Beneath its trademark ice cream sundae topiary, Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace recently transformed its decorative floral and fauna into the Las Vegas Strip’s first seasonal garden, spicing up its dishes and reducing its impacts on the environment.
From savory herbs to flavorful veggies and exciting spices, the edible garden has allowed Executive Chef Michael Wolf to incorporate homegrown produce into world-famous Serendipity 3 dishes. The garden currently features sunflowers, cherry tomatoes, globe artichokes, roma tomatoes, Japanese eggplant, bell peppers (yellow, red, green), rosemary, basil, cilantro, curly parsley, chives, mint, shallots, dill, marjoram, oregano, tarragon, savory, hyssop, anise, coriander and garlic.
Select dishes on the menu use ingredients directly from the garden including the heirloom tomato salad (tomatoes and basil), the New York Steak of Mind (rosemary) and the margherita pizza (basil). In addition, several of the restaurant’s cocktails contain ingredients from the garden such as the cucumber basil gin rickey and the madras mojito.
“Our seasonal edible garden allows us to help the environment while improving the quality and freshness of our food,” said Wolf, executive chef and general manager of Serendipity 3. “Guests enjoy seeing where the ingredients are grown, especially since a wide variety of our menu items benefit from the herbs.”
Serendipity is one of New York City’s most beloved eateries with more than 50 years of history. The Las Vegas location offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience, adjacent to the iconic fountains of Caesars Palace and the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip.
The restaurant serves over-the-top desserts and sweets that are perfect for the ultimate indulgence in addition to a variety of savory creations that makes the whimsical restaurant a haven of comfort food. Serendipity 3 is open Sunday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to midnight. For reservations please call 702.731.7373.
“Caesars Entertainment is committed to reducing our business impacts on the environment,” said Gwen Migita, vice president of sustainability and community affairs for Caesars Entertainment. “The Serendipity 3 garden is one of many sustainable practices implemented at Caesars Palace and our resorts worldwide through our CodeGreen environmental strategy.”
Other responsible green practices on Caesars Palace’s grounds include planting drought-resistant plants across the resort, removing 30,000 square feet of landscaping to reduce water usage and sorting all trash for recyclables and assets. CodeGreen seeks to make both positive environmental and social impacts while reducing water, energy, waste consumption and carbon at each of its more than 50 properties worldwide.
By enabling efforts through thousands of employees and by partnering with venues like Serendipity 3, Caesars Entertainment is increasing sustainability education and serving as catalyst for environmental change starting with the Las Vegas Strip. Photo credit: Scott Roeben
Bill Cody is an entertainment, technology and luxury travel reporter in Las Vegas. He reports on celebrities, events, tech, food, Las Vegas and luxury travel.