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A La Carte for Nov. 27-Dec. 3

CANTINA LAREDO OPENS AT TIVOLI VILLAGE

Cantina Laredo, 430 S. Rampart Blvd., Suite 110, is now serving modern Mexican cuisine at Tivoli Village, offering lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch and bar menus.

Menu options include vegetarian and gluten-free items. Highlights include camaron poblano asada (shrimp, mushrooms, onions and jack cheese inside a grilled poblano wrapped in carne asada steak on a bed of chimichurri sauce), enchiladas de avocado (avocado and artichoke enchilada topped with tomatillo sauce on a bed of spinach) and carnitas (braised pork shanks with chipotle-wine sauce). The Top Shelf Guacamole features Hass avocados and is prepared to order tableside. The margarita menu has the signature Casa Rita with fresh squeezed lime juice and the Cino Margarita with a blend of five tequilas. More than 60 tequila labels will be available.

Sunday brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes a complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa. Lunch and dinner hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Happy hour specials are served from 4 to 7 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

For more information, call 702-202-4511 or visit cantinalaredo.com.

B CONNECTED MEMBERS CAN ENJOY SPECIAL

From 7 to 11 p.m. through Friday, the Courtyard Café at The Orleans, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., and Café Siena at the Suncoast, 9090 Alta Drive, plan to offer a steak and lobster dinner for $7.11 for B Connected members.

PROJECT 150 PLANS FUNDRAISER AT DOM DEMARCO’S PIZZERIA

Project 150, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping homeless and displaces students at 17 area high schools, plans to celebrate its first year of service with a fundraiser at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria, 9785 W. Charleston Blvd. Tickets are $100 and include dinner and a cash bar. Proceeds will help upgrade and stock Project 150’s warehouse. For tickets, visit project150lv.org.

CERES RESTAURANT HAS NEW TAKE ON BREAKFAST AT JW MARRIOTT

Ceres at the JW Marriott, 221 N. Rampart Blvd., has a revamped breakfast menu, along with a specialty egg and omelet station, tea service with personalized timers and signature beverages.

Menu selections include candied pecan waffles with maple ice cream; breakfast croissant sandwich with fried eggs, tomato, bacon, cheddar and avocado; Southwestern breakfast burrito; Signature Omelet with Brie, asparagus and chives; eggs Florentine with two poached eggs, spinach, and hollandaise on a toasted English muffin.

Beverages include organic black tea, tropical green tea, chamomile tea, organic Earl Grey tea and signature pomegranate orange juice.

Hours are from 6 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 702-869-7381.

KABUKI UNVEILS PREMIUM WINE LIST AT TIVOLI VILLAGE

Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, 400 S. Rampart Blvd., has added a premium wine list to its offerings, with selections from Italy, France, California and Oregon. Wines start at $6.95 per glass. A sampling menu of premium wine selections also is available with three 3-ounce pours.

For more information, call 702-685-7776.

FOUNDATION ROOM TO HOST HAPPY HOUR EVENTS FOR CHARITY

The Foundation Room, a private venue at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South, plans to host happy hour events throughout November and December to benefit nonprofit organizations.

The events are scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. on the following dates: Wednesday, Autism Speaks; Thursday, U.S. Navy League; Friday, Smiles for Survivors; Saturday, The Animal Foundation; Monday, Toys4Smiles; Dec. 4, Blind Center of Nevada; Dec. 5, International House of Blues Foundation; Dec. 6, Building Owners and Managers Association; Dec. 7, Shine Foundation; Dec. 10, Vegas PBS; Dec. 11, ALS of Nevada; Dec. 12, Hero School Community; Dec. 14, Mahubay Foundation; and Dec. 15, MS Society of Southern Nevada.

The events are open to the public, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting each charity.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Upscale business casual dress code will be strictly enforced.

Entry is free and open to guests 21 or older. The Foundation Room is a private venue, and guests must RSVP to be placed on the guest list. To RSVP, visit lvweekly.com/hob.

LES KINCAID TO CONTINUE WINE AND COOKING CLASSES

Les Kincaid, host of the radio wine show "Wines Du Jour," plans to host a variety of classes for participants 21 or older from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on select days in November and December.

The class Ports and Cheese is planned for Wednesday at Total Wine & More in Boca Park, 730 S. Rampart Blvd., for $59 per person.

The class Holiday Entertaining Favorites is planned for Dec. 4 at Ferguson Bath & Kitchen Gallery, 4175 S. Grand Canyon Drive, No. 109. The cost is 49 per person.

The class Champagnes & Sparkling Wines Around the World is planned for Dec. 5 at Total Wine & More in Boca Park for $59 per person.

Payments can be cash, check or credit card. To register for any class, visit edoutreach.unlv.edu/continuingeducation. For more information, email michelle.baker@unlv.edu or call 702-895-3254.

‘WINES DU JOUR’ PLANS BROADCASTS AT GRAPE STREET, TOWN SQUARE

Les Kincaid plans to broadcast his radio show "Wines Du Jour" from Grape Street Cafe, 7501 W. Lake Mead Blvd., from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Guests are asked to arrive at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25 pr person by cash, check or credit card.

A broadcast is planned to benefit Toys for Tots at 7 p.m. Monday from Brio Tuscan Grille in Town Square Las Vegas, 6653 Las Vegas Blvd. South.

The cost is $25 per person, and guests are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for the donation drive.

To reserve a spot for either broadcast, email les@leskincaid.com.

FOOD TRUCKS TO GATHER FOR GREAT SANTA RUN AT TOWN SQUARE

Food trucks plan to gather at Town Square Las Vegas, 6605 Las Vegas Blvd. South, for the Las Vegas Great Santa Run, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday.

The 5K run benefits Opportunity Village. A one-mile Kris Kringle Jingle is also planned. Registration is set to start at 8 a.m. in the front parking lot.

Food trucks set to participate include Chi Town Hustler, Slidin’ Thru, Fat Daddy’s Ice Cream and Treats, Great BAO, Sauced, Lola D’s and Grouchy John’s Coffee.

Preregistration is $40 for individuals or $35 for team members (five or more people). Day-of registration is $50 for adults or $35 for children. The registration fee includes a five-piece Santa suit and gifts.

For more information, visit opportunityvillage.org/great-santa-run.

CARRABBA’S PLANS WINE DINNER FOR DEC. 4

Carrabba’s Italian Grill, 8771 W. Charleston Blvd., plans to host a wine dinner featuring Beringer Winery & Portfolio at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4.

The menu is set to feature Caesar salad with grilled salmon paired with Beringer Vineyards Founders Estate Savignon Blanc; chicken Bryan ravioli, paired with Beringer Vineyards Chardonnay, Napa Valley, Calif., 2010; wood-fired Caprese flatbread, paired with Beringer Vineyards Pinot Noir, Napa Valley, Calif, 2009; sirloin Marsala and chicken involtini, paired with Beringer Vineyards Zinfandel, Founders Estate, 2010; and sogno di chocolata (fudge brownie with chocolate mousse), paired with Penfolds Vineyards (Australia) Tawny Club Port Wine from the Beringer Portfolio.

The cost is $50 per person. To make a reservation, call 702-304-2345.

EL SEGUNDO SOL HAS NEW TACO MENU, DINING DEALS

Bar Segundo at El Segundo Sol at Fashion Show mall, 3200 Las Vegas Blvd. South, has a new taco menu that features pork belly with caramelized pineapple and chile or steak with chipotle salsa for $3 each and Baja-style lobster with avocado-tomatillo salsa for $5

The restaurant plans to offer Loco Hour specials from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Dec. 7, including $3 tequila shots, $5 margaritas, tallboy cans of beer for $4.25 and food specials.

For more information, call 702-258-1211.

GOLDEN GATE SERVING VINTAGE COCKTAILS

The Golden Gate, 1 Fremont St., has introduced a vintage cocktail menu inspired by the Jazz Age, Prohibition and the Rat Pack eras.

Each drink is served in a discreet coffee mug, which was a method used by Prohibition drinkers to elude lawmakers. The menu is served inside at the original casino bar where notable Rat Pack members once drank.

The Frankie Two Fingers commemorates Frank Sinatra’s exact drink of choice —- two fingers of Jack Daniel’s, a splash of bottled water and four ice cubes. The French Kiss Cocktail is a amaretto and Southern Comfort.

FOGO DE CHÃO TO REWARD PATRONS WITH WESTERN WEAR

Fogo de Chão, 360 E. Flamingo Road, plans to offer patrons wearing "cowboy gear," including hats, boots, Western wear and belt buckles, a complimentary Pendleton whiskey beverage with purchase in honor of the National Finals Rodeo, Dec. 6-15. There is a limit of one per guest.

For more information, call 702-431-4500 or visit fogo.com.

TAO TO HOST MILAGRO TEQUILA MIXOLOGIA DINNER DEC. 6

Tao Asian Bistro in The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, plans to host a Milagro Tequila Mixologia dinner with brand ambassador Gaston Martinez at 7 p.m. Dec. 6.

Six expressions of tequila will be paired with Asian cuisine. Guests will receive a gift bag with basics on how to make cocktails at home, including a shaker and a recipe book.

The cost is $75 per person. Seating is limited. For reservations, visit taolasvegas.com.

THE VENETIAN, PALAZZO GEAR UP FOR CULINARY CLASH

The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, and Palazzo, 3339 Las Vegas Blvd. South, plan to host Culinary Clash, a new four-week competition for the resort’s famed team of chefs.

The late-evening competition will be hosted by Claudine Grant and Robin Leach from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, 14 and 21 and is open to all sous chefs and chefs de cuisine at the properties’ 30-plus restaurants. Chefs will be challenged to create recipes using ingredients in a "mystery basket" to be prepared in mobile "food truck" kitchens on the Strip at The Venetian’s Doge’s Palace plaza. The clash will be broadcast on a giant screen on The Venetian Clock Tower, and each chef’s creation will be available for sampling.

Each cooking battle will be highlighted by street entertainment, a disc jockey and an after party provided by TAO. Celebrity chef judges are scheduled to be: Thursday, Emeril Lagasse; Dec. 7, Mario Batali; Dec. 14, Sammy DeMarco (semifinals); and Dec. 21, surprise chef to be announced (finals).

The competition winner and a guest will receive a trip to Italy.

WYNN TO PRESENT HOLIDAYS IN A GLASS WINE TASTINGS IN DECEMBER

Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South, plans to host a Holidays in a Glass wine tasting event with its sommelier and general wine buyer Mark Thomas at the bar inside Tableau from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 8 and 16.

Learn how to pair wines with class holiday dishes. Small bites will be prepared by Tableau executive chef Joseph Leibowitz.

The cost is $45 or $30 for registered guests of Wynn and Encore.

ELDORADO, JOKERS WILD ANNOUNCE DECEMBER DINING SPECIALS

The Eldorado Casino, 140 S. Water St., and Jokers Wild Casino, 920 N. Boulder Highway, are offering a traditional ham or turkey dinner for $8.99 and a combination for $9.99 Dec. 25.

Football specials are planned at The Snack Bar at both locations Saturdays and Sundays in December. Enjoy $1 hot dogs, $1.50 burgers and $2 tortilla chips with nacho cheese, and Monday through Saturday, get Bud and Bud Light bottles for $2 each ($8 for a bucket of five) and shots of 1800 Silver for $2.

The Café at Eldorado and the Court Café at Jokers Wild are offering a spaghetti dinner for $2.99 with soup or salad from 11 a.m. to close daily.

Mariana’s Cantina at Eldorado is offering an 8-ounce filet and 7-ounce lobster tail with potatoes and vegetables for $35.99 from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

CAESARS PALACE TO HOST FOOD UNIVERSITY IN DECEMBER

Food University is planned for Dec. 11-13 at Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South. The event is designed to transform foodies from spectators into competition-ready chefs.

A collaboration among Caesars Palace, hospitality industry leader Larry Ruvo, Food Network co-founder Robin Leach and culinary entertainment producer Richard Gore, Food University will have student volunteers from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ hospitality school assisting with back-of-the-house preparations. Proceeds from "admissions" will go to Keep Memory Alive.

The first session will be open to 80 people. The cost is $1,995 per person for all three days and includes food and beverages and course instruction.

For more information, visit fooduniversitylasvegas.com. For tickets, call 866-840-8822.

SPAGO LAS VEGAS BRINGING BACK ORIGINAL MENU FOR 20TH ANNIVERSARY

Spago Las Vegas in The Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. South, is turning 20, and to celebrate, chef Wolfgang Puck plans to greet guests, take photos and cook in the kitchen Dec. 11. The restaurant is also marking the occasion by offering a throwback menu for a limited time with retro pricing.

The menu will be available for dinner only Dec. 10-14 and includes an appetizer of house smoked sturgeon with crisp potato galette and horseradish cream for $12 and an entree of Cantonese-style roasted duck with wild huckleberries, ginger and stir-fried baby bok choy for $20.

For more information, call 702-369-6300.

GIADA’S COLLECTING CANNED FOOD, TOYS FOR HOLIDAYS

Bring in a canned food item or a new, unwrapped toy to Giada’s Italian Cucina, 2540 Anthem Village Drive, No. 100, before Dec. 15 and receive a free glass of house wine.

SOUTH POINT PLANS PIGSKIN PARTIES THURSDAYS IN NOVEMBER

The South Point, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South, plans to host Pigskin Parties in the Showroom Thursdays in November for Thursday night football. Guests can enjoy weekly team-themed food specials, $4 drink specials from Spicebox Whiskey and giveaways.

CLAIM JUMPER FUNDRAISER FOR OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE TO end FRIDAY

Claim Jumper restaurants in the Las Vegas Valley are hosting a Feast for a Claus fundraiser to benefit Opportunity Village through Friday.

Event fliers will be available at the door of each participating restaurant. A special menu features festive cocktails and dishes.

To encourage registration for the Las Vegas Great Santa Run, Claim Jumper plans to donate 15 percent of its Feast for a Claus sales to Opportunity Village. Patrons who sign up for the run in November will receive $5 off their registration fee and a complimentary order of Rudolph’s onion rings with the purchase of an entree.

Claim Jumper is at 6629 Las Vegas Blvd. South in Town Square Las Vegas, 601 N. Green Valley Parkway in Henderson and 1100 S. Fort Apache Road. For more information about the Great Santa Run, visit opportunityvillage.org/great-santa-run.

PANDA EXPRESS COLLECTING FUNDS FOR HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF THROUGH FRIDAY

Panda Express restaurants are raising funds through Friday to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. In-store drop boxes will allow guests to make contributions of any amount. Panda Restaurant Group Inc. plans to match 100 percent of the proceeds, with all donations going to the American Red Cross. For locations in the Las Vegas Valley, visit pandaexpress.com.

PIE IT FORWARD FUNDRAISER CONTINUES THROUGH FRIDAY

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab in The Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. South, is hosting a "pie it forward" fundraiser through Friday to benefit the Steven Jackson Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting strong educational values and healthy living among today’s youths. Jackson is a running back for the St. Louis Rams and a Las Vegas native.

Joe’s plans to donate $1 from every slice of Sweet Potato Pecan Pie sold. For more information, call 702-792-9222.

MON AMI GABI ROLLS OUT SEASONAL MENU, PLATS DU JOUR

Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. South, is offering a seasonal menu that includes creamless celery root soup with gala apple and walnut for $7.95, endive and Roquefort cheese salad for $10.95, roast chicken grandmere with bacon, mushrooms and pommes puree for $19.95 and burgundy braised short rib with root vegetable puree and herbs for $26.95. Fresh lobster tartine on country toast with lemon aioli is $17.95, and sea scallops with caramelized Brussels sprouts and bacon atop cauliflower puree are $22.95. Vegetarians can enjoy vegetable pot au fue presented tableside in a cast iron pot filled with broth and caramelized vegetables for $18.95. Desserts include warm chocolate tart with homemade salted caramel ice cream for $8.95 and mille-feuille of berries with kirsch creme legere for $8.95.

The restaurant’s plats du jour has bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin on Mondays, duck a l’orange on Tuesdays, burgundy braised beef bourguignon on Wednesdays, rack of lamb on Thursdays, Dover sole on Fridays, bacon-wrapped filet mignon on Saturdays and braised veal on Sundays.

For reservations, call 702-944-4224.

ROY’S WINE CLUB TO MEET

Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine, 620 E. Flamingo Road, plans to host a waina hui (wine club) tasting from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 21.

Each tasting features a sampling of Roy’s signature appetizers. Members receive a wine glass, an invitation to all wine club events, an invitation to Roy’s select seasonal events, a 10 percent reduction on bottled wine purchased at Roy’s and reduced pricing for select Roy’s wine dinners.

The cost to attend a tasting is $20 for wine club members and $25 for nonmembers.

For more information or to make a reservation, call 702-691-2053.

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