Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 | 4:16 p.m.
Hot off the grill!
Star chef Mario Batali will unveil his restaurant B&B Burger & Beer at the Venetian on Friday night when he throws a VIP after-party. The 200 fine diners, vintners and star chefs at La Cucina Italiana Food & Wine Festival will sit at one long table set up in the Venetian’s Grand Colonnade hallway off the hotel’s main lobby.
Among the entertainers for the ultimate four days of feasting: Kristen Hertzenberg, Clint Holmes and Italy’s singing butcher Dario Cecchini alongside celebrated chefs Wolfgang Puck, Buddy Valastro and Mario. I’ll handle MC and auctioneer duties throughout with our beloved Keep Memory Alive benefiting from the charitable events.
There are still tickets available for Saturday night’s outdoor dine-around party Bella Notte with Venetian and Palazzo chefs, plus, fan-favorite singer Jimmy Hopper providing nonstop entertainment.
* I can reveal that congratulations are due to New York restaurateur Sirio Maccioni, who has restaurants here at Bellagio and Aria, and star chef Kerry Simon when they are honored with Silver State Awards by the Nevada Restaurant Association on Dec. 13 at the Venetian.
Sirio, the founder of the legendary Le Cirque, will fly in from Manhattan to receive the Pioneer Award . Kerry gets a special tip of my heart and hat for his courage to receive the Visionary Award. A special presentation also will be made to celebrity TV chef Emeril Lagasse. All have been good friends for more than a quarter century.
I will join Dayna Roselli and Nina Radetich as hosts of the awards to honor “excellence and superior achievements.” More than 13,000 votes were cast to the Nevada Restaurant Association, and its Educational Foundation will be the beneficiary. Emeril and I will lead the hotel’s Culinary Clash contest later that weekend.
* Star chef Michael Mina, who is a business partner with our hometown tennis champion Andre Agassi, is opening a new restaurant and sexy nightclub at Fontainebleau in Miami Beach called Michael Mina 74.
“The bistro-style menu complements the high-energy rhythm of Miami Beach,” says Michael, who has restaurants here at Aria, Bellagio and MGM Grand. “It’s not just about the food anymore. It’s a restaurant and a nightlife experience.”
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With top accommodations, first-rate entertainment, high-end shopping and a slew of acclaimed chefs, the Palazzo has positioned itself as one of the most luxurious resorts on the Strip.
More than 3,000 all-suite rooms start at 740 square feet and are decorated in a modern, yet classic, Italian style. Each room features a sleeping area, with a king or two queens, and a sunken living room area with floor to ceiling windows.
A cathedral ceiling tops the Palazzo casino, while a second 80-foot dome brings natural light to the property's lobby. The 105,000 square foot casino features more than 2,000 slots and 80 table games but lacks the stale smell of cigarettes, as the property is LEED certified with smoking off limits in most of the Palazzo — including 50 percent of the casino floor.
Dining at the Palazzo is among the best of the Strip, starting with Wolfgang Puck's CUT. Chef Simon To serves up authentic Chinese cuisine at Zine, while Sushisamba combines Brazilian and Peruvian flavors with Japanese techniques. At LAVO, club-goers can dine on Mediterranean dishes before heading upstairs to the bath house-inspired nightclub.
In the spirit of Venice, The Venetian is a little piece of romantic Italy right here in Las Vegas. The Venetian is an "all-suite" hotel, with rooms accented with plush linens and Italian marble. The 4,027 suites are divided into two towers: The 36-story Venetian Tower that offers guests a taste of luxurious Las Vegas and the Venezia suites, which guarantee 12 floors of high-end elegance. The top five floors are the hotel's highest level of luxury with its private access, concierge lounge, upgraded features and even a dedicated staff.
The flagship of Venetian nightlife is TAO, an ultra-hip nightclub located inside of TAO Asian Bistro. V Bar is The Venetian's super smooth ultra lounge, made by the owners of New York City's club Lotus and Los Angeles' super swank Sunset Room.
The Venetian features 19 restaurants including Thomas Keller's award-winning French restaurant Bouchon, Mario Batali's B&B Ristorante, Aquaknox for fresh seafood and the 42,000 square foot TAO Asian Bistro. There's also the food court inside the Canal Shoppes for those looking for a quick bite.
Guests can float along The Grand Canal Shops in an authentic Italian gondola ride and pass stores like Burberry and Kenneth Cole along the way. And if you haven't caught a real celeb, on the street in Vegas, you can head over to Madame Tussauds to check out a wax version.