Dining news & notes: Epicurean honors Hubert Keller, and Downtown spots expand

Hubert Keller
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Two popular Downtown restaurants are opening additional stores around the Valley while a Chinatown favorite is expanding overseas. Carson Street’s plant-based VegeNation is planning to open its second restaurant this month at 10075 S. Eastern Avenue in Henderson, and Makers & Finders Coffee will launch a new location this fall at Downtown Summerlin. Meanwhile, Vietnamese eatery District One recently announced it will open a restaurant soon in Taipei, Taiwan.

The Epicurean Charitable Foundation’s annual M.E.N.U.S. gala event—set for the Hard Rock Hotel pool on October 13—will feature visionary chef Hubert Keller as the honoree this year. For tickets and more information, visit ecflv.org.

The Love & Vine tasting event returns to the Palazzo on October 6, and this year the Master Chefs of France will prepare vegetarian and vegan dishes paired with vegan, organic, biodynamic, sustainable or local wine, beer and spirits. The poolside affair starts at 7 p.m. at the Aquatic Club and tickets ($93) are available at venetian.com.

We’re big fans of the Lucky Dragon’s Pearl Ocean, but the quick-serve Bao Now deserves some attention, too, especially considering it just expanded its menu to include Filipino favorites including pork adobo ($12) and chicken pancit ($11).

We’re also enthusiastic advocates of the weekend brunch at Chica inside the Venetian, which is no longer limited to the weekend. Chica is now open for breakfast Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., serving that stellar brunch menu in its entirety.

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