Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

Guests searching for new delicacies or the warmth of a home-cooked meal without the dishes, Caesars Palace offers an array of Thanksgiving and Christmas menus for everyone. Below is information on the restaurants offering special menus this holiday season.

Thanksgiving 2009
Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill: Celebrated Chef Bobby Flay puts his own spin on Thanksgiving, showcasing his Southwest-inspired flair. From the a la carte menu, guests will have two selections. The first: Roasted Turkey with Fresh Sage and Orange Butter; Wild Rice-Goat Cheese Dressing and Cranberry-Mango Relish with Red Chile Gravy. The second section: Double-Cut Rack of Pork with Maple-Horseradish Glaze, Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranates with Toasted Pecans, and Spicy Sweet Potato Gratin. The price is $38 per entrée.

Bradley Ogden: Famed Bay Area Chef Bradley Ogden, a pioneer in the farm-fresh and organic movement has revealed his inviting fall menu. Amongst the dishes for the first course: Ogden’s signature Twice-Baked Maytag Blue Cheese Souffle with Anjou Pears, Blue Cheese Crumbles and Ver Jus Vinaigrette or Butternut Squash Soup with Southern Fried Frog Legs, Fuji Apple and Fennel Pollen. For the main course: Pan Roasted Alaskan Halibut with Tagliatelle, Black Perigord Truffles and Braised Leeks or Grilled Duroc Pork Loin with Potato Croquette, Braised Brussels Sprouts and Kuri Squash. For the best of traditional fare, a Turkey Dinner with Mashed Potato, Corn Bread Stuffing and Turkey Gravy. To conclude with dessert: Cinnamon Chantilly, Vanilla Ice Cream, Toasted Pepitas or Housemade Ice-Cream. The price is $65 per person.

Payard Pâtisserie & Bistro: Award-winning Chef François Payard and Executive Chef Gregory Gourreau have created an exciting 3-course Thanksgiving feast. The first course: Butternut Squash Soup; Croques Salmon; Parsnip and Mushroom Tart or Pumpkin Risotto with Crepes. The next course: Traditional Roasted Turkey with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Chestnut Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Creamed Corn or Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Braised short Ribs or Red Snapper and Ratatoullie tart. Dessert includes a selection of mini Payard pastries. The price is $39 per person.

Serendipity 3: The famed New York icon presents a unique Thanksgiving menu with its sweet and savory twists on the classics in generous portion sizes. Appetizers include Sweet Corn Chowder or Acorn Squash. Entrées feature Jumbo Roasted Turkey Leg with Whipped Sweet Potatoes & Grilled Corn on the Cob; Cedar Plank Salmon with Grain Mustard Butter and Wild Rice Salad or the Day After Thanksgiving Sandwich with Turkey Breast, Stuffing, Mayonnaise and Cranberry Sauce on a Cuban Roll. The Thanksgiving Sundae with Apple Pie and Dulce de Leche Ice Cream with Brittle, Whipped Cream and Chocolate Sauce finish the meal. Prices range from approximately $10 to $17.

Christmas 2009

Restaurant Guy Savoy: On this special day, in addition to ordering a la carte, guests can experience classic menus from the world-renowned Guy Savoy. Menu Elegance, priced at $210 per person, features Marinated Lobster, Salad and Gelée of Summer Herbs; Crispy Sea Bass with Delicate Spices; Artichoke and Black Truffle Soup, Toasted Mushroom Brioche, and Black Truffle Butter; “Poached-Roasted“ Baby Chicken, Couscous of Cauliflower, Spinach Puree and Mustard Jus; Fruit and Chocolate.

The Menu Prestige, at $310 per person, celebrates the season’s exquisite black truffles. Guests will enjoy Oysters in Ice Gelée; Marinated Lobster, Salad and Gelée of Summer Herbs; “Colors of Caviar”; Crispy Sea Bass with Delicate Spices; Foie-Gras “en Papillotte” and Radish Bouillon; Artichoke and Black Truffle Soup with Toasted Mushroom Brioche and Black Truffle Butter; Roasted Veal Chop, Black Truffle Potato Purée, Young Vegetables Braised in Veal Jus; Selection de Fromages Affinés; Coconut and Chocolate Fondant prepared with Crunchy Praline and Chicory Cream.

Rao’s: For Christmas, Italian-style, experience the “Throwdown Menu” inspired by The Food Network “Throwdown with Bobby Flay” which will air Dec. 2 featuring a colleagial holiday-themed competition between longtime friends, with Executive Chef Carla Pellegrino leading Team Pellegrino and Bobby at the helm of Team Flay. The meal begins with the antipasti: Cacciuco Toscano, a seafood soup with lobster, shrimp, calamari, sea bass, PEI mussels, NZ cockles clams and scallops in white wine and tomatoes broth over a Italian garlic bread. Next is the Linguini All’aragosta, a Spicy Lobster with fresh heirloom and Rosso Bruno tomato sauce over linguini. The third is the classic Brazino Sotto Sale, a Mediterranean sea bass baked under salt crust.

Serendipity 3: Enjoy Christmas Strip-side on Serendipity’s patio. Appetizers include Butternut Squash and Ginger Soup or Pork Tamales for a traditional Mexican Christmas. For entrees, Cowboy Ribeye Steak; Jumbo Roasted Turkey Leg or Cedar Plank Salmon. For a signature holiday dessert: Serendipity’s Christmas Cookie Ice Cream Sundae with assorted Christmas cookies, Dulce de Leche Ice-Cream with Whipped Cream, Brittle and Hot Fudge. Prices range from $10 to $28.

For reservations, call (702) 731-7331 or go to www.caesarspalace.com.

For November restaurant closings, Rao’s will be closed Monday, Nov. 23 through Thursday, Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving), reopening Friday, Nov. 27

For December restaurant closings, Restaurant Guy Savoy will be closed Monday, Dec. 7 through Wednesday, Dec. 23, reopening Thursday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve); Bradley Ogden closes Sunday, Dec. 13 through Thursday, Dec. 22, reopening Wednesday, Dec. 23; Rao’s closes Monday, Dec. 21 through Wednesday, Dec. 23, reopening Thursday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve).

Caesars Palace is the world’s best known resort-casino, celebrating the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome, in an 85-acre destination location that sets the standard for entertainment, dining and luxury. Reigning at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, Caesars Palace ranks among the world’s top luxury resorts known for their originality and beauty and features 3,300 hotel guest rooms and suites, 23 diverse restaurants and cafes, five-acre Garden of the Gods pools and gardens, 50,000 square foot Qua Baths & Spa and 300,000 square feet of premium meeting and convention space. The 4,300-seat Colosseum sits just steps from celebrity chef restaurants and the acclaimed Forum Shops at Caesars and spotlights world class entertainers such as Bette Midler, Jerry Seinfeld and Cher.

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