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Quick Bites: Great Vegas Festival of Beer, Nellie’s Southern Kitchen and more Vegas food and drink news

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Nellie’s Southern Kitchen will bring all this and more to MGM Grand in 2022.
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Motley Brews’ Great Vegas Festival of Beer will return to Downtown Las Vegas on April 22 and 23 and tickets go on sale Tuesday, November 16 at 10 a.m. at greatvegasbeer.com. The event will include the Taco Tiki Throwdown featuring a dozen local chefs competing to make the best taco while leading mixologists compete for glory, and the flagship Great Tasting featuring hundreds of craft beers sprawling across the Downtown cityscape. Ticket prices vary from $40 to $95.

Boom Bang Fine Foods & Cocktails has opened at 75 S. Valle Verde Drive in Henderson. The indoor-outdoor American brasserie offers a menu that marries classic Americana with traditional French fare and serves dinner daily along with happy hour options, with breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch coming soon. Top Chef alum Elia Aboumrad-Page and her chef and restaurateur husband Christian Page and partner Tony Angotti are behind the new restaurant, open Monday-Thursday from 4-9 p.m., Friday from 4-10:30 p.m., Saturday from 5:30-10:30 p.m. and Sunday from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Nellie’s Southern Kitchen, a restaurant concept from the Jonas Brothers and their parents Denise and Kevin Jonas Sr., is set to open early next year at MGM Grand in the space formerly occupied by Hecho en Vegas. The 11,000-square-foot eatery will pay homage to Kevin Sr.’s grandmother, Nellie, with an atmosphere inspired by music and family and a menu of comfort food favorites. Highlights include biscuits, chicken and dumplings, a smoked pulled pork sandwich, meatloaf, and chicken and waffles with cinnamon-honey butter.

Behold the bacon cheeseburger-inspired onion rings at Sickies.

Behold the bacon cheeseburger-inspired onion rings at Sickies.

Sam Marvin of Echo & Rig Butcher Shop & Steakhouse at Tivoli Village has launched a new membership experience called Butcher in a Box providing high quality beef from the grasslands of Tasmania. For $225/month, members will receive a box featuring an assortment of all-grass-fed cuts including dry-aged New York strip steaks, filet mignon, bone-in ribeye, dry-aged tomahawks and vintage tri-tip, plus access to an online community featuring Marvin’s recipes, wine pairings, a playlist, gifts and more. Butcher in a Box can be delivered nationwide starting this week. More information can be found at butcherinabox.com.

North Las Vegas bakery Tsp. Baking Company has received the inaugural Nevada Agriculture, Food and Beverage Small Business of the Year award. Tsp. received the award right around its fifth anniversary in business on November 11.

Marigold at Resorts World has launched a late-night bar and lounge experience Bubbles & Bites, available after 8 p.m. Thursday and Sunday and after 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Decadent small plates include ahi tuna ribbons with citrus ponzu, lobster croquettes, curry spiced cauliflower and oysters Rockefeller, and guests can enjoy food with different bubbly options from Spain or France.

Several other restaurants at Resorts World recently launched new brunch offerings. Fuhu is dishing it up Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., when DJs and other special acts add entertainment to the mix and dishes such as coconut shrimp kinilaw, ube pancakes, tamarind chili octopus and the Szechuan Mary cocktail are among the highlights. Wally’s Wine & Spirits serves brunch daily from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. with specialties including truffle eggs, the BLTA Benedict and Wally’s Hero with Genoa salami, capicola, mortadella, prosciutto, provolone and greens on ciabatta. And Viva serves brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Menu highlights include chilaquiles with heirloom corn tortilla chips and ranchero salsa, chorizo con huevos, and bottomless sangria.

Mark LoRusso was recently appointed executive chef of SW Steakhouse at Wynn and has introduced new seasonal dishes including Maine lobster bisque, pan-roasted sea scallops with porcini and butternut squash risotto, pepper-crusted Chateaubriand and “First Leaf of Fall” cheesecake.

Al Solito Posto chef Steve Young has unveiled new seasonal dishes at the Tivoli Village Italian restaurant, including roasted beet salad with whipped ricotta and figs, casarecce pasta with fennel sausage and broccoli rabe, radiator with peas and speck, veal chop Milanese, and pumpkin cheesecake with spiced caramel white chocolate anglaise.

Majordomo Meat & Fish at Palazzo has introduced a new Early Doors menu, a three-course dinner for $75 available Sunday through Thursday. Choose from appetizers of iceberg wedge salad or market salad, entrees of 10-ounce prime New York strip steak with beef fat butter or miso marinated Chilean sea bass, and enjoy house-made sorbet for dessert.

Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews at Town Square is running a specialty menu for a limited time inspired by the classic bacon cheeseburger. Creative dishes include bacon-wrapped onion rights with Jameson BBQ dipping sauce, deep-fried bacon cheeseburger bombs, bacon cheeseburger eggrolls, loaded cheeseburger fries, cheeseburger soup in a bread bowl and bacon cheeseburger queso with fresh tortilla chips.

Red Rock Resort will relaunch Merry Crimson, the holiday pop-up bar, on November 26. This season the indoor and outdoor poolside lounge will be transformed into Tinsel Town, draped in glamorous holiday décor with DJs, fire pits and photo moments galore along with specialty cocktails and sweet treats every Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m. and Sunday from 5 p.m. until midnight. Reservations are highly recommended at redrockresort.com.

China Poblano and Jaleo at the Cosmopolitan will launch the annual Sparkling Festival on November 26, highlighting Champagne and sparkling wine through seasonal cocktails, flights, bottles-to-go packages and dish pairings. For more info visit chinapoblano.com or jaleo.com.

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