IN TRAVELING AROUND the country, I've had the opportunity to dine at some of the most interesting and fine dining establishments. Vintner Grill certainly falls under that category. Located in Summerlin, on Charleston after Hulapai, in an office complex, one would never know that the Vintner Grill existed. The restaurant has the ambiance of the Hamptons in Long Island and is filled to capacity by locals every night. This is one restaurant that doesn't need to advertise, for the people, once they have dined there, keep returning. What's most impressive though, is a young man, named Matthew Silverman, who worked his way up the ladder, starting at Wolfgang Puck's, later meeting Michael Corrigan, whose family has been in the business for a long time with the Roadrunner chain.
Michael Corrigan originally met Matthew Silverman when they started Agavé, another restaurant that serves margaritas and passionate foods in a very colorful setting. Matthew is also the Executive Chef for the Roadrunner's as well as Vintner Grill and Agavé. The essence here of Matthew Silverman, however, is that he had a vision and started cooking at a very young age. Prior to becoming a chef, Matthew was a musical prodigy. At the age of seventeen, he graduated from Van Nuys High School in California where he had already spent a few years studying music and performing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Matthew knew that his superior talent would prove to become a world famous chef. That is exactly why he caught the eye of Michael Corrigan, which has made him a partner in this wonderful dining establishment. Silverman who appears to be not even thirty years old, has prepared cuisine, for the Rolling Stones, Madonna to Barbara Streisand, Paul McCartney, Oscar De la Hoya, to the likes of Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield. So what's for dinner, you ask?
First and foremost, is a beautiful glass encased wine seller displaying wines from all over the world. One of the award-winning wines is Brassfield's Award Winning 2003 Round Mountain Syrah. This wine is grown near Round Mountain Volcano and shows an opulent ruby hue with a berry spice nose. It has a fruit flavor of ripe blackberry.
For appetizers, you can get a tomato relish bruschetta with micro spinach, shaved asiago and avocado oil. On the dinner menu, you can get, a porcini mushroom tortellini with baby escarole, alba mushroom and shaved pecorino. All the foods at Vintner Grill are served with a Mediterranean influence. I ordered a crispy sea bass with haricot verts, fingerling potatoes, cauliflower puree and my guest, Beryl Warren, ordered a prime beef tenderloin with peppercorn sauce, asiago potato puree and grilled asparagus. Dessert by Vosges Haut-Chocolat combines cheese and chocolate for an experience your taste buds will treasure for eternity.
Oh, I might be a bit overdramatic regarding these desserts, but I can assure you this American Bistro has only the finest chocolates introducing Olio d' Oliva (olive oil and white chocolate over potato chips) to Dulce de Leche (Argentinean caramel with cashew and milk chocolate on a piece of smoke bacon). Not to mention the Vosges Haut-Chocolat's Exotic Truffle is a unique taste itself. Until then, may your dining journey be one of great pleasure to enhance your evening. Vintner Grill receives a five-plus rating, not only for their cuisine and atmosphere, but for their friendly and classic service, from the waiter to the wine sommelier.
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