Taste of Preakness

Downtown Summerlin event highlights racing, food, fashion and bubbly

Downtown Summerlin has teamed with Moët & Chandon and Luxury Las Vegas magazine to host a dining and fashion fete unique to the Valley.

Taste of Preakness is set in honor of the 142nd Preakness Stakes Race, May 20, from 1-4 p.m., at Downtown Summerlin’s sprawling Dining Arroyo. The American flat thoroughbred horse race is the state’s biggest annual event, drawing in thousands of well-outfitted equestrian enthusiasts. It is the second jewel in the Triple Crown, the first being the Kentucky Derby and the third the Belmont Stakes.

Local race lovers can feel a part of the action as they sip specialty Champagne libations courtesy of Moët & Chandon while sampling a variety of hors d’oeuvres on the charming patios of featured restaurants.

The event is a first for the relatively new shopping and dining destination, said Halee Harczynski, marketing director at Downtown Summerlin.

“It will be a fun, progressive dining event using patios of all the restaurants,” she said. “People can enjoy the Preakness, and the fashion, and the food.”

Fashion has long been tied with horse racing and Taste of Preakness will showcase the latest trends from major retailers. Throughout the evening, Dillard’s, Macy’s and Nordstrom Rack will hold equestrian-inspired fashions for guests to get a gander of spring styles available at the Downtown Summerlin locations.

The newly opened home decor store, West Elm, will dress the VIP area in luxurious style. Guests can have their makeup touched up and receive professional tips from the BeautyBar by Sephora at Downtown Summerlin.

Local notable hatmaker Louisa Voisine Millinery will provide a portion of the proceeds from the sales of her bonnets to Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada, which has partnered with Downtown Summerlin’s community-focused event.

“We hope to grow it each year,” Harczynski said. “This event highlights the variety of boutiques we have and our fabulous restaurants. Come out and enjoy some cocktails with your friends and enjoy Preakness in a beautiful setting.”

A strategically placed, giant LED screen will take you to the action at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course. The thrill of the race also can be experienced on TVs throughout the many restaurants, allowing guests an opportunity to watch the races live from the property. And, Moët promises to present stimulating libations throughout the evening featuring Moët Ice Imperial.

“We’re very excited to be a part of this event,” said J.R. Starkus, Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits’ district manager of brand development and resorts mixology. “Everything Moët does is fun. We’re a fun company, and this is going to be an incredibly fun event.”

The latest from the Champagne dynasty, Moët Ice is an unexpected and versatile new beverage. The Champagne house will unveil a new cocktail using the remarkable simplicity of the world’s first Champagne specifically created to be enjoyed on ice when the weather is warm.

“We wanted to showcase Moët Ice because it can specifically be enjoyed over ice or by combining it with fun, fresh sensations and ingredients like fruit, and it will still maintain that Moët & Chandon essence,” he said.

The liquid refreshment has an elegant maturity that offers a tantalizing taste.

“Having this seductive palate, it lends itself to being consumed over and over,” Starkus said. “People think Champagne over ice might be sweet, but Moët Ice is not overtly sweet Champagne at all. It is good on its own, over ice or with ingredients that complement its spirit, such as mint or raspberries.”

Tickets to the Taste of Preakness at Downtown Summerlin are $50 for general admission before the event and $75 for the VIP area that will be catered beautifully by Andiron. Tickets can be purchased through eventbrite.com.

Taste of Preakness Signature Cocktails Presented by MoËt & Chandon:

Moët Ice Bellini

1 ounce peach puree

1/4 ounce Aperol

1/2 ounce simple syrup

3 ounces

Moët Ice Imperial Glass: White Wine Garnish: Orange Oils and Orange Twist Method: Build in a chilled white wine glass adding Moët last. Twist orange peel over the drink and drop in.

Impérial Colada

2 ounces coconut water

1/4 ounce fresh lime juice

1/2 ounce pineapple juice

3 ounces

Moët Ice Imperial Glass: White Wine Garnish: Pineapple slice, mint sprig and orchid Method: Combine all ingredients, sans Champagne, with ice in a shaker and shake; then strain over fresh ice in a white wine glass. Top with Moët Ice.

Iced Out Raspberry 75

1 ounce Belvedere Wild Berry Vodka

1/2 ounce fresh lime juice 1/4 ounce simple syrup

3 ounces Moët Ice Imperial 3 raspberries Glass: White Wine Garnish: None Method: Combine all ingredients, sans Champagne, with ice in a shaker and shake; then double-strain over fresh ice in a white wine glass. Top with Moët Ice.