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Michael Mina’s BARDOT Brasserie Celebrates Grand Opening at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas

Michael Mina's BARDOT Brasserie Celebrates Grand Opening at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas
Bringing The City of Light and Love to Las Vegas, James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Mina celebrated the Grand Opening of BARDOT Brasserie at ARIA Resort & Casino last night, Thursday, January 15 (Photo credit: BARDOT Brasserie)

Chefs Michael Mina and Josh Smith at BARDOT Opening
Chefs Michael Mina and Josh Smith at BARDOT Opening

Photo credit: BARDOT Brasserie.

Parisian-inspired cuisine, cocktails and entertainment highlighted an unforgettable night as Chef Mina and team debuted his newest restaurant and first French concept in Las Vegas.

The BARDOT Grand Opening Party in Las Vegas
The BARDOT Grand Opening Party in Las Vegas

Photo credit: BARDOT Brasserie.

A number of prominent chefs joined Chef Mina for the festivities, including Shawn McClain of Sage and FIVE50 Pizza Bar, Yusho Japanese Grill & Noodle House’s Matthias Merges, Bellagio Executive Chef Edmund Wong and Brian Howard, formerly of Comme Ca.

Chefs Matthias Merges and Shawn McClain at BARDOT Opening
Chefs Matthias Merges and Shawn McClain at BARDOT Opening

Photo credit: BARDOT Brasserie.

Those behind the magic included BARDOT Executive Chef Josh Smith, ARIA Vice President of Food & Beverage Ari Kastrati, ARIA President and CEO Bobby Baldwin and Mina Group President Patric Yumul. Other VIPs in attendance were MGM Resorts International Executive Vice President and CFO Dan D’Arrigo, Alpha Tech CEO Jeff Fini, MGM Resorts Board Member and President of Infinity World Development William Grounds, Strategic Hotels & Resorts Senior Vice President David Hogin, Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada Vice President Larry Ruvo, MGM Resorts Executive Vice President of International Marketing Tyler Shook and Agassi Foundation CEO Steve Miller.

BARDOT's signature cocktails were passed at the opening
BARDOT’s signature cocktails were passed at the opening

Photo credit: BARDOT Brasserie.

Paris-inspired entertainment set the mood, including a live jazz band, a comical over-imbibed mime and caricature artists, along with a photo booth and beret-sporting models. BARDOT’s eye-catching, aged brass bar served unforgettable drinks such as its signature And God Created Woman and Voltaire cocktails. Exquisite wine and champagne also were passed, as well as a selection of craft beer.

Live jazz music entertained guests at the BARDOT opening
Live jazz music entertained guests at the BARDOT opening

Photo credit: BARDOT Brasserie.

Guests experienced a night of French extravagance on the Las Vegas Strip beginning by being greeted with a red carpet, made by the train of a rose-covered Parisian model’s dress.

BARDOT Brasserie's Escargot BARDOT
BARDOT Brasserie’s Escargot BARDOT

Photo credit: BARDOT Brasserie.

The event featured cuisine such as Mina’s soon-to-be-signature Foie Gras Parfait, an extravagant raw bar and a beautifully crafted charcuterie display. Passed hors d’oeuvres included miniature versions of BARDOT signature dishes, including the Croque Madame and Warm Beet and Goat Cheese Salad. Additionally, guests were treated to scrumptious samples of BARDOT’s desserts such as the Chocolate Macaron, the Crème Caramel and the Lemon Meringue Tart.

Steve Miller and Chef Michael Mina at BARDOT Opening
Steve Miller and Chef Michael Mina at BARDOT Opening

Photo credit: BARDOT Brasserie.

Craig Schoettler, Ari Kastrati, Anthony Amoroso, Kim Wood at BARDOT
Craig Schoettler, Ari Kastrati, Anthony Amoroso, Kim Wood at BARDOT

Photo credit: BARDOT Brasserie.

A model poses in the photo booth at BARDOT's grand opening
A model poses in the photo booth at BARDOT’s grand opening

Photo credit: BARDOT Brasserie.

BARDOT's signature Beets with Goat Cheese
BARDOT’s signature Beets with Goat Cheese

Photo credit: BARDOT Brasserie.

Guests were treated to dessert at the BARDOT Grand Opening Party
Guests were treated to dessert at the BARDOT Grand Opening Party

Photo credit: BARDOT Brasserie.

Michael Mina’s BARDOT Brasserie opened to the public on January 16, 2015 at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.