A Soufflé of a Different Color, a Culinary Tour of Southern Italy and Affordable Bazaar

andres blue souffle

Blueberries are so good right now they needn’t be relegated to only muffins or pie. Pastry chef Tammy Alana at André’s (in Monte Carlo, 702-798-7151) has created a version of a fancy French dessert in homage its neighbor, Blue Man Group, while the fruit is in peak season. Alana was inspired after being surprised at the creative use of food in the performance, so she got creative herself. Available through August 31, a fluffy soufflé ($14) features the elements of several classic Blue Man Group bits: It’s a pretty blue hue, of course, set atop a spin-art plate, similar to the spit-art in the show and is topped with a fondant marshmallow and one delicately placed berry. The dessert serves two—or just one if you’re so inspired.

The quarterly wine dinner series at Panevino (246 Via Antonio Ave., 702-222-2400) returns August 27, and this time the Italian restaurant with the one-of-a-kind view of the air traffic at McCarran International Airport is taking diners on a trip through Southern Italy. Campania is represented by fresh burrata cheese with roasted bell peppers and zucchini paired with a 2013 Falanghina from Feudi di San Gregorio. Its neighbor to the west, Basilicata, shows up through orecchiette, ear-shaped pasta dressed with pork, pancetta and pecorino cheese paired with a 2012 Pipoli Aglianico del Vulture. Calabria, one of the most robust regions in the South, supplies the main course of roasted lamb and a 2008 Criserà, while the typically spicy Sicily actually sweetens the deal with crispy chocolate rice arancini and a glass of 2004 Colosi. Following these four courses, you’ll be tempted to stroll right over to the airport to hop the next flight to Italy.

When you’re done with Italy, it can’t hurt to taste your way through the best of José Andrés’ Spanish and steakhouse fare while you’re at it. Through August 31, Bazaar Meat (in SLS, 702-761-7610) will offer a $65 tasting menu featuring 10 of Andrés’ greatest hits. The 10 dishes include such playful bites as the Super-Giant Pork Skin Chicharrón (served with a mallet so you can smash it to bits at the table), encapsulated liquid olives Ferran Adrià-style, croquetas de jamon served from a ceramic shoe and the best breadsticks ever: beef carpaccio wrapped round Parmesan grissini. This is Andrés’ steakhouse, after all, so your entrée features the chateaubriand tenderloin, potatoes a la Robuchon (read: creamy and with a pound of butter) and grilled asparagus. Finish it all off with cream puffs and assorted tarts. For another $25, pair it all with a variety of fantastic Spanish wines. Dining at Bazaar Meat has never been inexpensive endeavor, so take advantage of one of the best deals of the season.