20 May 2014 03:38 am

Hosted by Mandalay Bay Director of Wine Harley Carbery and Penfolds
Winemaking Ambassador DLynn Proctor Thursday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m.


Charlie Palmer’s Aureole at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino will partner with Penfolds for an exclusive wine pairing dinner Thursday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m. Penfolds, a renowned Australian wine producer, was founded in Adelaide in 1844 by Christopher and Mary Penfold. The winery is one of the oldest in Australia and produces varietals such as Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling and Grenache. Each course of the dinner will be paired with Penfolds’ exquisite wines, as selected by the evening’s hosts, Mandalay Bay Director of Wine Harley Carbery and Penfolds Winemaking Ambassador DLynn Proctor.

The event will tantalize taste buds with a six-course menu created by Aureole’s Executive Chef Vincent Poussel and Executive Pastry Chef Megan Bringas, and will feature:

  • Chef’s Signature Hors-d’oeuvres; paired with 2013 Bin 51 Riesling
    Seared Halibut Cheeks and Slow Poached Organic Brown Eggwith sour dough crisp, tiny vegetables, confit lemon and pickled ramps; paired with 2011 Yattarna Chardonnay
    Colorado Lamb Skewer and Vegetable Tianwith merguez sausage, kidney, loin, pesto pomme puree and mint jus; paired with 2010 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Whole Roasted Duroc Pork Shoulder and Grilled Bellywith confit shallots, dry prunes and pee-wee potatoes; paired with 2009 St. Henri Shiraz
    Herb Roasted Veal Loin and Golden Chanterelleswith fava beans and crones fricassee and tarragon veal jus; paired with 2004 Grange
    Ocutan Dark Chocolate Cremeuxwith wilted blackberry compote and smoked almond crisp; paired with Grandfather Rare Tawny

Tickets are priced at $225 per person, all-inclusive. To make a reservation, call (702) 632-7401. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

08 May 2014 03:41 am



Special Bubbly Brunch at Poppy Den by Chef Angelo Sosa to benefit Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN)


Sunday, May 18

11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Poppy Den

Tivoli Village

440 S. Rampart Blvd, Las Vegas




Eat well and do good at Poppy Den’s Bubbly Brunch on Sunday, May 18 to support AFAN. Soak in the sunshine on the spacious garden patio while Chef Angelo Sosa serves up Western-inspired items including grilled steak and eggs, poppy seed pancakes with berries and whipped cream, brioche French toast with vanilla sauce and caramelized bananas and the acclaimed Poppy Burger with French fries. No brunch would be complete without bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys and bellinis for $18 a person. Ten percent of all food and drink proceeds from the day will benefit AFAN’s client service programs that assist in enhancing the physical health and wellness of the local community they serve.

07 May 2014 03:27 am


Mandalay Bay will set the stage for a fun and interactive culinary competition between two of the leading beverage experts in Las Vegas Wednesday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. at miX Restaurant. Hosted by Mandalay Bay’s Director of Food and Beverage and Certified Cicerone Sarah Johnson and Director of Wine Harley Carbery, the exclusive dinner menu, created by miX Executive Chef Bruno Riou, will pair each course with a beer and wine selection. Carbery will explain to guests why his wine pairing is the best choice followed by Johnson, who will entice guests to select beer as the ideal pairing for a specific course. The two will go head-to-head throughout the culinary experience with the assistance of Winemaker Russell From of Herman Story Wines and Brewmaster Matthew Brynildson of Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

After each course, guests will determine the winner of the battle by a round of applause to show their support for #TeamWine or #TeamBeer. One team will be crowned champion until the next chapter of this interactive and unparalleled rivalry continues. Future events will be announced at a later date.

The five course menu, with wine and beer pairing, will include:

  • Bigeye Tuna Tartare served with crunchy vegetables and topped with satay sauce; paired with:
    • #TeamBeer: Easy Jack
    • #TeamWine: Tomboy 2009
  • Seared Duck Fois Gras served with pineapple chutney; paired with:
    • #TeamBeer: Double Jack
    • #TeamWine: Whitehawk 2007
  • Cod Brandade served with lemon, capers, brown butter, croutons and fried parsley; paired with:
    • #TeamBeer: Opal
    • #TeamWine: Casual Encounters 2011
  • Filet Mignon with shitakii gratin and stuffed piquillos; paired with:
    • #TeamBeer: Stickee Monkee
    • #TeamWine: Nuts & Bolts 2012
  • miX Candy Bar served with a coconut-lime sorbet; paired with:
    • #TeamBeer: Parabajava
    • #TeamWine: On the Road 2012

Tickets are priced at $125 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. To make a reservation, visit miX in Las Vegas online. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend. For additional information and high-resolution images of miX Restaurant, click here.


06 May 2014 03:41 am

Coolest Cone Dealer in Las Vegas Now Open


Creamy slow-churned ice cream and trendy treats blend together to create a sweetly indulgent experience at BLVD Creamery, the contemporary ice cream shop now open at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. Pops of vibrant pastel colors set against bright white walls and an upbeat soundtrack of indie alternative and post-punk new wave tunes welcome guests of all ages into a dreamy world of imaginative ice cream flavors, sundaes, popsicles, shakes, flavored milks, floats and ice cream sandwiches. Monte Carlo’s skilled pastry team flavors and churns each creation to silky smooth perfection daily, but cows deserve some of the credit too. Every delectable treat is made from all-natural milk and cream.

Twenty-four ice cream and sorbet flavors from a rotating roster of quirky combinations are available each day. Guests can stick with traditional vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, of course, or excite their taste buds with flavors such as #WTJ, watermelon sorbet infused with jalapeño; Suds Sorbet, made with Shock Top beer; or B.T.A., ice cream created with avocado, oven-roasted tomatoes and bacon. Ice cream sandwiches may be made to order and catered to each guest’s preference whether they enjoy their ice cream sandwiched between cookies, waffles, brownies or donuts. Cereal flavored milks (Cocoa Puffs anyone?) get straight to the point giving guests what they’ve wished for since childhood: sweet flavored milk without the formality of eating an entire bowl of cereal. These are just a few of the unexpected delights that lace the menu at this lively creamery.

“BLVD Creamery offers inventive ice cream and sorbet flavor combinations along with attention-grabbing desserts that will appeal to a wide variety of guests,” said Monte Carlo General Manager Patrick Miller. “I only hope that our guests have as much fun savoring these treats as we did dreaming them up.”

BLVD Creamery is the final venue to open as part of the major transformation that took place at the resort. The entire front facade has been recreated into a gathering place where visitors can take in the city’s robust sights, sounds and flavors. In addition to BLVD Creamery, the new plaza features Yusho, a Japanese-inspired grill and noodle house; Double Barrel, a casual roadhouse restaurant and bar concept by leading hospitality experts at sbe; Sambalatte, the ultimate coffee experience; and 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, serving build-your-own personal pizzas in an 800-degree wood-burning oven.

BLVD Creamery is open 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Retail items are available for purchase for those wishing to commemorate their cool experience.

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