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Dining News & Notes: Another all-star food weekend, a spicy bite at Capriotti’s and more

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If you’re a Capriotti’s fan, give the Firecracker sub a shot … available for a limited time!
Photo: Brock Radke

Food & Wine magazine continues to develop culinary events on the Strip, sort of mini-versions of Bon Appetit’s big spring thing Vegas Uncork’d. The fourth annual Food & Wine All-Star Weekend is set for October 4-6 at Bellagio and other MGM Resorts properties, with ticket prices starting at $75 at mgmresorts.com/foodandwine. The three-day lineup includes a sushi demo at Shibuya, brunch with Michael Mina at Aria, and the new poolside Burger Bash competition between seven different Strip restaurants. Check out the events schedule online for much more.

Change continues at MGM Grand, which added Hakkasan and Pub 1842 this year and shuttered Nobhill in anticipation of a new wine-centric concept by Michael Morton. The casino’s café is now known as Avenue 24 Bar & Grill—as in open 24 hours—and is serving new signature dishes like braised short rib fries and the Smokehouse Burger.

Capriotti’s has a new sandwich for a limited time, and it’s worth a bite. The Firecracker sub adds capicola and a spicy pepper relish to Caps’ beloved turkey, plus the obligatory veggies and provolone. If you’re tired of eating the Bobbie—and you’re not, since you voted it Best Sandwich in last week’s Weekly Awards—the Firecracker offers something different.

Station Casinos received some impressive food and wine cred: Hank's Fine Steaks & Martinis at Green Valley Ranch Resort and T-bones Chophouse at Red Rock Resort received Wine Spectator's 2013 Award of Excellence. The Station steakhouses will be recognized in the August 31 issue.

Trevi looks to lure locals to the Forum Shops with a big summer dining discount. Guests who present a valid Nevada ID will receive 20 percent off their total food order (booze doesn’t count) through August 31. SHe by Morton's, the female-friendly steakhouse at Crystals, is offering locals the same 20 percent discount Wednesdays through Sundays all summer long.

Do you love the corndogs and lemonade at Hot Dog on a Stick but hate getting out of your car? Two new drive-through locations are set to open on August 1 at 5181 W. Charleston Blvd. and 1659 W. Warm Springs Road. These are the third and fourth drive-through Hot Dog on a Sticks anywhere and the only ones in Nevada, so far. Don't speed.

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