LAS VEGAS CUPCAKE BAKE-OFF PLANNED AUG. 10 AT THE SUNCOAST
The third annual Las Vegas Cupcake Bake-Off is planned for Aug. 10 at the Suncoast, 9090 Alta Drive. Doors open at noon.
Bakers will compete for the title of “Best Cupcake Baker in the West” and to win a portion of $2,500 in cash prizes. The grand prizewinner will receive $1,500, with prizes also being awarded to second and third place.
Attendees will enjoy an open bar and all-you-can-eat sweets by some of the greatest bakeries in town, including Buddy V’s Ristorante, Carlo’s Bakery, Pinkbox Doughnuts, Manon Bakery and Gimme Some Sugar. Attendees also will vote for their favorite cupcake.
Tickets are $20 in advance for adults ($25 at the door) and $10 for children (12 or younger), with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Three Square food bank.
For more information, tickets and to download the contestant application, visit bakelv.com.
COFFEE BEAN & TEA LEAF TO DONATE TO OPERATION HOMEFRONT
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf plans to donate $1 from the sale of any Support at Home branded retail coffee or tea to Operation Homefront through Aug. 10. Patrons also may donate their purchase to the cause.
The nonprofit supports the needs of soldiers and military personnel returning home after deployment.
For locations, visit coffeebeanlv.com. For more information, visit www.operationhomefront.net.
LES KINCAID TO CONTINUE CLASSES IN AUGUST
Les Kincaid, host of the radio wine show “Wines Du Jour,” plans to host a class on salad dressings and vinaigrette basics from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at Ferguson Enterprises, 4175 S. Grand Canyon Drive. The cost is $59.
A class on salads is planned from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 19 at Ferguson Enterprises, 4175 S. Grand Canyon Drive. The cost is $59.
A class on refreshing summer drinks is planned from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at Total Wine & More in Boca Park, 730 S. Rampart Blvd. The cost is $59.
To register, visit continuingeducation.unlv.edu or call 702-895-3394 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday or 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
STRIPSTEAK AT MANDALAY BAY PLANS BEER PAIRING DINNER AUG. 13
Chef Michael Mina’s STRIPSTEAK at Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South, plans to present a beer pairing dinner at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13 featuring Anchor Brewing Co. and Anchor Distilling Co.
The cost is $125. For tickets, call 702-632-7200.
SAM’S TOWN OFFERS FREE BUFFET TO THOSE DRESSED LIKE ELVIS
The Firelight Buffet at Sam’s Town, 5111 Boulder Highway, plans to offer guests dressed like Elvis Presley a free meal during Elvis Weekend, Aug. 15-17. Elvis’ favorite dishes also will be served at several restaurants throughout the property, including a peanut butter and banana sandwich at The Sports Deli and a King Creole dinner special with blackened orange roughy and shrimp Creole with tobacco onions at Billy Bob’s Steak House & Saloon and Willy and Jose’s Cantina.
For more information, visit samstownlv.com or call 702-284-7777.
GRIMALDI’S PIZZERIA TEAMS UP WITH CHILDHELP TO STOP CHILD ABUSE
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is teaming up with nonprofit Childhelp through Aug. 15 to advocate for abused and neglected children. Guests who dine at Grimaldi’s will receive information with their checks asking if they would like to donate to Childhelp.
For locations, visit grimaldispizzeria.com.
WINE DINNER PLANNED AUG. 20 AT BELLAGIO
The Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South, plans to partner with Huneeus Vintners for a wine pairing dinner featuring chef Michael Mina at Michael Mina Bellagio at 7 p.m. Aug. 20. A six-course menu is planned.
The cost is $195 per person. For reservations, call 702-693-7075.
RESTAURANT WEEK SET FOR AUG. 22-28
Fall Restaurant Week is scheduled from Aug. 22-28 to benefit Three Square food bank. Participating restaurants plan to offer prix fixe menus priced $20.14 to $50.14, with a portion of the proceeds going to the food bank.
Starting Aug. 8, an updated list of participating restaurants and menu details are set to be posted at helpoutdineoutlv.org. An option to book a reservation through opentable.com will be offered.
A kickoff event is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 21 at Mesa Grill in Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South. The restaurant sold the most prix fixe meals during Spring Restaurant Week in March. A toast to Mesa Grill’s 10th anniversary is planned. Tickets are $75. For tickets, call 702-731-7778 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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HONEY SALT TO HELP VARIOUS GROUPS
Honey Salt, 1031 S. Rampart Blvd., is partnering with a different local charity through Aug. 22 for Summer of Love, offering a special three-course Taste of Honey menu highlighting seasonal and local ingredients. For each Taste of Honey ordered, $5 will go to that week’s cause. Order the Summer of Love Sangria, and another $1 will go to that week’s charity.
The lineup includes: The Torino Foundation; United Way of Southern Nevada; Three Square food bank; Desert Reign; Opportunity Village; Green Our Planet; Keep Memory Alive; the Andre Agassi Foundation; the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth; Create a Change Now; and Girls on the Run.
Summer of Love menus will run daily beginning at 5 p.m. For reservations, call 702-445-6100. For more information, visit honeysalt.com.
BELLAGIO ANNOUNCES CULINARY CLASSROOM SCHEDULE FOR 2014
The Executive Chef’s Culinary Classroom at the Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South, has announced its schedule for 2014. The educational series includes interactive cooking classes led by executive chef Edmund Wong and his team. Each two-hour class is held in Tuscany Kitchen, a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen. Each class has a seasonal theme and features a menu created with fresh ingredients.
The schedule is: What to Eat First? The Chicken or the Egg, Aug. 27; Farm to Table, Sept. 24; Cooking with Chocolate, Oct. 1 and Harvesting Thanksgiving, Nov. 19.
Classes are $125. To sign up, call 866-406-7117.
ENJOY ICE CREAM DESSERTS TO BENEFIT FOOD BANK AT BROOKLYN BOWL
Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, 3545 Las Vegas Blvd. South, is offering an ice cream social to benefit charity. Through Aug. 31, all ice cream-inspired desserts sold will have a portion of their proceeds go to Three Square food bank.
For more information, visit brooklynbowl.com.
ART BAR INTRODUCES EXPANDED FOOD, COCKTAIL MENU
Art Bar at the Downtown Grand, 206 N. Third St., has introduced new cocktails and food items available from 2 to 10 p.m., with everything half off from 5 to 7 p.m. daily.
Cocktails include The Purist (Kanon vodka, Plymouth gin, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur and lemon peel) and The Abstract (Ciroc Red Berry, fresh lime juice, rock candy, club soda, muddled raspberries and mint).
Small bites and appetizers include Charcuterie Experience (chef’s choice of cured pork, prosciutto, pate, cornichon and house pickles), spicy chicken sliders, fried calamari and onion bacon tart. New sandwiches are French dip and OMG! Burger with grilled tomato, bacon, shallot aioli and fried onion, with or without cheese.
Food items are priced $7 to $12.
For more information, visit downtowngrand.com.
SOUTH POINT’S CORONADO CAFE REVAMPS MENU
The Coronado Cafe at the South Point, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South, has a revamped menu that is available 24 hours a day.
New highlights include Spam and eggs for $7.45, Hawaiian Specialty Loco Moco for $8.95 and pastrami burger for $10.95. Daily lunch specials are available for $7.95 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with a different special highlighted each day of the week.
For more information, visit southpointcasino.com.
PALMS TO OPEN LAO SZE CHUAN IN AUGUST
Lao Sze Chuan by chef Tony Hu is set to open at the Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road, in August.
Lao symbolizes old, traditional and authentic Mandarin cuisine, while Sze Chuan is the province from which the spicy cuisine originates. The menu features more than 200 beef, chicken, pork and seafood options, along with soups, dim sum and hot pots. The Palms location also will feature new items, such as Peppercorn Fish.
The restaurant will seat 150 and have a patio overlooking the Palms Pool.
Hours will be from 11:30 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Dim sum will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
For more information, visit palms.com.
VIA BRASIL STEAKHOUSE PRESENTS $19.99 RODIZIO BRUNCH THROUGH AUGUST
Via Brasil Steakhouse, 1225 S. Fort Apache Road, plans to offer a $19.99 Sunday rodizio brunch through August. The offer is good for up to eight guests from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, call 702-804-1400.
SOCIETY CAFE INTRODUCES SUMMER BARBECUE MENU
The Society Cafe at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, 3121 Las Vegas Blvd. South, is offering a barbecue menu and 16 ounces of custom-made Society ale. Along with a la carte selections, a three-course prix fixe menu is available for $42, including a glass of saison ale. Entree choices from the barbecue board are baby back pork ribs, andouille sausage and beef brisket; or barbecue brick grilled free range chicken; or cedar plank grilled Scottish salmon. A 1-pound lobster can be added for $15.
The menu is available daily after 5 p.m. For reservations, call 702-770-9966.
STATION CASINOS FEATURING $9.99 SPECIALS AT CAFES
Cafes at Station Casinos plan to offer $9.99 Blue Plate specials that feature soup or salad, an entree, vegetables and a starch.
Monday’s special features barbecue-glazed half rack of ribs, Tuesday’s is Cajun grilled shrimp skewer platter, Wednesday’s is liver with bacon and caramelized onions, Thursday’s is smoked tri-tip dinner, Friday’s is lemon trout almandine, Saturday’s is stuffed pork chop dinner, and Sunday’s is chicken cordon bleu.
Participating cafes are inside Boulder Station, Fiesta Henderson, Green Valley Ranch Resort, Palace Station, Red Rock Resort, Texas Station, Santa Fe Station and Sunset Station.
GREEN VALLEY RANCH RESORT EATERIES ADD ITALIAN ITEMS
Hank’s Fine Steaks and the Grand Cafe at Green Valley Ranch Resort, 2300 Paseo Verde Parkway, has added Italian items. Items added to the Hank’s menu include veal Marsala for $38 and bistecca fiorentina for $130. Items at the Grand Cafe include rigatoni and sausage with peas for $10.49 and chicken Parmesan for $12.49.
FIESTA RANCHO BUFFET OFFERS HAWAIIAN NIGHT TUESDAYS
Fiesta Rancho, 2400 N. Rancho Drive, is offering Hawaiian Night from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at the Festival Buffet. Items include whole roasted crispy pig, Kalua pig, Hawaiian macaroni salad, chicken long rice and haupia. Polynesian and Filipino dishes also are on the menu.
The cost is $12.99 with a Boarding Pass and $16.99 without.
COMMISSARY LATIN KITCHEN EXPANDS 99-CENT MENU
The Commissary Latin Kitchen by Richard Sandoval at the Downtown Grand, 206 N. Third St., is expanding its 99-cent Taco Tuesday promotion to offer 99-cent brisket, chicken or bean and cheese tacos available daily through the summer.
A special combination meal that includes the signature burger, fries and a fountain soda is $9.99.
Hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Expanded fall hours are scheduled to be announced in August.
For more information, visit richardsandoval.com/commissary.
THE CULINARY ACADEMY PLANS TASTE OF HOSPITALITY SEPT. 18 AT THE MIRAGE
The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas plans to host its first Taste of Hospitality: 20 Years of Changing Lives Sept. 18 at The Mirage pool, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South.
Tastings from premiere restaurants and craft beer, wine and cocktails are planned, along with celebrity disc jockeys, an auction and raffle.
General admission tickets are $75 for entry from 7 to 9 p.m. A VIP reception is planned from 6 to 7 p.m. with passed hors d’oeuvres, specialty drinks and early access to restaurant stations, with tickets priced at $125.
The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas, 710 W. Lake Mead Blvd., is a nonprofit culinary and hospitality training institute. For tickets, visit theculinaryacademy.org.
BITE AT THE MUSEUM SET FOR SEPT. 20 AT SPRINGS PRESERVE
Bite at the Museum is set for 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sept 20 at the Nevada State Museum at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. The event is a fundraiser for the Community Counseling Center of Southern Nevada and will be hosted by comedian and 96.3 KKLZ, Las Vegas morning show host Carla Rae. Live entertainment, a silent auction, an after-hours stroll through museum exhibits and small bites by various restaurants are planned.
Tickets are $77.49 at tinyurl.com/m6hncec. For more information, visit biteatthemuseum.com.
DOWNTOWN BREW FESTIVAL TO RETURN SEPT. 20
The third annual Downtown Brew Festival is scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Clark County Government Center Amphitheater, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway. Motley Brews plans to offer more than 150 craft beers, gourmet culinary elements and musical entertainment.
A VIP experience is planned with celebrity chefs. Early entry will be available at 5 p.m. for VIP ticket holders. General admission starts at $35 and early entry at $45. Brewers Lounge VIP tickets start at $75.
A portion of tickets sales will be donated to the Nevada Craft Brewers Association, a nonprofit advocacy group. For more information or tickets, visit downtownbrewfestival.com.
T-BONES CHOPHOUSE PLANS NICKEL & NICKEL WINE DINNER SEPT. 25
T-Bones Chophouse & Lounge at Red Rock Resort, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., plans to host a wine dinner at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 25 featuring Napa Valley’s Nickel & Nickel winery.
Appetizers are planned on the poolside patio to be followed by dinner in the private dining room. Guests will enjoy five courses and five wines.
The cost is $95. For reservations, call Michelle Lee at 702-797-7517.
DESERT HOPS BEER EXPERIENCE COMING TO THE COSMOPOLITAN
Desert Hops: An International Beer Experience is scheduled to return to the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, at 8 p.m. Sept. 27. Brews from around the world will be available for sampling along with multicultural food offerings prepared by The Cosmopolitan’s restaurant partners.
Early bird general admission tickets are $30 and are on sale now. Early bird VIP tickets start at $50 and include entry at 7 p.m. For tickets, visit cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or call 800-745-3000. Prices are $45 for general admission and $65 for VIP.
MARIE CALLENDER’S TO FEATURE LEMONLICIOUS MENU, BIG DEAL BREAKFASTS
Marie Callender’s is offering a new Lemonlicious menu for a limited time with lemony pies and lemonade beverages and cocktails. Also new to the menu are Big Deal Breakfasts, with seven options priced from $3.99 to $5.99. Choices include buttermilk pancakes, steel-cut oatmeal, three-cheese omelette and Marie’s Magnificent Six (two eggs any style, two pancakes and two bacon or sausage).
For a limited time, dine-in patrons can also get $5 off any whole pie.
For more information and locations, visit mariecallenders.com.
BUDDY V’S RISTORANTE PLANS PRE-THEATER MENU AT THE GRAND CANAL SHOPPES
Buddy V’s Ristorante in The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian/Palazzo, 3377 Las Vegas Blvd. South, is offering a pre-theater menu from 5 to 7 p.m. nightly for $38 per person. It features an antipasto, entree and dessert. For reservations, call 702-607-2355.
M RESORT ANNOUNCES DINING SPECIALS
Restaurants at the M Resort, 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. South, have announced dining and happy hour specials.
Jayde Fuzion is offering happy hour specials from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, including $4 Vietnamese spring rolls, $7.50 shrimp tempura and $4.50 Korean street tacos. All-you-can-eat sushi and free sake is offered for $24.99 at the sushi bar Sunday through Thursday. Bottles of wine are a third off nightly.
Anthony’s Gourmet Burgers & Brews is offering half off select appetizers from 4 to 5 p.m. daily and a prime rib dinner for $19.99 Fridays.
Anthony’s Prime Steak & Seafood has half price appetizers in the bar and lounge from 5 to 7 p.m. daily and a third off bottles of wine nightly.
The Hostile Grape offers half off appetizers from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and a third off bottles of wine nightly.
Vig Deli offers late-night specials from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Friday and Saturday, including $6.99 steak and eggs or $3.99 short stack of pancakes.
Baby Cakes offers buy one, get one free artisan bread loaves Sundays.
For more information, visit themresort.com.
PANEVINO ANNOUNCES NEW MENU, HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS
Panevino Bar & Lounge, 246 Via Antonio Ave., is offering a new menu and happy hour specials from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Happy hour features all of the new items from the bar and lounge menu (available from 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday), along with half-priced cocktails, beers and specially priced wines by the glass.
New bar menu items include potato skins, sweet potato fries, blackened chicken skewers, mini fish tacos and Angus beef sliders.
For more information, visit panevinolasvegas.com.
ELIXIR ANNOUNCES DAILY DINNER SPECIALS, FREQUENT DINER PROGRAM
Elixir: A Local Lounge, 2920 N. Green Valley Parkway, offers daily dinner specials starting at 5 p.m.
Monday is the Chef’s Selection for $9.99. Tuesday is housemade chicken Parmesan with soup or salad for $12.99. Wednesday is all-you-can-eat spaghetti and meatballs with soup or salad and a glass of house wine for $12.99. Thursday is four beer-battered and fried shrimp tempura with citrus dipping sauce, fries and coleslaw for $13.99. Friday is slow-roasted, herb-crusted prime rib with golden fingerling potatoes, grilled asparagus and soup or salad for $12.99. Saturday is grilled New York steak and shrimp scampi with roasted fingerling potatoes and soup or salad for $13.99. Sunday is bacon-wrapped filet with mashed potatoes, green beans and soup or salad for $12.95.
The Elixir Hangover Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays and features a breakfast platter with pancakes, eggs and bacon or sausage for $9.99, along with bottomless mimosas or Bloody Marys (can also be purchased separately).
A frequent dining loyalty program, RED Loyalty, is available for Elixir, Remedy’s Tavern and Distill, offering guests the opportunity to earn points on dollars spent for dining. Participants receive $10 upon online registration, along with birthday rewards. For more information, visit elixirlounge.net or call 702-272-0000.
ARIZONA CHARLIE’S OFFERS DINING SPECIALS
Arizona Charlie’s Decatur, 740 S. Decatur Blvd., and Arizona Charlie’s Boulder, 4575 Boulder Highway, are offering a summer barbecue brisket special in the Sourdough Cafe from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The special features barbecue beef brisket, baked beans, french fries, Texas toast and a slice of pie for $9.99 with an ace I PLAY card. The cafe at both properties also is featuring ham or steak and eggs with hash browns and toast or biscuit and gravy all day for $4.49 with a card and $4.99 without a card.
At Arizona Charlie’s Decatur, Ron’s Steakhouse plans to offer a Triple Selection special with three courses for $24.99 with a card and $27.77 without a card. Entree choices are 6-ounce dry-aged filet mignon, 14-ounce prime rib, chicken piccata or rainbow trout. The special is available from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
Yukon Grille at Arizona Charlie’s Boulder plans a dining special through Sept. 28 that offers New York steak and lobster tail, sides, soup or salad and dessert. The cost is $18.99 with a card and $21.10 without a card.
SUMMER MEAL DEALS AVAILABLE AT SOUTH POINT EATERIES
Summer Meal Deals are on the menus at Don Vito’s and Silverado Steak House at the South Point, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South. The prix fixe menus are available from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
At Don Vito’s, the two-course meal is $19 and features choices of fettucine Alfredo, cappellini pomodoro or chicken piccata.
At Silverado Steak House, the three-course meal is $29 and features choices of 6-ounce filet mignon, chicken francaise or filet of salmon.
For more information, visit southpointcasino.com.
OFFER TO FEATURE PRIX FIXE MENU, MOVIE AT THE COSMOPOLITAN
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, is offering a Dinner for Two prix fixe summer menu in The Henry from 5 to 10 p.m. Mondays with free admission (normally $5) to Dive-In Movies at the Boulevard Pool. The menu features an appetizer to share, two signature entrees and a slice of red velvet cheesecake or a selection of house-made ice creams.
The menu is $40. Guests can receive free entry to the movie by showing their receipt.
For more information, visit cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or call 702-698-7000.