Photos/Event Recap: “Chefs To The Max” Dinner at Rx Boiler Room Raises $275,799 for Local Food Critic Max Jacobson

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Last night, Sunday, January 19, a group of the country’s most acclaimed chefs collaborated on the first “Chefs to the Max” dinner at Chef Rick Moonen’s Rx Boiler Room inside the Shoppes at Mandalay Place and raised a total of $275,799. The dinner was the first of a series to benefit critically injured Las Vegas-based food journalist Max Jacobson. The event featured a cocktail reception, sit-down seven-course dinner with wine pairing, as well as a live and silent auction for 100 guests. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit Jacobson directly to help pay for mounting medical bills as a result of the accident.

Chefs in attendance included Megan Bringas, Kim Canteenwalla, Shirley Chung, John Church, Saipin Chutima, Barry Dakake, Susan Feniger, Bobby Flay, Hubert Keller, Thomas Keller, Rick Moonen, Grant MacPherson, Mary Sue Milliken, Bradley Ogden, Luciano Pellegrini, Vincent Pilon, Pino Posteraro, Vincent Pouessel, Joey Romano, Megan Romano, Angelo Sosa and David Walzog.

In addition, Rick Moonen challenged Bobby Flay to a “Kampachi Throwdown.” Moonen prepared a Chili Seared Kona Kampachi with avocado, ruby red grapefruit and yuzu butter sauce; and Flay prepared a Kona Kampachi with Korean red pepper-tangerine glaze with pickled Brussels sprout relish and squab egg. Guests voted and Rick Moonen was announced the winner.

Two days before Christmas 2013, Jacobson was struck by a car while in the crosswalk at Windmill Parkway and Pecos Road as he walked from home to the gym. He sustained severe brain trauma from the accident. He remains in critical condition at Kindred Healthcare.

Jacobson is currently Vegas Seven’s restaurant reviewer. Prior to that, he covered Orange County for the Los Angeles Times for 15 years. He moved to Las Vegas in 1999 to be the lead critic for Las Vegas Life. He has also written for numerous national culinary publications including Saveur and Gourmet. Jacobson recently co-authored “Eating Las Vegas” with fellow food critics Al Mancini and John Curtas.

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Create a Change Now Online Auction at Open and Accepting Bids

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Create a Change Now Online Auction at Open and Accepting Bids

Features 67 silent auction items valued at more than $27,000

Create a Change Now online silent auction is now open and accepting bids. The silent auction is being held in conjunction with Create a Change Now’s first fundraiser Circus Garden Party on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 3 – 6 p.m. at the Historic Fifth Street School. The online silent auction can be found at

Some of the featured items include:

  • Four tickets to Penn & Teller plus private meet and greet with magic trick ($2,500 value)
  • .50 carat diamond necklace from The Jewelers ($1,600 value)
  • Garden Bed by Garden Farms of Nevada ($900 value)
  • Tickets to the Zoppe Italian Circus at the Smith Center ($200 value)


Other items include luxurious vacations, spa packages, personal training sessions, private chefs and more. Event goers can also purchase raffle tickets for the chance to win a Vitamix high performance blender.

The Circus Garden Party will have activities for all ages including stilt walkers, jugglers, face painting, balloon art, live music as well as educational components such as how to plant vegetables and healthy cooking demonstrations.

Guests can also sample cuisine from local restaurants including Hops & Harvest by Bradley Ogden, Poppy Den by Chef Angelo Sosa and Rachel’s Kitchen. Fresh52 Farmers Market will also be on hand with fresh produce.

“Our goal is to fight childhood obesity which has become a national epidemic in this country. With our first big fundraiser we are hoping to reach a large audience so this event is geared to entertain and appeal to the entire family,” said Melissa Blynn, executive director of Create a Change Now. “We hope the community will join us for what is sure to be an afternoon of fun.”

The event is open to the public. Regular ticket prices start at $65 for couples and $40 for an individual ticket. Groups of four kids under 12 are free.

All proceeds raised from this event will help support nutritional education as well as planting more edible gardens in schools. To purchase tickets visit For more information call (702) 300-7399. The Fifth Street School is located at 401 S. Fourth St. Las Vegas, NV 89101.

Bidders do not have to attend the event to win.

About Create A Change Now
Create A Change Now is a non-profit organization that fights childhood obesity by educating children on healthy eating habits and encourages a hands-on approach in the kitchen. Create A Change Now aims to teach elementary school students how to plant edible gardens in schools and partners with local chefs to teach students how to prepare and cook the food they harvest.  Create a Change Now has gardens at several local elementary schools including: Rose Warren Elementary School, JT McWilliams Elementary School and Ollie Detweiller Elementary School.

For more information visit



Embers Introduces New Chef & Spring Menu

Executive Chef Aaron Klafter-Phillips Heads the Kitchen as New Dishes Complement Upcoming Patio Expansion

Embers Grille + Spirits, a neighborhood restaurant and gathering spot in Summerlin’s Boca Park, announces a new menu for spring under the direction of Executive Chef Aaron Klafter-Phillips.

Chef Phillips brings years of Strip experience to Summerlin’s growing dining scene with previous stints at restaurants such as Table 10, Bradley Ogden and Stack Restaurant & Bar. As a UNLV graduate majoring in restaurant management, Phillips draws from a skillful education to oversee all facets of the kitchen. With Phillips at the helm, Embers introduces fresh dishes to accompany the menu’s signature servings.

The eatery will feature new offerings across the menu. Updated appetizers consists of Roasted Garlic Hummus with a side of grilled pita bread, Goat Cheese Crostinis with roasted fennel and fig and Bacon Wrapped Dates that are stuffed with a toasted almond and include blue cheese with a pomegranate reduction. The restuarant will also boast a fresh selection of salads including the Seared Ahi Tuna Salad, a fresh mix of cherry tomatoes, fingerling potatoes, hard-cooked eggs, haricot verts and akalamata olive vinaigrette and the Grilled Steak Salad, made with cherry tomatoes, crispy shallots, roasted garlic vinaigrette and a blue cheese crostini.

Diners have a wide array of entrees to choose from as Embers serves up everything from grilled favorites to burgers and fish. Joining signature items such as BBQBaby Back Ribs and Embers 10 oz Tri Tip Steak are new options to center the feast including the Grilled Chimichurri Chicken Breast Burger with butter lettuce, tomato, red pepper chili aioli on a challah bun and Pan Roasted Free Range Chicken that includes a Panzanella salad and is served with cherry tomato, roasted shallot and pumpkin seed pesto. For pasta lovers, Embers introduces new dishes that include the Cioppino, a combination of mixed seafood and linguine in a spiced shellfish tomato sauce. Lighter fare includes the B.A.L.T. Wrap made of smoked bacon, avocado, romaine lettuce, cherry tomato and avocado herb aioli mayo and a healthy Grilled Miso Salmon, served with jasmine rice, bok choy, edamame and red pepper.

As the weather warms, diners will be able to enjoy the spring menu and the hotspot’s hand crafted cocktails on the extended outdoor patio, which will make its debut soon.

About Embers Grille + Spirits
Embers Grille + Spirits opened in September and has quickly become a Summerlin neighborhood favorite with its approachable fare, modern atmosphere and welcoming staff.  The independent restaurant and bar offers Angus steaks, ribs, seafood, new American classics, an accessible wine list and an extensive cocktail menu.  Embers, located in Summerlin’s Boca Park, is open from 3 pm to 11 pm Monday –Thursday, 3 pm to 2 am on Friday and Saturday and from 1 pm to 11 pm on Sunday. For reservations or more information call 702.778.2160 or visit

Las Vegas Epicurean Affair Returns May 24 at The Palazzo Las Vegas






Save the Date for Southern Nevada’s Premier Culinary Extravaganza


On Thursday, May 24, many of the best restaurants of Las Vegas will unite again poolside at The Palazzo Las Vegas® for the Las Vegas Epicurean Affair. The event, sponsored by the Nevada Restaurant Association (NvRA), gives guests a taste of the gourmet offerings that have elevated the city to an international dining destination.

Hosted by The Palazzo, the Las Vegas Epicurean Affair promises a tantalizing evening of culinary splendor. Guests will savor samplings of cuisine and cocktails from prestigious restaurants and beverage purveyors in a luxurious poolside setting at The Palazzo for a palate pleasing event that is undoubtedly Las Vegas.

“We are excited to partner with NvRA for the third year in a row to host the Las Vegas Epicurean Affair,” said Sebastien Silvestri, vice president of food and beverage for The Palazzo and The Venetian. “This is an amazing culinary event poolside at The Palazzo and we welcome everyone to experience the amenities at both properties.”

“We are thrilled to showcase the incredible restaurants of the city, and are excited to feature new participants as well as returning signature favorites,” said NvRA President and CEO Katherine Jacobi.  “The Pools at The Palazzo are the perfect backdrop for this exciting event.”

Past participants at the event have included Bradley Ogden, Carnevino, CUT by Wolfgang Puck, Delmonico Steakhouse, Restaurant Guy Savoy, Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro, STK, Nobu Las Vegas, Prime Steakhouse, Table 10, Valentino and many other illustrious restaurants throughout Las Vegas. 

The Las Vegas Epicurean Affair is open to the public and will be held Thursday, May 24 from 7 to 10 p.m. at The Pools at The Palazzo.  Tickets go on sale Wednesday, April 25 at General admission prices are $100 each and VIP tickets are available for $150 per person, granting early admission at 6 p.m. To complete the evening, private cabanas are also available for purchase. Proceeds from the event benefit NvRA’s educational and scholarship programs.  Book the Las Vegas Epicurean Affair suite package online beginning April 23 at or or call 702.607.4100.

Founded in 1982, the Nevada Restaurant Association is the leading business association serving the needs of food service operators in Nevada. As an affiliate of the National Restaurant Association, and together with the NvRA Educational Foundation, the Association’s mission is to promote, protect and educate the restaurant industry, which is comprised of more than 5,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets employing more than 150,000 people.


With more than 3,000 spacious suites, luxury shopping ,world-class dining and entertainment, the $1.9 billion, Silver LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified Palazzo Las Vegas literally takes luxury to new heights.  Ranked as one of the top 25 hotels in the U.S. and Canada in Travel + Leisure “World’s Best Awards” for two consecutive years, the AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Four Star-Award winning resort is highlighted by a flagship 85,000-square-foot Barneys New York.  The Shoppes at The Palazzo® feature more than 60 luxury boutiques, including 20 remarkable stores and couture brands making their Las Vegas debuts at The Palazzo including Chloé, Tory Burch, Christian Louboutin, Diane von Furstenberg, Van Cleef & Arpels and Catherine Malandrino. The all-suite resort offers plush and opulent suite accommodations ranging from a Luxury Suite at an unprecedented 720 square feet to the 8,000-square-foot Chairman suite with private terraces and plunge pools.  The Palazzo also offers a variety of cuisines from a collection of award-winning chefs such as Carnevino by Mario Batali, CUT by Wolfgang Puck and Table 10 by Emeril Lagasse. Other unique offerings include the chic dining and nightlife hotspot, LAVO; the world’s largest Canyon Ranch SpaClub®; the ultimate sports bar, sportsbook and restaurant on the Strip, Lagasse’s Stadium; and Prestige at The Palazzo – an exclusive space designed to offer the sophisticated traveler an elevated level of services and amenities including private champagne check in, packing and unpacking services, exclusive bath and pillow menus, complimentary cocktail reception and more. Guests can earn points while they eat, sleep, shop and play with Grazie, the premiere loyalty program, which rewards guests with the ease and usability of just one card and one program. The Palazzo and its famed sister resort, The Venetian Las Vegas, are the first ever Alliance Resorts in the InterContinental Hotel Group global portfolio. For additional information, visit The Palazzo website at, follow on Twitter @palazzolasvegas and interact on Facebook at