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Strip Scribbles: The ‘pinnacle of Nobu’ cuisine at Caesars Palace; CNBC’s new ‘Money Talks’

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Robert De Niro, Ed Sheeran and Nobu Masuhisa attend the Nobu Caesars Palace Hotel grand-opening celebration Sunday, April 28, 2013.

Nobu Caesars Palace Hotel Grand Opening: 4/28/13

Robert De Niro, Ed Sheeran and Nobu Masuhisa attend the Nobu Caesars Palace Hotel grand-opening celebration Sunday, April 28, 2013. Launch slideshow »

Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Ribbon Cutting

The Nobu Hotel and Restaurant ribbon-cutting opening with chef Nobu Matsuhisa and business partner and actor Robert De Niro in Caesars Palace on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. Launch slideshow »

We’ve previously reported that superstar chef Nobu Matsuhisa will make culinary history when he joins 28 of his chefs from his restaurants across the nation on Oct. 9 at Caesars Palace to create a special omakase dinner. Now we’ve got the first look at the amazing menu developed by his kitchen kings from Las Vegas, Malibu, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York, Dallas, Miami, Lanai, Waikiki, Vail and Aspen.

The seven courses and paired wines at $250 per person, plus, taxes, will only be served at the one-night culinary celebration, which is already being talked about as “the pinnacle of Nobu cuisine.” Already, 100 seats have been snapped up by members of Chaine des Rotisseurs, the prestigious gastronomic society here.

Canapes include duck breast, fish tacos, fig dumplings, Wagyu beef, salmon and suzuki. Nobu’s L.A. and Hawaii chefs will serve the first course of umami with uni, yuba and caviar. The second course from New York, Dallas and Malibu chefs will be Peruvian oyster shooters with lobster, truffles and toro. The third course will be baked scallops from San Diego and Lanai chefs.

Our local Caesars Palace and Hard Rock Hotel Nobu chefs will join their Miami counterparts to present the fourth course of Wagyu rump and king trumpet bone marrow, plus, the tuna and salmon sushi course. The miso consomme and lobster dumpling soup course will be prepared by New York and Aspen chefs. Our Hard Rock Nobu chefs will team with New York and Miami colleagues for the aki tart and pear pecan dessert along with special treats for all the guests to enjoy when they return home.

BETTING ON TV SERIES: CNBC is placing a big bet with Las Vegas sports handicapper Steve Stevens, who runs VIP Sports here. He’ll be featured on the premiere of “Money Talks,”a new 1-hour docu-soap reality TV show to launch its new primetime lineup titled “CNBC Prime” on Sept. 10.

A sneak peek at the show introduces Steve as the Michael Jordan of sports handicapping, although I must confess in talking with Las Vegas friends that he is unknown to them. Early footage shows Steve with his agents selling their picks to gamblers looking for any kind of an edge.

CNBC says sports betting, although illegal in many states, is a $4 billion a year business here with small-time bettors laying out a few hundred dollars while “whales” put six figures on the line. It’s a dramatic, tense look at the high-risk, high-reward and highly emotional world. It also provides a racy look at nightlife in our strip clubs, with sexy blondes who entertain big-time bettors who come here with bankrolls and even bigger expectations.

Steve Stevens

RUNAWAY MARRIAGE: When “General Hospital” stars Kirsten Storms and Brandon Barash were told by her doctor that she was pregnant with their first baby, they decided to jet here to get married. He proposed with a candy ring bought in a gas station convenience store!

The secret wedding in June while his father had just been KO’d from the World Series of Poker at the Rio has just come to light. They rounded up 10 family members and had the wedding planners at Caesars take care of all the details, which included the music choice of Led Zeppelin’s “Over the Hills and Far Away.”

Their dinner was at Il Mulino in the Forum Shops, and they played roulette on the way back to their honeymoon suite. They bet the birth date of the new baby and their wedding date – and came up winners both times.

LUCKY 1 MILLION: With more than 3,000 guests a day going through the much-acclaimed Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars, execs and chefs there expect to greet a lucky 1 millionth visitor within the next 72 hours.

It’s less than one year since the buffet opened, so the incredible achievement will be marked in a special manner. The winner and a guest will receive a two-night stay at the hotel, immediate seating and unlimited complimentary dining at the buffet throughout their stay and treatments at Qua Baths & Spa.

NOT-TO-MISS DATES: Strip headliner hypnotist Anthony Cools is presenting “Party Improv Comedy Show” at Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina at Planet Hollywood starting Thursday. Comedians will divide into two teams, with an MC serving as referee of the improv segments.

Dixie Evans' 85th Birthday Celebration at Royal Resort

Satan's Angel performs in celebration of burlesque legend Dixie Evans' 85th birthday at the Royal Resort on Sept. 3, 2011.

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”United We Shimmy” is the title of Saturday’s tribute show at the Plaza to burlesque queen Dixie Evans, who died Aug. 3 at age 86. MC Kitten on the Keys will be joined by Angie Pontani, Kalani Kokonuts, Toni Alessandrini, Jessabelle Thunder, Vi Vacious, Cha Cha Velour and more tease titans.

Chef Les Kincaid celebrates the 12th anniversary of his syndicated wine radio and TV show from Canaletto at the Venetian on Sept. 5.

The 12th annual MENUS fundraiser for Epicurean Charitable Foundation is Oct. 4 at the Luxor with a VIP performance by nearby headliners Jabbawockeez before the pool dine-around featuring more than 30 chefs and restaurants.

Some 35 chefs and restaurants will raise funds for the 21st annual Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation culinary festival at Rain in the Palms on Oct. 17.

STAR SURVEILLANCE

Actor Jim Belushi was at Casa Fuente in the Forum Shops on Monday night enjoying an espresso while smoking a God of Fire Maduro Double Robusto cigar. He spent the evening relaxing in the cigar smoker’s paradise, mingled with fans and autographed a cigar box for employees.

British tabloids are going gaga over the sexy bikini and see-through-wraps photos that British actress Brooke Vincent has been posting of herself on Twitter from her Las Vegas vacation this week. She is a media darling in the U.K. as a star of “Coronation Street.”

TONIGHT’S TIP’S

Randy Orton, Dolph Ziggler, Daniel Bryan and Alberto Del Rio are four of the wrestlers at WWE Smackdown at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Flip Schultz and David Gee headline at the Improv at Harrah’s through Thursday, then Kevin Pollak joins them through Sunday.

It’s the One Night Stand party at Moon in the Palms, and the largest group wins an after-party in the Sky Villa suite.

DJ Lema spins at Lavo in the Palazzo.

The new exhibit “Top to Toe: A Look at American Hats and Shoes” opens at Clark County Museum.

Pure at Caesars has a $10,000 prize for the winning dancers in its Foot Loose Go-Go contest.

It’s the grand opening of Aces & Ales’ Tenaya location with 50 beers on tap, 150 bottled beers and a 24-hour kitchen.

TOMORROW’S TEASE

A sneak preview of the topless temptresses opening “X Rocks” at the Rio, and Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors about Human Nature’s run at the Venetian and a new sports team headed here.

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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