HEARTHSTONE KITCHEN & CELLAR at Red Rock Casino is superb. The woody walls, giant open pizza ovens, and the outdoor seating on an infinity pool, all add to the wonderful cool vibe this restaurant possesses. With plenty of TVs, and live music in the evening, and a totally open air view, I would happily come back. I went for my birthday and couldn’t have been treated more elegantly. We let the manager, Travis Manus, and the chef, Adam Arencibia, suggest all the dishes. Travis has been at Hearthstone for eight months, coming from another fabulous restaurant, Yellowtail. He started us with lollipop chicken wings, and steak tartar with truffle toast topped with a poached egg. The apple and quinoa salad with chickpeas, gouda and roasted pumpkin seeds was fresh and extremely nice. With a lovely wine and a flatbread, we moved on to a side of asparagus, perfectly grilled with a hazelnut and lemon vinaigrette sauce. A nightly changing order of raviolis, with bits of crab on top became another shared dish. The hanger steak with fries and truffle aioli sauce was perfectly cooked. Was there room for dessert? Of course, after we heard that the one ordered the most was peanut butter lava cake with butterscotch and banana and brown butter ice cream. Hearthstone has comfy couches, plenty of seats at the bars and lovely long tables. There is room for group dining and a Sunday brunch. Sun-Thurs 5 to 10 p.m., weekends 5-11. Call 702-797-7344 or go to www.hearthstonelv.com.

The LAS VEGAS EPICUREAN AFFAIR will return to The Palazzo on Thursday, May 25th with over 80 restaurants and nightclubs from all over the city, featuring Lavo, Morel’s French Steakhouse, SUSHISAMBA, Aquaknox, B & B Ristorante, Carlo’s Bakery and Carnevino Italian Steak to name a few. Chef Timon Balloo from the newest restaurant, Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, will be the celebrity chef host. He has won numerous awards including the Best New Restaurant nomination from the James Beard Foundation for his opening in 2010 of Sugarcane in Miami. The event will be poolside at The Palazzo pools. The event proceeds will support the Nevada Restaurant Association’s educational and scholarship programs. It is open to the public and will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are available at any Venetian or Palazzo box office starting at $120.