The Back of House Brawl, one of the most uniquely Vegas food events of all time where some of the top chefs in the city battle it out from within local food truck kitchens, will be the basis for a new TV show on A&E. Event producer and local scene mainstay Jolene Mannina is teaming with Relativity, the crew behind The Great Food Truck Race, to create eight episodes with filming beginning very soon. Local chefs looking to get involved are asked to send name, phone number, job title, info on culinary background, a photo and examples of three dishes to email@example.com.
Umami Burger opened at SLS with a special José Andrés burger on its menu, a pork and cured ham patty with piquillo pepper confit, caramelized onions and manchego cheese truly representative of the experimental chef behind the new resort’s Bazaar Meat and Ku Noodle restaurants. But the burger is permanent, while the José pizza at nearby 800 Degrees is only available while supplies last. What are those supplies? The “Lo Spagnolo” pie has mozzarella, parmesan, garlic, oregano, olive oil, fresh burrata, basil and caviar. Get it while you can.
Chef Angelo Sosa’s Poppy Den Asian bistro at Tivoli Village has closed for good. The restaurant opened in late 2012 where Petra Greek Taverna originally operated. No word yet on whether it will be replaced by a new concept.
The Las Vegas Food & Wine Festival returns to Red Rock Resort for its third year on September 5 and 6, from 8 p.m.-midnight. Food and beverage vendors this year will include Mastro’s Ocean Club, Tao, Popcorn Girl, Scarpetta, Firefly, STK, Bachi Burger, Ellis Island Brewery, Stolichnaya, Patron, Nove Italiano, Smith & Wollensky, Cantina Laredo, SushiSamba, Simon and more. Tickets are $100-$150 and all proceeds benefit the James Beard Foundation. For more information, visit vegaswineandfood.com.
Lulu’s Bread & Breakfast is partnering with Wasatch Brewery and Mamma Napoli—a mobile, wood-fired pizza maker—to host a six-course paired pizza and beer dinner on September 10 at 7 p.m. The cost of $29.95 also includes desserts from Lulu’s, of course. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 702-437-5858 or 702-564-6726.
Dr. Bill Sysak from Stone Brewing is visiting Aces & Ales on Tenaya on September 12 at 7 p.m. for the Not Your Father’s Boilermaker Dinner, a pairing of beer, whiskey and food. The five courses include New England clam chowder, arugula salad with duck confit and braised beef short rib (with Stone’s 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale and Maker’s Mark, for example). The cost is $65 in advance or $75 on the day of the event. Reservations can be made by calling 702-638-2337.
Lagasse’s Stadium at Palazzo is hosting a Samuel Adams beer pairing dinner on September 12 at 6 p.m. Among the dishes on the one-night-only menu are herb crusted salmon over andouille sausage and shrimp jambalaya with Creole tomato glaze and pumpkin cheesecake with fresh whipped cream. The price is $55 and reservations are available by calling 702-607-2665.
Create a Change Now will host its second annual fundraising Circus Garden Party on September 13 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Springs Preserve, a family event featuring performances from Jabbawockeez, a book signing with chef Hubert Keller and cooking demonstrations and samplings from several local restaurants. Tickets are $30-$50. For information, call 702-300-7399 or visit createachangenow.org.