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On the plate: Upcoming foodie events you dont want to miss

Mexican Independence Day tequila dinner

Sept. 16

Border Grill is celebrating Mexican Independence Day with a special south-of-the-border-inspired tequila dinner, featuring world-renowned premium Sauza Tequila. The multi-course dinner prepared by Executive Chef Chris Keating makes for a complete Mexican foodie fiesta. The centerpiece libation, Sauza Tequila, was originally produced in Tequila, a municipality of the state of Jalisco, Mexico. Founded in 1873, at the La Perseverancia distillery, Sauza were the first to call the liquor made from ancient blue agave plants "tequila" and the first to export the drink to the United States. 6:30p, $75, 702-632-7403


Bite at the museum

Sept. 20

Petite dishes from Pampas Churrascaria and other restaurants will be on the menu for Bite at the Museum, a fundraiser for Community Counseling Center of Southern Nevada. The museum in question is the Nevada State Museum in Springs Preserve. The fare will be complemented by live entertainment and recognition of community leaders who’ve assisted the center. Comedienne and KKLZ 96.3-FM personality Carla Rae will host. $75,


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Wine Amplified festival

Oct. 10-11

This ninth annual shotgun marriage of wine and rock 'n' roll happens at the MGM Festival Lot, and purports to be bigger, better, and winier than ever. This sipper's paradise will feature more than 150 wines from more than 60 wineries, plus craft beer, artisanal cocktails and an avalanche of small bites. Marquee bands include Violent Femmes, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and Blink-182. $69-$299,

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