San Diego: Celebrate Restaurant Week

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Cities around the nation are hosting Restaurant Week, a bi-annual event promoting local restaurants.  San Diego will be celebrating during the week of September 15th-20thwith over 180 restaurants participating throughout the county.  Each participating restaurant will have a special prix fixe menu for both lunch and dinner. Lunch options will be 2 courses for $10, $15, or $20, with dinner serving 3 courses priced at $20, $30, or $40.

A special website is set up for diners to search for participating restaurants, with the option to sort based on restaurant name, price, type of food or neighborhood. To make things easier, San Diego has been broken into 12 neighborhoods or areas, which include:

  • Central San Diego
  • Coronado
  • Downtown San Diego
  • East County
  • Gaslamp Quarter
  • La Jolla
  • Mission Bay/Beaches
  • North County Coastal
  • North County Inland
  • Old Town
  • Pt. Loma/Harbor Island
  • Uptown

Additionally, there is an Open Table feature on the site allowing you to make reservations instantly. Bon Appetit!

San Diego Restaurant Week
When
: September 15-20
Where: San Diego County
Cost: $10-40 per diner

Las Vegas: Moet & Chandon Culinary Experience

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The Cooking Experience by Mis En Place is offering a one-time “Mood and Food Pairing” on August 30th, featuring Moet & Chandon champagnes. Who can resist bubbly and gourmet fare?

Moet & Chandon is one of the largest champagne producers in the world, producing over 5 million bottles each year, and owning respected champagne labels Moet & Chandon, Dom Perignon, and Domain Chandon (American-produced sparkling wines). Chefs at Mis En Place have designed a menu meant to highlight each of the four sparkling wines chosen for this event.

The evening will start off with Chesapeake Bay Crab Cakes and M&C’s Imperial Ice (the world’s first champagne designed to be served over ice). The second course will feature the brand’s Imperial champagne paired with Brie Ravioli in a Morel Cream Sauce. The main event is Seafood Vol Au Vent, to be enjoyed with Imperial Brut 2004. Finishing off the night’s festivities will be Flan de Naranja and Strawberry Macarons with a Nectar Imperial Rosé.

While the number of participants is limited, there is still time to get tickets for this premier food event.

Mood & Food Pairing
The Cooking Experience
9500 South Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas

When: August 30th, 7pm

Cost: $85

Las Vegas: Tom Colicchio Opens Heritage Steak at The Mirage

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The Mirage is upping the celebrity chef ante this week with the opening of Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak. Currently this mid-Strip hotel is devoid of big-name chefs, but the opening of Colicchio’s new digs on August 19th rings in a new era. (Also on tap to grace restaurant row at Mirage is Masaharu Morimoto, who will be opening a contemporary Japanese restaurant in the Spring appropriately called…Morimoto.)

Heritage Steak features open-fire grilling, utilizing charcoal and wood-burning ovens. The restaurant will serve meat that is “antibiotic-free raised by purveyors committed to time-honored farming practices and heritage breeds.”

Heritage Steak
The Mirage
3400 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas

Hours: Daily 5 pm to 10:30 pm