FERRARO’S TO LAUNCH TASTE & LEARN SERIES JAN. 25
Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, 4480 Paradise Road, plans to launch a Taste & Learn series from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 25, with additional events planned for the coming months.
Guests will taste four wines from Sardinia and Sicily, accompanied by a small bite pairing. The sommelier choosing the wines will discuss origin, contents and the wine-making process of each one, while chef Mimmo Ferraro will talk about each of the food pairings.
The cost is $50 per person. For reservations, call 702-364-5300.
DOWNTOWN FOOD TRUCK LOTTERY SET FOR JAN. 28
A food truck lottery for access to four downtown Las Vegas parking spaces is set for 8 a.m. Jan. 28 at City Hall, 495 S. Main St.
Food truck operators should register by 5 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Las Vegas Parking Services Office, 500 S. Main St. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Access to the four spots will be available on a rotating basis. The drawing is restricted to companies licensed to operate mobile food vending trucks inside Las Vegas city limits. Entries must be limited to one per company. There is a nonrefundable fee of $50 per licensee.
Spaces available are in front of the Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Ave., 100 Cincinnati Ave., 388 Promenade Place and the 1900 block of Goldring Avenue.
For more information, call 702-229-6863.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY HOUR TO SUPPORT LOCAL CHARITIES
In honor of the 20th anniversary of the House of Blues brand, the Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South, plans to offer 20 Happy Anniversary Hour events through January.
A portion of the proceeds raised during each happy hour event will go to the charity. Patrons must be 21 or older. The rest of the happy hour schedule is: Jan. 23, date available; Jan. 24, Blues Society; Jan. 28, date available; Jan. 29, date available; and Jan. 31, U.S. Vets.
Events are scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Charities that would like to inquire about available dates can email Holmes Pooser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
STRATOSPHERE’S TOP OF THE WORLD TO HOST WINE EVENT JAN. 22
The Top of the World Restaurant in the Stratosphere, 2000 Las Vegas Blvd. South, plans to host a special food and wine event celebrating 17 consecutive years as a recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 22.
A seven-course tasting menu is planned, to be paired with selections from Joseph Phelps Vineyards. Bill Phelps, president of the vineyards, is set to attend.
The cost is $85 per person. For reservations, call 702-380-7777 or purchase tickets online at bit.ly/1hDiQbt.
LES KINCAID TO CONTINUE WINE CLASSES JAN. 22
Les Kincaid, host of the radio wine show “Wines Du Jour,” plans to host the class Wine & Cheeses of Italy, France & Spain from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays Jan. 22-Feb. 5 at Total Wine & More in Boca Park, 730 S. Rampart Blvd.
Attendees must be 21 or older. The cost is $149 for all three sessions.
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.
SONS OF NORWAY PLAN LUTEFISK DINNER JAN. 25
The Sons of Norway plan to host a lutefisk dinner at 3 and 6 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Boulder City Elks Lodge, 1217 Nevada Highway.
The menu is set to feature lutefisk (codfish soaked in and then drained of lye) with melted butter or white sauce, roasted pork, boiled potatoes, peas and carrots, lefse (flatbread), coffee and iced tea, and Norwegian and other cookies. Aquavit, known as “water of life,” will be available at an open bar, and packets of lefse will be sold to take home.
Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Sons of Norway Vegas Viking Lodge, a nonprofit group.
The cost is $20 for adults and $5 for children 10 or younger. No tickets will be sold at the door, and advance tickets must be purchased by Jan. 19.
To purchase tickets, send a check made out to Sons of Norway to Gwen Knighton, 2156 Marstons Mills Court, Henderson, NV 89044. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a note indicating the names of those attending, which time they will be attending and a telephone number.
For more information, call 702-869-5775.
IHOP TO HOST PANCAKE-EATING COMPETITION THROUGH JAN. 26
IHOP restaurants plan to host a pancake-eating competition, through Jan. 26. Winners will compete in the inaugural Pancake Bowl on Feb. 1.
Guests can enter at their local IHOP by ordering all-you-can-eat pancakes and trying to earn a spot on the leader board. The top-scoring pancake eater will receive free pancakes for one year.
On Feb. 1, the top 10 pancake eaters in the Las Vegas area will compete for a $500 IHOP gift card.
For more information or to find a location, visit ihop.com.
SNAP EXPERIENCE WEEK SET FOR JAN. 27-31
The SNAP Experience Challenge is set for Jan. 27-31, when participants will limit their food spending to $18.55 for five days, which is the amount allotted to an individual from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefit (formerly known as food stamps). To read daily blogs about the experience, visit snapexperiencelv.org.
CARRABBA’S ITALIAN GRILL TO HOST SUPER BOWL-THEMED WINE DINNER JAN. 28
Carrabba’s Italian Grill, 8771 W. Charleston Blvd., plans to host a Super Bowl-themed wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28. Five courses and four wines from the Francis Ford Coppola Winery are planned. Guests are invited to wear their favorite sports jersey.
The cost is $50. For reservations, call 702-304-2345.
FLEMING’S TO OFFER TASTE OF THE SEASON MENU THROUGH JAN. 31
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 8721 W. Charleston Blvd., plans to offer a Winter Taste of the Season two-course prix fixe menu through Jan. 31.
The menu features forest mushroom and housemade ricotta crostini, cedar-smoked and charred prime New York strip, rosemary and garic cipollini onions and creamy horseradish sauce.
The cost is $40.95. A Blackberry Sage Smash Cocktail is $9.95, and a chocolate whisky tart with cinnamon cream is $7.95.
For reservations, call 702-838-4774.
VIA BRASIL STEAKHOUSE OFFERS NEW MENU OPTIONS, ANNOUNCES SUPER BOWL SPECIALS
Via Brasil Steakhouse, 1225 S. Fort Apache Road, has added a new rodizio select menu available Monday through Wednesday for $29.99. It offers 10 all-you-can-eat meats with the full gourmet appetizer bar and side dish options.
The restaurant also is offering Porterhouse Thursdays in January, with an additional prime cut of meat at no additional charge.
For the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, specials are planned to start at 2 p.m., including a rodizio meal for $36.99 or only the salad/appetizer option for $19.99. Game-day foods planned include chili, chicken wings and a sandwich station. Drink specials also are planned, and a happy hour is planned from 2 p.m. to closing, with $3.50 beers, $6 wines and $5.50 well drinks. Buckets of beer will be $15. A $38 open bar will be available from 2 to 7 p.m.
For more information, call 702-804-1400 or visit viabrasilsteakhouse.com.
GILLEY’S TO OFFER BOTTOMLESS GAME DAY BUFFET
Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que at Treasure Island, 3300 Las Vegas Blvd. South, plans to offer an all-you-can-eat-and-drink party in honor of the Super Bowl Feb. 2. Doors are set to open at noon and the party to start at 2 p.m. A buffet is planned with Southern-style chicken wings, build-your-own Texas nacho bar, hot dogs, popcorn, pork sliders, pulled pork taquitos, chili, pork green chili cart, brownies and other desserts.
Tickets are $125. For reservations, call 702-894-7369. Guests must be 21 or older.
JW MARRIOTT PLANS SUPER BOWL PARTY
The JW Marriott, 221 N. Rampart Blvd., plans to host a property-wide Big Game Party beginning at 2 p.m. Feb. 2 in honor of the Super Bowl. Wristbands will be $39 for those with a Resort Rewards card and $49 without a card at the cashier’s cage. Cocktails, beer and wine will be offered at all casino bars, and a hot dog cart will be at the casino valet entrance with $1 hot dogs and other snacks.
Doors for viewing parties in the Marquis Ballroom, Rampart Buffet, Valencia Ballroom and Grand Ballroom are set to open at 2 p.m., with the game beginning around 3:30 p.m. Check-in will begin at 11 a.m. in front of J.C. Wooloughan’s Irish Pub. Guests must be 21 or older and show valid ID for entry to the viewing parties.
For more information, call 702-869-7777.
FLEMING’S TO SERVE PRIME RIB DINNER SPECIAL THROUGH FEB. 2
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar plans to offer a $29.95 three-course prime rib dinner through Feb. 2. Locations are at 8721 W. Charleston Blvd. (702-838-4774) and at Town Square Las Vegas, 6515 Las Vegas Blvd. South (702-407-0019).
GOLDEN NUGGET TO HOST AMERICAN CRAFT DISTILLERS FESTIVAL FEB. 7-9
The Golden Nugget, 129 Fremont St., plans to host the American Craft Distillers Festival Feb. 7-9. The event is set to feature whiskey, rye, bourbon, vodka, gin and moonshine brands through tasting experiences, mixology classes, dinner and more.
The Grand Tasting Experience is planned from 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 7 and 2 to 6 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Grand Event Center. Tickets are $49.
The Turn of the Century Whiskey Dinner is set for 6 p.m. Feb. 9. Tickets are $85.
A two-day Grand Tasting Experience pass is $79. Guests can also purchase a dinner and Grand Tasting ticket for $115 or a dinner and Grand Tasting ticket for both days for $135.
For reservations, call 866-946-5336.
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: I Heart Food, Feb. 13; The Noodle Lover’s Guide to Pasta, March 5; Blossoming Taste of Spring, April 3; Grilling Perfection, May 28; Father’s Day Bellagio Barbeque, June 12; 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.
CANTINA LAREDO SERVING LOW-CALORIE COCKTAILS
Cantina Laredo at Tivoli Village, 430 S. Rampart Blvd., Suite 110, is offering Flaca Flips, lower-calorie cocktails, for a limited time. The handcrafted drinks, ranging from 130 to 140 calories, feature freshly squeezed juices and premium liquor for $10 each.
Happy hour is offered in the bar from 4 to 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, call 702-202-4511.
BORDER GRILL TO OPEN RESTAURANT IN THE FORUM SHOPS AT CAESARS
Border Grill owners Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger plan to open a new location on the first level of The Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. South, in summer 2014. The current Las Vegas location is inside Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South.
For more information, visit bordergrill.com.
MARIE CALLENDER’S OFFERS PERFECT PIE TRIO
Marie Callender’s is offering a Perfect Pie Trio starting at $9.99 through March 27. Choose from chicken pot pie, shepherd’s pie or Tuscan shrimp pot pie, each served with a Caesar salad and a free slice of Marie Callender’s pie.
Marie Callender’s is also offering a new Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Pie for $14.99 (includes the tin).
For locations, visit mariecallenders.com.
RI RA IRISH PUB ANNOUNCES JANUARY SPECIALS
Ri Ra Irish Pub at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. South, is offering home-brewed Irish Coffee for $7 in January, featuring Bushmills Irish whiskey. A traditional potato and green onion boxty is $15.95 during January and comes in a choice of three preparations: chicken, mushroom and leek with parsely sauce; cottage pie with cheddar sauce; or roast salmon and tomato with lemon dill sauce. It is served with traditional Irish champ, squash and a garden or Caesar side salad.
Locals can enjoy 40 percent off lunch and dinner items on Fridays in January with a valid Nevada ID.
For more information, call 702-632-7771.