Senior Connections


December 17

Hands-on wine classes,
taught by Master Sommelier Will Costello, are now being offered at Mandarin Oriental. Held in the private dining room of Twist by Pierre Gagnaire. “Year End Bubbles – More than just Champagne” on Dec. 17. The cost is $50 and reservations can be made by calling 888-881-9367. Twist by Pierre Gagnaire, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, CityCenter, 3752 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89158, 702-590-8888.

Dec. 8, Jan. 11 and Feb. 2

Giada at The Cromwell
is hosting monthly wine dinners featuring a different winery each month. On the schedule are Cheval de Andes Winery on Monday, Nov. 7; Stonestreet Winery on Thursday, Dec. 8; Rombauer Vineyards on Wednesday, Jan. 11; and Tour of Amarone with Winemaker Luciano Castiello of Banfi Estates on Thursday, Feb. 2. Tasting menus include Giada favorites and some unique additions to highlight the selection of wine. Each dinner experience is $200 per person and guests will take home a signed photo and a selection of Giada De Laurentiis’ favorite recipes, including her beloved lemon ricotta cookies. To make reservations, call 702-731-7778 or email Giada, The Cromwell, 3595 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-667-1799.

December 10

RX Boiler Room at
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino will host a whiskey pairing dinner crafted by chef Rick Moonenfeaturing the single malt whiskeys of the Seattle-based Westland Distillery. Guests will enjoy a welcome cocktail and passed appetizers and a four-course whiskey pairing menu, which will include dishes such as crispy duck confit and frisée salad served with the specially crafted bLVd cocktail made with Westland’s American Single Malt; and “Tongue-N-Cheeks” shepherd’s pie paired with Westland’s Sherry Wood Whiskey. Cost is $75 and the evening will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. Visit here to purchase tickets. RX Boiler Room, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Mandalay Place, 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-7200.

December 10

Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar
will celebrate truffle season with a wine pairing dinner featuring Italian white truffles and selections from La Spinetta’s Tuscany and Piedmont wineries. Each of the four courses will include shaved white truffles. Pairings are Barbera Ca Del Pian 2011 with pecorino e fiori (warm pecorino cheese pudding with a squash fritter and truffle sabayon); Langhe Nebbiolo 2013 with agnolotti del plin (small-pocket homemade veal ravioli and Fontina); Barbaresco Gallina 2012 with scamone (veal sirloin, cardoon and sunchokes); and Barolo Campe 2005 with formaggi (Piedmont cheese plate, jams and honey). The dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the cost is $250 per person. Seating is very limited. To reserve, call 702-364-5300. Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, 4480 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-364-5300.

Monday through Thursday

Grape Street Café, Wine Bar & Cellar
in Downtown Summerlin has launched a new happy hour featuring seven wines for $7, seven appetizers for $7, $7 well cocktails and $5 selected shots. Guests may take advantage of the deals anywhere in the restaurant Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wine selections include Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Malbec, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and Reisling. Appetizers being served are caprese salad, burrata, crab-stuffed shrimp, baked brie, meatballs with marinara and garlic bread, steamed clams and strawberry crostini. Grape Street Café, Wine Bar & Cellar, 2120 Festival Plaza Dr. #160, Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-478-5030.

Tuesday through Thursday

Twin Creeks Steakhouse
at the Silverton Casino Hotel Lodge is offering half price on specialty cocktails and all items from its tapas menu from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Twin Creeks Steakhouse, Silverton Casino Hotel Lodge, 3333 Blue Diamond Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89139, 702-914-8594, 866‑946‑4373.

Third Wednesdays

Wine Away Wednesdays
are held at various locations within Tivoli Village from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. Admission to the event is $13.65, which includes two glasses of wine, passed appetizers and the opportunity to browse offerings from local businesses. Tickets must be booked in advance at


NOVE Italiano
is offering a new happy hour menu, featuring $7 small plates, as well as specially priced cocktails and wines in the bar and lounge from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. every Thursday. The menu highlights fan favorites such as prosciutto di parma sliders, Tuscan panzanella salad and margherita pizza. Several signature cocktails are offered for $7, including the “pomagranita,” a combination of Ketel One Oranje, POM, Pama liqueur and simple syrup. NOVE Italiano, Palms Casino Resort, Fantasy Tower, 4321 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103, 702‑942‑6800.


Marche Bacchus
hosts free wine tastings every Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tasting notes for each wine are provided. Marche Bacchus, Lakeside Center, 2620 Regatta Dr., Ste. 106, Las Vegas, NV 89128, 702-804-8008.

December 14

Bellagio’s Harvest by Roy Ellamar
is inviting well-known executive chefs from other MGM Resorts International restaurants to participate in Snack Wagon Takeover, a monthly culinary series that will feature each visiting chef’s spin on the venue’s signature circulating carts. As usual, the carts will stop tableside so guests may select culinary bites from the guest chef and interact with him or her. Dec.14, executive chef Sean Griffin of Jean-Georges Steakhouse at Aria. Harvest by Roy Ellamar, Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-693-8800; 866‑259-7111.

December 7

Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa
will present an interactive holiday-themed Italian cooking demonstration hosted by chef Francesco DeFuria at Bistro 57 beginning at 6 p.m. Priced at $50, the four-course menu will include insalata di carciofi: frisée lettuce, baby artichoke hearts, warm walnuts, shaved fennel and fava beans tossed in a lemon vinaigrette; risotto simmered in white wine and chicken broth, finished with truffle oil and Parmesan; slow-simmered beef shank and broccolini; and panettone di chocolate Italian. After the instruction, all items will be brought out for the enjoyment of each guest. Space is limited and reservations are required by calling 702-692-7265. Bistro 57, Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa, 7300 N. Aliante Pkwy., North Las Vegas, NV 89084, 702-692-7777.

December 9-11

The Venetian/Palazzo
will host the fourth annual Ultimo: A Weekend of Excellence “Le Grand Voyage” featuring feasts from an all-star lineup of chefs and wineries from around the world, including Dom Perignon, DAOU Vineyards, Marqués de Murrieta, Memento Mori and Pio Cesare. The signature event is the Grand Banquet on December 10, which this year will feature an international menu with courses celebrating each chef’s country of origin, prepared by Thomas Keller, Jérôme Bocuse, Emma Bengtsson, Curtis Stone, Ming Tsai, Vikram Vij, Pierre Thiam, Paul Bartolotta and Shaun Hergatt. For more details, schedule of events, pricing and to purchase tickets, visit here or call 866-659-9643. The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-414-1000, 877-883-6423.


Tom’s Urban at New York-New York
has launched a unique Beat the Clock happy hour running Monday through Friday, beginning at 4 p.m., with food and drink prices rising every hour until 7 p.m. It also takes place late night Sunday through Thursday, beginning at 11 p.m., with prices dropping every hour until 2 a.m. Among a dozen small plates are ginger chicken potstickers, crispy Brussels spouts, fried dill pickles and street tacos; drink specials include select signature cocktails, well drinks and all draft beers. Tom’s Urban, New York-New York Hotel & Casino, 3790 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-740-6766.


Due Forni
has introduced a happy hour menu of gourmet appetizers priced at $5, including oven-baked goat cheese with bacon, apple and honey; duck confit over arugula, caramelized onions and ubriaco cheese; pork belly with smoked bacon polenta and red wine reduction; turkey meatballs with tomato and Parmesan; and braised oxtail served with gnocchi, cremini and parsley. The happy hour is offered from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. daily; add a glass of select wine for $5. Due Forni, 3555 S. Town Center Dr., Ste. 105, Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-586-6500.


Brand Steakhouse at Monte Carlo Resort & Casino
has introduced a daily happy hour, featuring a variety of appetizers for $9. Held from 5 p.m.-7 p.m., appetizers include hot rocks, lollipop wings and salmon carpaccio. Also offered are $5 well cocktails, house wines and domestic beers. Brand Steakhouse, Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-730-6700.

Monday through Friday

Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo
features happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Several items are priced at $10 each, including caprese salad; beer-battered shrimp on blue cheese coleslaw with creole tomato glaze; salmon carpaccio; steamed mussels in a beer broth with grilled french bread; truffle prosciutto crostini with herb goat cheese; beef sliders with cheddar cheese, caramelized onion & seasoned fries; and Buffalo chicken sliders topped with blue cheese coleslaw and seasoned fries. To drink, there are $5 bottled beers and $6 well cocktails. Lagasse’s Stadium, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-607-2665.