PHOTOS: Snoop Dogg surprises guests at Martha Stewart’s Las Vegas restaurant opening

The biggest question in the lead-up to the opening of The Bedford by Martha Stewart in Las Vegas was whether Snoop Dogg would show up to celebrate the 81-year-old finally opening a restaurant – her first ever. Everyone’s best guess was that he would. After all, the two starred together in VH1’s 32-episode Potluck Dinner Party, they are business partners and share a wine label, 19 Crimes. And The Bedford serves both Martha’s chardonnay and Snoop’s red blend.

Guests finally got the answer to their question came well after VIP arrived. Stewart had already walked a red carpet, posed with Caesars executives, gave a short speech, and mingled in her new Las Vegas home before the rapper strolled through a back entrance to surprise her with a hug.

But Snoop wasn’t the only celebrity to join Stewart at the opening. Ellen Pompeo popped in to show her support. 

Designed by Stewart herself, the 194-seat restaurant draws inspiration from her country farmhouse in Bedford, New York. Shades of gray dominate the dining room. The kitchen has white marble counters and a wall of hanging copper pans separates the two.  

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Party guests sampled some of Stewart’s menu including buckwheat crepes, oysters Rockefeller, crab cakes, and potato pierogis, which are bathed in decadent brown butter. The menu also includes a Niçoise salad, a square burger with matchstick fries, and a short rib ragu. Stewart’s pièce de résistance is her lust worthy upside-down lemon meringue pie.  

Stewart says the concept behind The Bedford is to experience the same dishes she serves to family and friends in her Bedford home. That’s probably why some of the dishes are prepared tableside. The whole roasted herb chicken is carved in front of you, adding a nice, homey touch to the dining experience. The 32-ounce bone-in ribeye is sliced tableside and Stewart’s smashed baked potato gets its treatment in front of your eyes as well. 

And when it comes to cocktails, expect strong versions of the classics, often with a twist. Many are named after Stewart herself. There is a Martha-tini and both a classic and frozen pomegranate Martha-rita, Martha’s perfect Manhattan, lemon drops, and bourbon sours.  

The Bedford by Martha Stewart is located inside Paris Las Vegas resort. It’s open nightly for dinner.

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