the James Beard Foundation recently announced its 2022 Restaurant and Chef Awards semi-finalists and three Las Vegans are nominated in the Best Chef Awards region: Southwest, which includes Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Oklahoma. They are: Gina Marinelli of La Strega and Harlo, Jamie Tran black sheep, and Hungarian Xin Big Dan Shanxi taste. The finalists will be announced on March 16.
the Bar and Restaurant Fairwhich will visit the Las Vegas Convention Center from March 21-23, announced the finalists for its 2022 Industry Excellence Awards and a chef and two Las Vegas venues made the cut, all located at Resorts World. Nicole Brisson de Brezza and Bar Zazu is up for Chef of the Year; Carversteak is a finalist for Restaurant of the Year; and Dawg House Living Room is a Sports Bar of the Year finalist. The winners will be announced at the exhibition on March 23.
Mama Bird Southern Cuisine opened its expanded full-service restaurant and bar at 10550 Southern Highlands Parkway, open Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. The space is twice as large, 12 bar seats and eight cabins have been added and there is seating for over 80 guests. The bar features 10 craft beers on tap and a bourbon-focused cocktail menu, and the menu now features two brisket burgers, two seafood po’ boys, new desserts, and a vegan smoked jackfruit sandwich.
Nusr-Et Steakhouse opened its doors at Park on the Strip, the restaurant of the famous Turkish chef and restaurateur Nusret “Salt Bae” Gokce. The two-story, 12,000-square-foot restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner and stays open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Following recent openings at Caesars Palace and Harrah’s, Bobby’s burgers is now open in its third location on the Strip in Paris Las Vegas, next to the space for the upcoming Nobu restaurant. This spot also offers a breakfast menu with its assortment of burgers, fries, shakes, and more, and it’s open Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.
the Famous Foods Street Eats Resorts World’s dining room has added four new concepts: Fuhu Cha Chaan Teng, Famous Pho, Burger Barn and Harajuku Ramen. Local Italian concept Mozz Bar has apparently closed, but it appears to be the only original food hall vendor that closed to make way for the new restaurants.
Xperience Restaurant Group has announced that it will open a 13,000 square foot restaurant Chevrolet FreshMex flagship restaurant on Las Vegas Boulevard this summer, across from Park MGM. It will be the company’s largest Chevy with seating for more than 400 guests.
Six finalists were chosen for the Great Las Vegas Coffee Gift, a Dapper Companies competition that will award a brand new, fully landscaped dining space in historic Huntridge Shopping Center to a group of restaurateurs. The finalist concepts are Dinette, Winnie & Ethels Downtown Diner, Simple Diner, Savage Fine Diner & Tavern, The Tipsy Buffalo and Random dinner. Restaurateurs and chefs will now take turns showcasing their cuisine to the public and judging panel with pop-ups at Vegas Test Kitchen on Fremont Street in April and early May, with details of hours of service at lasvegascoffeeshopcontest.com.
british restaurant Duck & Waffle is in Las Vegas this week for a pop-up at a sister brand Sugar cane in Venetian. Chief Daniel Barbosa serves Duck & Waffle’s best-loved food and cocktails daily through March 13 from 4 p.m. until close, with a menu including crispy corn ribs, crispy barbecued spiced pork ears, maple glazed cornbread, foie gras crème brûlée, sweet potato gnocchi and sticky caramel black sesame pudding.
Music and entertainment venue 24 Oxfords at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas will transform into an authentic St. Patrick’s Day Irish pub, sponsored by Guinness and Baileys. The pub will offer Irish-themed nightly entertainment and drink specials and will be open March 12 and 13 from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.; from March 14 to 16 from 5 p.m. to midnight; and March 17 from noon to midnight.
Downtown container yard brings back its Sham-Rock the Park St’ Patrick Oktoberfest on March 12 from 5-8 p.m. Tickets are $40 at downtowncontainerpark.com, and the price includes endless tastings of local and national brewery brands, as well as live entertainment on the lawn.
Piero’s Italian cuisine continues to celebrate its 40th anniversary this month with a fixed-price specialty menu for Las Vegas residents available March 15-22. The four-course meal is priced at $90 per person and includes a choice of appetizer, soup or salad and entrée, with entree options including spaghetti and meatballs with pomodoro, penne vodka, Carciofi chicken, Glory Bay salmon and more.
Oakville Steakhouse at the Tropicana is hosting a four-course dinner on March 17 at 6 p.m. featuring cocktails made with a one-of-a-kind bourbon made exclusively for the resort by Maker’s Mark. Price is $155 per person with tickets available at troplv.com.
13th edition of New Vista Brew’s Best Craft Beer Festival is scheduled for the downtown Summerlin lawn on March 19 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Over 30 local and national brews will be pouring in, and March Madness viewing options and backyard games will be part of the fun. The event will raise money for nonprofits that support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and general admission tickets start at $30 at newvistanv.org.
the Hard Rock Cafe on the Las Vegas Strip features a new menu item, the Messi Burger, recently launched worldwide at various HRC locations in partnership with soccer legend Lionel Messi. The burger consists of two beef patties, provolone cheese, sliced chorizo, caramelized red onions, a spicy and smoky sauce, lettuce and tomato on a brioche bun.
Night + Market at Virgin is now open for lunch on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 4:45 p.m., serving dishes such as Thai boxing chicken with papaya salad, green curry with tiger prawns, pad see ew gai rice noodles and salad of thai steak.
The front yard at Ellis Island Casino has launched a new lunch menu, available at the beer garden Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Grind flatbread with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pico de gallo, and cheddar and mozzarella cheeses.
wing collar at Wynn Las Vegas launched a new cocktail menu created by a resort mixologist Mariena Mercer Boarini, seven libations using special flavors of lychee, persimmon, plum and jasmine pearl tea. The award-winning Chinese restaurant is open Sunday, Monday and Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Veranda at the Four Seasons Las Vegas launched a new afternoon tea service available every Saturday from 2-4 p.m. Traditional scones, a variety of sandwiches and different desserts and varieties of tea are available, priced at $45 or $65 with champagne.