Lip Smacking Foodie Tours Offers Ultimate Steakhouse Experience for Father’s Day

















Left to right: Guests enjoying the Ultimate Steakhouse Tour; exclusive spirits tasting; Maverick Helicopters flight over the Las Vegas Strip

LIP SMACKING FOODIE TOURS OFFERS DECADENT SPLURGE FOR DAD THIS FATHER’S DAY: THE ULTIMATE STEAKHOUSE EXPERIENCE

Experience Includes Three Steakhouses, USDA Prime and A5 Japanese Wagyu Beef, Wine Pairings, Specialty Whiskey Tastings and a Maverick Helicopters Flight over the Strip to Conclude the Evening

For that extraordinary dad who appreciates the finer things in life, Lip Smacking Foodie Tours offers an EPIC-urean experience that makes the perfect Father’s Day gift: The Ultimate Steakhouse Tour. The top-rated, award-winning experiential culinary company has curated an evening starring the finest USDA Prime and highest-rated A5 Japanese Wagyu beef—not to mention an array of other carnivores’ delights—served at three of the destination’s preeminent steakhouses.

The Ultimate Steakhouse Tour visits Las Vegas’ most glamorous, award-winning steakhouses, including:

Bazaar Meat by Chef José Andrés, named one of the “Top 5 Steakhouses in America” and “Best Restaurant in Las Vegas.” Here, guests will begin with decadent Foie Gras Lollipops wrapped in gauzy wisps of cotton candy, and feast on expertly prepared meats such as the famed Spanish Jamón Ibérico de Bellota and A5 Japanese Kobe Eye of the Rib.

Jean Georges Steakhouse by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the signature restaurant by this legendary French chef. Here, the luxe extravaganza continues with Golden Osetra Caviar Toasts, Wagyu Brisket and the 93-point Darioush Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Napa Valley, redolent with berry, espresso and anise notes.

Scotch 80 Prime, one of the hot new kids on the block and named for Las Vegas’ historic and tony Scotch 80s neighborhood.  This notable newcomer quickly earned a reputation not only for its stunning fine-art décor but also meticulous attention to detail. Here, Dad will be wowed by the restaurant’s signature Mesquite Fired Crustacean Tower, piled high with fresh seafood and flambéed right at the table, as well as a 42-ounce Tomahawk Ribeye served bone-in and sliced to perfection. Tableside Fire & Ice Banana Split crowned with hand-torched caramelized bananas provides the Ultimate Steakhouse Tour’s sweet finale.  

As if this carnivore’s dream-come-true were not enough, Dad will also enjoy luxury door-to-door transportation, fine wine pairings, an after-dinner scotch or bourbon tasting, and a breathtaking Maverick Helicopters Vegas Nights flight over the Las Vegas Strip at the end of the evening.

While this experience is typically available for private group bookings of eight people or more, in honor of Father’s Day Lip Smacking Foodie Tours is offering adoring sons and daughters the chance to gift Dad this unforgettable experience. Priced at $1,250 per person, minimum two people, the experience is available to purchase during the month of June. Click here to make a reservation or purchase a gift certificate.

ABOUT LIP SMACKING FOODIE TOURS

In just a short time, Lip Smacking Foodie Tours has grown into the premier culinary walking tour in Las Vegas, garnering not only loyal fans but also outstanding accolades. Its variety of experiences offers guests personalized service and VIP access to the best tables in the house at the city’s most acclaimed restaurants – all without standing in line or the hassle of making reservations. Each tour includes an expert guide who entertains guests with insider knowledge about the sights along the way. At each of four restaurant stops on The Strip or downtown, guests indulge in signature dishes, as well as receive a warm welcome from the chefs. Guests can sit beside different patrons at every stop, gaining new friends and networking connections. The tours are perfect for everyone from locals to tourists to business travelers, including corporate groups of up to 250. In 2019, Lip Smacking Foodie Tours expanded for the first time outside of Vegas to include upscale Santana Row in San Jose, located in the heart of California’s dynamic Silicon Valley. 

Recent honors include: “Best Tour”, “Best Food Tour”, and “Best Date Night Spot” by Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2018; “Best Food/Beverage Tour Operations (Land)” by The World Food Travel Association 2018; “Best Tour,” “Best Fine Dining,” and “Best Brunch” by Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2017; “Best Tour” by Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2016; “Best Tour” by INVEGAS Magazine in 2015 and 2016; and “Best New Tour” by Thrillist in 2015. It has also earned inclusion in TripAdvisor’s “Top 3” tours in Las Vegas and ranked as the No. 1 tour on Yelp.

Additionally, Lip Smacking Foodie Tours has been given the honored distinction of “preferred partner member’’ of Virtuoso, the invitation-only member network catering to luxury travel advisors. That designation means that no other company offering similar experiences can become a member of this leading international travel agency network specializing in opulent experiential travel. For more information, visit lipsmackingfoodietours.com.

MGM Resorts International Restaurants Earn Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards in 2016

MGM Resorts International Restaurants Earn Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards in 2016

Global Hospitality Company Among 3,595 Winners;
Full 2016 Dining Guide Revealed in Wine Spectator
’s August Issue

Select restaurants at MGM Resorts International, one of the world’s leading global hospitality companies, have been honored with outstanding wine programs in Wine Spectator’s 2016 Restaurant Wine List Awards. The restaurants are recognized among other winners from all over the world as top destinations for wine lovers.

“On behalf of Wine Spectator, I’m thrilled to congratulate each and every award-winning restaurant. They should be very proud,” said Marvin R. Shanken, Editor and Publisher, Wine Spectator.

MGM Resorts International Executive Director of Wine Jason Smith said, “In order to provide the best experience possible for our guests, we strive to curate superior wine lists that complement the cuisine at each distinct venue within our resorts. It’s an honor that 28 of our restaurants received prestigious awards from Wine Spectator.”

Wine Spectator began its program to recognize the world’s best wine lists in 1981. There are three levels: the Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence and the Grand Award—with 2,414; 1,093; and 88 winners this year in each respective category. Seven of the Grand Award winners are first timers.

MGM Resorts International Restaurants have won the following 2016 Wine Spectator Awards:

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: The Award of Excellence recognizes restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style.

  • Luxor: TENDER Steak & Seafood

BEST OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: Best of Award of Excellence recipients offer more extensive selections with significant vintage depth and excellent breadth across multiple regions. Winners include:

  • ARIA: barMASA, BARDOT Brasserie, Blossom, Carbone, Jean Georges Steakhouse, Julian Serrano, Sage
  • Bellagio: Harvest by Roy Ellamar, Jasmine, Lago by Julian Serrano, Le Cirque, Michael Mina Bellagio, Todd English’s Olives, Prime Steakhouse
  • Delano Las Vegas: RIVEA
  • Mandalay Bay: Fleur by Hubert Keller, STRIPSTEAK
  • MGM Grand Detroit: Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina, Wolfgang Puck Steak
  • MGM Grand Las Vegas: Craftsteak, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House, Fiamma Trattoria & Bar
  • Monte Carlo: Andre’s Restaurant & Lounge

GRAND AWARD: The Grand Award is the program’s highest honor. This elite group comprises the world’s best wine programs, which deliver serious breadth of top producers, outstanding depth in mature vantages, a selection of large-format bottles, excellent harmony with the menu and superior presentation. Wine Spectator carefully assesses each Grand Award candidate, including rigorous independent, on-site inspections of the wine program, cellar, service, ambiance and cuisine of the restaurant. Winners include:

  • Bellagio: Picasso
  • Mandalay Bay: Aureole
  • MGM Grand Las Vegas: Joël Robuchon Restaurant

The complete list of award winners is available in print in Wine Spectator’s August issue, on newsstands July 19, and online at the newly minted Restaurants.WineSpectator.com, where visitors can search and access exclusive content on the more than 3,500 restaurants. The full list is also available for free on iOS via the new Restaurant Awards app, which allows users to look for dining spots in any location with maps, choosing by wine strengths, cuisine type, pricing and more.

Follow the Restaurant Awards on Twitter and Instagram, and join the conversation by using #WSRestaurantAward.

About Wine Spectator
Wine Spectator is the world’s leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a print publication that reaches more than 3 million readers worldwide, the brand also encompasses the Web’s most comprehensive wine site (WineSpectator.com), mobile platforms and a series of signature events. Wine Spectator examines the world of wine from the vineyard to the table, exploring wine’s role in contemporary culture and delivering expert reviews of more than 18,000 wines each year. Parent company M. Shanken Comm., Inc., also publishes Cigar AficionadoWhisky Advocate, Market WatchShanken News Daily and Shanken’s Impact Newsletter.
About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world’s leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The Company is in the process of developing MGM National Harbor in Maryland and MGM Springfield in Massachusetts. MGM Resorts controls, and holds a 73 percent economic interest in the operating partnership of MGM Growth Properties LLC (NYSE: MGP), a premier triple-net lease real estate investment trust engaged in the acquisition, ownership and leasing of large-scale destination entertainment and leisure resorts. The Company also owns 51 percent of MGM China Holdings Limited (HK: 2282), which owns the MGM Macau resort and casino and is developing a gaming resort in Cotai, and 50 percent of CityCenter in Las Vegas, which features ARIA Resort & Casino. MGM Resorts is named among FORTUNE® Magazine’s 2016 list of World’s Most Admired Companies®. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company’s website at www.mgmresorts.com

ARIA and Bodega Catena Zapata Collaborate for Wine Pairing Dinner at Jean Georges Steakhouse

ARIA AND BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA COLLABORATE FOR WINE PAIRING DINNER AT JEAN GEORGES STEAKHOUSE

Hosted By ARIA Director of Wine Kim Wood and Bodega Catena Zapata
General Director Laura Catena, Thursday, September 25 at 7:30 p.m.

 

Jean Georges Steakhouse at ARIA Resort & Casino will unite with Bodega Catena Zapata winery for an unforgettable wine pairing dinner Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. The event will tantalize taste buds with a five-course menu created by Executive Chef Robert Moore. Each course will be paired with exquisite selections from the winery, as selected by the evening’s hosts, ARIA Director of Wine Kim Wood and Bodega Catena Zapata General Director Laura Catena.

The dinner will take guests on an epicurean journey and will include the following dishes:

  • Golden Osetra Caviar with Meyer lemon gelee, crème fraiche and dill; paired with:
    • Catena Alta Chardonnay, Mendoza, 2012
    • Catena Alta Chardonnay, Mendoza, 2012
  • Burrata Mozzarella with cranberry compote, olive oil and grilled sourdough bread; paired with:
    • Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, 2006
    • Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, 2008

  • Porcini Crusted Skuna Bay Salmon with warm leek vinaigrette; paired with:
    • Catena Zapata, Malbec Argentino, Mendoza, 2004
    • Catena Zapata, Malbec Argentino, Mendoza, 2009

  • Grilled Rangers Valley Wagyu Filet Mignon with wild greens raviolo and mustard sauce; paired with:
    • Catena Zapata, Adriana Vineyard, Malbec, Mendoza 1999
    • Nicolás Catena Zapata, Mendoza, 2003
    • Nicolás Catena Zapata, Mendoza, 2009

    • Honey Crisp Apple pie with bourbon-pecan ice cream; paired with:
      • Saint Felicien Semillion Doux, Luján de Cuyo, 2008

    Tickets are priced at $245 per-person, all-inclusive. To make a reservation, call 702.693.8400 or visit ARIA online. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

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    ABOUT ARIA RESORT & CASINO
    ARIA Resort & Casino is a stunning AAA Five Diamond resort on the Las Vegas Strip featuring spectacular amenities, high-end service, premium meeting and convention space, striking architecture and sustainable design. Combined with its unparalleled offerings including the luxurious Shops at Crystals and the first-of-its-kind public Fine Art Collection, ARIA introduces a new generation of resort experiences, unlike anything Las Vegas has ever seen.  ARIA and its neighboring properties within CityCenter are a joint venture between MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and Infinity World Development Corp, a subsidiary of Dubai World. For more information and reservations, visit Aria.com or call toll free at (866) 359-7757; also find ARIA on Facebook and Twitter.

     

For the Love of Cocktails, Fundraiser Co-Hosted by Back Bar USA and Tony Abou-Ganim

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FOR THE LOVE OF COCKTAILS,”
CO-HOSTED BY BACK BAR USA AND TONY ABOU-GANIM,
MIXES CREATIVE COCKTAILS AND PHILANTHROPY

Event will benefit bar workers affected by breast cancer

 

Top mixologists and spirits brands will combine forces for a pre-Valentine’s Day philanthropic event: For the Love of Cocktails, which will be held from 7-10 p.m. on February 13 at Mix in THE Hotel at Mandalay Bay. “For the Love of Cocktails,” co-hosted by Tony Abou-Ganim, one of the most pioneering and leading bar professionals in the world and author of The Modern Mixologist, and Back Bar USA, a wine, beer and spirits marketing and consulting firm, will have stations featuring innovative cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and live music. The event is ticketed and limited to 450 guests. Tickets are $35 in advance and may be purchased at www.fortheloveofcocktails.com or $50 at the door. A VIP table package is also available for $150.

 

A portion of the proceeds from For the Love of Cocktails will benefit the Helen David Relief Fund, which was created by Abou-Ganim. The organization provides financial  assistance to those in the beverage industry who are affected by breast cancer. The inspiration for the organization is the memory of Abou-Ganim’s cousin, Helen David, who beat breast cancer twice during her lifetime. Abou-Ganim considers David, an iconic bar owner for decades in Port Huron, MI, to be his earliest influence in the world of spirits.

 

“Back Bar and Tony have a strong relationship,” said Tim Haughinberry, founder of Back Bar USA. “We are happy not only to showcase the best brands with the best mixologists in Las Vegas, but to also help a cause so close to his heart.”

 

Craft cocktails will be created from top brands including Absolut Citron, Belvedere Pink Grapefruit, Bombay Sapphire East, Chandon, Fernet Branca, George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey, Jim Beam Signature Craft, Maestro Dobel Tequila, Rèmy Martin V, Skyy Peach, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Labrot & Graham Woodford Reserve Double Oaked. The brands represent high quality and diversity in their flavors.

 

The mixologists who will participate have strong pedigrees in the spirits industry and are members of the United States Bartenders Guild. They will create their own unique cocktails with the signature liquors. Mixologists scheduled to participate include:

 

  • Michael MacDonnell, Monte Carlo
  • Max Solano, Emeril Lagasse Group
  • Nathan Greene, Imperial Tacos & Beer
  • Darren West, Jean Georges Steakhouse
  • Bobby Gleason, Beam Global
  • Raul Faria, Gordon Ramsey
  • Mariena Mercer, Cosmopolitan
  • Alenrry Iniguez, Herbs and Rye
  • Ju Young Kang, Rose. Rabbit. Lie.
  • Kristen Schaefer, Pernod Ricard
  • Nikki Afable, Venetian
  • Ricardo Murcia, Bellagio
For more information about Back Bar USA, head to www.BackBaruUSA.com; for more information about Tony Abou-Ganim, visit www.themodernmixologist.com; and for more about the Helen David Relief Fund, check out the Facebook page www.facebook.com/HelenDavidReliefFund or Twitter handle @helendavidrf. Back Bar USA and its sponsors encourage guests to enjoy responsibly and to not drink and drive.

 

About Back Bar USA
Back Bar USA is a full-service marketing and consulting firm with more than 25 years experience in the beer, wine and spirits industries. Specializing in corporate and national account beverage programs with an emphasis on gaming, resorts, nightlife and fine dining, the company provides services ranging from menu development to ground-up venue concept, design and execution. Back Bar maintains an impressive portfolio of clients and brands that include Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts, Ketel One Vodka and Corona. For more information, visit www.BackBarUSA.Com.

 

About Tony Abou-Ganim
Tony Abou-Ganim is widely regarded as one of the pioneering and leading bar professionals in the world. He has made dozens of national TV appearances on shows including TODAY, Iron Chef America, Good Morning America, CNBC, Fox News and more.  Abou-Ganim is the author of The Modern Mixologist: Contemporary Classic Cocktails (Agate, 2010) which offers readers an in-depth look into spirits and ingredients available to today’s mixologist, both professional and amateur alike. This entertaining and informative journey will take readers from the early stages of the cocktail to what Abou-Ganim has come to deem “Modern Mixology.” Abou-Ganim also has a DVD to his credit, Modern Mixology: Making Great Cocktails at Home, and hosted the Fine Living program Raising the Bar: America’s Best Bar Chefs. Abou-Ganim has also won three Iron Chef America competitions; pairing cocktails with Iron Chef Mario Batali; with Iron Chef Jose Garces and most recently with challenger Chef Shawn McClain. His signature branded line of Modern Mixologist bar tools and his second book, Vodka Distilled (Agate, 2013), are available now at www.modernmixologist.com. Keep current with news, appearances and special events at www.modernmixologist.com on Facebook and on Twitter @MdrnMixologist.

Good Tidings To All From MGM Resorts International Restaurants

GOOD TIDINGS TO ALL FROM MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL RESTAURANTS
 
HOLIDAY MENUS AVAILABLE CHRISTMAS DAY
On the night before Christmas, all through the city, hungry families will plan their holiday activities. Luckily, the culinary masters of MGM Resorts International are celebrating the season with festive cuisine at Bellagio,ARIA, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay,Monte Carlo, Mirage,New York-New York, Luxor,Excalibur and Circus Circus Las Vegas. From signature dishes to holiday classics and seasonally inspired cocktails, these offerings are sure to bring cheer to all.
Chef Michael Mina will unite his signature cuisine with exquisite delights at MICHAEL MINA Bellagio by offering the renowned Lobster Pot Pie with seasonal vegetables and brandied-lobster cream followed by a dessert of Pumpkin Tart with whipped Chantilly cream. Jean Georges Steakhouse at ARIA presents Christmas Day guests with mouthwatering Lobster Bisque with pearl onions, smoked paprika and herbs followed by an Apple and Pecan Sticky Bun for dessert. In the spirit of the season, Fiamma Trattoria & Bar at MGM Grand will feature a winter butternut squash soup with velvety crème fraiche and crispy speck, an authentic Italian bacon, as well as Wild Mushroom Ravioli lathered in warm parmesan fondue.

 

For a more casual celebration, The Pub at Monte Carlo will prepare a delicious menu including dishes such as Roasted Chestnut Soup and Warm Gingerbread Cake with vanilla ice cream. Traditionalists will love the classic Yams with butter and brown sugar sauce at MORE The Buffet at Luxor. Nine Fine Irishmen at New York-New York will be serving up a prix fixe menu beginning with a hearty Winter Harvest Salad and closing with Irish Bread and Butter Pudding with whiskey cream. Those looking to spend the holiday at a classic steakhouse will enjoy The Steakhouse at Camelot at Excalibur where hungry guests have the choice between a juicy Oven Roasted Free Range Turkey Platter complete with mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, seasoned asparagus, sweet potato casserole and cranberry sauce, Roast Prime Rib of Beef or Grilled Atlantic Salmon. The Steak House at Circus Circus will present a holiday menu including tender Mesquite-broiled Petite Filet Mignon and succulent Australian Lobster Tail, served with chef’s fresh vegetable of the day and guest’s choice of garlic mashed potatoes, baked potato or wild rice blend. A festive Eggnog Crème Brûlèe French Toast with spiced rum and cinnamon butter is the perfect toasty treat available at THEcafe at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay.

 

To top it all off, holiday treats can be found at Roasted Bean at The Mirage where guests can indulge in Chocolate Candy Cane Parfaits or a traditional Yule Log dessert. Sweet delights also may be found in liquid form at several bars and lounges at Monte Carlo including Hit Lounge, Ignite and Score. The Hot Buttered Rum is full of winter flavors made from Pyrat XO Reserve rum, Monte Carlo’s house-made hot buttered rum mix, warm apple juice, fresh whipped cream and a hint of ground cinnamon to round out the perfect holiday drink.
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MGM Resorts International Restaurants Present Bountiful Dining Options for Thanksgiving

MGM Resorts International Restaurants Present Bountiful Dining Options for Thanksgiving  Holiday Cuisine Available at Many Fine Dining and Specialty Restaurants
Food is the centerpiece of most holiday celebrations and this November guests will feel thankful for the festive cuisine available at participating MGM Resorts Internationalrestaurants. Talented chefs from Bellagio, ARIA, Vdara, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York-New York,Luxor, Excalibur, and Circus Circus Las Vegas have created feasts fit for every palate, from traditional turkey and trimmings to adventurous fare and seasonally inspired cocktails and desserts.
For those who honor tradition, there is a cornucopia of turkey options with all of the fixings to go around this Thanksgiving. Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak at The Mirage will feature Heritage Turkey with sausage stuffing, market vegetables and maple glazed sweet potatoes.  Seasonal splendor can be found at Jean Georges Steakhouse at ARIA with Roasted Organic Turkey and scrumptious sides of mushroom-chestnut stuffing, roasted Brussels sprouts and cranberries. The Steakhouse at Camelot at Excalibur will offer a three-course dinner featuring Butternut Squash Soup with Andouille sausage, Oven Roasted Turkey with giblet gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing and pumpkin or apple pie. At Nine Fine Irishmen at New York-New York, guests will find traditional delight in Maple Glazed Ham with apple-cranberry chutney.
Many restaurants will challenge guests to trade in tradition and indulge in unconventional options. Craftsteak at MGM Grand will present a taste of the ocean with the Dill Marinated Salmon with watercress and cucumber salad. Guests can switch out traditional turkey at The Buffet at Bellagio for Gluten-free Penne with pulled turkey leg confit. miX at Mandalay Bay will reflect autumn’s bounty with Tender Potato Gnocchi which includes pumpkin three ways, wild mushrooms and veal jus. Rice & Company at Luxor will serve the Thankful Dumpling made with tender duck breast, cornbread stuffing, onions and celery enveloped in a dried cranberry wrap.
Thanksgiving also is an opportune time to highlight the flavors of the season in sweet temptations and creative beverages. Traditional Thanksgiving desserts are reinvented at FIX at Bellagio with a savory Pumpkin Toffee Pudding Cake and Salted Maple Ice Cream Pumpkin Brittle. The Steak House at Circus Circus will honor tradition by offering guests a choice of Apple Pie à la Mode, Pumpkin Pie with whipped cream, or Pecan Pie. AMERICAN FISH at ARIA will feature a taste of autumn in a glass with their Wild Turkey Flip; a cocktail prepared with kobacha squash-infused Wild Turkey, simple syrup, egg and nutmeg. Bar Vdara will serve fall-inspired Punk’n Harvest Pumpkin Ale, an organic, roasted pumpkin craft beer brewed using renewable energy and spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and hints of honey and vanilla.
This is a mere sampling of the bounty of delights and seasonal flavors that MGM Resorts International restaurants have to tempt taste buds this holiday season.
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Fall in Love with Valentine’s Day Packages from MGM Resorts International

Fall in Love with Valentine’s Day Packages from MGM Resorts International

 

Roses are red, violets are blue, it’s time to switch it up and do something new! This Valentine’s Day, don’t buy your sweetheart a box of chocolates and a card; instead, treat both yourselves to a variety of experiences only MGM Resorts in Las Vegas could offer.

 

Diaoyutai State Guesthouse

If you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience this Valentine’s Day, Bellagio will welcome the prestigious Diaoyutai State Guesthouse to the United States for only the second time. Typically reserved for royalty, heads of state and other world leaders, Diaoyutai State Guesthouse of Beijing will host a series of exclusive dinners within Tuscany Kitchen Thursday, Feb. 14 – Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. The lavish dinner offers an eight-course menu featuring a diverse selection of dishes showcasing rare ingredients and skillful techniques while also following strict nutritional requirements. Prepared and served by the Diaoyutai culinary team and led by Executive Chef Hao Baoli, who has hosted more than 1,000 world leaders in his decades at the Guesthouse, this special meal is certain to be unforgettable.
Cost: Tickets for this rare culinary event are $500 per person and all-inclusive.
Reservations: Call the Bellagio Concierge at (866) 406-7117 or visit Bellagio’s Epicurean Epicenter webpage.

 

Valentine’s Day Entertainment and Attractions

 

This Valentine’s Day, couples can enjoy a day of intriguing attractions followed by a night of world-class entertainment. From The Strip’s hottest adult shows to the city’s premier fine art destination, Las Vegas will stimulate the senses from sunrise to sunset.

Blue Man Group Dinner and Show Packages at Monte Carlo
See blue instead of red this Valentine’s Day as Blue Man Group debuts three new dinner and show packages at Monte Carlo. Packages include a choice of one of three ticket tiers, a choice of dinner at The Buffet or a prix fixe menu at The Café, The Pub, Diablo’s Cantina, D. Vino, Dragon Noodle, Andre’s Restaurant & Lounge or BRAND Steakhouse and two-for-one cocktails at Ignite Lounge.
Cost: Packages begin at $129 and are priced per person (includes tax). The offer is not valid in conjunction with any other discount or on previously purchased tickets. Gratuity is not included and prix fixe menus do not include beverages. Blackout dates apply.
Availability: Ongoing
Reservations: Call (702) 730-7010 or visit the Blue Man Group Box Office or blueman.com/tickets/las-vegas/special-offers/.

Fantasy Celebrates Valentine’s Day at Luxor
Love is in the air this February as The Strip’s hottest adult-revue FANTASY partners with Tacos & Tequila (T&T) and Rice & Company to offer couples dinner and show packages at Luxor. Each package includes dinner for two, two tickets to FANTASY and the 2013 “Barely Bejeweled” calendar.
Cost: $140 for T&T; $175 for Rice & Company
Availability: Thursday, Feb. 1 – 28
Reservations: Call (702) 262-4400 and ask for the “Get a Heart On” package.                                 

ZUMANITY, the Sensual Side of Cirque du Soleil, Package at New York-New York

Romance your significant other with this special Valentine’s Day offer that includes a drink voucher for one complimentary cocktail with each purchase of a ticket to ZUMANITY, The Sensual Side of Cirque du Soleil – a seductive twist on reality, making the provocative playful and the forbidden electrifying.
Cost: Starting at $50 plus tax and service fee
Availability: February 14 – 7:30 p.m. or 10 p.m.
Reservations: Call (702) 740-6815 and ask for the “Valentine’s Offer” or visit the ZUMANITY Box Office or visit newyorknewyork.com/promotions/zumanity_promotions.aspx for more details.

Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat
A romantic and exclusive experience awaits couples at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat with the “Fall in Love Again” package. This one-of-a-kind opportunity includes an 8×10 souvenir photo taken with an adorable, cupid-for-the-day dolphin and a beautiful rose.
Cost: $79 per couple
Availability: February 13-17
Reservations: Call (702) 791-7111 or visit the attraction’s ticket booth.

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art (BGFA) combines the best of both worlds this Valentine’s Day with “Art & Wine: A Perfect Pairing.”  The event will pair wines from Bellagio’s cellar with artwork featured in the gallery’s upcoming exhibition, “Warhol Out West,” debuting February 8. Spend the evening with your Valentine while enjoying art, wine and conversation with one of the resort’s dynamic sommeliers and Tarissa Tiberti, executive director at BGFA.
Cost: $30 for BGFA members and $38 for non-members
Availability: Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Reservations/Information: Available at the BGFA or by calling (702) 693-7871. Guests must be 21 years of age or older.

 

Valentine’s Day Treatments at the Spas

 

This Valentine’s Day, treat your loved one to a rejuvenating gift of indulgence at the city’s most luxurious spas. From a hot stone massage to a classic Swedish massage, these treatments will leave your partner (or the two of you, together) refreshed and renewed.

The Spa & Salon at ARIA
Coconut Ginger Scrub & Diamond Gemstone Facial Package
Make your skin sparkle with this shimmering package which begins with exotic coconut sugar body scrub and body butter, paired with a diamond gemstone facial. The body will be left silky smooth, while the experts at The Spa at ARIA exfoliate and rejuvenate the face and neck with the firming and illuminating properties of this diamond-infused treatment.
Cost: $275
Time Length: 80 minutes
Reservations/Information: This package is available February 1-28. For reservations, please call (702) 590-9600 or visit The Spa at ARIA                                                      

Spa & Salon Vdara

Blissful Bamboo Body Massage
Warm, smooth bamboo rods are heated and used in this full-body massage which manipulates the muscles and fibers with firm pressure. Surrender to a heightened level of deep relaxation and overall sense of comfort with this unique treatment.
Cost: $220
Time Length: 80 minutes
Reservations/Information: (702) 590-2474 or visit Spa & Salon Vdara

Celebrate the healing power of a massage with a special loved one. Each guest may select any specialty or traditional massage and relax in the intimate couples’ suite following the treatment (complimentary and available year-around).

Spa & Salon Bellagio

Champagne Spa Sanctuary
Spa & Salon Bellagio is celebrating Valentine’s Day with an exclusive Champagne Spa Sanctuary package for couples. Enjoy the company of your loved one as you transcend to a level of bliss during this couple’s massage. After the treatment, indulge with chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne.
Cost: $200 or $335 per person
Time Length: 50 or 100 minutes
* 2 glasses of champagne per person
Reservations/Information: This package is available February 13-17. For reservations, please call (702) 693-7472 or visit Spa Bellagio.

Beloved Manicure or Pedicure
Indulge the hands and feet with a soothing luxurious coconut milk & honey bath. Unwind while Bellagio’s salon therapist gently exfoliates the skin with a fresh sugar scrub full of natural vitamins and minerals, used to soften, nourish and hydrate the skin. Conclude your journey with a coconut milk and honey body butter that is not just a treat, but offers dozens of benefits for your body and skin.
Cost: $65 (manicure) or $95 (pedicure)
Time Length: 45 minutes
Reservations/Information: This package is available February 1-28. For reservations, please call (702) 693-8080 or visit Salon Bellagio .

BATHOUSE, THEhotel or Spa Mandalay at Mandalay Bay
The following packages are available February 1-28 and include a gift of handmade chocolates made by Executive Pastry Chef Vincent Pilon:

Decadent Champagne Massage
This full-body custom pressure massage uses the decadent celebration scent of champagne to increase circulation and soothe tired muscles while creating an overall sense of relaxation.
Cost: $150
            Time Length: 50 minutes
Reservations/Information: (877) 632-9636 or visit Mandalaybay.com

Fizz Celebration Facial
Indulge with the ‘fizz’ celebration facial designed to revitalize, hydrate, and nourish the skin before heading out to paint the town red with your loved one.
Cost: $205
            Time Length: 50 minutes
Reservations/Information: (877) 632-9636 or visit Mandalaybay.com

Bubbly Delight
Invigorate the senses while relaxing and rejuvenating in this delicious bath, setting the mood for a romantic evening ahead. A personalized tea service will be served during the treatment (women only).
Cost: $85 or $150
            Time Length: 25 or 50 minutes
Reservations/Information: (877) 632-9636 or visit Mandalaybay.com

Pop-The-Top Pedicure
Enjoy the classic elements of a pedicure paired with the celebratory scent of champagne.  This pedicure pampers with a brown sugar and acai foot scrub, followed by a hydrating champagne-scented whipped body lotion application.
Cost: $90
Time Length: 50 minutes
Reservations/Information: (877) 632-9636 or visit Mandalaybay.com

The Spa at New York-New York

Cabernet Couple’s Escape
Enjoy this Valentine’s Day with a sultry side-by-side experience at a table set for two. During a Pure Bliss or Customized Escape massage, you and your sweetheart will relax completely with the aroma of cabernet in a private couple’s room.
Cost/Time Length: Pure Bliss: 50 minutes – $220 or 75 minutes – $300. Customized Escape: 50 minutes – $250 or 75 minutes – $330.
Reservations/Information: (702) 740-6955 or visit The Spa at New York-New York
Fresh Floral Facial
Nothing says “I love you” like flowers for that special someone. Enjoy the pleasurable aroma of a dozen roses with a rose petal mask during this classic facial.
Cost: $100
Time Length: 50 minutes
Reservations/Information: (702) 740-6955 or visit The Spa at New York-New York
Rose Petal Mani/Pedi
Polish up your fingers and toes while filling the air with the scent of rose. This manicure and pedicure pampers with rose-scented body cream to celebrate this holiday.
Cost: $75
Time Length: 50 minutes (25-minute manicure and 25-minute pedicure)
Reservations/Information: (702) 740-6955 or visit The Spa at New York-New York

 

Romantic Valentine’s Day Dining

This Valentine’s Day, the extraordinary chefs of ARIA, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Monte Carlo, Luxor and Circus Circus are preparing unparalleled romantic feasts. From specialty prix fixe menus to seductive desserts, guests will be sure to taste the love in every bite.

Heat up the night with enchanting culinary creations such as Heart-Shaped Ravioli topped with cured foie gras from Onda Ristorante at The Mirage; Chateaubriand enhanced with truffle gouda fritters at Prime Steakhouse at Bellagio; Sea Bass roasted in chili sauce and basil oil from Jean Georges Steakhouse at ARIA; and Tenderloin of Beef with Maine lobster flavorfully perfected with horseradish sauce and garlic thyme polenta from Fiamma Trattoria & Bar at MGM Grand.

Sweethearts also may tantalize their taste buds with heartfelt libations such as the Diego Rose Margarita at Diego at MGM Grand which combines AsomBroso La Rosa Reposado Tequila, Grand Mariner, sweet & sour plus a splash of cranberry juice. Select restaurants at The Mirage will feature specialty Valentine’s Day cocktails including the Scandinavian Crush made of Absolut Citron Vodka, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, pomegranate juice and a splash of fresh lemonade.

Chat Online with Jean Georges Steakhouse Executive Chef Rob Moore

Chat Online with Jean Georges Steakhouse
Executive Chef Rob Moore

 

WHAT:           Executive Chef Rob Moore of Jean Georges Steakhouse at ARIA Resort & Casino will share cooking tips, recipes and more during an online Facebook chat Wednesday, January 18. The one hour chat, the first in a series highlighting culinary talent at ARIA, gives fans and followers the opportunity to learn more about Moore and his cuisine, his culinary background and the latest news from the Jean Georges Steakhouse kitchen.

 

WHEN:            Wednesday, January 18; 5-6 p.m. PST

 

WHERE:         ARIA Resort & Casino Facebook Page

 

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 @ARIALV 
@JeanGeorges
#ARIAChefChat

Celebrate National Seafood Month at ARIA Restaurants

 
Celebrate National Seafood Month
at ARIA Restaurants

 

October is National Seafood Month and ARIA Resort Casino restaurants are ready to celebrate the bounty of the ocean. Executive chefs from AMERICAN FISH by Michael Mina, Jean Georges Steakhouse, Sage and Sirio Ristorante have created exceptional seasonal menus blending farm-fresh ingredients with seafood such as lobster, scallops and fish. Each highlights the best of fall’s culinary trends and the sea’s exquisite offerings.

AMERICAN FISH by Michael Mina: Lobster lovers will be tempted to treat themselves to all the crustacean-inspired creations Executive Chef Sven Mede has prepared for his special October tasting menu. The succulent meat is incorporated into five savory courses such as the Lobster Carpaccio, Heirloom Tomato Soup & Lobster Grilled Cheese and the Wood Grilled Surf & Turf. Each dish is designed to celebrate the season and satisfy any seafood craving.

Jean Georges Steakhouse: Executive Chef Robert Moore will honor the month with Raw Nantucket Bay Scallops, an item that appears on his cranberry-inspired seasonal menu. The specially designed dish, made with cranberry jus and fresh wasabi, is sure to make any seafood lover swoon.

Sage: Chef Shawn McClain, known for integrating exceptional seasonal ingredients into his menus, commemorates the month-long event with Smoked Pacific Hamachi. This delightful dish is served with leek puree, purple runner beans and pink lady apples.

Sirio Ristorante: This month, Chef Scarmiglia will transport guests to the heart ofItaly with a variety of rich flavors from his seasonal menu that includes an exceptional oceanic delicacy, Mediterranean Sea Bream. The delicate fish is wrapped in a potato crust and accompanied by braised leek and cauliflower then served in a Pinot Noir butter sauce.

SEASONAL MENUS AT ARIA RESTAURANTS HIGHLIGHT CULINARY TRENDS FOR FALL

 

Seasonal Menus at ARIA Restaurants Highlight
Culinary Trends for Fall

 

October and November Menus Feature Squash, Apples, Plums, Quail, Chestnuts, Cranberries and More

 
ARIA Resort & Casino will launch spectacular menus this October and November designed around the fresh culinary produce of the season. ARIA executive chefs will blend favorite ingredients such as lobster and Kobe beef with seasonal elements such as pears, squash, turnips, cranberries and apples infusing each dish with current and delicious items that highlight the very best of fall’s culinary trends.

October
AMERICAN FISH by Michael Mina: Executive Chef Sven Mede has outdone himself by creating a luscious menu that incorporates lobster into five savory courses. Guests will enjoy a menu that features Lobster Carpaccio with radish, seabeans, lime and ginger vinaigrette as well as an Heirloom Tomato Soup served with a lobster grilled cheese sandwich. A decadent Valrhona Chocolate Custard with red velvet cake and cocoa nib ice cream will finish off the meal on a sweet note. Menu: $95; Wine pairing $55.

Jean Georges Steakhouse: Executive Chef Robert Moore has designed a menu celebrating the surprisingly versatile cranberry in all five courses. Burrata Mozzarella with cranberry compote, olive oil and grilled sourdough; Raw Nantucket Bay Scallops with cranberry jus and fresh wasabi; and Peppered Venison Loin with cranberry-quince condiment and cocoa essence are just a sampling of the interesting flavor combinations Chef Moore has created. He has even worked cranberries into the dessert with a Cranberry Ricotta Cheese Tart. Menu: $95; Wine pairing: $55.

Sage: Chef Shawn McClain, known for integrating seasonal, farm-fresh ingredients into his bold and contemporary cuisine, takes it a step further with the October menu. A sampling of the delightful courses that celebrate the season are Smoked Pacific Hamachi with leek puree, purple runner beans and pink lady apples; New Zealand Venison with roasted plums and confit potatoes; and Kabocha Squash Agnolotti with creminelli pancetta, Tuscan kale, brown butter and nutmeg. For dessert, a Butterscotch Custard with chocolate flakes, pecan sable and sour cherry syrup will finish the meal seamlessly. Menu: $79.

Sirio Ristorante: Executive Chef Vincenzo Scarmiglia will serve a hearty menu of vintage Italian dishes and take full advantage of fall’s wide variety of rich flavors. Highlights from the elaborate seven-course menu are Tagliatelle Pasta with fresh, shaved Piedmontese White Truffles, Braised Venison Short Ribs with white polenta, artichokes and Brussels sprouts and Roasted Squab Breast with braised Umbrian lentils and grape must. Concluding this exceptional October offering is an Apple Tartlet with vanilla gelato and salted caramel sauce for dessert. Menu: $125.

November
AMERICAN FISH by Michael Mina: The superlative delicacy Kobe beef is celebrated in AMERICAN FISH’s November menu. Dishes such as Soy Braised Short Rib will be accented by seasonal ingredients such as turnip gratin and ginger carrots and the Tataki will be paired with edamame, golden Enoki mushrooms, crispy garlic and black truffle vinaigrette. Menu: $110; Wine pairing: $55.

Jean Georges Steakhouse: Fall’s crown jewel, squash, is the ingredient of choice in Chef Moore’s delectable menu. The culinary adventure will begin with a Butternut Squash Soup followed by a choice of a Fall Squash and Arugula Salad or Warm Salad of Roasted Squash. Next, diners will have to decide between Seared Jumbo Shrimp with acorn squash or the Seared Scallops with spaghetti squash. The entrée will be a Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Goldbar squash and for dessert, a Spiced Pumpkin Cake with praline ice cream and pumpkin seed brittle. Menu: $95; Wine Pairing: $55

Sage: Chef Shawn McClain is all about introducing exceptional ingredients that add zest to a winter menu. Pan Roasted Jumbo Fluke will be accented by Yukon gold potato risotto and house-made bacon-grilled leeks or the 48-Hour Beef Belly paired with chestnut puree, fig glaze and celery heart. For dessert, Chef McClain pays homage to fall with Maple Cremeux Crepes served with warm bourbon apples and chicory ice cream. Menu: $79.

Sirio Ristorante: This November, experience Chef Scarmiglia’s delicious six-course menu featuring autumn’s bounty. Griddled Nantucket Bay Scallops are to be complemented by roasted sunchokes and pomegranate syrup and Scarmiglia’s famous house-made ravioli are filled with butternut squash, brown butter and sage. Pan Roasted Duck Breast with leg confit will be served with quince applesauce and sautéed wild mushrooms. Dessert will celebrate the fresh pear crop with an Espresso Poached Pear served with vanilla sponge and cream cheese mousse. Menu: $79.

For more information on these seasonal menus, please visit the Specialty Dining section of ARIA’s website. Restaurant reservations can be arranged by calling ARIA Restaurant Reservations at (877) 253-5847 or by visiting ARIA’s Concierge desk.