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White Castle opens in Vegas Jan. 27

The official opening of the long-awaited first White Castle in Las Vegas is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday. Jan. 27 at the Best Western Plus Casino Royale on the Strip, and no, it won’t have a drive-through.

Beer pairings, restaurant openings and Umami, oh, my!

The Chefs for Kids Dinner and Auction, “Mangia Italiano,” begins at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at Paris Las Vegas, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. South. The evening, which will include live and silent auctions and live music, benefits Chefs for Kids’ efforts to eliminate malnutrition and hunger in Southern Nevada. Tickets are $185; call Susan Lednicky at 702-257-5548 or visit . …

Twist gets five diamond rating

Twist, the lofty realm of Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire on the 23rd floor of the Mandarin Oriental at CityCenter, is the latest Las Vegas restaurant to receive a AAA Five Diamond Award. Twist joins repeat performers Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand, Le Cirque and Picasso at Bellagio and Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace.