Cathédrale, the newest dining destination from Tao Group Hospitality, celebrated its opening at ARIA Resort & Casino on Saturday, April 29. Notable names and chic guests enjoyed exclusive access to the soirée, which was highlighted by coastal cuisine, cocktails and an electric atmosphere.
The evening commenced with the arrival of Mark Wahlberg, who hosted the event with ultra-premium tequila brand, Flecha Azul. GRAMMY-award-winner Anderson.Paak provided the soundtrack for the elevated evening as djpee.wee.
Other notable attendees included Shaun White and Nina Dobrev, along with Davante Adams, Emile Hirsch, Fisher, Flavor Flav, Karreuche Tran, Melissa Wood-Tepperberg, Perez Hilton, Sofi Tukker, Sofia Franklyn and Wiz Khalifa.
During the event, Mark Wahlberg and his guests enjoyed a private tasting featuring signature dishes complemented by specialty Flecha Azul tequila cocktails. Just before dessert, Wahlberg toasted his dining companions with his favorite, Cristalino, an ultra-premium offering from Flecha Azul.
Designed by globally renowned architecture and design firm Rockwell Group and led by Tao Group Hospitality’s Vice President of Design and Development Susan Nugraha, the 266-seat restaurant is a dramatic space envisioned as an undiscovered urban landmark. The Las Vegas location honors the legacy and DNA of the flagship Cathédrale in NYC’s East Village. Guests arrive through blue velour cascading drapery revealing a dramatically lit tunnel with flickering candles and carved artwork, leading to the lounge where a sculptural metal beaded chain canopy awaits. Further inside the space, a theatrical and monumental ceiling installation draws attention in the main dining room, which is lined with blue leather banquettes.
Cathédrale’s elemental, ingredient-driven menu, helmed by Tao Group Hospitality’s Chief Culinary Officer Ralph Scamardella and created by Executive Chef Jason Hall features coastal cuisine influenced by the regions of France, Spain, Italy and Greece. Offerings include Faroe Island Salmon withbaby leeks, sun gold tomatoes, couscous and salsa verde, Black Truffle Fettuccine made with French butter, cracked pepper and parmigiano reggiano, and Lobster Arrabbiata made with sundried tomatoes, Calabrian chili, spinach and VSOP cognac.
Complementing the fare, Cathédrale showcases inventive craft cocktails along with an extensive wine offering. The cocktail menu features signature drinks that are expertly crafted with premium spirits and fresh ingredients. Guests can indulge in the refreshing Sainte-Marguerite Isle‘ made with lemongrass-infused Botanist Gin, pamplemousse, ginger, lemon, and Fever Tree Mediterranean tonic or the Adagio per Miele created with 22 Barr Hill Gin, basil eau de vie, Dolin Blanc Vermouth and orange bitters, rested on Barr Hill beeswax.
Desserts such asa Greek Napoleon with shredded phyllo, thyme honey, almonds and fresh fruit and the Paris-Brest with hazelnut cream, chocolate sauce and Pâte à Choux, along with a creative collection of composed ice cream and sorbets deliver a sweet ending.
Located within ARIA’s stunning lobby, Cathédrale is open Monday through Thursday and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Guests can visit cathedralerestaurant.com for more information.