Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 | 12:28 a.m.
Hotel mogul Steve Wynn and his wife, Andrea Wynn, celebrated the first anniversary Wednesday night of Andrea’s, the Asian dining hotspot named for Mrs. Wynn, at Encore.
Guests were welcomed with champagne, cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres, which included some of executive chef Joseph Elevado’s most popular dishes, including tuna and crispy rice, the fried burdock roll, the king crab and fluke roll, the spicy vegan tofu roll, Wagyu beef sliders, personal favorites saikyo miso cod lettuce wraps and flame-broiled New York strip and more.
The Fizz specialty cocktail — Grey Goose vodka, elderflower liqueur, freshly squeezed lime juice and soda — was previewed before it is added to the bar menu March 1.
Sean Christie, whose Las Vegas Nightlife Group is partnered with Wynn Las Vegas on Andrea’s, introduced Andrea Wynn as “the woman who made it all possible” after acknowledging to guests the large photograph of her eyes that graces the 16-foot LED screen behind the bar.
Wynn welcomed guests and thanked Christie, chef Joseph, GM Roy Saunders and the staff for a fantastic year and expressed how she looks forward to many more.
She then introduced the featured entertainment, five-time Grammy Award nominee Skylar Grey, who sat at a baby grand piano, brought into Andrea’s for the party, and opened with Nancy Sinatra 1960s hit “Bang Bang.” Her set also included a cover of Eminem’s hit “Love the Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna.
Steve Wynn praised Grey for her performance, and afterward, she sat at a table in a small group and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and dessert. Guests included Wynn Las Vegas President Maurice Wooden, Roger Thomas, Larry and Camille Ruvo, Janie and Marc Schorr, Leora and Justin Blau, Sheldon and Stephen Cloobeck and more.
Michael Shulman finished out the night spinning hits of the 1960s and ’70s. The party then transitioned next door to Surrender Nightclub for the popular Wednesday night industry party.
Thanks to Aaron Garcia for his photo gallery from Andrea’s first anniversary.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
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Encore is nearly a mirror image of the Wynn Las Vegas, from the brown glass exterior to the style and placement of the logo — and it's just as luxurious as the original. Some call Encore the younger, hipper sister of Wynn.
Located steps from Wynn Las Vegas, yet under the same roof, Encore's fanciful and intimate atmosphere is unlike anything anywhere, with an environment that is uniquely Wynn and distinctly Encore.
Steve Wynn spared no detail in his newest property when designing Encore. The casino floor is decorated in rich reds, browns and purples with mosaic butterflies embedded into the marble floors and fresh flowers greeting guests in the casino atrium.
Luxury doesn't end of the casino floor. Encore boasts 2,034 impeccable guest rooms and suites. The standard suites resort accommodations are 700 square feet with the larger suites measuring in at 5,800 square feet. Standard suites guest rooms feature plasma screen TVs, high-end bath products, spectacular views of the Strip, and also plush linens and mattresses, which can be purchased in the Encore store, in case you can't get enough.
Dining options include Chef Theo Schoenegger's fine Italian cuisine at Chef Theo Schoenegger's, Sinatra's and the pan-Asian café creations of Chef Jet Tila at Wazuzu.
Guests can also dine on steaks and chops at star Botero Steak. At Switch, Encore's French restaurant, the walls come to life mid-meal and your surroundings appear to change before your eyes. For decadent, hip Asian dining before or after a night at one of resort’s ultra-chic nightclubs, visit Andrea’s, the newest dining experience at Encore.
XS headlines Encore's nightlife and pool party scene while Danny Gans takes care of humor and entertainment. Encore also features two of the most celebrated nightlife experiences in Vegas, XS Nightclub and Surrender. Both feature main room dance floors that flow outside to pools, patio spaces and gaming areas.
When the temperature rises, don’t miss Encore Beach Club, the premier daylife destination that features three tiered pools and luxurious cabanas and bungalows with private infinity pools.
Encore Esplanade features 11 high-end retail stores, with brands like Hermes, Chanel, Loro Piana and Rock, and Republic Piaget luxury watches. The resort also has a Forbes Five-Star spa, a salon and an 18-hole, on-site golf course, which is adjacent to the Wynn.