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Strip Scribbles: ‘Top Chef,’ Milos, ‘Veronic Voices,’ Social House, Emeril and Justin Vineyards, Mint 400 and Tim Allen

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Adam Shane

On a menu full of exotic seafood, the Greek tomato salad at Estiatorio Milos is a standout.

Scott Conant Wins 'Chopped All-Stars'

Scott Conant competes on, and wins, The Food Network's Season 14 of Launch slideshow »

‘Veronic Voices’ Premiere at Bally’s

Remon Boulerice, Veronic Dicaire, Rene Angelil and Celine Dion arrive at the Launch slideshow »

Emeril Lagasse and Sammy Hagar

Launch slideshow »

Mint 400 Off-Road Race

An entrant in the Mint 400 prepares for the start of the race, held Saturday, March 23, 2013, near Las Vegas. The race was first held in 1967 and has drawn several celebrity racers over the years, including Steve McQueen and James Garner. Launch slideshow »

2013 'Fantasy' Calendar Release Party: Red Carpet

The red carpet for the 2013 Launch slideshow »

“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.

Don Chareunsy is editor of Vegas DeLuxe and 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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