Wednesday, July 24, 2013 | 7:09 p.m.
“Top Chef Masters” Season 5 debuts tonight on Bravo and features Sushi Samba at the Palazzo executive chef Herb Wilson, so what better excuse for a festive party? Palazzo’s F&B team is hosting an after-party, Sushi Samba and Sake, on Saturday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. with chef of the hour Wilson.
Tickets are $100 per person for the event featuring sushi demonstrations, passed hors d’oeuvres by Wilson, an open caipirinha and sake bar and performances by Brazilian dancers. “Top Chef Masters” host Curtis Stone, who is preparing a Carnevale wine dinner earlier Friday and Saturday, is rumored to be attending. Tickets: (702) 414-9000 and Palazzo.com/carnevale.
TOP 50 FOR MILOS: GQ Magazine’s 50 Best Things to Eat and Drink Right Now includes Estiatorio Milos at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Listed at No. 5 for its Milokopi baked whole in sea salt, celebrity chef and author Scott Conant describes the dish as “perfect.”
“It’s such an honor to have one of my dishes included in GQ’s list of ‘The 50 Best Things to Eat and Drink Right Now.’ I am so grateful to have been selected to be in the company of such influential restaurants,” said Costas Spiliadis, chef and owner of Estiatorio Milos. “Many thanks to Scott Conant for his kind words, and we look forward to continuing to create cuisine worthy of inclusion on such a list.”
MORE ‘VOICES’: Due to popular demand, the run of world-renowned impressionist Veronic DiCaire’s “Veronic Voices” at Jubilee! Theater in Bally’s has been extended through Dec. 21.
The one-woman powerhouse — her show is entertaining, energetic and engaging — effortlessly imitates the voices of Pink, Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera, Sheryl Crow, Billie Holiday, Susan Boyle, Whitney Houston, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Aretha Franklin, Annie Lennox, Judy Garland, Dolly Parton and many more. She is magnifique!
THREE YEARS OLD: Congratulations to Social House — a favorite lunchtime and cocktail spot — at Crystals in CityCenter on its third anniversary to be feted next Wednesday, July 31, from 7 to 10 p.m. Guests are invited to join the soiree on the patio for complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, a live DJ and more.
Attendees will receive a “Friends of Social House” card that gives diners 50 percent off meals on Wednesdays. Guests at chef Jon Amorin’s pan-Asian restaurant have included Jennifer Lopez, Audrina Patridge, Vanessa Hudgens and Cat Deeley.
EMERIL AND JUSTIN VINEYARDS: Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House chef de cuisine Heath Cicerelli and winemaker Scott Shirley of Justin Vineyards & Winery of Paso Robles, Calif., join at the MGM Grand restaurant 6 p.m. Friday in an interactive dinner combining chef Emeril Lagasse’s recipes with Justin Vineyards wines. The Wine & Dine Experience is $135 per person, plus, tax and gratuity.
The menu includes seared Maine sea scallops, Justin Sauvignon Blanc 2011, cedar plank Quinault River blueback salmon, stir-fried summer vegetables, Justin Chardonnay 2011, mushroom-crusted Washington day boat halibut, guanciale and field pea succotash, Justin Justification 2010, grilled piedmontese beef tenderloin, heirloom tomato salsa, Justin Isosceles 2010, double chocolate and pecan pie and Justin Obtuse 2011. Reservations are required: (702) 891-7374.
FREE ONLINE CONCERT: Online concert venue EvntLive is streaming Slash, featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators for free starting at 9:45 p.m. Thursday from House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. Fans can “reserve” their ticket for the high-definition video for computers, cell phones and tablets at EvntLive.com.
BACK IN TOWN: The Martelli Brothers and Casey Folks of Best in the Desert have announced that “The Great American Off-Road Race,” aka The Mint 400, is returning to Las Vegas on March 15, with activities preceding the race that week. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Land Management have determined that March 15 is the new cutoff date for off-road racing in Southern Nevada due to the potential impact on the Mohave Desert Tortoise. And not because it’s my birthday.
ALLEN IN AUTUMN: Actor and comedian Tim Allen is back at The Venetian Showroom for a limited engagement in September and November. The star of “Home Improvement” and the “Toy Story” and “Santa Clause” franchises hits the stage Sept. 6-7 and Nov. 9, 15-6 and 22-23. Tickets for the 10 p.m. performances start at $65 in September and $80.99 in November.
MONTHLY ‘FANTASY’ GIRLS: The ladies of “Fantasy” at the Luxor are ready to be your real-life fantasy with the launch of “Fantasy Fridays,” well, this Friday at nearby LAX. Guests who present their “Fantasy” ticket stub at the door receive complimentary VIP entry into LAX. “Fantasy,” a Strip headliner show for more than 13 years, performs daily at 10:30 p.m. Tickets start at $39, plus, taxes and fees, and guests must be ages 18 or older.
‘DANCING’ TO PLANET HOLLYWOOD: “Dancing Queen,” produced by David King of Spirit Productions USA, is moving from New York-New York to Planet Hollywood. King said in a press release that his all-new production of 20 dancers and singers performing to ABBA and other disco hits, will debut in its new home Sept. 13. Tickets for “Dancing Queen” are $59-95 to $99.95.
NEW SWS EMPLOYEES: Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada has hired certified cicerones Russell Gardner and Samuel Merritt as director of craft beer and director of on-premise beer and non-alcoholic beverages, respectively (sounds like tough jobs!) The pair joins Southern Wine under the guidance of Vice President of Beer & Trade Development Clyde Burney, a leader in expanding craft and import beer offerings across the state.
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The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature style is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.
Upon entering the resort, you’re greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio exclusively produced for The Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you’ll find all your favorite casino games on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot casino floor.
The Cosmopolitan’s rooms standout as the resort’s most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the room, a first at a modern Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.
The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn’t something you’ll find at other Strip resorts, either. All of The Cosmopolitan’s 13 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You’ll find American steakhouse fare in a modern setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean daily at Estiatorio Milos.
Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is the place to find the party at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and three different rooms with three different vibes inside.
If nightclubs aren’t your thing, you can grab a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan’s five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is encased in 2 million dripping crystals.
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.