Even though its recently opened sister restaurant Made L.V. is garnering buzz about a mile away, there’s still much to love about Honey Salt. The Farm Table dinner series ($45, $25 additional for beverage pairings, 1031 S. Rampart Blvd., 702-445-6100, HoneySalt.com) is still chugging along, with two dinners planned this month. September 8 features Life Is Beautiful founder Rehan Choudhry, offering his perspective on the pillars of the festival: music, food, art and learning. As fall approaches, ingredients get heartier, including a first course of Desert Meadow Greens, a salad of radish, fennel and citrus vinaigrette, followed by a main-course tasting of cobia four ways. The September 22 dinner pairs a market-driven menu with beers from nearby Tenaya Creek Brewery. Highlights include the Honey Salt Lyonnaise salad with pork belly, arugula, frisée and a sunny-side-up egg.
At Della’s Kitchen, opening September 2 in the Delano at Mandalay Bay, farmhouse meets urban eatery. The environmentally conscious menu focuses on local and regional ingredients, with the restaurant’s greenhouse supplying fresh herbs for breakfast and lunch. Look beyond the requisite juice program to Benedicts topped with blue crab or smoked pork, and carne asada huevos rancheros using Idaho Snake River Farms beef. The steak frites is a must-try, as is a toasted cheese sandwich with tomato soup. But there are also more grown-up options such as duck panini—duck confit, Fontina cheese and wild arugula—and the super-comforting braised Kurobuta pork shank with Nevada rainbow chard.
The little food-truck event that could, Back of House Brawl (wherein restaurant chefs give up their fancy, decked-out kitchens to battle each other in food-truck galleys) is now officially going to be a reality show. BOH Brawl creator Jolene Mannina has paired up with Relativity Television—responsible for such shows as The Great Food Truck Race and Guy’s Grocery Games—for eight episodes on A&E. They’re currently on the hunt for locally based professional chefs to compete for supreme street cred and serious bragging rights. The showdowns, much like the original Brawls, will also involve a party atmosphere. Want to toss your toque in the ring? Send an email with your name, phone number, job title, culinary background, a recent photo of yourself and three shots of dishes you’ve created to VegasChefs@RTVshows.com.