2015 Spring Epicurean Calendar

Spring has sprung, and with it, Las Vegas’ most fruitful social season. This is everywhere you need to eat, drink and be merry right now! 

Students at UNLVino’s Grand Tasting in Paris Las Vegas. | Photo courtesy UNLVino

Students at UNLVino’s Grand Tasting in Paris Las Vegas. | Photo courtesy UNLVino

March 26

Get your first taste of spring at Culinary Dropout’s five-course craft-beer-pairing dinner, featuring Utah’s Squatters Pub Brewery. Executive chef Mike Sutton’s menu includes antipasti, sole meunière, double bock-braised short ribs and a s’mores tart, each course paired with one of Squatters’ handcrafted brews. $50, 7 p.m., in Hard Rock Hotel, 702-522-8100, CulinaryDropout.com.

Castello Banfi wine education director William Whiting and Fiamma Trattoria host a five-course dinner highlighting the Italian winery as well as cuisine by executive chef Pawan Pinisetti. Pairings include blue cheese mousse and prosciutto San Daniele with figs paired with Banfi’s 2009 Cuvée Aurora Rosé, and porcini-crusted lamb tenderloin paired with Banfi’s 2008 Poggio alle Mure Brunello di Montalcino. $125, 7 p.m., in MGM Grand, 702-891-7600, MGMGrand.com.

Chef Sam Marvin hosts an evening of Grilled Cheese & Pinot Noir at Echo & Rig. With sammys priced $13-14 and wines for $8-$16 per glass, you can easily mix and match! 7 p.m., in Tivoli Village, 702-489-3525, EchoAndRig.com.

March 27

Old School Brewing Co. celebrates its grand opening with free beer! From 5-10 p.m., patrons receive a complimentary flight of four 4-ounce samplers. Choose from brewmaster Jim Wilson’s Homeroom Hefeweizen, Pale Ale 101, Varsity Vanilla Porter, ABCD Extra Special Bitter, Hoppocrates IPA, Bus Stout and March Irish Red Ale. 8410 W. Desert Inn Rd., 702-273-9782, OldSchoolBrewing.com.

March 27-28

Golden Nugget and Back Bar USA present Whiskey Revival. The two-day Grand Tasting Experience will be from 7-11 p.m. March 27 and 2-6 p.m. March 28 in the Grand Event Center. Sample artisan whiskeys, American craft spirits, moonshines and barrel-aged beers, and attend mixology classes and educational seminars. Authentic Southern cuisine and entertainment will also be included. To get you in the mood, Diageo’s master of whiskey Dr. Thomas Turner will host a Turn of the Century Whiskey Dinner at 6 p.m. March 27. $49 one-day pass, $79 two-day pass, $99 dinner and one day, $135 dinner and two days; 866-946-5336, GoldenNugget.com/LasVegas/WhiskeyFest.

March 27-29

The scene at Bubble-Licious at the Venetian. | Photo courtesy of UNLVino

The scene at Bubble-Licious at the Venetian. | Photo courtesy of UNLVino

Become a California wine expert in three days at the California Wine Intensive presented by San Francisco Wine School at the Signature at MGM Grand. Taught by master sommelier David Glancy, with Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada master sommelier Joe Phillips, the program “arms wine professionals with up-to-date, nuanced knowledge about California’s rich history and distinct wine landscape.” Daily breakfast and lunch are included, as are a tasting dinner at Honey Salt and the online exam. $1,495, save $100 with code Mar100, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. March 27-28, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 29, SanFranciscoWineSchool.com/California-Wine-Appellation-Specialist-3-Day-Intensive.

March 28

The third annual Boulder City Beerfest will be in the heart of historic Boulder City at Wilbur Square Park. Sample from more than 20 brewery tents, six food trucks and 10 specialty vendors. $45, 1-7 p.m., 702-614-9844, BoulderCityBeerfest.com.

The new Downtown Summerlin Farmers Market, curated by “Intuitive Forager” Kerry Clasby, opened March 14. Now you can check it out every Saturday. Catch demos on the Chef’s Stage and send your little one to the Kid’s Kitchen. Offering a wide selection of diverse and unusual fruits and vegetables not available through mainstream purveyors, this market touts itself as “the only one in the Las Vegas area where 90 percent of its produce is organic and free of pesticide.” 9 a.m.-2 p.m., the Pavilion at Downtown Summerlin, DowntownSummerlin.com.

After all that healthy food, get over to Hofbräuhaus to celebrate that famous German delicacy, Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte. Mention National Black Forest Cake Day to your server for $2 off the dessert and a complimentary coffee. 702-853-2337, HofbrauhausLasVegas.com.

March 29

Underground dining outfit La Cena de San Andres presents a Spring Pop-Up Dinner. As always, this event it BYOB, so bring your favorite wine or beer to enjoy with your dinner. For location and directions RSVP to CollectiveGourmands@gmail.com. $65, 4:30 p.m. arrival, 5 p.m. dinner, 702-601-6142, LaCenaDeSanAndres.Tumblr.com.

March 30

STK celebrates its four-year anniversary with 004: STK Royale, a James Bond-themed event hosted by Belvedere Vodka. Get shaken, not stirred as the steakhouse re-creates scenes from classic James Bond films. Singer Nieve Malandra will entertain guests with jazzy tunes while guests enjoy a Moët Hennessy-sponsored bar and sip Belvedere’s new 007-branded vodka martini, The Spectre. Executive chef Stephen Hopcraft will keep the hors d’oeuvres coming. Dressing 007-dapper and Bond girl-appropriate is strongly encouraged. No cover with RSVP, 10 p.m., in the Cosmopolitan, 702-698-7990, TOGRP.com.

Celebrity mixologist Salvatore Calabrese will attempt to get into the record books by creating the World’s Oldest Martini. Following his attempt during a private event at his namesake bar, Bound by Salvatore Calabrese, the bottles of Park & Tilford New York gin and Orange Bitters (both circa 1900) and Noilly Prat vermouth (circa 1890) will be on display and their contents for sale until they are gone forever. In the Cromwell, 702-777-3777, Caesars.com/Cromwell.



March 30

Elixir continues its popular Monday night movie series. During the midnight Brewvies, guests are invited to take in a classic movie on the ‘big screen’ while sipping $3 beer and noshing on free popcorn. 2920 N. Green Valley Pkwy., 702-664-8361, ElixirLounge.net.

April 1

Mercadito continues its Wednesday Tequila Dinner Series, featuring tequila-based dishes by executive chef Juan Puentes and drink pairings. Guests will enjoy a four-course dinner of off-menu items for $36 per person served with blanco, reposado and añejo tequilas. Four menus will rotate weekly over three months. 6 p.m., 702-979-3609, MercaditoRestaurants.com/RedRock.

April 2

McCall’s Heartland Grill unveils its new whiskey bar with Celebrity Happy Hours. Partake in whiskey and food specials while you meet several local radio hosts, among them Carla Rea (96.3 KKLZ Morning Show, April 2), Dayna Roselli (NewsRadio 100.5 KXNT, April 9) and Lynn Briggs (Old School 105.7, April 16). The resort will donate $1,000 on behalf of each radio host to the nonprofit of their choice. 6-8 p.m., in the Stratosphere, 702-380-7777, StratosphereHotel.com.

April 2-5

Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum gets in on the Viva Las Vegas action with a Tow & Go “rust to riches” car-build demo (11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. April 4), Viva Las Bowling 4 (11 a.m.–6 p.m. April 3) and a tattoo lounge (noon–midnight April 2-5). At the Orleans, must have Viva Las Vegas tickets to attend all events, VivaLasVegas.net/Tickets.

April 3

Rock Star Beer Productions brings its Vegas Beer & Music Festival to Foxtail Pool Club in SLS. Experience food, unlimited samples of more than 50 craft beers and live music by pop/rock band Falling Doves and “One-Man Dance Party” Dan Fester, as well as a fashion show by Romantic Rock. Tickets include complimentary access to the after-party at Life Nightclub. Foxtail Pool Club also celebrates its official grand opening April 24-26. 7-10 p.m. $35 general admission; 6-10 p.m., $50 VIP, VegasBeerAndMusicFestival.com.

Check out the new Friday Night Wine Classes at Valley Cheese & Wine. Tonight it’s Intro to France ($30); April 3 it’s Piedmont & Tuscany ($45); and April 10 it’s Best Selling Whites ($30). You must RSVP and pay in advance to confirm your seat. 6:30 p.m., 702-341-8191, complete calendar at ValleyCheeseAndWine.com/Classes.html.

April 3-5

The Pinoy Pride Celebration takes over the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, showcasing the tastes, sounds and spirit of the Philippines. Enjoy authentic Filipino street food, carnival rides and midway games. Local artists, comedians, dance troupes and musical groups perform each night, and there will be a traditional Santacruzan parade on Easter Sunday. Tickets start at $8 for April 3-4; free entry April 5, 200 S. Third St., PinoyPrideLV.com.

April 4

Joël Robuchon

Joël Robuchon

If you’re ready to be spoiled, block out a few hours to experience the new 18-course tasting menu at Joël Robuchon. First presented at Robuchon’s restaurant in Bordeaux, France, the affair is broken down into four services, each consisting of three small savory plates, such as foie gras carpaccio, frog-leg fritters and grilled spiny lobster. An entrée and desserts selection follow—assuming you have room. $445, wine pairings available for an additional cost, in MGM Grand, 702-891-7925, MGMGrand.com.

April 5

For something dramatically different: Jay-Z’s former tour DJ, Neil Armstrong, will release a mixtape at Chinatown’s Kaba Curry. Dinner & A Mixtape includes four Japanese/Filipino fusion courses, Armstrong’s mixtape and access to his entire mixtape catalog. $45, first seating 7 p.m., second seating 9 p.m., 5115 Spring Mountain Rd., Suite 234, RSVP to DMTxKC.EventBrite.com.

April 6

SoCal chain Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar opens in Downtown Summerlin, inspired by the laid-back atmosphere of a Rocky Mountain town. Check out the menu of “clean cocktails” and the line of craft beer collabs with Golden Road Brewing. 1725 Festival Plaza Dr., Suite A-2, 702-727-4784, LazyDogRestaurants.com.

April 8

Made L.V. presents a beer-pairing dinner with New Belgium Brewery and guest chef Michael van Staden, executive chef of Bacchanal Buffet in Caesars Palace. The event includes passed appetizers and three courses with pairings. $39, 6:30 p.m., in Tivoli Village, 702-722-2000, Made-LV.com.

April 9

Jaleo by José Andrés presents a wine dinner featuring wines by Bodegas Ontañón, a multigenerational, family-owned vineyard in the mountains outside Quel, Spain. The dinner pairs these sustainable and elegant wines made from Rioja’s indigenous viura grape with 8-10 courses by chef Luis Montesinos. $100, 7 p.m., in the Cosmopolitan, RSVP to 702-698-7950, Jaleo.com.

Sinatra pays tribute to Frank Sinatra in what would have been his 100th year with a menu created by executive chef Theo Schoenegger and served in the restaurant’s outdoor garden. Jack Daniel’s master distiller Jeff Arnett will guide diners through four courses paired with signature cocktails featuring a variety of Jack Daniel’s whiskeys, including Gentleman Jack, Tennessee Honey, Single Barrel and Sinatra Select. $185, 6 p.m., at Encore, RSVP to 702-770-5320, WynnLasVegas.com.

April 11

The Celebrando Festival will showcase Hispanic culture with authentic Latin food and beverages, live entertainment and family activities. A portion of the proceeds benefit Nevada Child Seekers, the Monaco Middle School mariachi band program and the Clark County School Police Department safety program. Tickets start at $10, 1-9 p.m., 2121 E. Craig Rd., HispanicFestLV.com.

James Beard Award-winning chef Julian Serrano unveils his newest concept tonight in Bellagio. Overlooking the resort’s iconic fountains next to Hyde, Lago will, Serrano says, “re-imagine Italian cuisine for today’s small-plate culinary era.” Look for raw seafood, whole fish, whole roasted suckling pig, vegan and vegetarian dishes, pasta and pizzas. Open 5-11 p.m. nightly, 702-693-7111, Bellagio.com.

Made L.V. presents the Spring Fling Cornhole Tournament & Tailgate Grill Out, an all-day, 10-board, double-elimination event. Participants and spectators can enjoy sausages with peppers and onions, street corn and fried Oreos. Drink specials include two PBR tallboys for $5, $3 Fireball shots and Deep Eddy Backyard Lemonade for $5 a cup. $20 per team, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., in Tivoli Village, 702-722-2000, sign up at Facebook.com/MadeLVTavern.

April 12

Today is the last day to partake in the $39 Prime & Wine special in the bar area all day at Morton’s The Steakhouse. The Million Dollar Burger features everything you’d find on a traditional burger, with the addition of foie gras, black truffle butter and braised short ribs on a brioche bun. The burger comes with a glass of Stag’s Leap Winery’s ‘The Investor” from Napa Valley. 400 E. Flamingo Rd., 702-893-0703, Mortons.com.

This is also the last day to get in on the Artichoke Festival at Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro in the Palazzo (702-607-6333, MorelsLV.com) and D.Vino Italian Food & Wine Bar in Monte Carlo (702-730-7966, DVinoLV.com). Each location will offer the hearty vegetable in dishes determined by the chef’s creativity and driven by local seasonal ingredients.

April 13

Guests who want a little education with their dinner will love Mercadito’s monthly Cooking Demo Mondays. Mercadito Hospitality chef/partner Patricio Sandoval and Mercadito Red Rock executive chef Juan Puentes demonstrate their cooking skills as guests dine on a five-course meal with accompanying cocktails, demonstration, Q&A session and the recipes of the evening’s offerings. Today, enjoy a spring cooking demo and spring menu unveiling. On May 4, it’s a Cinco de Mayo fiesta demo. And June 22, learn summer recipes. $45, 6 p.m., RSVP to 702-979-3609, MercaditoRestaurants.com/RedRock.

April 14

Are pecans missing from your life? Celebrate National Pecan Day at Grand Lux Café, which has several sweet items on offer, including baked-to-order warm house-made chocolate chip pecan cookies, banana-pecan pancakes and caramel banana-nut French toast. Open 24 hours, in the Venetian, 702-414-3888, GrandLuxCafe.com.

April 18

At Holy Hurricane, Ballast Point Brewery takes over Aces & Ales on Tenaya Way. Meet, hang and gossip with master brewer Yuseff Cherney while drinking Ballast Point beers from all 50 taps, as well as specialty casks tapped hourly. Plus, enter to win a trip to San Diego. 3 p.m., 2801 N. Tenaya Way, 702-638-2337, AcesAndAles.com.

April 19

MTO Café’s next Sunday Night Supper Series transforms the Downtown location into a Korean brasserie. MTO chefs provide the amuse and soup, while chefs Daniel Ontiveros, Brian Howard, Brian Lhee, Ashley Traeger and Meilani Marriott provide four more courses, including dessert. $65, 5:30 p.m., 500 S. Main St., RSVP to 702-380-8229, MTOCafe.com.

April 25

Hop heads rule at Big Dogs Brewing Company’s Peace, Love & Hoppy-ness festival all day long in the parking lot at the Draft House. Check out the more than 25 beers on tap from all around the region, as well as specialty bottles throughout the day. There will also be live music, food and a raffle. 3-9 p.m. 4543 N. Rancho Dr., 702-645-1404, PeaceLoveHoppyness.com.

April 29

The guest-chef dinners continue at Made L.V. with pioneering chef Larry Forgione and his son, Buddy V’s executive chef Brian, cooking up classic family-style dishes at It’s a Family Thing ($39). On May 13, Mike Minor whips up a Smokey Mexican Tequila Dinner. And soon after, dine with “Sammy D” DeMarco for a “magical and mysterious menu tour.” All dinners start at 6:30 p.m., call for details, 702-722-2000, Made-LV.com.

April 30

The Deck at Aliante Casino launches its monthly poolside Jazz Under the Stars concerts with Brian Simpson. The series continues May 28 with Patrick Lamb, June 25 with Alex Bugnon and July 30 with Lao Tizer with Chieli Minucci. $15, 7 p.m., 702-692-7777, AlianteGaming.com.

May 2

Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour rolls into town for its annual evening of tasting more than 200 of the world’s most highly rated wines. Meet and mingle with winery owners, winemakers and fellow wine lovers while tasteing top-scoring wines, and dine from a light buffet—and keep the Riedel glass. $225, 7 p.m., in The Mirage, GrandTour.WineSpectator.com.

Vegas Uncork'd | Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Vegas Uncork’d | Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

May 5

Cabo Wabo goes all out for its Cinco de Mayo Fiesta on the patio, featuring drink specials, live music and the restaurant’s signature Cabo San Lucas-inspired dishes. 702-385-2226, CaboWaboCantina.com.

May 6

Friends of the Shade Tree throws its 13th annual Girls Night Out charity gala at Hyde with a performance by Daniel Park. Ladies, this is your chance to dress up, dance and raise money for a cause that benefits other women in the Las Vegas community, as well as their children and pets. Enjoy an entertainment lineup by Corner Bar Management Group, libations by Southern Wine & Spirits and hors d’oeuvres by Hyde. $175, 6:30 p.m., in Bellagio, FriendsOfTheShadeTree.net.

May 7

The Venue Las Vegas and Wente Vineyards partner to present a Winemaker’s Dinner hosted by fifth-generation winemaker, Karl Wente. This will be the first event for the Venue Las Vegas, a 38,430-square-foot facility in Downtown Las Vegas, and its Connoisseur Club. Tuck into four courses by chef Matt Contreras, including Moroccan-spiced lamb chops and Tahitian vanilla bean goat-cheesecake. $150, 6:30 p.m., 702-334-4708, TheVenueLasVegas.com.

May 15-16

Stone Brewing’s “Dr.” Bill Sysak drops into Aces & Ales’ Tenaya Way location for a Pre-Domination Cigar & Beer Dinner on May 15. Experience six beers personally chosen by Sysak paired with six courses prepared by chef Jason Glidden, plus cigars, a T-shirt and souvenir glass. ($100, 7 p.m., RSVP to 702-638-2337.) The next day, San Diego’s Stone Brewing Company takes over all 50 of Aces & Ales’ taps at the sixth annual Stone Domination. Meet master brewer Mitch Steele, and if you didn’t make it to the dinner, meet “Dr.” Bill. 2801 N. Tenaya Way, AcesAndAles.com.

May 21

The Las Vegas Epicurean Affair returns to the Palazzo for its sixth year, raising funds for the Nevada Restaurant Association’s educational and scholarship programs, including ProStart, a national high school culinary skill and restaurant management program. Sample cuisine from establishments both on and off the Strip, as well as a selection of libations and cocktails poolside. Tickets go on sale in April, 7 p.m. entry for general admission, 6 p.m. VIP, NVRestaurants.com.

Aces and Ales | Photo by Jon Estrada

Aces and Ales | Photo by Jon Estrada

May 22

Mandalay Bay’s Beach Concert Series kicks off with Sublime With Rome ($50). Bring blankets, sit on the beach with a cocktail or wade in the surf while enjoying the music from the cool confines of Mandalay Bay’s 1.6-million gallon wave pool. 9 p.m., MandalayBay.com/ Entertainment/Beach-Concert-Series.

May 25

Nothing to do on a Monday night? Check out Sake Mondays at Katsuya on the last Monday of every month, featuring complimentary sake tastings and half off all sake bottles—a great way to begin or continue your exploration of sake. 6-8 p.m., in SLS, 702-761-7611, SLSLasVegas.com/Dining/Katsuya.

May 29

There’s only one week left till the Carnival of Cuisine with Mario Batali, so you’d better have your tickets for the June 5 extravaganza on the Palazzo pool deck. Sample award-winning cuisine from restaurants in the Venetian and Palazzo, and participate in cooking demos as well as lavish tastings. Check Venetian.com/Entertainment/Events.html for details in the coming months.

May 30

Wander through the Springs Preserve and take in top local blues bands while sampling more than 60 craft beers from local, regional, domestic and international breweries at the sixth annual Brews & Blues Festival, supporting Keep Memory Alive. $35 in advance, $40 day-of; $75 VIP ticket includes access to indoor lounge; members get $5 off admission; tickets on sale April 13; 4-8 p.m., SpringsPreserve.org.

May 31

Get your game plan together for Las Vegas Restaurant Week, June 15-26. For the first time since 2011, the series will be spring-only, with 12 consecutive days of discount dining for a cause. As in the past, participating restaurants will feature prix-fixe menus at price points ranging from $20.15 to $50.15, with a fixed portion of the meal’s cost donated to the Three Square food bank. Check out HelpOutDineOutLV.org in early June for details.