In this weekly update, food and beverage reporter Bob Barnes fills us in on noteworthy restaurant openings and closings, dining news, culinary events and entertainment news worth knowing about.
Fogo de Chao — January 18
Fogo de Chao will host a tasting event in the bar at 6:30 p.m. featuring samples of Bone-In Ribeye and Dry-Aged Tomahawk Ribeye side-by-side to experience the enhanced flavors and benefits of dry aging. Priced at $45 per person, the tasting also includes passed bar bites and choice of two pours of renowned bourbons—including Basil Hayden, Angel’s Envy, Woodford Reserve, and more. To reserve your spot click here.
Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar — January 20
Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar will host its next Taste and Learn wine pairing dinner featuring authentic Italian small plates created by Ferraro’s Executive Chef Mimmo Ferraro and wines from Greg Linn Wines with an array of wines from Italy to California. Courses are Lump Crab-stuffed Tiger Prawns with citrus sauce paired with Ghost Chardonnay; Olive Oil Grilled Bread with burrata, black truffle cream, winter black truffle and extra virgin olive oil matched with Langhe Nebbiolo; Braised Beef and Onion with homemade fusilli and pecorino paired with Barbaresco; and Braised Short Rib with porcini reduction, butternut squash purée and chard broccolini matched with Barolo. The dinner will begin at 5 p.m. and tickets are $110 per person (all inclusive). To make reservations, call 702-364-5300.
La Cave Wine and Food Hideaway — February 11
La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway at Wynn Las Vegas will offer an all-you-can-eat package and bottomless bar options beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday. Every seat in the house will offer a great view of the game and La Cave’s Big Game menu will feature small plates of Ahi Tuna Poke with cucumber, cilantro and mango aioli; Loaded Tater Tots topped with sour cream, bacon and brown gravy; Chicken Wings served with Frank’s RedHot Sauce and sweet chili sauce; Barbecue Angus Mini Burgers with mushroom duxelle and chipotle aioli; Three Sausage Flatbread topped with chorizo, andouille, Italian sausage and pepperoncini; plus desserts and more. The bottomless bar offerings will include a wide variety of beers, sommelier select wines and spirits. The bar package excludes shots and doubles. The all-you-can-eat package is priced at $195 per person and bottomless bar options can be added for an additional $115.
Proper Eats Food Hall — February 11
Proper Eats Food Hall at ARIA will offer an all-you-can-eat-and-drink Superbowl tailgate package, with doors opening at 2 p.m. and running through the conclusion of the game. The game day menu will include pizza from Pizzaoki; smash burger sliders, onion rings and truffle fries from Lola’s Burgers; the Soho with scrambled eggs, American cheese and bacon on toasted bun from Egghead; signature sliders from Seoul Bird made with crispy Korean double fried chicken; crispy eggplant bao buns from Laughing Buddha; the Kook Roll with crab, avocado and cucumber from Temaki; and other options. Packages also include a variety of well cocktails, pours, house wines and drafts from Proper Bar. Packages, with pricing based on seating location, start at $200 (plus tax and tip) and can be reserved by calling 702-489-2129 or clicking here.
Las Vegas Premiere of SOMM – Cup of Salvation — February 18
One night-only movie premiere Walk the red carpet Wine tastings – 30+ wines from all over the world – Including wines from the movie! Give-a-ways & gift bags Instagrammable photo activations Pop-up Luxury art Gallery by Christopher Dabek Network w/ trade professionals & wine lovers Date: Sunday, Feb 18th, 2024 Time: 6 pm – 11 pm Location: David Saxe Studio | 5030 W Oquendo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89118
Sommelier Matthew-Lorèn Lindsey and Hire a Sommelier.com will present the Las Vegas movie Premiere of Somm — Cup of Salvation. This exclusive red carpet limited screening of what’s being called the most important wine movie ever produced will take place at the David Saxe Studios at 5030 W. Oquendo Road. There will also be photo activation opportunities, give-a-ways, networking with like-minded wine lovers, live entertainment from a classical artist and curated light bites. Three ticket options are available: General Admission for $50 for the movie screening only from 8-9:30 p.m.; VIP for $100 with two hours of open bar wine tastings before the screening of 25+ wines from all over the world and a commemorative wine tumbler; and Premium VIP for $150 which in addition to the VIP perks includes seating in the first three rows, a VIP gift bag and one bottle of wine. Following the screening, all attendees will have the opportunity to engage in a wine tasting and networking. This is an all-ages event, but guests must be 21 or older to participate in the wine tastings.
For more info, to watch the movie trailer, purchase tickets and select seating, click here.
Boozy Hot Chocolate at Minus5º ICEBAR
Tis the season for hot chocolate. At least at the Minus5º ICEBAR it is, as through the month of January it’ll have an assortment of boozy hot chocolate at all three of its Las Vegas locations (Mandalay Bay, The LINQ Promenade and The Venetian).
Priced at $14, the alcohol-infused concoctions are served with the choice of Bailey’s Irish Cream, Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, Kahlúa, Rumple Minze or Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey; and with topping options such as marshmallows, peppermint or Reese’s. Additionally, for guests under 21 or for those searching for an alcohol-free option, regular hot chocolate will also be offered.
Minus5º ICEBAR also invites guests to experience new ice displays quarterly as its Staying COOL artisan ice sculpting program brings never-before-seen ice displays and sculptures on an ongoing basis.
ARTE Museum Forest video courtesy of Joe Urcioli
The ARTE MUSEUM Las Vegas opened in late 2023 within the 63LV Shopping Center at the SW corner of Las Vegas Blvd and Harmon next to the Shops at Crystals and across the street from The Cosmopolitan. The best way to describe it is as an immersive encounter with nature. Inside are generative art technology features so lifelike it takes some convincing to realize you are not actually there. One room places you on a beach with the surf ebbing and flowing at your feet and the Northern Lights thrown in for good measure, another has the powerful crashing of waves seeming to fall upon you and there’s also a majestic waterfall in another presentation. A depiction of a jungle depicts African bioluminescent creatures. Yet another has larger than life representations of the four seasons in a forest, complete with a prancing antlered deer adorned with colorful flowers, a fire-breathing flying salamander, an otherworldly winged creature flying by amidst falling leaves and a Siberian Tiger pouncing through snow. These descriptions only scratch the surface and you may be mesmerized enough to spend hours exploring and experiencing all of the effects. There’s also a unique Tea Bar serving chilled tea- and coffee-based sweet mocktails.
ARTE MUSEUM is open daily from 10 a.m.-11 p.m. and admission is $55 Mon-Thu and $65 Fri-Sun and holidays. A $10 discount is offered for NV residents, children, seniors and military. For more info and to purchase tickets click here.
Arte Museum Northern Lights and surf-video courtesy of Joe Urcioli
- Featured image (wine pouting at dinner table © Adobe Stock. Licensed for editorial.
- Ferraro’s Taste and Learn photo Courtesy of Ferraro’s © 2023
- La Cave Gargen Lounge photo courtesy of Jeff Green © 2023
- Proper Bar Proper Eats photo courtesy of Jeff Green © 2023
- BOOZY Hot Chocolate graphic courtesty of Minus5 ICEBAR © 2024
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Bob Barnes began his food and beverage writing career in 1998 as Regional Correspondent for Celebrator Beer News and wrote the Nevada Beer Nuggets column from 1998-2019. He was Editorial Director of The Las Vegas Food & Beverage Professional from 2012-2021 and has covered Las Vegas for Gayot since 2010. He continues to contribute to Gayot, writing the Gayot Las Vegas Restaurant News, features on new restaurants, and beer and spirit reviews. He also writes regularly for Off The Strip, The Vegas Voice, Neon Feast, and Las Vegas Magazine.