This month, Las Vegas welcomes the seventh annual Vegas Uncork’d festival by Bon Appétit, a unique, four-day culinary extravaganza. Without question, the highlight of this foodie celebration is the Grand Tasting event on Friday, May 10 held in the picturesque Garden of the Gods pool oasis at Caesars Palace. For the second consecutive year, restaurants representing The Forum Shops at Caesars will showcase their specialties in A Taste of The Forum at the Grand Tasting. Enjoy culinary and cocktail offerings by eight impressive Forum Shops restaurants during the destination-wide culinary event including; Il Mulino New York, Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, Max Brenner – Chocolate by the Bald Man, P.J. Clarke’s, The Palm Las Vegas, Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, Sushi Roku and the soon-to-open Carmine’s NYC Italian Family Restaurant.
Be among the first to sample Carmine’s Signature Meatballs, enjoy “Spring Style” Big Eye Tuna with Salsa Fresca courtesy of Sushi Roku and sample Sliced Prime New York Steak, Lobster Bisque and Specialty Cocktail “Willy’s Pinky” from The Palm Las Vegas. Il Mulino New York is showcasing its mouth-watering Signature Porcini Mushroom Ravioli. Wolfgang Puck’s Spago is serving Moroccan Spiced Grilled Lamb chops, House Made Harissa, Couscous, Mint and Apricot Chutney.
Roman handmaidens will welcome guests at The Forum Shops distinctive booth located within the Grand Tasting event encouraging registration to win a $500, $1,000 or $1,500 luxury shopping spree at The Forum Shops.
Set amidst the dazzling and dramatic five-acre Garden of the Gods pool complex at Caesars Palace, the Grand Tasting will feature more than 50 award-winning chefs and more than 100 of the best wines and spirits from around the world. Guests at the evening event will enjoy a staggering variety of signature dishes prepared by the city’s most celebrated chefs. Please visit www.vegasuncorked.com to purchase tickets to the Grand Tasting or for more information.
The Forum Shops at Caesars Restaurants:
The Cheesecake Factory
For more than 30 years The Cheesecake Factory has served more than just delicious food and cheesecakes, we helped our guests share lasting memories with family & friends. The Cheesecake Factory menu boasts more than 200 menu selections made fresh from scratch each day including Appetizers, Pastas, Seafood, Steaks, Salads, Sandwiches, and more.
Hours: Mon-Thu: 10:00am – 11:30am, Fri-Sat: 10:00am – 12:30am, Sun: 10:00am – 12:30am
Reservations or more information: (702) 792-6888
Il Mulino New York
For more than two decades, chefs/founders Fernando and Gino Masci have provided guests and gourmands from around the world with the vibrant flavors of Italian cuisine and an absolute devotion to exemplary service. Il Mulino reflects the infectious enthusiasm and joy the Mascis take in bringing the Italian tradition of fine food and hospitality to your table. Simple, straightforward, wholesome and always fresh – it’s the Il Mulino tradition.
Hours: Lunch, Mon-Sat: 12:00pm – 2:00pm; Dinner, Mon-Wed: 5:00pm – 10:30pm
Thu-Sat: 5:00pm – 11:00pm
Reservations or more information: (702) 492-6000
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
Joe’s serves freshly cracked Florida stone crab claws with its signature creamy mustard sauce; the menu also showcases fresh seafood flown in daily from around the world, including seasonal specialties such as Madagascar shrimp, Nantucket Cape scallops, and fresh Alaskan king crab and Copper River salmon. A meal at Joe’s would not be complete without a slice of its world-famous signature key lime pie.
Hours: Sun-Thu: 11:30 am–10 pm, Fri-Sat: 11:30 am–11 pm
Reservations or more information: (702) 792-9222
La Salsa Cantina
The Southwest is famous for its Mexican restaurants, and La Salsa Cantina is superb, Serving freshly-prepared, gourmet Mexican food. Also try the award-winning margaritas, featuring the original La Salsa Margarita by the Yard.
Hours: Mon-Thu: 11:00am – 11:00pm, Fri-Sat: 11:00am – 12:00am, Sun: 11:00am – 11:00pm
Reservations or more information: (702) 735-8226
Max Brenner, Chocolate by The Bald Man
Chocolate is not just about taste; it also represents romance, sensuality and decadence. A worldwide phenomenon, in addition to unique chocolate, Max Brenner presents a complete menu of amazing food including an exceptional dining experience for breakfast , lunch, dinner and of course incredible sweets and desserts. Max Brenner – Chocolate by the Bald Man also offers a special brunch menu served on Saturday and Sunday until 3 p.m. Whether it is the famous Chocolate Pancakes, juicy Brenner Burger or crispy Mac & Cheese, there is something for everyone including the kids.
Hours: Mon. through Thurs., 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m. to midnight, Sun. 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Reservations: (702) 462-8790
Las Vegas Boulevard is the proud home of P.J. Clarke’s—the storied American Saloon with a history that dates back to the late 1800s. The original P.J. Clarke’s in Manhattan has stood beneath rows of skyscrapers for nearly 130 years, collecting famous and infamous regulars. Appreciated for the convivial ambiance and classic fare, P.J. Clarke’s is the quintessential American Saloon. P.J. Clarke’s has stood for Social Networking before there was a Social Network.
In Sin City, the story continues as the majestic ‘Phoenix’ bar, formerly part of the Rothschild Estate, is the fitting centerpiece of P.J. Clarke’s at The Forum Shops at Caesars. Above it, an expansive, Vegas-sized wall of televisions makes sure no game is missed. Comfy red leather banquettes, walls lined with vintage photos and hardwood accents all contribute to a reassuring familiarity that is classic P.J.’s. Seasoned bartenders make favorite classic cocktails the right way; dexterous shuckers ply the freshest shellfish at the marble topped Raw Bar; and the jukebox-filled, convivial dining room welcomes out-of-town revelers, Vegas locals, and off duty showgirls. P.J. Clarke’s is home to the Daily Pearl Happy Hour featuring $1 freshly shucked oysters from “Quarter to Three” to 6 PM daily and to the special Absinthe Dinner and a Show Package.
Hours: Daily from 11 a.m. to midnight.
Reservations: (702) 434-7900
The Palm – Las Vegas
For over 80 Years, The Palm has been serving USDA Prime Aged Steaks, Jumbo Nova Scotia Lobsters, the freshest available Palm Fish and our own heritage Italian cuisine in a remarkable atmosphere of warm, genuine hospitality. The Palm is more that a restaurant… it’s a unique experience. Elegant Private Dining Rooms are available for all special events.
Hours: Mon-Sun: 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Reservations or more information: (702) 732-7256
Planet Hollywood Restaurant and Bar
Recently relocated to an impressive location on the third floor of The Forum Shops, Planet Hollywood Restaurant and Bar is the dining experience inspired by the glamour and excitement of the big screen. Planet Hollywood offers an extensive Hollywood memorabilia collection featuring props from blockbuster movies and classic TV shows, while the diverse menu offers guests’ favorites. Exotic salads and award-winning burgers are only a few of the many signature flavors guests find, in addition to taking home a piece of Hollywood with the latest fashions and collectible souvenir gifts.
Hours: Sun. through Thurs., 9 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Fri. through Sat., 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Reservations: (702) 791-7827
Acknowledged as the spark that ignited the Las Vegas culinary phenomenon and marking its 20th anniversary this year, Spago is the preeminent trendsetter in cuisine, service and style — synonymous with fine food and celebrity clientele. Executive Chef Eric Klein’s menu features seasonal American cuisine with influences from around the world and trademark Wolfgang Puck touches.
Hours: Mon-Thu: 11:00am – 11:00pm, Fri-Sat: 11:00am – 12:00am, Sun: 11:00am – 11:00pm
Reservations or more information: (702) 369-6300
Sushi Roku is known for its fine contemporary sushi served in a sensual, sophisticated environment, with a menu that offers traditional sushi and sashimi with a splash of California innovation.
Hours: Sun–Thu: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Fri-Sat: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Reservations or more information: (702) 733-7373
Trevi Italian Restaurant
Trevi Italian Restaurant is named after the most famous fountain in the world located in Italy. Trevi creates an Italian Brasserie that transports guests to the piazzas and streets of Rome. The restaurant features café dining with elaborate street lamps surrounding a fountain and walk-up gelato/espresso bar.
Hours: Mon – Thu: 11:00am – 12:00am, Fri- Sat: 11:00am – 1:00am, Sun: 11:00am – 12:00am
Reservations or more information: (702) 735-4663
Opening Soon – Carmine’s NYC Italian Family Restaurant
The first west coast location of NYC’s legendary family-style Italian eatery, Carmine’s brings a 25,000 square-foot, two-level iconic restaurant to The Forum Shops at Caesars. The highly-regarded eatery is famous for its abundant portions served in a festive, warm and attentive atmosphere. Family is the main theme at Carmine’s, so the delicious plates of food are meant to be passed around and shared with loved ones. Expect soulful Southern Italian food served family-style with platters large enough to feed a group of four hungry diners. The nine-inch high Eggplant Parmigiana is a real show-stopper, while signature pastas like Linguine with Clam Sauce and Rigatoni Country Style epitomize satisfying comfort food. Meat lovers can also qualm their carnivorous cravings with a variety of divine beef, veal and chicken dishes. Complement these dishes with fine Italian wines, classical cocktails and new whimsical spirit creations. Carmine’s has you covered with decadent dessert favorites like the famous Titanic Ice Cream Sundae and the smoothest, sexiest Tiramisu in town. Carmine’s also has customized menu options and private rooms to accommodate all of your event needs. Whether you’re planning a convention event, bachelor and bachelorette party, bridal shower, birthday party, or anniversary, come celebrate in the Carmine’s family-style tradition.
Hours: Sun-Thu: 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., Fri-Sat: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Reservations or more information: (702) 473-9700
Celebrating its 20th anniversary milestone this year, The Forum Shops at Caesars is home to a diverse collection of restaurants and unique eating options and has long been noted for bringing a myriad of culinary “firsts” and “only” to Las Vegas. With an array of distinct dining experiences to choose from, there’s something for every food lover at The Forum Shops. This month, Il Mulino New York continues to bring bold flavors of Italy to the famed Strip.