Freedom Beat’s Culinary Road Trip Makes Final Stop of the Year:
“Back Home” for the Holiday Season
Chef Scott Commings To Close Out His 2017 Monthly Dinner Series on Friday, December 1st Inside The Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino
  With destinations that have included Colorado, New Orleans, Philadelphia, New York, Texas and Wisconsin (to name a few), Freedom Beat’s Culinary Road Trip, curated by Chef Scott Commings, has served hundreds of regionally inspired meals in its inaugural year.  To celebrate the culmination of the tastiest excursion of 2017, Chef Scott is taking his guests home for the holidays on Friday, December 1st at the Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino with a menu guaranteed to deliver all the cozy feels of a winter family feast. 
This intimate monthly dinner series designed to be family-style and interactive (normally limited to 25 guests inside Freedom Beat), has been extended to 40 guests inside the Las Vegas Room to ensure there’s plenty of leg room for all of the loyal travelers who have made multiple road trips with Chef Scott this year.  “This started off as just a fun way for me to expose Las Vegas to some of my favorite cuisines from across the country,” notes Commings  “but it has turned into this incredibly personal experience for myself and the guests. It has become a very family-like event and where I’m from, there’s only one place to go with your family for the holidays, and that’s back home.”
The Beginnings will feature a holiday classic; Roasted Butternut Squash Soup along with Crème Fraiche & Toasted Pumpkin Seeds while the second course serves up a helping of Stuffed West Coast Clams and Bacon lardons and béchamel. The entrée looks to literally bring it all home with Slow Roasted Porchetta, Potatoes Gratin, and Braised Greens.
Beginnings
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Crème Fraiche & Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
 Winter Salad of baby Kale Greens
Goat cheese, shaved beets, citrus and pomegranate
 Middles
Stuffed West Coast Clams
Bacon Lardons and Béchamel
Entrée
Slow Roasted Porchetta
Potatoes Gratin, Braised Greens
 Dessert
The “Kringle”
Yule Log 
In addition to being paired with a seasonal beverage and a sweet finale of The Kringle and Yule Log, passengers will also receive the final stamp on their 2017 Culinary Road Trip Passport, with a special commemorative gift awaiting all guests who visited every Culinary Road Trip city this year.
Additionally, the official Culinary Road Trip after party featuring Las Vegas’ own, Strung Out Sessions, will be free and open to the public. Attendees are asked to bring a canned food item of their choice for entry, which will go to benefit the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation. Benefit Concert will take place inside Freedom Beat immediately following the dinner, with preferential seating and drink specials given to all attendees of the 2017 Culinary Road Trip finale.
 About Event
2017 Culinary Road Trip Finale
Friday, December 1st
6:30 – 8:30
Las Vegas Room inside The Downtown Grand
  Then…
Culinary Road Trip After Party 
Canned Food Drive to Support Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation
Special Performance by Strung Out Sessions
8:30 pm
LIVE and FREE on the Freedom Beat stage
Unlike traditional dinner series, the Culinary Road Trip is designed for those who like good food, good music, and great fun. Advanced tickets are on sale now on EventBrite for just $45 per person and will be increased to $50 after 11/24.  Tickets are based on a first come, first serve basis. Plan your next delicious destination ahead of time by staying up to date with all future 2018 Culinary Road Trips at: https://www.downtowngrand.com/event/culinary-road-trip/ 
About Freedom Beat
Freedom Beat is the restaurant and live music venue where tastes and tunes collide. Like a roadie’s ode to the best dishes discovered on-tour traversing America, the menu at Freedom Beat is a star-spangled culinary adventure. Created by Chef Scott Commings the restaurant takes its cues from the best dishes found throughout the USA. With dining offered round-the-clock, Freedom Beat features deliciously diverse take on items for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night. Right off of the casino floor, Freedom Beat features 160 seats, a generous bar, and private dining area. The ultimate musician’s joint, the sound, lighting and staging were developed for the artist with the same precision and expertise as the kitchen was for the chef.
For menu and more information, please visit: www.downtowngrand.com/eat/freedom-beat
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