Bringing The City of Light and Love to Las Vegas, James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Mina celebrated the Grand Opening of BARDOT Brasserie at ARIA Resort & Casino last night, Thursday, January 15.
A number of prominent chefs joined Chef Mina for the festivities, including Shawn McClain of Sage and FIVE50 Pizza Bar, Yusho Japanese Grill & Noodle House’s Matthias Merges, Bellagio Executive Chef Edmund Wong and Brian Howard, formerly of Comme Ca.
Those behind the magic included BARDOT Brasserie Executive Chef Josh Smith, ARIA Vice President of Food & Beverage Ari Kastrati, ARIA President and CEO Bobby Baldwin and Mina Group President Patric Yumul. Other VIPs in attendance were MGM Resorts International Executive Vice President and CFO Dan D’Arrigo, Alpha Tech CEO Jeff Fini, MGM Resorts Board Member and President of Infinity World Development William Grounds, Strategic Hotels & Resorts Senior Vice President David Hogin, Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada Vice President Larry Ruvo, MGM Resorts Executive Vice President of International Marketing Tyler Shook and Agassi Foundation CEO Steve Miller.
Paris-inspired entertainment set the mood, including a live jazz band, a comical over-imbibed mime and caricature artists, along with a photo booth and beret-sporting models. BARDOT’s eye-catching, aged brass bar served unforgettable drinks such as its signature And God Created Woman and Voltaire cocktails. Exquisite wine and champagne also were passed, as well as a selection of craft beer.
Guests experienced a night of French extravagance on the Las Vegas Strip beginning by being greeted with a red carpet, made by the train of a rose-covered Parisian model’s dress. The event featured cuisine such as Mina’s soon-to-be-signature Foie Gras Parfait, an extravagant raw bar and a beautifully crafted charcuterie display. Passed hors d’oeuvres included miniature versions of BARDOT Brasserie signature dishes, including the Croque Madame and Warm Beet and Goat Cheese Salad. Additionally, guests were treated to scrumptious samples of BARDOT’s desserts such as the Chocolate Macaron, the Crème Caramel and the Lemon Meringue Tart.
Michael Mina’s BARDOT Brasserie opened to the public tonight, January 16, at 5 p.m. at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Click on the photos in the photo gallery to see larger images. Photo Credit: BARDOT Brasserie