That’s when the feast began. After glancing at the menu, we invited the staff to make recommendations. In the end, we issued them carte blanche for the meal and only discovered what was in our surprise menu as each dish arrived and it was described by our knowledgeable and friendly server. We expected two or three simple courses. Instead, the chef selected an amazing diversity of delectable dishes in seven courses with a worthy international wine pairing on the part of the wine steward. Every dish was surprisingly good, with an attractive presentation and most importantly, well balanced flavor combinations.
If we lived in Las Vegas we would be Vintner Grill regulars. Since we don’t live in that desert city we plan to return to the suburban restaurant the next time we are in the area. Congratulations to Vintner Grill!
In his youth and prior to becoming a chef, he was an aspiring musician. Silverman ended his musical career before he was even old enough to vote and followed his heart into the kitchen of Wolfgang Puck. When he was 18, he moved to Las Vegas to enroll in the Community College of Southern Nevada’s culinary program. He began his career working as a dishwasher in one of Wolfgang Puck’s local restaurants where he quickly moved up the ranks. Seven years later, Silverman was the youngest person ever within the Wolfgang Puck organization named executive chef. His tenure with Puck’s restaurant group included the opening and managing of nine restaurants across the country.
Eventually, Silverman tired of traveling and began work as executive chef of the Michael Corrigan owned RoadRunner restaurants. Six months later the company opened Agave Comida y Tequila, in Las Vegas and he became corporate executive chef for the company’s restaurants. In November 2007, Chef Silverman presented his cuisine at the James Beard House in New York City. In 2008, he was selected to be a Chef Ambassador for the Wisconsin Artisan Cheese Council.
Chef De Cuisine Lyle Kaku
Class Of Restaurant Moderate to expensive
Executive Chef Matthew Silverman
Handicapped Access There was a ramp to facilitate access.
Head Sommelier Troy Kumalaa
Location In an office building in Summerlin, a suburb of Las Vegas
Manager Peter Varela
Opened-Renovated December 2006
Owned Michael Corrigan
Pastry Chef Antonieta Munoz
Size The 6,000 square foot restaurant could accommodate up to 280 guests with a staff of 70.
Type Of Restaurant Neighborhood restaurant serving Contemporary American cuisine with Mediterranean influences
Next, Endive salad with marinated figs, gorgonzola, green apples, frisee, and mustard vinaigrette accompanied by Stellina di Notte pinot grigio, IGT Venezie from Italy, 2006. Then there was Tagliatelli pasta with wild boar bolognese, topped with truffle pecorino, and finished with fresh nutmeg and opal basil was served with Artero grenache, DO La Mancha from Spain, 2005. Just when we thought we were done, the chef surprised us with Wild California halibut served over cous cous with, toasted orzo, spinach, lemon gremolata, and sweet tomatoes. It was served with Poppy pinot noir, Monterey, California, 2006. Then there was Grilled tri-tip with eggplant caponata served over truffled-dried cherry polenta cake and finished with basil-chili infused olive oil and Rock Rabbit syrah from the Central Coast, California, 2006.
Although I was quickly running out of space, I welcomed the cheese. Our Cheese plate had Humbolt fog, a Cypress Grove, California goat’s milk cheese aged eight months; an Italian sheep’s milk black truffle Pecorino Cacao di Bosco; and a 90 month old cranberry chipotle cheddar from cow’s milk from Carr Valley, Wisconsin. They were served with Pascal Toso Reserve Cabernet “Las Barrancas,” from Mendoza, Argentina, 2005.
The dessert: Peach cobbler pound cake with baked peach and carmelized peach compote served with gelato and fresh berries and a glass of Elderton botrytis semillon from Australia, 2004.
According to someone in the know, Table 32 is “the” table to have. The restaurant doesn’t reserve it for anyone other than Oscar Goodman, the mayor of Las Vegas, who frequents the restaurant. Local celebrities and entertainers pop in sometimes and and many of the Strip chefs come up on their day off (Sunday and Monday).