Ordinarily colorful, Chef Mario Batali kicked off summer this week in an outrageous riot of color. Chef Batali arrived on the red carpet in orange Crocs, and cut a purple ribbon to signify the official launch of Carnevale. On June 1, The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas began Carnevale, a summer-long event that celebrates the festivals of Italy. Guests who visit The Venetian and The Palazzo throughout the summer have the chance to partake in a number of events that celebrate Italian food, art, and music.
The event also provided a platform for Batali to announce his fourth Las Vegas restaurant, the B&B Burger and Beer. Later this year, Batali, and restaurant partner Joe Bastianich, will open B&B Burger & Beer. The decidedly non-Italian restaurant is a new venture for Batali, but it still has a ties to his Italian restaurants. According to an interview in Las Vegas Weekly, the high-quality beef trim, from his Italian steakhouse at the Palazzo called Carnevino, will be the source for the burger meat.
The Carnevale kick-off coincided with Mario Batali's Taste of Italy, an event where guests were able to mingle with the celebrity chef, and sample treats from Batali's restaurants -- Otto Enoteca Pizzeria, Carnevino, and B&B Ristorante at The Venetian and The Palazzo.