photos courtesy Shelley Stepanek 

NOMAD BAR’s new jazz brunch on Sundays was launched recently at the Park MGM. The food and beverage menu is designed by award-winning Chef Daniel Humm and Bar Director Leo Robitscheck and during the brunch performing is an acclaimed jazz sextet, the Hot Club. Some of the most popular dishes, all of which we tried, were the mushroom omelet, the avocado toast, tuna Cobb salad, and griddled pancakes. The restaurant is warm and comfortable, plenty of seating and the jazz brunch runs every Sunday from 10:30-2. The Bar also offers shareable plates, snacks and sandwiches and serves a regular breakfast, lunch and dinner. NoMad opened in New York and Los Angeles and we are happy to welcome them to Las Vegas.

The fabulous EPICUREAN AFFAIR is back at Red Rock Resort this year on May 16. Set poolside, this marvelous event offers guests the chance to see old and new favorite restaurants, serving up savory cuisine and cocktails from some of our best places in town. This is always a great evening to mix and mingle with friends and try plenty of new superb dishes. The proceeds from the event go to the Nevada Restaurant Association’s education and scholarship programs which leads high school culinary and restaurant management skill programs. Starting at 6 p.m. till 9, there will be over 30 restaurants participating. If any restaurant should care to participate, please reach out to info@nvrestaurants.com. So far committed this year is Carmine’s, Capital Grill, Hash House a Go Go, Infinium, Maxie’s, Smoked Burgers & BBQ, Strip House, Tao Group, Therapy and a host of others. Tickets for VIP early admission at 6 p.m. are $120 and general admission with entry at 7 are $100. Buy before April 5 and pay only $80. Breakthru and Travelzoo will be selling tickets and possibly Groupon. There are cabanas and day beds for rent. 

Monthly the VOODOO DINNER SERIES at Voodoo Steakhouse on the 50th floor of the Rio has a five-course dinner. Usually running around $100, it’s a perfect night out to celebrate birthdays or Mother’s Day. 

THE GREAT AMERICAN FOODIE FEST will again be at Sunset Station April 26-29. The Fest has been voted The Best of Las Vegas winner for the last four years, and with food trucks coming out by the dozens, entertainment for everyone, music, rides and vendors of all types, this is a great family event. This year there will be no entrance fee for any of the nights. Parking is hard to find, but well worth the time. Look for it again in the fall.

A quick note about a new show at the Excalibur, here for only six months in a large tent on the Strip side: FUERZA BRUTA. It will amaze and delight you with their numerous acts, all from above you. This show came from Moscow and New York, is at 7 and 9:30 p.m. and is a standing room-only venue. Start your evening off with a wonderful Italian dinner inside at BUCA DI BEPPO on the 2nd floor. One of the happiest and entertaining Italian restaurants in town, they will be happy to make your reservations.

Tried a relatively new boutique wine bar on the west side, MORDEO. Lovely place and great hosts. Quite a nice selection of wines and a great social hour. Centered around Spanish food, the beef tartare and shrimp coquette appetizers are great. Also, on the happy hour menu are baby squid, Spanish Scotch eggs, mussels and polenta spoon. Located at 5420 W. Spring Mountain, hours 5-12.