New Las Vegas Culinary Travel Experiences

Travelers visit Las Vegas for a variety of reasons: shows, nightlife, shopping and certainly food. Foodies are in for a treat this fall with a multitude of recently opened Las Vegas restaurants and special, limited-time only events every culinary junkie will want to explore.  We’ve compiled a list of some of the hottest places to go in Vegas to give your taste buds the loving they deserve.

The Angry Butcher at Sam’s Town

The Angry Butcher
The Angry Butcher at Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall

New to Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall is The Angry Butcher Steakhouse, a classic American steakhouse with both classic and contemporary menu options. A self-proclaimed “unique American steakhouse,” The Angry Butcher offers a wide selection of classic cuts ranging from prime rib, New York and bone-in ribeye to steak au poivre, a pan-roasted prime flat iron steak in a green peppercorn cognac sauce. Before the dining room opens at 5 p.m. daily, The Angry Butcher hosts happy hour every day at the bar and on the patio from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., offering visitors a variety of cocktails and lite fare, including sea-salt and vinegar house-made potato chips, pretzel rolls and prime rib dip sliders. All steaks at The Angry Butcher are charbroiled at 800 degrees. For sides, menu options include bourbon-spiked smashed sweet potatoes, white cheddar mac and cheese with caramelized onions and bacon, and Tuscan-fried potatoes. The new restaurant also offers a pre-show dining special reservation for those seeing the Glenn Miller Orchestra at Sam’s Town. The menu includes pan seared chicken, poached Atlantic salmon, prime-rib, the Chef’s soup du jour, garden salads and a glass of wine.

Visit www.samstownlv.com/dine/the-angry-butcher

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Las Vegas Food and Wine Festival

Located at the SLS Las Vegas Casino and Resort from September 15 – 18 is the annual Las Vegas Food and Wine Festival. Designed to be a “celebration of the senses,” the food and wine festival will have an eclectic selection of elegant fare from locally renowned celebrity chefs.  Participating in the event are over 50 local Las Vegas restaurants and chefs and 21 different beer, wine and spirit vendors. In addition to the general admission/VIP tickets for the festival, foodies can buy tickets to a 12-course José Andrés dinner on September 15, a “Whole-Ox Feast” at Bazaar Meat or a Champagne Brunch at Cleo on the 18th. Those who want to splurge should look into getting a cabana on Friday or Saturday, which comes with 10 VIP passes and two complimentary bottles of vodka. Media outlets like Vegas MagazineVegas2LA Magazine and Los Angeles Confidential are scheduled to cover the events. The SLS Las Vegas is offering special packages for those attending the food and wine festival, available on the resort website.

Tickets generally sell out very quickly and are available at www.vegasfoodandwine.com.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tour With Patrón

Lip Smacking Foodie Tour
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Celebrate Mexico’s independence from Spain this Mexican Independence Day with a Lip Smacking Foodie Tour designed to celebrate Mexican heritage with food and cocktails. The tour, taking place Sept 16, 2016, is presented in partnership with premium tequila producer Patrón, who have incorporated various tequilas into drinks included on the tour. Restaurants visited on the tour include Carson Kitchen, Itsy Bitsy, Glutton and Inspire, where travelers will experience the city’s largest climate-controlled rooftop lounge. Guests can expect cocktails like the BoxcarPatrón Citrónage Orange, Pyrat Rum, lemon juice and simple syrup – the Cucumber- Coconut Margarita, featuring a mix of Patrón silver, lime juice, simple syrup and coconut water garnished with a cucumber fan, or the Tahona Smash, a mixture of 14-month aged Roca Patrón Anejo, bitters, simple syrup and muddled grape fruit. For food, guests will indulge in everything from wood-roasted cauliflower, caramel corn profiteroles, deviled eggs gilded with caviar to veal meatballs and more. Tickets for the all-inclusive “Downtown Lip Smacking Tour” are $165 per person.

Visit www.lipsmackingfoodietours.com or call 888-681-4388 for more info.

Great American Foodie Fest

Just a short drive from the Las Vegas strip from October 6 -9 will be the Great American Foodie Fest at the Sunset Station Hotel and Casino. The festival has carnival rides, a beer garden, eating competitions, cooking demonstrations, live music and over 50 of the nation’s best food trucks and specialty food vendors. The festival is a great place for foodies to scope out some of their favorite Food Network, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel stars and spots, as many of the vendors have been featured on various shows before. The event is also great for guests planning their own events in the future, as many of the trucks are available to hire for catering. The Great American Foodie Fest has been placed on lists like “The Best of Las Vegas” and was voted one of the Top 10 Food Festivals in America by The Telegraph Travel. Also coming soon to the Great American Foodie Fest is the World Series of Food Trucks. The kid-friendly event gives children under 48” free admission, though proceeds of the event are donated to various local charities.

Tickets are discounted if purchased in advanced. Visit www.greatamericanfoodiefest.com/las-vegas.

Love and Vine at The Palazzo

Love and Vine
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Debuting October 7, the new culinary event at La Palazzo Las Vegas, Love and Vine,” is a poolside affair hosted by an impressive slate of renowned winemakers and chefs. Between 7:00 and 10:30 p.m. wine and food pairings will be served to guests by the participating chefs, all of whom have obtained their title of Maîtres Cuisiniers de France, or in English “Master Chefs of France.” Chefs who hold the elite title are often given the highest classification in restaurant guides and are regularly mentioned in the world’s leading food and travel magazines. Chefs participating in Love and Vine include Thomas Bellec of the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills; Olivier Dubreuil of The Venetian and The Palazzo; Jean-Louis Dumonet of The Union Club of the City of New York; Bernard Guillas of La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club and Marine Room Restaurant; Joel Guillon of Left Bank Brasserie and LB Steak in San Francisco, Jean Joho of Everest in Chicago; Claude Le-Tohic of Claude Le-Tohic in San Francisco; Fabrice Marcon of Left Bank Restaurant in Larkspur, California; Roland Passot of La Folie in San Francisco; and David Werly of the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas.

Love and Vine is the most recent collaboration between The Venetian and The Palazzo with Maîtres Cuisiniers de France. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online at www.venetian.com.

Food Tours Las Vegas

Tours by Food Tours Las Vegas contain no more than 16 participants per tour, creating the perfect opportunity for foodies to get to know others in their group and to really get a complete grasp on the selections they’re offered. Visitors have the option of selecting from four different tours: “Vegas Celebrity Dessert Walk,” “Vegas Celebrity Dine,” “Vegas Celebrity Eats,” or “Vegas Celebrity Bites.” Tours vary in menu selection; for example, the Vegas Celebrity Dine tour has smaller portions and options while the Vegas Celebrity Eats offers a heartier meal, recommended for less-experienced foodies. Select tours also offer a special alcohol pairing for an additional cost. Tours generally last two and a half hours and contain minimal outdoor walking. Food Tours Las Vegas also donates $2 from every tour to equally benefit local organizations like Three Square and Caridad. More in depth tour itineraries, including pricing and restaurants visited, are available on the Food Tour Las Vegas website. Tickets for the tours must be purchased in advance, though Food Tours also offers a variety of personalized, private tours and gift certificates for private parties.

Visit www.foodtourslv.com

Oktoberfest at The Park at Beerhaus

Beerhaus, the newest modern beer garden of the Las Vegas Strip, is bringing the timeless Bavarian fall tradition of Oktoberfest to Vegas this September 30 – October 2. Located within MGM Resorts’ new outdoor entertainment district, steps away from the T-Mobile Arena, locals and travelers alike will experience dancing, eating and partying in a manner suited perfectly for the world’s greatest beer festival. At 4 p.m. each day the festival will kick off with a celebrity keg tapping, followed by live music from local band The Dummkopfs. Guests can purchase select commemorative half-or full-liter steins to drink from throughout the festival.  Games and contests throughout the evening include sledgehammer strongman competitions, stein-holding marathons and more. Traditional German fare including homemade bratwursts, German potato salad and friend apples with caramel dip will be served to those celebrating at the festival as well. At the festivals close each evening, guests are invited to keep the party rolling inside Beerhaus for an after-party, complete with more beers and live music. Traditional dress, such as lederhosen, are encouraged.

Visit www.theparkvegas.com/en/restaurants/beerhaus.html

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