TOO EARLY to start planning that big convention: MGM
Mirage's $7 billion CityCenter development is now accepting
convention and meeting reservations for late 2009. MGM's
CityCenter, the ambitious 76-acre, "city-within-a-city" project
under construction between the Bellagio and Monte Carlo resorts
along the Las Vegas Strip, promises 300,000 square feet of meeting
and convention space when it opens its doors in late 2009. The
facility will consist of three levels, each housing 38 meeting
rooms that range in size from 800 square feet to 2,000 square feet.
Four ballrooms will offer the flexibility to accommodate groups
ranging in size from 10 to 5,000. For more information, call (866)
718-2489 or visit www.citycenter.com.
RITZ-CARLTON, LAKE LAS VEGAS is ringing in spring early at
its Medici Cafe and Terrace with a series of monthly tasting menus
and winemaker dinners. Chef Truman Jones's tasting menus highlight
one seasonal ingredient each month. The six-course food and wine
pairing consists of an amuse-bouche, followed by four courses and a
dessert. The tasting menu celebrates chocolate in February,
tropical fruits in March, rhubarb in April and asparagus in May.
The Medici Cafe and Terrace is also holding a monthly Winemaker
Dinner Series, a five-course tasting menu paired with fine wines
poured by the vintners themselves. The spring schedule features the
wines of Ferrari-Carano on March 21, Rodney Strong on April 18 and
Rudi Wiest German Riesling on May 2. For more information, call
(702) 567-4700 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/resorts/lake_las_vegas.
FORMER Bertolini's Authentic Trattoria at the Forum Shops
in Caesars Palace reopened Feb. 2 with a new name -- Trevi -- a new
design and a new menu. The Italian restaurant, which overlooks the
Fountain of the Gods in the mall, took design inspiration from the
Trevi Fountain in Rome, according to a statement from owner
Morton's Restaurant Group. A 2,000-pound, 12-foot-tall, hand-blown,
red and orange glass chandelier is the restaurant's centerpiece.
Trevi's Northern Italian specialties include frito misto, tuna
tartare, brick-fired pizza, Tuscan tuna salad, chicken cannelloni
and a risotto of the day; fresh mozzarella, pasta, gelato and
sorbetti are all made on site. For more information, call (702)
735-4663 or visit www.forumshops.com.
FANS OF THE
UPCOMING FILM "Ghost Rider" can now see the actual Hell
Cycle custom chopper from the movie at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas.
The 11.5-foot-long, 500-pound motorcycle is currently on display
alongside the life-sized wax figure of actor Nicholas Cage, who
plays the character Johnny Blaze in the film. Cage's figure is
outfitted in the studded, black leather riding suit from the movie.
Visitors to Madame Tussauds, which is located in the Venetian
Resort Hotel Casino, can have their photographs taken with Cage and
the motorcycle. For more information, call (702) 862-7800 or visit
Editor: Dean Blaine
Phone: (650) 348-1752
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