photos by Bill Milne, Erik Kabik and courtesy Honey Salt and Estiatorio Milos at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Honey Salt Hosting Farm Table Dinners

I finally made it out to check out one of Honey Salt’s farm table dinners, attending the October 30 event with a fall harvest theme. The dinners featuring seasonal ingredients are served on long tables with most of the dishes served family style and are hosted by the husband and wife Honey Salt owners, chef Kim Canteenwalla and restaurateur Elizabeth Blau. 

The menu included welcome cocktail of warm apple cider sangria; bruschetta with ricotta and Bartlett pear; sweet potato hummus; homemade pretzels; crudité; heirloom squash soup with autumn-spiced crème fraiche and toasted pepitas; roasted pumpkin ravioli with crispy brussels sprout leaves; braised beef short rib with Anson Mills polenta; and salted caramel apple galette with salted caramel ice cream and pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls with chantilly cream. Needless to say, no one left hungry.

I was told that the dinners typically sell out a week or two before and the dinner we attended hosted 125 (but would have been 160 if the private room hadn’t already been booked for an event). Most impressive was how the Honey Salt team executed serving such a large turnout with no gaps in service. It’s not surprising that these dinners are so popular, for as you can see from the menu, it’s quite a feast, but at an extremely reasonable price of only $49 per person (with optional wine pairing for $25). For info on the next dinner visit www.HoneySalt.com.    

Monthly Wine Dinners at Estiatorio Milos 

Estiatorio Milos at The Cosmopolitan is offering monthly wine dinners spotlighting Greek wine to accompany its Greek cuisine. Called winemaker’s table dinner, they have been offered since the spring. Six courses are paired with wine with a chosen theme, with the theme for the dinner I attended being international grapes (those grown all over the world), but the three whites and three reds we enjoyed were all produced from grapes grown in Greece. Lead Sommelier Ronald Buyukliev ordered the pairings from light to heavy and youngest vintage to oldest. He pointed out that Greek wines are underappreciated but are of equal quality to wines from countries more known for their wineries.   

Our dinner included Greek ceviche with  sea bass, herbs of the Mediterranean, navy beans and feta paired with 2016 Gerovassiliou Sauvignon Blanc; fresh jumbo lump crab cake matched with 2016 Katsaros Chardonnay; lobster salad with Metaxa brandy paired with 2016 Gerovassiliou Viogner; sashimi-grade grilled Mediterranean octopus, Holland peppers and mushrooms matched with 2016 Biblia Chora Sole Pinot Noir; petite filet with Greek fried potatoes paired with 2008 Katsaros Merlot; and  “Chocolate Sin” with house-made vanilla ice cream matched with 2014 Tselepos Avlotopi Cabernet Sauvignon. 

The dinners are $79 per person and are held the first Tuesday of each month, available during the evening service from 5-10:45 p.m. We began our meal at 5:30 and by the time we finished at around 7:30 the restaurant was packed, so evidently the dinners are not a well-kept secret. To reserve, call 702-698-7930. 

Dinner and Show Deals at The Cosmopolitan

While the dinner show, once a staple in Vegas, is now pretty hard to find, dinner and show packages are popping up with greater frequency. Two restaurants at The Cosmopolitan are offering dinner and show packages for the Spiegelworld show, OPIUM. The Rose.Rabbit.Lie. offer, priced from $184 and available with any Wednesday to Sunday 8 p.m. show, includes a prix fixe 3-course dinner followed by quick VIP entry to the show with Ringside price category seating. Guests must arrive at restaurant between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and there is a minimum order of 2 packages. The Wicked Spoon buffet deal, priced at $95 and available with all shows, includes free VIP line entry to the top quality buffet and a Reserved category show ticket. For more details and to order tickets, visit https://spiegelworld.com/Opium and for the full menu at Rose.Rabbit.Lie. visit https://spiegelworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Rose-Rabbit-Pre-Theatre-Menu-Opium.pdf.