The Cosmopolitan Celebrates Chinese New Year in Las Vegas
Guests will experience Chinese New Year in a unique and exciting way at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas with distinctive and limited-time cocktails and menu items in addition to hosting a ‘Dotting of the Eyes’ ceremony and street parade. In honor of the holiday, the resort will feature art from Alexander Lee, a Polynesian artist specializing in ink paintings, as part of its acclaimed Artist-In-Residence program at P3Studio.
The celebration begins at China Poblano where José Andrés and his culinary team invite guests to take part in one of China’s greatest traditions. From Friday, Jan. 31, through Friday, Feb. 14, China Poblano will feature innovative cocktails and delectable menu items honoring the Chinese New Year. Menu highlights include Goose, Goose, Duck, seared foie gras, salted egg custard and blood orange; Leaping Over The Dragon’s Gate, crispy whole snapper, scallions and ginger; Wealthy Pork Noodle, braised pork belly, hand-pulled noodles and pickled carrots; and XO Scallop, diver scallops, Chinese green beans and house-made XO sauce. In addition, José Andrés and the team have created five startling cocktails inspired by these traditional festivities, including Ma Collins, Kai Yun Bei and Xun Su Gonzales.
To further the celebration of the Year of the Horse, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will hold the traditional ‘Dotting of the Eyes’ ceremony at the resort’s entrance Saturday, Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. During the ceremony, which will take place at the East Side entrance off Las Vegas Boulevard, around 30 performers will ‘awaken’ a dragon and lions by dotting their eyes with red paint. Once awakened, the twisting and turning dragon will lead a parade of lions and dancers throughout the casino floor. The moving celebration will make a stop in front of the High Limit Lounge for a ‘Collecting of the Cabbage’ ceremony.
From Jan. 22 through Feb. 16, Alexander Lee will present The Botanical Factory inside P3Studio as the space is transformed into proto-factory setting for a fictional character The Botanist. Lee will dip leaves from a breadfruit tree into ink and hand press them onto sheets of polypropylene to create compositions ranging from Polynesian head ornaments to Chinese ink paintings. During his residency, guests will be invited to ponder their own cultural make-up as they learn the story of the breadfruit tree and the process of nature printing by hand.
Also known as the Spring Festival, the Chinese New Year is celebrated during the second new moon after the winter solstice and is a time to wish for peace and happiness. 2014 is the Year of the Horse in Chinese culture and it recurs every 12 years. People born during the Year of the Horse—a symbol of speed, strength, courage, perseverance and nobility—are believed to be great communicators, clever and friendly. In addition to celebrating with a meal, Chinese New Year festivities traditionally include folkloric dances, fireworks, family gatherings and gifting, visiting friends and relatives, and red decorations for happiness, wealth, prosperity, longevity and good luck in the upcoming year.
China Poblano is open daily for lunch and dinner. To make a reservation, please visit www.chinapoblano.com or call 702.690.7900. China Poblano’s complete Chinese New Year offerings follow:
CHINESE NEW YEAR SPECIAL MENU
Xinjiang Uyghur Lamb Chops
5oz. grilled lamb chop/toasted cumin/ pomegranate/sweet onion $18
diver scallops/chinese greenbeans/
house made XO sauce $18.88
Leaping Over The Dragon’s Gate
crispy snapper fish/scallions/ginger $36
Wealthy Pork Noodle
braised pork belly/hand pulled noodle/
pickled carrots $16
skirt steak/dried chili/honey $16
Goose, Goose, Duck
seared foie gras/salted egg custard/
mandarin orange $18.88
bourbon/ginger-star anise syrup/yuzu/soda $15
Jin Mei Shui
vodka/plum syrup/raspberries/lime $14
Xun Su Gonzales
lapsang souchoung tea syrup $16
Kai Yun Bei
ginger syrup $15
banana and toasted almond infused bourbon/
crème de cacao/vanilla syrup/lemon $15