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FOODIE ALERT: Las Vegas Restaurant Week Begins Today

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Get out your stretchy pants and bib, Las Vegas Restaurant Week 2009, now in its third year, launches today and runs through Sunday, September 6.The week allows diners to enjoy specially priced menus at bargain basement prices at more than 50 restaurants, including many on the Las Vegas Strip. With the price points restaurants are offering, you wouldn’t even be able to dine this well if you stayed home and made it yourself.

A few of the participating restaurants include Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio at The Venetian, FiAMMA at MGM Grand, Aureole Las Vegas and Fleur de Lys at Mandalay Bay and Texas de Brazil at Town Square. Participating restaurants offer special Restaurant Week menus at one of three price points: $50.09, $30.09 or $20.09, with a portion benefiting the Three Square Food Bank, a non-profit organization working to end hunger in Southern Nevada. A list of participating restaurants and menus are posted at

The entire week is a celebration of the culinary mecca that Las Vegas has become. For instance, Smith & Wollensky’s special three-course prix fixe dinner menu at $50.09 has delicious choices for each course with Filet Mignon, Lemon Pepper Chicken, Butcher Cut Prime Rib, and Seasonal Wild Salmon as entrée options. Appetizer selections include Beef Carpaccio, Caesar Salad or Iceberg Wedge. Dessert selections include New York Cheesecake and Coconut Layer Cake.

Charlie Palmer Steak at Four Seasons Las Vegas will be offering a five-course family style menu priced at $50.09. Anti Pasti items include Genoa Salami, Molinari Casalinga and Hot Sopressata, Spicy Zucchini, Marinated Artichokes and Robiola Cheese. The restaurant’s salad course includes either Prosciutto Wrapped Fig Salad or Mixed Baby Oak Lettuce with Gorgonzola and Saba. The pasta course is Granoro Bucatini with either Truffle Carbonara or Spiced Blue Crab with San Marzano Tomatoes. For entrée, diners can choose Seven Herb Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Velvet Pioppini Mushrooms or Virginia Wild Striped Bass with Maine Lobster and Green Onion Risotto. And for dessert, either a Chocolate Tart or Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is in the offing.

For those who are less inclined to be foodies and more inclined to party, Luxor’s Tacos & Tequila will be hosting a special Human Rooster Fighting’s “Tournament of Chefs” to support Three Square on Wednesday, September 2 . The “Tournament of Chefs” will feature competing chefs dressed in rooster suits, strapping on oversized chicken feet and stomping out balloons tied to the ankles of their competition. The rooster that pops all of their opponent’s balloons first, wins bragging rights until the next match-up. The night’s tournament champion chef will receive the grand prize in the form of a $250 bar tab. Confirmed chefs include recent Top Chef Masters contestant Chef Rick Moonen and Stephen Hopcraft of SEABLUE, who recently won Food Network’s Chefs vs. City. T&T will donate a percentage of the night’s proceeds to the Three Square Food Bank.

Also during Las Vegas Restaurant Week, the chefs of Wynn Las Vegas and Encore will come together in support of local food bank Three Square while celebrating culinary legend Julia Child. To honor the iconic chef, author and television personality, Wynn and Encore chefs have crafted Child-inspired menu which we posted previously (August 18) at:

Other food scraps we have been made aware of that are not related to Restaurant Week include Bodega Ba-Ba-Reeba! on Tuesday, September 1st at 6 p.m. Presenting over 30 Spanish wines, sherries, brandies and cavas, Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! located at Fashion Show mall offers wine enthusiasts an opportunity to taste and learn about the different regions of Spain while sampling some of Chef Garcia Spanish tapas and pintxos specials. The cost is $30 per person + tax. Call 702.258.1211 to register.

Caesars Palace’s Bradley Ogden Restaurant has unveiled a summer menu that includes his new signature dishes of Sweet Yellow Corn Soup with spiced popcorn, Corn Relish and Lemon Verbena and Trumpet Royale and Mascarpone Agnolotti in brown butter sauce. Bradley Ogden’s summer menu is available through September 21.

Payard Pâtisserie & Bistro, also located at Caesars, is now offering a $19 lunch menu. Award-winning Pastry Chef François Payard has created a new $19 prix fixe lunch menu. Choose between an Heirloom Caprese Salad or Taboule for starters. Then select either Halibut Riviera-style or Flat Iron Steak and conclude with a choice of a Payard pastry.

With this gastronomically pleasing line-up there’s no way you won’t have a Truly Scrumptious week!

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