Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: Feb. 20, 2007

IT'S NEVER 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.

THE 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.

THE 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 www.mtvegas.com.

Las Vegas Editor: Dean Blaine

Phone: (650) 348-1752

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