’Tis the season for spring showcase menus, and that means restaurants want to introduce you to their local vendors through farm-to-table dinners. On May 17, Della’s Kitchen (in the Delano, 702-632-9254) welcomes guests for a taste of its spring menu with five courses by chef Jay Calimlim for $78. The sustainable ingredients you’ll find throughout the dinner are available locally to Nevada and check the mandatory boxes: no added hormones or antibiotics, humanely raised and minimally processed. Durham Ranch supplies the quail that’s country-fried and served with local honey, lavender, smoked Maldon salt and pepper mignonette, while Berkshire pork appears as a chop with creamy grits, baby root vegetables and pickled mustard seeds. The Black & Bleu is a Tahoe Cheese course original, combining Alpine blue cheese with organic black peppercorns; Della’s Kitchen amplifies it with an oat and walnut crust, topped with cherry gastrique.
Has it been a year for DB Brasserie (in the Venetian, 702-430-1235) already? You can say “Joyeaux anniversaire” for the rest of the month with the limited-edition Le Grande Burger for $50. This version has some of the decadence of the original DB Burger, with the Angus patty topped with braised short rib and foie gras. But instead of the traditional black truffles, Le Grande gets confit tomato petals. Oh, and it comes with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne—I’d say it’s a pretty fair deal. The French restaurant also shows off the best of the season with daily specials: Spaghetti pops with sugar snap peas, mushroom fricassee, citrus and prosciutto, while a classic filet Rossini adorns a beef tenderloin with seared foie gras, chef Daniel Boulud’s “supergreen” spinach, oyster mushrooms and truffle Madeira sauce.
Spring is also the season for dine-arounds, and the Las Vegas Epicurean Affair at the Palazzo (tickets start at $100, 702-414-9000, Palazzo.com) still holds up after all these years. Set for May 21, the Epicurean Affair is an industry favorite, with more than 70 restaurants and a decidedly more local feel as proceeds go to the Nevada Restaurant Association’s scholarship programs. This year’s celebrity host chef is the prolific José Andrés, who has three restaurants at the Cosmopolitan and one at SLS. Those who pony up for VIP tickets can enter the event a full hour before everyone else, but also get to meet-and-greet with Andrés during an exclusive cocktail reception. But of course you’re going VIP, because you know how to do these things right.