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Dining News & Notes: MTO Café plans a pop-up, coffee goes in the doughnuts, and more

Aureole chef Vincent Pouessel will be getting his grill on at MTO Café’s upcoming pop-up dinner.
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Five chefs will converge on Downtown breakfast-and-lunchery MTO Café for a collaborative, barbecue-themed pop-up dinner on March 9. Diners will create their own three-course meal from choices of five appetizers and five entrees from the five chefs—Tim Doolittle from Table 10, Vincent Pouessel from Aureole, Marty Lopez from 35 Steaks & Martinis, Michael Van Staden from Bacchanal Buffet and Johnny Church, chef at MTO and RM Seafood. “Not Your Daddy’s BBQ” kicks off the all-new Sunday Night Supper Series, so stay tuned for future events. Tickets for this one are $55 and space is limited; reservations can be made by calling 380-8229.

The details have been finalized for rock and food spectacular Simon Says Fight MSA!, the February 27 fundraising and awareness event focused on fighting multiple system atrophy, the mysterious disease Las Vegas’ own Kerry Simon is battling. Simon’s friend Bill Murray will be one of the evening’s emcees, musical performers include Alice Cooper, Slash, Sammy Hagar, Vince Neil, Todd Rundgren, Matt Sorum, J.D. Fortune, Lisa Loeb, John Dolmayan and the Sin City Sinners, and an all-star cast of chefs including Daniel Boulud, Wylie DuFresne, Charlie Palmer and Jean-Georges Vongerichten are assembling the menu. Tickets are $500-$1,000 for the event at Downtown’s Keep Memory Alive Center, and more info is available at

Ferraro’s will host the next installment of the “Taste & Learn” wine event series from 4 to 6 p.m. on February 22, spotlighting wines from Italy’s Piedmont region. Guests will taste four wines by Batasiolo, each accompanied by small bites prepared by chef Mimmo Ferraro. Tickets are $50 and space is limited; to make reservations, call 364-5300.

There's coffee in these doughnuts. Mind. Blown.

Weekends are starting early at Aureole. The Thursday night jazz-and-wine-filled “Unusual Suspects” events started in January and keep going strong, thanks to a rotating cast of $39 bottles and a 20 percent discount on tasting menus. Keep this in mind if you happen to be wandering Mandalay Bay on a Thursday.

Last but not least, no longer do we have to order coffee to go with our doughnuts. Krispy Kreme’s new doughnut flavors include Mocha Kreme and Caramel Coffee Kreme, coffee-infused treats available now through March 30. Hurry up if you need an extra jolt.

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