The Las Vegas Connection

LAS VEGAS CONNECTION

BY BART TORRES

April 23, 2012

Tickets on sale for The Palazzo’s Lavish Las Vegas Epicurean Affair

Save the date for one of the swankiest dinners you will ever get a chance to go to. Returning for its third year in a row is the Las Vegas Epicurean Affair poolside at The Palazzo Thursday, May 24 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. This event, sponsored by the Nevada Restaurant Association, is open to the public giving guests a chance to sample gourmet dining from famous Las Vegas chefs. General admission tickets priced at $100 and $150 for VIP will be on sale Wednesday, April 25. To complete the evening, private cabanas may be rented. Proceeds from the lavish affair will benefit the NvRA’s educational and scholarship programs. For additional information, call (702) 607-4100 or visit palazzo.com or venetian.com. Check out the suite/dinner all-inclusive packages that will be available.

Rich Little Begins Extended Run at the LVH

Comedian and impressionist Rich Little is bringing his one man show, “Jimmy Stewart & Friends” to the intimate Shimmer Cabaret inside the LVH for an extended engagement. Little’s show debuts Monday, April 30. The talented entertainer will feature more than 25 celebrity voices, including Gary Grant, George Burns, Ronald Reagan, Catherine Hepburn, John Wayne and other famous people. Performances will be Saturday-Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. with tickets running $63.90 for general seating and a $73.80 VIP package, which includes premium seating and a meet & greet with Little following the show. All Nevada residents and LVH hotel guests will receive a $10 discount. Tax and fees are in addition to ticket prices. For reservations, call (800) 222-5361.

Circus Circus Inviting High School Graduates to Inaugural GradBlast 2012

Circus Circus’ Adventuredome is offering a safe place for high school graduates to party without the temptation of fast cars and drinking. The resort’s inaugural GradBlast 2012 event on Thursday, May 24 is open to all high school students from Southern Nevada, Southern Utah and California’s High Desert region. GradBlast2012 will be a Vegas-style graduation party for teens with unlimited thrill rides, four dance floors, prize giveaways, show tickets and a chance to win a 2012 Chevy Camaro valued at $25,000. The Pre-Blast begins at 7 p.m. and the main party gets into gear at 9 p.m. and continues until 2 a.m. Re-entry to the party is not permitted. Tickets are $49.95 and available through May 8 by calling (702) 691-5861 or visiting adventuredome.com/gradblast.

New York New York Hosting Qualifier for Annual Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

If you’re in town Saturday, April 28 you are in for some fun whether you participate or just join the crowds and watch. This is the day when New York New York Hotel & Casino hosts its 15th Annual qualifying contest for the 97th Annual Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest that takes place July 4th in Coney Island, New York. A special employees contest with a “Heroes” competition for charity will start the afternoon activities at 1 p.m. At 3 p.m. the real eliminations come into play with the male and female winners of the main event being crowned “Nevada Hot Dog Eating Champions” and will go on to represent Las Vegas in the July 4th finals. This event is free and open to the public. The eating frenzy takes place on the property’s Brooklyn Bridge.

Sugar Factory and Cabo Wabo Cantina Offer Alternative to Typical Bachelorette Parties

Bachelorette parties can be refined and lady-like, minus the male strippers, when you book your party at Sugar Factory Americana Brasserie at Paris Las Vegas. An unforgettable prixe fixe dinner, along with complimentary line and cover passes at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens and Gallery Nightclub are included in the $34 to $67 per plate per person. Each prixe fixe menu item is complimented with a decadent platter of hand-crafted assorted desserts. For reservations call (702) 331-5100 or fire off an email to parties@sugarfactory.com. For a little south-of-the border experience, Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina at Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops is inviting the bachelorette and her closet friends for a chance to be wined and dined for just $25 per guest. This party also includes a complimentary Cabo shot and admission into Chateau Nightclub and Gallery Nightclub. As an added perk, brides will receive 50 percent off one Cabo Wabo retail item. For additional information, call (702) 385-2226 or check them out at www.cabowabocantina.com.

The American Heart Association and Go Red for Women to hold Zipline Fund Raiser

Next Monday, March 30 from noon until midnight, all net proceeds from riding Fremont Street Experiences’ Flightlinez attraction will benefit The American Heart Association and Go Red for Women as they raise funds to educate women on this cardiovascular “silent killer” disease. Since 2011, Flightlinez and Fremont Street Experience have held many charitable fundraisers and to date have donated more than $200,000 to worthy organizations. Rides from noon until 6 p.m. are $15, and $20 from 6 p.m. to midnight. In the near future, zipline lovers are going to see four more zip attractions on the Strip. Approval has been granted to offer the rides from Excalibur to Luxor. Pretty soon you may see less foot traffic in the area and an abundance of fliers in the air!

Cash in on These Promotions

A three month giveaway begins April 26 at Cosmopolitan giving player’s club members chance to win valuable Zappos gift cards and substantial cash. All members receive a free $15 Zappo gift card for entering and can earn up to $1,000 in additional gift cards by playing slot or video poker. On July 28, the conclusion of the promotion, at 8 p.m, $10,000 in cash prizes will be given away. Of course, the more you play and rack up points, the higher the amount the gift cards will be worth. Check with the club booth for all the details and to register. Big things are going on at Silverton Monday, May 14 with the resort’s $25,000 Blingo Bingo Spectacular. Included in the high-money games is a $5,000 Coverall, $1,000 games and $500 Warm-up games. A $50 entry gets you a 6-on pack, $10 in dining credits. Extra 6-ons are $10 each with a max of 20 packs allowed per player. Electronic devices are available with a 3 pack minimum. The doors open at 10 a.m. with Warm-ups getting underway at noon. The regular session begins at 1 p.m. Purchase your tickets in advance during any bingo session inside the Veil Pavilion. No refunds after May 1. Seating is based on a first come, first serves basis. At the Gold Coast a couple of promotions are coming up this week. On Thursday, April 26 it’s the properties Baseball Kiosk Game allowing B Connected members a chance to swipe their cards at any kiosk for a shot at winning up to $1,000 in points. April 29 is the Gold Coast’s $5,000 Hot Seat Sunday giving card holders playing slot and video poker a chance of winning $1,000 every hour.

New Dining Options on the Strip

Carlos ‘n Charlie’s, the newest authentic Mexican cantina on the Strip is open for business at Flamingo Las Vegas. The new eatery not only serves great food but their entertainment level will keep customers coming back with dancing on chairs, singing skits and flair bartenders. Carlos ‘n Charlie’s is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Also just opened at Flamingo is a meat and potatoes lover’s favorite, the Center Cut Steakhouse featuring a large stylish bar and lounge which is open from noon to midnight daily with a 2-for-1 martini Happy Hour Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to midnight. The dining room, accommodating up to 172 guests is open daily from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. offering a wide variety of not only prime steaks but rack of lamb, chicken and Alaskan king crab legs. Save room for the delicious desserts such as the 18-layer chocolate mousse cake. For reservations, call (702) 784-8821. One more new restaurant to open May 11 (just in time for Mother’s Day) is internationally-renowned Scottish born Chef Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas. His new spacious two-story 7,500 square-foot venue, complete with a chef’s table, private dining rooms, bar and lounge will serve his signature dishes and a vast array of cocktails, wines and beers.

Check with resorts for all current offers published. Hotels have all rights and may cancel or modify at anytime. On your drive up to Vegas tune your radio to The Highway FM 98 & 99 for my up-to-date Las Vegas reports. GOOD LUCK!

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