THE PARK WELCOMES BACK OF HOUSE BRAWL TO LAS VEGAS STRIP

 

THE PARK WELCOMES BACK OF HOUSE BRAWL TO LAS VEGAS STRIP
2019 Season to Include Six Culinary Competitions; Stellar Chef Lineup

 

Back of House Brawl, Las Vegas’ most popular food truck cooking competition series, will make its debut March 23 at The Park, The Strip’s premier outdoor gathering destination. The late-night foodie event will pair some of the city’s most talented chefs in a battle to create two unique dishes, using secret ingredients delivered moments before the race begins, with only 30 minutes on the clock. Admission to all Back of House Brawl events is complimentary and open to the public. 

The fun afterhours event features two teams, each comprised of one chef from a Strip restaurant and a partner from an off-Strip venue. The duos will present their collaborative creations to a panel of judges – Iron Chef Michael Symon; Reigning Back of House Brawl Champion and Chef de Cuisine John Courtney of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas; and VEGAS Magazine Editor-in-Chief Emmy Kasten. The winning team will move on to the championship round November 16.

“Back of House Brawl has become a Las Vegas culinary scene institution, bringing locals together to eat, drink and socialize since its conception in 2011,” said Back of House Brawl Creator Jolene Mannina. “We are excited to bring the series to The Strip and share the incredible talent of our local culinary community with visitors.”

Executive Director of The Park Crystal Robinson said, “The addition of Back of House Brawl to our monthly event lineup reinforces our mission to create a social gathering space for locals and tourists alike. Our vibrant, outdoor setting offers the ideal location for the event’s late-night festivities.” 

All Back of House Brawl events will begin at 9 p.m. with drinks and bites available for purchase from popular food truck vendors such as Truk-N-Yaki, Boqueria Street, Stripchezze and Cousins Maine Lobster. At midnight, spectators can catch a battle between resident mixologists as they put their skills to the test to create the best cocktail, followed by the 1 a.m. Back of House Brawl competition. 

The full 2019 season schedule features:

March 23: 
Josh Smith (BARDOT Brasserie at ARIA)
Justin Kingsley Hall (formerly of Kitchen at Atomic)
vs.
Emily Brubaker (Michael’s Gourmet Pantry)
Jennifer Murphy (Gordon Ramsey Hell’s Kitchen)

April 20: 
Chris Conlon (Hakkasan Las Vegas at MGM Grand)
Geno Bernardo (SUMMIT Club)
vs.
Oscar Amador (EDO Gastro Tapas & Wine)

Alex Pitts (Bazaar Meat by José Andrés)

May 18:
Joseph Cadina (Michael Mina Bellagio)

Joseph Mosconi (DW Bistro)
vs.
Scott Green (Golden Entertainment)

Pawan Pinisetti (Top of the World)

September 14:
Sean Farney (ARIA)

Kaoru “Aze” Azeuchi (Kaiseki Yuzu)
vs.
Brian Howard (Sparrow and Wolf)

Shaun King (formerly of Momofuku)

October 19: 
Sean Griffin (Jean Georges Steakhouse at ARIA)
Ralph Perrazzo (bBd’s)
vs.
James Trees (Esther’s Kitchen)

Johnny Church (formerly of Golden Entertainment)

November 16:   Championship

Guests looking to continue the fun at the conclusion of each Back of House Brawl event can visit On The Record, Park MGM’s nightclub and speakeasy, for complimentary admission with valid local ID. 

 

THE PARK
An eclectic blend of restaurants, bars and entertainment tucked into rich desert landscaping, The Park is a central gathering place on The Strip’s west side. Visitors can enjoy exciting restaurants such as the popular Californian waffle house Bruxie; New York fan-favorite burger joint Shake Shack; much-loved California Pizza Kitchen; or theatrical hotspot Sake Rok while beverage enthusiasts can indulge in spirits, beers and bites at Beerhaus. Designed with sustainability in mind, The Park’s restaurant corridor recently earned LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Park is owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information, visit theparkvegas.com.

First Taste: Libertine Social Previews Next-Generation Gastropub Menu at Downtown Las Vegas’ First Friday

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FIRST TASTE: LIBERTINE SOCIAL PREVIEWS NEXT-GENERATION GASTROPUB MENU AT DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS’ FIRST FRIDAY

 

Libertine Social will preview its highly anticipated gastropub menu Friday, July 1 at Downtown Las Vegas’ First Friday. Mandalay Bay’s soon-to-be hotspot will provide a glimpse into the mind-expanding flavors James Beard Award-winning Chef Shawn McClain has in store for guests such as merguez sausages served with chickpeas and chermoula. First Friday attendees will be the first to experience Libertine Social’s menu by Chef McClain.

 

Libertine Social will serve the following dishes from its own retrofitted food truck:

 

  • Lamb Merguez Sausage with chickpeas and chermoula
  • Warm Pretzels with Alpine cheese sauce
  • Belgian Fries with garlic aioli
  • Oxtail Sandwich with sweet and sour onions, arugula, citrus gremolata

 

The upcoming First Friday will be the only opportunity to taste Libertine Social’s cuisine before the doors open late this summer.

 

Libertine Social will stimulate the senses with New American bar food by the renowned chef and a pioneering cocktail program by Modern Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim. A combination of both small and large plates, the menu will have a foodie flair reflecting McClain’s aptness for blending the freshest ingredients in unexpected preparation methods. House-made grilled sausages, artisanal flatbreads, a selection of creative toasts and dips, seasonal salads, dry-aged steaks and cocktail-inspired desserts are just some of the selections McClain has up his sleeve.

 

 

LIBERTINE SOCIAL
Chef Shawn McClain is teaming up with renowned mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim for Mandalay Bay’s soon-to-be-hotspot, Libertine Social. The next-generation gastropub will feature a range of atmospheres from an uber-social center bar to a more secluded classic cocktail room that encourage guests to eat, drink and embrace the Libertine spirit. The eclectic design will capture the abandon and passion of the restaurant, complete with a stunning mural by famed Puerto Rican artist Alexis Diaz. More information can be found on Mandalay Bay’s website.

 

MANDALAY BAY
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino is set on 120 lush acres featuring Mandalay Bay Beach, a tropical pool paradise with real sand and the only climate-controlled, poolside gaming in the city. The Mandalay Bay Events Center, award-winning restaurants, exhilarating entertainment, unique shopping, Shark Reef Aquarium and the recently expanded 2-million-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center combine to make Mandalay Bay a distinctive Las Vegas resort destination. In September 2014, Delano Las Vegas, a luxury all-suite hotel, opened adjacent to Mandalay Bay. Mandalay Bay is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit mandalaybay.com, call toll free at (877) 632-7800 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

BMX Pro Ricardo Laguna and Land Rover Las Vegas join ThinkFirst Nevada for 9th Annual Christmas Helmet Giveaway

BMX Pro Ricardo Laguna joins Land Rover Las Vegas and ThinkFirst Nevada for 9th Annual After Christmas Helmet Giveaway

WHO:
Land Rover, ThinkFirst Nevada and professional BMX rider and television personality Ricardo Laguna

WHAT:
Land Rover, along with ThinkFirst Nevada and Ricardo Laguna, team up once again in an effort to educate young people about the importance of making safe decisions. Kids will have the chance to meet the BMX star and receive a free helmet from ThinkFirst Nevada. Additionally, Laguna and friends will put on a BMX demonstration for everyone and other entertainment, including a crew of breakdancers with Jay R Beatbox will keep the energy going throughout the event. The Spot to Eat food truck will also be on hand with food for purchase.

Kids must be present for helmet fitting and helmets are available while supplies last.

WHEN:
Saturday, Jan. 12
11 a.m. –2 p.m.

WHERE:
Land Rover Las Vegas
5255 West Sahara Avenue

ABOUT THINKFIRST NEVADA

With injury being the leading cause of death among children and teens, ThinkFirst Nevada aims to educate the youth about their personal vulnerability and provides programs of the highest quality to inspire kids to make safe choices.

ABOUT RICARDO LAGUNA
Born and raised in La Paz, Mexico, Ricardo Laguna moved to Las Vegas when he was just 13 years old. Laguna first began to ride BMX as soon as he and his family found their new home in a trailer park in Las Vegas with a lot of dirt jumps nearby. He turned pro at the age of 18 and is crowned the “King of Dirt” and ranked the #1 Latin and South American Dirt Jumper in the world. Throughout his career Laguna has competed in the X-Games, The Dew Action Sports Tour, Gravity Games, Nokia Fise, BMX Masters, Lord of Dirt Competition and the World’s series. His career has led to a number of huge accomplishments including being the first Spanish-speaking announcer at the X-Games. Laguna has performed in shows world wide and has hosted his own challenge in Las Vegas for the past 10 years called “The Ricardo Laguna Pro-BMX Dirt Challenge” at the annual Extreme Thing Sports & Music Festival. In March 2012, Laguna premiered The Ricardo Laguna Project, an MTV Tr3s reality series that offer a glimpse into the life of Laguna as he attempts to break three world records, begin his own family business and balance his family and Las Vegas social life. The show was recently picked up by MTV Latin America and aired this past summer.

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El Cortez Hotel & Casino Hosts Monthly Vegas StrEATs Food-Truck Festival

El Cortez Hotel & Casino Hosts Monthly
Vegas StrEATs Food-Truck Festival
Saturday, July 9 from 6 p.m.-2 a.m.

El Cortez Hotel & Casino hosts the Vegas StrEATs food-truck festival on the Jackie Gaughan Parkway from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday, July 9. Food trucks participating in the event include Slidin’ Thru, Fukuburger, Curbside Café, BBQ Boy, Snow Ono, Grouchy Johns, Engine 1 Pizza and The Cheesesteak Truck.

Presented by El Cortez, Slidin’ Thru and Insert Coin(s) VideoLounge Gamebar, Vegas StrEATs will bring food, live art and music to the Fremont East Entertainment District. Drink specials throughout the festival include $2 Bud and Bud Light draughts, $3 Jameson Irish Whiskey shots, $3 Jagermeister shots and $2 Pepsi products.

Celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2011, El Cortez Hotel & Casino is the longest continuously operating hotel casino in Las Vegas. The iconic property can be found in historic downtown Las Vegas at 600 East Fremont Street and is the only casino in the city’s burgeoning Fremont East Entertainment District. With 300 newly remodeled hotel rooms, including six uniquely themed suites that resulted from the 2010 Design A Suite Downtown Contest, El Cortez offers some of the best accommodations in downtown Las Vegas. In May 2009, the property opened the El Cortez Cabana Suites, a 64-room boutique hotel offering vintage South Beach style in the heart of downtown. The casino features full-pay 3-2 single deck blackjack, 10 times odds on craps, state-of-the-art roulette and more than 1,000 slot machines. El Cortez also offers a full range of sports betting options. The Las Vegas Review-Journal voted El Cortez “Best Downtown Hotel” in 2009; “Best Blackjack in Las Vegas” in 2007 and from 2009-2011; “Best Video Poker” in 2008; and “Best Keno in Las Vegas” from 2005-2006 and 2008-2011. Dining options at El Cortez include: Café Cortez and The Flame Steakhouse, a vintage favorite among Las Vegas locals. The property’s other amenities include: Subway, Dreyer’s Ice Cream Shop, Seattle’s Best Coffee, El Cortez Gift Shop and a full-service beauty and barber shop. For more information, please call 1-800-634-6703 or 702-385-5200, or visit http://www.elcortezhotelcasino.com/.

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Vegas StrEATs Returns to El Cortez Hotel & Casino

Vegas StrEATs Returns to El Cortez Hotel & Casino

El Cortez Hotel & Casino hosts the Vegas StrEATs food-truck festival on the Jackie Gaughan Parkway from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday, May 14. Vegas StrEATs will feature themed menu items at each food truck in May to coincide with Helldorado, which will be downtown from May 12-15. Each food truck will create a custom BBQ-themed dish exclusively for this Vegas StrEATs.

The event will also expand onto 6th Street this month to accommodate increased demand from both street vendors and guests. Food trucks participating in the event include Slidin’ Thru, Muncheeze, Fukuburger, Sloppi Jo’s, Tasty Bunz, Haulin’ Ballz, Top Notch BBQ, Snow Ono Shave Ice, Lulu’s On The Move and more.

Presented by El Cortez, Slidin’ Thru and Insert Coin(s) VideoLounge Gamebar, Vegas StrEATs brings food, live art and music to the Fremont East Entertainment District. Drink specials throughout the festival include $2 Bud and Bud Light draughts, $3 Jameson Irish Whiskey shots, $3 Jagermeister shots and $2 Pepsi products.

Celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2011, El Cortez Hotel & Casino is the longest continuously operating hotel casino in Las Vegas. The iconic property can be found in historic downtown Las Vegas at 600 East Fremont Street and is the only casino in the city’s burgeoning Fremont East Entertainment District. With 300 newly remodeled hotel rooms, including four uniquely themed suites that resulted from the 2010 Design A Suite Downtown Contest, El Cortez offers some of the best accommodations in downtown Las Vegas. In May 2009, the property opened the El Cortez Cabana Suites, a 64-room boutique hotel offering vintage South Beach style in the heart of downtown. The casino features full-pay 3-2 single deck blackjack, 10 times odds on craps, state-of-the-art roulette and more than 1,000 slot machines. El Cortez also offers a full range of sports betting options and is proudly affiliated with Michael Gaughan’s South Point Sports Book. The Las Vegas Review-Journal voted El Cortez “Best Downtown Hotel” in 2009; “Best Blackjack in Las Vegas” in 2007 and from 2009-2011; “Best Video Poker” in 2008; and “Best Keno in Las Vegas” from 2005-2006 and 2008-2011. Dining options at El Cortez include: Café Cortez and The Flame Steakhouse, a vintage favorite among Las Vegas locals. The property’s other amenities include: Subway, Dreyer’s Ice Cream Shop, Seattle’s Best Coffee, El Cortez Gift Shop and a full-service beauty and barber shop. For more information, please call 1-800-634-6703 or 702-385-5200, or visit http://www.elcortezhotelcasino.com/.

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