Las Vegas has always held a corner on the market when it comes to new and innovative attractions, shows, and themed casinos—but now, mogul Steve Wynn has shocked the local restauranteurs with something completely different! He has added vegan items to the menus of—not one—but two of his Vegas establishments!
Recently, Mr. Wynn issued a mandate that every restaurant in two of his venues, Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Las Vegas, offer vegan menu items! Giving significant pause to those who feel that vegan food is boring, the new offerings include such elaborate delicacies as heirloom and summer melon caprese, with balsamic reduction and soft tofu; a delicious vegetable gratin; and a Portobello and tofu napoleon at Botero in the Encore. The Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare at the Wynn Las Vegas has terrific vegan options, including Genovese-style minestrone soup and risotto whipped with seasonal vegetables, taggiasche olives, and tomatoes. Even the tried-and-true buffets at the resorts boast a vegan dessert section sure to wow even the most discerning sweet tooth! Is your mouth watering yet?
Lest you think this is a Vegas PR stunt, make no mistake. This is a genuine, certifiable, gastronomical paradigm shift for a place that has heretofore featured fairly mainstream, predictable, carnivore-centric dining options, and it is a shift that Wynn’s contemporaries struggle to match. While still notable, their response has been sporadic, mostly involving re-engineered staples, like veggie burgers.
What may have caused Mr. Wynn’s epiphany?
While Wynn has previously extolled the health benefits of a vegan diet, his staff is mum on the reason for his actions. In his own words, Mr. Wynn appears to have strong feelings about animal exploitation: “I don’t want any more concentration camps for animals that are cruelly treated, force fed to fatten themselves up for our consumption. I’ve become an animal rights activist. I’m taken care of myself for the rest of my life. So I decided to change my will the last few days in case I croak. I’m not about to, and I’m not planning on that for a long time. But I’ve changed my will to show my concern for animal rights.”
Perhaps now, what happens in Vegas won’t stay in Vegas much longer … and Sin City could fast become Wynn City—at least for animals!
What would YOU like to see on the menu during your next trip to Las Vegas?