New Cosmo events highlight chefs, music, wine

No need to beware the Ides of March—the 15th brings with it a great new monthly event at the Cosmopolitan. The Fifteenth is a monthly dining series highlighting the Cosmo’s resident culinarians as well as guest chefs. As the name implies, the dinners take place on the 15th of each month. The series launched in February with the Cosmo’s own chef and restaurateur Costas Spiliadis from Estiatorio Milos.

This month, the Fifteenth welcomes acclaimed native Moroccan chef Rafih Benjelloun of Atlanta’s Imperial Fez, preparing an exotic, authentic Moroccan dinner, served along with paired wines to guests reclining on pillows in the Nolita Ballroom (7 p.m., $125, 698-7475).

Also launched recently was Cosmo’s Vintage wine-tasting series, the second of which featured a live Pink Floyd tribute band, The Machine, pairing songs Rock ’n’ Roll Wine-style with vino selected by resort sommelier Bretton Lammi. As the Vintage series continues, it will move around the property, pairing wine with art, music, storytelling and other forms of media. As more events are confirmed, they will be added to the Cosmo events calendar at

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