BORDER GRILL AT MANDALAY BAY TO HOST TOP CHEF
MASTERS REUNION DINNER ON AUGUST 19
Tickets Are Available For Purchase Online HERE
Chefs/owners Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger will host fellow Top Chef Masters alumni in the Border Grill kitchen inside Mandalay Bay for a special Top Chef Masters Reunion Dinner on Wednesday, August 19. Guest chefs include Hugh Acheson (5&10, The National, Empire State South and The Florence) and Rick Moonen (rm seafood and Rx Boiler Room). The all-star lineup will also feature cocktails created by The Modern Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim.
“Mary Sue and I are very much looking forward to being reunited with such a great group of talented chefs and friends for this intimate event,” said Feniger. “It is so special when we can come together for a common good cause, as well as treat guests to a lively tasting event that celebrates our time during Top Chef Masters.”
Guests will be treated to a cocktail reception and a panel discussion with the chefs about their experiences on Top Chef Masters including a Q&A portion mediated by Rachel Smith of the MORE Show on FOX, followed by an intimate dine around event with the Top Chef Masters and specialty cocktails prepared by Abou-Ganim. Wine, beer and select cocktails will also be available, courtesy of beverage sponsor Southern Wine & Spirits. The evening will begin at 6:30pm, and is priced at $150 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) and includes an autographed copy of Acheson’s newest cookbook A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen.
A portion of the proceeds from the dinner will support Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch, a program that helps consumers and businesses make choices for healthy oceans. Space is limited.
Tickets Are Available For Purchase Online HERE
About The Guest Chefs and Mixologist:
Hugh Acheson is the author of the James Beard Foundation Award Winning Cookbook A NEW TURN IN THE SOUTH: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen, Pick a Pickle: 50 Recipes for Pickles, Relishes, and Fermented Snacks, and THE BROAD FORK: Recipes for the Wide World of Vegetables and Fruits. He is a chef/partner of the Athens, Georgia, restaurants 5&10, The National, the Atlanta restaurant Empire State South, and The Florence in Savannah. He is a James Beard award winner for Best Chef Southeast and was named a Best New Chef by Food & Wine Magazine. Hugh competed in Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, Season 3 and currently stars as a judge on Top Chef.
Chef and cookbook author, Rick Moonen, has been the country’s leading advocate for the sustainable seafood movement for the past 25 years, bringing national awareness to this subject near and dear to his heart. In 2013 USA Today named him one of Earth’s “Power Players” as one of five leaders helping the health of our planet. He’s been featured on CNN, TODAY, Good Morning America, CBS Early Show, Dan Rather Reports, and many more. His flagship restaurant, Rick Moonen’s rm seafood at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, showcases his commitment to sustainability without foregoing culinary creativity and innovation, and has been critically acclaimed by local and national press alike. In 2010 Rick made a memorable appearance on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, nearly taking home the title and raising thousands of dollars and national awareness for Three Square food bank in Las Vegas. In May of 2011 Monterey Bay Aquarium honored Rick as their “Chef of the Year” for his tireless efforts towards sustainability. He was named Humanitarian of the Year by the American Culinary Federation in 2013. In June 2013, Chef Moonen transformed rm upstairs into Rx Boiler Room, a modern gastropub that showcases comfort food, redefined with Moonen’s signature twist. Rx Boiler Room was named Best New Restaurant of 2013 by Desert Companion magazine.
Tony Abou-Ganim is widely regarded as one of the pioneering and leading bar professionals in the world. He has made dozens of national TV appearances on shows including TODAY, Iron Chef America, Good Morning America, CNBC, Fox News and more. Abou-Ganim is the author of The Modern Mixologist: Contemporary Classic Cocktails (Agate, 2010) which offers readers an in-depth look into spirits and ingredients available to today’s mixologist, both professional and amateur alike. This entertaining and informative journey will take readers from the early stages of the cocktail to what Abou-Ganim has come to deem “Modern Mixology.” Abou-Ganim also has a DVD to his credit, Modern Mixology: Making Great Cocktails at Home, and hosted the Fine Living program Raising the Bar: America’s Best Bar Chefs. Abou-Ganim has also won three Iron Chef America competitions; pairing cocktails with Iron Chef Mario Batali; with Iron Chef Jose Garces and most recently with challenger Chef Sean McClain. His signature branded line of Modern Mixologist bar tools was released in early 2013, along with his second book, Vodka Distilled (Agate, 2013).
About Border Grill
Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger are co-chef/owners of the popular, critically acclaimed Border Grill restaurants & Truck, serving modern Mexican food in Las Vegas, Santa Monica, Downtown Los Angeles, Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport and most recently a second Las Vegas location inside The Forum Shops at Caesars. The Border Grill Truck can be found on the streets of Southern California and beyond cooking gourmet tacos, quesadillas, ceviche, and more. Mary Sue and Susan, Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” and Food Network’s “Too Hot Tamales,” are preeminent ambassadors of authentic Mexican cuisine, setting the standard for gourmet Mexican fare and authoring five cookbooks, including Cooking with Too Hot Tamales and Mesa Mexicana. Active members of the community, Mary Sue and Susan play leading roles in Share Our Strength and the Scleroderma Research Foundation. In addition, they are passionate about the environment and lead the culinary industry with their eco-friendly policies. For more information, visit www.bordergrill.com.