Autumn has arrived, and with it comes Las Vegas’ second delicious social season. This is everywhere you need to eat, drink and be merry right now!
Michael Mina’s PUB 1842 and New Belgium Brewing Co. team up for a four-course beer-pairing menu by executive chef Anthony Schutz, including pork-belly sliders with Snapshot Wheat; pan-seared black pepper ahi tuna with La Folie Sour Brown Ale; smoked brisket with Hop the Pond Imperial IPA; and bacon ice cream with 1554 Black Lager. Certified cicerone Danielle Grams and New Belgium’s Nick Tribulato host the evening and guide the pairing. $60, 7 p.m., in MGM Grand, 702-891-3925 for reservations, MichaelMina.net.
Old Homestead Steakhouse presents a five-course paired tasting menu in partnership with Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Dishes include a shellfish trio, hot and cold Scottish salmon, braised pork belly, Pat La Frieda Dry Aged Strip Loin with smoked trumpet mushrooms and wild huckleberries, and bread pudding. Pours to include Glenfiddich 12 Special Reserve, 15 Solera Reserve, 18 Special Reserve and 21 Gran Reserva. $165, cocktails at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m., in Caesars Palace, 702-731-7778 for reservations, CaesarsPalace.com.
Capitalize those Cs as A. Hardy U.S.A. offers a Cognac tasting and five-course Champagne dinner at Sage hosted by property mixologist Craig Schoettler and Hardy Cognac House CEO Benedicte Hardy. Sample a celebrated collection of Cognac—including a rare blend of small lots collected after World War I—and enjoy a menu by executive chef Richard Camarota with Champagne pairings chosen by Aria wine director, Kim Wood. Highlights include pork terrine, foie-gras custard brûleé, chestnut soup Maison Rouge, Kobe skirt steak Diane and dark chocolate panna cotta. $500, 6 p.m., in Aria, 702-693-8400 for reservations, Aria.com.
Sonoma County’s award-winning winery Ferrari-Carano has been a leading producer of world-class, nationally acclaimed wines since 1985. Taste them alongside a six-course tasting menu by chef Francisco Hernandez at an intimate tasting in the private dining room at the Charcoal Room. $85, 6 p.m., in Palace Station, 702-221-6678, PalaceStation.SCLV.com.
White truffle season is upon us, and no one does it like Restaurant Guy Savoy’s lavish six-course prix-fixe menu: scallops two ways, pumpkin soup, risotto and roasted guinea hen—all featuring white truffles—followed by two desserts. $420 per person, items also available a la carte, in Caesars Palace, 702-731-7110, CaesarsPalace.com.
Check out Las Vegas’ newest dining and shopping destination at the Downtown Summerlin Street Festival on Festival Plaza Drive. Activities include opening ceremonies, a light show, DJs, kids activities, fashion shows and makeovers. For a complete list of events, visit DowntownSummerlin.com/PDFs/DTSFestivalGuide.pdf.
Communities In Schools of Nevada presents its fourth annual Harvest for Hope, with live dance, magic and comedy performances, as well as food from 10 Cosmopolitan spots, including Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill, Estiatorio Milos, Rose. Rabbit. Lie., Comme Ça, Jaleo, China Poblano and Scarpetta. All proceeds benefit CIS, the local affiliate of the nation’s leading dropout-prevention program. $350 adults, $100 children, 5-9 p.m., Cashman Center, CISNevada.org/Harvest-2014.
Sixty wineries, 20 bands and eight immersive experiences await thousands of wine and music lovers at the two-day wine and music wonderland that is Rock ’n’ Roll Wine’s ninth annual Wine Amplified Festival, this year presented at the MGM Resort Village across from Luxor. Tickets start at $69, 4 p.m.-midnight, WineAmplified.com.
After nearly five delicious, charitable and locally sourced years, the Project Dinner Table communal supper series concludes with one final event at the Marjorie Barrick Museum at UNLV with chefs from Caesars Palace and charity partners Safe Nest and the Blind Center of Nevada. $175, 5:15 p.m. social hour, dinner at 6:15 p.m., ProjectDinnerTable.com.
This month’s Farm Table Dinner at Honey Salt welcomes One Hope Wines, presenting a three-course meal that features caramelized squash with burratta and braised beef cheeks. Plus, during October, 50 percent of proceeds from all One Hope sales will be donated to breast cancer research. $45 dinner, $25 wine pairing, 6:30 p.m., 702-445-6100, 1031 S. Rampart Blvd., HoneySalt.com.
Las Vegas Foodie Fest returns, showcasing more than 50 of the nation’s best food trucks, plus beer, wine and liquor tastings, as well as carnival rides, eating contests and a beer garden. Tickets start at $8, 4-midnight Oct. 15-17; noon-midnight Oct 18; noon-10 p.m. Oct 19, at the Linq, LasVegasFoodieFest.com.
Chopped judge/chef Scott Conant’s DOCG Enoteca gets in on the fall beer agenda with a Tap That Cask Party, featuring “real ale,” beer that finishes its maturation and carbonation process in the barrel—and the party won’t stop till the keg (by Henderson’s Bad Beat Brewing) runs dry. Paired finger foods will be served family style. $50, 6:30 p.m., in the Cosmopolitan, 702-698-7920, CosmopolitanLasVegas.com.
Students assist in setup, operations and logistics at the Epicurean Charitable Foundation’s 13th annual M.E.N.U.S. (Mentoring & Educating Nevada’s Upcoming Students), a poolside dine-around. (Previous participants have included Gordon Ramsay Burgr, KGB by chef Kerry Simon, DW Bistro and Tao Asian Bistro.) Proceeds help fund scholarships for Clark County high school students seeking hospitality careers. Ticket includes admission to a Zac Brown Band concert. $600, at MGM Grand, 702-932-5098, ECFLV.org.
Take it outside for Double Helix Wine & Whiskey Lounge’s inaugural Tacos + Granos. Chef Doug Vega will be grilling $2 Shortie Tacos on the patio, and the Whiskey of the Month—Rittenhouse Straight Rye—is half off. Noon-5 p.m., at Town Square, 702-735-9463, Townsquare.DoubleHelixWine.com.
This is it, the final day of Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar’s #EscapeToSonoma social media contest awarding a two-night trip for two to Sonoma’s Jordan Vineyard & Winery in Healdsburg, California. Visit HearthstoneLV.com for rules on how to enter.
The original Aces & Ales location hosts a tapping of rare specialty brews by Beachwood BBQ Brewing head brewer Julian Shrago, including System of a Stout Imperial Armenian Coffee Stout and Mocha Machine Imperial Coffee Chocolate Porter. Bring your 2014 Strong Beer glass for $4 fills. 5 p.m., 3740 S. Nellis Blvd., 702-436-7600, AcesAndAles.com.
Champagne Taittinger takes on the cuisine of Charlie Palmer’s Aureole for a six-course wine-pairing dinner hosted by export manager Clovis Taittinger and Mandalay Bay wine director Harley Carbery. Executive chef Vincent Pouessel and executive pastry chef Megan Bringas’ menu includes Mozambican langoustines, roasted veal tenderloin and braised cheeks and preserved lemon St. Honoré with Taittinger Nocturne. $225, 6:30 p.m., 702-632-7401 for reservations, CharliePalmer.com.
It’s OAKtoberfest at Aces & Ales Tenaya, with more than a dozen oak-aged brews and specialty foods starting at noon, Ghostbuster Trivia and a Halloween costume party at 8 p.m. with prizes and cash giveaways. 2801 N. Tenaya Way, 702-638-2337, AcesAndAles.com.
Wear a costume if you like—mad scientist and monster-inspired suggested—but do come thirsty to chef Rick Moonen’s Ricky Horror Halloween Bash at Rx Boiler Room. The eerie evening will feature contests, prizes, specialty cocktails by lead barman Eric Smith and themed menu items. 8 p.m., in the Shoppes at Mandalay Place, 702-632-9900 for reservations, RxBoilerRoom.com.
This is your last chance to enjoy the October bar and lounge menu at Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina. Throughout the month of October, enjoy bites inspired from the Lazio Region of Central Italy, all for less than $8 each, with Lazio wines for $10 and under. Available daily, open till close, through Oct. 31, at the bar and lounge, in the Shops at Crystals, 702-238-1000, TheShopsAtCrystals.com.
Cantina Laredo’s quarterly tequila dinner pairs a four-course menu by executive chef Damon Workman with Avion Tequila. Avion representatives will guide guests through the agave selection process and techniques of proper tequila production. $50, 7-9 p.m., in Tivoli Village, 702-202-4511 for reservations, CantinaLaredo.com.
Drink Local all night long at the Aces & Ales Tenaya location, where all the taps will be taken over by Nevada breweries. 5 p.m., 2801 N. Tenaya Way, 702-638-2337, AcesAndAles.com
The Russians Are Coming to the original Aces & Ales location, and they’re bringing nothing but big, rare Russian imperial stouts. 5 p.m., 3740 S. Nellis Blvd., 702-436-7600.
Presented in conjunction with Robb Report and Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada, and benefiting the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, the Venetian completely outdoes itself with Ultimo: A Weekend of Excellence, featuring lavish feasts including the return of the Venetian’s Grand Banquet for 200 in the Grand Colonnade. Highlights include Rolls-Royce airport transfers, stays in high-roller suites, luxury car racing, baking with Cake Boss’ Buddy Valastro, a Dine-Around in the Palazzo Waterfall Atrium & Gardens and Sunday’s Truffle Farewell Brunch. Ticket packages start at $410 per person per night for two nights, $500 Grand Banquet only, Venetian.com/Ultimo.
Tenaya Creek Brewery left behind its fine-dining menu in 2008 to focus on craft beer. Tonight, food and beer reunite at the final monthly Gus’ Beer & Bites dinner of the year in the Pub. Executive chef Damis Irizzary creates a five-course menu. $64, 6:30 p.m., in Monte Carlo, 702-730-7421, MonteCarlo.com/BeerSeries.