It’s a big month for comedian and actress Mindy Kaling. Not only does Season 4 of her show The Mindy Project premiere on September 15 on Hulu, but her book Why Not Me? (Crown Archtype, $15) comes out the same day. To top it all off, she also now has her own burger—at least for the next six weeks. As part of Umami Burger’s (in SLS Las Vegas, 702-761-7614) latest artist collaboration series, the Mindy Burger features the classic Umami burger patty topped with pickled jalapeño, fried onion strings and sriracha aioli on the signature bun. Kaling, a big Umami Burger fan, was honored to be able to create one of her own. “Spicy and cheesy reflects my personality,” Kaling says. For the next six weeks, $1 from the sale of every $13 Mindy Burger goes to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. It’s also just about that right time of year to enjoy it in Umami Burger’s outdoor beer garden, where you can appreciate the heat of the burger without melting in the sun.
Frank Sinatra wasn’t just known as the Chairman of the Board or Ol’ Blue Eyes; he was called “grandfather,” too, once in a while. That term of endearment was reserved, obviously, for granddaughters Amanda Erlinger and AJ Lambert, both of whom you can meet during the next cooking demonstration at Sinatra on September 24 ($85, in Wynn, 702-770-5320). The interactive experience will be led by Erlinger, Lambert and Sinatra chef Theo Schoenegger, who will prepare The Man’s own favorites such as meatballs and clams Posillipo. Apparently, Sinatra was a fantastic cook in his own right, and the three are happy to regale you with stories of growing up with a legend before the three-course lunch.
Finally, come October, Henderson will get its own taste of the “social eatery” in its neck of the woods when Kitchen Table opens on West Horizon Ridge Parkway (KitchenTableLV.com). Helmed by former Strip chefs Antonio Nunez (who opened Le Cirque in Bellagio and who has put in time at STK and Border Grill) and Javier Chavez of Brooklyn Bowl and Whist Stove & Spirits, the breakfast-and-lunch stop encourages the convivial dining experience as you’d have at your own kitchen table. The chefs plan on taking traditional American daytime dishes and putting international spins on them, from Europe to South America. There will also be a grab-and-go section where those pressed for time can pop in for coffee and a pastry, but they’re hoping you’ll take a seat to get to know your neighbors. Once the restaurant finds its groove, expect monthly pop-up dinners with sangria and local craft beers.