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Dining News & Notes: Border Grill expands, more chefs pitch in for Max

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Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger of Border Grill at Mandalay Bay.

More celebrity and local chefs have joined the lineup for the inaugural Chefs to the Max benefit dinner to support longtime Las Vegas food writer Max Jacobson. Set for January 19 at Rx Boiler Room at Mandalay Place, the multi-course dining spectacular will be prepared by Thomas Keller, Rick Moonen, Hubert Keller, Bobby Flay, Megan Bringas, Susan Feniger, Mary Sue Milliken, Bradley Ogden, Bruce Bromberg, Grant MacPherson, Barry Dakake, Luciano Pellegrini, David Walzog, Kim Canteenwalla, Megan Romano, Joey Romano, Saipin Chutima, Angelo Sosa and Shirley Chung.

Max remains in critical condition after being struck by car on December 23 near his Green Valley home. One hundred percent of the proceeds from Chefs to the Max will go directly to helping Max and his family pay for medical bills. Tickets are $1,000 and are available by calling 632-9900 or emailing info@rxboilerroom.com with the subject line Chefs to the Max. For more, visit facebook.com/chefstothemax, and for updates on Max’s condition and progress, visit caringbridge.org/visit/maxjacobson.

Milliken’s and Feniger’s popular Mexican restaurant Border Grill is expanding in Las Vegas, set to open a second location at the Forum Shops at Caesars this summer. Border Grill will be moving into the spot where P.J. Clarke’s recently closed. This will mark the company’s seventh location, including its restaurants at Mandalay Bay and in Southern California.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar opens its second local restaurant at Town Square on January 17. The new spot just south of the Strip features a wrap-around patio, private dining rooms and a modern, wide-open main room. The original local Fleming’s is at 8721 W. Charleston Blvd., across from Boca Park.

Charlie Palmer and wine angels in new uniforms at his Aureole in Mandalay Bay on Thursday, May 23, 2013.

Jaleo at Cosmopolitan is partnering with Classical Wines to host a special dinner on January 15 at 7 p.m. Cuisine will include pan con tomate, Jamon Iberico, mussels marinated in sherry vinegar, Canary Island-style pee wee potatoes and paella with chicken and rabbit, all paired with Spanish wines. The price is $100 and reservations can be made by calling 698-7000.

Chef Charlie Palmer’s Aureole at Mandalay Bay is partnering with Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel, the Vineyard House and Dolce Wines for a multi-vineyard wine pairing dinner on January 16 at 6:30 p.m. A six-course menu created by executive chef Vincent Pouessel will be the food foundation for the varied pairings, featuring dishes such as a duo of crispy pork belly and pig shanks and seared Lake Moses Wagyu strip loin and braised cheeks with truffle potato au gratin. Tickets are $225 and are available by calling 632-7200.

The Pub at Monte Carlo has announced the lineup for its continuing Gus’ Beer & Bites beer pairing dinners, beginning January 29 with Firestone Walker Brewing Company in the spotlight. Future events will feature Joseph James, Green Flash, Hanger 24, Stone, Wasatch & Squatters of Utah and Newcastle, with beers matched with five courses of food. Event tickets are $64.05, all inclusive, and are available by calling 730-7010.

Bellagio also has unveiled plans for this year’s Executive Chef’s Culinary Classroom, a series of interactive classes led by resort executive chef Edmund Wong and his team in the state-of-the-art Tuscany Kitchen. The first class, January 14, focuses on risotto. Future lessons occurring almost every month include pasta, grilling, chocolate and farm-to-table cooking. Tickets are $125 and are available by calling 866-406-7117.

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