Dine out to help end hunger – Las Vegas Restaurant Week kicks off Aug. 27

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Enjoy a Frrrozen Hot Chocolate French toast at Serendipity 3, shrimp and Hatch chile hominy grits at Mesa Grill or roasted pink snapper at Allegro and you can help stop hunger in Southern Nevada.

Beginning Monday, Aug. 27 more than 80 restaurants in the Las Vegas valley will participate in Restaurant Week.

This is the sixth year for Las Vegas Restaurant Week. It began in 2006 as a way to allow locals and tourists to help fight hunger simply by dining out. Each participating restaurant offers select prix fixe meals ranging from $20.12 to $50.12 and donates $4 to $6 per meal to Three Square. To date, money raised from Restaurant Week has helped serve 1.5 million meals to those in need.

Restaurant Week gives diners the chance  to experience amazing restaurants across Las Vegas at competitive prices all while supporting Three Square, the local organization that  feeds nearly 100,000 men, women, children and seniors through a variety of programs.

Bubbles and Buddhas

Bubbles & Buddhas help kick off Restaurant Week.

This year’s Restaurant Week kicks off with Bubbles & Buddhas, a special event on Aug. 27 from 5 – 8 p.m.  at the lounge in Tao restaurant at the Venetian. During the event 50 percent of all champagne sales will go to benefit Three Square and there will be complimentary hors d’oeuvres.

In addition to Bubbles & Buddhas, Tao will present special three-course meals for restaurant week. Start the feast on a light note with the Tao temple salad with yuzu-soy vinaigrette or enjoy the artistic construction of the crunchy Yellowtail roll with spicy mayonnaise. Diners can also choose from satay of chicken topped with peanut sauce or the imperial vegetable egg roll. Filet mignon pepper steak, soy ginger glazed salmon with udon noodles and spinach, roasted Thai Buddha chicken and Hong Kong X. O. shrimp with Chinese long beans are entrée options, and chocolate spring rolls with kalamansi dipping sauce, crispy Fuji apple blossoms with Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream or an assorted pairing of ice creams and sorbets provide the finish.

At Lavo diners have a number of Italian options on the Three Square Restaurant Week menu to choose from. First course includes a choice of crispy fried calamari with fresh lemon and parsley that’s served with spicy marinara, Caesar salad, Kobe beef carpaccio served with black truffle vinaigrette and rocket lettuce or Kobe-stuffed rice balls with garden peas and mozzarella, also served with spicy marinara. The restaurant’s signature Italian fare is showcased with entrée selections including penne alla vodka with onions, prosciutto, light cream and peas; brick oven salmon oreganato topped with seasoned breadcrumbs, lemon, white wine and garlic butter; rigatoni melanzana made with fresh tomato, roasted eggplant and mozzarella di bufala; or chicken parmigiano with spicy marinara and mozzarella. Complete the meal on a sweet note with the choice of tiramisu or raspberry cheesecake.

Tao and Lavo are among more than 80 restaurants that are participating this year including Addiction, Alizé, Border Grill, Central Michel Richard, Charlie Palmer Steak, Comme Ça, D.O.C.G, Delmonico Steakhouse, Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House, Lawry’s The Prime Rib, Roy’s, Simon Restaurant & Lounge, The Henry, Twin Creeks Steakhouse and many more.

Highlights of some participating restaurants are below. For a complete list of participating restaurants and their menus, go to www.helpoutdineoutlv.org.

Caesars Palace

Mesa Grill
Price:
$30.12 per person for lunch, $50.12 per person for dinner. Not inclusive of tax or gratuity.
Available: Lunch: Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; Brunch: Saturday – Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Dinner: Daily, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m., Aug. 27 – Sept. 2
Menu: Bobby Flay’s restaurant featuring Southwestern cuisine will offer both lunch and dinner menus for Restaurant Week. This year’s three-course dinner menu highlights a variety of Flay’s famous dishes such as shrimp and grits featuring chile hominy grits with chipotle butter; New Mexican spice rubbed pork tenderloin with bourbon-ancho chile sauce and a sweet potato tamale or grilled chicken with hot red pepper-garlic sauce and a fresh corn tamale. 

Chick Marsala at Trevi in Caesars Palace

Chicken Marsala at Trevi in Caesars Palace is a featured entrée in Trevi's Restaurant Week menu.

Trevi
Price: $40.12 per person. Not inclusive of tax or gratuity.
Available: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.,  Aug. 27 – Sept. 2. Not available Saturday, Sept. 1
Menu: Guests will begin the Italian three-course menu with the option of Trevi’s field greens or a traditional Caesar salad. The main entrée will feature the choice of the Fettuccine al Pesto con Gamberi tossed with sautéed shrimp, sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts and basil in a pesto cream sauce or Chicken Marsala sautéed with a Marsala wine and mushroom sauce, served with green beans and garlic mashed potatoes. For dessert, guests will indulge in the trio of gelato or sorbetto with the option to choose any three flavors such as pistachio, Italian vanilla, chocolate mousse, strawberry and more.

Payard Pâtisserie & Bistro
Price:
$30.12 per person for lunch, $50.12 per person for dinner. Not inclusive of tax or gratuity.
Available: Lunch: Daily, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Dinner: Wednesday – Sunday, 5 – 10 p.m., Aug. 27 – Sept. 2
Menu: Pastry Chef François Payard will offer a three-course lunch and a four-course dinner, both with added value wine pairings. The menu will feature lobster sliders served with mango and fennel pollen aioli, onion soup or spinach salad and a choice of either the fish of the day or filet mignon au poivre with peppercorn sauce and gratin dauphinois.

Rao’s
Price:
$50.12 per person for dinner. Not inclusive of tax or gratuity.
Available: 5 – 10:30 p.m., Aug. 27 – Sept. 2
Menu:  Rao’s is widely acclaimed for its authentic, southern Neapolitan Italian cooking and home-style family ambiance.  The dinner menu includes a choice from its famous selection of menu items including ravioli purses stuffed with Bartlett pears and ricotta cheese or Uncle Vincent’s lemon chicken.

Serendipity 3
Price: $20.12 per person for breakfast, $30.12 per person for lunch and dinner. Not inclusive of tax or gratuity.
Available: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.,  Aug. 27 – Sept. 2
Menu:  Serendipity 3 offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience at Caesars Palace with over-the-top desserts and a variety of savory creations that make it a haven of comfort food. This year, the restaurant will continue its commitment to fight hunger by offering menus for all meals of the day. To start, the restaurant will highlight its popular breakfast option featuring a mixed berry smoothie and a list of eye-popping entrée choices, such as Frrrozen Hot Chocolate French toast triple-stacked with strawberries or fried eggs Benedict with corn meal-crusted fried poached eggs and classic hollandaise sauce.  The world-famous Oreo kiss & Frrrozen Hot Chocolate shot will top it off.

Wynn and Encore Las Vegas

Allegro
Price:
$50.12 per person, not inclusive of tax or gratuity.
Available: 5:30 – 10:30 p.m., Aug. 27 – Sept. 2
Menu: A three-course menu featuring a first course choice of bianca pizza, panzanella salad or calamari and shrimp. For an entrée, guests will have the choice of spaghetti and meatballs, roasted pink snapper or chicken Parmigiano and dessert is rounded out with guest’s choice of a sweet ricotta cheese cannoli, cassata with frozen nougat, raspberry and meringue sorbet or a traditional tiramisu.

Society Café Encore
Price:
$30.12 per person, not inclusive of tax or gratuity.
Available: 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Aug. 27 – Sept. 2
Menu:  A lunch tasting menu begins with a choice of one of the restaurant’s “Liquid Life” juices: The Green Monster, “Dirty” Vegan Water, Society Garden or a Power Juice. For an entrée, diners can select from Society’s “Skinny Salad” with poached rock shrimp, Napa cabbage, arugula, radish and rice crackers, finished with a miso and yuzu dressing; the steak house salad with warm strip steak, beefsteak tomatoes, blue cheese, tobacco onions, truffle deviled egg and Worcestershire dressing; the lobster club roll with pancetta, avocado, tomato confit, Old Bay and mayonnaise on a Challah roll; the Wagyu pastrami, house cured, smoked and served on grilled rye bread with sweet potato fries and pickled vegetables; or the SW Fish & Chips, made with Pacific Cod and served with a side of chunky tartar sauce. Warm donut “bites,” brûlée cheesecake and Society’s ice cream sandwiches, available in Oreo, Reese’s or Drunken Raisin flavors, round out the dessert offering.

A complete list of participating restaurants and their menus can be found at www.helpoutdineoutlv.org.

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