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AL FRESCO DINING IN THE SUMMER? YOU BETCHA!

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Smoked Trout and Beet Salad

Yours Truly is a big fan of dining al fresco. And during almost all the months out of the year Las Vegans have the luxury of dining outdoors as our weather is mostly perfection. However, there are those dastardly summer months when we won’t venture near even an open window to take sustenance no matter how much of a gourmet feast may be in the offing.

One Las Vegas restaurant well known for not only great French cuisine but also for al fresco dining with a charming lakeside locale has figured out a way to combat the season’s heat. Not only does the breeze from Lake Jacqueline make for an enchanting evening but Marche Bacchus French Bistro owners Jeff and Rhonda Wyatt have installed both misters and fans to take the bite out of dining at the lakeside venue.

Of course, I was skeptical about how comfortable it could really be in early August, but am pleased to report it was so serene outside that nobody at our table was moved to depart even after the last bit of bread pudding was devoured. Between the breeze of the lake at Desert Shores and the sound of water trickling over the rocks nearby we were lulled into a fantastic dining experience. Finally at close to 11 p.m. we decided we were overstaying our welcome and scooted home.

While you are enjoying the great outdoors at Marche Bacchus, be sure to try Executive Chef Jean Paul Labadie’s signature summer dish of Seared Tuna with Edamame Hummus and Sweet Soy Seared Scallop with house pickled Cucumber and Seaweed Salad. Paired with St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Mosel Qualitatswein 2009 you can’t go wrong. It’s a refreshing way to begin.

Colorado Lamb

However, my favorite is Chef’s Seared Duck Breast on Rum Mashed Plantains and Goat Cheese. This dish is heaven sent! The goat cheese cuts the lusciousness of the sweet plantains and the duck balances it all out. Paired with Vision Cellars Pinot Noir Russia River Valley Coaster Vineyard 2007 this is a winner!

My dining companion was more smitten with the Pepper Crusted Filet of Beef on Gruyere Cheese Potato Gratin, with Green Peppercorn Cream and Asparagus. What can I say, she’s a steak and potatoes kind of gal. This entrée was served with Chateau Grand Bert Bordeaux St. Emilion 2003.

We ended with a mini dessert platter of Bread Pudding in a dazzling cinnamon sauce, Chocolate Flourless Cake and a Lemon Bar. I am a nut for bread pudding so gobbled it up and was so satiated wtih its wholesome goodness I couldn’t partake in the others. However, my dining companion was over the moon for the lemon bar and chocolate cake.

If the food and the cool venue hasn’t proven tempting enough, there’s live Jazz tonight from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. featuring Mikole Kaar on sax, clarinet and flute. There’s no excuse not to go al fresco.

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