A La Carte: Dining news and events for June 25-July 1, 2015

PDQ TO OPEN SECOND LAS VEGAS VALLEY LOCATION

PDQ plans to open its second Southern Nevada location at 3010 W. Sahara Ave. in July. The chicken tender restaurant also has a location at 3737 W. Craig Road in North Las Vegas.

It plans to fill more than 60 positions at the new restaurant. For more information, visit eatpdq.com or call 702-944-1823.

TENAYA CREEK BREWERY TO BE FEATURED AT BEER DINNER JUNE 25

Tapas By Alex Stratta at Tivoli Village, 440 S. Rampart Blvd., plans to host a craft beer pairing dinner featuring local Tenaya Creek Brewery from 6 to 9 p.m. June 25. Chef Alex Stratta will prepare a six-course menu to be paired with Tenaya Creek beer selections by beverage manager Peter Vitolo. Brewmaster Alex Graham will host the event, providing insight into the brewery’s processes and sharing his knowledge of each choice.

Raffle prizes, including a tour of the brewery, are planned. The cost is $48. For reservations, call 702-483-3555 or email Vitolo at peter@alexstrattagroup.com.

LAS VEGAS RESTAURANT WEEK RUNS THROUGH JUNE 26

Las Vegas Restaurant Week is scheduled to raise funds for Three Square food bank through June 26, with more than 140 participating restaurants around the valley featuring prix fixe menus for breakfast, lunch or dinner ranging from $20.15 to $50.15. A fixed portion of each meal’s cost will be donated to Three Square to help alleviate hunger in the valley.

The summer restaurant week replaces the previously scheduled separate spring and fall events. Helpoutdineoutlv.org has a complete list of participating restaurants, menus, directions and the ability to make reservations via opentable.com.

Diners are encouraged to share their experiences by following @threesquarelv on Twitter and using hashtags #LVRW and #HelpOutDineOut LV.

NEXT CULINARY CLASSROOM SET FOR JUNE 30 AT BELLAGIO

Bellagio executive chef Edmund Wong plans to host the Executive Chef’s Culinary Classroom, a series of interactive, two-hour cooking classes through Nov. 10. Wong and his culinary team will share ideas and techniques as they guide guests through the steps to creating a three-course meal. Classes will be held in the resort’s demonstration kitchen, Tuscany Kitchen.

The schedule is: Backyard Patio Grilling, June 30; Learning to Roll … Sushi and Rolls, July 23; Back to School, Aug. 27; Cupcakes & Cocktails, Sept. 29; Octoberfest, Oct. 13; and Harvesting Thanksgiving 2.0, Nov. 10.

All-inclusive tickets for each session are $135 per person. For tickets, call 866-406-7117.

CHEF SAM DEMARCO CREATES TACO FOR SHARE OUR STRENGTH CAMPAIGN

Chef Sam DeMarco has created the Chef Sammy D’s B.T.L.A. Taco to be featured through June for Share our Strength’s Tacos for Strength campaign. The taco features bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado with tomato-corn salsa and chipotle lime crema on a flour tortilla. An order of four is $15.50 for dinner at Mercadito in Red Rock Resort, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd.

A portion of the proceeds go to Share Our Strength to fight childhood hunger.

For more information, visit mercaditorestaurants.com or nokidhungry.org.

TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE LAUNCHES ANNUAL FLIP FLOP DAY CAMPAIGN

Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations are hosting the ninth annual Flip Flop Day campaign through June 30. The campaign asks customers to purchase paper flip flops for $1 to display on the cafe’s wall or a $5 key fob that allows for 10 percent discounts for the rest of the year. In return, Tropical Smoothie plans to make a sizable donation to Camp Sunshine, a family camp created for children and families who are dealing with cancer and cancer-related illnesses.

For more information or to find a location, visit tropicalsmoothie.com.

KING’S FISH HOUSE KICKS OFF ANNUAL LOBSTER FESTIVAL

King’s Fish House has announced the return of its annual Lobster Festival.

Now in its third year, the festival serves New England lobsters sourced exclusively between Maine’s Georges Bank and Gulf of Maine region. The menu includes New England lobster roll, lobster bisque, New England-style fried clam strips, fried clam po’ boy sandwich and clam bake.

King’s Fish House is in The District at Green Valley Ranch, 2255 Village Walk Drive, No. 139, in Henderson. For more information, visit kingsfishhouse.com.

MORELS INTRODUCES SUMMER TASTING MENU

Morels French Steakhouse and Bistro in The Grand Canal Shoppes at the Palazzo, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. South, is offering a four-course summer tasting menu for $45 with appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts.

The menu is available during lunch and dinner through Aug. 31, with a variety of dishes to choose from in each course. For more information or reservations, visit morelslv.com or call 702-607-6333.

COFFEE BEAN TO HOST TROOP SUPPORT FUNDRAISER

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Las Vegas plans to support active troops, veterans and their families by hosting the Support At Home campaign in its participating stores and online through July 5.

A contribution of $1 will be donated to Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit that provides financial assistance to service members and wounded warriors, for every 12-ounce Support at Home ground coffee or 20-count Support at Home tea tin sold, or patrons can purchase Support at Home retail coffee and tea products for donation to military families.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf also plans to have bins to collect backpacks from patrons for Operation Homefront’s Back-to-School Brigade initiative.

For a list of participating locations, visit coffeebeanlv.com/locations.

CHOCOLATE & SPICE TO HOST CHILDREN’S CLASSES

A summer series of hands-on children’s classes are planned at Chocolate & Spice Bakery, 7293 W. Sahara Ave., Suite 8.

The July 8 class is set to feature favorite snacks, while the last class on July 22 will explore seasonal sorbets.

Each one-hour class is $25, or purchase two classes at once for $45. Classes begin at 3 p.m., and parents must be present. Walk-ins are welcome, but spots fill up quickly, so reservations are recommended.

To sign up, email megan@chefmeganromano.com. For more information, call 702-527-7772.

WONDERLAND BAKERY PLANS CULINARY CAMP CLASSES

Wonderland Bakery, 2010 Festival Plaza Drive, No. 150, at Downtown Summerlin, has scheduled three-day baking and decorating courses as part of its Culinary Camp series. Taught by accomplished bakers and decorators, children will learn how to create baked goods using fondant, frosting, chocolate and more.

Crazy About Cupcakes is planned for July 14-16.

Classes are planned from 1 to 3 p.m. and are recommended for children 5 or older. Parents are welcome to also reserve a spot. Class fees include a Wonderland apron, a T-shirt, a daily snack and beverage and take-home treats.

Each three-day series is $295. For reservations, call 702-363-3333.

HAPPY HOURS PLANNED AT RED ROCK RESORT

Happy hour is scheduled from 3 to 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close daily in the Flying Pig Lounge at Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que at Red Rock Resort, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd. Menu highlights include fried green tomatoes, fried pickles, sliders and barbecue rib tips, priced less than $8. Draft beers, wine specials, well cocktails, martinis and featured cocktails are also available starting at $4.

T-Bones Chophouse and Lounge plans to host happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with small plates priced $10 or less in the bar and lounge. Highlights include roasted bone marrow, egg white oysters Rockefeller and tuna crudo. Craft beers, cocktails and wines by the glass specials are also available. Mingle Thursdays is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. in the lounge for local industry professionals and elite business goers. Featured cocktails, small bites and entertainment are planned Thursdays through Sept. 3.

Lucky Luxe Ladies Night is set from 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays at Lucky Bar. Along with a makeup lesson from Sephora, a Lululemon trunk show and champagne paired with chocolates, guests can weekly prizes from Downtown Summerlin. The weekly event is planned for Fridays through Sept. 4.

HEARTHSTONE TO HOST KEGS AND EGGS JULY 26

Kegs and Eggs is set from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar at Red Rock Resort, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd. Brunch and beer are planned as Hearthstone partners with a local brewery to offer breakfast and lunch fare, bottomless mimosas and bloody beers. All guests will receive a complimentary pool pass to Cabana Club following the event.

For more information or reservations, call 702-797-7344.

DUCKHORN WINE DINNER SET AT T-BONES CHOPHOUSE

T-Bones Chophouse and Lounge at Red Rock Resort, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., plans to host the Duckhorn Wine Dinner at 6:30 p.m. July 30. A five-course menu will be paired with wines from Napa Valley’s Duckhorn Vineyards. Passed hors d’oeuvres are planned on the patio before dinner at 7 p.m.

The cost is $125. To RSVP, contact Michelle Lee at 702-797-7517 or michelle.lee@stationcasinos.com.

DUTCH BROS. TO OPEN FIRST LAS VEGAS COFFEE SHOP

Dutch Bros. plans to open its first Las Vegas location at 2840 E. Tropicana Ave. this summer.

Dutch Bros. was started in 1992 in Grants Pass, Ore., by brothers Dane and Travis Boersma. The drive-thru coffee shop will feature specialty coffee, smoothies, freezes, teas and the private-label Dutch Bros. Blue Rebel energy drink.

Kelli and Cory Nimmer will be the local owners. For more information, visit dutchbros.com.

SLS TO FEATURE SOCIAL HOUR SPECIALS

Katsuya by Starck at SLS Las Vegas, 2535 Las Vegas Blvd. South, is launching Social Hour, its version of happy hour, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Specially priced signature dishes will be $4 to $10, specialty cocktails will be $7, and hot sake, well drinks, house wine and draft Kirin will be $6 each.

For more information, call 702-761-7611.

MARIE CALLENDAR’S ANNOUNCES CRAVE & SAVE MENU

Marie Callender’s Restaurant & Bakery locations plan to offer a new Crave & Save menu featuring 16 handcrafted meals, including veggie tacos, fish and shrimp plate, gourmet grilled cheese with bacon and chicken Waldorf salad sandwich.

Items are priced $6 to $9 each. For more information or locations, visit mariecallenders.com.

BRIO TO SHOWCASE GRILLING THROUGH JUNE 30

Brio Tuscan Grille plans to feature a three-course dinner special, The Art of Grilling, after 4 p.m. Sunday through Thursday through June. It includes a salad, grilled entree with chef-inspired toppings and a Dolchino dessert for $26.95.

For more information and locations, visit brioitalian.com.

DOWNTOWN GRAND PLANS LUAUS, BARBECUES

The Downtown Grand, 206 N. Third St., plans to host Thursday Night Luaus presented by Hot Lava at The Pool Deck. Live luau performances and an authentic Polynesian buffet are planned. The cost is $18 for adults, $14 for children 12 or younger and free for children 3 or younger. Tickets can be purchased at VIP services or at downtowngrand.com.

The Chillin’ and Grillin’ All-You-Can-Eat BBQ at The Pool Deck is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays. It is $12.99 and includes cheeseburgers, hot dogs and grilled chicken. All ages are welcome. Tickets can be purchased at The Pool Deck.

For more information, call 702-719-5100.

DOUBLE HAPPY HOUR SET AT EL CORTEZ

The El Cortez, 600 Fremont St., plans to host Double Happy Hour in The Parlour Bar from 4 to 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. Guests can enjoy throwback two-for-one cocktails, $3 Crafthaus pints and 50-cent chicken wings.

For more information, visit elcortezhotelcasino.com or call 702-385-5200.

BORDER GRILL TO FEATURE BACKYARD BARBECUES

Border Grill at Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South, plans to transform its lower patio into a pop-up backyard barbecue destination to host its summer-long Backyard BBQ series prior to each Concert On The Beach performance. Barbecues are planned from 6 to 8 p.m. overlooking the Lazy River and Beach.

The menu includes oysters, ceviches, tortas, barbacoa favorites, grilled Mexican corn and grilled shrimp. Food items are prices from $3 to $8, and beers are $5 and margaritas are $7.

For more information, visit bordergrill.com or call 702-632-7403.

CRAZY PITA PLANS PAINT-DINE-DRINK EVENTS

Crazy Pita Rotisserie & Grill at Town Square Las Vegas, 6587 Las Vegas Blvd. South, No. 190, is partnering with Paint and Party Las Vegas throughout the summer to offer guests Paint-Dine-Drink events.

Guests 18 or older can paint along with local artists to create artwork to take home. The cost is $30 per person and includes painting materials and supplies along with one appetizer per table.

The events are planned twice a month on Tuesdays. For reservations, call 702-778-3310.

HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS ANNOUNCED AT TAPAS BY ALEX STRATTA

Tapas by Alex Stratta at Tivoli Village, 440 S. Rampart Blvd., plans to host happy hour from 4:30 to 6 p.m. daily. Small plates for $5 are patatas bravas, chicken croquetas and fried calamari. Glasses of red or white house wine are $6, along with red or white sangria and various rotating craft beers.

For more information, call 702-483-3555 or visit tapasalexstratta.com.

AMORINO OFFERS GELATO AT NORTH PREMIUM OUTLETS

Amorino has opened its second Las Vegas location inside the Las Vegas North Premium Outlets at 625 S. Grand Central Parkway.

The high-end gelato brand features all-natural ingredients shipped from Europe, which are also used in its gelato-filled macarons, gelato cakes and line of artisanal chocolates. Breakfast pastries, coffee, Italian espresso and cappuccino also are available.

For more information, visit amorino.com.

WOLFGANG PUCK BAR & GRILL TO HOST SUNDAY SUPPERS

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, 10955 Oval Park Drive at Downtown Summerlin, has launched a new family-style Sunday Supper featuring an assortment of starters, entrees and dessert.

The special menu is available Sundays for $25 per person for parties of 4 or more. For reservations, call 702-202-6300.

GLUTTON LAUNCHES THE BOOZY BRUNCH

Glutton, 616 E. Carson Ave., No. 110, plans to offer The Boozy Brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays with a menu of brunch dishes and drinks.

Plates includes yeast risen pancakes with cultured butter and maple cider syrup; steak and eggs featuring a kalbi-marinated ribeye with kim chee fried rice and a poached egg; and wood-roasted chicken hash with poached eggs, potatoes, peppers and sweet onion.

Brunch cocktails include Pappes Peaches with Bulleit bourbon, Giffard creme de peche, honey, lemon and basil; and Glutton Mary with kimchi Bloody Mary, American Harvest Vodka, shrimp, pickled mushrooms, celery and Togarashi chili.

For more information, visit gluttonlv.com or call 702-366-0623.

GRIMALDI’S PIZZERIA RETURNS TUESDAY TASTINGS

Through the summer, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria locations plan to offer Tuesday Tastings, featuring half-off glasses, carafes and bottles of wine (with the exception of sangria and house wine).

For more information and locations, visit grimaldispizzeria.com.

FOOD AND WINE EVENT SET FOR SEPT. 12 AND 13

The Food & Wine Festival is scheduled for Sept. 12 and 13 at Red Rock Resort, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd.

The grand tasting is set from 8 to 11 p.m. Sept 12 poolside. Tickets are $100 to $150. An after-party is slated from midnight to 2 a.m. at Hearthstone. Tickets are $85.

The events are for guests 21 or older. For tickets, visit vegasfoodandwine.com.

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UNLV's 55th winter commencement ceremony included approximately 2,146 undergraduate and graduate students who recently completed their studies. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Build-A-Bear comes to Reed Elementary School
Students participated in a Build-A-Bear-Workshop at Doris Reed Elementary School in Las Vegas, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018.
Rev. Father Seraphim Ramos talks about Greek Orthodox icons during an interview with the LVRJ
Rev. Father Seraphim Ramos talks about Greek Orthodox icons during an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Masjid Ibrahim Islamic Center art depicts names of God
Masjid Ibrahim Islamic Center founder Sharaf Haseebullah talks about new diamond-shaped art panels featuring some of the 99 names of Allah at the main entrance the Las Vegas mosque. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Holiday poultry with Tim and Chemaine Jensen of Village Meat & Wine
Tim and Chemaine Jensen of Village Meat & Wine explain the different types of poultry available for the holidays. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Catholic Charities hosts early Christmas meal
Students from the Bishop Gorman High School football and cheerleader team helped to serve food at the Christmas meal sponsored by the Frank and Victoria Fertitta Foundation at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada on Sunday. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Incarcerated Christmas
This is the fourth year HOPE for Prisoners has worked with the Nevada Department of Corrections to create a Christmas for prisoners to visit their families. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
2018 Homeless Vigil
Straight From The Streets holds its 23rd annual vigil to remember the 179 homeless individuals who died in Clark County this year.
Getting through the Holiday blues
Psychologist Whitney Owens offers advice on keeping your mental health in check during the Holiday season in Henderson, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. (Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Operation Homefront Holiday Meals for Military
Operation Homefront Holiday Meals for Military program gave meal kits to 200 families at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10047 in Las Vegas Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. It all started with a chance encounter in a supermarket in Utica, N.Y., near Fort Drum. A soldier, his wife and infant had a handful of grocery items they couldn't afford. A Beam Suntory employee picked up the $12 cost for the groceries. The program has grown from providing 500 meal kits to military families in 2009 to providing more than 7,000 nationally this holiday season.K.M. Cannon Las Vegas Review-Journal @KMCannonPhoto
An elegant Tea Party for substance abuse and homeless women
An elegant Tea Party for substance abuse and homeless women at WestCare Women Children Campus in Las Vegas. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Former 51s manager Wally Backman chats about new job
Former Las Vegas 51s manager Wally Backman talks about his new job with the independent league Long Island Ducks during the Baseball Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Dec. 10, 2018. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Inside the kitchen at Springs Preserve
The staff of Divine Events do party preparation in the kitchen at Divine Cafe at Springs Preserve. With nine parties the following day, this is a particularly busy time for the crew. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Pearl Harbor survivor Edward Hall talks about his memories of Dec. 7, 1941
U.S. Army Corps Edward Hall, a 95-year-old survivor of Pearl Harbor talks about his memories of that horrific day. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Roy Choi on cooking for Park MGM employees
As he prepares to open his new restaurant Best Friend later this month at Park MGM, celebrity chef Roy Choi took the time to cook for the resort’s employees Tuesday. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Best Friend Menu Reveal Wednesday
Chef Roy Choi tells us what to expect from Wednesday’s Facebook Live Menu Reveal for his new Park MGM restaurant Best Friend. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
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