I’ll bet lumpia to longanisa that you don’t know much about Filipino food. That’s fine; the unsung Asian cuisine doesn’t get as much play as Chinese or Thai, perhaps because it’s one of those cuisines that’s best enjoyed in someone’s home kitchen. September 24 is your chance to get educated on—or, if you’re already a fan, indulge in—some proper Filipino fare. Chef John Courtney returns for his pop-up Takeover Tuesdays at Forte European Tapas Bar & Bistro with San Francisco chef David Baron to get down with akamayan dinner, showcasing traditional dishes from the Philippines.
Kamayan means to eat with your hands, and in true island fashion, the meal will be served on banana leaves family-style for the table. Adobo, the national dish of the Philippines, makes an appearance as chicken legs slow braised in a mixture of soy sauce, vinegar, garlic and pepper. There’s also pork sinigang (a sour, tamarind-based soup), grilled shrimp, fried tilapia and lamb lumpia (fried eggrolls). Typical accoutrements of diced tomatoes, mangoes, onions andbagoong (shrimp paste), make this one of the most authentic Filipino eating experiences you can get in an Eastern European tapas bar. $55, 4180 S. Rainbow Blvd., 220-3876, BarForte.com.
Roasting Critics Proves Lucrative
Earlier this month, Las Vegas food critics John Curtas, Al Mancini and Vegas Seven’s own Max Jacobson offered themselves up for critique—all for a good cause. Roasting Las Vegas invited some of the city’s best chefs to take shots at the three to help raise money for Three Square, the food bank for Southern Nevada. And it turns out plenty of people were willing to shell out good money to see the trio get roasted. The $3,100 raised will provide 9,300 meals for hungry families in the area. ThreeSquare.org.
Local Bakery Goes to War
Henderson’s Showboy BakeShop competes on the September 28 “The Wizard of Oz” episode of Cupcake Wars on Food Network. Want a taste of what you see? The shop will be offering the cupcakes made on the show for a few weeks after the airing date. ShowboyBakeShop.com.
An Intimate Evening in Hell … Now with Dinner
Mötley Crüe kicks off its second residency at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel this week, and the whole property is getting in on the action with themed menu and cocktail offerings. Come on, who doesn’t want to eat “Shout at the Devil” (Eggs) from Mr. Lucky’s 24/7, or “Down at the Whiskey” bourbon short ribs from Pink Taco? HardRockHotel.com.