Casino mogul Steve Wynn has gone vegan and found it so inspiring he's beefed up a vegan program at his restaurants.
Wynn Resorts announced the move last week, saying it gives his resorts the distinction of being the first on the Strip with such extensive vegan offerings.
Wynn, as responsible as anyone for elevating Las Vegas as a restaurant destination, went vegan about two months ago, I'm told.
Several executives in Wynn's inner circle have followed his lead and embraced veganism as well, sources said.
The additions include: a summer vegetable gratin at Botero, risotto with seasonal vegetables at Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare, a napoleon of savory tofu with ratatouille and fried eggplant at Tableau, watermelon gazpacho with avocado, jicama, tomato, cucumber, cilantro and yucca crisp at The Country Club and a whole wheat pasta primavera at Stratta and grilled royal trumpet mushrooms with creamy polenta and shallot balsamic sauce at SW Steakhouse.
Sinatra at Encore is offering a blueberry cobbler with toasted almond ice cream.
THE SCENE AND HEARD
Drew Carey's dramatic, 80-pound weight loss wowed the crowd when he showed up for Friday's performance of The Lon Bronson Band at the M Resort's Ravello Lounge. "The Price is Right" host told Bronson he's down to 180, the lightest he's been in 30 years, since his days in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Carey was a bank clerk and a waiter at Denny's in Las Vegas in the early 1980s and polished his comedic skills at the since-closed Mine Shaft restaurant. ...
Luxor executive Gene Kilroy was a guest of NBA great Karl Malone's during the latter's induction last weekend in the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. Kilroy was standing with Malone when a man approached pushing a 12-year-old handicapped boy in a wheelchair. The father asked whether Malone would sign an autograph for his son, adding that several former NBA stars had declined. Malone responded by giving the boy the Hall of Fame jacket he had just received. Malone told the boy that he would have a jacket to wear when he graduated from high school. ...
Las Vegas Elvis impersonator Steve Connolly had a paparazzi moment last Sunday when Lady Gaga and her entourage disrupted a candelight vigil on the eve of the 33rd anniversary of Elvis' death. Connolly, who was attending the ceremony, fired off a couple of shots of the pop sensation shooting photographs of the Elvis gathering. Gaga, whose hits include "Paparazzi," "Poker Face" and "Bad Romance," was wearing a full-length red boa coat in 100-degree temperatures near the Hilton's valet area.
Music icon Dick Clark, in a wheelchair in the lobby of the Paris Las Vegas on Saturday. He attended Barry Manilow's show there on Friday night. ... Vegas magazine editor Kate Bennett, flashing a new tattoo at her going-away party Friday at Sky Bar (Hard Rock Hotel). Under her wrist she had a heart, spade, diamond and club -- the four suits of a card deck. It was her second Vegas tat: after her divorce she had "Rebirth" inked near her shoulder. ... After 11 years in the Las Vegas media market she's leaving to helm Capital File, a glossy mag that covers the power players of Washington, D.C. ... "Housewives of New Jersey" cast member Jacqueline Laurita, a former Las Vegas cosmetologist, dined at Bartolotta last week. She and her husband, Chris, who owns an apparel company, were in for the Magic fashion trade show.
thE PUNCH LINE
"Roger Clemens was indicted by a grand jury for allegedly lying to Congress. You don't lie to Congress unless you're in Congress." -- Jimmy Kimmel