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 CosmopolitanLasVegas.com.

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Remember when TV’s Dr. Hawkeye Pierce pined for barbecue from Adam’s Ribs in M*A*S*H? He called in a series of intricate favors to have ribs delivered to his unit in war-torn Korea, but it’s much easier to satisfy your craving at Dickey’s, serving delicious barbecue since first opening in Dallas in 1941. One favorite is the Southern pulled-pork sandwich, topped with pickles, onions and original, sweet or spicy barbecue sauce. Chopped or sliced beef brisket, Virginia-style ham and Polish sausage are among the other hickory-smoked meats available.

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