Wine Talk with Alice Swift
February – Celebrate the Month of Fun Festivities!
February is always a festive month, with so many events during the shortest month of the year. First up, you have Super Bowl Sunday, the biggest football day of the year. Then, there’s Chinese New Year, where people can celebrate the Lunar New Year with wonderful festivities like the dragon dance and parades. Last but not least, there’s Valentine’s Day of course, being the official day each year people can express their affection for their loved ones, although I would add that everyone can potentially express their love every day!
Now, what goes perfectly with special holidays and events? Why, wine of course! This month, I am providing my picks for dinners and events that you can take advantage of during your 2016 Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day weekends in Las Vegas.
Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar
If you haven’t tried out Ferraro’s yet, here’s your perfect opportunity! Ferraro’s is a great off-Strip Italian restaurant with amazing food, and great selection of wines. For Valentine’s Day, Ferraro’s will offer a multi-course set menu in addition to their standard menu. Each couple will also receive one rose, along with a complimentary dessert to close out your romantic evening. This is one of my top recommendations for Italian food in Las Vegas, and you will occasionally see me in the bar/lounge area having some food and wine while enjoying the live entertainment.
La Cave Wine and Food Hideaway
located at the Wynn Las Vegas
La Cave is a great getaway for wine and food lovers. This year, La Cave will take guests on a food journey with multiple stops. Vegas.com shares the menu with us, with some delectable items such as seafood cioppino, sirloin steak, ending with a final stop in Paris, with an Eiffel Tower cookie and a Paris-inspired opera cake. Their beverage list is quite extensive, and with a delicious food menu to match! My favorite? Definitely the bacon-wrapped dates with a glass of champagne, believe it or not.
Casa di Amore
This tucked away Italian restaurant is one of my favorite go-to restaurants in Las Vegas! It is located in a very inconspicuous area, where you wouldn’t expect such a gem, essentially appearing to be a hole in the wall restaurant. However, when you step into the restaurant, you are transported to the Rat Pack days, from the décor to the music and entertainment. Casa di Amore is one of very few restaurants that perfect my two favorite dishes…fried calamari and steamed clams in white wine broth! There is live music nightly, with a wonderful jazz and Frank Sinatra-esque vibe. They love their locals and regulars who sign up to be on their email distribution list, so be sure to stop in for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day dinner!
5th Annual Chinese New Year in the Desert
Last but not least, you can’t celebrate the month of February without some cultural festivities too! This year marks the fifth annual Chinese New Year in the Desert festival, celebrating the Year of the Monkey. There will be a series of events throughout the week of Chinese New Year Feb. 8-14, located primarily at the LINQ Promenade. There will be the traditional dragon and lion dance each day, with plenty of food and festivities to keep you busy.
Part of this event includes the 4th Annual Las Vegas Spring Festival Parade, taking place on February 13th, at 11 a.m. There will be a full procession in downtown Las Vegas, and an event that you can’t miss!
I hope that you celebrate February to the fullest this year. With Las Vegas being a prime city for celebrating all holidays and special occasions, why not live life to the fullest and have a romantic night out on the town? Tell your loved ones how much you love them, and welcome the new lunar year by attending a city-wide celebration!
Happy Chinese New Year to all!