Best Spirit-Pairing Dinner Series

Border Grill


Border Grill recently hosted its 12th tequila-pairing dinner, which was so oversold that the tables eventually spilled out onto the patio. Luckily, tequila makes the heart grow fonder … of rubbing up against your neighbor and eating off his or her plate. The multicoursed affair, which has in the past welcomed Clasé Azul and Milagro tequilas, always begins with a cocktail and appetizer reception before everyone takes their seat and tucks into chef Mike Minor’s bold (ooh, barracuda!) cuisine.

$75 VIP club members, $150 general admission, in Mandalay Bay, 632-7403,

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Jason Strauss


Jason Strauss

The tastemaker and nightlife impresario is a partner of Tao Group, a leading restaurant and nightlife company that develops, owns and operates numerous high-profile food and beverage facilities nationwide, including Tao, Lavo and Marquee. Along with his partners, Strauss was named Hospitality Operator of the Year by Nightclub & Bar in 2006, and their work with Marquee has been profiled as a case study by Harvard Business School.