Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Palazzo Resort In Las Vegas Puts On A Unique Thanksgiving Feast

The Palazzo Resort In Las Vegas celebrated Thanksgiving with a unique, festive and sold out Thanksgiving Holiday Feast with a waterfall backdrop during Winter in Venice. The inaugural event was a great way  for guests to experience Thanksgiving on the famed Las Vegas Strip.

 Over 75 guests at this sold out event sat side by side at two 30-foot picnic-style benches surrounded by magnificent décor featuring autumn leaves, bales of hay, cornucopia and traditional crops of American landscape.

The Palazzo’s Executive Chef Olivier Dubreuil prepared a mouthwatering feast for Thanksgiving served family-style of course. 

Executice Chef Olivier Dubreuil

Guests started the festive event with a lovely Ginger butternut squash soup with spicy pecan cream and a rich Fresh tomato and corn soup with garlic and basil croutons to get their appetites set for what was to come.  
Chef Olivier kept up the momentum with a Pear, arugula and pancetta salad, a Roquefort apple with ginger salad and a palate pleasing Belgian endive and cranberry vinaigrette salad.  After such a great start guests could only sit back and get ready for what was to come.
Belgian endive and cranberry vinaigrette salad.

Chef presented guests an opportunity to experience a traditional Thanksgiving entrée of Whole roast pig “Farcies” and then  amazed everyone in attendance with a Seared sea bass filet with shitake mushrooms and baby corn that in  our opinion was one of the best preparations of Sea Bass we have had in a very long time.

Seared sea bass filet shitake mushrooms  baby corn

Any Thanksgiving Feast would not be complete without all of the “fixings”.  Chef Olivier provided a parade of Sweet potato soufflés, Fennel “au gratin” with pecorino and lemon, Yukon gold puree with rosemary butter, Stuffed onions, Traditional buttermilk biscuits, Artisan rolls and even Zucchini cornbread to add to the main culinary delights .

This festive, feast would not end until guests grabbed their dessert forks and spoons and enjoyed Pumpkin cheesecake with marshmallow sour cream, Caramel pumpkin pie, Blueberry crumble pie,  Warm apple cobbler, Cherry tartlets and Profiteroles for a finale that will be remembered.

This was a Thanksgiving feast that should become a Palazzo Tradition for years to come.  Traditional and Non-Traditional dishes along with the lovely featured wines  of  I’M, Chardonnay by Isabel Mondavi, Sonoma County 2010, Siduri, Pinot Noir and Santa Lucia Highlands “SLH” California 2010 was a delightful way to spend the holiday and make new friends .

“This is the way Thanksgiving is meant to be done,” said Sebastien Silvestri, vice president of Food and Beverage for The Venetian and The Palazzo. “This spectacular feast is fit for royalty and we are excited to offer our guests this first-of-its-kind experience. We hope that our guests will come back year after year for this annual celebration and share in this joyous holiday occasion with The Palazzo family.”  We could not agree more.  Cheers to the Palazzo Resort for providing its guests a unique way to celebrate Thanksgiving in Las Vegas.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

LEV Restaurant Group Opens New i♥burgers Location at Town Square in Las Vegas

The family-friendly restaurant brings pure deliciousness to the neighborhood 

We have known about this wonderful land of burgers from literally "day one " at the Palazzo location. And now The LEV Restaurant Group opened its second i♥burgers (I Love Burgers) location in Las Vegas at the neighborhood outdoor mall of Town Square on Saturday, Nov. 12. The first location opened in January 2011 inside the Shoppes at the Palazzo and has served more than 150,000 burgers in its first year of operation and we are happy so say contributed to more than one of those 150,000

Some guests don’t want to venture inside a Las Vegas casino to enjoy burger favorites like the Standard, the Caprese (Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella, Tomato, Basil and Balsamic Vinaigrette) or the Plymouth’s Pride (a turkey burger with stuffing and cranberry chutney). The i♥bacon is a tour-de-pork, featuring a patty composed of brisket and applewood-smoked bacon topped with more applewood-smoked bacon, bacon mayonnaise and crispy onion straws. All burgers (including beef, bacon, chicken, salmon, turkey and homemade black bean vegetarian) are served on a proprietary brioche-style bun made locally in Las Vegas by a family-owned bakery.

i♥burgers also features a series of delicious and healthy salads from their sister restaurant, The Daily Kitchen & Wellness Bar (opening soon at Town Center and 215 in the Gardens Plaza). Large salads like the i♥chopped and the Panzanella are available with seared ahi tuna or chicken, for guests who are looking for a burger alternative. The Town Square location also features a milkshake station making scrumptious milkshakes, including the famous Blueberry Panshake, made with real blueberry pancakes, blueberries and maple syrup.

New to the Town Square location is a fast-casual format, where guests place an order at the front counter and their food is delivered. This format allows for quick service and a low, family-friendly price which complements the large chalkboard walls available for drawing and games. While kids enjoy the ice cream treats and draw on the walls, adults can enjoy the full bar with 25 different beers and specialty cocktails. Spiked milkshakes are also available for the young at heart (but 21 of body). Stop in !  you wont be disappointed 

i♥burgers is ideally located on the North side of Town Square next to valet by Rave Motion Picture Theater. For more information on the restaurant visit www.iloveburgers.com or find them on Facebook at facebook.com/iloveburgersrestaurant or follow them on Twitter at @ilvburgers.  

Monday, November 7, 2011


Culinary festival features renowned cuisine from over 15 celebrated restaurants

The Venetian® and The Palazzo® welcome the return of the hottest culinary event this fall with their fourth annual food festival, Carnival of Cuisine. The event will take place Saturday, Dec. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. in The Palazzo Ballroom and will showcase award-winning cuisine available exclusively at restaurants of The Venetian and The Palazzo. Tickets on sale now and may be purchased in person at any Venetian l Palazzo Box Office, by phone at 702.414.9000 or online at venetian.com or palazzo.com.

Guests can enjoy cooking demonstrations, tastings from more than 15 eateries including five
James Beard Award winners and a variety of specialty drinks. Ticket holders will have the chance to win prizes including signed cookbooks, restaurant gift certificates and show tickets.

Carnival of Cuisine is presented by Grazie®, the premier loyalty program that rewards guests of The Venetian and The Palazzo for staying in the resorts’ suites, dining at the restaurants, shopping at the boutiques and gaming in the casinos.
Executive Chef Lucino Pellegrini , Valentino 

Participating restaurants include: B&B Ristorante, Bouchon, Café Presse, Carnevino, Delmonico, Dos Caminos, Otto, FIRST Food & Bar, Grand Lux Café, Lagasse’s Stadium, Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro, Pinot Brasserie, SUSHISAMBA, Sweet Surrender, Table 10, Valentino Las Vegas, Venetian|Palazzo Catering, ZINE and Zeffirino.

Executive Chef Sam DMarco , First Food & Bar 

Tickets are priced $60 (all inclusive), and $85 for VIP tickets. Grazie® members receive a special discount ticket rate starting at $50 (all inclusive), and $75 for VIP tickets. All VIP ticket holders will receive early noon admission and a gift. Guests must be 21 and over to attend Carnival of Cuisine. Grazie members may use Grazie points towards tickets to this exclusive event. For more information on Grazie call 877.2GRAZIE or 702.414.4116.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Capone Family Secrets Are Shared At Capo's Restaurants In Las Vegas

Restaurateur Nico Santucci and his Capo Restaurants have had a home in Las Vegas since 1964. The restaurant, Capos, is reminiscent of Prohibition Era speakeasies’; just getting into the front door is a feat in itself. Recently we had the chance to join this one of a kind restaurateur at a VIP party held at the opulent and eccentric Parisian Palace to launch Mr. Santucci’s new line of Italian pasta sauces using some very special recipes including AL Capone Family’s Secret Recipes.

The Capone recipes have been secret for over 80 years and have escaped raids by Federal Agents on Al Capone’s residences and other locations. And now, it’s no secret that these sauces and other specialty food products can be enjoyed by all of us thanks to Mr. Santucci and the Capone family.
As we walked into the Parisian Palace we passed a 1920’s era “gangster” car and were greeted by lovely flapper girls who opened the door into a wonderland of opulence. Each room was decorated with a specific theme and even a bowling alley and night club allowed guests to experience almost any environment they could imagine.

We wandered passed rooms full of “gangsters” sipping on cocktails and enjoying some great dishes featuring these very special sauces.  "We hope to bring some of these incredible specialty sauces and recipes the light they deserve; Santucci went on to add, “The savory marinara recipe may be the best I've ever sampled. In fact, my Capos Restaurants in Las Vegas has adjusted the menu to include the traditional red sauce and spicy Rustico.”
The kitchen was abuzz with activity as guest after guest sampled meatballs drenched in Capone recipe sauces. This was not just a launch party but a fundraiser for Safe Nest , an organization that helps abused women and children. 

The new products include Root Beer, Italian sodas, tomato and basil sauce, spicy Rustico sauce, traditional red sauce, bread & butter garlic cloves, mild pepper mix (giardiniera), hot olive salad oil, traditional olive salad oil and roasted red pepper halves. 

The Capone Family Secret sauces and other specialty items can be found at Capo’s Restaurants and on its website www.caposfood.com. Who could ask for a more perfect partnership than the agreement between Nico Santucci and Dominic Capone, grandnephew of Al Capone.
There was no better way to experience an 80 year old recipe from a very well known family than at The Parisian Palace.  These products are also served nightly at all Capo’s Restaurants. A night of legends it truly was but the true greatness of traditional Italian products will be carried on through the Santucci and Capone legacy.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Origin India Owner Raja Majid Recieves The 2011 Restaurant Neighbor Award

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We had had the pleasure of dining at Origin India on many occasions . We are pleased  to announce that  recently Raja Majid, owner of Origin India Restaurant and Bar, was   awarded this year’s Restaurant Neighbor Award. The announcement came at the annual Culinary Excellence Award Gala, held by the Nevada Restaurant Association at Canyon Gate Country Club in Las Vegas.
The Restaurant Neighbor Award is given each year to restaurants that exemplify the industry’s community support and philanthropic spirit. Majid, a three-time Restaurant Neighbor Award winner, was presented the 2011 award for the small business category. As a recipient of this prestigious award, he received a plaque to be displayed in the restaurant. Additionally, Origin India will be profiled on the National Restaurant Association website displaying their efforts of giving back to the community.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have been chosen for this award and would like to thank everyone involved in our nomination,” said Majid. “Community activism is very important to us and receiving the award is a great honor for all the fundraising we’ve worked hard on this year.”
Since opening in April of 2003, Majid has been passionately involved in community activism. Origin India has been involved in raising funds to help flood victims in Pakistan, and supports many charities in the United States. The restaurant has raised more than $50,000 for charity in 2010 alone, with $6,000 allocated to helping the Pakistani flood victims and the rest going to such organizations as Share Our Strength, Ronald McDonald House, the James Beard Foundation, the Candle Lighters Childhood Cancer Foundation and the University of Las Vegas Alumni Association.
For more information about Origin India, please visit www.originindiarestaurant.com. For more information regarding the Restaurant Neighbor award, visit the Nevada Restaurant Association’s website at www.nvrestaurants.com.

Origin India Restaurant and Bar is located at 4480 Paradise Rd. (across from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Specializing in modern Indian cuisine, Origin India has received critical acclaim by local and national media alike. The restaurant’s stylish décor is a combination of earth tones, leather and wood, creating a warm and comforting atmosphere. Its full bar features an interesting wine list plus a variety of Indian and other imported beers and a wide array of signature cocktails. Origin India is open seven days a week from 11:30am to 11:30pm Make a reservation by calling (702) 734-6342 or visiting OriginIndiaRestaurant.com. Keep current with Origin India at Facebook.com/OriginIndiaRestaurant and on Twitter @OriginIndia.