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A Tasting Party at the ARIA Resort’s UNION Restaurant

May 29th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman


(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

The beautiful new ARIA Resort has been known for their creativity and the uniqueness of their designs, I can say each time I have attended an event here everything was perfect.

An invitation to taste the UNION Restaurant’s new seasonal menu is very special because it means a delicious array of one- of- a- kind creations! I am always amazed when the top chefs get together and the results are like magic!

Thinking about tasting the UNION Restaurant’s new menu and with hints of a Chef’s Interactive Table, I was happy to attend. The party was held at the top tier of the restaurant with views of the other levels and casino.

A special table was arranged for the guest’s interactive tasting experience. Some of the ARIA Hotel’s top chefs were preparing the “feast of all feasts” for us to taste and savor. There were ingredients which we seldom see mixed together yet after tasting each dish, I felt they belonged together.  This was a rare opportunity for the guests to speak to the chefs, ask questions, and watch how they create their signature dishes.

The chefs call their cuisine, “A unique international twist on classic comfort food with Mediterranean, Spanish, Italian, and Asian twist.”

The chefs cooked lamb on a small wood grill, topped it with Yogurt Tzatziki sauce, and placed the lamb kabobs on small homemade petas. This was a clever way to present the lamb kabobs and they looked as great as they tasted.  The lamb was very tender with tastes of the delicate flavors of the marinade.

Another chef prepared the Yellowtail Crunch and a touch of spicy masago caviar with the crunch of crispy wonton.

I have seen sliders around Las Vegas but not as big as these and the serving includes three sliders each filled with three-ounces of Kobe Beef, aged Cheddar cheese, grilled onions, tomatoes, secret sauce, and a side of spiced fries.


Guests couldn’t miss seeing the extra- large Teriyaki Chicken Drumsticks on the platter but after the first taste, the Korean Sweet & Spicy Teriyaki sauce was tantalizingly addictive.  

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A Tasting Party at ARIA Resort's UNION Restaurant (Continued)


Guests couldn't miss seeing the extra- large Teriyaki Chicken Drumsticks on the platter but after the first taste, the Korean Sweet & Spicy Teriyaki sauce was tantalizingly addictive.

Other tasty selections included pan seared Dumplings, crispy baked Mozzarella, King Crab & Jalapeno Tacos, and Sesame Shrimp Bites.

All of these new dishes on our tasting party menu are available on UNION's regular menu.  This would be a great place to plan a party. 

The Interactive Cocktail Experience and the Chef's Interactive Tasting Table are only available for parties, meetings, and events.

Signature Dishes,

Shared Plates for the Table:  $17-28;

Soup and Salads: $14-16;

Steaks: $45-58, from 7-10- 14- &- 18 ounces;

Porterhouse for two, 40 ounces-$98;

Shellfish, Seafood Platter- Oysters, Crab, Lobsters, and Shrimp:

$1-2 people, $70;

3-4 people, $100;

5-6 people, $140;

Entrees: $31-79;

For information, call 693-8400.

The UNION Restaurant is inside the ARIA Resort, at City Center, off Las Vegas Boulevard, South. www.lightgroup.com www.arialasvegas.com

The UNION Restaurant's Tasting Party was hosted by the Light Group, one of America's premier hospitality companies, an innovator for their industry by capitalizing on ventures that raise the bar for service and customer expectations.

The Light Group boasts an impressive portfolio of restaurants which, collectively, can accommodate any range of tastes and culinary needs.

Ranging from casual cantinas to fine-dining steakhouses, each establishment maintains the standard of cuisine, service and atmosphere that has grown synonymous with The Light Group's name.

Light Group Executive Chef, Brian Massie, has conceptualized and executed unique menus for five out of the six venues, while the internationally acclaimed chef Akira Back has helmed the sixth.

Together, they consistently deliver expertly-crafted, beautiful cuisine to ever-evolving clientele.

The company manages and operates several food and beverage properties at AAA Five Diamond Bellagio Resort & Casino, The Mirage Hotel & Casino,  Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, MGM Resort's Aria Resort & Casino.