Posted by: Antonia Ciccolo | August 22, 2010

Is Vegas Going Vegan?

A variety of articles came out this past Thursday (August 19, 2010) asking the same general question: Has Steve Wynn gone vegan? Wynn has made a point to have every restaurant in his Wynn Las Vegas and Encore resorts offer a vegan menu with pretty extensive animal-free options. The press release says the following:

“Wynn Resorts debuts an all-new vegan culinary program, furthering their commitment to providing exceptional guest experiences.

Every fine dining and casual restaurant at Wynn and Encore now offers vegan menu items to cater to diners of various tastes and dietary preferences. As the first resort on The Strip with such extensive vegan offerings, Wynn remains on the cusp of a larger shift toward healthy eating.

Special vegan dishes include Fava Bean Puree with sautéed 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 Café Encore. Hearty entrée options—such as 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—entice vegan and non-vegans alike. The Country Club excites palettes 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, avocado mousse at Switch provide a sweet close to any meal.”

Since Las Vegas is hotel central, I am really excited to see that this is getting such good publicity – hopefully other hotels around Las Vegas and the rest of the United States will get the news and follow the trend as well. In the article, Wynn has position veganism as a “healthy offering” instead of actually catering to the vegan lifestyle. Either way, I have noticed through experience that hotels are not as accommodating to vegans as restaurants are. Change needs to start somewhere, and Vegas is the perfect place.



  1. Does being Vegan help with your IBS?

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