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

Cut and Taste to Serve as Heart Chefs for American Heart Association’s ‘Flavors of the Heart’ Event September 19

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Cut and Taste to Serve as Heart Chefs for American Heart Association’s ‘Flavors of the Heart’ Event September 19


Las Vegas catering company Cut and Taste has been named the official “Heart Chef” for the fifth annual “Flavors of the Heart” event on Saturday, September 19. Proceeds from the event will benefit the American Heart Association’s “Teens Cook with Heart” program, which educates local high school students about heart-healthy foods through hands-on cooking instruction.


In their role as Heart Chefs, Cut and Taste’s chef-partners – Alex Barnett, Jeremy Jordan and Adam Pusateri – will raise funds and awareness for Teens Cook with Heart throughout the school year. Past Heart Chefs have included noteworthy culinary leaders such as celebrity chef Carla Pellegrino and Food Network’s “Chopped” champion, Phillip Dell. The campaign kicks off with Flavors of the Heart on Saturday, September 19 from 7-10 p.m. at the World Market Center WorldView Ballroom.


Flavors of the Heart is a heart-healthy culinary event showcasing some of Las Vegas’ top chefs and restaurants creating and serving special dishes that are healthy for the heart and still a feast for the taste buds. The event invites Las Vegas residents to discover new restaurants, recipes and ways to live heart healthy. Cookbooks featuring the recipes prepared at the festival will be available for a donation.


For more information on the event, visit or call (702)789-4383. Tickets are $75 per person; discount packages are available.


About Cut and Taste
Whether it’s catering a 200-guest wedding or a 20,000-person corporate event, Cut and Taste provides five-star-quality cuisine with a constantly evolving menu that reflects the latest culinary trends. Partners Jeremy Jordan, Adam Pusateri and Alex Barnett met as students at the Culinary Institute of America and started Cut and Taste to add a higher level of service, consistency and creativity to the catering world. The Cut and Taste team has more than 25 years of combined experience from some of the nation’s top restaurants, and pride themselves on delivering restaurant-quality food in a high-volume atmosphere. Cut and Taste is a preferred caterer for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, the International Peace Education Center and is the exclusive caterer to the World Market Center Las Vegas. For more information about the Cut and Taste, visit

IPEC Las Vegas Offers Booking Incentive for Holiday Season


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Schedule Company Holiday Parties by Nov. 15, Receive 25 Percent off Room Rate

 It’s never too early to firm up plans for the busiest entertaining season of the year. Party planners who book a holiday-season event—or any event in December 2015—at IPEC Las Vegas by Nov. 15, 2015, will receive 25 percent off the facility’s regular rental rate. IPEC is Las Vegas’ newest freestanding events venue and the only one of its kind in the industry that offers onsite overnight accommodations exclusively to guests who book the venue’s event spaces. For guests who would prefer not to drive after a night of good cheer, these comfortable rooms will be a welcome option.

IPEC Las Vegas allows planners to choose from among its three preferred catering companies: B with a Twist, Cut and Taste and Masterpiece Cuisine. Each company stands ready to customize a culinary program for any event—from a luncheon, to an evening reception or sit-down dinner.

Unveiled to the public last month, IPEC Las Vegas is available for corporate meetings, association conferences, education events, training seminars or any event when an immersive, focused atmosphere is desired. Meanwhile, its elegant 5,000-square-foot front foyer, with soaring 29-foot-high ceilings, and expansive, 10,000-square-foot ballroom make stunning backdrops for the most festive occasions. Two customizable LED screens, including one 22-foot-high screen in the foyer and one 22-foot-wide screen in the south lobby, may be programmed with seasonal greetings, company sizzle reels or any other graphic or video content. IPEC Las Vegas also offers 24/7 security and onsite parking for 200 vehicles.

Of its 49 onsite overnight rooms, 46 have two queen beds, a bathroom, desk and sitting area. Two one-bedroom accommodations have a master bath, living room and wet bar, while one four-bedroom accommodation offers three baths, a living room, dining room and kitchen—perfect for an executive retreat, VIP speaker green room or bridal party suite. Each room also includes a fully stocked mini bar.

To help planners produce the most memorable and crowd-pleasing events possible, IPEC is proud to partner with AWG Destination Management Services, Metropolitan Exhibition Services, Inc., and Hospitality Performance Network (HPN). Together with these industry leaders, IPEC will ensure every meeting, education event, conference social event is a seamless and extraordinary experience, from start to finish.

Facility rental prices at IPEC start at $10,000, before the early-booking holiday discount. For more information about IPEC, or to inquire about booking an event, go to or contact Catherine Price, sales director, at