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BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW

                                  contributed by Jackie Brett                                 

LA CAVE AT WYNN UNVEILS NEW GARDEN LOUNGE: La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway at Wynn, which opened in 2010, has revealed its Photo: Jeff Greennew garden lounge, a stylish refresh of the restaurant, along with several new dishes and wines. The most striking enhancement change is to La Cave’s garden lounge, which is now enclosed in operable glass windows and offering a picturesque setting. The open-air design brings the outdoors inside with views of gardens and a pool, along with an enchanting floor-to-ceiling “living wall” filled with colorful succulents.. Corporate Executive Chef William DeMarco, who developed the original La Cave menu of American small plates, has added several new menu items including: chicken and caviar made from chilled crispy wings, caviar and crème fraiche $29; sea scallops with chorizo and sunny side-up quail eggs $19; short rib tacos, $18; and baked meatballs served over creamy polenta $14. La Cave added several new wines to its expansive list of 350 bottle selections and 50 wines by the glass. The restaurant opens daily at 11:30 a.m., and offers a butler-style brunch served every Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

BEER PARK HAS EXPANDED WITH INDOOR OPTION: Beer Park, the popular 9,000-square-foot rooftop playground at Paris overlooking the Strip, has more than doubled in size with the opening of a bar interior 10,000-square-foot expansion. The overall design of the expansion was inspired by a house with Beer Park’s current rooftop deck becoming the back yard. With garage doors open the venue offers an indoor-outdoor feel. The living room-like inside offers comfortable, oversized seating with dozens of HDTVs viewable from every seat. Old-school arcade and carnival games include Skee-Ball, Pop-A-Shot and darts, plus an enclosed patio offers karaoke, open to the public or for private events. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide ample natural light during daytime, and views of the Strip at night. Beer Park offers more than 100 varieties of beer, including 36 on draft, along with reimagined stadium cuisine, with many selections prepared on an outdoor, custom-made Budweiser beechwood smoker and grill.

NEW LAS VEGAS GIFT SHOP OPENS AT THE STRAT: Marshall Retail Group has opened a new Welcome to Las Vegas Gift Shop insidecasino gift shop The Strat. The convenient, one-stop gift shop, located on the casino floor adjacent to the William Hill Sports Book, features an updated look with refreshed aesthetic from its original concept. This store opening marks the fourth installment of retail locations on the property, including an existing Welcome to Las Vegas Gift Shop. In addition, ESSENTIALS and Exhilarate 108 also offer exclusive Strat-centric merchandise, mirroring the design of the newly rebranded property.

SECRETBURGER ANNOUNCES PICNIC IN THE ALLEY: SecretBurger.com is partnering with Fergusons Downtown to present Picnic in the Alley on Sunday, Oct. 6. This event putting an eye on talented female chefs, artists and creators is being planned, produced, and presented by an all-star team headed by SecretBurger’s Jolene Mannina. The event offering food, drink and entertainment will be held in the Alley across from the newly restored Fergusons Downtown. Confirmed lady chefs from on and off the Strip for this food-focused event will include Sonia El-Nawal – Rooster Boy; Elizabeth Blau – Blau & Associates; Nicole Brisson – Locale; Jennifer Murphy – Hell’s Kitchen; and Gina Marinelli – La Strega. Attendees will enjoy cocktails from Sarah Gage of Corduroy, Sonia Steela of Ada’s, and Juyong Kang of The Dorsey. Early bird tickets are $100 at SecretBurger.com starting July 9, and $125 after Sept. 5.

FLAVORS FOR LIFE HOLDS ITS FIRST GASTRONOMIC AFFAIR: The Flavors For Life (FFL) Organization will hold its first Gastronomic Affair downtown on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the World Market Center, Worldview on 16, Building B. This inaugural event will showcase some of Las Vegas’ top chefs and restaurants creating and serving special healthy dishes and will allow participants to discover new restaurants, recipes and ways to live healthy. Cookbooks featuring the recipes prepared at the affair will be available for a donation.  FFL’s healthy culinary movement is created to educate the community how to cook and eat healthy because America is No. 1 in the world in obesity among adults and children. Some contributing factors to this epidemic seem to be directly proportional to society’s shifts and heavy reliance on fast and processed foods. According to an article by “USA Today,” the average millennial eats out five times a week, 14 percent more than baby boomers. Educating diners on how to make healthier choices when eating out will motivate restaurateurs to offer more healthy meals in their menus.

ALL BEAUTY & ESSEX LOCATIONS LAUNCH HEALTHY SUMMER SALAD: TAO Group DJ resident Mustard and Executive two chefsChef Chris Santos together are introducing a new salad to be served throughout the summer at all Beauty & Essex locations including in Las Vegas at The Cosmopolitan. The Mustard Summer Salad available through September for $18 is a baby romaine, little gem and mustard green salad, with grilled chicken, red and yellow watermelon, asparagus, crisp julienned apple, baby mozzarella, candied walnuts and a mustard vinaigrette. Mustard joined Santos in the kitchen to develop the dish, which includes some of the music producer’s favorite ingredients and was inspired by his new health kick. Mustard, who has been performing at TAO Group Las Vegas venues since 2017, recently decided to focus on his health, documenting his wellness journey on his Instagram series. Santos, who is also a judge on Food Network’s “Chopped,” has renewed his own focus on wellness.

EUREKA! STARTS ‘STEAL THE GLASS’ WEDNESDAYS: Eureka! mixing cocktailslocated inside the historic Emergency Arts Building downtown is the all-American restaurant featuring an all-scratch kitchen and bar specializing in craft beer and small-batch spirits in a rustic industrial environment. Proudly, Eureka! supports Las Vegas’ proliferating craft beer scene, and spotlights a different brewery every Wednesday for “Steal the Glass.” For this weekly occasion, Eureka! partners with a local craft brewery to create branded glassware for guests to take home when they order the featured craft beer of the day. The experience can include one featured beer or a “tap takeover” where the brewery taps multiple beers from a featured brewer. “Steal the Glass” takes place from 6 p.m. to midnight every Wednesday while supplies last. Of the 40 craft taps at Eureka!, more than half belong to local breweries.

DOWNTOWN CONTAINER PARK HOSTS ‘SUMMER SIP’ BEER WALK: Downtown Container Park, an open-air marketplace and live entertainment venue, will host a “Summer Sip” beer walk on Saturday, July 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. with bottomless barley options and live music. Each ticket includes unlimited top offs of shandy, pale ales and ciders. So Stoked will provide live entertainment at The Lawn featuring music from Bruno Mars to The Beatles. Tickets are on sale for $25 online or $30 at the gate.

RECKLESS IN VEGAS PERFORM AT ALIANTE: The trio Reckless In Vegas has blended the imagery, banter and timeless music from the large musical group1960s era in Las Vegas with a contemporary rock band aesthetic and will headline the Access Showroom at Aliante on Saturday, July 13. The artists have created a show with modern versions of songs by iconic artists such as Sinatra, Elvis, Sonny & Cher, Frankie Valli, Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash, Bobby Darin, etc. Tickets are $20 for the 8 p.m. show. A portion of the concert proceeds will be donated to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children.

MOB MUSEUM HAPPENINGS: There is always something mob underground barinteresting happening at The Mob Museum downtown. At The Underground, the museum’s Prohibition history exhibition in the basement, offers Happy Hours Sundays through Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. The new Happy Hour specials include $2 off all cocktails, beer, wine and food. Due to popular demand, weekly Jazz Nights at The Underground with its 1920’s-inspired ambiance has been extended to three nights a week, Thursdays-Saturdays from 7 to 11 p.m. Jazz nights feature local talent performing; use secret password Cool Cats for free admission. There will be a birthday celebration on Wednesday, July 24 starting at 5:30 p.m. for former Mayor Oscar Goodman, who will be turning 80, with candid commentary from the man of the hour. The Museum will honor Goodman, the Mob defense attorney and visionary behind the establishment of The Mob Museum, with fun facts and anecdotes. All attendees will be able to play along with a customized game of bingo, drink specials, birthday cupcakes and prizes.

NEW NACHO DADDY HOT SAUCES AVAILABLE ONLINE: Las Vegas-born and raised beginning in 2010, Nacho Daddy has impressed guests with its three Las Vegas locations for nearly a decade. In addition to nachos, the modern Mexican kitchen serves all-day breakfast, healthy salads, fajitas, Mexican-American collisions, vegetarian options and a full vegan menu. Nacho Daddy also has the sauce. Made famous in its restaurants, Nacho Daddy now sells two varieties of hot sauce, the Nacho Daddy Stinger Original Hot Sauce and the Nacho Daddy Stinger Scorching Hot Sauce (with real scorpions). Both varieties of sauces are available for purchase in store, at the company’s website, and on Amazon.  Late last year, Nacho Daddy opened its first out of market expansion with a fourth location in suburban Atlanta, Ga., and is planning its fifth location opening in Salt Lake City later this year.

DINING TIDBITS

Valencian Gold is opening on Friday, July 12 at 7960 S. Rainbow Blvd., Suite 8000A. Two American Chefs Paras Shah and Jeffrey Weiss trained in Spain and returned to the states with a vision to bring paella to the people. The newly-remodeled Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse on Paradise Road will host a Frank Family Wine Dinner featuring wine handcrafted by Frank Family Vineyards and paired with a four-course dinner experience on Friday, July 19 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $150. Crazy Pita Rotisserie & Grill with three locations including The District at Green Valley Ranch, Town Square, and Downtown Summerlin will reveal one of its secret menu items in honor of National French Fry Day on Saturday, July 13. All Crazy Pita “E-Pita Club” members will receive a coupon for one free order of loaded fries, which are regularly prices at $9.99, valid for that day only. Those who sign up online for the “E-Pita Club” prior to July 13 will also receive a coupon. House of Blues Restaurant & Bar inside Mandalay Bay is offering their summer promotion Kids Eat Free now through Aug. 31. Daily during lunch, 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., kids under the age of 10 eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée. This deal is good for up to four free kids’ meals with four entrée purchases. Boteco, located at 9500 S. Eastern Ave., suite 170. is holding “A Summer Day in Bordeaux” four-course tasting menu to celebrate summer Périgord black truffles on Thursday, Aug. 1. This black winter truffle variety is grown exclusively in the southwestern region of France called Périgord and is considered the champagne of truffles by discerning culinary professionals. Price is $65 with wine pairings included. For reservations, call 702-790-2323.

BOTH ARIZONA CHARLIE’S LAUNCH ’50+ PERKS SENIOR DAY’: This month both Arizona Charlie’s Boulder and Decatur have launched a new “50+ PERKS Senior Day” promotion for guests everycasino exterior Monday. Seniors are offered an array of promotions on Senior Days, including: 20 percent off at the Sourdough Cafe at both properties; one complimentary bingo blue pack with six bingo cards; and a complimentary kiosk game where guests may spin the chance to win prizes including free slot play, bonus points and a mystery gift. Plus, on the third Monday of every month, seniors will have the opportunity to participate in a free Senior Slot Tournament’ with the chance to win up to $500 in free slot play, starting on Monday, Aug. 19. To take advantage of Arizona Charlie’s “50+ PERKS Senior Day” promotion, guests must be 50 years of age or older and be a True Rewards member.

CADENCE COMMUNITY OFFERS SECOND ‘SUMMER SOIREE’: Following the successful launch of its “Summer Soiree” series last month in Cadence’s Central Park in Henderson, the second family-friendly “Cadence Summer Soiree” event will be held on Saturday, July 13 from 6-10 p.m. and have a country twist. The evening will kick off with line dancing classes while DJ Jace spins country hits. The headlining local band will be Huckleberry Hicks and there will be food trucks, and oversized lawn games. The event is open to the public with free admission to the park grounds and complimentary on-site street parking. Food and drinks will be available for purchase directly from each food truck and during the first hour of the event, attendees will be able to enjoy $1 off specialty items. Another Summer Soiree event is slated for Aug. 10.

ABOUT TOWN NEWS

The Laugh Factory at the Tropicana has a special booking this week with comedian D.C. Young Fly performing at 7 p.m. show comedian in grey shirtthis Monday through Thursday. He is a veteran cast member of Nick Cannon’s “Wild ’n Out,” which wrapped its 13th season this year, and can recently be seen on MTV’s “Total Request Live” reboot as one of its main hosts. Maverick Airlines recently received the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) 2018 Award of Excellence “Diamond Award.” The prestigious honor is a result of the company’s ongoing dedication to maintenance training and aircraft safety. A guest at the Fremont Hotel & Casino downtown recently hit an IGT’s Wheel of Fortune® Triple Red Hot Sevens slots jackpot for $221,380. The player parlayed a $1.25 spin into the major prize playing the 25-cent game. The Basement, a new live escape room at 3440 Polaris Ave., is offering both Clark County School District and private school employees one complimentary ticket with purchase of at least one regular-priced ticket using discount code “OUTSMARTHIM” when booking online. The complimentary ticket offer is in honor of National Back to School Month and good throughout the month of August.

RECENT SIGHTINGS

Mercato Della Pescheria at the Venetian Resort welcomed featherweight UFC champion Brian Ortega and his close crew and management for an evening out ahead of the UFC 239 maintwo chefs event at the T-Mobile Arena. Larsa Pippen celebrated her birthday at Beauty & Essex inside The Cosmopolitan toasting the night with the restaurant’s Wonder Wheel.  Also celebrating a birthday at the restaurant was singer Ally Brooke, who turned 27 at midnight. After a dinne,r  Brooke and friends headed to Marquee Nightclub. Singer Dinah Jane had a belated birthday celebration at Beauty & Essex with friends for a feast of share plates and specialty cocktails. Singer Kehlani dined at TAO inside The Venetian before heading to Marquee, where Scott Hoying of Pentatonix was also spotted.  For the Fourth of July, TAO was filled with notable folks. At the Asian bistro were “Vanderpump Rules “star LaLa Kent and fiancé Randall Emmett. After dinner they went to TAO Nightclub, where DJ Vice was spinning. At another table, singer Dinah Jane was joined for dinner by two friends before heading to the nightclub. Kirstin Maldonado from acapella group Pentatonix also enjoyed signature dishes at TAO followed by a night in the club.