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.
Food Truck Wine Walk
The Great American Foodie Fest’s Food Truck Wine Walk will be held at Tivoli Village from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be 15 wine-tasting stations, each offering a preselected wine with an exclusive pairing of food. General admission tickets, which include sampling from the 15 wine and food pairing stations, are $70 pre-sale and $85 the day of the event. VIP are $100 pre-sale and $120 the day of the event, and in addition to the pairing stations also include hors d’oeuvre creations by a celebrity chef; access to the VIP Lounge with live music and a local DJ; and wine, sake and liquor tasting stations. To purchase tickets, click here.
For its next Farm Table Dinner Honey Salt will feature Featherblade Craft Butchery, the only whole animal butchery serving Las Vegas.
The menu will include Apple Cider Old Fashioned welcome cocktail; Butcher’s Table with Salmon Rillette & Smoked Trout Rillette, Featherblade Mushroom Pasties & Chicken Pasties, Heirloom Tomato Panzanella, Green Apple & Butternut Squash Salad and Field Greens Salad; Carving Station with Grilled Jidori Chicken Tikka, Santa Carota Striploin, Herb Roasted Porchetta, Slow Braised Bone-In Short Rib and Northern England Lamb Pot Pie; sides of Smashed Fingerlings, Kimchi Fried Rice, Baked Beans and Roasted Shiitakes; and Dessert Station with Mini Apple Crumble & Custard, Chocolate Cake Pops, Warm Banana Bread Pudding and Mini Brookies.
The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and tickets are $80 per person with an optional beer pairing for an additional $20 (includes three beers from local CraftHaus Brewery: Cuckoo Munich Dunkel Lager, Evocation Belgian Saison and Resinate IPA). For more info and to purchase tickets click here.
Locale Italian Kitchen
A few weeks ago in this column I detailed the Banfi Wine Dinner at Locale, which had been scheduled for Oct 9. The five-course dinner is still on, but has been rescheduled for Oct. 24, and will be available between 5 to 8:30 p.m. and priced at $125 per person. For more details, and to view the complete menu, click here.
Nevada Craft Brewers Association
The Nevada Craft Brewers Association (NCBA) will sponsor its second annual Nevada Day Pint Promo. From October 27 to 31, limited-edition collectors pint glasses designed by local Carson City artist, Andy Harrison (@empire.13), will be on sale at several of the Silver State’s craft breweries.
After purchasing the commemorative pint glass and sticker for $19.99, it can be filled with beer for $5 throughout the five-day promotion. Participating Southern Nevada breweries include Astronomy Aleworks, Bad Beat Brewing, Big Dog’s Brewing, CraftHaus Brewery (both Henderson and Las Vegas locations), Hop Nuts Brewing, HUDL Brewing, Lovelady Brewing, Mojave Brewing, Nevada Brew Works, North 5th Brewing and Tenaya Creek Brewery; and Northern Nevada breweries Great Basin Brewing, IMBĪB Custom Brews, Pigeon Head Brewery and Shoe Tree Brewing.
As more breweries continue to sign up to participate, check here for any updates. Proceeds from the event will go to the NCBA to support small, craft beer businesses in Nevada.
Flanker Kitchen + Sports Bar
Flanker Kitchen + Sports Bar at Mandalay Bay will celebrate both Halloween and the Ed Sheeran concert on October 28 with a Halloween and Pre- and Post-Concert party. You can earn yourself a free pint of Guiness if you show up dressed up to look like the ginger-haired English superstar performing that night at Allegiant Stadium. During the evening there will be a special Sheeran/British-themed menu with items including Peri Peri Chicken Wings, Fish & Chips and Sticky Toffee Pudding with banana dulce de leche ice cream and candied pecans.
The next day, Sunday, Oct. 29, the Flanker’s Monsters and Mimosa’s Game Day Brunch will be available from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. with the usual brunch menu along with special Halloween Menu items: Crispy Bat Wings with Bloody Dipping Sauce; a peppercorn crusted “Blair Meat Co.” Chili Burger with Sawyers Secret Sauce; and Witches Brew purple milkshake with ube and boba. The Halloween menu items will also be available during dinner hours on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday that week.
In addition, Flanker will host a Halloween costume contest on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m., with $2,500 in cash and prizes awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Best Costume winners.
More Dining News and Delicious Bites Around Las Vegas
Toscana Offering Prix Fixe Truffle Menus
Toscana Ristorante & Bar at Eataly is offering three truffle season pre-fixe menus running through the end of the year (truffle crop permitting). Each menu includes a 3-course traditional Tuscan meal highlighting Italian truffles and a curated bottle of wine with two guests required per menu.
The Menu Classico, priced at $120 per person, is paired with Colombaio di Cencio, Chianti Classico Riserva, Toscana and includes an option of 8 oz Filet with Urbani Black Truffle sauce. The Menu Riserva, priced at $155 per person and matched with Colombaio di Cencio, Chianti Gran Selezione, Toscana, features option of house made Gnocchi with Agriform 24-month parmigiano reggiano DOP and shaved Urbani Burgundy Truffles. The Menu Gran Selezione at $185 per person paired with Antinori, Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino 2017, Toscana, offers dishes such as Risotto al Tartufo with Scotti Carnaroli rice and shaved Urbani Burgundy Truffle.
For the complete menus of all three prix fixe options click here.
Las Vegas Revving Up 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 situated near the course are gearing up with special food and beverage experiences.
Resorts World Las Vegas
Resorts World Las Vegas will offer some special culinary experiences during the Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix weekend Nov. 17-19.
· Kusa Nori will offer prix fixe menus including a teppanyaki experience and two different six-course menu offerings featuring lobster and Black Hawk Wagyu, Kaluga Caviar, Shigoku Oysters and signature desserts on Friday, Nov. 17 and Saturday, Nov. 18 for $195 per person.
· Genting Palace will serve an all-you-can-eat buffet priced at $88 per person on Friday, Nov. 17 and Saturday, Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring a variety of handmade dim sum, roasted barbeque dishes, classic and newly inspired Cantonese hot dishes, and miniature desserts.
· Brezza will feature an all-inclusive brunch for guests to enjoy a decadent reprieve before the race on Friday, Nov. 17 and Saturday, Nov. 18. Chef Nicole Brisson’s menu will feature wine, caviar and cocktails, and an array of culinary creations all accompanied by a live three-piece band. Tickets are $295 per person.
From Thursday, Nov. 16 through Sunday, Nov. 19 SUSHISAMBA at The Grand Canal Shoppes in The Venetian will offer the Samba Ultimate Dessert Platter, which includes Sata Andagi made with dolce de leche Japanese doughnuts, red fruit coulis and citron ice cream; Chocolate Banana Cake made with maple butter, plantain chip and vanilla rum ice cream; and housemade ice cream and sorbet.
SUSHISAMBA recently became one of the few restaurants in the world to serve authentic Kobe beef, officially certified by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. During Race week Kobe offerings will include:
· Kobe Ishiyaki for $68 per oz (3 oz minimum) served on a hot stone with dipping sauces
· Kobe Hoba-Yaki for $220 per 4 oz served with hishio sauce, charred green onion, shiitake, shishito and rosemary and applewood chips, torched tableside
Both come with the Kobe certificate of authenticity.