Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill opens in Downtown Summerlin and more dining news below.
A Weekend of Excellence at the Venetian
Venetian kicks off the season early with Ultimo, a Weekend of Excellence, December 5-7 (866-255-8967), to benefit the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Hosted by chefs Daniel Boulud, Emeril Lagasse, and Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro, the weekend includes three major events: a French brunch at db Brasserie; Baking with the Boss, a hands-on private class; and The Grand Banquet, a family-style feast at one long table along the Venetian Grand Colonnade, with dishes prepared by all three chefs. Venetian is offering multiple tiers for hotel guests who want to give—and receive—big, with enticements including a Champagne and caviar welcome reception at Bellusso Jewelers and dessert by Valastro in the exclusive Richard Hennessy Lounge.
Detox at the Palms Casino Resort
You may not be waking up next to Zach Galifianakis, a baby, and Mike Tyson’s tiger, but there are some evenings that are harder to recover from than others. When you and your entourage can’t reach a bleary-eyed consensus, head to the Bistro Buffet at the Palms Casino Resort, where Sunday Champagne brunch runs till 3 p.m. and your crew can choose from more than 250 items, including Mexican, Thai, Southern, Mongolian, and pizza. Also at the Palms is its famous (infamous?) Pajama Brunch, Sundays at Simon Restaurant & Lounge(702-953-7679), with a make your- own-Bloody-Mary bar packed with pickled vegetables, stuffed olives, hot sauces, and even beef jerky.
Southern Comfort With YardBird Southern Table & Bar
Bringing his Southern charm westward, restaurateur John Kunkel and the culinary team 50 Eggs will open a Vegas outpost of their popular Miami restaurant YardBird Southern Table & Bar in early 2015. The 8,000-square-foot space on Restaurant Row will offer a menu of stylish interpretations of classics like chicken and waffles, pickled okra, panfried trout, and chicken and biscuits. The unique cocktails get their chills from an on-site ice room. Venetian
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill Opens in Downtown Summerlin
The wait is over. Wolfgang Puck has expanded to the west side with Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at Downtown Summerlin. Chef Puck’s first off-Strip venture emphasizes family dining with healthful options for kids and parents, along with curbside pickup for customers in a rush. If you have time to relax, enjoy the patio seating with park views.
What to Expect From Rose.Rabbit.Lie
Chef Wesley Holton is going all out at Rose.Rabbit.Lie this season. In December, you’ll find hors d’oeuvres like grilled pear and black truffle flatbread or fontina arancini, a roasted turbot with artichoke purée and beurre rouge or herbed prime rib, and a bûche de Noël decorated with meringue “mushrooms.” The New Year’s menu emphasizes foods with rich, complex flavors, including (of course) caviar and buttered oysters, a tangerine salad with candied kumquat, black tie scallops (“a nod to where I came from,” Holton says), Espoisses a la Creme with aged balsamic and spiced walnut toast, beef Wellington, and a chef’s selection of petits fours. Extras include king crab fondue and caviar flights. Now that’s a Vegas holiday. Cosmopolitan, 877-667- 0585
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE VENETIAN LAS VEGAS (GRAND BANQUET); BY GREG GORMAN (PUCK)