Local Businesses Participate in Flight for Flights Fundraiser to Benefit Miracle Flights

October is Making a Difference Month.  Special promotions from Beer Park and Fizz to donate dollars from flights to give back to the local Miracle Flights.


  1. Beer Park will donate $1 to each beer flight for the month of October
  2. Fizz will donate $1 for each champagne and chocolate flight for the month of October.
  3. *Additionally, Due Forni is donating $3 for a special whiskey flight thru 10.25.


Miracle Flights flies children free of charge to receive specialized medical care.

PUB 365 Celebrtes Grand Opening With Private Party on Tuesday, July 19

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Tuesday, July 19, the craft beer haven PUB 365 located inside Tuscany Suites & Casino celebrated their grand opening with a private party.


Invited guets enjoyed craveable small bites featuring burgers, tacos and delectable sweets.  The menu was developed with input from Chef Carlos Buscaglia of Due Forni.  It features flavors of craft beer in unexpected recipes throught the culinary experience.


Along with great food, guests were able taste test beers featured on  PUB 365’s  expansive beer list which includes 365 craft beer choices available by bottle and can, including 40 draft handles. Organized by flavor profile, the menu highligts an extensive selection ranging from lights and wheats to stouts and porters, Belgium-style brews and other-worldly options such as sours and fruit blends.


The craft beer restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m., serving lunch, dinner and late night bites. To check out the full PUB 365 menu, click here. For more information on PUB 365, please visit http://www.tuscanylv.com/pub-365.


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About PUB 365:

PUB 365 features a collection of 365 rotating beers and a menu of traditional pub fare with a modern spin including homemade small bites, iconic burgers and locally world-famous tacos.  Located inside Tuscany Suites & Casino in Las Vegas, PUB 365 is a true beer lover’s dream with an extensive beer collection that will include an evolving list of rare, specialty brews. Join PUB 365’s Mug Club to win exclusive prizes, private tap party invites and the chance to earn a personalized tap on the Tap Wall of Fame. PUB 365 is live on Facebook (PUB365) and Twitter (@PUB_365) for more information.


Tuscany Suites & Casino

255 E. Flamingo Road | 702-947-5861


SAVE THE DATE: Las Vegas Business Academy’s Annual Fundraising Event in Downtown Las Vegas On Saturday, Oct. 11



What: Las Vegas Business Academy’s (LVBA) third annual fundraising event combines Las Vegas’ culinary masterminds with an extravagant entertainment lineup in an effort to raise scholarship funds for students pursuing graduate degrees.


The fundraising event will begin at The Smith Center with a matinee performance of  Tony Award winning musical, Wicked. The matinee will be followed by dinner and live rooftop entertainment at the Downtown Grand Hotel.  Las Vegas’ top chefs, hospitality executives and community leaders will gather above the streets of downtown to support the leaders of tomorrow by building awareness for the scholarship program.  Paired with gourmet dishes prepared by more than 15 local restaurants, the event offers the essence of Vegas’ vibrant entertainment with live performances by Japanese drummers, a live DJ and the band Phoenix.


Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014

2 to 7:30 p.m.
Wicked Performance from 2 to 4 p.m. followed by dinner and entertainment from 4:30to 7:30 p.m.


The Smith Center

361 Symphony Park Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89106


The Downtown Grand Hotel
206 North 3rd Street.
Las Vegas, NV 89101


Details: As the nonprofit’s primary source of funding each year, Las Vegas Business Academy’s scholarship fundraising event offers an entertaining opportunity for prominent Las Vegas figures to come together in support of higher education.


Local Las Vegas restaurants tentatively confirmed to participate in this year’s event include Scarpetta, Jaleo, Estiatorio Milos, Due Forni, Sensi, Peking Duck, D.O.C.G, Comme Ça, Mozen, The Capital Grille, Portofino, Four Seasons, STK, Sugar Factory, Smith Center, StripSteak and Buddy V’s Cupcakes.


About Las Vegas Business Academy
Founded in 2011, Las Vegas Business Academy (LVBA) is a nonprofit organization devoted to providing scholarship funds for students pursuing a law degree or master’s degree in business or hospitality management at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). LVBA’s program offers selected college students educational enrichment, professional development, financial aid and unparalleled mentoring resources with top-tier industry leaders in an effort to establish Nevada’s next generation of leaders. For more information, visit Las Vegas Business Academy’s website or call 702.998.2138.


Follow LVBA on Twitter (@LVBAcademy) or Facebook (Las Vegas Business Academy) for the latest updates.

Silver State Awards Dec 13- Honoring Las Vegas Restaurants & Lounges at The Venetian




On Friday, December 13, top restaurants, lounges and chefs will be honored at the Best of Silver State Restaurants & Lounges Awards, which will take place at the Sands Showroom inside The Venetian Las Vegas. The event, sponsored by TMG Entertainment in partnership with the Nevada Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NvRAEF), will recognize industry stars who have elevated Nevada as a premier dining destination. Celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse will be a special guest presenter at the awards ceremony. The award ceremony hosts will be Dayna Roselli, Nina Radetich, and Robin Leach.

Nominees in seventeen categories were selected by a distinguished nominating committee, comprised of industry professionals and notable figures in the community. The winners will be decided by a public vote. Voting is open online at www.Facebook.com/silverawards and can only be conducted from a computer, not a phone or tablet. Voting is free and any member of the public may cast a vote through December 2, 2013.

Tickets to the awards ceremony are $40 and include admission to the champagne cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. as well as reserved seating for the ceremony at 6:45 p.m. Tickets will go on sale at www.palazzo.com or at any Palazzo or Venetian box office starting Oct. 16. Proceeds from the event benefit NvRAEF’s educational and scholarship programs, such as ProStart, a national high school culinary and restaurant management program that teaches students the skills and knowledge needed to enter the workforce or to continue to postsecondary after high school graduation.

 2013 Best of Silver State Restaurants & Lounges Awards Nominees 


Best New Restaurant- Fine Dining Best New Restaurant- Casual Dining
Hakkasan Five 50
Heritage Steakhouse Hops & Harvest
Honey Salt Pub 1842
Nobu RX Boiler Room
Best Restaurant – Fine Dining Best Restaurant – Casual Dining
Joel Robuchon Eat
Guy Savoy Raku
Sage The Stone House Café
CUT Lotus of Siam
Best Neighborhood Restaurant Rising Star Chef
Due Forni Bank Atcharawan, Chada Thai & Wine
Le Thai Mathieu Chartron, Restaurant Guy Savoy
Vintner Grill Matthew Piekarski, Sugar Factory American Brasserie
DW Bistro Nicole Brisson, Carnevino Italian Steakhouse
Paymon’s Mediterranean Café & Lounge Robert Hesse, The Brew Brothers, Reno
Best Chef Best Restaurant Wine/Spirits Selection
Julian Serrano, Picasso & Julian Serrano Aureole
Akira Back, Kumi & Yellowtail Carnevino Italian Steakhouse
David Holman, Charlie Palmer Steak, Reno Delmonico Steakhouse
Jason Neve, B&B Hospitality Group Sage
Best Bar/Tavern Best Happy Hour
Commonwealth Blue Martini
Vesper Bar Aces & Ales
Downtown Cocktail Room McMullan’s Irish Pub
Herbs & Rye Born and Raised
Best Buffet Best Sunday Brunch
Bacchanal Border Grill
Bellagio Bouchon
Wicked Spoon Verandah
Wynn Wynn Country Club
Best Interior Design – Restaurant Best Interior Design – Bar, Nightclub
Andrea’s at Encore Hakkasan
Bar Masa Hyde
Gordon Ramsay Steak Light
Hakkasan XS
Best Nightclub Best Service – Restaurant
Hakkasan Picasso
Hyde CUT
Marquee Le Cirque
XS Joel Robuchon
Best Restaurateur
Elizabeth Blau Andre Rochat
Paolo Gaspari Julian Serrano
Michael Morton



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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.


Founded in 1991, TMG Entertainment is headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in Miami, Beverly Hills, Houston and Phoenix. Throughout the last two decades, the name TMG has become synonymous with the creation and development of unique and high-profile signature projects. TMG’s internationally acclaimed projects have earned their reputation as some of the world’s most well-known and respected events.

TMG has produced a wide range of projects from world-class fashion shows to entertainment events and nonprofit projects in Las Vegas, Hollywood, South Beach, Houston, Phoenix, Cannes, Monte Carlo, Venice and many more renowned destinations.



The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino , the largest property in the country to receive AAA’s Five Diamond and the coveted Forbes Travel Guide Four Star awards, is one of the world’s most luxurious resort and convention destinations. Recreating Venice’s legendary landmarks, the LEED® EB Gold-certified resort offers unmatched service and quality for leisure and corporate guests. With suites ranging from a standard 650-square-foot Luxury Suite to the luxurious 10,000-square-foot Chairman Suite, the all-suite resort boasts more than 4,000 of Las Vegas’ most lavish suite accommodations.  Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian features Grand Canal Shoppes® , an indoor streetscape complete with gondolas and singing gondoliers, the Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, world-class gaming, exquisite restaurants, a wide variety of entertainment such as “ Soul2Soul with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill,” the party musical “ROCK OF AGES,” showroom headliners including Human Nature, David Spade, Rita Rudner, Tim Allen and Joan Rivers and extensive convention and corporate services. Guests can earn points while they eat, sleep, shop and play with Grazie, the premiere loyalty program. The Venetian and its sister resort, The Palazzo Las Vegas, are the first ever Alliance Resorts in the InterContinental Hotel Group® global portfolio. For additional information, visit venetian.com, follow on Twitter @venetianvegas and interact on Facebook at facebook.com/venetianlasvegas.


Due Forni Pizza & Wine Announces Seasonal Specials



Eatery’s innovative cooking style is showcased with new fall dishes


Due Forni Pizza & Wine celebrates the beginning of autumn with a slew of seasonal specials. Delectable additions to the menu will be featured on a rotating schedule, resulting in new dining options for guests to devour throughout fall.

Due Forni is recognized for gourmet pizza selections which are available in both Neapolitan and Roman style to suit various tastes, and these limited-time menu additions will also be cooked in the restaurant’s dual custom-designed Napolitano brick ovens. Specials include Oven Roasted New York Steak served with braised Brussels sprouts, parmigiano potato and red wine reduction, Roasted Cod served alongside zucchini and eggplant caponata, golden raisins, toasted pistachios and balsamic reduction, and a mouthwatering Rack of Lamb with truffle scented cauliflower puree, braised Swiss chard and lamb jus.

Soup and salad highlights include a Cremini Mushroom Soup featuring parmigiano, roasted mushrooms and olive oil, a Truffle Scented Cauliflower Soup served with ciabatta croutons and ubriaco cheese, and an Endive and Radicchio Salad, boasting gorgonzola, toasted pecans, oven dried cranberries and a warm bacon vinaigrette.

To end the meal on a sweet note, guests can treat themselves to Sugar Apple Cobbler, served with vanilla gelato and brown sugar, Cranberry Bread Pudding paired with chocolate gelato, or Vanilla Panna Cotta topped with fresh quince and toasted hazelnut.

About Due Forni Pizza & Wine:
Two Ovens. Two Types of Pizza. One Amazing Experience. Due Forni Pizza & Wine, is one of only a few gourmet pizza restaurant in the United States utilizing a new model of dual custom-designed Napolitano brick ovens to deliver authentic Neapolitan and Roman pizza in the Summerlin community of Las Vegas. The innovative restaurant opened in 2011 and has been garnering rave reviews from food critics and the community alike, and was named one of the 50 Essential Restaurants in the 2013 edition of Eating Las Vegas.

Due Forni is open seven days a week serving lunch and dinner. For more information call 702.586.6500 or visit www.dueforni.com. Due Forni is located at 3555 S. Town Center Drive, Suite 105, Las Vegas, NV 89135.

Life is Beautiful Festival Announces Culinary Programming

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Life is Beautiful Festival Announces Culinary Experiences & New Chefs  

Two-Day Festival of World Class Music, Food, Art & Learning in Downtown Las Vegas includes

“Grills & Guitars” by Blue Ribbon Restaurants, “The Culinary Village”, and “The Alchemy Garden”  

New Chef Additions include Nancy Silverton; Headlining Chefs include: Bruce & Eric Bromberg, Jonathan Waxman, Hubert Keller, Aaron Sanchez, Cat Cora, Rick Moonen, Scott Conant, Tom Colicchio, Michael Symon

Friday, October 25th – Sunday, October 27th, 2013


Life is Beautiful (L.I.B.) Festival announces the lineup of culinary programming and experiences for the inaugural festival taking place Saturday, October 26th and Sunday, October 27th, 2013, with a kickoff event the evening of Friday, October 25th.  With more than 60 chefs and restaurants, 24 wineries and 24 breweries participating in the culinary part of the festival alone, L.I.B. presents its attendees with a full-scale food festival experience and expects to draw tens of thousands of people to Downtown Las Vegas. The culinary programming includes experiences that are included in the price of a general-admission festival ticket, such as The Culinary Village, The Alchemy Garden & Chefs on Stage, as well as unique ticketed events that do not require a festival ticket like the Grills & Guitars kick-off party hosted by Blue Ribbon Restaurants and the Take a Stand charity soiree; an eight-course dinner hosted by Elizabeth Blau & Hubert Keller benefitting Three Square Food Bank and Communities in Schools.

The creative direction of the food festival portion of Life is Beautiful Festival was shaped by a culinary advisory board of 12 top chefs chaired by Bruce Bromberg of Blue Ribbon Restaurants.  The food festival will be anchored by The Culinary Village a Moroccan-style bazaar featuring stations manned by more than 60 well-known chefs. Within The Village, guests can enjoy an entertaining and informative series of chef demonstrations (Chefs on Stage), culinary affairs, intimate meals and a beer, wine and spirits garden (The Alchemy Garden). All experiences within the food and wine program will allow attendees the opportunity to engage with these talented chefs up-close and gain insight into their creative process in the kitchen and beyond.

“The food experiences of Life is Beautiful Festival were carefully designed to be interactive, innovative and unexpected,” says Jolene Mannina, Head of Culinary Arts for the festival. “Working with the vision of our Culinary Advisory Board of 12 world-renowned Chefs, we’ve created an approach that we feel will set us apart from other food festivals, giving both our patrons and chefs a chance to enjoy something new, fresh and, of course, delicious.”

The current chef lineup features: Bruce Bromberg and Eric Bromberg, Scott Conant, Jonathan Waxman, Hubert Keller, Cat Cora, Michael Mina, Chris Cosentino, Rick Moonen, Kim Canteenwalla, Jet Tila, Donald Link, Tom Colicchio, Michael Symon, Aaron Sanchez, David Burke, Charlie Palmer, Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Feniger, Paul Bartolotta, David Myers, Todd English, Kerry Simon, Carla Pellegrino, André Rochat, Sven Mede, Marcel Vigneron, Mike Minor, Megan Romano, Elias Cairo, Josh Graves, Jason Tuley, Rebecca Wilcomb, Ben Hammond, Grant MacPherson, Michael Kornick, Natalie Young, Dan Coughlin, Sean Kinoshita, Massimiliano Campanari, Carlos Buscaglia, Vinod Ahuja, Manuel Hinojosa.


New Chefs / Mixologists Added to the lineup: Nancy Silverton, Akira Back, Richard Camarota, Frank Goriceta, Carlos Guia, Joseph Leibowitz, Hiew Gun Khong, Nina Manchev, Tony Abou-Ganim, Drew Levinson, Andrew Pollard, Eric Swanson, Kent Bearden, Thomas Burke, Michael Shetler, Kevin Vanegas, Jack Kramer, and Mike Tadich.


Tickets for the Life is Beautiful Festival Culinary Programs go on sale July 19, 2013 at www.lifeisbeautifulfestival.com

Life Is Beautiful Festival – Culinary Experiences Premier Sponsor: Whole Foods Market


–       The Culinary Village: Located in the heart of the festival and home to the world’s best chefs and restaurants, The Culinary Village is where the aromas of earth’s four corners collide. Over 50 restaurants will partake in this bazaar of epicurean delight that takes festival food options to a whole new level.

Restaurants: Blue Ribbon Restaurant, Honey Salt, Fleur, Strip Steak, Wolfgang Puck, Nobu Hard Rock, DMK Burger Bar, Due Forni, Yellowtail, Kumi, D.O.C.G, Herbsaint, LAVO, TAO, Bratalian Neapolitan Cantina, EAT, Chocolate & Spice, Origin India, Barbuto, rm Seafood, Kuma Snow Cream, Curbside Cafe, LBS Burger, Smokin Bros BBQ, Sin City Hot Dogs, Forte European Tapas & Bistro and more.
Price: General Admission or VIP festival ticket required, a la carte selection
Date: Saturday and Sunday, October 26th & 27th
Time: Saturday, 1:00pm – 12:00am Midnight; Sunday, 12:00pm – 11:00pm


–       The Alchemy Gardens Presented by Wirtz Beverage: Craft brewers, wine makers and distillers will pour a-la-carte libations at this garden, overflowing with liquid creativity. Enthusiasts can also choose to purchase additional tickets to meet and mingle with master brewers, wine makers and distillers over flight tastings.

Price: General Admission or VIP festival ticket required a la carte Beer, Wine, Spirits and Sake; must be 21 or over.
Date: Saturday and Sunday, October 26th & 27th
Time: Saturday, 1:00pm – 12:00am Midnight; Sunday, 12:00pm – 11:00pm

–       Flights Tastings (In The Alchemy Gardens): For a better understanding of the passion and history poured into each glass, additional tickets may be purchased for tastings with master brewers, wine makers and distillers.

Price: $40 for 9 tastings, General Admission or VIP festival ticket required
Date: Saturday and Sunday, October 26th & 27th
Time: Saturday, 1:00pm – 12:00am Midnight; Sunday, 12:00pm – 11:00pm

–       Chefs on Stage Presented by Sub-Zero Wolf & Whole Foods Market: Over two days, 20 of the most highly regarded chefs in the industry give attendees a chance to get up close and personal as they showcase their skills live on a Sub-Zero Wolf stage located in a climate-controlled tent. These demonstrations will tantalize taste buds and teach viewers how to create the same experience at home.

Chefs: Bruce and Eric Bromberg, Scott Conant, Jet Tila, Jonathan Waxman, Cat Cora, Chris Cosentino, Rick Moonen, Aaron Sanchez, Hubert Keller, Kerry Simon, Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Feniger, Mike Minor, Donald Link, Grant MacPherson, Carla Pellegrino, Jason Tuley, David Myers, Elias Caro, Josh Graves,Todd English
Location: The Culinary Village
Price: Free Event with Festival General Admission or VIP ticket
Date: Saturday and Sunday, October 26th & 27th
Time: Saturday, 1:45pm – 9:00pm; Sunday, 12:45pm – 8:00pm

–       Take A Stand: Elizabeth Blau and Hubert Keller will host the Life is Beautiful grand opening soiree to benefit Three Square Food Bank and Communities in Schools. Showcasing the mystery and wonderment of Old Vegas at its finest, this charity dinner will feature eight award-winning chefs serving eight courses in various styles throughout the night paired with priceless wines and crafted cocktails by Wirtz Beverage mixologists and sommeliers.

Chefs: Hubert Keller, Michael Mina, Todd English, Akira Back, Paul Bartolotta, Grant MacPherson, Charlie Palmer, Megan Romano
Location: Secret Downtown Location to be revealed upon purchase confirmation
Price: $5,000
(1) VIP two-day festival ticket included
(1) Grills & Guitars ticket included
Seats: 40 (must be 21 or over)
Date: Friday, October 25th
Time: 7pm – 10pm

–       Grills & Guitars: Start the festival weekend with 15 well-known chefs, gourmet comfort food and live music. A twist on the traditional backyard barbecue, the festival kick-off party will pair beer, wine and cocktails with flamed-kissed fare that will satisfy all the senses.

Chefs: Bruce & Eric Bromberg, Jonathan Waxman, Cat Cora, Tom Colicchio, Michael Symon, Nancy Silverton, Jet Tila, Scott Conant, Kim Canteenwalla, Aaron Sanchez, Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Feniger, Rick Moonen & David Myers
Price: $175, VIP $225 *Does not require purchase of a festival ticket. Must be 21 or over.
Date: Friday, October 25th
Time: 8pm VIP, 9pm – Midnight

–       Culinary Crawl: This three-hour dining tour is designed to introduce palates to a variety of tastes. Guests will be escorted to three different venues, each with a different chef host who has customized a unique experience that pairs their creative dishes with specially selected drinks provided by Wirtz Beverage Group. 

Chefs & Locations:

  • “Pig & Whiskey” hosted by Kim Canteenwalla and Sven Mede at The Flame Steakhouse
  • “From Korea to Japan”, hosted by Akira Back at Park on Fremont
  • “Amaro & Amare”, hosted by Richard Camarota & Megan Romano at EAT

Price:   $130 – Single pass to the Culinary Crawl, GA or VIP festival ticket required for purchase
$290 – Includes a two (2) day General Admission festival ticket
Date: Saturday, October 26th
Time: 5pm – 8pm

            Chefs & Locations:

  • “Rare & Rosso” Jonathan Waxman & Nancy Silverton at EAT
  • “Tongue & Cheek” Rick Moonen at Le Thai
  • “Bones & Brews” Iron chef Cat Cora & Jason Tuley at Park on Fremont

Price:   $130 – Single pass to the Culinary Crawl, GA or VIP festival ticket required for purchase
$290 – Includes a two (2) day General Admission festival ticket
Date: Sunday, October 27th
Time: 5pm – 8pm

***Chef and event details subject to change.


Regular Two-Day General Admission & VIP Tickets for the 2013 Life is Beautiful Festival are available for purchase at www.lifeisbeautifulfestival.com

General Admission Tickets:

  • Regular Two-Day GA: $159.50

VIP Tickets:

  • TWO-DAY VIP Ticket: $349.50
    • VIP tickets include: Exclusive VIP lounge with shade, lounge seating, activities and more; Viewing Areas at Main Stages; VIP restroom facilities; Access to special VIP food concessions; Access to special VIP beer, wine and spirits concessions; Commemorative Poster and more!

Life is Beautiful Sponsors

Sponsors of the inaugural Life is Beautiful Festival include Wirtz Beverage Group, Heineken, Zappos, Cirque du Soleil, Las Vegas Review Journal, Red Bull, Esquire, Whole Foods Market, Caesars Entertainment, and many more. *Sponsors listed are current as of release date.

L.I.B. is being developed by Aurelian Marketing Group in partnership with Another Planet Entertainment, MAKTUB Marketing and Downtown Project. Visit www.lifeisbeautifulfestival.com and sign up to receive information updates via email. Connect with the Life is Beautiful team socially at Facebook.com/LIBFestival and Twitter.com/LifeIsBeautiful.

Due Forni Celebrates Father’s Day with Specialty Menu

In honor of Father’s Day, Due Forni presents a specially crafted menu for families to feast on with the leading men in their lives. Enjoy specialty dishes at the Summerlin hot spot including Chilled Spring Pea Soup with Nueske bacon, parmesano and pea shoots followed by a perfectly seasoned Flat Iron Steak accompanied by a truffle baked potato, crispy prosciutto and asparagus. Complement the meal with signature cocktails and a wide selection of wine before indulging in Due Forni’s featured Father’s Day dessert, Bourbon Salted Caramel Panna Cotta. In addition to the restaurant’s regular menu, these specials can also be enjoyed a la carte.

Due Forni is open Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. serving lunch and dinner. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 702.586.6500 or visit www.dueforni.com. Due Forni is located at 3555 S. Town Center Drive, Suite 105, Las Vegas, NV 89135.

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Eating Las Vegas: The 50 Essential Restaurants 2013 Features 11 New Entries – Plus Three New In The Top 10



In recent years Las Vegas has experienced a meteoric rise to become, arguably, the best restaurant city in the world. The names attached to the eateries on the famed Las Vegas Strip represent a veritable Whos Who of the culinary universe, now home to James Beard Foundation award-winning names pulled from the industry’s top food magazines, blogs and television shows. The 2013 edition of Eating Las Vegas: The 50 Essential Restaurants (Huntington Press, December, 2012) accomplishes what no other restaurant guide has, compiling the opinions of the citys three most respected critics (John Curtas, Max Jacobson and Al Mancini) to create a reference book that lists their agreed-upon Essential 50 restaurants in Sin City.

But its much more than just a list of restaurants, as each entry receives a thoughtful and candid description from all three authors. The guide also includes a 44-page specialty guide dedicated to Additional Recommendations from beer to buffets and from Sunday brunch to sushi “ plus everything else in between. The contentious (and ever-popular) Vetoes section pits author-against-author, a literary version of a free-for-all food fight.

When we green-lit this project three years ago, I wasn’t sure its realization was even a possibility, as we were dealing with three highly knowledgeable but incredibly strong-willed personalities, said publisher Anthony Curtis. But John (Curtas), Max (Jacobson) and Al (Mancini) have continued to deliver on their promise to seek out, and agree upon, Las Vegas 50 Essential Restaurants.

The 2013 edition of Eating Las Vegas with its foreword written by 14-times James Beard Foundation award-winning food journalist,  Alan Richman, adds three newcomers to the vaunted Top Ten list “ including two off-strip restaurants “ a first for the book “ in March Bacchus French Bistro and Raku Japanese Charcoal Grill. The other newcomer is Piero Selvaggios Valentino at The Venetian. Rounding out the Top Ten, and repeating from 2012, are Estiatorio Milos at The Cosmopolitan, Jol Robuchon and L’Atelier de Jol Robuchon at MGM Grand, Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace, CUT at Palazzo and Le Cirque and Picasso at Bellagio.

In addition to the Top 10, 11 new restaurants made the Essential 50,including Bread & Butter, Comme a at The Cosmopolitan, Due Forni, Fleur at Mandalay Bay, Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris, Kabuto, Le Thai, Mint Indian Bistro, miX at Mandalay Bay,
Public House at The Venetian and Sirio at Aria. Of course, when restaurants are added, casualties are inevitable. Eleven previously listed restaurants didnt make the cut this year. Some may be easier to swallow than others, but the authors refuse to place celebrity above credibility, as one notable inclusion in the Vetoes section amply demonstrates.

About Eating Las Vegas: The Essential 50 Restaurants

The 2013 edition of Eating Las Vegas: The 50 Essential Restaurants features all the elements — fully updated — that have made the ELV brand such a success, including the Top Ten and 40 best-of-the-rest picks from the city’s top-three (and ever-feisty) food critics, to make up the list of the “50 Essential” restaurants in Las Vegas. With each year this unique guide keeps getting bigger and better.  While still in handy pocket-sized format, its expanded the popular Vetoes section, and for the first time added Best Buffets to the Additional Recommendations.  The authors have also embellished many of the other “Best of” lists, to reflect the city’s ever-increasing array of enticing eateries, from bakeries to sushi restaurants. There are some big changes at the top, too, including three all-new entries in the Top Ten, so this restaurant roadmap truly never gets stale. From the Michelin-starred gastronomic temples to ethnic hole-in-the-walls you’ve never heard of, Eating Las Vegas now features close to 200 restaurants and bars, with tempting options for every taste and wallet, plus mouth-watering full-color photographs throughout.  It’s a must-have pocket companion for anyone planning to eat a meal in Las Vegas — whether you’re in the market for a quick snack or a 10-course chef’s tasting menu — and makes a great stocking-filler for the gambling foodie in your life.  This handy full-color pocket guide is available in paperback ($12.95) and e-book formats ($7.77) from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, as well as directly from the publisher at ShopLVA.comIn 2013 authors John Curtas and Al Mancini will co-host a show on Travel Channel that will document them eating, and arguing, their way through the top food cities in America.


Vegas’ Due Forni to Open in Austin, TX

Authentic Roman and Neapolitan Pizzas and Cuisine Featuring Imported Italian Ingredients

Due Forni Pizza & Wine will open this winter in Austin’s historic Littlefield Building at Sixth and Congress.  The restaurant and wine bar is the brainchild of University of Texas at Austin alum Alex Taylor and Chef Carlos Buscaglia, who made a name for himself as a rising star in the Las Vegas culinary world.   The pair founded Due Forni and opened the first location in Las Vegas in 2011, garnering acclaim from food critics and the community alike.

After achieving success serving the highest quality of food at accessible prices in Las Vegas, operating partner Taylor knew the next expansion for the brand would be Texas.  For Taylor, who received his MBA from the McCombs School of Business, and then went on to serve as Food & Beverage Director at such prestigious Las Vegas properties as Wynn Resorts’ Encore and Mandalay Bay, the new location is a homecoming.

“Austin is becoming the most noted culinary city in the country,” said Taylor.  “I’m proud to be bringing this concept we created to a place we love and consider our adopted home town.”

Due Forni is the only upscale restaurant concept in America to offer authentic Roman and Neapolitan pizzas utilizing two separate custom Napolitano ovens and imported Italian ingredients to appeal to both types of pizza connoisseurs.  Traditional Neapolitan pizzas are baked at 900 degrees for no more than 90 seconds, producing a light chewy crust with a crisp exterior served browned and bubbly with slightly blistered edges.  The Pizza Romana style features a thin and crispy crust with a light crackly texture that is accomplished from baking at 500 degrees for three minutes.   The ability to satisfy a range of preferences is made possible because of the dual bespoke ovens, or due forni in Italian, set to the different temperatures.

The innovative dining model extends beyond gourmet pizza, utilizing the pizza ovens and varying cooking techniques in place of other traditional kitchen equipment to turn out entrees such as scallops, rack of lamb, duck, wild salmon and pastas. The menu is made complete with a prime selection of hot and cold appetizers, charcuterie, cheeses and inventive desserts. Due Forni utilizes authentic imported ingredients across all dishes, such as bufala mozzarella from Campania, San Marzano tomatoes from the hills surrounding Mount Vesuvius and blue label Prosciutto San Daniele.

The restaurant features a substantial wine selection spanning Italy, California and other up-and-coming regions from around the world, while Enomatic wine dispensers offer 40-plus outstanding, limited production wines by the glass.  The cocktail program takes a creative turn, guiding guests through the feeling or style of the drink rather than categorizing by spirit, encouraging drinkers to step out of their comfort zone and try something new.

Carlos Buscaglia will oversee the culinary operations of both locations.  Prior to opening Due Forni as Chef Partner, he made a rapid rise to the role of Executive Chef at Fiamma inside the MGM Grand. Buscaglia learned traditional Italian recipes and a rustic Italian cooking style from his grandmother and mother in the family’s Italian deli in Buenos Aires, Argentina before later working under James Beard Award-nominated chef Michael White.

“The expansion of Due Forni to Austin is a natural one,” said Buscaglia.  “Similar to Las Vegas, Austin is a culinary town; one that celebrates great flavors and a warm and welcoming dining experience.”

Sean Zirkle will serve as Executive Chef of Due Forni Austin and has been with the brand since the opening of the restaurant’s first location in Las Vegas.  Aside from working with Buscaglia and White at Fiamma, Zirkle spent six years with famed chef Emeril Lagasse at MGM Grand and also served on the culinary team of Mandalay Bay.

Due Forni will open this winter at the Littlefield Building in the heart of Austin.  The causally sophisticated boîte will feature an atmosphere that is unique and infused by sight, sound and smell.  The soundtrack will be centered on 1960’s and 1970’s Italian jazz and R&B, while muted spaghetti westerns and Italian crime movies from the same era can be viewed via tastefully placed high-definition monitors.  The dual ovens will create a warm, aromatic focal point within the space.

For more information visit: www.dueforni.com