal with N9NE’s dessert menu featuring whimsical treats like the Some More S’mores, a fun twist on Chef Barry’s famous s’mores featuring homemade strawberry, orange Grand Marnier and amaretto hazelnut flavored marshmallows with white and dark chocolate ganache-covered graham crackers served hibachi style over an open flame.

For guests interested in the classics that have made N9NE a “must-try,” the restaurant has added a “Best of N9NE” section to the menu highlighting some of the famed steakhouse’s most popular dishes, including the heralded “Barry’s Steak,” a 10oz. grilled prime rib cap served with roasted cipollini onions, shishito peppers and red wine sauce.

In addition to the full menu, N9NE offers a three-course prix fixe menu nightly from 5:30 - 7 p.m. featuring select appetizers, entrees and dessert alongside two wine pairings for $59 per person. Reservations at N9NE Steakhouse are available by calling (702) 942-6800. For more information, visit www.palms.com.

15 Jan 2014 05:00 am

This new year, head over to Double Helix Wine & Whiskey Lounge at Town Square to taste the new cocktails and healthy new menu items just in time to help with the New Year’s resolutions.

Sit around the outside fire pits on the patio and keep in the holiday spirit with five flavorful cocktails including the ever-popular Irish Coffee and the unique Ladies of Bourbon.


Seasonal cocktails include:

  • Hot Toddy, the famous drink we all know and love made with in-house barrel-aged whiskey and blended with toddy mix, hot water, agave and freshly squeezed lemons
  • Irish Coffee, a classic libation combining Jameson Irish Whiskey, brown sugar simple syrup and hot coffee topped with sweet whipped cream
  • Ladies of Bourbon, a dessert variation on the Manhattan is a blend of Basil Hayden’s, white crème de cocoa and amaretto chilled in a cool cocktail glass and then topped with a Luxardo cherry
  • Autumn Breeze, a spicier mix of rye, lemon juice, blackberry syrup and a touch of Benedectine

Pair a cocktail with one of the new healthy menu items including the “Double Triple”, seared yellowfin tuna, porcini crusted salmon and honey roasted butternut squash.

honeyroastedsizedNew menu items include:

  • Double Triple, a taste of three cheeses and three charcuterie selections
  • Seared yellowfin tuna, withmarinated English cucumber, garlic aioli, jalapeno and unagui sauce on toasted lavash
  • Porcini crusted salmon, served with sun dried tomato garbanzo stew and spinach
  • Honey roasted butternut squash, served with baby spinach

Double Helix Wine & Whiskey Lounge is located at Town Square Las Vegas and open Monday through Friday 3:30 p.m. - close and Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. - close. Happy

Hour is daily 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.  For more information, please call 702.735.9463 or visit doublehelixwine.com.

14 Jan 2014 05:10 am

Legendary Restaurant Offers Couples a Gorgeous Location to Tie the Knot


Joël Robuchon Restaurant at MGM Grand has elevated the wedding experience to new heights with an extraordinary package designed for those looking to celebrate marriage in an elegant setting reminiscent of Paris in the 1930s. Featuring a dramatic, glistening crystal chandelier and a main dining room draped in royal purple fabrics, the lavish venue designed by the award-winning Pierre-Yves Rochon, exudes romance. The atmosphere combined with the traditional French cuisine and unparalleled service provided by the Chef of the Century’s expertly trained culinary team ensure a once-in-a-lifetime moment.

The picturesque Parisian Terrace showcasing a vertical garden of ivy and landscaped design provides a magical backdrop for the bride and groom’s wedding ceremony. A post-ceremony toast in the exquisite Aperitif Lounge will kick off an evening to be remembered, followed by an elegant five-course meal in the private dining room of Las Vegas’ only AAA Five Diamond and Michelin three-star restaurant. The wedding package will turn dreams into reality with several touches that ensure an extraordinary nuptial celebration.

The new wedding package includes the following:

  • Limousine transportation to the courthouse to obtain marriage license;
  • Bridal hair styling and make-up at the world-renowned Cristophe Salon at MGM Grand;
  • Custom bridal bouquet and matching boutonniere;
  • “A Moment in Time”  two-hour photography package beginning in the couple’s suite prior to the ceremony, which includes:
    • 5×7 colored prints
    • A 11×14 portrait with a 16×20 stainless steel or black frame
    • An 8×10 hard-bound “Cherish Album” featuring 20 images of the couple’s choice
  • Six custom floral arrangements to adorn the aisle and mantel of the Parisian Terrace;
  • Wedding ceremony on Joël Robuchon Restaurant’s Parisian Terrace;
  • Officiant to perform the ceremony;
  • A professional violinist to perform during wedding ceremony;
  • “Grand Beginnings” DVD with complete ceremony coverage;
  • Toast for the bride and groom in the Aperitif Lounge;
  • Exclusive reception in Joël Robuchon Restaurant’s private dining room, featuring a five-course menu for six guests (additional courses, wine pairings and seating for up to 12 available).

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