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In the fall of 2020 we purchased a home in Las Vegas in a community called Spanish Trail located in Spring Valley, 10 minutes from the strip.  At the same time, I started posting reviews and photos of the experiences we have been having in the Las Vegas dining/drinking scene. As they are known for impeccable service, we have rarely been disappointed. So recently I decided to share some of our experiences, and news from Las Vegas press agents, here on our website.

If you are a fan of Vegas, travel, dining, and drinking – I hope you enjoy this page. For more photos/videos go to my Instagram account.

Note: 90% of our website photos – except those in press releases – are taken by Staff Photographer/Drone Operator Edward Bushman.

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Vegas Unstripped Chef Festival Moves To Spring & Moves To Palms Casino Resort

Unique Event Gathers Las Vegas’ Citywide Culinary Stars

LAS VEGAS, NV (April 11, 2024) – The Feast of Friends has announced the return of the Vegas Unstripped food festival this spring, with a notable new home. This year, the event is planned to take place from 7-10 p.m on Saturday May 18 at the Palms Casino Resort. Thirty of the city’s most acclaimed and creative chefs will be brought together to present one-night-only original dishes, accompanied by cocktails from many of the city’s best bars, live local entertainers, art activations and more. Ticket price has remained at $150 plus fees, now available viavegasunstripped.com. Attendees must be 21+. 

“Moving to Palms was a big step for our local-oriented event,” said Event Producer Eric Gladstone of The Feast of Friends. “But the focus and the goals of Unstripped remain the same: to show Las Vegas locals the strength of our city-wide culinary scene, and to show visitors and the world that Vegas food means more than an outpost for celebrity chefs. What better way to say that, than to bring everyone together at one of our city’s best off-Strip resorts?”

“We are excited to welcome Vegas Unstripped poolside at Palms,” said Greg Van Stone, Vice President of Food & Beverage at Palms. “Bringing Vegas Unstripped to the Palms underscores our commitment to the vibrant culinary scene of Las Vegas, showcasing the best local chefs and artisans our city has to offer and providing our guests with unforgettable dining experiences. We look forward to welcoming both locals and visitors alike to indulge in the extraordinary flavors of Las Vegas right here at the Palms.”

Created in 2018 as a reaction to the Strip-focused Vegas Uncork’d event (now defunct), Vegas Unstripped initially only invited chefs working off-Strip but now welcomes Vegas chefs regardless of where they cook, offering open submissions. Participating chefs and more details will be announced in coming weeks.

A few other unique elements of Vegas Unstripped:

  • Vegas Unstripped is an independent, not-for-profit event focused on promoting local chef talent (vs. particular restaurants or brands).
  • Participating chefs are chosen to represent the cutting edge of talent in Las Vegas and challenged to create unique dishes for the night reflecting their culinary passions.
  • Named chefs are requested to attend and serve guests personally.
  • Tickets are priced affordably to encourage participation from all food fans.
  • Virtually all expenses of the independent chef/restaurateurs are covered by event revenue. Most principal staff are volunteers. Chefs and their staff donate their time.
  • Net proceeds donated to underserved local charities. To date, Vegas Unstripped has donated nearly $30,000 locally (details on thevegasunstripped.com website)
  • The event has grown in size every single year.
  • Ticket price has remained the same and fees have actually been reduced from last year.

Ticket Information:

Tickets are available now at vegasunstripped.com for $150 (plus nominal fees). A small number of tickets will be available on the day of the event for a higher price.

National, regional and local media coverage is invited. 

About Vegas Unstripped and The Feast of Friends

Vegas Unstripped is Las Vegas’ only festival by chefs, about chefs, and for the Vegas community. Participating chefs represent the cutting edge of independent talent in Las Vegas, and are challenged to create unique dishes for the night reflecting their culinary passions. The evening is augmented by beverages from Las Vegas’ best local bars, local musicians, local art and more. All necessary expenses of the independent chef/restaurateur are covered by event revenue to the extent possible, with net proceeds going to underserved local charities. To date, VU has donated nearly $30,000.

The Feast of Friends is a multi-faceted branding agency, incorporating brand development, traditional and digital marketing, media & influencer relations, social media, websites and events based in Las Vegas and focused on independent food & beverage. 

Palms Casino Resort

Palms Casino Resort is making history as the first resort in Las Vegas fully owned and operated by a Native American Tribe. Palms Casino Resort features two distinct towers with 766 hotel rooms and suites, a diverse mix of bars, restaurants, live entertainment venues, and immersive lifestyle experiences across a 95,000-square-foot reimagined casino. Offering free valet and self-parking, the resort also includes over 190,000 square feet of meeting, convention, and event space; the Pearl, a 2,500-seat theater; an expansive pool, The Spa & Salon at Palms; the Brenden Theatre 14-screen cinema and nearly 600 units at Palms Place condominiums.

Palms is located just west of the center of the Las Vegas Strip off I-15 on Flamingo Road. Palms Casino Resort is owned by The San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality Authority (“SMGHA”) an affiliate of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. For more information visithttp://www.palms.com/ or the Palms Press Room. Follow Palms on social media Facebook Twitter Instagram.

April 2024: My last memory of the to-be-shuttered-today Tropicana is serving as a judge for the first Las Vegas Global Wine Awards, and seeing this marquee!

April 2024: Last week Eddie and I, along with fellow wine bloggers/influencers Steve and Vashti Roebuck, met up with St. Francis’ Director of Vineyards Jake Terrell to taste wines from both their classic and reserve portfolios. We met up over a yummy dinner at Brezza in Resorts World. The wine took center stage. Read my article, including Steve’s tasting notes, on Eve’s Wine 101 April 19!

April 2024: We went to one of the launch parties for @foundersbrewing Mortal Bloom Hazy IPA at @slaters5050lv Lake Mead location to support our gal @SipWithMe_LV who had advertised the event! We enjoyed lots of yummy food and even played some trivia! Now it’s your turn to go!

March 2024: Last week Eddie and I attended a special event at Capon’s Burgers in the Fontainebleau Las Vegas “with celebrity Chef Josh Capon (who hosted event in partnership with) award-winning dairy free cheese brand Violife.” Chef Capon has won “seven People’s Choice Awards at the NYC Wine & Food Festival’s Burger Bash.” We enjoyed burgers topped with vegan cheese, vegetables, crispy shoestring potatoes and of course, condiments. We also sampled pizzas, onion rings and waffle fries! All yum-worthy especially along with foodies @TheFeastOfFriends @ECGladstone @DangerousDeb @ShaundaNecole @NeonFeastGuide @almancinivegas and Scott Harris!

March 2024: Las Vegas Mayor Goodman Awards Chef James Trees ‘Key To The City’

March 28, 2024 is declared ‘James Trees Day’ in the City of Las Vegas 

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (March 28, 2024) – Today, Mayor Goodman joined Councilwoman Olivia Diaz and Las Vegas Arts District President Becky Miller in honoring Chef James Trees with a proclamation and the official Key to the City of Las Vegas. Mayor Goodman acknowledged Chef Trees’ dedication to the Arts District and the City and praised the opening of the new, enlarged Esther’s Kitchen, keeping the popular restaurant in downtown.

“Over the past 25 years, we have been very careful to whom we gift a key to the fabulous city of Las Vegas,” said Mayor Goodman. “James has not only given us the joy of his cooking, and taught others how to cook. but is also committed to charity. So we’re giving him one of the very few keys to Las Vegas.”

“Getting the Key to the City is wild!” said Chef Trees. “We’re so lucky to be part of this city. I believe in the next 10 to 15 years the Arts District will set the standard for what a neighborhood in Las Vegas should feel like.”

Chef Trees went on to praise the City government, Arts District neighbors, contractors Trinity Haven and his entire team.

Replacing the original location on California Street (1130 Casino Center Dr.), the new Esther’s Kitchen location opened on March 8, 2024 at 1131 South Main Street in the Las Vegas Arts District and has been packed every day since. The new Esther’s offers 187 seats including 28 bar seats in a 10,432 square foot space–in total more than three times the capacity of the original location. Trees was adamant about keeping the restaurant in the Arts District, waiting for the perfect opportunity to present itself, as the new location is literally steps away from the original.

Mayor Carolyn Goodman presents Chef James Trees 

with the Key to the City of Las Vegas (courtesy Timeless Cuisine)

ADDITIONAL ESTHER’S KITCHEN PHOTOS (please credit Timeless Cuisine)

Event B-Roll (courtesy City of as Vegas)

About James Trees & Esther’s Kitchen

Fresh, Seasonal, Local, Simple. These ideas shouldn’t be uncommon in the restaurant world, but are far too often overlooked. For Chef James Trees, after scaling some of the most impressive heights in the restaurant business with a who’s-who of celebrity chefs (from Michael Mina to Gordon Ramsay, Eric Ripert and many others), no ambition was calling him more than bringing it all back home. Esther’s Kitchen, named for the Great Aunt who was Chef James’ first mentor, is nothing more–and nothing less–than a local restaurant inspired by its Las Vegas Arts District neighborhood to elevate the simple, and simplify elegance. Grounded in the ingredient-driven cuisine of Italy, pastas, breads and nearly everything possible are made in-house; produce and proteins come from the best local sources available; wines are chosen for intrigue and value; cocktails are mixed to please you, not a bartender’s ego. It’s a restaurant you’ll want to call home. 

Esther’s Kitchen has been fortunate to receive a number of accolades since opening including Gayot top 10 new restaurants in the US, 2018; 10 Best Las Vegas Restaurants and #1 Best Italian (USA Today). Best Italian in Las Vegas nods from Gayot.com, Thrillist and Desert Companion magazine; and “Best New Neighborhood Mindblower” from Las Vegas Weekly. TripAdvisor named it a worldwide Travelers Choice in 2020 and #15 “Hidden Gems” in the US in 2022. Yelp selected Esther’s pizza as one of the Top 100 in the US, 2023. Thrillist has also tapped it as one of the best Italian restaurants in the country. 

Chef James Trees has been recognized as “Chef of the Year – 2019” by the Nevada Restaurant Association “Executive Chef of the Year, 2019” by the Silver State Awards, “Chef of the Moment” by VEGAS magazine and “Chef of the Year” for the Desert Companion 2021 Restaurant Awards. Trees was also selected as a Finalist for the James Beard Award: Best Chef Southwest 2020.

1131 S Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89104

Guest Services: (702) 570-7864 info@estherslv.com

EsthersLV.com

Instagram/Facebook/TikTok @EsthersKitchenLV 

March 2024:

Ada’s Food + Wine is hosting some fun events in April, details below:

  • 4/7 at noon to 3 p.m – Somm Sunday featuring the wines of Jackson Family with David Reuss
  • 4/14 at 3 p.m – Harry Potter Brunch – details to follow

For more information please visit: https://www.adaslv.com/upcoming-events/

Gaetano’s is partnering with Paolo Cressi with Ethica Wines on April 25th for a four-course tasting dinner. For reservations please visit: https://www.gaetanoslasvegas.com/make-a-reservation/

Ongoing

Ada’s Food + Wine has added wine parings to their amazing Prix-Fixe menu, available daily. The deal is now $70 per person. Please check out adaslv.com for details! 

Gaetano’s has updated their  Sunday Brunch menu. Join them 10 a.m to 2 p.m every Sunday for bottomless options and new items including: 

  • Cheesy Polenta with Three Shrimp – $28
  • Eggs Benedict Cinghiale with Braised Wild Boar Ragu – $28
  • Three Vanilla White Chocolate Belgian Waffles – $22
  • Meatball Panini – $22

Reservations can be made by calling 702-361-1661 or by visiting https://www.gaetanoslasvegas.com/make-a-reservation/

The Golden Tiki has released a new food menu with lots of new Tiki-inspired bites, including:

  • Wings! – Eight fried chicken wings served with a side of ranch dressing. Your choice of sauce: Teriyaki Lime, Spicy Black Sesame Honey, Peachy Pepper, Jerk, 5-spice, or Tiki’s Choice – $16
  • Slider Trios: Pulled pork & coleslaw; Double Stacked Coconut Shrimp w/ wasabi mayo; Giant Meatballs – $16 each trio
  • Tiki Thai Crunch Salad – Cabbage, cucumbers, snap peas, cilantro & red onions mixed with a peanut satay dressing – $14
  • Cold Soba Salad – Gluten free buckwheat noodles with red onions, snap peas, cilantro & cucumbers, tossed with a smokey sesame dressing – $15 
  • Viva Lunch – Shredded Kalua pork with furikake rice & Hawaiian mac salad – $16

…Not to mention the show-stopping Surfboard PuPu Platter! Reservations recommended: thegoldentiki.com/reservations

Ongoing Happy Hours: 

Ada’s Food + Wine

  • 2-5 p.m. daily 50% off boards and bottles 

Al Solito Posto 

  • 4-6 p.m. daily at the bar only, with $10 cocktails and bar bites starting at $9 
  • Pastaholics reverse happy hour: 50% off all pastas when you order a cocktail wine or beer after 9 PM at the bar top only

Evel Pie

  • 2-6 p.m. daily and includes:
    • $5 Well Liquor Cocktails
    • $3 Pints of Evel Ale, PBR, Coors Light, and Budweiser

Gaetano’s

  • 4:30-6:30 p.m. daily at the bar only, offering deals on wine, beer & cocktails and special bites starting at $8.

The Golden Tiki

  • 4-7 p.m. Sun-Thurs with select specialty cocktails starting at $8 and bites starting at $6 

Lemon Tree Cafe & Market 

  • 4-7 p.m. daily, includes specialty items, discounted pizzas, wine and prosecco

Other Ongoing Specials 

Ada’s Food + Wine 

  • Brunch dishes are available Saturday & Sunday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in addition to the regular menu. Dishes change weekly according to chef’s inspiration 
  • Burger Mondays: $9 Burgers on Monday with purchase of drink; Other burger and bottle specials changing weekly
  • 50% off take-home bottles at all times

Al Solito Posto 

  • Three course prix fixe menu offers select guest favorite appetizers, pasta, pizzas, and dessert, available daily $50 + tax & gratuity per person
  • Wine Wednesdays: Free corkage for up to two bottles per table

Gaetano’s 

  • Wine Wednesday 50% off bottles under $100

Lemon Tree Cafe & Market 

  • Market Deals: 10% off your entire purchase if you spend $100 or more

March 2024: Do you love pizza? And were you there, enjoying pizza and all that goes on the top or on the side of it, at the 40th annual International Pizza Expo??? We were and we loved it all: All the yummy pizza of course, the wild array of cheeses and toppings, Italian foods, Gelato, pizza selfies, pizza ovens, pasta, seasonings, pizza boxes, pizza dough tossing, competitions and classes!

March 2024: When was the last time you attended the Grand Opening party of a totally fun venue in downtown Las Vegas? We did Thursday night: Crash N Burn Las Vegas, on the third floor of Neonopolis, has it all! “Your new downtown destination for elevated eats, drinks, and wild nights on Fremont Street. Now Open!” We enjoyed the incredible view from “the largest outdoor patio on Fremont Street” – including the zip liners flying by! Arcade games and also DuckPin bowling for the first time! Our cocktails – Old Fashioned and Vieux Carre – were very good! And the food – flatbreads, meatballs, salmon sliders, street corn, short rib gnocchi, and more – all good! Thanks to JB Public Relations – Boutique Public Relations & Social Media Agency for spreading the word!

For May 2024:

Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour Las Vegas 2024

—Wine Lovers Experience Top-Rated Wines on May 4—

Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour Las Vegas is an unforgettable wine-tasting experience that features an incredible selection of the world’s finest wineries pouring their best bottles. Sample exceptional wines and discover new favorites—all while in the City of Lights.

The Wine Spectator editorial team invites guests to meet and mingle with top winemakers.

Resorts World Las Vegas, 3000 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Saturday, May 4th, 7 PM – 10 PM; VIP hour from 6 – 7 PM

Program Highlights:

  • All wines have been rated 90 points or higher by Wine Spectator.
  • Enjoy a delicious buffet to complement your wine.
  • All attendees will receive a souvenir RiedelTM tasting glass

Cost: General admission tickets are available online for $275. VIP tickets are available for $375.

A portion of net proceeds from the event benefits the Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation, which provides grants and scholarships to a wide variety of wine-related and culinary programs. To date, more than $30 million has been raised thanks to the generosity of vintners and wine lovers around the world.

For May 2024:

Rock Legend and Lifestyle Trendsetter Sammy Hagar to Debut Sammy’s Island at Palms Pool, a Lively Oasis Featuring Baja-Inspired Cocktails, Food and Live Music

Hagar, who turned the Cabo Wabo-beach vibe into an iconic lifestyle brand will transform Palms Casino Resort’s pool into a Red Rocker-inspired island getaway debuting Friday, May 17. Photo credit: John Kley.

LAS VEGAS –This summer,  Sammy Hagar and Palms Casino Resort will introduce Sammy’s Island,a tropical pool getaway inspired by the music and Baja beach vibe of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, lifestyle trendsetter and spirits trailblazer. Featuring a vibrant blend of delicious food, refreshing cocktails made with Hagar’s signature spirits, and live music performances to make poolside days and nights come alive, Sammy’s Island will officially debut on Friday, May 17.

“Sammy’s Island is something I’ve dreamed about for years and the pool at Palms is the perfect location for it,” said Hagar, who has been instrumental in the design and overall setting of the Cabo-inspired oasis. “In addition to their Pearl Theater being one of my favorite places to play, the Palms has a gorgeous pool deck with multiple pools and a stage for live music, which is undergoing a total transformation into Sammy’s Island. I couldn’t be more grateful to the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and the entire team at the Palms for making this dream a reality.”

The sun-filled oasis will feature an abundance of stylish cabanas and daybeds, four ultra-exclusive Red Rocker-themed cabanas, a stunning pool island designed for lounging in the sun, and a poolside restaurant. Each bar will offer a unique spirits experience, including a Tiki Bar serving tropical cocktails featuring Hagar’s premium Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum, a partnership with rock icon Rick Springfield, and Sammy’s Beach Bar Cocktails canned cocktails. In addition, guests can enjoy the tequila-forward Tequileria offering flights of additive-free Santo Tequila and Santo Mezquila, a unique tequila/mezcal blend by Santo Spirits, Hagar’s top-shelf tequila brand in partnership with celebrity chef Guy Fieri.

Sunsoaked guests can indulge in poolside beverage service offering a wide selection of drinks, canned cocktails, beers such as Red Rocker Lager, and an assortment of specialty cocktails featuring Hagar’s top-shelf spirits such as the signature Maui-jito, crafted with Sammy’s Beach Bar Platinum rum, fresh lime juice, pineapple syrup, fresh mint leaves and topped with club soda and dehydrated pineapple; strawberry daiquiris made with Sammy’s Beach Bar Platinum rum and the Palm’s signature frozen strawberry mix; and refreshing frozen Cabo-rita featuring Santo Blanco tequila, Cointreau and fresh lime sour.

Sammy’s Island offers poolside bites delivered throughout the day with a wide selection of dining options including breakfast favorites such as the Baja Breakfast Burrito made with carne asada, scrambled eggs, fries, pepper jack cheese, pico de gallo and avocado in a flour tortilla and Egg Sandwich made with applewood bacon, cheddar cheese, over medium eggs and maple aioli, served on a brioche bun and with a Tajin fruit cup. The menu will also feature shareable dishes such as Chicken Tinga Nachos featuring shredded chicken tinga, black beans, shredded cheese mix, jalapeño, cotija cheese, pico de gallo and house-made salsa; Chicken Wings, made with a chef’s dry rub and served with veggies and ranch or blue cheese and tossed in choice of buffalo, Vegas hot, or sweet chili sauce; and quesadillas featuring cheese mix, pico de gallo, lime crema, guacamole and salsa verde on a flour tortilla, or add a choice of protein such as carne, pork, chicken or Impossible Beef. A variety of tacos, burgers and salads, bowls and wraps are also available such as the Veracruz Chopped Salad with lettuce blend, tomatoes, black beans, avocado, roasted corn, cheddar cheese, jicama, tortilla strips and creamy cilantro dressing; a vegan Thai Salad with shredded cabbage, romaine, bell peppers, carrots, red onion, mint, cilantro, peanuts, spicy peanut and coconut dressing with the option to add chicken or seared tuna; or a Poke Bowl with tuna, surimi, seasoned rice, nori, edamame, cucumber, O’s hot sauce, pickled onion and crispy shallots.

Rooted in the immortal spirit of rock ‘n’ roll, Sammy’s Island will host live poolside events throughout the summer featuring a variety of musical acts from headline performances to some of Vegas’ favorite local entertainers. On Saturday through Monday, the pool will feature top DJs spinning sets of music to keep the Sammy’s Island vibes going strong.

Since opening his flagship Cabo Wabo Cantina in 1990, Hagar has turned a lifelong passion for great food, music and spirits into a thriving and iconic lifestyle brand encompassing restaurants  Cabo Wabo Beach Club in Huntington Beach, Cabo Wabo Cantina in Las Vegas and Sammy’s Beach Bar and Grills in Cleveland, Maui, Honolulu and Las Vegas airports, as well as a successful spirits portfolio featuring Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum, Sammy’s Beach Bar Cocktails., Santo Spirits and Red Rocker Brewing Co.

Sammy’s Island at Palms Pool, located at Palms Casino Resort at 4321 W. Flamingo Rd., will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. More information will soon be available at https://www.palms.com/experiences/sammys-island.

The opening of Sammy’s Island is another highlight in the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s year which also includes him being honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, April 30, and the highly-anticipated launch of his  “THE BEST OF ALL WORLDS” 2024 tour. Hagar will be joined by rock heavyweights and longtime bandmates Michael Anthony (bass, backing vocals), Jason Bonham (drums) and guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani. Collectively, they have played together in nearly every phase of Hagar’s career including Van Halen, Chickenfoot and The Circle so fans can expect a setlist that includes rock anthems such as “Finish What Ya Started,” “5150,” “Your Love is Driving Me Crazy,” “Best of Both Worlds,” “Poundcake,” “Sexy Little Thing,” “One Way To Rock,” “Right Now,” “Good Enough,” “Eagles Fly” and more.

For April 2024: Purchase Tickets NOW: Universal Whisky Experience, AKA The Nth, Comes to Las Vegas April 15-19, 2024!

The Universal Whisky Experience is fast approaching, this April 15-19, and I hope you can join us. These are some of the details:

TASTE AWARD WINNING WHISKIES AND SPIRITS

These events are not only the most unique; they are also the perfect level of intimacy, allowing you to truly enjoy the whisky and spirits samplings and influential connections. Indulge in the ultimate tasting event with award-winning whiskies and spirits from around the world. The most expensive drams are available to you at these events, with the ability to sample the best of the best with the highest class of company. This event will have 80 plus brands from all over the world bringing you a fine assortment for your tasting.

NETWORK WITH WHISKY AND SPIRITS EXPERTS

There is an amazing assortment of Whisky and Spirits celebrities under one roof at the Nth event! Exhibitors and Masters alike, these brand leaders will offer outstanding number of delectable spirits for your sampling pleasure. Along with the benefits of unique tastings, you will be attending an educational event like none other. These experts will lavish their knowledge on you, and are available to speak one-on-one to each individual who chooses to converse.

ENJOY THE ULTIMATE WHISKY AND SPIRITS TASTING EVENT 2024

Fine Whisky, Super Premium Spirits, Wine & Champagne and the finest cuisine. The Main Tasting Event is the best of its kind, allowing you to mingle with other whisky-lovers while tasting the most refined whisky and spirits choices in a cut crystal Glencairn tasting glass. Award-winning Wynn Chefs curate unparalleled menus of expertly crafted dishes throughout the event to enhance and complement the flavor profiles of the whiskies and spirits.

BEGIN AND END WITH AMAZING WHISKIES

Our Super Pours are simply unrivaled. These rare, delectable whiskies and spirits retail for no less than $500 per dram. Some of these unique expressions are only available for the USA market or are limited in release production globally only available in the High Roller Lounge. See The Nth 2024 Super Pours.

All of the different ticket levels and more information is here: https://nthlasvegas.universalwhiskyexperience.com/

From the Fancy Food Show March 2024: I found THE best bourbon barrel matured maple syrup for my next Old Fashioned from Noble Handcrafted, lots of tasty mixers for your cocktails, green teas for the morning after, Shaft’s Cheese & Co Cheddar Jalapeno olives for your Bloody Mary and Blue Cheese stuffed olives for your Martinis, the “Aperitivo Italiano” menu from the Italy section of the show, and then the gorgeous lineup of Italian spirits – including that Vecchio Amaro del Capo I’ll be having tonight!

March 2024: Ada’s Food + Wine is hosting an immersive 5-course wine dinner featuring wines from the new SOMM film “Cup of Salvation”

Dinner hosted by Dana Farner of Storica Wines & Bordeaux BobTuesday, March 12, 2024, dinner begins promptly at 6:30 pm with meet & greet reception beginning at 6:15 pm at Ada’s Food + Wine at Tivoli 410 S Rampart Blvd #120, Las Vegas, NV 89145 

Reservation Link: https://www.opentable.com/booking/experiences-availability?rid=1032643&restref=1032643&experienceId=254542&utm_source=external&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=shared

Celebrate the soul, the history, and the song of Armenia as ancient beauty becomes YOUR present through an immersive 5-Course Wine Dinner hosted by Dana Farner of Storica Wines & Bordeaux Bob Have you seen the new SOMM film “Cup of Salvation”? We are featuring wines featured in this film at our dinner. Check it out!

March 2024: BAR & RESTAURANT EXPO 2024 INTRODUCES BRAND-NEW ACTIVATION – THE ITALIAN APERITIVO SHOWCASE

Register to attend Bar & Restaurant Expo 2024 here

LAS VEGAS – Bar & Restaurant Expo, returning to the Las Vegas Convention Center March 18-20, 2024, has partnered with the Italian Trade Agency to bring an exciting new experience to this year’s expo floor, the Italian Aperitivo Showcase. This activation will present the very best of Italian Aperitivo. Delivering the ultimate tasting experience, attendees will learn how various industry-leading Italian beverage brands can aid in elevating their offerings one sip at a time.

Italian Aperitivo Showcase Featured Brands:

  • Lucano 189 4 S.R.L.
  • Mancino Vermouth S.R.L.
  • CASONI FABBRICAZIONE LIQUORI S.P.A.
  • NUOVE DISTILLERIE VINCENZI S.R.L.
  • PALLINI S.P.A.
  • STREGA ALBERTI BENEVENTO S.P.A.
  • DISTILLERIA NARDINI S.P.A.
  • PAESANO S.R.L.
  • GIULIO COCCHI SPUMANTI S.R.L. SIGLABILE G.C.S. S.R.L.
  • DISTILLERIA F.LLI CAFFO S.R.L.

“The Italian Trade Agency is excited to bring its inaugural Italian Pavilion to the 2024 Bar & Restaurant Expo, its first delegation of Italian Spirits brands to this event” said Erica Di Giovancarlo, Italian Trade Commissioner and Executive Director for the United States. “We are eager to expand our activities supporting the Italian Spirits industry to the West Coast, and our presence at this year’s show will continue to promote the world-renowned concept of the Aperitivo Italiano among American bars, clubs, retailers, and restaurants – and, ultimately, consumers.”

“Thanks to the Italian Trade Agency for hosting this exciting new beverage experience at Bar & Restaurant Expo,” said Tim McLucas, Vice President of Bar & Restaurant Group. “The strong demand for Italian products, flavor profiles and beverage expertise, creates fresh new ideas and opportunities for operators in North America to deliver a truly unique guest experience, and optimize their profitability. We are excited to offer attendees a true taste of Italy.”

Those interested in attending or exhibiting at the 2024 Bar & Restaurant Expo can visit www.barandrestaurantexpo.com for more information and press can register here. Bar & Restaurant Expo is a trade event and not open to the general public. Stay connected with Bar & Restaurant Expo on FacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.

About Bar & Restaurant Expo

Bar & Restaurant Expo has continued to evolve and mirror the fast-paced, trend-setting nature of the hospitality industry. The event has been providing the specific tools that bar and restaurant owners, operators, and managers need to grow their businesses, compete, and succeed in this hyper-competitive and dynamic industry. The Bar & Restaurant Group is part of the Questex Travel & Hospitality Division and also produces World Tea NewsWorld Tea Academy, as well as [Bar%20&%20Restaurant%20Expo]Bar & Restaurant Expo, Bar & Restaurant News, and Vibe Conference.

From February 2024: We had a great time at the inaugural @ArtOfWhiskyEvent organized by @WhiskyEdu at The Stirling Club! I met up with my favorite whisky people pouring and attending and tasting some aged and new-to-us whiskies! Of note are the ones I’ve photographed here including Max Solano for Benromach (Scotland), Eric Kluver with The Irishman and Writers’ Tears (Ireland), the gentlemen at Compass Box (Scotland), Kavalan (Taiwan) Port Cask Finish, Morris (Australia) Single Malt, whisky-loving gal pals Ashley Norris and Jennifer Mantell, everything from independent bottler Signatory Vintage (Scotland) and everything Sam Filmus served up from two Impex Bev tables! And thanks to @vegasdrams for the invites!

February 2024: Esther’s Kitchen Announces Opening Date For Main Street Location

Las Vegas Arts District Restaurant Will Offer Three Times The Original Seating

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (February 29, 2024) – Chef/Owner James Trees has announced the opening date for the new Esther’s Kitchen location at 1131 South Main Street in the Las Vegas Arts District. The new Esther’s will open for dinner, weekday lunch and weekend brunch beginning Friday, March 8, 2024. Reservations information will be made available via Esther’s Kitchen social media (Instagram, Facebook, TikTok: @estherskitchenlv, X: @LVEsthers) on March 6.

Replacing the original location on California Street (1130 Casino Center Dr.) which closed Feb. 28 2024, the restaurant will now offer 187 seats including 28 bar seats in a 10,432 square foot space–in total more than three times the capacity of the original location.

“We are really excited to provide the same neighborhood, seasonal experience for our guests that we have been doing for six years,” said Trees, “Only now, we won’t have to turn anyone away.”

Taking over a 1940s-vintage corrugated steel and concrete building that previously housed the Retro Vegas vintage store, the new Esther’s Kitchen will be a continuation of the seasonal Italian & craft cocktails restaurant which has been a popular favorite for locals and visitors alike–and a consistent award winner–since opening in 2018. In most recent years, reservations have frequently booked out weeks in advance, creating the demand for a larger space. Trees was adamant about keeping the restaurant in the Arts District, waiting for the perfect opportunity to present itself, as the new location is literally steps away from the original.

While staying faithful to the spirit of the original, the new Esther’s will offer several new exciting features including a vastly improved entrance experience, live pasta making and wood fired pizza stations, a private dining room with approx 55 seats, and a wraparound bar including window bar rails with a view of Main & California. The new kitchen will include a wood fired hearth, adding some large format entrees to the menu, and a full professional baking suite. An additional loft bar experience will open at a later date.

Decor by Amanda Trees will include walnut countertops, tufted dining chairs in buckskin and English pub blue, bespoke wall coverings include vintage mid century breeze block-style accents and reclaimed wood, hand built wainscotting, and chandeliers recalling twirled pasta. A rear hallway pays tribute to the first six years of Esther’s with a collage of menus beneath framed awards. Yellow banquettes and a wall size print of the Venice, CA pier recall the original Esther’s decor, while the pizza oven is covered in a mosaic of Esther’s floor tiles.

Chef Trees will be joined on the management team by Executive Chef Sean O’Hara, Director of Operations Keith Bracewell, General Manager David Klarer, Event Coordinator Gatsby Darwin, Bar Manager Tucker St. John.

About James Trees & Esther’s Kitchen

Fresh, Seasonal, Local, Simple. These ideas shouldn’t be uncommon in the restaurant world, but are far too often overlooked. For Chef James Trees, after scaling some of the most impressive heights in the restaurant business with a who’s-who of celebrity chefs (from Michael Mina to Gordon Ramsay, Eric Ripert and many others), no ambition was calling him more than bringing it all back home. Esther’s Kitchen, named for the Great Aunt who was Chef James’ first mentor, is nothing more–and nothing less–than a local restaurant inspired by its Las Vegas Arts District neighborhood to elevate the simple, and simplify elegance. Grounded in the ingredient-driven cuisine of Italy, pastas, breads and nearly everything possible are made in-house; produce and proteins come from the best local sources available; wines are chosen for intrigue and value; cocktails are mixed to please you, not a bartender’s ego. It’s a restaurant you’ll want to call home.

Esther’s Kitchen has been fortunate to receive a number of accolades since opening including Gayot top 10 new restaurants in the US, 2018; 10 Best Las Vegas Restaurants and #1 Best Italian (USA Today). Best Italian in Las Vegas nods from Gayot.com, Thrillist and Desert Companion magazine; and “Best New Neighborhood Mindblower” from Las Vegas Weekly. TripAdvisor named it a worldwide Travelers Choice in 2020 and #15 “Hidden Gems” in the US in 2022. Yelp selected Esther’s pizza as one of the Top 100 in the US, 2023. Thrillist has also tapped it as one of the best Italian restaurants in the country.

Chef James Trees has been recognized as “Chef of the Year – 2019” by the Nevada Restaurant Association “Executive Chef of the Year, 2019” by the Silver State Awards, “Chef of the Moment” by VEGAS magazine and “Chef of the Year” for the Desert Companion 2021 Restaurant Awards. Trees was also selected as a Finalist for the James Beard Award: Best Chef Southwest 2020.

1131 S Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89104

Guest Services: (702) 570-7864 info@estherslv.com

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February 2024:

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2024 INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE AWARDS PRESENTED BY BAR & RESTAURANT EXPO

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LAS VEGAS – Bar & Restaurant Expo is pleased to announce the finalists of its 2024 Industry Excellence Awards. Finalists in each category are celebrated for their dedication to the independent bar and restaurant industry. These individuals and businesses exemplify integrity, commitment to equality, sustainability, community, and culture across the industry.

Finalists in each category were selected by a panel of experts from Johnson & Wales University who evaluated each submission based on several criteria. Judges include: 

  • Panel Chair: Brian Warrener, Associate Professor & Director of the Center for Beverage Education & Innovation
  • Jennifer Broderick, Professor 
  • Sarah Malik, Associate Professor 
  • Deana Marzocchi, Associate Professor 
  • Dean Mistretta, Assistant Professor 

Winners will be announced at the 2024 Bar & Restaurant Expo on Wednesday, March 20 at 11:15 a.m.

2024 Industry Excellence Awards Finalists Include:

Bartender of the Year 

  • Eddie Baty, New Waterloo, Austin, Texas 
  • Dominique Jackson, Realm of 52 Remedies, San Diego
  • Jackson Walton, The Stove, Las Vegas

Chef of the Year 

  • Iliana de la Vega, El Naranjo, Austin, Texas 
  • Shaun Hergatt, Aqua Seafood & Caviar Restaurant, Las Vegas
  • Yoshi Okai, New Waterloo, Austin, Texas 

Community Leadership Award 

  • Ebony Austin, Nouveau Bar & Grill, Atlanta
  • Troy Guard, TAG Restaurant Group, Denver
  • Mark E. Miller, Kris Kringle/Harbor Crab, Patchogue, New York 

Best Cocktail Program 

  • DONNA, New York
  • The Barrel Room, San Francisco
  • WATERTRADE, Austin, Texas 

Best Hospitality Training Program  

  • OTOKO, Austin, Texas 
  • Your 3rd Spot, Atlanta, Georgia 

Bar of the Year 

  • Happy Accidents, Albuquerque, New Mexico 
  • Last Rites, San Francisco
  • Your 3rd Spot, Atlanta

Restaurant of the Year 

  • OTOKO, Austin, Texas
  • The Barrel Room, San Francisco
  • The Wine Kitchen, Leesburg, Virginia 

“Once again, the industry has wowed us with the quality of nominations for exceptional venues and individuals,” said Tim McLucas, Vice President of Bar & Restaurant Group. “We look forward to naming the winners at this year’s expo.”

Each finalist will be awarded two Expo + Party Passes to the 2024 Bar & Restaurant Expo, as well as recognition on the Bar & Restaurant Expo website, social media, and newsletter before and during the expo. In addition, the winners in each category will receive a beautiful custom award, one VIP ticket to the 2025 Bar & Restaurant Expo, and additional media recognition on the website, social media, newsletters and more.

Bar & Restaurant Expo will return to the Las Vegas Convention Center March 18-20. Those interested in attending or exhibiting at the 2024 Bar & Restaurant Expo can visit www.barandrestaurantexpo.com for more information and press can register here. Bar & Restaurant Expo is a trade event and not open to the general public. Stay connected with Bar & Restaurant Expo on FacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.

February 2024: Wynn Las Vegas Announces Safta 1964 by Chef Alon Shaya

The Limited-Run Residency Introduces a New Spin on the Michelin-Recognized Restaurant, Safta, to Las Vegas this Spring

LAS VEGAS – Wynn Las Vegas announces an exciting celebrity chef residency debuting this Spring: Safta 1964 by Chef Alon Shaya (Safta 1964) from Pomegranate Hospitality, led by restaurateur Emily Shaya and James Beard Foundation Award winning Chef-Partner Alon Shaya. Located within Jardin at Wynn Las Vegas and serving Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, Safta 1964 will feature a new, limited-run version of the duo’s acclaimed restaurant, Safta–which was recently recognized by Colorado’s first Michelin Guide. The residency represents a full-circle moment for Shaya, with a return to Vegas where he got his start right out of culinary school more than 20 years ago.

The playful iteration of Safta–which means “grandmother” in Hebrew–is intended to be a prequel to Shaya’s Denver restaurant of the same name, celebrating the Grandma’s fictional heyday, before she

became a safta/grandmother. Picture her dressed to the nines, complete with her signature red lipstick, driving her white 1964 Thunderbird convertible west and toasting the town. She’s the magnetic life of the party, sipping martinis and running the blackjack table. Her nights off the Strip are just as exciting, throwing lavish dinner parties for the ‘60s Vegas era glitterati–it’s the guest list to be on.

Safta 1964’s menu will channel her spirit with fun iterations of classic dishes from Safta’s Denver location, as well as new offerings exclusive to Las Vegas from a chef’s tasting to salatim platters, large-format dishes for the table, caviar add-ons, signature tableside dessert service, and more. Design elements call on our heroine’s aesthetic, with floral touches, glitzy details, and a bold, retro color scheme.

“It means so much to us to join Wynn Las Vegas for this culinary residency alongside its all-star lineup of restaurants,” says Shaya. “My time cooking in Vegas early in my career really cemented my passion for cooking professionally. Safta 1964 will be all about creating the ultimate dinner party, evoking what Safta would have been like in her 20s during the 1960s – think hummus topped with truffles and beef tartare decked out with caviar. We’re going to have a lot of fun!”

Safta 1964 will be open for dinner Thursday-Monday nights and feature some of Safta’s cult-favorite Mediterranean-style dishes, with new additions exclusive to Wynn Las Vegas. Highlights include fresh milled wheat pita alongside Hummus with Warm Buttered Black Truffles; Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Whipped Feta, Argan Oil, and Aleppo Chili; stunners like King Crab Tagine with Hand-Rolled Couscous; and Pomegranate-Braised Lamb Shank with Almond Tabbouleh and Labneh; and options for Osetra caviar and black truffle additions to dishes like Grass-Fed Beef Tartare with Baharat Spice and a Bone-In Rib-Eye with Black Garlic Harissa, respectively. Desserts include Labneh Donuts with Persian Cherry Jam; Chocolate Tahini Pie with Toasted Marshmallow; and a playful signature dessert served tableside.

Cocktails are thoughtful, and many pull in flavors from the dinner menu, with highlights such as a Gazoz Tower, overflowing with spiked Gazoz cocktails garnished with abundant herbs and flowers in flavors such as Cucumber Agave, Blueberry Sage, and Pomegranate Ginger. Other cocktails shine in vintage vessels, cocktail-finishing aromatics are sprayed from antique perfume bottles, and more, with selections like Nana’s Martini with Vodka, Dolin Blanc, Grapefruit Bitters and Pickled Onion; Dionysius Revival with Tequila, Ancho Chili, Cucumber, Agave and Aleppo Pepper; The French Butterfly with Mandarin Vodka, Aperol, Orange Blossom, Lemon, and Egg White; and Language of Flowers with Gin, Chamomile, Lavender and Lemon.

Additional details may be found here, and reservations beginning April 4 here.

ABOUT WYNN LAS VEGAS

Wynn Resorts is the recipient of more Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Awards than any other independent hotel company in the world and in 2022 was once again honored on FORTUNE Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies list. Wynn and Encore Las Vegas consist of two luxury hotel towers with a total of 4,748 spacious hotel rooms, suites and villas. The resort features approximately 194,000 square feet of casino space, 21 signature dining experiences, 11 bars, two award-winning spas, approximately 513,000 rentable square feet of meeting and convention space, approximately 155,000 square feet of retail space as well as two showrooms, two nightclubs, a beach club, and recreation and leisure facilities, including Wynn Golf Club, an 18-hole, 129-acre championship golf course. For more information on Wynn and Encore Las Vegas, visit press.wynnlasvegas.com.

ABOUT SAFTA 1964 BY CHEF ALON SHAYA

This spring, Wynn Las Vegas debuts an exciting celebrity chef residency, Safta 1964, welcoming to Vegas James Beard Foundation Award winning Chef Alon Shaya and Pomegranate Hospitality, led by Chef Shaya and restaurateur Emily Shaya. Chef Shaya brings his Michelin-recognized Safta restaurant to the desert with a playful iteration of the restaurant whose name translates to “grandmother” in Hebrew. Safta 1964 celebrates grandma’s heyday, before she became a Safta in the first place. Picture her dressed to the nines, complete with her signature red lipstick, driving her white 1964 Thunderbird convertible west and toasting the town. She’s the magnetic life of the party, sipping martinis and running the blackjack table. Her nights off the strip are just as exciting, throwing lavish dinner parties for the ‘60’s Vegas era glitterati–it’s the guest list to be on. At Chef Shaya’s restaurant, Safta 1964’s menu will channel her spirit with fun iterations of classic dishes from Safta’s Denver location, as well as new offerings exclusive to Las Vegas from a chef’s tasting to salatim platters, large-format dishes for the table, caviar add-ons, and more. Design elements call on our heroine’s aesthetic, with floral touches, glitzy details, and a bold, retro color scheme. Safta 1964 will be open for dinner Thursday-Monday nights, with reservations available.

www.wynnlasvegas.com | @wynnlasvegas

February 2024:

KASSI BEACH HOUSE TO LAUNCH ‘THE WINE BAR’ AT VIRGIN HOTELS LAS VEGAS MARCH 6

LAS VEGAS – Kassi Beach House, located inside Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, part of Curio Collection by Hilton, will launch ‘The Wine Bar’ on Wednesday, March 6. Taking over Kassi’s entry bar and lounge area, ‘The Wine Bar’ will be set amongst Kassi’s vibrant social scene, inviting guests to enjoy an accessible menu of highly curated wines from around the world paired with a specialty menu crafted by Kassi’s talented culinary team. 

The wine list will include an extensive collection of popular varietals as well as rare and unique bottles from some of the world’s best winemakers. Select wines found on Kassi’s regular menu only for purchase by the bottle will be offered by the glass at ‘The Wine Bar’. Kassi’s regular menu champagne and rosé selections will also be available.

This reimagined space will be home to weekly-wine events, welcoming a variety of partners and top sommeliers from Las Vegas. These special guests will guide guests through exquisite tastings, food pairings from Kassi’s extensive menu and other wine-focused activations to both entertain and educate.

Wine Selections include:

  • Ladoucette Pouilly-Fumé
  • Châteauneuf du Pape Domaine Charbonniére
  • Red Blend Justin Isosceles 2011
  • Red Opus One Napa Valley 2018
  • Red Château Mouton Rothschild 2015

Menu Items include:

  • Charcuterie – assorted cured meats, cheeses and accouterments
  • Baked Feta – grilled bread, Kale pesto, tomato Chutney
  • Clams in white wine sauce served with grilled bread
  • Marinated olives
  • Steak tartare – fried capers, shallot, chives, egg jam
  • Prosecco arancini – lemon aioli
  • Caviar pasta – lemon, shallots, chives, spaghetti

‘The Wine Bar’ will be open Wednesday – Sunday from 5:00 p.m. – close. For more information visit https://virginhotelslv.com/dine-and-drink/kassi-beach-house/.

About Kassi Beach House

From restaurateur Nick Mathers, creator of LA’s Élephante and other notable venues, comes Kassi Beach House, a European style restaurant and lounge with Coastal Italian and Greek influences, poolside at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. Mathers and his Wish You Were Here Group offer food, drinks and DJ lineups evoking the party lifestyle inspired by the laidback trattorias & tavernas found amongst the Mediterranean islands. Kassi Beach House is located at 4455 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109; at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. Keep up with Kassi Beach events and happenings on Instagram/Facebook.

About Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
Virgin Hotels Las Vegas is a reimagined and re-conceptualized casino resort. The property is part of Curio Collection by Hilton and has been consecutively awarded the AAA Four Diamond Award since its first year of operation. The integrated resort intermixes a passion for food and beverage with music and culture and features three hotel towers totaling over 1,500 Chambers and suites; the 60,000 sq. ft. Mohegan Casino Las Vegas operated by Mohegan and the Mohegan Sun Sportsbook powered by Betfred; a five-acre desert pool oasis and a multi-functional event lawn; live music and entertainment theater with 4,600 capacity operated by AEG Presents; 24 Oxford showroom accommodating 650 guests; and an exclusive portfolio of twelve food and beverage venues including Night + Market, the legendary Nobu, Michael Morton and David Morton’s ONE Steakhouse, Kassi Beach House from restaurateur Nick Mathers, Casa Calavera, famous Afters Ice Cream, Pizza Forte by the Ferraro Family and signature Virgin Hotels restaurants and bars including The Kitchen at Commons Club, The Bar at Commons Club, The Shag Room and Funny Library Coffee Shop. The property is owned by JC Hospitality, LLC, in partnership with Juniper Capital Partners, Virgin Group, LiUNA, Fengate Asset Management, Dream, and Orlando Development. The off-Strip playground is located at 4455 Paradise Road. For more information, visit www.virginhotelslv.com.

February 2024:

BAR & RESTAURANT EXPO 2024 TO PRESENT SECOND ANNUAL

JAPANESE FOOD & BEVERAGE SHOWCASE

Register to attend Bar & Restaurant Expo 2024 here

LAS VEGAS- Bar & Restaurant Expo, returning to the Las Vegas Convention Center March 18-20, 2024, has announced plans for the second annual Japanese Food & Beverage Showcase, sponsored by Japanese External Trade Organization (JETRO) and Japan Taste Marketing Inc. (JTM Inc).

Following the success of the inaugural Japanese Food & Beverage Showcase in 2023, this year’s program has been expanded to include 60 unique suppliers, highlighting an exciting mix of Japanese products, flavors, and globally renowned specialties. Located inside the expo hall, exhibitors will present the highest quality Japanese seafood, beer, spirits, sake, shochu, restaurant products and globally renowned specialties.

“The Government of Japan is excited for the opportunity to present at this year’s Bar & Restaurant Expo, our second Japanese Food & Beverage Showcase at this event. We strongly believe the Japanese Food & Beverage Showcase exhibiting Japanese seafood, wagyu, sake and much more will have a great impact on the traditional bar and restaurant scene by introducing industry professionals to how to incorporate the latest trends in Japanese cuisine.” stated Akira Kajita, Chief Executive Director of JETRO Los Angeles. “This year, our focus is on the unparalleled quality of Japanese seafood, including premium offerings such as scallops, buri, and tuna. These products represent the pinnacle of Japanese culinary excellence, known for their exceptional quality. We plan to showcase a diverse range of Japanese seafood and their culinary pairings, not only at our booths but also in collaboration with the Food & Beverage Innovation Center. We believe that this will have a significant impact, offering new possibilities for menu diversity and culinary innovation.”

Attendees can view two culinary presentations of scallops and yellowtail tuna on the main stage in the Food & Beverage Innovation Center, sample delicious Japanese food and beverages, all while learning how to incorporate these key products into versatile menu items and creative beverage offerings.

A list of all Japanese Food & Beverage Showcase Exhibitors can be found online. Access to the International Pavilion and the Japanese Food & Beverage Showcase is included in all expo passes.

Those interested in attending or exhibiting at the 2024 Bar & Restaurant Expo can visit www.barandrestaurantexpo.com for more information and press can register here. Bar & Restaurant Expo is a trade event and not open to the general public. Stay connected with Bar & Restaurant Expo on FacebookLinkedIn, and Instagram.

February 2024:

BAR & RESTAURANT EXPO ANNOUNCES FINALISTS FOR

2024 INDUSTRY IMPACT AWARD

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LAS VEGAS- Bar & Restaurant Expo is pleased to announce the finalists for its Industry Impact Award, which will be presented at this year’s expo taking place March 18-20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The Industry Impact Award recognizes individuals who have been celebrated by their colleagues and other professionals, have displayed an immense passion for their craft and have helped make significant advancements to the industry. Considerations for the award include enhancing employee culture, raising the visibility of under-represented businesses and owners, implementing fair wage compensation, practicing sustainability, and supporting mental health, sobriety and addiction recovery initiatives. Finalists were nominated by Questex and the Bar & Restaurant Expo Advisory Board.

This year’s winner of the award will be announced on-site at the Bar & Restaurant Expo on Wednesday, March 20 on the keynote stage.

2024 Industry Impact Award Finalists: 

Tiffanie Barriere, The Drinking Coach 

Tiffanie Barriere is the bartender’s bartender, influencer and educator who has been awarded some of the beverage industry’s highest honors. As an independent bartender, she is known for creative and innovative cocktail menus for pop-up dinners and bar consultancy clients, hosting mixology classes around the world and connecting culinary and farm culture with spirits and history. Known as “The Drinking Coach,” Barriere has graced the demonstration stages of prestigious food and hospitality events such as the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, Charleston Food & Wine Festival, BevCon, Tales of the Cocktail, Berlin BCB, Savannah Food & Wine Festival, Music to Your Mouth and more. Her reputation as a historian has opened doors for her to speak on panels at events like Fire, Flour & Fork, Southern Foodways Symposium and the Soul Summit.

Derek Brown, Founder of Positive Damage, Inc.

Author and Founder of Positive Damage, Inc., Derek Brown has been recognized as a leading beverage figure affecting positive change in the global bar industry by Drinks International in the 2020 “Bar World 100” list and as “one of the most inspirational people that will shape how we drink” in Imbibe magazine’s “Imbibe 75” for 2023. As one of the nation’s top bartenders, Brown owned Spirited Awards 2017 “Best American Cocktail Bar” winner, Columbia Room, in Washington, D.C.

Erick Castro, Co-Owner of Raised by Wolves and Gilly’s House of Cocktails 

Co-owner of two acclaimed destinations for cocktails and spirts, Raised by Wolves and Gilly’s House of Cocktails, Erick Castro has worked in the hospitality industry from age 14 and his bartending experience spans both coasts. He was recently named one of the Bar World 100: Industry’s Most Influential Figures for 2021 and 2022. Castro is a beloved figure and the creative force behind the highly influential podcast, “Bartender at Large.” Through his work, Castro is a mentor and inspiration to thousands of bartenders around the globe. Castro has also taken time to spotlight the bartending community by producing, writing, and directing the documentary, “Bartender at Large.”

Tobin Ellis, Founder & Principal of Studio Barmagic 

Proud veteran, Tobin Ellis, is the founder and principal of Studio Barmagic, a strategic design and consulting firm established in Las Vegas in 1997 that focuses on specialty bar design, hospitality experience design and innovation for several industries including hospitality, retail, lodging, coffee, automotive and technology. His work as an innovation specialist and hospitality generalist over the decades has spanned from bar and beverage consulting to advertising and marketing for some of the largest brands in the world to designing and developing equipment, concepts, prototypes, brands, systems, and spaces. He has his own line of multi-award-winning commercial bar equipment manufactured by Perlick. He is a former six-time international bartending champion, a multiple-award-winning designer in many disciplines, and a passionate advocate for the hospitality industry.

Amie Ward, Executive Director of Safe Bars 

Bartender, health coach and executive director of Safe Bars, Amie Ward has devoted her work to addressing health, equity and safety disparities in the hospitality industry by providing training, education and unrestricted access to wellness resources. While her primary work life revolves around health advocacy for the beverage alcohol community, she serves on the judging panel for the L.A. Spirits Awards, is the Beverage Director for Camp Runamok and finds joy and peace in executing high-volume cocktail events.

Bar & Restaurant Expo will be returning to the Las Vegas Convention Center March 18-20. Those interested in attending or exhibiting at the 2024 Bar & Restaurant Expo can visit www.barandrestaurantexpo.com for more information and press can register here. Bar & Restaurant Expo is a trade event and not open to the general public. Stay connected with Bar & Restaurant Expo on FacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.

February 2024: Events Courtesy Feast of Friends:

Thurs 2/22

  • 10 AM Grand Opening of Whataburger & Parry’s Pizzeria & Taphouse on the Strip VIPs, celebs, giveaways and more! FREE
  • 9 PM Don The Beachcomber Birthday Party at The Golden Tiki w/bartenders from Stray Pirate and 3 other Vegas notables doing their versions of Donn Beach classics $16 each. Swank Bastards perform. Reservations recommended (attached)

Sat 2/24 Noon-3 PM The Golden Tiki Akua Pono Mug Release featuring artist Billy Crud. Get your mug signed! FREE

Tues 3/12 6:30 PM Ada’s Food & Wine Storica 5 Course Armenian Wine Dinner [as featured in the new SOMM film “Cup of Salvation”] hosted by Dana Farner of Storica Wines & Bob Cranston of MGP Fine Wines. $150 pp +tax & gratuity Tickets: Ada’s Food + Wine Restaurant – Las Vegas, NV | OpenTable

Mon 3/18 Two sessions, 4-5:15 PM; 5:30-6:45 PM Slice Out Hunger Las Vegas Pizza Tailgate Kicking off Pizza Expo week, some of the country’s best pizza makers and the best of Vegas (participants TBA) are getting together for an AYCE pizza jam benefiting Slice Out Hunger. $45 pp Tickets: LV Pizza Tailgate 2023 — Slice Out Hunger

Ongoing

Ada’s Food + Wine has added an amazing $45 Prix-Fixe menu, available daily. Please check out adaslv.com for details! 

Al Solito Posto has added an amazing new table-size tomahawk steak to the menu (sorry, no snapping box or sparklers!) and three new seasonal chef inspired pizzas!

  • Nduja with buttered leeks, garlic cream, smoked mozzarella, farm egg.
  • Wild mushroom and truffle cheese
  • Zucchini squash with goat cheese, pepitas and basil pesto

Evel Pie’s first charity pie of 2024, continues to be available through the end of February. Stop in to try the “Next Level Cheese Steak Slice” a collaboration with NFL and ‘Next Level Chef’ veteran Mark McMillian for a third time. One dollar from each slice benefits local charity St. Jude’s Ranch for Children.

Gaetano’s has launched Sunday Brunch service for the first time in their 21+ years. Join them 10am-2pm every Sunday for bottomless options and items such as: 

  • Marsala French Toast: panettone fruit bread, Marsala wine, powdered sugar, and bananas $20
  • Eggs in Purgatory: two organic China Ranch eggs, shredded short ribs, grilled crostini $28
  • Roasted Red Pepper Carpaccio: stracciatella cheese, toasted walnuts, microgreens, grilled crostini $22
  • Rigatoni Vodka: with chicken or sausage $30 
  • 10 oz. Prime New York Steak: with two organic China Ranch eggs, potatoes, grilled crostini $42

RSVP by calling 702-361-1661 or email info@gaetanoslv.com.  

The Golden Tiki has released a new food menu with lots of new Tiki-inspired bites, including:

  • Wings! – Eight fried chicken wings served with a side of ranch dressing. Your choice of sauce: Teriyaki Lime, Spicy Black Sesame Honey, Peachy Pepper, Jerk, 5-spice, or Tiki’s Choice – $16
  • Slider Trios: Pulled pork & coleslaw; Double Stacked Coconut Shrimp w/ wasabi mayo; Giant Meatballs – $16 each trio
  • Tiki Thai Crunch Salad – Cabbage, cucumbers, snap peas, cilantro & red onions mixed with a peanut satay dressing – $14
  • Cold Soba Salad – Gluten free buckwheat noodles with red onions, snap peas, cilantro & cucumbers, tossed with a smokey sesame dressing – $15 
  • Viva Lunch – Shredded Kalua pork with furikake rice & Hawaiian mac salad – $16

…Not to mention the show-stopping Surfboard PuPu Platter! Reservations recommended: thegoldentiki.com/reservations

Lemon Tree Cafe & Market has new cafe items for breakfast including: 

  • Breakfast Burrito:  Ground pork, scrambled eggs, salt, pepper, pico de gallo, cheddar cheese, and our tortilla wrap
  • Breakfast Bowl: Ground pork, scrambled eggs, salt, pepper, pico de gallo, and cheddar cheese
    • Both can be made vegan, or gluten-free. 

Their selection of Gluten-Free desserts also continues to expand! Stop in to see what is available daily

Ongoing Happy Hours: 

Ada’s Food + Wine

  • 2-5 p.m. daily 50% off boards and bottles 

Al Solito Posto 

  • 4-6 p.m. daily at the bar only, with $10 cocktails and bar bites starting at $9 
  • Pastaholics reverse happy hour: 50% off all pastas when you order a cocktail wine or beer after 9 PM at the bar top only

Evel Pie

  • 2-6 p.m. daily and includes:
    • $5 Well Liquor Cocktails
    • $3 Pints of Evel Ale, PBR, Coors Light, and Budweiser

Gaetano’s

  • 4:30-6:30 p.m. daily at the bar only, offering deals on wine, beer & cocktails and special bites starting at $8.

The Golden Tiki

  • 4-7 p.m. Sun-Thurs with select specialty cocktails starting at $8 and bites starting at $6 

Lemon Tree Cafe & Market 

  • 4-7 p.m. daily, includes specialty items, discounted pizzas, wine and prosecco

Other Ongoing Specials 

Ada’s Food + Wine 

  • Brunch dishes are available Saturday & Sunday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in addition to the regular menu. Dishes change weekly according to chef’s inspiration 
  • Burger Mondays: $9 Burgers on Monday with purchase of drink; Other burger and bottle specials changing weekly
  • 50% off take-home bottles at all times

Al Solito Posto 

  • Three course prix fixe menu offers select guest favorite appetizers, pasta, pizzas, and dessert, available daily $50 + tax & gratuity per person
  • Wine Wednesdays: Free corkage for up to two bottles per table

Gaetano’s 

  • Wine Wednesday 50% off bottles under $100

Lemon Tree Cafe & Market 

  • Market Deals: 10% off your entire purchase if you spend $100 or more

February 2024: The Golden Tiki Celebrates Don The Beachcomber Day!

(Las Vegas, NV) — The Golden Tiki, Las Vegas’ world-famous premier tiki bar, has announced the return of their annual celebration for Don The Beachcomber’s birthday.

What: Don The Beachcomber Day at the Golden Tiki, featuring a platoon of Vegas best bartenders paying tribute to Donn Beach cocktail classics, available for $15 each. 

Swank Bastards will provide entertainment. Guests are encouraged to dress in classic Aloha shirts and tiki wear.

Who: Bartenders confirmed to participate include Raul Faria (Pernod Ricard), Chris Gutierrez (Stray Pirate), Javier Ramirez (Mabel’s BBS), Gene Samuel (ex-138, Black Tiger BBQ), and The Golden Tiki’s own Tiki-Attaché and Grand Poobah Adam Rains!

When: Thursday, Feb.. 22, 2024 from 9 p.m. onward

Where: The Golden Tiki, 3939 Spring Mountain Rd. Las Vegas NV 89102 

Admission: Free for anyone 21+. Reservations recommended. Free Parking

Why: “Donn Beach’s birthday is like July 4th and Christmas rolled into one for Tiki-enthusiasts,” said Rains. “How could we not celebrate it every year?”

Fun Fact: Rains very first time bartending at The Golden Tiki was by invitation for a previous Don the Beachcomber birthday!

Ernest Gantt (later Donn Beach) serving at the original Hollywood Don The Beachcomber’s.

About Don The Beachcomber

Born Feb. 22, 1907, Donn Beach, born Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt, would be 117 if alive today. A Texas native, Gantt traveled the Caribbean and South Pacific, briefly working as a bootlegger, before opening the original Don’s Beachcomber in Hollywood in 1933. He is credited with creating cocktails including the Zombie, Tahitian Rum Punch, one version of the Mai Tai, and the Navy Grog (ironically, Gantt was a Major in the Air Force) among many others. Eventually, he would create the Polynesian Villages and original International Marketplace in Waikiki; be instrumental in the careers of Martin Denny, Alfred Apaka, and Arthur Lyman; and see a string of Don The Beachcomber bars and restaurants open across the United States (although he did not retain ownership). He said his final ‘aloha’ in 1989.

About The Golden Tiki

Located in Chinatown, Las Vegas, The Golden Tiki takes you on a trip to exotic Skull Island. The Golden Tiki has spared no expense in recreating the classic mid-century tiki bar, reminiscent of the legendary Don the Beachcomber’s and Trader Vic’s while mixing in Las Vegas legend and lore. The hand-crafted cocktail menu features nostalgic classics and new mixological creations by world-renowned barman, Adam Rains. Alongside an eclectic spirits list, curated local craft beer, and a massive rum selection, The Golden Tiki’s hospitality is legendary. Featuring the work of renowned artists Tiki Bosko, Billy the Crud, Bill Collins, and Oceanic Arts, the one-of-a-kind decor also boasts a unique collection of celebrity ‘shrunken heads,’ an astounding array of artifacts, and Bud ‘n Al’s Oasis, the world’s only adult animatronic bird show. 

Accolades include Top 5 Tiki Bars In The Country (Food Network), Ten Best Nightlife Destinations In Las Vegas (USA Today),  Best Tropical Drinks In Las Vegas (Trip Savvy), Top Drinking Destinations In Las Vegas (Virgin Holidays), Best Bar, Readers’ Choice 2018 (Las Vegas Weekly) & Best of The City nods from Desert Companion & Vegas Seven. Culinary Excellence Award for Drink Specialist – 2019 (Nevada Restaurant Association) for Adam Rains, Head Bartender.

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3939 Spring Mountain Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89102

February 2024: Rock Legend Sir Rod Stewart Celebrates Wolfie’s Whisky’s U.S. Expansion into Florida, California and Nevada This February

The Two-Time Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Will Touchdown in The Sunshine State For Concerts In Hollywood Feb. 14-15 and Tampa Feb. 16

Catch Rod Stewart Toasting Wolfie’son The Kelly Clarkson Show &

Access Hollywood

Wolfie’s Whisky images are available for download here, photo credit Jonas Mohr.

FLORIDA, CALIFORNIA and NEVADA– Feb. 16, 2024 – Sir Rod Stewart is celebrating the launch of Wolfie’s Blended Scotch Whisky in Florida, California and Nevada this February. The rock legend touched down in New York with an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show on Feb. 8, with Rod, Kelly and her house band toasting the whisky’s U.S. expansion. Rod will next stop in Florida for three shows on Feb. 13 and 14 at the Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL and Feb. 16 at the Seminole Hard Rock Event Center in Tampa, FL. Fans can tune-in on 2/22 when he takes Access Hollywood to his favorite U.S. pub, The Long Acre, for a final toast before heading back to the UK to celebrate the launch of his upcoming album, Swing Fever, out Feb. 23

Designed to reflect Rod’s rock ‘n’ roll heritage with subtle nods to Americana, Wolfie’s is now available in 73 Total Wine & More stores throughout Florida and California and will be served in step with his concerts at both Seminole Hard Rock properties in Florida. It’s also available at Florida independent retailers Leuken’s Wine & Spirits and ABC Fine Wine & Spirits in the state. In Nevada, Wolfie’s will be rolling-out distribution at Lee’s Discount Liquor, Nevada’s largest independent retailer and Caesars Palace, where Rod will conclude his record-breaking 13-year residency on it 200th concert show this July and August.

“Florida, California and Las Vegas have been second homes to me for many years,” Rod Stewart remarked. “I look forward to sharing a toast of Wolfie’s with my fans there soon.”

Duncan Frew, Rod’s co-founder in Wolfie’s, said:

“Expanding into these states is a huge milestone for Wolfie’s and one we’re both very excited about and taking very seriously. We’ve had a phenomenal seven months since launching in summer last year and have an ambitious 2024 ahead of us.”

Distilled on the banks of Loch Lomond by an expert team with decades of whisky-making know-how, Wolfie’s Blended Scotch Whisky is a 40% ABV blended Scotch which perfectly marries grain whisky and malt whiskies, resulting in a lightly peated, smooth final blend. Wonderfully balanced with flavors of warming cinnamon, fresh vanilla, and baked apple, it has delicate notes of sweet peat and pears in syrup before finishing with candied citrus peels and a gentle oak spice.

Referencing the opening track from Rod’s 1991 album Vagabond Heart, the lyrics ‘Rhythm of My Heart’ are emblazoned on the base of the bottle. Rod’s recording of the song was a nod to his own Scottish heritage having adapted the melody from the traditional folk song, Loch Lomond.

Wolfie’s is available for shipping to all states excluding Alaska, Arkansas, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, South Dakota, Tennesse & Utah via online orders via wolfieswhisky.com.

About Wolfie’s Whisky:

Launching in 2023, Wolfie’s Whisky is a 40% ABV blended Scotch whisky distilled in partnership with Rod Stewart. Wolfie’s Blended Scotch Whisky is distilled, blended, and bottled by Loch Lomond Distillery. For more information,  visit wolfieswhisky.com and follow the brand on Instagram and Facebook.

About Rod Stewart:

Rod Stewart is one of the best-selling artists in the history of recorded music, with an estimated 250 million records and singles sold worldwide. His signature voice, style and songwriting have transcended all genres of popular music, from rock, folk, soul, R&B, and even the Great American Songbook; making him one of the few stars to enjoy chart-topping albums throughout every decade of his career.

Rod has earned countless of the industry’s highest awards, among them, two inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the ASCAP Founders Award for songwriting, New York Times bestselling author, Grammy™ Living Legend, and in 2016 he officially became “Sir Rod Stewart” after being knighted at Buckingham Palace for his services to music and charity.

For more information visit www.rodstewart.com

February 2024: USBG SHAKE IT UP COMPETITION ANNOUNCES FIVE FINALISTS COMPETING AT 2024 BAR & RESTAURANT EXPO

The nation’s most talented bartenders will battle it out for the title of 2024 USBG National Champion

LAS VEGAS –The United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG) has selected five finalists that will compete in the nation’s annual cocktail competition, Shake It Up, hosted this year at the 2024 Bar & Restaurant Expo.

USBG Shake It Up Competition 2024 Finalists:

  • Connor Perry – The Last Word (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Felipe Castro C – Beverage Consultant (Park City, UT)
  • Jonathan Stanyard – The Bitter Gringo Co. (Seattle, WA)
  • Mariano Gil, Jr. – The Laboratory/Shot Republic/Global Bar Solutions (Brownsville, TX)
  • Yolanda Gregg – Ritz Carlton Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)

The competition will take place on the expo’s NxT Stage on Wednesday, March 20, from 1pm – 5pm, where contestants will demonstrate creativity, speed, and skill. Each competitor will craft a cocktail live in front of expo attendees and a panel of expert judges. Bartenders will be awarded points based on several elements including taste, aroma, presentation, creativity and more. The top two scoring contestants will advance to the final round, where the winner will be named the 2024 USBG National Champion and will represent the USBG at the 2024 IBA World Cocktail Championship in Portugal. The Runner-Up will represent the USBG in the 2024 Pan-American Cocktail Championship.

USBG Shake It Up Competition Sponsored By:

  • EuroBar
  • Hoshizaki Ice
  • Reàl Infused Exotics
  • Ron Zacapa Rum

Bartenders have this competition and many other activations to look forward to including the brand-new Cocktail Clubhouse, a dynamic and captivating space exclusively designed for those passionate about pushing the boundaries of beverage creation. Highlights include Profit Power Hours and meetups led by Tiffanie Barriere, The Drinking Coach, spirits educator and influencer, Erick Castro, co-owner of Raised by Wolves and Gilly’s House of Cocktails, and Josh Davis, founder of Brown & Balanced.

The expo will also feature workshops, mixology trainings and masterclasses covering important topics like designing distinct beverage programs, upcoming industry trends, storytelling through mixology, crafting a zero-proof menu, and other game-changing insights. These sessions are led by mixologists and beverage experts like Adam Teeter and Josh Malin, co-CEOs of VinePair, spirits educator and consultant, Shannon Mustipher, master mixologist, Tim Weigel, and many more.

2024 Bar & Restaurant Expo is returning to the Las Vegas Convention Center March 18 – 20, 2024. Those interested in attending or exhibiting can visit www.barandrestaurantexpo.com for more information, and press can register here. Bar & Restaurant Expo is a trade event and not open to the general public.

February 2024:

Gaetano’s Partners with Frank Family Vineyards & Master Somm Joe Phillips for February Wine Dinner

What: Owners Nick and Sarah Palmeri are partnering with Master Sommelier Joseph Phillips and Frank Family Vineyards to host their first wine dinner of 2024, featuring several of The Frank portfolio’s best California wines paired with a special menu of California cuisine-inspired dishes. 

When: Thursday, February 29th at 7 p.m.

Where: Gaetano’s – 10271 S. Eastern Ave. #111 Henderson, NV 89052 

Who: Joseph Phillips, Master Sommelier, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits; Gaetano’s Co-Owners Nick Palmeri and Sarah Palmeri. 

Details: The one night only menu will feature dishes hand-selected to match the style of each wine. During the dinner, Nick Palmeri and Phillips will guide guests through the pairing menu, which will include: 

First Course – Crab Cake with lemon white wine sauce, mixed greens

Wine: Chardonnay Carneros 2022

Second Course – Duck Ravioli with port wine reduction sauce

Wine: Zinfandel, Napa Valley 2019

Third Course- Roasted Prime Rib, herbed demiglace sauce with roasted vegetables

Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2016

Dessert-  Homemade Lemon Raspberry Posset

Wine: Rosè Brut 2016 

Limited Tickets are available at $150 plus tax and gratuity. RSVP by calling 702-361-1661 or email info@gaetanoslv.com.  All-inclusive is available on OpenTable for $195, including tax and tip. No coupons or offers can be applied. Credit cards are required to hold reservations. Cancellations must be made 72 hours prior or a 50% charge will occur. Must be 21 or older to attend the event. 

From left to right: Owners Sarah and Nick Palmeri, Master Sommelier Joseph Phillips 

About Joseph Phillips

Master Sommelier Joe Phillips traces his love of wine back to two distinct individuals: a college professor who not only introduced him to fine wine but also to Irish stout and Chinatown in Boston, and a restaurant manager who was fixated on the thought of devoting an entire refrigerator to storing wine (before the proliferation of dedicated “wine fridges”). These outside influences lured Joe out of his sheltered, East Coast upbringing and tapped into his sense of adventure. Once he caught the wine-and-food bug, there was no turning back. Before he realized what was happening, he was stalking used bookstores, scouring the racks for any texts that were related to wine.

Joe, who was part of the opening team for the Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas, became a Master Sommelier during his career there. He is an active examiner and educator for the Court of Master Sommeliers and a Certified Educator through the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET). He previously managed award-winning wine programs for Aqua, Sensi, and Michael Mina. Joe left the Bellagio to become the Director of Wine for the MGM Grand Resort in Las Vegas. Currently Joe is a Director of Product Education for Southern Glazer’s Wine, Spirits, and Beer of Nevada and makes frequent guest appearances at many venues in Las Vegas, Reno, and UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hospitality. 

Voted Best Sommelier of Las Vegas in 2012 by Las Vegas Weekly

About Gaetano’s

Founded in Calabasas, CA, and located in Henderson, NV since 2002, Gaetano’s is a second-generation family-owned restaurant serving classic Italian recipes. Owners Nick and Sarah Palmeri offer a seasonal selection of house-made pastas, and entrees in an elegant dining room with five-star service. The restaurant also features regular wine dinners and a popular happy hour. 

Gaetano’s

10271 S. Eastern Ave. #111 Henderson, NV 89052 | 702-361-1661

Facebook: @gaetanosristorante.lv | Instagram: @gaetanosristorante

February 2024: The Golden Tiki Expands Food Menu & Happy Hour for 2024

LAS VEGAS, NV (February 1, 2024) – The Golden Tiki team is excited to announce they have expanded their food offerings. Available immediately, the Chinatown destination bar’s new expanded menu will add to their popular selection of Tiki treats and bar food classics with six chicken wing varieties, three slider trios, three salads and even a Hawaiian style plate lunch! The menu will be available 24/7 except during weekend brunch hours (12-3 pm Sat-Sun). 

Complete descriptions of the new menu items as follows*:

  • Wings! – Eight fried chicken wings served with a side of ranch dressing. Your choice of sauce: Teriyaki Lime, Spicy Black Sesame Honey, Peachy Pepper, Jerk, 5-spice, or Tiki’s Choice – $16
  • Pork Slider Trio – Three pork sliders piled high and topped with coleslaw – $16
  • Double Stacked Coconut Shrimp Slider Trio – Topped with coleslaw and wasabi mayo – $16
  • Giant Meatball Slider Trio – Topped with coleslaw and wasabi mayo – $16
  • Tiki Thai Crunch Salad – Cabbage, cucumbers, snap peas, cilantro & red onions mixed with a peanut satay dressing – $14
  • Cold Soba Salad – Gluten free buckwheat noodles with red onions, snap peas, cilantro & cucumbers, tossed with a smokey sesame dressing – $15 
  • Hawaiian Mac Salad – A side bowl of house made traditional macaroni salad – $6
  • Viva Lunch – Shredded Kalua pork with furikake rice & Hawaiian mac salad – $16

Of course, The Golden Tiki will continue to offer current favorites including the Captains Balls, Sticky Fingers, Hot Tots, Crab Rangoons and the show stopping signature Surfboard Pupu Platter.

The Golden Tiki has also revamped their Happy Hour menu! Available every day from 4-7 p.m., The new Happy Hour includes six of TGT’s most popular tiki cocktails for $8 each, six favorite food items for $5-9, select beer for $5, and even Spiked Dole Whip for $8.*

Reservations via the website thegoldentiki.com/reservations are strongly recommended, but walk-ins are also welcome per availability. The regular cocktail list and menu will be available. Must be 21 or older. 

*Subject to change, subject to availability. Management reserves all rights.

The Golden Tiki: Exterior, Interior (courtesy The Golden Tiki)

About The Golden Tiki

Located in Chinatown, Las Vegas, The Golden Tiki takes you on a trip to exotic Skull Island. The Golden Tiki has spared no expense in recreating the classic mid-century tiki bar, reminiscent of the legendary Don the Beachcomber’s and Trader Vic’s while mixing in Las Vegas legend and lore. The hand-crafted cocktail menu features nostalgic classics and new mixological creations by world-renowned barman, Adam Rains. Alongside an eclectic spirits list, curated local craft beer, and a massive rum selection, The Golden Tiki’s hospitality is legendary. Featuring the work of renowned artists Tiki Bosko, Billy the Crud, Bill Collins, and Oceanic Arts, the one-of-a-kind decor also boasts a unique collection of celebrity ‘shrunken heads,’ an astounding array of artifacts, and Bud ‘n Al’s Oasis, the world’s only adult animatronic bird show. 

Accolades include Top 5 Tiki Bars In The Country (Food Network), Ten Best Nightlife Destinations In Las Vegas (USA Today),  Best Tropical Drinks In Las Vegas (Trip Savvy), Top Drinking Destinations In Las Vegas (Virgin Holidays), Best Bar, Readers’ Choice 2018 (Las Vegas Weekly) & Best of The City nods from Desert Companion & Vegas Seven. Culinary Excellence Award for Drink Specialist – 2019 (Nevada Restaurant Association) for Adam Rains, Head Bartender.

thegoldentiki.com | Instagram @goldentiki | Facebook: @thegoldentikivegas | Twitter: @goldentikivegas
3939 Spring Mountain Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89102

January 2024:

From Feast of Friends:

See below for 

  • “Big Game” Things
  • Valentine’s Day specials
  • News
  • Events & Listings
  • Happy Hours/Ongoing Promotions 

Big Game Things

  • Chef James Trees will participate in the Taste of the NFL charity event on Feb 10. Chef James is the only off-Strip chef in the list of invited local Las Vegas Top Culinary Talent. Details at Chefs – Taste of the NFL – February 10, 2024
  • Gaetano’s will be closed for dinner during the game on Sunday Feb 11, but will offer special takeout catering packages for game watching at home. Please email nick@gaetanoslv.com for details

Valentine’s Day

Restaurants offering special menus/offers for Valentine’s Day include:

  • Ada’s Food + Wine: 4 Course Menu $100/pp & 8 Course Chef’s Counter Experience $175/pp Reservations adaslv.com
  • Al Solito Posto: 3 Course Menu with Sparkling Welcome $100/pp Reservations AlSolito.com
  • Gaetano’s: Special a la carte menu. Reservations gaetanoslasvegas.com
  • The Golden Tiki: Special Lovers Luau packages see details below! Reservations thegoldentiki.com
  • Lemon Tree Cafe & Market: Special bakery treats and tea service by appointment. Email Patrick@lemontreecafelv.com 

News

Ada’s Food + Wine has added an amazing $45 Prix-Fixe menu, available daily. Please check out adaslv.com for details! 

Al Solito Posto has added three new seasonal chef inspired pizzas to their menu!

  • Nduja with buttered leeks, garlic cream, smoked mozzarella, farm egg.
  • Wild mushroom and truffle cheese
  • Zucchini squash with goat cheese, pepitas and basil pesto

Esther’s Kitchen has announced a projected opening date of February 29, 2024 for the new Main Street location. Further details to be released soon! Meanwhile…

  • Chef James is also participating in two events at Pebble Beach Food & Wine on April 4-6. Click HERE for more details.
  • Esther’s has released an all-new cocktail menu, and new items at all services including:
    • Lunch: Tuna Melt & the return of the Porchetta Sandwich
    • Brunch: Pasta Fritti, Breakfast Sandwich, Ricotta Toast & more
    • Dinner: Pachamamma Pork Chop; Saffron + Carrot Risotto; Spicy Diavola Pizza; Pasta Al Zucca with Pork Sugo and more

Evel Pie has launched their first charity pie of 2024, collaborating with NFL and ‘Next Level Chef’ veteran Mark McMillian for a third time. Stop in to try the “Next Level Cheese Steak Slice” available through February. One dollar from each slice benefits local charity St. Jude’s Ranch for Children.

Gaetano’s has launched Sunday Brunch service for the first time in their 21+ years. Join them 10am-2pm every Sunday for bottomless options and items such as: 

  • Marsala French Toast: panettone fruit bread, Marsala wine, powdered sugar, and bananas $20
  • Eggs in Purgatory: two organic China Ranch eggs, shredded short ribs, grilled crostini $28
  • Roasted Red Pepper Carpaccio: stracciatella cheese, toasted walnuts, microgreens, grilled crostini $22
  • Rigatoni Vodka: with chicken or sausage $30 
  • 10 oz. Prime New York Steak: with two organic China Ranch eggs, potatoes, grilled crostini $42

RSVP by calling 702-361-1661 or email info@gaetanoslv.com.  

The Golden Tiki has released a new food menu with lots of new Tiki-inspired bites, including three slider trios, five varieties of wings, and even fresh salads! More on that soon…

  • Celebrate Valentine’s Day at TGT with these specials:
    • The “VD Cocktail” cocktail special, a sumptuous blend of Rum, Strawberry, Apricot, Blood Orange, Raspberry Tea, Coconut Cream and Dole Whip. Garnished with Rose Petals and Black Sea Salt. $14
    • The $80 Lovers Luau: One Kuipo for two (Cocktail for 2 in a pineapple; Demon Seaman Shots; Mini Dole Whips; Select Appetizers
    • The $90 Lovers Lanai: Bottle of JP Chenet Sparkling; Demon Seaman Shots, Mini Dole Whips; Select Appetizers
    • The $180 Lovers Leap: Bottle of Moet Chandon Champagne; Demon Seaman Shots; Mini Dole Whips; Select Appetizers 

Reservations Required: thegoldentiki.com/reservations

Lemon Tree Cafe & Market has new cafe items for breakfast including: 

  • Breakfast Burrito:  Ground pork, scrambled eggs, salt, pepper, pico de gallo, cheddar cheese, and our tortilla wrap
  • Breakfast Bowl: Ground pork, scrambled eggs, salt, pepper, pico de gallo, and cheddar cheese
    • Both can be made vegan, or gluten-free. 

Don’t want to drive downtown for Luv-Its? Grab a pint in Lemon Tree’s market–the only outlet for Luv-Its in the Southwest

Ongoing Specials 

Ada’s Food + Wine 

  • Brunch dishes are available Saturday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in addition to the regular menu. Dishes change weekly according to chef’s inspiration 
  • Burger Mondays: $9 Burgers on Monday with purchase of drink; Other burger and bottle specials changing weekly
  • 50% off take-home bottles 

Al Solito Posto 

  • Three course prix fixe menu offers select guest favorite appetizers, pasta, pizzas, and dessert, available daily $50 + tax & gratuity per person

Gaetano’s continues to celebrate Wine Wednesday 50% off select bottles under $100.

Lemon Tree Cafe & Market 

  • Market Deals: 10% your entire purchase if you spend $100 or more. 

Ongoing Happy Hours: 

Ada’s Food + Wine

  • 2-5 p.m. daily 50% off boards and bottles 

Al Solito Posto 

  • 4-6 p.m. daily at the bar only, special food and drink menu available 

Evel Pie

  • 2-6 p.m. daily and includes:
    • $5 Well Liquor Cocktails
    • $3 Pints of Evel Ale, PBR, Coors Light, and Budweiser

Gaetano’s

  • 4:30-6:30 p.m. daily at the bar only, offering deals on wine, beer & cocktails and special bites starting at $8.

The Golden Tiki

  • 4-7 p.m. Sun-Thurs with select specialty cocktails starting at $8 and bites starting at $6 

Lemon Tree Cafe & Market 

  • 4-7 p.m. daily, includes specialty items, discounted pizzas, wine and prosecco

January 2024: What’s the best Happy Hour you’ve been to in Las Vegas? It’s going to be hard to beat Jing in Summerlin! The “Signature Cocktails” from their menu are all only $9 from 4-6pm daily! Our HH cocktails were batched – Honey Ginger Manhattan in the Martini glass and the Jing Old Fashioned on the rock – and de-licious! And on top of that, there are some great menu items too. Some of the dishes we had were full orders – the Yellowtail Serrrano and Rock Shrimp Tempura – and not the Happy Hour size. We also had Lobster Dynamite and Shishito Peppers. It was all just perfect for us as we had spent the afternoon shopping, skipped lunch, and we got there at 5pm and didn’t a reservation! Service was courteous and quick, and the atmosphere gorgeous! Will be back!

January 2024: New question: Have you been to either the Wax Rabbit speakeasy or Miho Mexican – where the speakeasy is hidden inside? Both are in the new Durango resort and yes, we did both! We loved the look of the speakeasy, and we got seats at the bar, but if you plan to go reservations are best. Drinks included a Lemon Drop, Mexican Mule, Hendrick’s gin Martini, and Cadillac Margarita. We also enjoyed our first meal at Miho – starting with Hamachi (halibut) served Carpaccio style, and our main dishes included savory Quesabirria Tacos with a delicious consommé for dipping, perfectly made Chicken Suiza Enchiladas, flavorful Carne Asada Fajitas and grilled chicken tacos. We will be back to both the speakeasy and the restaurant!

Dry January 2024: Looking for Mocktails?

The Golden Tiki

Virgin Cocktails

  • Duder-boy Swizzle: Cold brew coffee, coconut & cream, fever tree club soda $9
  • N/A Painkiller: Creamy coconut with Lyre’s dark cane, topped with grated nutmeg $9
  • Pog Killer: Passionfruit, orange, guava, & pineapple juices mix with coconut & cream $9
  • Ruby Rains: Red ruby grapefruit, cinnamon, lime juice, and ginger beer $9
  • Tropical Vertigo: Kalinago Carib, ginger, pineapple, &  lime juices topped with seltzer $9
  • Salud!: A wellness shot of ginger, turmeric, honey, Kalinago Carib & lemon juice $6

Gaetano’s

Non Alcoholic

  • Espresso Martini: Prosecco, Vermouth, Campari
  • Italian Spritz: Lyre’s Spritz, Fever Tree Soda, Orange
  • Amaretto Sour: Lyre’s Amaretti N/A, Sweet and Sour
  • No-groni: Lyre’s; Dry London Spirit, Aperitif Rosso, Italian Orange
  • Manhattan: Lyre’s; American Malt, Aperitif Rosso, N/A Bitters

Al Solito Posto

Spirit Free

  • Bohemian Spirit: Lyre’s aperitivo rosso, fever tree pink sparkling grapefruit $12
  • Tropical Mule: ginger, lime, pineapple, fever tree elderflower tonic $12

Esther’s Kitchen

Spirit Free

  • Eight Days a Week: Lyre’s n.a. Gin, guava, coconut, lime, grapefruit
    a fruity crusher you’ll desire as often as the name states $10
  • Nai Tai: Lyre’s n.a. rums and triple sec, orgeat, lime
    a twist on a classic tiki drink- like a mai tai but not quite $10
  • Hazy IPA: Free Wave/Athletic, CT/ 0% $7

Ada’s

  • N/A spritz

January 2024: Do you know about the new Brunch at Gaetano’s in Henderson? We were lucky enough to attend a preview yesterday to see the menu and try a few of their new items. I started with a delectable sippable Sbagliato made with prosecco, vermouth and Campari while Eddie went for the San Marzano Bloody Mary that was decorated with spicy salami and Castelvetrano olives! Then Eddie ordered the Eggs in Purgatory with yummy shredded short ribs and I had to have the Panini Mortadella – owner Nick Palmeri had sliced the Mortadella fresh for it! While other guests took several Instagram-worthy photos of many more dishes (menu items listed below) we just couldn’t imagine eating more! The Sunday brunch begins January 14, so I suggest you get your reservations now!

January 2024: Have you been to the new Fontainebleau Las Vegas? Honestly, I have a hard time just spelling the name correctly! LOL! Friends from CA were visiting so we took them to the strip to see our latest hotel and casino. The place is very open looking – from the very grand lobby through to the casino floor, with beautiful chandeliers, large bars + restaurants, artwork and my favorite bathroom sign for the ladies too! We took an escalator to the second floor for the views, but also to chat it up with one of the elevator hosts. He told us that the top floors housed one full suite each and came with a butler and dog walker!

January 2024:

Gaetano’s Announces Sunday Brunch Starting January 14

Henderson, NV (Jan 5, 2024) – Co-Owners Nick and Sarah Palmeri are proud to announce for the first time ever, Henderson’s favorite Italian restaurant Gaetano’s will be adding Sunday Brunch service. Starting January 14, 2024, Gaetano’s will be open for brunch every Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with a menu of Italian inspirations and American classics, bottomless options and creative twists.

“Brunch is very popular in Las Vegas and Henderson, so we thought a long time about what we could offer that was a little different,” says Nick Palmeri. “Our brunch will be comfortable and chill, lots of fun but definitely not a day club.”

Highlights from the Sunday Brunch menu include:

  • Tricolore Bruschetta: fresh tomato garlic & basil, avocado, cannellini white bean & rosemary $12
  • Marsala French Toast: panettone fruit bread, Marsala wine, powdered sugar, and bananas $20
  • Eggs in Purgatory: two organic China Ranch eggs, shredded short ribs, grilled crostini $28
  • Panini Mortadella: mortadella, stracciatella cheese, roasted red bell peppers, mixed greens, pesto aioli potato chips $18
  • Roasted Red Pepper Carpaccio: stracciatella cheese, toasted walnuts, microgreens, grilled crostini $22
  • Rigatoni Vodka with chicken or sausage $30
  • 10 oz. Prime New York Steak with two organic China Ranch eggs, potatoes, grilled crostini $42

Several vegan options will also be offered. ‘Bottomless’ options, carafes of Aperol Spritz, Sangrias, cocktails, mocktails and wine will all be available.

Reservations are not required, but always recommended, and can be made at gaetanoslasvegas.com.

About Gaetano’s

Founded in Calabasas, CA, and located in Henderson, NV since 2002, Gaetano’s is a second-generation family-owned restaurant serving classic Italian recipes. Owners Nick and Sarah Palmeri offer a seasonal selection of house-made pastas and entrees in an elegant dining room with five-star service. The restaurant also features regular wine and whiskey dinners, a popular happy hour, and have recently added Sunday Brunch.

Gaetano’s

10271 S. Eastern Ave. #111 Henderson, NV 89052 | 702-361-1661

Facebook: @gaetanosristorante.lv | Instagram: @gaetanosristorante

“Eggs in Purgatory” Photo: Gaetano’s Ristorante Las Vegas