If the 28th annual AFAN Black & White Party isn’t on your schedule for this weekend, you might just wanna pick up a rental costume (or at the very least, hit up White House Black Market) and add it to your itinerary right … now! The August 23 event at the Joint in Hard Rock Hotel is sponsored by Vegas Seven, as well as Ketel One vodka, so you know you’ll be drinking well. Each year, mixologists create signature cocktails especially for this affair. Dave Herlong’s Orange Sunset combines Ketel One Oranje, Aperol, honey syrup, fresh lemon juice and fresh orange juice, garnished with an orange slice. Additional sponsors include Corona, Absolut Rainbow, Sauza 901, Woodford Reserve, Frangelico, Belvedere and Grey Goose Le Melon. Hopefully you weren’t expecting the drinks to be black and white as well—this is no time for a glass of milk!
If you’re one of the lucky few who scored a seat for locals favorite Jackson’s Bar & Grill’s first quarterly beer- and wine-tasting dinner, I’ll see you there before the Black & White Party. I got a sneak peek, and the menu looks a treat: lump crab cocktail with avocado mousse; mustard greens with goat cheese, Cajun-candied pecans and roasted golden beets; duck leg confit and roasted duck breast with a Beaujolais cherry sauce and charred vegetables; followed by Verona chocolate cake and salted caramel ice cream. Each course will be paired with a beer and a wine, and yes, you may request both! If I won’t see you Saturday night at Jackson’s, you can sign up now for the December 13 dinner ($60) by calling 702-362-2116.
And if the combination of beer and whiskey is more to your liking, save the date (and then go get a date) for Stone Brewing’s Not Your Father’s Boilermaker Dinner, 7 p.m. September 12 at Aces & Ales on North Tenaya Way. The event hosted by “Dr.” Bill Sysak—craft beer ambassador and certified cicerone for Stone Brewing Co.—will feature the holy trinity of beer, whiskey and a menu by Aces & Ales executive chef Jason Glidden, including New England clam chowder, duck confit salad, roast pork belly, braised beef short rib and bourbon-maple truffles. The good doctor will pair each course with a beer and a whiskey (that’s also called a Boilermaker, for you twentysomethings). $65 in advance, $75 day-of, call 702-638-2337 to reserve seats.