Downtown Las Vegas to host Chinese New Year in the Desert

Food vendors will offer Chinese specialties during the Chinese New Year in the Desert festival in downtown Las Vegas this weekend. The festival’s vendor village will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. …

An interactive cocktail class, featuring a White Chocolate Martini and a Lemon Drop Martini, is scheduled for Wednesday at Double Helix at Town Square, 6599 Las Vegas Blvd. South. It’s $30 per person; to register, call 702-735-9463. …

For the Love of Cocktails, co-hosted by Tony Abou-Ganim, author of “The Modern Mixologist,” will run from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday at Mix at Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South. A benefit for the Helen David Relief Fund, which aids those in the beverage industry who are affected by breast cancer, it will include stations with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and live music. Tickets are $35 in advance (at or $50 at the door. VIP packages also available. …

The Festival Buffets at the Fiesta Henderson and Fiesta Rancho now offer Italian nights from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, with a made-to-order pasta station and such dishes as stuffed shells, stromboli and Italian rum cake; it’s $13.99. The buffets also are serving Champagne brunch from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends at Henderson and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rancho, and the Henderson buffet offers a Bloody Mary Bar, with drinks ranging from $4 to $7. …

Trevi at the Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. South, is offering $10 linguine pomodoro with chicken during February. …

“I Heart Food” will be the topic of a segment of An Executive Chef’s Culinary Classroom at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South. It’s $125 per person; for tickets, call the concierge at 866-406-7117. …

Bouchon at The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, now serves brunch from Fridays through Sundays. …

Sambalatte has opened a second location, at 6555 S. Jones Blvd., near the beltway. …

Jane Lee of Jadon Foods will showcase gluten-free Valentine’s treats and discuss the gluten-free lifestyle from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Williams-Sonoma at 1001 S. Rampart Blvd.

Send information to Heidi Knapp Rinella, P.O. Box 70, Las Vegas, NV 89125. You also can send faxes to 702-383-4676 or email her at Follow @HKRinella on Twitter.

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