Motley Brews Hosts Third Annual Hopped Taco Throwdown


Motley Brews hosted its third annual Hopped Taco Throwdown at Zappos Headquarters’ backyard in Downtown Las Vegas, a venue typically closed to the public, on Saturday evening. The festival offered unlimited samples of over 100 craft beers and an assortment of tacos, showcasing the creative skills of some of Las Vegas’ top chefs in a culinary competition.


Demonstrating innovative culinary skills and vying for the title of “Hopped Taco Champion,” chefs from across the city competed in a fiery taco competition with three categories: Hopped Taco, for best-beer-infused taco; Taco Loco, for most creative taco; and Taco Dulce, for best dessert taco.


This year’s competitors included Chef Adam Pusateri from Cut and Taste, Chef Chris Bulen from Andiron Steak & Sea, Chef Bryan Forgione from Buddy V’s Ristorante, Chef Oscar Amador Edo from EDO Gastro Tapas & Wine, Chef Marc Marrone from Graffiti Bao and Pina by Graffiti Bao, Chef Roy Ellamar from Harvest by Roy Ellamar and more.


The 2019 winners of the Hopped Taco Throwdown competition include:

  • Matt Meyer from Served with “The Pickled Mick” for “Best Hopped Taco”
  • Chef Phillip Dell with “The “Original” Pork Star Taco!” for “Most Creative Taco Loco”
  • Matt Meyer from Served with “Tropic Like It’s Hot” for “Taco Dulce”


Motley Brews brought together local and regional breweries to complement the event with endless samples of craft brews, including local favorites Crafthaus Brewery, Joseph James Brewing Company, Inc., Lovelady Brewing Company, Ellis Island Brewery, Tonopah Brewing Company, Big Dog’s Brewing Company and more. Guests posed for a photo booth and enjoyed entertainment and various wall art installations provided by Zappos throughout the evening.


About Motley Brews:

Founded in 2010, Motley Brews was created for locals, breweries and brew fans alike to share great libations in a true local setting.  Motley Brews develops beer-centric festivals and events throughout the Southwest, including San Diego, Las Vegas and Pasadena, Calif. Motley Brews’ annual Great Vegas Festival of Beer, founded in 2011, is Nevada’s largest craft beer festival. Motley Brews supports local non-profits with every event, raising more than $125,000 to date. More information about Motley Brews is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @MotleyBrews, or on their website at



PHOTO CREDIT: Beau Caldwell

Photos: Dance Against Obesity Camp J.U.M.P. Takes Over Marquee

Sunday afternoon, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub opened its doors and dance floor to more than 500 children, parents and volunteers for the 2nd Annual Dance Against Obesity Camp J.U.M.P., sponsored by Kohl’s Cares. The Jump For Joy Foundation, a non-profit aimed at tackling childhood obesity, and TAO Group Cares, the charitable arm of TAO Group, teamed up to put on the free event for children and parents. Noted volunteers included BMX Pro Ricardo Laguna, Miss Nevada Collegiate Tianna Tuamoheloa, and Miss Nevada Latina Idania Ramirez.

Boxer Lonnie Love was on-hand to help lead a group warm-up before the children split up to learn various dance styles and techniques from industry professionals. TAO Group resident DJs Lema and Franke Rempe set the soundtrack for the afternoon of grooving inside the nightclub as well as under the Dayclub Dome. Meanwhile, upstairs in The Library, TAO Group Corporate Executive Sous-Chef Marc Marrone and Real Results Fitness Owner Paul Rosenberg walked parents through a nutrition seminar highlighting ways to help children eat healthy without breaking the bank.

After the heart-pumping dance clinic wrapped up, the entire group was treated to special performances from Prodigy Dance, B-Boy Bailrok, Culture Shock, Future Shock, Trouble Makers, The House Company and Jay R. Beatbox & Angel Escamilla. Afterward, everyone came together to form a giant huddle and cheered to the successful afternoon as confetti rained throughout the room.

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Photo Credit: Stacey Torma

2nd Annual Dance Against Obesity Camp J.U.M.P. at Marquee Nightclub

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2nd Annual Dance Against Obesity Camp J.U.M.P.


WHEN:                 Sunday, February 23


WHAT:                 The 2nd Annual Dance Against Obesity Camp J.U.M.P.

 TAO Group Cares, the charitable arm of TAO Group’s Las Vegas properties TAO, LAVO and Marquee, and the Jump for Joy Foundation, a 501c3 organization committed to providing children and their families with the resources to combat childhood obesity, have teamed up to present a free afternoon dance clinic and nutrition seminar for parents and children ages 6 – 17. Offering different genres of instructional dance classes led by industry professionals, kids will learn about fitness and nutrition in a fun-filled way while dancing to the sounds of Marquee’s resident DJs. Parents are invited to participate in a nutritional seminar led by Real Results Fitness Owner and Nutrition Expert Paul Rosenberg  and TAO Group Corporate Executive Sous Chef Marc Marrone where they can learn simple but effective eating habits and tips to creating fast, affordable and healthy meals for their families.

  • 12 pm – Registration opens
  • 1 pm – Dance clinic and seminar begin

This event is free to all children and parent participants. Please visit for more information.



Marquee Nightclub
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South