Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas Transforms Into National Finals Rodeo Headquarters, Dec. 7-16


Themed menus, country music entertainment, viewing parties and unbeatable room specials


Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, an official National Finals Rodeo (NFR) host hostel, transforms into the ultimate headquarters with themed menus, country music entertainment, viewing parties and room specials from Wednesday, Dec. 7 to Sunday, Dec. 16. The property will offer a live NFR feed at Goose Island Pub and all casino bars and a free nightly shuttle service to and from the Thomas & Mack Center.


Within walking distance from NFR, locals and visitors alike can enjoy a western-themed menu at the 24-hour diner Mr. Lucky’s Café including Short Rib Scramble ($15) for breakfast served with wild mushrooms, caramelized onions, potatoes and garlic toast; a Wedge Salad ($9), topped with smoked bacon, crispy fried onions and Maytag Blue cheese dressing; Barbecue Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese ($14) with aged cheddar, pickles and Cole slaw; and Braised Prime Pot Roast ($19) served with jalapeño and bacon baked beans and creamed corn bread. Across the casino, Mexican cantina Pink Taco will offer the Cowboy Special ($30), a ghost pepper chili rubbed 14-ounce ribeye, topped with jalapeño relleno and served with a chipotle glazed grilled shrimp skewer, rice and beans and flour tortillas. Goose Island Pub’s rodeo menu will feature Beer Cheese Dip ($8) and Smoked Brisket Grilled Cheese ($14) with red onion, pickles and Cole slaw. NFR cocktail specials will be available at all casino bars and include Tito’s Sweet Tea ($11), a mix of Tito’s Handmade Vodka and sweet tea; Mule Wrangler ($14), made with Pendleton Whisky, lime juice, Ginger Beer and cranberry juice; and Barrel Racer ($12), crafted with Pendleton Whisky, Kahlúa, cream and Coke.

After four unforgettable and incredibly successful performances in 2015 and 2016, country music star Gary Allan will return to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas for two shows on Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9 at 9:30 p.m. Tickets start at $39.50 (plus applicable service fees).


Concertgoers can also enjoy free country music programming at Vinyl and Culinary Dropout including Daryl Singletary on Thursday, Dec. 7 and Thursday, Dec. 14 at 9:30 p.m. (Vinyl); Mark Wills on Friday Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9 at 9:30 p.m. (Vinyl); David Ball on Sunday, Dec. 10 and Monday, Dec. 11 at 9:30 p.m. (Vinyl); Andy Griggs on Tuesday, Dec. 12 and Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 9:30 p.m. (Vinyl); and Ricochet on Friday, Dec. 15 and Saturday, Dec. 16 at 9:30 p.m. (Culinary Dropout).


Various country music memorabilia will also be on display around the property during NFR including signed guitars by Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts and Chris Stapleton inside the neon cases across from Vinyl. An exclusive case for Johnny Cash, located across from the reception desk, will include a Martin acoustic guitar with the lyrics of “I Walk The Line” inscribed on the body, a shirt Cash wore for the 1976 United States Bicentennial parade in Washington D.C. and numerous accompanying photos.


Guests looking to stay and play on property can take advantage of the NFR Room Packages with weekday rates starting at $60 per night and weekend rates starting at $110 per night by booking before Friday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. Visitors can book online or by phone using the code HNFRE17. Offer is valid Wednesday, Dec. 6 to Sunday, Dec. 17. A Gary Allan Room & Ticket Package starts at $198 and includes two tickets and a one-night stay on Friday, Dec. 8 by booking before Friday, Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. Guests can book online or by phone using the code TGARYG8 for the general admission ticket package, TGARYB8 for the balcony ticket package or TGARYO8 for the orchestra ticket package.


For more information, please visit www.hardrockhotel.com or call 702.693.5000.


About Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino  is Las Vegas’ off-strip playground, just minutes and less than three miles from McCarran International Airport. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino offers an energetic entertainment and gaming experience with the services and amenities associated with a boutique luxury resort hotel. The property is known for its innovative nightlife and music scene where acts such as The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, Incubus, Foo Fighters, Carlos Santana, Mötley Crüe, Guns N’ Roses and KISS have all performed. Features of the property include the newly-remodeled 11-story Casino Tower with 640 rooms and suites, 17-story Paradise Tower with 490 rooms and suites; the 15-story HRH All-Suite Tower with 359 suites, eight spa villas and seven penthouse suites, which has received the AAA Four Diamond Award; 60,000 square feet of casino space featuring Peacock High-Limit gaming and Asian gaming amenities; 110,000 square feet of flexible meeting and convention space, which was named a Smart Meetings 2016 Platinum Choice Award winner; more than $4 million in rare music memorabilia; Reliquary Spa; Kelly Cardenas Salon – a Paul Mitchell® Focus Salon; 4.8 acres of tropical pool paradise, which was voted as the No. 1 “Best Hotel Pool” in the 2015 USA Today 10Best Readers Choice contest; the world-famous pool party Rehab Beach Club; live music/entertainment venues The Joint, Vinyl and Club Domina, the home of Magic Mike Live Las Vegas; restaurants Culinary Dropout, Nobu, Pink Taco, Mr. Lucky’s Café, Goose Island Pub, 福Fú Asian Kitchen, Oyster Bar, Pizza Forte, Dunkin’ Donuts and MB Steak; a fitness center; trendsetting retailers John Varvatos, Affliction, Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co., Chill by Hudson, Hootenanny, Bezel, Day + Night and Shine. For room availability and additional information call 800.HRD.ROCK (800.473.7625) or visit hardrockhotel.com. Follow Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and updates.


Hard Rock International
With venues in 73 countries, including 179 cafes, 24 hotels and 11 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Chicago, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Managua, Cairo, Wroclaw and Chengdu. New Hard Rock hotel, casino or hotel-casino projects include Atlanta, Atlantic City, Berlin, Budapest, London, Los Cabos, Maldives, New York City, Davos, Ottawa, Dalian and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.

Restaurants Announced, Chef Hubert Keller to DJ at ECF M.E.N.U.S. Event, Oct. 13



Participating Restaurants Announced

 The Epicurean Charitable Foundation (ECF) announces its 2017 honoree, Chef Hubert Keller, will perform a DJ set during its upcoming Mentoring and Educating Nevada’s Upcoming Students (M.E.N.U.S.) dine-around event at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Paradise Pool on Friday, Oct. 13. The renowned chef acquired DJ skills from his friend, San Francisco-based DJ “Frenchy le Freak,” who received cooking lessons from Keller in return. His DJ set will take place during the main event, which takes place from 8 to 11 p.m.

In addition, ECF announces its roster of participating venues:

Bandito, Big Sur Oyster Bar, BLT Steak, Casa Fuente, Culinary Dropout, Delmonico Steakhouse, DW Bistro, Fiamma, Fleur by Hubert Keller, Foundation Room, FU Asian Kitchen, Giada Vegas, Goose Island Pub, Gordon Ramsay Burger, House of Blues Las Vegas, Hugo’s Cellar, Lagasse’s Stadium, LVB Burger, MB Steak, Nine Fine Irishmen, Oyster Bar, Pink Taco, Robert Irvine Public House, Sambalatte Torrefazione, Sake Rok Las Vegas, Shake Shack, The Dapper Doughnut, The Mansion, Top of the World and Zenshin Asian Restaurant.

At M.E.N.U.S., guests will encounter more than 50 of Las Vegas’ top restaurants, chefs, mixologists and beverage distributors, as well as enjoy a performance by headlining band Everclear. Consisting of a delectable dine-around, tempting silent auction and memorable after-party—this year’s M.E.N.U.S. will be complemented by Cuban flavors, cigars, dancing and beverages. Guests are encouraged to don their finest Havana-chic attire.

Proceeds from M.E.N.U.S. support ECF’s mission of providing full college scholarships and mentorship opportunities to gifted, but underprivileged, Clark County high school seniors who are passionate about pursuing a career in the food, beverage and hospitality industry. More than any other area charity focused on student academic and career development, ECF provides valuable personal connections and one-on-one support to its scholarship recipients. They receive not only up to $48,000 toward tuition, books and other fees, but also participation in the Future Leaders of Hospitality Program. In this program, each student is paired with a board member, who serves as a mentor and provides real-life guidance, support and assistance with job and internship placement upon graduation.

Classically trained by France’s top chefs, Frenchman Hubert Keller is now one of America’s most widely recognized and acclaimed chefs. His empire includes restaurants: Fleur by Hubert Keller (Las Vegas) and Burger Bar (Las Vegas, San Francisco).

Chef Keller has won numerous awards, including the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef: California and has been elected to the Foundation’s prestigious Who’s Who in Food and Beverage. Food and Wine magazine tapped him as one of the Ten Best Chefs in America, and Restaurant & Institutions gave him its Ivy Award.

Chef Keller is also known for his performance as a judge on Top Chef as well as for his grace-under-pressure performance as a contestant in the first season of Top Chef Masters on Bravo. Chef Keller was as well a resident judge on Top Chef Just Desserts. Chef Keller’s own cooking show, Secrets of a Chef, airs on PBS. Chef Keller is also known for his generosity and support for a wide range of educational, charity and community events around the country.

Cookbooks include “Cuisine of Hubert Keller,” “Burger Bar” and “Souvenirs – Memoirs, Stories and Recipes from My Life.”

Sponsors for this year’s M.E.N.U.S. event include Presenting Sponsor Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas; Platinum Sponsor Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits; Gold Sponsors Anheuser-Busch, Breakthru Beverage, E.&J. Gallo Winery, Fiji Water and Johnson Brothers of Nevada; Nevada Beverage; Silver Sponsors Emeril Lagasse Foundation, ILEA, and Sysco; Bronze Sponsors Apex Linen, Avero, BACKBAR, Boyd Gaming, Caesars Entertainment, Cashman Photography, Cintas, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Farmer Brothers, JS Products, MGM Resorts International, Modelo, Nicholas & Co. Pepsico, Silver Lining Amenities International, South Point Hotel, State Restaurant Equipment Co., Steelite International and Sunbay Supplies LLC.

Attendance at this year’s M.E.N.U.S. event starts at $500 for a single ticket, with multi-ticket sponsorship packages available. For sponsorship details or more information about M.E.N.U.S. 2017, click here or call (702) 932-5098.