The little wildlife gem in the desert invites you to a night of fashion, cocktails, raffles and auctions. Now in its fourth year, the Spring Preserve Foundation’s Spring Show features a runway to showcase looks constructed from sustainable fabrics, locally produced wares or repurposed materials. Appetizers and drinks will be served before the show, and the eats keep going at Divine Cafe for the after-party. $20-$150, Springs Preserve, 702-822-7700, SpringsPreserve.org.
Elvis said it best: Viva Las Vegas! The Rockabilly weekend is best known for its grandiose car shows and for its eclectic selection of talent, but beyond the pomps, pigtails and pomade are some hidden culinary gems. Sip on a variety of craft cocktails courtesy of sponsors Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and Deep Eddy Vodka, brews by Budweiser and munch on food from a variety of food trucks. You’ll be checking out sick whips and groovin’ to the finest roots rock all weekend, so you’ll need some refreshments. $30-150, the Orleans, 702-365-7111, VivaLasVegas.net.
If there’s anything Las Vegas is good at, it’s appreciating wine. Now in its 42nd year, UNLVino has gotten even better at giving you three days to appreciate—and drink—them all. Sponsored by the UNLV William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration and Southern Wine & Spirits, the buzzy event benefits UNLV students while also celebrating the movers and shakers of our hospitality industry.
There may not be any Champagne showers, but the bubbly flows freely for those who flock to Bubble-licious on April 14, held outdoors once again at the Doges Palace at the Venetian. You’ll also raise a glass to a Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence recipient on his own turf, Sands Corporation head honcho Rob Goldstein.
The following night, head west to Red Rock Resort for a taste of the East at Sake Fever. Not only will you get to sample bites from all of the resort’s own restaurants, all your Asian favorites will be there too, including Japaneiro, Soho Sushi Burrito, District One and Le Pho.
Paris Las Vegas hosts the big finale on April 16. The Grand Tasting comes full circle with cuisine offered by beloved Las Vegas restaurants as well UNLV’s culinary students, live entertainment and, of course, nearly 50 suppliers and vendors pouring enough wines to ensure that no one leaves thirsty. $75-$125, UNLVino.com. –Grace Bascos
There’s really no better combination than seafood and beer. Just ask Emeril. Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House partners up with Firestone Walker Brewing Company to host a five-course beer dinner. Enjoy spicy Korean shrimp with Pivo Hoppy Pils or Maine sea scallop paired with Union Jack IPA. $97, MGM Grand, 702-891-7374, EmerilsRestaurants.com/Emerils-New-Orleans-Fish-House.
Take matters into your own hands at An Executive Chef’s Culinary Classroom, where Michael Burns and his team will guide you in creating a five-star meal. Tonight’s event is called Spring Is in the Air, and you’ll learn how to roast a whole chicken and craft the perfect ahi tuna poke. Don’t worry. At the end of every seminar, you’ll get a menu card featuring instructions on how to re-create the experience at home. $135, 7 p.m., Bellagio, 866-406-7117, Bellagio.com.
April 15 and 22
In order to bring attention to the renovations now in progress at the Huntridge Shopping Center, local developer J. Dapper has launched Food Truck Fridays, bringing Las Vegas’ kitchens on wheels together for lunchtime. Dapper hopes to continue the event in the future, but the trucks are guaranteed to be there the last two Fridays in April. 11-2 p.m., 1116 E. Charleston Blvd.
In honor of Record Store Day, Velveteen Rabbit will tap Dogfish Head Brewery’s Beer to Drink Music To. Anyone who purchases the beer will be entered to win a Dogfish Head record player. The golden-orange Belgian-style tripel pairs best with a smoked rock ’n’ roll filet and a side of roasted reverb drizzled in fuzz. Free. 1218 S. Main St., 702-685-9645, VelveteenRabbitLV.com.
Through April 17
Still a child at heart? Visit Triple George Grill, where you can enjoy a menu based on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in honor of the Broadway musical’s run at The Smith Center. The three-course meal includes dishes such as Mrs. Potts’ Traditional Meatballs (house-made meatballs with marinara and ricotta cheese) and Beast’s Fra Diablo (a 2-pound whole lobster with jalapeños, bell peppers, onions and linguini tossed in a spicy tomato sauce). Beauty may be found within, but tonight, it’s on your plate. $28-$45, Triple George Grill, 702-384-2761, TripleGeorgeGrill.com.
Food, science and community come together at the Chef’s Table. Tivoli Village hosts a dinner featuring a curated menu from chefs including Johnny Church of Artisanal Foods. Bask in the outdoor ambience of the Tuscan-style shops as you enjoy the company of your neighbors. Best of all? Proceeds benefit the Discovery Children’s Museum. $150, 6-9 p.m., Tivoli Village, 702-570-7400, TivoliVillageLV.com.
The Las Vegas Indie Spirits Expo makes a stop at Hard Rock Live before it heads to New York and Chicago. The event calls itself “the largest gathering of small, independent, family-owned handcrafted spirits and the distillers, importers, bottlers, distributors and representatives.” Now’s your chance to sample a wide variety of hard-to-get libations in one location from brands such as Templeton Rye, Koloa Rum Co. and Chartreuse. $59.02-$80.12, 5-9 p.m., Hard Rock Live, 702-733-7625, IndieSpiritsExpo.com.
Sample the best at Valley Cheese & Wine’s Best of the U.S. tasting. You’ll be able to sip six heralded domestic wines for only 40 bones. With a deal like this, who says wine is for the broken-hearted? We’ve got the heart eyes for this event! $40, 6:30 p.m., 1570 W. Horizon Ridge Pkwy., 702-341-8191, ValleyCheeseAndWine.com.
The farm moves to the Downtown Summerlin Farmers Market. Take your pick from a plethora of vendors who carry organic, sustainably grown produce from California and Nevada family farms. Said vendors are chosen by the Intuitive Forager, so you know it’s the good stuff. Free, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, Downtown Summerlin, 702-832-1000, DowntownSummerlin.com.
Get down with the throwdown! Watch 16 bartenders go head to head in the ultimate Elyx Vodka Copper Julep Challenge with the Underground Bar Brawl Club, an independent, freestyle cocktail competition series created for bartenders, by bartenders. Spectators are welcome to enjoy the Elyx specials, music and all the smacktalking. Doors open at 11 p.m., the slinging starts at midnight. No cover, in the former Saville Row space inside LAX at Luxor.
Do your part by chowing down. That’s the premise for the annual Dining Out for Life fundraising dinner. Several of your favorite local restaurants will donate a portion of that day’s proceeds to support Golden Rainbow, a local nonprofit that provides affordable and comfortable housing to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS. See a full list of places where you can stuff your face for the greater good at Facebook.com/DOFLVegas. GoldenRainbow.org.
April 28-May 1
The powerhouse culinary weekend that is Vegas Uncork’d has been dazzling hungry visitors with our stars on the Strip for the past 10 years. But on April 30, it’s Downtown’s time to shine. We’ve watched as noteworthy restaurants have sprung up in the area around Fremont Street, and the event’s founder, Bon Appétit, has paid attention.
If Michael Mina’s StripSteak in Mandalay Bay is the epitome of the sleek, modern steakhouse, then Golden Steer is that smoke-filled, stiff-martini joint of days gone by. Lunch that day sees Chef Mina leaving his megaresort digs to partner with the oldest steakhouse in town for Steakhouse Redux, a meat-filled extravaganza complete with live music from the Rat Pack era. (If you’re lucky, you can channel Sinatra at Table 22, Ol’ Blue Eyes’ regular table back in the day.) Mina and the Golden Steer team will present four alternating courses, undoubtedly bringing you back and forth in time with a mix of contemporary and classic dishes.
For those who haven’t quite had the chance to explore Downtown’s culinary offerings, you can pack it all in (OK, well, four) on Bon Appétit’s Navigator Tour from 4-8 p.m. Although the bars and restaurants on the crawl have yet to be announced, take this opportunity to play tourist by eating and drinking your way through your own city.
Finally, fried chicken and crackling-topped cheeseburgers await you like a warm hug at the Ultimate Comforts & Classics Affair at Downtown Container Park. Yardbird, Spring Chicken, Shake Shack and a few other local eateries will make appearances at the outdoor event, which takes place right in the middle of the park for a neighborhood grillin’ and chillin’ feel. It’ll be just like having a party in your own backyard—because essentially, it is. –GB
April 29-May 1
Twenty years ago, the only festival in the Nevada desert was Burning Man, and they certainly weren’t serving lobster pho or artisanal gelato. So welcome to the future—Further Future, that is. The boutique festival is one of the most curious collections of music, food, wellness and technology, all smack dab in the desert at the Moapa Indian Reservation.
While &ME, DJ Tennis and Andy Stott are underground music acts we’re unlikely to ever see play the Strip, the dining experiences aren’t too far of a stretch. There will be pop-up dinners from such hometown familiar names as the family-style omakase from Nobu’s Frank Gorriceta (accompanied by an ENTER.Sake pop-up from techno pioneer Richie Hawtin), Sam Marvin of Echo & Rig and Justin Kingsley Hall’s Maison du Coq. We’ll also be treated to molecular gastronomy from Arthur Tsui of Hong Kong’s Three Dice Kitchen and soulful global and American fare from Michael Bryant of the Larchmont in Los Angeles. Even the trendiest meal of the moment, brunch, gets its time thanks to DW Bistro and Nima.
Aside from all the gourmet offerings, sometimes you need a little get-up-and-go, and that’s when you head to the Vendor Village. Makers & Finders has all your caffeinated beverage needs, and pho from Le Pho and District One will fortify you, while Gelatology will cool you down when you need it most. Remember: Never ignore that little voice when, in the throes of the three-day desert party, it says, “You need to eat.” Festival tickets start at $250, pop-up seated dinners $75-$250, FurtherFuture.com. –GB
Through April 30
It’s your last chance to check out DB Brasserie’s second anniversary special, which consists of the infamous Piggie Burger (pulled pork, jalapeño mayo and vinegar slaw on a cheddar bun) paired with a delicious Resinate IPA courtesy of local CraftHaus Brewery for just a Jackson and some change. This deal’s got the whole “be merry” thing on lock. $22, 5-11 p.m., the Venetian, 702-430-1235, DBBrasserie.com.
Enjoy the beautiful spring weather by having a picnic at the park! Symphony Park at The Smith Center hosts the second-annual Picnic by Design. Aside from the VIP cocktail and wine hour, buffet-style dinner and live entertainment, you can ogle dozens of over-the-top picnic baskets designed by creative individuals from Nevada, Arizona and Southern California. Not enough? All proceeds benefit the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada and Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA). $125, 4:30-8:30 p.m., Symphony Park 702-733-9800, TheCenterLV.org/Picnic.
Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour makes its final stop at The Mirage for a night of tasting, eating and mingling. Chat with winery owners and winemakers, taste hard-to-find wines and enjoy a light buffet before the tour ends for the season. All wines at this event have been rated 90 points or higher by Wine Spectator, so take advantage of this rare opportunity. $325, 7-10 p.m., The Mirage, 702-791-7111, GrandTour.WineSpectator.com.
Big Dog’s Brewing Co. welcomes all to enjoy an afternoon of Peace, Love & Hoppiness at its home base in Northtown. Sure, you’ll be able to sip on more than 40 of the brewery’s beers, including its famous IPA and double IPAs, enjoy delicious barbecue sandwiches, enter raffles and enjoy live music, but we think the best part is that it’s free! Thanks to the festival’s “pay-as-you-go” system, you can indulge in as little—or as much—as you like. Events like these make Uber and Lyft godsends. Free, 3-9 p.m., Big Dog’s Draft House, 702-645-1404, BigDogsBrews.com.
Spice up your life at the Indian Food & Cultural Festival. Vaisakhi is a traditional festival, or mela, celebrated in India. Bollywood, raas and bhangra music and dance competitions will provide entertainment for your eyes and ears, while Indian curries, samosas and sweets entertain your bellies. $5, Clark County Government Center Amphitheater, 11 a.m.- 9:30 p.m., 702-251-6352, LasVegasMela.com.
Spring has sprung! And Fresh52 invites you to bet it all on the farm at its weekly farmers and artisans markets. You can scope out and purchase offerings such as fresh fruit, jewelry and desserts made by locals, for locals. Past vendors have included vegan food truck Garden Grill, Purple Sky Scents and Oso Ono Shave Ice. Head to Henderson’s Sansone Park Place to enjoy your fresh food on the grass. Free, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 9480 S Eastern Ave., 702-900-2552, Fresh52.com.
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) might be in the fall, but why not get a head start by hitting up Borracha by Clique Hospitality Group when it opens today? Enjoy shareable plates with meats such as rotisserie chicken, slow-cooked short ribs and Baja fish served on house-made tortillas. Wash it all down with your choice of cerveza, tequila or specialty cocktails. In Green Valley Ranch, 702-617-7777, GreenValleyRanch.com.SCLV.com.
Have your vino with a view. That’s the name of the game at Tivoli Village’s View Wine Bar. Beyond a selection of curated cocktails and savory bites, the venue also serves up live entertainment on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, so you can pair your cab with bass cabs and the merlot with Marshall amps. 6-10 p.m. Thu, 7-11 p.m. Fri-Sat, Tivoli Village, 702-280-7390, ViewWineBar.com.
Are you unfamiliar with the magic of Don Julio? Find out what all the hype is about when the Discover Don Julio event hits Downtown during First Friday. Four local bartenders will educate drinkers on the history and production of the iconic tequila. Don’t worry—you’ll be able to sip, too. Free, Downtown, 702-526-1187, DonJulio.com.
You can enjoy more than a thousand booze choices at your closest Lee’s Discount Liquors any night of the week, but tonight, the chain is bringing 300 beers and 70 tequilas to Sunset Station. At the 10th annual Lee’s Beer & Tequila Experience, you can sample the latest offerings from stalwarts such as Lagunitas Brewing Company, Stone Brewing and Patrón. Drink up! $50, Sunset Station, 702-547-7777, LeesLiquorLV.com.
New season, new palate. Clique Hospitality Group’s chef Brian Massie’s herb-embracing Bottiglia Ristorante & Enoteca opens today, and you’ll be able to indulge in everything from crisp salads/antipastas, open-range meats and scrumptious seafoods. Menu items include pappardelle Bolognese, which fuses braised short rib with truffle ricotta and piquillo pepper gravy. Green Valley Ranch, 702-617-7777, GreenValleyRanch.com.SCLV.com.
Winos, unite! Winefest returns to Golden Nugget for its eighth year, and it seems like the crew is bringing all of Napa and Sonoma with them. Over the weekend, catch seminars from master sommelier Guy Stout, take part in blind tastings and bid in the silent auction. Participating wineries include Chandon, Sequoia Grove and Terlato Family Vineyards. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Animal Foundation, so drink with conviction. $45-$89, Golden Nugget, 702-385-7111, GoldenNugget.com.
Sample more than 120 wines from California, Chile and Argentina and sharpen your sommelier skills at Golden Nugget’s Spring Wine Fest. The weekend begins with a poolside kickoff party on Friday followed by seminars, a silent auction and a grand tasting featuring wine from Napa and Sonoma on Saturday. $45 Friday, $89 Saturday, Golden Nugget, Friday 8-10 p.m., Sat 7-10 p.m., 702-385-7111, GoldenNugget.com.
We’ve never been fans of the snobby, regional phrase “locals only,” at least not till now. Banger Brewing Co. has partnered with the Nevada Craft Brewers’ Association for the second annual Locals-Only Beer Festival. You should be familiar with the cast of characters by now; local festival favorites such as CraftHaus, Joseph James, Tenaya Creek, Hop Nuts, Bad Beat and Chicago Brewing will all be present and accounted for. Now’s your chance to taste everything your city has to offer in one place. $30, 450 Fremont St., Suite 135, 702-456-2739, BangerBrewing.com.
Toast to a great cause: The Alzheimer’s Association presents the fifth edition of Southern Nevada’s Wine to Remember where you can enjoy fine wine and hors d’oeuvres in a beautiful setting, and do it all for a great and memorable cause. $50-$80, 6740 Tomiyasu Lane, 702-248-2770, ALZ.org.
Feelin’ compassionate? DB Brasserie’s second tasting menu is entirely vegetarian. We’re sure you’ll feel somewhat better for ditching the wings and beer. Leave that to football season. $75, the Venetian, 702-430-1235, DBBrasserie.com.
A beer festival in a nightclub? You read that right. Vegas Beverage Group launches its Summer Beerfest Series with craft brews and a pool party at Surrender Nightclub. Sip on beer from local breweries paired with a set by Canadian DJ/producer all-star A-Trak. Learn more about VBG’s man about town, Ryan Wieczorek. Free, Encore, 702-770-7300, SurrenderNightclub.com.
Spring wouldn’t be complete without glorious weather, so bask in that and then some at the New Vista Wine Walk at Town Square. Wet your whistle with 15 wines from the U.S. or abroad at this locals favorite series. Can’t make it to this one? Don’t worry, the next one pops its cork on August 27. $30, Town Square, 702-457-4677, NewVistaNV.org.
How about an entire week of epicurean festivities? Enter Jaleo’s Fermín Week, celebrating the prized Iberico ham. José Andrés’ Spanish gem in the Cosmopolitan will run specials and offer a jamon menu that runs the duration of the event. Take part in an exclusive Fermín Master Class May 25, and a jamon-centric dinner May 26. The latter features a jamon tour that features all cuts and styles, along with a tasting of wines, cocktails and spirits that pair perfectly with the pig. You’ve got a long week ahead of you. $100-$150, the Cosmopolitan, 702-698-7000, Jaleo.com/Las-Vegas.
Get over the Monday blues by eating and drinking at Katsuya during Social Hour. Enjoy the restaurant’s signature dishes and cocktails, house wine, well drinks and hot sake carafes at happy hour prices. Now’s your chance to try the Katsuya Ceviche (sashimi with truffle ponzu citrus) or a salmon avocado roll on the cheap. Kanpai! 6-8 p.m., SLS, 702-761-7611, SLSLasVegas.com/Dining/Katsuya.
Forget single-chef dinners. At the Las Vegas Epicurean Affair, you can sample dishes from more than 70 restaurants while basking in the outdoor ambience of the Palazzo’s pools. Presented by the Nevada Restaurant Association, the event promises refreshing cocktails, savory cuisine and good times. The lineup has yet to be announced as of press time, but if last year’s names are any indication (Bouchon, China Poblano and Carnevino, to name a few), we’re excited. $113-$165, Palazzo pools, 702-607-2880, NVRestaurants.com.
There’s nothing wrong with a little friendly competition—especially when liquor is involved. Witness eight local bartenders throw down at Hyde for Vegas Beverage Group’s Cocktail Competition. Come thirsty because you’ll be able to sample some of the tasty creations crafted by local up-and-coming bartenders. Free, Bellagio, 702-693-8700, HydeBellagio.com.
Congratulations! You’ve just survived nine weeks of epic epicurean gluttony. Feel free to take a week off because your body and liver need it, but as chef Jamie Oliver’s cooking show jingle goes, “This is just the start!” Restaurant Week 2016 kicks off in five days, and you’re gonna have to work up an appetite to take full advantage of this one. HelpOutDineOutLV.org.