Cozy season dining news is open us with several pop-ups and fall portions to welcome the season.
In this weekly update, food and beverage reporter Bob Barnes fills us in on noteworthy restaurant openings and closings, special dining news and culinary events about delicious bites worth knowing about.
Gaetano’s Ristorante at Eastern and Coronado Center in Henderson, will host a Jackson Family Wines dinner which will also be a celebration of Owner Nick Palmeri’s 40th birthday.
The menu includes Herbed Goat Cheese with grilled crostini and pesto drizzle paired with Matanzas Creek Sauvignon, Sonoma County; Chicken Sausage with bell pepper and onion sauce matched with Hartford Old Vine Zinfandel, Russian River; Sea Bass with hazelnut crust or Breaded Veal in mushroom sauce served with rosemary butternut squash paired with Freemark Abbey Chardonnay and Napa Valley & Penner-Ash Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley; and Assorted Cheeses matched with Kendall Jackson Cabernet Sauvignon, Jackson Estate Hawkeye Mountain Vineyard, Hawkeye Mountain.
Broken Yolk Cafe
Broken Yolk Cafe will host “Barksgiving Brunch” in partnership with The Animal Foundation from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its Southwest location at 9435 S. Rainbow Blvd, Suite A150. Ten percent of proceeds from the brunch will go to support The Animal Foundation’s mission to save the lives of all healthy and treatable animals in the Las Vegas Valley.
The Animal Foundation’s adoption van will be onsite from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., where attendees can meet and potentially adopt dogs in need of loving homes. Every adoption includes a goodie bag and basic starter kit to make for a smooth transition into their new forever home.
Guests can also enter a raffle and spin a prize wheel by making additional donations to The Animal Foundation for the chance to win prizes and special swag. Attendees are welcome to bring their dogs to Broken Yolk Cafe’s dog-friendly patio, as special pup cups and pet swag will be handed out.
New Restaurant Opening
No Mames Wey
No Mames Wey, a new taquería bringing hot but not spicy tacos to Nevada, has opened its first location in the Vegas Valley at 6580 South Rainbow Blvd. just north of the 215 Freeway. No Mames Wey serves authentic Mexico-city style tacos like Al Pastor, Cochinita Pibil, Tinga de Pollo, Beef, Pulled Pork, Chirolio, Chorizo, Birria de Res and Vegan Pulled Pork for $3.80 each or three for $10. Each taco is finished with fresh toppings and a choice of signature sauces with different spice levels. Also on the menu are quesadillas, hearty burritos, combo plates and nachos; and Jarritos Mexican soda and Aguas Frescas.
Since launching in Spain in 2021, No Mames Wey now has locations around the world in Spain, Portugal, Paraguay, Argentina and with Mexico on the horizon; and in the US a location in Miami and a second Southern Nevada location opening soon in Henderson at 55 S. Valle Verde. The company plans to open 100 locations across the US by the end of 2023.
More Dining News and Delicious Bites Around Las Vegas
Silverton Hosting Annual BAD ELF Holiday Pop-Up Bar
The elves are back in town! Shady Grove Lounge at the Silverton Casino is again hosting its annual BAD ELF Pop-Up Bar, open daily from 5 to 11 p.m. pouring holiday-themed cocktails from Nov. 4 to Jan. 2.
Part of the fun is the decorations throughout the bar with string lights, wrapped presents, oversized ornaments, dozens of elves suspended from the ceiling, cozy fireplace with a Christmas tree and the bar’s iconic Airstream decked out in festive red and green kitsch, snow-covered Christmas trees, elves, presents, and Santa and his reindeer on the roof. The pop-up was inspired by tales of the Shelf Elf, and if you look, you’ll find some sprites throughout the space. In fact, many of the elves on display were sent to Las Vegas by fans throughout the nation, after the casino put out a call offering to officially “retire” family “Shelf Elves” at Silverton.
The cocktails include:
· Shady Graham Central Shot, made with Baileys, white crème de cacao and vanilla vodka garnished with a chocolate graham cracker rim;
· Santa’s Spiked Cider, made with Watkins Cinnamon Apple whiskey and apple cider garnished with a cinnamon stick and blood orange;
· Mistletoe Margarita, made with Monte Alban tequila, orange juice, cranberry juice, triple sec and grenadine garnished with rosemary and cranberries;
· Sugar Cookie, made with Rumhaven coconut rum, pina colada mix, white chocolate Godiva and whipped cream garnished with Christmas sprinkles;
· Bad Elf Nog, made with Fireball whiskey, eggnog and Grand Marnier garnished with cocoa powder;
To enhance your enjoyment, you can purchase The BAD ELF Experience for $25, which includes two holiday cocktails of your choice, a BAD ELF souvenir glass and a chance to participate in the The BAD ELF Puzzle Hunt with four puzzles to solve using clues within the bar, which once solved enters you in a raffle to win a Staycation at Silverton Casino Lodge and dinner for two at Twin Creeks Steakhouse.
The pop-up bar is closed for private functions on select nights, so visit www.silvertoncasino.com/badelf to view the schedule.
Cala Pellegrino Leaving Limoncello Fresh Italian Kitchen
Top Chef star and winner of Throwdown with Bobby Flay, Carla Pellegrino, has left her position as chef/partner at Limoncello Fresh Italian Kitchen. Pellegrino is a very popular chef who has owned or helmed the kitchens of several Las Vegas restaurants over the years both on and off the Vegas Strip, including Rao’s at Caesars Palace, Bacio at Tropicana, Meatball Spot at Town Square and Bratalian in Henderson.
“I am preparing to take on what will be an exciting new dining concept, which will necessitate a move and my full attention,” Pellegrino said in a statement. “When the time is right, I look forward to sharing the news about what will be an exhilarating new adventure in my culinary journey. It has been my pleasure to once again call Las Vegas my home, and I look forward to the next time my path leads me here.”
More Las Vegas Special Offerings for Formula 1
Las Vegas is revving up for the inaugural Formula 1 Grand Prix taking place November 16 to 18. Likewise, our city’s restaurants and bars are gearing up with special food and beverage experiences.
La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway
La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway at Wynn Las Vegas will take visitors on a world tour inspired by the internationally renowned grand prix race with an exclusive wine flight, available Thursday, Nov. 16 through Saturday, Nov. 18.
Priced at $34, the specially curated, sommelier-selected wine flight features 2-ounce pours of four wines from various countries presented on a custom flight board, each of which have been selected to pair with La Cave’s menu of shareable dishes.
The sommelier selections include Cava, Gran Saroa, from Brut, Spain whose tasting notes of fresh bread dough, apricot, Granny Smith apples and wet stone are ever-apparent; Rosé Domaine Ott, BY OTT, from Côtes de Provence, France with notes of crisp white peach and apricot mixed with passion fruit and mango; Côtes du Rhône, Alain Jaume, “Les Champauvins,” from Rhône Valley featuring bright red cherry, cedar on the mid-palate, black and white pepper finish; and Graham’s, Late Bottled Vintage, from Portugal 2017 highlighting its luscious texture with ripe black fruits, raisins and burnt sugar.
Suggested shareable plates for pairings include Salmon Sashimi Tostada with pickled red onion sesame soy dressing, priced at $19; Beef Carpaccio featuring mushrooms, capers and truffle aioli, priced at $21; Charred Octopus served with crispy potato and fava bean purée, priced at $29; and Sirloin Steak with creamy white polenta and mushroom fondue, priced at $34.
The Laundry Room
The Laundry Room, located at 525 Fremont St. inside Commonwealth and named for the historic building it’s situated in having once housed the laundry room for the legendary El Cortez Hotel & Casino, will offer a car-themed cocktail menu during race weekend from Thursday, Nov. 16 through Sunday, Nov. 19.
Created by Lead Barman Anthony Partridge, the select cocktails include Red Flag, with rum, cassis, vanilla, lime, egg white and salt; Need For Speed, a blend of gin, elderflower, pineapple, lime and dill; Race You There, with tequila, cassis, chili, lime, habanero and muddled blackberries; Lap It Up, with gin, Italian aperitif, lime, cucumber, cardamom and sparkling wine; Velocidaddy, with tequila, Benedictine, anisette and orange bitters; and Checkered Past, a mixture of bourbon, peach liqueur, espresso, liqueur and Italian drinking bitters.
Each cocktail will be priced at $19 and to complement the cocktails there is a selection of gourmet flavored popcorn for $6. As the small room can only accommodate 22, you’ll want to make a reservation here, selecting the Race Weekend option.