When in Vegas, cook: A tasting menu at Twist
Chef Pierre Gagnaire alights on Las Vegas this week during Bon Appetit's "Vegas Uncork'd" event, where chefs such as Joel Robuchon, Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck and others lead demos, tastings and gala dinners (yes, Alain Ducasse will be cooking at a "beachside" bar-b-q at Mandalay Bay).
The event has the consequence of putting a lot of otherwise out-of-town chefs in their Vegas kitchens -- for at least some of the time. Gagnaire, for one, will be preparing a special tasting menu for guests at his restaurant Twist in the Mandarin Oriental. Through Sunday only, Gagnaire presents “Homage to the American Product,” a tasting menu inspired by domestic purveyors and farms such as spices from Le Sanctuaire, Andante Dairy’s cheeses and Four Story Hill Farms’ duck. $285 per person. For reservations, call (888) 881-9367 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo of Twist by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times
See the menu after the jump.
Coriander-Liebig sauce, Granny Smith apple
Glazed Maine lobster
Riesling granité, lobster knuckle, grapefruit, green pepper
WASHINGTON BAY SCALLOPS
Carpaccio, lime, turnips
Red beet würtz, rum and Campari roasted, turmeric perfumed, biscotti, apple-cinnamon paste
Scallop broth, avocado, sautéed scallop, nori
SONOMA FOIE GRAS
Foie gras velouté
Vegetable cocotte, ginger
Ewe cheese ice cream “Miss Soyoung”
CONFUCIUS DUCK OF SYLVIA PRIZANT
Sliced roasted duck breast, spiced bouillon, black currant
Rhubarb fondue, potato gnocchi
GRAND DESSERT PIERRE GAGNAIRE
Five desserts inspired by French traditional patissiers