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Monday Mise en Place: Fleur de Lys To Close on Saturday

Bye bye for now, Fleur de Lys!

Bye bye for now, Fleur de Lys!

For those devoted to the existing Fleur de Lys at Mandalay Bay, time is running out before they shut their doors for a few months and work on a major remodel.  Saturday, September 11, Fleur dy Lys will close its doors and come back as something…else.  I don’t think they’re even solid on exactly what the new space will be once it comes back in a few months, but this I do know: Expect the “outdoor” patio area to be greatly expanded, a total overhaul of the indoor space and a more open DJ booth where Hubert Keller will be having much more of a presence in Las Vegas with filming his PBS show here.  The food, however, is still up in the air as far as the casual / fine dining balance goes.  Expect their International Tapas menu to be greatly expanded, but unlike other reports published elsewhere, expect there to still be a “fine dining” element to remain.  Word has it that Hubert Keller will be on hand on Saturday to give the room and the staff a proper send off.

Project Dinner Table Logo (courtesy: projectdinnertable.com)

Project Dinner Table Logo (courtesy: projectdinnertable.com)

Project Dinner Table returns with one hell of a dinner scheduled for Saturday, September 11.  The six-course menu will be prepared by six of the chefs at the MGM Grand; Chef Jennifer Hargisen of banquets, Chef Stefano Chiarugi of Fiamma, Chef Stephen Hopcraft (who I just interviewed) of Seablue, Chef Stephan Chevet of Shibuya, Chef Patrick Schaffer of Studio Café and James Beard Award Nominated Pastry Chef, Kamel Guechida from Joël Robuchon.  So far, Project Dinner Table has raised over $11,000 for the places it has benefited.  This edition will be at the historic Fifth Street School and will benefit the Vegas Valley Children’s Book Festival.  Tickets are $125 and the dinner bell rings at 6pm.  For more information, visit http://ProjectDinnerTable.com. You can follow Project Dinner Table on Twitter at @food4good.

Logo of The Best Buffalo Wings in Las Vegas

Logo of The Best Buffalo Wings in Las Vegas

Home of the best Buffalo Wings in Las Vegas, the Naked City Pizza Shop, will be holding its Grand Opening Party on Thursday, September 9th from 8pm-3am.  There will be all sorts of specials, but most importantly….they have the best Buffalo Wings in Las Vegas! Remember, the Naked City Pizza Shop is located INSIDE Moon Doggies bar on the corner of Arville and Desert Inn.  They have an arcade game in there where you can shoot zebras.  How can you not go?!?

O.G. Bouchon in Yountville, CA. No elevator necessary for this one.

O.G. Bouchon in Yountville, CA. No elevator necessary for this one.

In case you make a habit of reading all-knowing, infallible “professionals” that gain their gold-standard credibility because they shit on the 400 or so words they get tossed from a shithole weekly rag with a vetting process akin to what Old Man McCain did for that dumb bitch that has overstayed her 15 minutes……there’s a fucking elevator in the Venetian’s parking garage in case you wanted to go to Bouchon.  That’s all I have to say about that.

Jet Tila - Chef, Guinness World Record Attempter, Lover of Humanity (photo: twitter.com/jettila)

Jet Tila - Chef, Guinness World Record Attempter, Lover of Humanity (photo: twitter.com/jettila)

Best wishes to Executive Chef of Wazuzu at the Encore resort, Jet Tila, as he attempts to break a Guinness Book of World Records record by making a 400-foot sushi roll today!  He will be doing his attempt at UMass, so don’t run down to Wazuzu to see it.  However, run down to Wazuzu because they make some kick ass food there.  To get more background story, check out Chef Jet’s very worthwhile blog at this link. No word if Schwan’s will develop a new truck to deliver 400-foot sushi rolls.

You Can Vote Once Per Day From Now Through 09/30/10, or you can masturbate to Judge Judy. The choice is yours! Thanks!

You Can Vote Once Per Day From Now Through 09/30/10, or you can masturbate to Judge Judy. The choice is yours! Thanks!

Time is running out and I’m still getting my ass kicked in Anthony Bourdain’s Medium Raw Challenge! I guess “getting my ass kicked” is relative as your much appreciated votes have put over 1,500 people in my rearview mirror.  However, the toughest 60-some remain and voting ends on 09/30/10.  I know it’s a pain in the ass, and I know there are fears of the spam fairy loading you up with having to register to vote, but think about the hungry children of the world when you vote.  Not that I’m going to give them shit, but maybe a moment of pity will also cause a moment of weakness!  I have spoken to many of my most adamant supporters, including The Wife, and no reports of spam with doing the Connect Through Facebook thing.

Remember, if not for me….vote for the epic hang that will be thrown should I actually win this pig.  I can’t even begin to tell you how much all of the links yous guys have been putting up on Twitter and Facebook mean to me.  It makes me feel special…down there.  For a direct link to ‘Cooking Well Is First’ click here – http://bourdainmediumraw.com/essays/view/1409

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Mike Dobranski is a professional musician, amateur blogger, eater of good food, poker junkie, master of the inappropriate comment and bad husband to a wonderful wife.

Follow Mike and Tasting Las Vegas on Twitter at @TastingLasVegas

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