A La Carte: Dining events and news for Sept. 17-23, 2015

Barbecue event at Caig Ranch Regional Park to support childhood cancer charities

Pigs for the Kids, a barbecue cook-off competition with brews and music, is planned from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 19 at Craig Ranch Regional Park, 628 W. Craig Road. Music is also planned, and the event supports childhood cancer charities Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation and the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation.

Teams will compete to take home the inaugural Pigs for the Kids Barbecue Cook-Off trophy, and prizes will be offered in four categories: ribs, pork shoulder, sauce, and beans. All styles of barbecue are to be represented, and attendees can purchase a V.I.Pig Pass, allowing them to sample all the regional variations.

The registration fee for team competition is $175 for a 10-foot-by-10-foot booth; $350 for a 20-foot-by-20-foot booth; and $600 for a 40-foot-by-40-foot booth. General admission tickets are $10; children 12 or younger are admitted free. V.I.Pig Passes are $150 and include access to the V.I.Pig Tent, exclusive parking, an open bar, special chef dishes and 20 “piggy bucks” ($40 value). Sponsorships are also available at a variety of levels. Visit

Fifth annual Flavors of the Heart to benefit American Heart/Stroke associations Sept. 19

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and chefs Adam Pusateri, Alex Barnett and Jeremy Jordan are partnering to present the fifth annual Flavors of the Heart event from 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 19 at Worldview on 16, Building B, in the World Market Center, 475 S. Grand Central Parkway. The multicultural culinary experience will showcase some of Las Vegas’ top chefs and restaurants creating and serving special dishes that are healthy for the heart and brain. Cookbooks featuring the recipes prepared at the festival will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $75. Visit or call 702-789-4383.

The Joy of Sake set for Sept. 19 at Caesars Palace

Twelve of the city’s top restaurants are set to participate in the Sept. 19 Joy of Sake festival at Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South, by creating appetizers to complement 391 daiginjo, ginjo and junmai sakes.

All the dishes are included in the ticket price. Tables arranged by sake category will offer self-serve premium sakes.

Tickets are $75 per person in advance and $85 at the door. Visit

Grills & Guitars set for Sept. 24 at Foxtail Pool

Grills & Guitars, part of the Life Is Beautiful festival in downtown Las Vegas, is set to feature 15 world-renowned chefs showcasing their grilling skills to prepare more than 600 tasting dishes. The event is scheduled from 7 to 11 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Foxtail Pool and Lounge at SLS Las Vegas, 2535 Las Vegas Blvd. South.

Guests must be 21 or older. Tickets are $150. Visit

Ri Ra set to host Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day party

Ri Ra Las Vegas in The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. South, is set to host a Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day party from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Sept. 17. The event is set to feature drink specials, giveaways, Irish music and an Irish-inspired menu benefiting HELP of Southern Nevada.

Also, as part of the restaurant’s celebration, from Sept. 15-21, Ri Ra will donate 20 percent of all proceeds to HELP of Southern Nevada when guests order off the pub’s special HELP menu.


Sierra Gold plans 10th anniversary party

Sierra Gold is planning a burlesque-themed 10th anniversary party at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at the pub, 6515 S. Jones Blvd. Live music, food, cocktails, an ice luge, photo booth and other entertainment are planned. The event is free with complimentary champagne to be served at the door. Burlesque attire is encouraged. Call 702-221-4120.

Sean Patrick’s set to host Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Bash

Sean Patrick’s Irish Pub & Grill is set to host a Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Bash at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at its four locations: 8255 W. Flamingo Road; 11930 Southern Highlands Parkway; 3290 W. Ann Road; and 6788 N. 5th St. All four are to be serving $3 Guinness, $3 Jameson Irish Whiskey, $3 green beer, Irish food specials and an evening of prizes and giveaways. The event is free and open to the public. Happy hour is to be extended from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 19.

rm Seafood, Azzurre Sprits to host cocktail-inspired dinner Sept. 23

Rick Moonen’s rm seafood at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. South, plans to host a special cocktail-inspired dinner featuring Azzurre Spirits at 7 p.m. Sept. 23. A cocktail reception with passed hors d’oeuvres is planned, to be followed by a three-course menu created by Moonen and featuring signature cocktails made with Azzurre Spirits gin and vodka.

The cost is $85. Call 702-632-9300.

Knife skills class planned Sept. 25

An essential knife skills class is set to be offered from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 25 in room 300 of the UNLV Paradise Campus, 851 E. Tropicana Ave. Participants can observe and practice proper knife handling and sharpening, learn how to slice, dice, and chop, and learn to cut up a chicken. Attendees can bring their own knives to class for hands-on practice.

The cost is $49. Register at

Inaugural barbecue competition planned by culinary federation

The American Culinary Federation, Chefs Las Vegas Chapter, in association with the Nevada Barbeque Association, is set to present the inaugural BBQ competition What Happens in Vegas…Is Smokin’ on Sept. 25-27 at the Sports Center of Las Vegas, 121 E. Sunset Road. An open invitational rib cook-off and rib tasting for Bragging Rights – Best Ribs in Vegas is planned Sept. 25. The Smokin’ event, which is a Kansas City BBQ Society-sanctioned event, is set for Sept. 26 and is set to include up to 110 teams competing for more than $20,000 in prize money.

Entry is free to the public from noon to 4 p.m. and is to include vendors, kids’ activities, and a VIP section with a barbecue buffet. Tickets for rib tastings will be available for the public to purchase at the rib cook-off Sept. 27.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Chefs for Kids charity, a nonprofit dedicated to alleviating malnutrition and hunger in children through education and awareness. Interested competitors can contact Steve Overlay, BBQ team coordinator, at 702-376-9532 or

Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada plan fundraiser Dessert Before Dinner

Dessert Before Dinner, the annual fundraising event benefiting the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada, announced its list of participating chefs, honorees and sponsors, as well as the evening’s entertainment, which will be provided by Caesars Palace headliner Matt Goss. The event is planned from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 26 at Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South.

Dessert Before Dinner brings area chefs together to create a confection incorporating this year’s chosen signature Girl Scout cookie, Lemonades. Guests indulge in desserts before the first course is served. The list of this year’s participating chefs includes: chef Brittany Castro-Hill, Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas; chef Brigette Contreras, STK at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas; chef Marisela Espinoza, Caesars Palace; chef Yamilet Hillers, Bellagio; chef Kaiulani, KAILAVA; chef Natalie Morgan, Tom Colicchio’s Heritage at The Mirage; chef Megan Romano, Chocolate & Spice; chef Candalina Stanwood, The Mirage; chef Cynthia Inguanzo-Underwood, MGM Grand; chef Kimberly Vitou, MGM Grand; and chef Cynthia Werth, Stratosphere.

In addition to the chefs’ competition, some of the city’s most high-profile women are to be honored for being role models and paving the way for success for future businesswomen in Southern Nevada. The honorees include: Elizabeth Blau, Robin Greenspun, Dawn Mack, Rose McKinney-James, Anita Romero, Marilyn Winn Spiegel, and Heidi Straus.


Mercadito to host cooking demo Sept. 28

Mercadito at Red Rock Resort, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., plans to offer a Cooking Demo Mondays session Sept. 28. The theme is Fall Cooking Demo and Fall Menu Unveiling. Chefs will demonstrate their skills as guests drink and dine.

Demonstrations are $45 per person, which includes a five-course meal with cocktails, question-and-answer session and recipes. Each event is set to begin at 6 p.m., with space limited to 30 to 40 people.

To make a reservation, call 702-979-3609.

Andiron Steak & Sea set to offer monthly dinner special

Andiron Steak & Sea in Downtown Summerlin, 1720 Festival Plaza Drive, continues its monthly dining series with The Wagner Family Wine Dinner, set for 7 p.m. Sept. 30. Executed by newly appointed executive chef Brett Uniss, the five-course meal includes wine selections from the Wagner family’s vineyards in Napa Valley.

The dinner is $150 per person. Reservations are required by visiting or calling 702-685-8002.

Rainforest Cafe moves to new location

Rainforest Cafe announced its move from the MGM Grand to 3717 Las Vegas Blvd. South in the Harmon Corner. The new spot offers an outdoor patio overlooking the Strip and the Lava Lounge, a bar featuring TVs, cocktails in a take-home souvenir glass and draft beers.

Hours are from 11 a.m. to midnight daily. Visit

Italian restaurant announces new name, expanded menu

Panevino Italian Grille, 246 Via Antonio Ave., introduced 55 new dishes, many inspired by the Panevino family cookbook. Selections include grilled meats and seafood, Italian favorites, homemade pastas, appetizers, salads and desserts, now available for lunch and dinner. Panevino’s plant-based menu has also been enhanced with a variety of new vegan options available for guests.

Visit or call 702-222-2400.

Ferraro’s, Pemberton to showcase wines, spirits and craft beers

Sample Italian food from Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar while sipping selected and limited-availability spirits, wine and craft beer from Pemberton from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at 4480 Paradise Road.

Guests can enjoy an array of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages presented by Pemberton, accompanied by a selection of Italian fare by Ferraro’s executive chef Mimmo Ferraro.

Space for the event is limited, and tickets are $100 per person. Call 702-364-5300.

The Venetian plans fifth annual Festivino

The Venetian plans its fifth annual Festivino from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 9 at 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South.

Festivino guests can learn about the celebrated wines from master sommeliers and enjoy culinary specialties from master chefs of France, including Steve Benjamin, Jacques Chretien, Olivier Desaintmartin, Jean-Louis Dumonet, Jerome Ferrer, Claude Le-Tohic, Patrick Ponsaty, Nico Romo, David Werly, and Olivier Dubreuil, executive chef of The Venetian and the Palazzo.

This year, former keyboardist and songwriter from Journey, Jonathan Cain, is set to perform. Tickets are $95, plus taxes and fees. Visit Guests must be 21 or older.

Crazy Pita set to participate in paper sneaker sales campaign

During September, Crazy Pita is set to participate in a paper sneaker sales campaign collecting monetary donations for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Nevada Chapter in support of its JDRF One Walk, set for Nov. 14 at UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. Through Sept. 30, guests can purchase paper sneaker icons at any three of the Crazy Pita locations as a direct donation to the charity. Locations are at: Downtown Summerlin, 10975 Sage Park Drive, No. 100; Town Square Las Vegas, 6587 Las Vegas Blvd. South; and The District at Green Valley Ranch, 2225 Village Walk Drive, No. 175.

Email JDRF Executive Director Colleen Saca at or visit

Summerlin, Henderson restaurants offering dinner to go

Summerlin and Henderson Remedy’s, Elixir and Distill locations recently announced new to-go dinner meals. Every weekday, the restaurants are offering dinner for a family of four, including plates, utensils and soup or salad. To-go service is offered from 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. To-go dinners are $35 per package and are offered 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.

Daily to-go dinners include: Baked Penne Pasta on Mondays; Chicken & Steak Fajitas on Tuesdays; Chicken Cordon Bleu on Wednesdays; Pot Roast on Thursdays; and BBQ Ribs and Chicken on Fridays.

Visit remedystavern, or

Ri Ra celebrating National Breakfast, Potato and Coffee months

In honor of National Breakfast Month, Ri Ra Las Vegas in The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. South, is featuring its Irish breakfast ($14) with two eggs, black and white pudding, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, toast, Irish sausages and rashers. Additionally, the pub is set to celebrate National Potato Month with its Traditional Potato Cakes ($10) topped with Irish cheddar, green onion, savory sour cream and a balsamic reduction.

On Sept. 29, the pub is set to feature its Foyne’s Original Irish Coffee ($11), a blend of house coffee, John Powers Irish whiskey, brown sugar and stiffened cream, for National Coffee Day. Visit

Andiron Steak & Sea offering Steak & Sundae Sundays

Steak & Sundae Sundays are planned at 5 p.m. Sundays at Andiron Steak & Sea in Downtown Summerlin, 1720 Festival Plaza Drive. They are $42 per person. The special includes roasted prime rib, Yorkshire pudding, grilled broccolini, horseradish cream and red wine bordelaise and for dessert, and the Sunday Sundae with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, toasted almonds and luxardo cherry. Visit

Happy hour times updated at Via Brasil

Via Brasil Steakhouse, 1225 S. Fort Apache Road, announced updated happy hour times: from 5 p.m. to close Mondays through Thursdays and 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Cocktails are offered at $2 off. Guests can choose from 30 dishes during happy hour. The restaurant also announced its Ultra Happy Hour, set from 8 p.m. to close Saturdays. Guests receive discounts on cocktails and top-shelf spirits during this late-night happy hour.


rm seafood offering wine and dinner special

In honor of wine season, Rick Moonen’s rm seafood at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. South, is offering a special wine and dine offer for locals. Nevada residents who dine at the seafood restaurant will receive a complimentary bottle of select red or white wine with purchase of an entree.

To receive the special offer, locals can show their Nevada I.D. and ask a server about wine and dine for locals.

Visit or call 702-369-6300.

Tex Mex-inspired menu items offered at Double Helix

Double Helix Wine & Whiskey Lounge at Town Square Las Vegas, 6599 Las Vegas Blvd. South, No. 150B, added a new menu from executive chef Doug Vega featuring Tex Mex-inspired ingredients. Additionally, the first Saturday and Sunday of every month will now showcase specialized options including the build-your-own Bloody Mary bar and omelet station.

New brunch items offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays include: Rancheros Skillet, Sante Fe Skillet, Farmers Skillet, and Steak & Eggs.

Call 702-735-9463 or visit

Off Strip at The Linq offering new menu

Off The Strip at The Linq, 3545 Las Vegas Blvd. South, announced its new menu, which includes new dishes, both on its Brunch Menu (offered from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily) and on its Classic Menu. Also, guests can order bottomless breakfast cocktails for $25, every day of the week.

For the full list of changes, visit

Create A Change Now’s inaugural Edible Education Dinner planned

Create A Change Now, a local nonprofit teaching at-risk students to plant, grow and cook fresh, healthy meals in order to prevent childhood obesity, is set to host its inaugural Edible Education Dinner at Panevino Grille, 246 Via Antonio Ave., Oct. 10. The dinner theme is “Feeding the Brain,” featuring a four-course meal with beneficial fats that help nourish and aid in brain functioning. A representative with the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Las Vegas is set to speak about how nutrition plays a crucial component to optimal brain health.

Ticket prices and additional details will be available closer to the date of event.

For more information on Create A Change Now, visit or call 702-300-7399. For more information on the clinic, visit

New Vista Community Wine Walk planned

The 2015 Wine Walk season is set to return to Town Square Las Vegas, 6605 Las Vegas Blvd. South, from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 10 with a variety of wines for sampling throughout Town Square Park. The walk is organized by New Vista Community, a local charity committed to providing equal opportunities and support to intellectually challenged people of all ages so that they may experience life to the fullest. Attendees must be 21 or older, and the cost is $25 per person in advance. Visit

Downtown brew festival set for Oct. 24

Motley Brews’ Downtown Brew Festival is set to return with craft beer, celebrity chefs and live music from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Clark County Government Center Amphitheater, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway. Beer lovers will have the opportunity to sample more than 200 local, regional and international brews from more than 60 breweries lining the grassy surroundings of the amphitheater.

Tickets start at $30. Live bands and performers are planned in addition to gastropub fare. Visit

Boyd Gaming properties plan football season specials

Monday Night Madness free football viewing parties are planned for 4 p.m. Mondays during the season at Brendan’s Irish Pub in The Orleans, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. Drink specials include$15 buckets of beer and $3 Buds, along with $1.50 Vienna Beef hot dogs and giveaways. Visit or call 702-365-7111.

Free parties also are planned for 4 p.m. Mondays in the Gold Coast Showroom, 4000 W. Flamingo Road, with food and drink specials and giveaways. Visit or call 702-367-7111.

The Suncoast, 9090 Alta Drive, plans to host Monday football parties in the Suncoast Showroom with 97.1 The Point’s Steph MacKenzie. Food and drink specials and giveways are planned. On Thursdays, The Game plans to offer half-time and game-end giveaways. Visit or call 702-636-7111.

Sam’s Town Live at Sam’s Town, 5111 Boulder Highway, plans viewing parties hosted by KOMP 92.3 Mondays and Thursdays with draft beers and prizes. Admission is free for B Connected members, and doors are set to open one hour prior to kickoff. Visit or call 702-456-7777.

South Point to host Monday Night Pigskin Parties

The South Point Showroom, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South, plans to host weekly Monday Night Pigskin Viewing Parties throughout football season. Prizes and drink specials including bottomless Budweiser and Bud Light drafts for $15, five-beer buckets of Budweiser and Bud Light for $12 and drafts of Budweiser and Bud Light for $2 are planned, along with food specials including $1 popcorn and hot dogs, $3 pizza and $4 Italian subs.

Doors are set to open at 4:30 p.m., except for the Sept. 14 party, when doors are set to open at 3:30 p.m.

Throughout the professional season, all South Point hotel and casino bars plan to offer drink specials, including Budweiser and Bud Light drafts for $2 and five-beer buckets for $12.

Visit or call 702-796-7111.

Made LV plans football specials

Made L.V. at Tivoli Village, 1031 S. Rampart Blvd., plans to host a Monday Night Jersey giveaway, with all guests who purchase food or drink eligible to enter the raffle for a participating team jersey. On Saturdays, drink specials are planned for UNLV football games, and Sundays guests can grab a game-time (prop-bet) bingo card to win prizes including T-shirts, jerseys and drinks and food.

Visit or call 702-722-2000.

Monday Night Football specials slated at Mercadito

Mercadito at Red Rock Resort, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., plans to host Monday Night Football Madness from 3 to 10 p.m. Mondays with $5 margaritas, Micheladas or Misty Sleeves during happy hour menu throughout the game.

Visit or call 702-979-3609.

Enjoy football specials at Elixir, Remedy’s and Distill locations

All locations for Remedy’s Tavern, Distill and Elixir plan to host fantasy football parties with free draft kids including a premium reserved area for four hours, free Wi-Fi and specialty menus for parties of 10 or more. During the season, Miller Lite specials including buckets for $10, 16-ounce drafts for $2 and towers for $12 are planned.

Visit, or

Lagasse’s Stadium to offer team-inspired menus during football games

Lagasse’s Stadium in The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. South, plans to offer special team-inspired menus during Monday and Thursday night televised football games.

For reservations, call 702-607-2665.

Station Casinos planning football season drink specials

Station Casinos is set to feature $2 Bud and Bud Lights for the season while NFL games are being played (Thursday, Sunday and Monday) at the Sports Book at all Station Casinos and Fiestas. In addition, a variety of additional drink specials are planned ranging from $3 to $5 depending on the liquor/cocktail. Guests can also enjoy $1 dogs at all Station and Fiestas, excluding Red Rock Resort and Green Valley Ranch Resort.

Umami Burger plans football promotions at SLS Las Vegas

Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book at SLS Las Vegas, 2535 Las Vegas Blvd. South, plans to host game-day specials Thursday through Monday for college and professional football games, including $8 Bud Light pitchers and $2 glasses, bottomless Rolling Rock draught beer for $35, select shots for $5 and a free $5 parlay bet from William Hill Sports Book with any burger purchase during Monday and Thursday night football games.


Habit Burger Grill partners with No Kid Hungry for donation campaign

The Habit Burger Grill, 365 Hughes Center Drive, has launched a partnership with Share our Strenght’s No Kid Hungry campaign to encourage guests to donate at the register. Guests who donate $2 will receive a certificate for a free Charburger with cheese good on a future visit through Oct. 31.

Visit or

Tommy Bahama raising funds to fight childhood hunger

For the third year, Tommy Bahama is partnering with No Kid Hungry to raise donations through the Dine Out for No Kid Hungry effort during September. Guests visiting any Tommy Bahama Restaurant can donate $5 in exchange for a $20 promotional award card, redeemable at any Tommy Bahama Restaurant, full-priced retail location or at during October. For restaurant guests who donate $1, Tommy Bahama will provide an orange wristband with the official Tommy Bahama motto “Make Life One Long Weekend.”

Visit or

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria joining fight against childhood hunger

Through Hunger Awareness Month in September, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria plans to offer guests who dine at any Nevada Grimaldi’s location and donate $5 to No Kid Hungry $5 back to use on their next visit. All proceeds will benefit No Kid Hungry.

Visit or

Hexx kitchen + bar set to donate percentage of dessert proceeds to No Kid Hungry

Hexx kitchen + bar at Paris Las Vegas, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. South, is set to participate in Dine Out for No Kid Hungry, a monthlong national restaurant event in cities across the United States. Through Sept. 30, for every dessert purchased that is made with Hexx chocolate, the restaurant will donate 15 percent of the proceeds to No Kid Hungry. Visit or

PDQ, Vegas PBS to host Family Fundraising Nights

PDQ and Vegas PBS are partnering to host monthly fundraising nights to help veterans and bolster services for the deaf and blind.

PDQ’s two Las Vegas Valley locations — 3737 W. Craig Road and 3010 W. Sahara Ave. — each plan to host one fundraising night per month, with one benefiting the Vegas PBS Workforce Training and Economic Development program for veterans, which helps them connect to educational services, military-friendly employment opportunities and other programs, and the other benefiting the Vegas PBS Described and Captioned Media Center, which provides resources for the blind and visually impaired and the deaf and hard of hearing and their families.

During these nights, PDQ plans to donate a percentage of sales generated by the charity’s supporters back to the organization. The Family Fundraising Nights to benefit veterans are planned from 4 to 9 p.m. the first Friday of the month through December at the North Las Vegas location. Family nights to benefit the Described and Captioned Media Center are planned from 4 to 9 p.m. the last Friday of every month through December at the Sahara Avenue location. Visit

Sands Cares offers ONEHOPE Wine selection to benefit Three Square

As part of the company’s Sands Cares corporate citizenship initiative, The Venetian and the Palazzo are introducing ONEHOPE Wine as a house wine selection in The Venetian, the Palazzo and the Sands Expo Convention Center, pledging a donation to Three Square food bank for every bottle sold. Guests have a choice of two award-winning varietals to support Three Square. Visit

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