Dining News & Notes: The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America food fest is coming

Masaharu Morimoto.

Tickets are now on sale for the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America food festival, visiting Las Vegas on September 27 and 28. A variety of “free culinary consumer events” will be held that weekend, culminating in a poolside gala tasting and reception at Mirage co-hosted by chef Masaharu Morimoto, featuring dishes and cocktails from chefs including Paul Bartolotta, Eric Klein, Brian Massie and Julian Serrano. Get info and tickets at

There are dining deals happening in September. Two restaurants at South Point are celebrating Wine Spectator awards with three-course wine pairing dinners through September 30: Don Vito’s for $45 and Silverado Steak House for $65. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse near Boca Park is serving filet mignon and crab-stuffed shrimp for $32.95 all month long. And Hash House A Go Go, with four locations in town, is celebrating its 8th birthday with food and drink specials like sage fried chicken Benedict for $8.88, available September 12-19.

Mandalay Place’s friendly Irish Pub Rí Rá will serve a special Guinness menu including Guinness beer cheese and pretzels, Guinness barbecue pork and Guinness-braised short ribs September 23-29 with 20 percent of proceeds from those dishes benefiting HELP of Southern Nevada. Don’t forget the Guinness sundae, a black and tan brownie with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce and strawberries.

More tasty charity: Share Our Strength’s annual Taste of the Nation returns on October 17, featuring more than 35 of Las Vegas’ finest chefs and restaurants dishing it up at Rain at the Palms. Area charities that will benefit include Three Square, Catholic Charities, UNCE Chefs for Kids and Project MANA.

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