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Yours Truly began the week with a lovely six-course wine dinner hosted by the ever charming Chef Jean Joho in his Eiffel Tower restaurant as part of Paris Las Vegas’ “Crush – A Celebration of French Wines”. Let her apologize in advance for the tardiness of the post, however, during said dinner Ms. Scrumptious had the rare opportunity to be seated between Las Vegas food critics John Curtas and Max Jacobson. As you can well imagine she is still recovering — not from the delicious French cuisine but from the sideshow only these two frenetic foodies can provide, and did, to the amusement of their dining companions.

Chef Joho began our food journey with a delightful amuse bouche of Home Smoked Trout on Blinis topped with Caviar Crème. The smoked trout really made this dish pop as did the Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Brut with which it was paired.

This was followed by Coriander Crusted Sea Scallop, Confit Onions, Riesling Jus paired with a wonderful Riesling, Grand Cru Schlossberg, Domaine Weinbach, Cuvee Ste. Catherine “L ‘Inedit” 2005. As is usually the case Mr. Jacobson offered the table his rant on the overuse of scallops and how they are generally ill-cooked. However, in this case, Mr. Jacobson was satisfied with the perfectly prepared seafood nugget and especially fond of the dish’s confit onions.

The third course of Sea Bass resting on Smoked Tomato Quinoa in a Champagne Brown Butter Broth was paired with Grand Cru Chablis, Joseph Drouhin 2007 and was a crowd favorite. Mr. Jacobson even declared it the best dish of the evening. Yours Truly was most smitten with the Smoked Tomato Quinoa. It was definitely a standout, it was so smooth and elegantly smoky it didn’t even taste like Quinoa.

Next came Slow Roasted Filet of Wild Atlantic Salmon in a Pinot Noir Sauce with Braised Leek. The wine pairing was Chambolle-Musigny, Joseph Drouhin 2007. This was followed by Roasted Rack of Lamb in a Tarragon Jus with Glazed Turnip and served with Crozes-Hermitage, M. Chapoutier, La Petite Ruche 2008.

Yours Truly found the most delight in the sixth course of Crispy Michigan Farmstead Artisanal Camembert with Almond Apricot and a Petite Salad. She has never met a fromage she didn’t adore. It was paired with Lalande-Pomerol, Ch. La Fleur de Bouard 2003.

A final course of Alsace Style Bartlett Pear Strudel, Sauterne Sabayon was favored by Mr. Curtas. Not usually a dessert lover, he was very enamored with the finale. It was paired with Sauternes, Ch. de Cosse 2007. Yours Truly would have to agree, it was one tasty morsel.

Although you may missed this smashing soiree, Paris Las Vegas resort is offering activities all through October under the umbrella of “Crush – A Celebration of French Wines”. The inaugural event, celebrating the month of harvest, features special events, complimentary tastings and unique wine pairing menus at Eiffel Tower Restaurant, Mon Ami Gabi, and Les Artistes Steakhouse.


Paris Las Vegas will celebrate the month of the harvest with complimentary tastings of red and white wines, and live music in the hotel reception lobby on Friday, Oct. 22 from 3 to 7 p.m. Additionally, the acclaimed Michelin-rated Eiffel Tower Restaurant will host complimentary tastings, on Saturday, Oct. 16 from noon to 2 p.m.

Hosted by Master Sommelier Luis De Santos, a complimentary Wine 101 seminar on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. in Napoleon’s, will provide an overview of wine tasting knowledge, the how to and why, focusing on the joy and passion of drinking wine. Space is limited, RSVP to

Hosted by Master Sommelier Ira Harmon, a French vs. California complimentary tasting and seminar will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. in Napoleon’s, and will shed light on a frequently asked question – which one is really better? This interactive event will provide a thought provoking discussion and tasting as to the difference in grapes, storage and balance of the Old World meets New World wines. Space is limited, RSVP to

Hosted by Mon Ami Gabi on Saturday, Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to noon, a special French cooking demonstration class will feature Executive Chef Terry Lynch along with Mon Ami Gabi’s wine connoisseur who will engage your palate while educating and entertaining you with their cooking techniques, personality, and knowledge in a fun, interactive, and non-intimidating atmosphere. Attendees will learn how to prepare Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with Celery Root Remoulade, Roasted Prime Rib Roast with Roasted Root Vegetables and Horseradish Cream and Vanilla Creme Brulee. The attendees of each class will receive a goodie-bag, compliments of Mon Ami Gabi along with take-home recipes from the cooking class. The event price is $50 plus tax and gratuity and reservations are required by calling (702) 944-4224.


Les Artistes Steakhouse at Paris Las Vegas will offer a $75 a person five-course dinner tasting menu all month featuring Duck Leg Confit with Garlic Braised Chard, Autumn Royal Grapes Agri-doux, Frisee and Lobster Salad with Applewood Bacon, Egg and Lemon Thyme, Blue Crab Bisque, Seared U10 Day Boat Scallops with Confit of Delicata Squash, Brussel Sprouts and Honey Crisp Apple Salad, Dry Aged Choice Beef Strip Loin with Pommes Puree, Red Wine Braised Cipollini Onions and Blue Lake Green Beans. Featured desserts include Frozen Vanilla Brownie, Wild Berry Macaroon and Chocolate Pear Alliance.

Serving dinner nightly Le Provencal will offer a three-course menu in celebration of CRUSH for $40 per person featuring Flavors of Le Provencal, Brick Oven Baked Yellow Tail and Flavors of Paris please call (702) 946-7000.

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