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Waffle Tower illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

CATCH Brunch × The Strip

CATCH BRUNCH SPLASHES INTO LAS VEGAS AT ARIA RESORT & CASINO

At long last…CATCH brings its sought-after weekend brunch to The Strip

Let There Be Brunch! Los Angeles’ hottest brunch scene is set to make waves in Las Vegas as CATCH debuts its daytime feast at ARIA Resort & Casino. Beginning Memorial Day Weekend, the celebrity hotspot brings its heralded brunch experience to The Strip featuring CATCH’s showstopping takes on quintessential brunch favorites in a chic, high-energy atmosphere.

Available Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., highlights from CATCH Brunch include:

Cold

Diners craving a taste of dinner can enjoy the restaurant’s signature selections, even during brunch. Options include the ever-popular Truffle Sashimi with tuna, Hamachi, chili ponzu, caviar and black truffle purée; and the Tartare Trio with salmon, Hamachi, tobiko and wasabi crème fraiche.

Rolled

A meal at CATCH would not be complete without extravagant sushi options, and its brunch is no exception. Favorites include the CATCH Roll with crab, salmon and miso honey; the Hellfire Roll with spicy tuna two ways, pear and balsamic; and the MRC Roll with seared tuna, shrimp, avocado, ponzu and brown butter.

Sweets

Sweet tooth fanatics can enjoy a collaboration of two breakfast staples featured in the Cinnamon Roll Pancakes with brown sugar cinnamon swirl, candied almonds and cream cheese frosting or the visually spectacular The Anytime Waffle Tower created with maple, milk chocolate and raspberry ice cream, chocolate ganache, raspberry jam and toasted almonds.

Eggs

Brunch traditionalists can enjoy the pillars of the meal executed with exceptional quality, such as the Steak and Eggs pairing a 6-ounce New York strip steak charred with two sunny side up eggs; and the Egg White Omelette with egg whites, turkey bacon, artichoke, arugula, caramelized onions and goat cheese.

Grains and Greens

Bowls and salads abound at CATCH for guests looking for a fresh take on the healthier side of brunch such as the Tuna Poke Bowl made with avocado, tomato, sour apple, pineapple, yuzu- chili, brown rice and crispy taro; or the Coconut Kale Chicken Salad with poached organic chicken, heirloom tomato, roasted sweet potato, quinoa, avocado and shallot vinaigrette.

CATCH Classics

Popular dishes that have become signature to the restaurant will be found in this section with offerings such as A5 Japanese Miyazaki Wagyu, prepared tableside on CATCH’s signature hot stone, feature yuzu soy, garlic oil, Malden sea salt and sesame; Mushroom Spaghetti with wild mushroom, snow peas, tomato and parmesan, and Crunchy Rice Cakes with tuna tartare, wasabi and tobiko.

Beyond the renowned cuisine, guests can imbibe in handcrafted cocktails, coffee or freshly pressed juices. CATCH will serve traditional morning libations such as classic bloody marys, mimosas, bellinis and more, in addition to a variety of innovative beverages:

Coming soon:

  • Birdcage Mimosas, a bottle of champagne with three flavors of fresh-squeezed juices are served in a chic gold birdcage wrapped in ivy
  • One Too Many, made with strawberry-infused Absolut Elyx vodka, coconut, avocado and lime
  • Pineapple Trainwreck, a mix of Finlandia Vodka, fresh-pressed pineapple, tarragon, lemon and Peychaud’s
  • Grapefruit Spritz, featuring brut champagne, gin, aperol, pamplemousse, and Lillet Rose
  • Toasted Almond Coffee, prepared with Califia Farms almond milk, roasted almonds, vanilla and espresso
  • The Eye Opener, a fresh juice with ginger, lemon, orange and cayenne

For reservations, call 877-230-2742 or visit ARIA’s website.

ARIA RESORT & CASINO

ARIA Resort & Casino is a stunning AAA Five Diamond resort on The Strip featuring spectacular amenities, high-end service, premium meeting and convention space, striking architecture and sustainable design. Combined with its unparalleled offerings including the first-of-its-kind public Fine Art Collection, ARIA sets the bar for a new generation of resort experiences. ARIA is located within CityCenter, which is owned 50% by a subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and 50% by Infinity World Development Corp, a subsidiary of Dubai World. For more information and reservations, visit the ARIA website, call toll free at (866) 359-7757 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

About CATCH Hospitality Group

Catch Hospitality Group partners Tilman Fertitta, Mark Birnbaum and Eugene Remm have propelled globally-influenced seafood restaurant Catch(2011) from a standalone NYC flagship to an international phenomenon with successful locations in Los Angeles, Playa del Carmen and Las Vegas at the ARIA Resort & Casino, along with sister concept Catch Steak, which opened its premiere NYC location in Fall 2019 with plans to open Los Angeles and Aspen counterparts in Summer and Fall of 2021.

With a focus on culture and brand, New York based restaurateurs Remm and Birnbaum spent two decades building CHG into one of the country’s most successful restaurant management companies. Dubbed by Forbes Magazine as the “New Kings of New York Hospitality,” Remm and Birnbaum pioneer dynamic hospitality experiences using food, service and vibe to create seamless transitions between dining, nightlife and entertainment. In addition to Catch and Catch Steak, CHG operates midtown American brasserie Lexington Brass (2011) and the Co:Laboratory, a full-service event production agency specializing in the creation of high level, turnkey experiences for brands across the entertainment, fashion and lifestyle industries.  

In 2017, CATCH partnered with hospitality business mogul Tilman Fertitta, who’s privately owned Landry’s, Inc. is ranked among the largest restaurant corporations in the U.S.  Fertitta has spent 30 years cultivating his hospitality empire of over 600 locations into an international success.  Fertitta, the “World’s Richest Restaurateur,” according to Forbes Magazine, is also the star of CNBC’s Billion Dollar Buyer, and owner of Golden Nugget Casinos and the NBA Houston Rockets.

Photo Credit: CATCH

Worldly Old Fashioned illustration by Heather Skovlund (Photo Credit: Robert Flicker) for 360 Magazine

Bellagio’s Petrossian Bar

Bellagio’s Petrossian Bar in Las Vegas Debuts Caviar and Cocktails for the Modern Traveler

Caviar Tacos, “Worldly” Old Fashioned, and cocktail pairings highlight new experience from The Strip’s most iconic lobby bar

Caviar Tacos and captivating cocktail pairings take center stage at Petrossian Bar’s new epicurean experience at Bellagio Resort & Casino. Along with live piano sounds and views of Dale Chihuly’s “Fiori di Como” over the resort’s bustling lobby, the legendary bar’s evolved menu blends signature components of Las Vegas’ culinary scene with extravagant ingredients to create an approachable way to indulge in the world’s finest spirits and caviar.

“Petrossian Bar has long been heralded as an iconic people-watching destination featuring exceptional caviar, high-end spirits, and tea service,” said Bellagio Executive Chef Wesley Holton. “We took those core elements and world-renowned offerings, then infused them with modern concepts for an engaging lobby bar experience that cannot be found anywhere else.”

A Glimpse into Petrossian Bar’s New Menu

Signature Sips

  • Worldly Old Fashioned: A glass globe transports an international Old Fashioned tableside with Yamazaki 12-Year Japanese Whisky, WhistlePig 10-Year Whiskey, Craigelliache 13-Year Scotch, Demerara Syrup and Angostura Bitters.
  • Poof!: Encapsulated in a glass of smoke is an exquisite cocktail-pairing experience. Once the smoke dissipates, Poof! reveals a concoction of Bulliet Rye Whiskey, Copper & King Apple Brandy and Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth sitting side-by-side with Duck Confit Croquettes for a smoky and surprising delight to be enjoyed together.
  • The Bellagio Martini: Exuding elegance with a beautifully shaped ice sphere at the center of the glass, this quintessential vodka-based martini features lemon essence for a splash of citrus to pair with the lavish and edible Ossetra Caviar Cigar.

Caviar Creations

  • Caviar Taco: One of the planet’s most opulent and scrumptious tacos features a thin and crispy potato shell filled with layered flavors of Hamachi, lemon, chives and olive oil and then topped with Daurenkie caviar.
  • Caviar Pie: Crème fraiche and brown butter filling upon a flaky crust create a savory tart garnished with green apples, lemons, and flowers to complement the caviar in this indulgent pie.
  • Dark Chocolate Caviar: Petrossian Bar’s delectable dessert mimics caviar service through dark chocolate “pearls” presented with Meyer lemon gelee, fresh citrus supremes, Rose champagne sorbet and vanilla chantilly.

In addition to these new signature cocktails and decadent dishes, Petrossian Bar offers an elevated Afternoon Tea experience from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The experience includes freshly baked scones, flavorful desserts, and choice of tea.

Reservations are required at Petrossian Bar. Visit Bellagio online for more information. 

Worldly Old Fashioned
Worldly Old Fashioned
Photo Credit: Robert Flicker
Cigar Caviar
Cigar Caviar
Photo Credit: Robert Flicker
Poof!
Poof!
Photo Credit: Robert Flicker
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MGM Resorts Reopening

MGM Resorts International announced its planned June 4 reopening of Bellagio, New York-New York, MGM Grand Las Vegas and The Signature, following the closure earlier this year of all of its U.S. properties amidst the coronavirus crisis. At opening, amenities at all properties will be limited. As demand for the destination builds, additional venues within these resorts will open and other MGM Resorts properties on The Strip will reopen.

“Our hearts go out to everyone in the communities where we operate, and around the world, who has been personally impacted during this time of crisis,” said Bill Hornbuckle, MGM Resorts’ Acting CEO and President, “As we plan for these openings, the health and safety of our guests and employees is at the forefront of all we do. Getting many of our employees back to work and welcoming guests through our doors once again will allow us to do what we do best – entertain. The team is ready and we can’t wait.”

Key Initiatives include;

  1. A physical distancing policy will be implemented, with floor guides serving as reminder
  2. For areas where physical distancing presents challenges, plexiglass barriers will be installed, or other measures will be used to reduce risks
  3. Standalone handwashing stations designed by MGM Resorts conveniently located on casino floors
  4. Contactless Check-In through the MGM Resorts App will allow hotel guests to go through the check-in process on their personal devices, minimizing interactions
  5. Guestroom Attendants will wear masks and gloves while cleaning each room and will change gloves between guestrooms
  6. In addition to increased and enhanced routine cleaning of guestrooms and public spaces based on CDC guidance, electrostatic sprayers will be utilized in many large public spaces so that disinfectant is applied efficiently
  7. Digital menus will be available to view on personal mobile devices via QR codes in the company’s food and beverage outlets
  8. To minimize groups congregating while they wait, restaurant guests receive text message notification when their tables are ready

MGM Resorts’ full “Seven-Point Safety Plan,” designed in conjunction with medical and scientific experts to mitigate the spread of the virus, protect customers and employees, and rapidly respond to potential new cases can be viewed here.

For a full list of offerings and to make reservations, click here.

Vaughn Lowery, Culver city, 360 MAGAZINE

Top Casinos for Celebrity Gamblers

Celebrities are attracted to certain gambling destinations over others. When deciding on where to gamble, they will stick to upscale places and where they can do other things besides betting. They also tend to choose places that are close to home, since these getaways are shorter than other types of vacations. 

Las Vegas is the most popular celeb betting destination in the world, according to experts. It is an hour’s flight from Los Angeles and has several non-gaming activities including luxury shopping at stores. You will also find premium dining with restaurants by acclaimed chefs, lavish spas including and thriving nightlife. 

Las Vegas is also popular as it gives privacy. The casinos at Vegas are known to be quite accommodative to the celebs. Here they can have a spectacle or be protected from the public eye. 

The Palms Casino, for instance, arranges poker, roulette, craps or blackjack in separate rooms of the casino for celebrities by request. Ben Affleck, James Giambi, Bruce Willis, Pamela Anderson, and Ryan Seacrest are frequent visitors to this casino. The establishment stands on a 95,000 square foot ground and features both the Mint and a general gaming area. This is a high-limit lounge that offers games such as roulette and blackjack. 

There is also a no-limit poker parlor where Ben Affleck played until morning with $1,000 chips. Pamela Anderson has bet at the Playboy slot and Bruce Willis has been down $100,000 at the craps table in the general area.

Apart from Las Vegas, there are other areas that celebrities like to gamble. In Atlantic City, for example, there is the Borgata Hotel and Casino that opened in 2003. Upon its opening, a slew of luxury stores including Armani and Gucci followed next in 2006. The transformation of Atlantic City from messy to posh has attracted many celebrities such as Drew Barrymore, Nick Lachey, Jon Bon Jovi, and Jamie Lyn Sigler to gamble at the Borgata. This is an upscale casino that stands on 161,000 square-foot and features gleaming hardwood floors, marble columns, and attractive archways. It also features 4, 100 slot machines, an 85-table poker room, and 200 gaming tables. Poker, blackjack, and craps are the popular celebrity games here—Jamie Lynn Sigler has been seen playing craps. 

Borgata has significantly revolutionized Atlantic City with its class and sophistication. It has managed to attract a more upscale mass, which includes stars specifically those living in New York, since it is close by. 

Another casino that is frequent with celebrities is the Casino de Monte Carlo in Monaco. Jenifer Lopez has been seen entering the casino. This is a gambling and entertainment complex that includes a casino, the office of Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, and the Grand Théâtre de Monte Carlo. The casino has two separate gambling sections, one for the general public and the other to VIPs. The Salons privés is accessible only to frequent casino customers and all table games are offered in a more exclusive setting without the slots. In the salons super-privés, customized games are permitted and here players can win as much as they want. 

The table games are available in the Salle Europe, which is the main gaming room, while slots are offered in Amérique and Salles Renaissance rooms. These two rooms are open to the general public. 

In Los Angeles, Commerce Casino is on the limelight for attracting celebrity gamblers. Ben Affleck was able to win $1,500 at a high-stakes poker game. 

Internationally, celebrities head to the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. This is the largest casino in the Southern Hemisphere and is known to have attracted stars like Andy Roddick, Maria Sharapova, and Justin Timberlake. On the main floor, the casino features small themed rooms for games including blackjack, baccarat, and poker. For several times, Andy Roddick has been seen playing poker in the designated room. 

In Canada, the Parq Vancouver Casino is another frequented gambling house for big Celebs. Although they may be losing their reputation as a marquis destination after a highly publicized case of racial profiling alleged by Canadian rapper Drake. After being denied entry into the casino, Drake purported to have been racially profiled on Twitter. The casino’s response was that they were simply following the law recently put in place to stop money laundering.

Visit one of these top spots and you will find that while you may not be certain of big winnings, running into a celebs that like to gamble might make losing easier.