A cornerstone of Las Vegas fine dining since opening at Mandalay Bay in 1999, Charlie Palmer’s Aureole is about to become something else. The restaurant will close November 27 and reopen in late December with an “updated dining concept” from Palmer, who has tapped Johnny Church (Artisanal Foods Café, MTO Café, RM Seafood and more) as executive chef.
Guy Savoy is in town this week to help launch yet another luxury experience at his eponymous Caesars Palace restaurant. The Caviar Room offers an exclusive menu of caviar dishes like the iconic Colors of Caviar and the new Octopus Pot au Feu with Golden Osetra caviar served in cold steam. The current seasonal caviar dish created by executive chef Julien Asseo is langoustine tartare with pommes maxim and more Golden Osetra.
The JW Marriott Resort and Rampart Casino will unveil its new signature restaurant, Hawthorn Grill, this winter, featuring “a perfect balance of crave-worthy steakhouse fare and American classics.” Joseph Swan, formerly of the Eiffel Tower Restaurant, will be executive room chef, and Blau & Associates served as consultants on the project.
Standard & Pour on South Eastern Avenue will partner with Dress for Success Southern Nevada to host a “happy hour with a cause” event on November 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. Guests can enjoy passed appetizers and signature cocktails and participate in a silent auction; a portion of the proceeds benefits Dress for Success. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at eventbrite.com.
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at MGM Grand is partnering with Joseph James Brewing Company for a six-course beer pairing dinner on November 10 at 7 p.m. The menu will include spicy Buffalo chicken lollipops, pan-seared diver scallops and chicken-fried veal sweetbreads. Tickets are $55, and reservations can be made by calling 702-891-3000.
The recently renovated Palm Restaurant at the Forum Shops at Caesars will host a five-course tapas dinner paired with wines from Bodegas Torres on November 10 at 5:30 p.m. The menu includes chorizo and crab-stuffed Blue Point oysters, braised beef shortribs with chipotle-caramel sweet potatoes and grilled Colorado lamb chops. Tickets are $120, and reservations can be made by calling 702-732-7256.
The Charcoal Room at Santa Fe Station will host the Freemark-Abbey winemakers dinner on November 11 at 6 p.m. The four-course menu will include smoked scallops with Brussels sprouts and apple slaw and sweet potato gnocchi with sage cream, kale and brown butter powder. The cost is $75, and reservations can be made by calling 702-658-4900.
On November 18, Mario Batali’s Las Vegas chefs will create a special multi-course dinner for just 40 guests at B&B Ristorante at the Venetian using 10 recipes from Batali’s new Big American Cookbook. The menu will include dishes like clam rolls, pierogies, Fisherman’s Wharf cioppino and a family-style third-course anchored by bison ribeyes. The dinner begins at 7 p.m., tickets are $135 and they can be purchased at eventbrite.com.