Picasso and Chutima move up to finalists for Beard awards


Two local restaurants survived from the semifinalist to finalist round for this year's James Beard Foundation Awards. Picasso at Bellagio (and wine director Robert Smith) is one of five finalists for the Outstanding Wine Service Award, and Saipin Chutima, chef/owner of Lotus of Siam, is one of five finalists for Best Chef: Southwest. The winners will be announced May 9 in New York. ...

The next Chef Artist Dinner at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, to be prepared by UNLV students and chefs Jean-Georges Vongerichten (Prime at Bellagio and Jean Georges Steakhouse at Aria) and Sean Griffin (Prime), is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 12 in UNLV's Stan Fulton Building, 801 W. Flamingo Road. Tickets for the four-course dinner and reception are $150. Call 895-1330. ...

The Village of Lake Las Vegas and the new Ravella Hotel will host "The White Affair," the village's first wine walk of the season, from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday. The event will include white wines, cocktails, sake, beers and (mostly white) food sampling from local restaurants. Guests are asked to wear white. It's $60 at the door, $50 in advance at www.WineWalkLV.com. An "After Glow Party" is scheduled from 8:15 to 10 p.m. inside the Ravella, with live music and dancing, for an additional $25. ...

Origin India Restaurant & Bar, 4480 Paradise Road, will have a benefit dinner for Japan disaster relief at 6 p.m. Thursday. There also will be a silent auction. It's $65 inclusive; call 327-5074 or e-mail desiree@OriginIndia Restaurant.com. ...

A luncheon and fashion show to benefit Nevada Ballet Theatre is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 13 at Neiman Marcus at the Fashion Show mall, 3200 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Lunch will be prepared by chef Matthew Silverman of Vintner Grill. Tickets are $150; call 243-2623 ext. 222 or email specialevents@Nevada Ballet.org. ...

Another Famous Dave's has opened, at 651 Mall Ring Circle near the Galleria at Sunset mall in Henderson. Call 433-0013. ...

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