Downtown Summerlin farmers market events: The Farmers Market is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays under the Pavilion at Downtown Summerlin, 1980 Festival Plaza Drive. Upcoming events include: 11:30 a.m. Dec. 12, the Alchemy of Soup with executive chef and partner John Church of Artisanal Foods Cafe and Catering; and 11:30 a.m. Dec. 19, Talk & Taste for holiday giving — Gifts for Gourmands. The Downtown Summerlin Farmers Market will be closed Dec. 27. Visit downtownsummerlin.com or call 703-832-1000.
Downtown Throwdown Barbecue Championships: The Fremont Street Experience, in conjunction with the Nevada Barbecue Association, is set to host the Fourth Annual Downtown Throwdown Barbecue Championships Dec. 11 and 12. The competition, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, is set to feature a Chili Cook-Off at 4 p.m. Dec. 11, a Barbecue Cook-Off at 10 a.m. Dec. 12 and an Awards Ceremony at 6 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Fremont Street Experience, Fremont Street to Ogden Avenue and Third Street from Ogden to Hogs & Heifers. The public can enjoy samples of chili, ribs, chicken, brisket and pork. More than 32 teams will compete for a share of a $10,000 prize purse and a shot at an invite to one of two World Championship contests. Visit nvbbq.org.
Donate toys at restaurants: For the third year, Remedy’s, Elixir and Distill are collecting toy donations at any of the five locations. Toys collected will benefit the numerous kids sponsored by the CASA Foundation, whose mission is to help youths who have been abused and neglected and now are in the foster care system in Clark County. All toys donated will be given away at the organization’s Angel Tree Winter Celebration Dec. 12. All toys must be new and unwrapped. Toy donations can be made at: Distill Summerlin, 10820 W. Charleston Blvd.; Distill Southern Highlands, 4830 W. Pyle Ave.; Elixir, 2920 N. Green Valley Parkway; Remedy’s St. Rose, 3265 St. Rose Parkway; and Remedy’s, 530 Conestoga Way.
Nacho Daddy fifth anniversary: Nacho Daddy is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a variety of $5 food and drink specials from 2 to 7 p.m. Dec. 14-18 at all three locations. Visit nachodaddy.com.
Cookies with Mr. and Mrs. Claus: The event is planned from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 13 at Gimme Some Sugar bake shop, 19 S. Stephanie St., No. 160. Children can have their picture taken with Santa, and they will receive complimentary chocolate chip cookies and milk. Gimme Some Sugar will also be accepting canned food donations through December, and all donations will benefit Three Square food bank.
Teacher pizza day: John’s Incredible Pizza Company is planning a teacher appreciation event. Teachers and up to three guests are invited to try complimentary admission, which includes access to John’s Incredible All You Can Eat Buffet and a $10 FunCard to use in John’s Fun World. Teachers must register by Dec. 14 at johnspizza.com/teacherday to attend the preview event. Space is limited.
Beer dinner: Sierra Nevada and Made L.V. at Tivoli Village, 440 S. Rampart Blvd., have partnered for the Sierra Nevada Beer Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15. The dinner is $49 per person, including the creations from Made L.V.’s executive chef Ben Halley and select ales, pilsners and IPAs from Sierra Nevada. The price does not include tax and gratuity. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at made-lv.com.
South Point anniversary: The 10th Anniversary Party for the hotel at 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South is planned from 2 to 8 p.m. Dec. 18. Free cake and champagne at the Grandview Lounge is set to be offered. Wes Winters is set to perform his One-Man-Lounge-Show. The event is free and open to the public.
Khoury’s location change: Khoury’s Mediterranean Restaurant is relocating to Village Square, 9340 W. Sahara Ave., Suite 106. Visit khouryslv.com.
John’s Pizza partnership: John’s Incredible Pizza Co. has announced a partnership with Las Vegas-based Grant A Gift Autism Foundation to celebrate the late December opening of its location at The Boulevard Mall. 3528 S. Maryland Parkway. Visit johnspizza.com.
Restaurant closure: Mercadito in Red Rock Resort is set to close after December but plans Christmas and New Year’s specials and events. Visit mercaditorestaurants.com/redrock.
Ultimo set to return: Culinary event, Ultimo — A Weekend of Excellence, hosted by The Venetian and the Palazzo, is planned for Dec. 17-20. For the third year in a row, Ultimo will celebrate Italy with chefs Jerome Bocuse, Daniel Boulud, Josiah Citrin, Shaun Hergatt, Gavin Kaysen, Thomas Keller, James Kent, Roland Passot, Philip Tessier, Ming Tsai, Richard Rosendale, and Dario Cecchini, the Chianti “Butcher of Panzano.” The event is set to feature the return of The Venetian’s Grand Banquet, and it kicks off with Bocuse d’Or Team USA competition event, held in partnership with ment’or BKB Foundation, a nonprofit founded by Boulud, Keller and Bocuse that aims to inspire excellence in young culinary professionals and preserve the traditions and quality of classic cuisine in America. Events are planned each day, and prices range from $200 to $1,000 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For a schedule, visit venetian.com/ultimo.
Frank’s Menu: Through Dec. 31, the Golden Steer Steakhouse, 308 W. Sahara Ave., is offering a menu dedicated to Frank Sinatra, who would have turned 100 Dec. 12. The three-course menu was created based on what Sinatra ordered when he regularly dined at the restaurant in the ’60s while performing with the Rat Pack. Priced at $100 per person, guests who experience Frank’s Menu will dine in his booth (table 22), which seats up to four guests. Call 702-384-4470.
— Station Casinos is set to offer specialty items during Hanukkah for dinner service through Dec. 14 at all of its Feast and Festival Buffets. Prices will be the standard buffet prices. Visit sclv.com.
— Through Dec. 14, Honey Salt, 1031 S. Rampart Drive, is planning a nightly feast of seasonal favorites inspired by owners Kim Canteenwalla and Elizabeth Blau for each of the celebratory eight nights. Continuing the Honey Salt tradition of local and seasonal fare, all items are a la carte and available only during the celebration. Visit honeysalt.com.
— St. Tropez Buffet at the Suncoast, 9090 Alta Drive, is planning to serve Hanukkah favorites through Dec. 14 in addition to its regular offerings. Visit suncoastcasino.com.
— SC Prime Steakhouse and Bar at the Suncoast, 9090 Alta Drive, is planning a Christmas Day menu with three prix fixe options. Visit suncoastcasino.com.
— California Noodle House at the California Hotel, 12 E. Ogden Ave., is set to serve a Christmas Day prix fixe menu option for $21. Visit thecal.com.
— Paradise Buffet at the Fremont Hotel, 200 Fremont St., is planning to serve a Christmas Day brunch from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring prime rib, roast turkey and baked Virginia ham at the carving station, as well as special menu items. Visit fremontcasino.com.
— Second Street Grill at the Fremont Hotel is planning a prix fixe three-course holiday dinner on Christmas Day for $30. Visit fremontcasino.com.
— The Court Cafe at Jokers Wild Casino, 920 N. Boulder Highway, is set to offer a complete ham dinner for $8.99 on Christmas Day, from 11 a.m. to close. Visit jokerswildcasino.com.
— Mary’s Diner at Eldorado Casino, 140 Water St., is set to serve a complete ham dinner for $8.99 on Christmas Day, from 11 a.m. until close. Visit eldoradocasino.com.
— Triple George Grill, 201 N. Third St., is planning a Christmas menu at $60 per person. Visit triplegeorgegrill.com.
— Baja Miguel’s at the South Point, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South, is planning Christmas Eve and Christmas Day specials, with a three-course menu and a complimentary house margarita or glass of wine for $16.95 per person from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Other specials for Christmas Eve and Day at the South Point include: Coronado Cafe, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., priced at $14.95 per person; Don Vito’s, from 4 to 9 p.m., priced at $35 per person; the Garden Buffet is planning a Christmas and Christmas Eve Wine and Dine Buffet for $17.95 with a Club Card or $20.95 without a Club Card from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Primarily Prime Rib, from 4 to 10 p.m. for $29 per person; and Silverado Steakhouse from 5 to 10 p.m. at $49 per person. Visit southpointcasino.com.
— Several restaurants and buffets at Station Casinos and Fiesta properties are planning Christmas Eve and Day specials, some with expanded hours and menus. Visit sclv.com.
— Top of the World, McCall’s Heartland Grill and Roxy’s Diner at Stratosphere are planning holiday menus ranging from $16.99 to $85 per person Dec. 24 and 25. Visit stratospherehotel.com.
New Year’s specials:
— Prime Rib Loft at The Orleans, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., is planning a gourmet meal and dancing for $120 per person. Visit orleanscasino.com.
— SC Prime Steakhouse and Bar at the Suncoast, 9090 Alta Drive, is planning a four-course New Year’s Eve prix fixe meal for $99 per person. Visit suncoastcasino.com.
— California Noodle House at the California Hotel, 12 E. Ogden Ave., is planning to serve a New Year’s Day prix fixe menu option for $25. Visit thecal.com.
— Paradise Buffet at the Fremont Hotel, 200 Fremont St., is planning a New Year’s Day brunch from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., including a special menu addition. Visit fremontcasino.com.
— The Garden Buffet at the South Point, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South, is planning to serve a New Year’s Eve seafood dinner buffet from 4 to 10 p.m. Dec. 31 for $24.95 with a Club Card or $29.95 without a Club Card. It is also planning a New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day brunch from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 for $15.95 with a Club Card or $19.95 without a Club Card. Primarily Prime Rib is planning a three-course menu and a complimentary cocktail or glass of wine for $45 per person Dec. 31. Silverado Steakhouse is offering a four-course menu Dec. 31 for $69 per person. Visit southpointcasino.com.
— Triple George Grill, 201 N. Third St., is offering a four-course New Year’s Eve menu for $65. For an additional $30, diners can receive sommelier-selected, 3-ounce wine pairings with each course. Seating times are 5, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 31. Visit triplegeorgegrill.com.
— Andre’s Restaurant & Lounge at the Monte Carlo, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. South, is offering a six-course menu starting at 5:30 p.m. for $195 per person. Visit montecarlo.com.
— Alize at the Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road, is offering a New Year’s Eve tasting menu from 8:30 to 11 p.m., priced at $495 per person. N9NE Steakhouse is offering specials, including Florida stone crab with mustard dipping sauce, white truffle risotto and minced chives for $48 and other menu options. A prix fixe dinner will be offered at NOVE Italiano. Visit palms.com.
— Top of the World at Stratosphere is offering a five-course menu from 5 to 11 p.m. for $299 per person. On New Year’s Day, diners can try an all-day champagne brunch at the Stratosphere Buffet from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. for $21.99 for adults, $9.99 for children ages 5-12 and $12.99 for children ages 5-12 without paid adult (prices do not include tax and gratuity). Visit stratospherehotel.com.
— Patrons can enjoy a three-course meal and live entertainment from George Bugatti at the Westgate Las Vegas, 3000 Paradise Road. The hotel is also planning an East Coast New Year’s Eve dinner and countdown starting at 7 p.m. in the ballroom. Tickets are $125. Visit westgateresorts.com/las-vegas-resort-and-casino.
— Small plates and cocktails are planned at Tom’s Urban at New York-New York, 3790 Las Vegas Blvd. Soth. Tickets are $175 per person (excludes tax and gratuity) from 8 p.m. to midnight. Visit tomsurban.com.
M Resort holiday events: Dec. 18 through Jan. 3, Studio B Buffet at the M Resort, 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. South, is set to host its Holiday Feast to Remember, and Dec. 24 and 25, the restaurant plans to offer an omelet station from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a risotto station from 3 to 8 p.m. and complimentary champagne. Guests who dine on Christmas Day can try a whole roasted suckling pig. The Holiday Feast to Remember is priced at $39.99 per person. On Dec. 25, guests can try a holiday menu at Anthony’s Gourmet Burgers and Brews, served from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and priced at $23.95 per person. Visit themresort.com.
Via Brasil holiday plans: Via Brasil Steakhouse, 1225 S. Fort Apache, is set to be transformed with several Christmas trees, lights and other holiday decor, and every brunch service in December will feature Santa Claus from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The restaurant’s all-you-can-eat, rodizio-style brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. offers eight cuts of meat carved tableside. Adult pricing for brunch is $24.99, while ages 7-12 are $16.99, ages 5 and 6 are $4.99 and age 4 or younger are free. Menus for Christmas Eve, Day and New Year’s Eve are planned. A Brunch with Santa is planned from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through December. Visit viabrasilsteakhouse.com.
Crave Cares donations: Each month, Crave American Kitchen & Sushi Bar at Downtown Summerlin, 10970 Rosemary Park Drive, partners with a nonprofit to help raise awareness and money for the organization as part of its Crave Cares program. The restaurant is partnering with Aid For AIDS of Nevada in December. All guests paying with a credit or debit card have the option to round it up on their check to the nearest dollar or add any donation amount. Visit cravesummerlin.com.
Pizza company hiring: John’s Incredible Pizza Co. is seeking to fill approximately 200 positions for its 60,000-square-foot Las Vegas location at The Boulevard Mall, 3528 S. Maryland Parkway, Set to open in late December, John’s available positions include buffet attendant, pizza and prep cook, dining attendant, sales associate, Fun World attendant, game technician, IncrediBear mascot, party central associate and more. This will be the company’s first location in Nevada, and, like its other 10 locations, it will include an all-you-can-eat buffet, themed dining rooms and more than 100 games, rides and attractions. Guests can try full-size amusement park rides, glow golf and a mini bowling alley. To apply, visit johnspizza.com/vegas.
Buy a slice for veterans: Pizza Forte at Sunset Station, 1301 W. Sunset Road, now offers customers the option of buying a slice for a veteran. Customers will have the option of buying a Hofmann hot dog for $2, a slice of cheese pizza for $2 or an entire cheese pizza for $11.11. They will then be asked to write a thank you note on a pizza-shaped card that will be provided by Pizza Forte. Those notes will be hung up on the walls. When veterans come into Pizza Forte, they can redeem the notes for a complimentary slice of pizza or a whole pizza. The offer will be available throughout the year and at all Pizza Forte locations. Visit pizza-forte.com.
Book a party at Oscar’s: Oscar’s steakhouse inside the dome of the Plaza, 1 S. Main St., is now booking holiday parties. For every holiday party booked for 10 or more people, the restaurant will donate a food basket to Operation Warmheart.
Taste the Rock: Red Rock Resort, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd, has announced Taste the Rock, a new small bites tasting featuring a selection of drinks and dishes from the resort’s lineup of restaurants and lounges. Taste the Rock is designed to give guests an opportunity to try a variety of signature cocktails and dishes rotating seasonally. It is planned from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday inside each restaurant’s bar area. Visit blog.stationcasinos.com/taste-the-rock.
Ethel M gift options: Ethel M Chocolates is releasing its 2015 Holiday Collections and Classics, a limited-time-only selection of fresh gourmet collections, seasonal favorites, stocking stuffers and gift baskets available in stores and online. Returning this year are the 24-piece Holiday Deluxe Collection ($34.99), 16-piece Cocktail Collection ($27.99), 30-piece CrÃ¨me Liqueur Tin ($44.99) and bigger boxes of the Sea-Salted Caramels and Mixed Brittle. Visit ethelm.com or call 800-438-4356.