Not to be confused with the novelty Dinner in the Sky that was going to hoist diners strapped into their seats at a dining room table while suspended from a crane, this Dinner in the Sky at Alizé ($185, in the Palms, 702-951-7000) promises to be a lot less nerve-wracking. André Rochat and Mark Purdy’s esteemed kitchen joins forces with chefs from the Boston-based Himmel Hospitality Group, who are on a three-week journey across the country, with a final destination of Brawley, California. The visiting team is taking a culinary trek to meet with farmers, ranchers and purveyors, and cooking along the way at events including pop-up dinners in some of the country’s best eating cities. The March 4 stop in Las Vegas brings together five courses that each represent a stop on the trip, including chicken from Westwind Farms in Deer Lodge, Tennessee (stuffed with foie gras and mushrooms and served with fingerling potatoes, ramp sauerkraut and apricot-mustard jus); chilies sourced from Sichler Farms in Albuquerque accenting the beef cheek salpicon accompanying the 100-day-aged Brandt Beef rib eye from California; and an opening raw bar featuring snappy lobster from Scituate, Massachusetts. Think of it as eating your way through the country with some excellent tour guides.
If you’re also looking to eat your way through Italian wine country, allow me to direct you to Ferraro’s ($65, 4480 Paradise, 702-364-5300), which hosts its first pairing event of the year on February 27. This month, Northern Italy’s Trentino region is represented by Tenuta San Leonardo, an estate that dates back to 589 A.D., first as a church, but as a wine producer since 1959. Four small plates from executive chef Francesco DiCaudo include stuffed Savoy cabbage with cheesy polenta, speck and beef broth, and lamb loin with Montasio cheese and spicy green pepper marmalade, paired with prized vintages from the award-winning winery.
I’m always trying to show locals some love, but it’s always nice to see the big hotels do so, too. Guests of The D can now mix in some Asian flavors with Detroit staples Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse and American Coney Island. Members of the property’s players club, Club D, can use their comp dollars towards chef Dan Coughlin restaurants Le Thai (523 Fremont St., 778-0888) and Bocho Sushi (124 S. 6th St., 702-750-0707). This marks the first collaboration between a Downtown casino with Fremont East businesses, which also happen to be favorite spots of The D CEO and owner Derek Stevens. Between a 32-ounce tomahawk charred rib eye, the chili-laden Coney Island dog or the street-style pad thai, dining decisions at The D just got a little more exciting.