Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 | 11:02 p.m.
Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace is celebrating its first birthday by giving to others this Thursday evening.
Bacchanal, the site of a food challenge last October by five Las Vegas Sun/Greenspun Media Group journalists shortly after it opened, is hosting a five-course dinner with wine pairings in the private dining room to benefit the food bank Three Square.
A casual tasting last week in the kitchen, minus the vino, featured what is planned to be at Thursday’s event, which will showcase current and upcoming dishes at Bacchanal, hands down one of my favorite buffets in Las Vegas.
Highlights included a delicious, silky sweet corn soup with Maine lobster croquette and hazelnut oil; a pan-roasted diver scallop atop a saffron potato mousseline with heirloom tomato; and an intermezzo of honeydew, cantaloupe and watermelon sorbets (all were amazing — I love anything watermelon right now — but I would give up a week of Pinkberry and Rita’s Water Ice for a quart of the honeydew).
There was also a pan-seared petite Black Angus filet mignon with chanterelle mushrooms and celery root puree, root vegetable confit and natural demi glaze; and, to finish it all off, a board of decadent cheeses and fruit (and honeycomb!) — the best I’ve ever had, and which is served at Bacchanal.
Meals with cheese offered at the conclusion are awesome. Interestingly, the gourmet cheeses are some of the most popular items, alongside the meats at the carving station, at the 1-year-old buffet.
If I weren’t departing for vacation Thursday morning, I would be at this Three Square benefit dinner, which is seated, full service and $125 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Bacchanal’s participation in Restaurant Week is a first for a buffet.
Space is limited. For reservations, call Bacchanal General Manager Gabrielle Perez at 785-6359. Cocktails are at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7. Go to Three Square’s website for Restaurant Week offerings Friday through Aug. 30.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.