03 September 2010

New vegan menu unveiled at Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas

Last week it was reported that casino owner Steve Wynn was adding vegan options to his Las Vegas properties. Now, we get the first peek at the new plant-based items that will grace the pages of every fine dining and casual restaurant at Wynn and Encore establishments.

Encouraging a shift toward healthy eating, Wynn and Encore’s award winning chefs have created exclusive vegan dishes that focus on vegetables and contain no meat or dairy items. Healthy protein rich ingredients such as tofu and quinoa replace traditional meat items, and coconut milk and vegetable purées will be used to add creaminess to risottos and sauces.

According to Wynn Resorts:
Special vegan dishes include fava bean puree with sauteed hon shimeji mushrooms, snap pea salad and aged balsamic vinegar at ALEX and the market chopped salad with avocado, carrots, celery, pumpkin seeds, edamame and tarragon vinaigrette at Society Cafe Encore. Hearty entree options entice vegan and non-vegans alike and include the summer vegetable gratin at Botero, risotto con verdure di stagione (risotto whipped with seasonal vegetables) at BARTOLOTTA Ristorante di Mare and Napoleon of savory tofu with ratatouille and fried eggplant at Tableau. The Country Club excites palates with a vegan version of their popular watermelon gazpacho with avocado, jicama, tomato, cucumber, cilantro and yucca crisp, while STRATTA offers whole wheat pasta primavera, a vegan take on the Italian-American staple. SW, Wynn's signature steakhouse, serves crave-worthy vegan dishes such as grilled royal trumpet mushrooms with creamy polenta and shallot balsamic sauce.

Wazuzu's vegan crunch roll with crispy asparagus, avocado, cucumber and arare; Okada's vegan cold soba noodle and Wing Lei's crispy tofu with sugar pea, water chestnut, carrot and bean sprout feature flavorful Asian ingredients. Decadent desserts such as blueberry cobbler with toasted almond ice cream at Sinatra and banana crepes with coconut ice cream and avocado mousse at SWITCH provide a sweet close to any meal.

Wynn and Encore become the first resort on the Las Vegas Strip to present such an extensive offering for vegan patrons.  One thing's for certain, I know where I'm staying during my next trip to Las Vegas.

Daelyn Fortney | @daelyn
Daelyn is the co-founder & managing director of This Dish Is Veg. In addition to her work at TDIV, Daelyn homeschools her three daughters.

Photo Credit: PRNewsFoto/Wynn Resorts, Jeffrey Green