Wednesday, June 15, 2016 | 3:28 p.m.
In 2006, U2 lead singer Bono and Bobby Shriver teamed up in the fight against AIDS with their nonprofit organization Red, and to date it has generated more than $350 million for the global battle.
Some of the world’s most iconic brands including Apple, Coca-Cola and Starbucks, plus our local Live Nation entertainment group, are partners. Celebrity chef Mario Batali has all four of his Las Vegas restaurants tonight taking part with dinners to benefit the nonprofit.
My pal Mario, who is bringing Eataly to the Las Vegas Strip, as we’ve previously reported, told me: “I got involved through my buddy Bono a few years ago. We were both excited to get the culinary community involved in their efforts.
“Anyone who’s ever worked in a restaurant kitchen knows that the sum of our efforts far exceeds what any of us can do individually. The fight against AIDS requires teamwork on a global scale. Three years ago, we decided to create a monthlong campaign to #86AIDS.
“It costs just 30 cents a day for a day’s worth of lifesaving HIV/AIDS medications. Every time someone attends an eat Red event this month, they help raise money for this important fight, the fight for a world in which every baby is born HIV free.
“Our four Las Vegas restaurants have been involved since I started working with Red three years ago. If I’m passionate about a cause, all of our restaurants get involved to help raise funds. Our Las Vegas team has rallied behind this one even more than I would have imagined.”
Mario’s one-night-only dinners take place tonight at Carnevino in Palazzo and B&B Ristorante, Otto Enoteca and B&B Burger & Beer all at the Venetian.
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With top accommodations, first-rate entertainment, high-end shopping and a slew of acclaimed chefs, the Palazzo has positioned itself as one of the most luxurious resorts on the Strip.
More than 3,000 all-suite rooms start at 740 square feet and are decorated in a modern, yet classic, Italian style. Each room features a sleeping area, with a king or two queens, and a sunken living room area with floor to ceiling windows.
A cathedral ceiling tops the Palazzo casino, while a second 80-foot dome brings natural light to the property's lobby. The 105,000 square foot casino features more than 2,000 slots and 80 table games but lacks the stale smell of cigarettes, as the property is LEED certified with smoking off limits in most of the Palazzo — including 50 percent of the casino floor.
Dining at the Palazzo is among the best of the Strip, starting with Wolfgang Puck's CUT. Chef Simon To serves up authentic Chinese cuisine at Zine, while Sushisamba combines Brazilian and Peruvian flavors with Japanese techniques. At LAVO, club-goers can dine on Mediterranean dishes before heading upstairs to the bath house-inspired nightclub.
In the spirit of Venice, The Venetian is a little piece of romantic Italy right here in Las Vegas. The Venetian is an "all-suite" hotel, with rooms accented with plush linens and Italian marble. The 4,027 suites are divided into two towers: The 36-story Venetian Tower that offers guests a taste of luxurious Las Vegas and the Venezia suites, which guarantee 12 floors of high-end elegance. The top five floors are the hotel's highest level of luxury with its private access, concierge lounge, upgraded features and even a dedicated staff.
The flagship of Venetian nightlife is TAO, an ultra-hip nightclub located inside of TAO Asian Bistro. V Bar is The Venetian's super smooth ultra lounge, made by the owners of New York City's club Lotus and Los Angeles' super swank Sunset Room.
The Venetian features 19 restaurants including Thomas Keller's award-winning French restaurant Bouchon, Mario Batali's B&B Ristorante, Aquaknox for fresh seafood and the 42,000 square foot TAO Asian Bistro. There's also the food court inside the Canal Shoppes for those looking for a quick bite.
Guests can float along The Grand Canal Shops in an authentic Italian gondola ride and pass stores like Burberry and Kenneth Cole along the way. And if you haven't caught a real celeb, on the street in Vegas, you can head over to Madame Tussauds to check out a wax version.