Yearly Archives: 2012

Ring in the New Year Your Way

What better place to ring in 2013, than Las Vegas! With only a few days left in the New Year, we’re planning something special for those who are spending their last hours of 2012 at M. Our resort is the perfect spot to party on New Year’s Eve, so be sure to make this year one to remember and celebrate whichever way you please. We’ve got entertainment, dining and parties to suit every style for our guests.

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There are no cover charges at the M Resort’s New Year’s Eve bash so Toast the New Year with us and enjoy live entertainment beginning at 9pm at Lobby Bar, Ravello Lounge, M Bar and starting at 10pm in Hostile Grape. Whichever venue you choose, it will be a night to remember!

 Ravello Lounge – Overlooking the famous Las Vegas Strip, Ravello Lounge is party central with DJ Gruve at 9pm spinning all the hits and the hottest dancers create the perfect atmosphere to celebrate.  At 10pm, the high energy band Rhythm Nation takes the stage and keeps the party going into the new year!

 M Bar – For those who like to be at the center of all the action, M Bar is for you. Located in the middle of our casino floor, DJ Simon and go-go dancers will be kicking off this party at 9pm. Get there early for a seat on M Bar’s comfortable couches. 

Hostile Grape – Take a sip of more than 160 wines by the glass in our underground wine hideaway featuring celebrity music and video DJ Arty who mixes up the New Year’s party hits into the night.

Burgers & Brews – Relax at Burgers & Brews  where you can enjoy a gourmet burger while taking in a performance by Lowkey Junction. The band is a unique blend of masterful music mixes, live percussion and saxophone. With the best people-watching views, Burgers & Brews is the perfect fit for a relaxed New Year’s celebration.

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End the year with good luck here at M! We’ll be giving away $24,000 in free pay randomly beginning at 7:30pm on New Year’s Eve. Every 30 minutes we’ll be drawing 13 winners. All you have to do is play with your iMagine Rewards Card to be eligible.

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Our restaurants will be ready for you to kick-off the New Year’s festivities. Marinelli’s, our authentic Italian restaurant, will be offering a special menu beginning at 5pm and our steakhouse, Anthony’s, will also be offering a specialty menu beginning at 5 pm.

No matter which way you decide to spend your holiday night, we hope to see you at M to celebrate the arrival of 2013! We wish all of our guests a happy and safe New Year.

Holiday Dining Traditions

It’s hard to imagine the holidays without thinking of mom’s cooking and those special dining traditions that take us back to our childhood during Christmastime.  No wonder food is always at the center of our holiday celebrations.  While the chef’s at M Resort are busy whipping up their special menus in Anthony’s Prime Steak & Seafood, Burgers & Brews and Studio B Buffet to celebrate this joyous season, we decided to take a look at holiday dining traditions in other parts of the world.

In the Philippines it is tradition to eat a sweet coconut and rice flour cake called Bibingka.  The cake is lightly sweet and moist and made with rice or cassava flour and traditionally cooked over charcoal in a clay pot lined with banana leaves. Bibingka, with tasty toppings, is popular during the Christmas holiday season and is eaten after Midnight Mass on Christmas Day.

The national dish of Poland, Bigos is an amazing mélange of meats and sausages slowly braised over a bed of mellow sauerkraut. Bigos is a popular cold-weather dish that provided a handy way to use cabbage that was harvested before winter.  Bigos is a favorite meal for the day after Christmas and is also popular in Lithuania and Belarus.

Dresdner Stollen is the famous fruitcake from Dresden that is sold throughout Germany during the Christmas holiday season. Dresdner Stollen is made from rich yeast dough mixed with candied fruit and almonds.  Loaves are folded to symbolize the Christ child in swaddling clothes.

Conquito is a popular Christmas beverage in Puerto Rico. It has similarities to American eggnog, but the use of crème de coco or coconut milk gives it a unique island flavor.  A version with eggs, known as ponche crema, is a favorite in Venezuela.

Back in the States, our dining traditions may vary by geography as well.  Whether you are in the Pacific Northwest, sunny California or are blessed with a white Christmas in the east, our holiday food traditions bring us to the table with family and friends.  We invite you to join us at the M Resort to enjoy one of our special meals or take some of our holiday cooking home with you and enjoy our Christmas Feast to Go. Be sure to order yours by December 19!

We look forward to welcoming you to our table at Christmastime!

A Holiday Gift to our iMagine Members – 2500 FREE POINTS!

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We’re celebrating the season of giving with a new promotion on Facebook where all of our current and new iMagine Rewards members may receive 2,500 FREE POINTS now through December 17!    

Ready to claim your 2,500 free points?  If you’re a current iMagine Rewards member visit the M Resort’s Facebook page, like us, then fill out the entry form. After it is complete, a congratulatory screen will be displayed and points will be posted to the submitted iMagine Rewards account number within two business days. (Note that Members can receive the 2,500 points only one time to their card.)

Not currently an iMagine Rewards card member?  Stop in and sign-up in person at the M Resort and join the most rewarding club around. Then just log on and like us on our Facebook page and fill out the entry form and the 2,500 points will be posted to your iMagine account within two business days.

 Thank you for being an iMagine Rewards member.  Have a wonderful holiday season!

Elvis is in the Building This Holiday at M Resort!

 We’re rockin’ the yuletide this month at the M Resort with a special tribute to Elvis, inside the M Pavilion starring Steve Connolly, who has been named best in Vegas by the Las Review Journal.  The show is fit for a king with all of the classic hits and a few seasonal favorites on December 8 at 7:30pm.

Connolly, who’s been recognized by former presidents, celebrities and musicians alike, highlights Elvis’ most memorable hits from the 50’s through the 70’s complete with costume changes powerhouse musicians and backup singers.  Which Elvis is your favorite?  GI Elvis, Beach Blanket Elvis, 60’s Comeback Elvis or Vegas Elvis, complete with white jumpsuit and enough encrusted jewels to light up Viva?  You’ll see many of them at the show.

We found some Elvis Trivia questions to set the stage for our upcoming performance.  See if you get them all!

  1. Which record company gave Elvis his start?  Answer:  Sun Records.
  2. What national TV show did Elvis first appear?  Answer: Stage Show.
  3. What was Elvis’ first gold record?  Answer:  Heartbreak Hotel
  4. The draft board gave Elvis a two month deferment to complete what movie?  Answer:  King Creole
  5. In what city did Elvis marry Priscilla?  Answer:  Las Vegas
  6. What was Elvis’ favorite soft drink?  Answer:  Pepsi
  7. Name Elvis’ female co-star in Viva Las Vegas.  Answer:  Ann Margaret
  8. What is the name of Elvis’ only child?  Answer:  Lisa Marie
  9. How much did Elvis pay for Graceland?  Answer:  $100,000

10.  What’s the name of Elvis’ TV Christmas Special that only contained one Christmas song?  Answer: The ’68 Comeback Special.  It was supposed to be full of Christmas tunes but the producer convinced Elvis to only perform one song, Blue Christmas.

So if you’re looking for some fun this December, join us this Saturday.  Tickets are just $19.50 and $29.50 plus taxes and are still available at ticketmaster.com or the M Box office. Thank you…thank you very much!

Celebrate the Season with Gingerbread

There are many scents that can trigger a holiday memory but the scent of gingerbread wafting from the kitchen is an unmistakable signal that it’s time to put your building skills to the test.  We decided  to offer students and staff  from the Clark County School District the opportunity to create their own masterpieces in our second Gingerbread House Contest.  Each participating class will be competing for cash prizes to assist their school and tickets to our upcoming Spirit of the King, Elvis Tribute and Holiday Show.  Their works of art will be judged by M Resort culinary experts as well as morning radio personality Melanie of Sunny 106.5 this Friday, November 30. 

As the classes are busy building their houses this week, we started thinking about how the art of creating gingerbread houses really got started.   

Our research found that one of the earliest forms of gingerbread can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Egyptians who used it for ceremonial purposes.  The spices to create gingerbread made their way to Europe when the 11th century crusaders brought them back from the Middle East.  The wealthy began to experiment with them to create an early form of ginger paste, which was actually used as a form of “newspaper” to spread the word of current events.  The paste was pressed into molds that had the news of the day etched into them.  The finished “cookie” could be decorated with edible gold paint or flat white icing to bring out the details of the imprint. 

By the 16th century the recipe had been modified to include flour, eggs and sweeteners which more closely resembles the gingerbread cookies we know today.   The first gingerbread man is credited to Queen Elizabeth I, who knocked the socks off visiting dignitaries by presenting them with one baked in their own likeness. Gingerbread tied with ribbon was popular at fairs and, when exchanged, became a token of love.

By the 19th century the gingerbread house became popular in Germany after the Brothers Grimm published their fairy tale collection which included “Hansel and Gretel.” Early German settlers brought this lebkuchenhaeusle – gingerbread house – tradition to the Americas.

The Gingerbread Houses by Clark County School District children will be on display at M Resort beginning the evening of December 1 until Dec. 21.  We hope you’ll stop by and view our modern day artistic creations.

Source:  About.com  Eastern European Food

iMagine Rewards – Now even better

Now, all new iMagine Rewards members have an opportunity to get up to $1,000 in Free Play just for joining.  It all starts with the swipe of your new card in one of the participating M Resort kiosks on your first day as a club member.

Love slots, reels, video poker or table games?  As an iMagine Rewards member you have more than 92,000 square feet of state-of-the-art gaming technology and the best gaming mix in town at your beck and call.  From pennies to $100, M Resort players enjoy a wide range of gaming options.  Use you iMagine Rewards card every time you play slots, video poker and table games and you’ll experience all of M Resort’s amenities and earn the complimentaries you deserve!

So, what makes iMagine Rewards stand out from the competition?  Just 333 points equals $1 and you can choose to use your points—your way.  Use your points for cash back, complimentaries including award-winning dining and even gas at the Arco station that is conveniently located next to M Resort, plus free play!  The iMagine Rewards Club is about options and real value to our guests.  Rewards members also receive exclusive invitations to promotional drawings, giveaways, and enjoy special offers for M Resort restaurants, hotel, special services and live entertainment events.

So what’s the bottom line? You don’t need to imagine the possibilities when you’re a member of the most rewarding club in town.  If you aren’t already an iMagine Rewards member, we’ve got up to $1,000 reasons you should join today.

Baby Cakes is Going Pumpkin

 There is something special about stepping into Baby Cakes and smelling the sweet aroma of freshly baked cupcakes, muffins and scones. Plus the warm coffee drinks that help us wake up now that the mornings are getting chilly.  Baby Cakes is one of our favorite places all year round but it is extra special during the holiday season.  Our chef’s develop special creations that make you feel like you stepped into your mom’s kitchen.  

So at Baby Cakes this holiday season it’s all about the pumpkin.   Pumpkin bread, pumpkin scones, pumpkin muffins and pumpkin spice cupcakes, so we thought it would be fun to check into some fun facts about them.

Pumpkin facts:

The word pumpkin originated from the Greek work “Pepõn” which means large melon. The word gradually morphed by the French, English and then Americans into the word “pumpkin.”

Pumpkins have been grown in North America for five thousand years. They are indigenous to the western hemisphere.

Pumpkins are low in calories, fat, and sodium and high in fiber.  They are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin B, potassium, protein, and iron.

Pumpkin seeds should be planted during the last week in May and middle of June to ensure a fall crop.  Once they turn bright orange they are ready to pick.

Early pumpkins were not traditionally the round, orange upright version we know today.  They were a crooked neck variety which was easier to store. 

If pumpkin isn’t your style, you still have plenty of other choices.  Baby Cakes also has apple and pecan pie this season so everyone’s favorites are covered.  You’ll also find specially packaged gift baskets for that last minute family treat!

Source:  History.com

Holiday Party Planning Tips

Planning a holiday party?  We’ve got some great advice and tips from the pros on planning the perfect party where even you, the host, can have a fabulous time this season.  Whether you’re planning a get together for a few close friends and family or have been put in charge of the entire company holiday blowout, there are a few tricks of the trade that we wanted to share, including a few from some famous party planners.

Go with the flow.

Dina Manzo, best known as one of the “Real Housewives” and who also has a thriving interior design and party planning business, says you really can have a party where everyone enjoys themselves and the host gets to enjoy the fun too.  “Just roll with it.  Remember that, unlike on reality TV, you’re not going to be judged or kicked out of your family if things don’t go perfectly.  Nobody knows what you had planned except for you!  So accentuate the positive and let go of any concerns or disappointments before you open the door to your first guest.  A host who is relaxed and happy ensures a good time will be had by all!”

Details count.

David Tutera, party planner to the stars…like Jennifer Lopez, Elton John, and Matthew McConaughey says that, “a memorable party is all in the details so don’t skimp on presentation with your cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.  Use a butter curler to create ribbons to dress up bread and a chocolate shaver to create fancy shavings to garnish desserts and specialty drinks.”

Try something new.

Get some new ideas for your party by surfing online for fresh ideas or pick up a home décor magazine.  Look around and you’ll be amazed how a photo might inspire you to a new theme or a twist on your holiday menu.

Organize early.

You can never start planning too early!  Make a list for everything from menus to décor.  Freeze foods you can make ahead and decorate before you get caught up cooking.  Enlist good friends to lend a hand and help clean up too!

Make it meaningful.

Know your guests. Plan activities that suit the style of your party and your guests.  If they like DIY projects, have an ornament making party or gingerbread-decorating bash.

Get help from the pros.

Consider having your party in a venue other than your home.  M Resort’s LUX is the ideal location for events with friends and family as well as corporate holiday parties.  Treat them to LUX’s spectacular views 400 ft above the Las Vegas Strip.  Plus, the holiday décor will already be done for you!   Booking a party is easy and right now you’ll also enjoy competitive pricing, no room rental fees, and 30% off hotel rates (based on availability.) M Resort will take care of all the details and you’ll get more time you’re your guests.  Contact an M Resort Catering Representative at 702.797.1919.

Holiday Excitement at M Resort!

The fall season has officially begun and with it, the excitement of the upcoming holidays.  You may be adding the final touches to your Halloween costume and stocking up on the sweet treats, but it’s also the perfect time to let M Resort help you start planning for all the festivities. 

M Resort offers a variety of dining and entertainment options to enjoy with family and friends whether you’re gathering for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas or Kwanza.

This Thanksgiving, consider ordering our Thanksgiving Feasts to Go. Our delicious take-home feast offers a complete turkey dinner with all the fixings AND dessert.  The package includes a soup, main courses and dessert for 10 people at a cost of only $159.  You can have a gourmet Holiday meal prepared by our Chefs and use the extra time to spend with the ones you love.  Be sure to place your order before November 16!

Just after Thanksgiving, M Resort will be decked out in its finest holiday décor.  Stop in and enjoy the festive atmosphere with a hot chocolate or a great cup of coffee from Baby Cakes Artisan Bakery. Pair your beverage with one of our seasonal Pumpkin desserts including breads, spice cupcakes, scones and muffins as well as Pecan and Apple Pie.  

You’re sure to be in a holiday mood by viewing the Gingerbread Houses that will be on exhibit from November 30 – December 21 on the Spa Level under the grand staircase.  These gingerbread masterpieces will be made by Clark County School District kids who participate in the M Resort’s 2012 Gingerbread House Contest.  All of the entries will be on display for everyone to enjoy. 

We’ll also be hosting our annual Menorah Lighting Ceremony on the casino level near the grand staircase on December 8 at 4pm.  Rabbi Sanford Akselrad from Congregation Ner Tamid will lead the lighting and prayer along with a cantor as the first candle is lit signifying the beginning of the eight-day celebration.

Later that evening, M Resort presents The King of Rock ‘N Roll Elvis Holiday and Tribute Show.  Acclaimed Tribute artist Steve Connolly performs the legendary hits and holiday favorites in this family friendly concert starting at 7:30pm.  Tickets are just $19.50 and $29.50 plus LET and are on sale now at the M Resort Box office and at ticketmaster.com.

We look forward to welcoming you to the M for great food, entertainment and holiday cheer!

Inside the Pump Room at M Resort

Ever wonder just how that ice-cold beer really makes its way to your glass at the M Resort?  Whether you’re at 32° Draft Bar or at the M’s other destination bars, it may seem as easy as your bartender pulling a lever, but your favorite brew makes a trip around the M before filling up your glass.  All of M Resort’s tap beers come from what is called the “Pump Room.”  Beverage Manager Ziggy Pawlowski took us on a tour of this all-important destination that supplies the entire resort with more than 98 varieties of beer.

The Pump Room is located on the lower level of M Resort away from the main casino and the property’s restaurants and bars, which is probably a good thing, considering the temptation it would be for all you beer aficionados.   As you approach the room you’ll notice several temperature gauges, each confirming the temperature behind a massive walk in cooler that registers 32 degrees.  So, when we say that we offer the coldest beer on tap, we’re not kidding.  Better be prepared with a coat and gloves to stave off the chill before opening the cooler door, particularly if you plan on staying there for any length of time.   Once inside, you’ll find close to 150 kegs situated within row upon row of shelving.  Miles of tube running from each of the kegs through a complicated system in the ceiling ensures that you will get your exact beer selection.   We couldn’t help but ask Ziggy what he considered to be the most notable beer M Resort has on tap in the vast pump room — although locating it might be just as impressive. “Our beers change regularly but one we currently offer is Moa Imperial Stout.  It’s from New Zealand and is aged in Pinot Noir casks.  This selection was also the official beer of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.  M Resort is the first location in North America to carry this variety.”  The good news is that this special variety is available on tap at 32° Draft Bar but hurry, it will be offered for a limited time!

While touring the room, a constant hum is heard that is similar to a refrigerator but several decibels louder.  A continual clicking sound was added to the audio mix which Ziggy pointed out were the taps being pulled from the upstairs bars — a signal that there are a lot of beer lovers at the M!  So… next time you order a beer on tap at the M, you’ll have an idea of the journey it takes before landing in your glass.  Bottoms up!


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