Oktoberfest has been raging in Munich since last week, and culminates on October 4 with big celebrations, but we can trust Las Vegas to go bigger. Crush (in MGM Grand, 702-891-3222) is best known as a wine bar, but will get in the beer game, pairing Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest with grilled bratwurst, sauerkraut made in-house, new potatoes and Pommery mustard, available through October 4. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill (in Downtown Summerlin, 702-202-6300) experiences a little chef crossover on October 6, when Spago executive chef Eric Klein lays out an all-you-can-eat traditional German spread ($50), including cured meats, chicken weisswurst and a Puck classic, schnitzel. The beer flows freely as well, including selections from CraftHaus, Ballast Point, Deschutes, Tenaya Creek, Schwendl and Reutberger.
Shifting from Germany to France, Andre’s in the Monte Carlo is one of the best-known French restaurants on the Strip, featuring such classics as lobster Thermidor and Dover sole, but the kitchen still wants to demonstrate its more creative chops every once in a while. Beginning September 25, the Chef’s Tasting Plate ($50) will feature five courses—three hot or cold appetizers, a hot entrée and a dessert—all artfully arranged on one bento-like plate. The restaurant swears it’s not trying to rush you by presenting five small bites all at once, but rather the kitchen wants to be able to play and be flexible with what they serve. Some nights the kitchen will test out new recipes, and other nights dishes will come directly from the menu.
Off the Strip, we’ve been missing Back of House Brawl, the popular food truck gathering and competition series that used to take place late Saturday nights at Tommy Rocker’s and drew plenty of chefs and restaurant industry folks. This month, Silver Sevens (4100 Paradise Rd., 702-733-7000) will host a new food truck challenge in its own backyard, aimed at those who don’t want to wait till midnight to see a food truck throwdown. From 4-7 p.m. every Thursday, several mobile kitchens will gather to serve guests their own special brands of treats. Expect to see sandwiches and small plates from Sauced, Hawaiian shave ice from Oso Ono, and lobster rolls East Coast-style from Cousins Maine Lobster, among others. The trucks don’t battle each other per se; instead, guests determine the evening’s winner. Admission to the event is free, and A-Play Club Card members can vote for their favorite food truck for the chance to win $500 in free-play. Not that you need an excuse to determine your favorite food truck.