DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS-BASED CARSON KITCHEN ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF SCOTT SIMON

DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS-BASED CARSON KITCHEN ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF SCOTT SIMON

 

 Carson Kitchen, known for its urban neighborhood style decor and award-winning comfort food, is pleased to announce the addition of Scott Simon as the new executive chef. After a four-year stint in the Windy City, Chef Simon – brother of the late Kerry Simon – will return to Sin City to helm the Downtown restaurant, just in time for the new year.
 
“We are thrilled to announce Scott Simon as our new executive chef,” said Cory Harwell, president of Simon Hospitality Group. “Chef Simon was mentored by Kerry throughout the beginning of his culinary career and for many years the duo worked side-by-side — his expertise and exceptional talent reflect that and we are very excited to welcome him back to Las Vegas and have him a part of the team at Carson Kitchen.”
 
The Illinois native left home at the age of 18 to follow in his older brother Kerry Simon’s footsteps to pursue a culinary career. Kerry Simon mentored Scott Simon and taught him everything, from knife skills to time management and how to deal with the high pressure of the restaurant business. Scott Simon kicked off his culinary career in Miami at Blue Star, the restaurant at the iconic Raleigh Hotel, where Kerry Simon was part owner and executive chef. Under Kerry Simon’s mentorship, Scott Simon refined his talents at a number of Kerry Simon’s restaurant ventures in South Beach and later worked for five years as a sous chef in Arizona for a large fitness facility.
 
In 2002, Scott Simon moved to Las Vegas and worked for various restaurants such Simon Kitchen and Bar at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Cathouse at the Luxor and the famous Simon Restaurant and Lounge at Palms Place. In 2013, he moved back to his hometown of Chicago to open Chuck’s: A Kerry Simon Kitchen, and since then has also consulted on other national and international projects such as Simon Kitchen + Bar in Palm Springs and Simon Mansion in Punta Cana. Now with over 26 years of culinary experience and many years alongside his brother Kerry Simon, Scott Simon is ready to embark on a new journey at Carson Kitchen.
 
“Kerry and I shared a passion of food and cooking, and I am excited to carry on his legacy at one of his last restaurant ventures, here in Las Vegas, Carson Kitchen,” said Scott Simon. “Since the opening, Carson Kitchen has continued to keep Kerry’s spirit alive, and I am beyond honored to serve as the executive chef, and bring a new energy and enthusiasm to the restaurant.” 
 
In addition, Carson Kitchen has debuted an all-new winter menu. Guests are invited to indulge a variety of comfort food-inspired dishes – perfect for the wintertime. Highlights include Black Mussels with toast to dip in a white wine, shallot, and ‘nduja broth; Young Beets salad tossed with pistachios, red and green grapes, and goat cheese; Chicken Thighs served on a bed of pumpkin purée and sherry jus, as well as a Red Snapper in a panang curry topped with crispy rice noodles, to name a few. To finish the meal just right, guests can try the Banoffee Pie served in a mason jar, topped with Bailey’s whipped cream and a homemade chocolate biscotti.
 
Carson Kitchen is open Sunday through Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. For additional information about the restaurant, please visit www.carsonkitchen.com.
 
About Carson Kitchen
Carson Kitchen, founded in partnership by the late Chef Kerry Simon and hospitality veteran, Cory Harwell, has become widely known as one of the top restaurants in Las Vegas since its opening in June 2014 with accolades such as 2015 “Best New Restaurant” by Best of Las Vegas and 2014 “Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year” by Desert Companion. The menu features an ever-changing lineup of flavorful social plates, entrées, sandwiches and stone-oven flatbreads, in addition to small-batch wine and craft beers. With a build-out rich in reclaimed woods, the intimate restaurant occupies 1,800 square feet on the lower level and rooftop of the old John. E Carson Hotel at 124 South 6th St. in Downtown Las Vegas.  Carson Kitchen is open Sunday through Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. serving lunch and dinner. More information is available at the website, www.carsonkitchen.com, by calling 702.473.9523, and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CarsonKitchen. 
 
Simon Hospitality Group
Simon Hospitality Group (SHG) is a restaurant management company based in Las Vegas, offering full food, and beverage service management to corporations, and specialty venues around the country, and the Caribbean. The hospitality group currently operates Downtown Las Vegas-based Carson Kitchen, Chuck’s: A Kerry Simon Kitchen at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Chicago, Simon Mansion and Supper Club at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, Simon Kitchen & Bar at the Hard Rock Palm Springs, and most recently Pink Flamingo in Montreal. For more information, visit www.simonhospitalitygroup.com.

Simon Hospitality Group and Titan Brands Team Up to Open All-New Standard & Pour in Henderson

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SIMON HOSPITALITY GROUP AND TITAN BRANDS TEAM UP TO OPEN ALL-NEW STANDARD & POUR IN HENDERSON

 

Simon Hospitality Group and Titan Brands are teaming up to debut their all-new joint venture restaurant, Standard & Pour. Set to debut late summer, guests will soon be treated to a unique gastro lounge style restaurant featuring a collection of social plates, led by Co-Owner/Chef Cory Harwell and Culinary Director of Simon Hospitality Group John Courtney, coupled with a distinctive beverage program.

 

“The Henderson-Anthem area is the perfect location for Standard & Pour,” said Scott Frost, President at Titan Brands. “Locals will soon be able to experience an independent restaurant in a neighborhood environment, and enjoy quality food and service with a spectacular view. While this is the first collaboration between Simon Hospitality Group and Titan Brands, Standard & Pour has been a long-time vision between myself, Jeffery Marks, Cory Harwell and the late Kerry Simon, and we are excited to see the restaurant come to life.”

 

Standard & Pour will celebrate comfortable and recognizable food while using familiar vehicles to introduce guests to new and exciting ingredients. Chefs Harwell and Courtney have developed a fun, upscale menu showcasing standard-inspired dishes with an exotic twist. In addition, Jake Dieleman, currently the Executive Sous Chef of Carson Kitchen, will join the Standard & Pour team as the Executive Chef. From port wine mac n’ cheese to escargot wellington, the restaurant will allow guests to enjoy a variety of playful creations in small plate portions, ideal for a social dining experience. Paired to elevate and complement the overall experience, the beverage program will feature an array of beer, wine and handcrafted cocktails.

 

“The restaurant will exude a casual meets sophisticated atmosphere featuring feminine accents that welcomes men and women alike,” said Cory Harwell, President at Simon Hospitality Group. “Standard & Pour will offer locals a unique dining experience new to the City of Henderson. Our culinary team has created an approachable menu that will get patrons excited and willing to eat ‘outside of the box’, and keep coming back for more.”

 

Boasting a stunning panoramic view of the Las Vegas Strip, Standard & Pour will feature indoor and outdoor seating, complete with vibrant bar and open kitchen, allowing for up to 130 guests. Whether guests are looking for a chic Henderson restaurant to take a date; a cozy, inviting lounge to enjoy girls’ night out; or an after-work cocktail spot, this modern gastro lounge will have something for everyone.

 

Standard & Pour will be located at 11261 S Eastern Ave, Suite 200, Henderson, NV 89052 (near Sunridge Heights Pkwy and Eastern Ave). The restaurant will be open for dinner seven nights a week. For more information, visit www.sphenderson.com.

 

Simon Hospitality Group
Simon Hospitality Group (SHG) is a restaurant management company based in Las Vegas, offering full food, and beverage service management to corporations, and specialty venues around the country, and the Caribbean. The hospitality group currently operates Downtown Las Vegas-based Carson Kitchen, Chuck’s: A Kerry Simon Kitchen at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Chicago, Simon Mansion and Supper Club at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, Simon Kitchen & Bar at the Hard Rock Palm Springs, and most recently Pink Flamingo in Montreal. For more information, visit www.simonhospitalitygroup.com.

 

Titan Brands
Titan Brands develops restaurants and nightlife concepts for resorts, casinos, malls and tourist destinations. Titan is the exclusive license holder for the world famous Hussong’s Cantina brand and operates multiple Hussong’s Cantina locations in Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada. Titan also owns and operates Slice of Vegas on the Las Vegas Strip and Standard & Pour Gastro lounge in Henderson, Nevada.  Titan enjoys a great reputation with its operating partners including MGM Resorts International. Within the industry, Titan was recognized as Las Vegas’ “2012 Restaurateur of the Year” by the Nevada Restaurant Association and has won multiple awards for its food and drink programming.

 

Titan has built a company dedicated to a set of core values that guide our decision making and promotes a genuine family environment.  Steadfastly adhering to these principles, Titan’s success is attributed to fostering great management talent to operate our unique brands in great locations.

 

For information on Titan Brands, please call 702.632.6475 or visit us online at www.titanbranding.com.

Photos: Kerry Simon Memorabilia Case Dedication at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Thursday, July 17

 

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Friends and family flocked to Hard Rock Hotel & Casino last night (Thursday, July 17) to see the memorabilia case dedication of legendary chef Kerry Simon. Simon, dubbed the “rock ‘n’ roll chef” by Rolling Stone magazine, was honored with the inaugural culinary memorabilia case at the property. More than 100 patrons gathered as Simon, Warner Gaming Executive Don Marrandino and Hard Rock Hotel’s Memorabilia Curator Warwick Stone unveiled the permanent fixture which was flanked by models donning cotton candy wigs, a tribute to Simon’s signature dessert.

 

“This place has always honored rock stars and we think of Kerry as a rock star,” explained Marrandino during the ceremony. He also made note of the impact that Simon and his culinary talents have had on not only the property but the city. In addition, Marrandino acknowledged his friend’s courageous battle with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) but that he can’t wait to one day bring another Simon restaurant concept back to the resort.

 

“Kerry has always kept Vegas in his heart,” praised Stone. Turning to Simon he added, “It is an honor to salute you.”

 

The display boasts a photograph of Simon and longtime friend actor Bill Murray in matching Elvis suits, a bust of Simon painted purple, black chef coat from Simon Kitchen & Bar, autographed guitar, culinary knives, image of him as a young chef with Bianca Jagger and various awards.

 

In 2002, Simon partnered with restaurateur Elizabeth Blau to open Simon Kitchen & Bar at Hard Rock Hotel. The venue quickly became a favorite of celebrities, tourists and Las Vegas notables. It was selected as one of “America’s Best New Restaurants” by Esquire Magazine in 2003. Simon went on to become a two-time competitor and judge on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” and defeated Kat Kora on the station’s “Battle Hamburger.” Playgirl magazine even named him as one of the country’s sexiest chefs and featured an interview with Simon in the April 2003. These days, Simon has numerous restaurant concepts throughout Las Vegas as well as the world.

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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. The premier destination entertainment resort is owned by Brookfield Real Estate Finance Fund II and managed by WG-Harmon, LLC, a subsidiary of Warner Gaming, LLC. Built in 1995, the property completed a $750 million expansion in 2010. 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 and Guns N’ Roses have all performed. Features of the property include an 11-story Casino Tower with 640 guest rooms, 17-story Paradise Tower with 490 rooms and suites, and the HRH All-Suite Tower with 359 suites, eight spa villas and seven penthouse suites; 72,000 square feet of casino space featuring Peacock High-Limit gaming and Asian gaming amenities; 80,000 square feet of flexible meeting and convention space; more than $4 million in rare music memorabilia; Body English Nightclub; Reliquary Water Sanctuary, Spa & Salon; 4.5 acres of tropical pool paradise housing world-famous pool parties REHAB Saturdays and Sundays and RELAX Mondays; live music/entertainment venues The Joint and Vinyl; Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co.; restaurants Culinary Dropout, Nobu, The Ainsworth, 35 Steaks + Martinis, Pink Taco, Mr. Lucky’s Café and 福Fú; a fitness center; and trendsetting retailers John Varvatos, Affliction, Love Jones and Rocks The Jewelers. 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.

“Rock ‘n’ Roll Chef” Kerry Simon Honored With Inaugural Culinary Memorabilia Case Dedication at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Thursday, July 17

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“ROCK  N’ ROLL CHEF ” KERRY SIMON HONORED WITH INAUGURAL CULINARY MEMORABILIA CASE DEDICATION AT HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO ON THURSDAY, JULY 17

WHAT:  Kerry Simon, dubbed the “rock ‘n’ roll chef” by Rolling Stone magazine, will be honored with the inaugural culinary memorabilia case at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Thursday, July 17. Don Marrandino and Warwick Stone of Hard Rock Hotel will be on hand to unveil the memorabilia display with Simon.

Upon graduating from culinary school in New York, Simon found himself working with multiple culinary legends including Jean-George Vongerichten. His talent was soon noticed by Ivana Trump and he was appointed executive chef of Edwardian Room at The Plaza Hotel. Following, Simon began developing culinary establishments in Miami, Hong Kong, New York, London, Chicago and finally, Las Vegas.

In 2002, Simon partnered with restaurateur Elizabeth Blau to open Simon Kitchen & Bar at Hard Rock Hotel. The venue was selected as one of “America’s Best New Restaurants” by Esquire Magazine in 2003.

Simon has gone on to become a two-time competitor and judge on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” and defeated Kat Kora on the station’s “Battle Hamburger.”Playgirl magazine even named him as one of the country’s sexiest chefs and featured an interview with Simon in the April 2003.

Today, Simon has numerous restaurant concepts throughout Las Vegas as well as the world.

WHO:
Kerry Simon,
celebrity chef and restaurateur
Don Marrandino, Warner Gaming executive
Warwick Stone, memorabilia curator and creative consultant

 

WHEN:
Thursday, July 17

6 p.m. Memorabilia unveiling, next to Casino Tower elevators and Culinary Dropout**public invited to watch**

WHERE:
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
4455 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89169

 

DETAILS: The display will boast a photograph of Simon and longtime friend actor Bill Murray in matching Elvis suits, a bust of Simon painted purple, black chef coat from Simon Kitchen & Bar, autographed guitar, culinary knives, image of him as a young chef with Bianca Jagger and various awards.

 

The memorabilia at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is hand selected and carefully displayed throughout the resort by Stone to honor legends in the entertainment industry. Some of the unique displays include a shimmery, white glove once worn by the one-and-only Michael Jackson; an array of rare collection items from The Beatles; the original drum kit Rick Allen of Def Leppard used following a near fatal car accident; a Nirvana display featuring a leather jacket autographed by Kurt Cobain; and many more.

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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. The premier destination entertainment resort is owned by Brookfield Real Estate Finance Fund II and managed by WG-Harmon, LLC, a subsidiary of Warner Gaming, LLC. Built in 1995, the property completed a $750 million expansion in 2010. 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 and Guns N’ Roses have all performed. Features of the property include an 11-story Casino Tower with 640 guest rooms, 17-story Paradise Tower with 490 rooms and suites, and the HRH All-Suite Tower with 359 suites, eight spa villas and seven penthouse suites; 72,000 square feet of casino space featuring Peacock High-Limit gaming and Asian gaming amenities; 80,000 square feet of flexible meeting and convention space; more than $4 million in rare music memorabilia; Body English Nightclub; Reliquary Water Sanctuary, Spa & Salon; 4.5 acres of tropical pool paradise housing world-famous pool parties REHAB Saturdays and Sundays and RELAX Mondays; live music/entertainment venues The Joint and Vinyl; Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co.; restaurants Culinary Dropout, Nobu, The Ainsworth, 35 Steaks + Martinis, Pink Taco, Mr. Lucky’s Café and 福Fú; a fitness center; and trendsetting retailers John Varvatos, Affliction, Love Jones and Rocks The Jewelers. 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.

KGB: Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers Popular Burger and Shake of the Month Program Returns

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KGB: Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers Popular Burger and Shake of the Month Program Returns

KGB: Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers at Harrah’s Las Vegas is offering a year-long burger and shake series, beginning this month. Each flavorful burger and shake creation, crafted by master chef Kerry Simon, is only available for one month. The burgers are served with fries and priced at $14; shakes are $6, and the burger and shake of the month combo is $18.

The series kicks-off with the American Kobe Burger, available only for the month of February. The burger is made with 8 ounces of American Kobe beef, apple-wood smoked bacon, a fried egg, Asian coleslaw and sweet chili cilantro aioli, served on a white bun. Accompanying the burger is the Mocha Coconut Milkshake, made with mocha coconut ice cream and topped with whipped cream and toasted coconut.

The burgers and shakes to follow are:

  • March

BBQ Grilled Cheese Patty Melt Burger
Heath Bar Crunch Milkshake

  • April               

Chef Reg’s Burger Special
Pralines and Cream Milkshake

  • May

Chorizo Burger
Mexican Hot Chocolate Shake

  • June

Mushroom Swiss Burger
Pina Colada Milkshake

  • July

All American BBQ Burger
Apple Pie Milkshake

  • August

      Caprese Burger
Tiramisu Shake

  • September

Turkey Burger
Strawberry Cheesecake Shake

  • October

Philly Cheese Steak Burger
Chocolate Hazelnut Shake

  • November

 Thanksgiving Turkey Burger
Pumpkin Pie milkshake

  • December

Bison Burger
Eggnog Milkshake

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Dubbed the “Rock-n-Roll Chef” by Rolling Stone magazine, Kerry Simon knows a thing or two about burgers. In an upbeat atmosphere, Simon offers patrons the ultimate burger selection with his special flair. He serves up a menu of uniquely inventive burgers, signature snacks and sides including his “Iron Chef”-winning sliders, tater tots and sweet selections such as cotton candy and the signature Captain Crunch milkshake. The restaurant is open Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight. For reservations or more information please call 702.369.5065 or visit www.harrahslasvegas.com.

 

Harrah’s Las Vegas
Harrah’s Las Vegas is budget-friendly and offers something for every guest with more than 2,500 hotel rooms and suites, 87,000 square-feet of casino space, a state-of-the-art Sports Pit offering both live gaming and sports betting, and more than 25,000 square-feet of meeting and convention space. Seven restaurants encompass everything from Toby Keith’s ‘I Love This Bar & Grill,’ which offers an all-American menu and live music nightly, to the upscale setting of Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, a romantic venue with breathtaking views of the Strip. Harrah’s outdoor bar, Carnaval Court, brings high energy to the Las Vegas Strip with live music and some of the world’s top flair bartenders who juggle and pour to perfection. A wide variety of entertainment options include the Tony® Award-winning musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, the comedy-magic of Mac King and stand-up performances at The Improv. For more information, please visit www.harrahslasvegas.com or caesars.thedigitalcenter.com to access media materials and request high-resolution images. Find Harrah’s Las Vegas on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

Three Square Food Bank February Event Listings

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Three Square Food Bank February Event Listings

 

Catholic Charities Heart of Hope
Date: Friday, Feb. 7
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa, Summerlin Ballroom, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135

Community members are invited to attend the Catholic Charities Heart of Hope Luncheon where Three Square Food Bank will be awarded the 2014 Heart of Hope award.
Purchase your tickets today from Catholic Charities’ website.

The Color Run Las Vegas
Date: Saturday, Feb. 22
Location: Downtown Las Vegas

The Color Run™ 5K is back for a third year! Mark your calendars for the happiest race on the planet. The Color Run is less focused on speed and more about enjoying a color crazy day. A portion of the proceeds from the race will be donated to Three Square. Use the code THREESQUARE to save $5, which comes back to Three Square.

To learn more or to register, click here.

Kerry Simon Says Fight MSA!
Date: Thursday, Feb. 27
Time: 6 p.m. (VIP reception), 7 p.m. (event)
Location: Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, 888 W. Bonneville Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89106

Support Chef and Three Square Culinary Council member Kerry Simon and bring awareness to Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) — an incurable and untreatable disease that affects the autonomic nervous system — by attending Kerry Simon Says Fight MSA! Guests will sip fine wines and artisan cocktails, paired with flavorful dishes prepared by several celebrity chefs including Charlie Palmer, Rick Moonen, Michael Mina and Kim Canteenwalla. Guests will enjoy a rock show by Alice Cooper, Sammy Hagar, Vince Neil, Todd Rundgren, Slash and others.

To learn more about this special event and register for tickets, visit this website.

Spring Las Vegas Restaurant Week
Date: Friday, March 7 – Friday, March 14

Mark your calendars and get your appetites ready, because Spring Las Vegas Restaurant Week is back. Some of the best restaurants from across the valley will prepare prix fixe, three-course menus in honor of this special week.  You can enjoy a delicious meal for $20.14, $30.14, $40.14 or $50.14 and a portion of the proceeds will come back to Three Square to help fight hunger in our community.

Three Square’s St. Patrick’s Day Bingo
Date: Wednesday, March 13
Time: 5:30 p.m. (doors open)
Location: Three Square Food Bank, 4220 N. Pecos Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89115

Guests are invited to gather their lucky charms and bring them to Three Square’s St. Patrick’s Day Bingo fundraiser, sponsored by Cragin & Pike. As always, there are multiple Bingo packages to choose from, including game, raffle tickets, food and drink packages.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Deb Contreras at 702-644-3663 ext. 301 or ddiaz@threesquare.org.

For more information about our ongoing events, click here.

 

About Three Square Food Bank
Established in 2007 to provide hunger relief, Three Square Food Bank offers wholesome, nutritious food to non-profit and faith-based organizations, schools and feeding sites that serve a wide range of Southern Nevadans. A national model project inspired by Eric Hilton with a grant provided by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Three Square is a community collaborative partnership with businesses, non-profit agencies, food distributors, higher education institutions, the Clark County School District, governmental entities, the media and thousands of volunteers to efficiently and effectively serve hope to those in our community struggling with hunger. Three Square currently provides more than 30 million pounds of food and grocery product – the equivalent of more than 25 million meals – per year to more than 600 Program Partners. Three Square is a member of the Feeding America network of food banks. For additional information visit www.threesquare.org. For the latest news and events on Three Square, visit www.facebook.com/ThreeSquareFoodBank and follow them on Instagram (@threesquarelv) as well as Twitter (@threesquarelv).

 

Winners Announced: Best of Silver State Restaurants & Lounges Awards

Kerry Simon receives Visionary Award

BEST OF SILVER STATE RESTAURANTS & LOUNGES AWARDS 

17 WINNERS ALONG WITH HONOREES KERRY SIMON, SIRIO MACCIONI, EMERIL LAGASSE & ALEX STOKES

 

On Friday, Dec. 13 top restaurants, lounges and chefs were celebrated at the Best of Silver State Restaurants & Lounges Awards, an event created and produced by TMG Entertainment in partnership with the Nevada Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NvRAEF). Proceeds from the night benefited 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.

Held at the Sands Showroom inside The Venetian, the ceremony commenced as Chef Kerry Simon was honored with The Visionary Award.  Top chefs and restaurateurs gathered onstage to support their friend and colleague, who just last week shared that he is battling a severe form of Parkinson’s disease. As the night continued, Sirio Maccioni was presented with the honorary Pioneer Award, Emeril Lagasse received the Leadership Award and Alex Stokes was recognized with the Industry Champion Award.

Hosts Nina Radetich, Dayna Roselli and Robin Leach led the awards ceremony and industry notables announced the winners in each category as determined by more than 13,000 votes cast by the public.

Best New Restaurant, Fine Dining
Honey Salt
Best Restaurant, Fine Dining
Cut
Best Neighborhood Restaurant
Vintner Grill
Best Chef
Julian Serrano
Best Bar/Tavern
Commonwealth
Best Buffet
Wynn
Best Interior Design, Restaurant
Andrea’s
Best Nightclub
XS
Best Restaurateur
Elizabeth Blau
Best New Restaurant, Casual Dining
Five 50
Best Restaurant, Casual Dining
Eat
Rising Star Chef
Bank Atcharawan
Best Restaurant Wine/Spirits Selection
Aureole
Best Happy Hour
Blue Martini
Best Sunday Brunch
Wynn Country Club
Best Interior Design, Bar/Nightclub
Hakkasan
Best Service, Restaurant
Picasso

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ABOUT NEVADA RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION
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.

 

ABOUT TMG ENTERTAINMENT
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.

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. 

Saturday
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

Sunday
            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.

Life is Beautiful Festival Announces Official Lineup

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Life is Beautiful Festival Announces Official Lineup

Headliners for the Two Day Festival of World Class Music, Food, Art & Learning in
Downtown Las Vegas include: The Killers, Kings of Leon and
Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil
Saturday, October 26th and Sunday, October 27th, 2013

 

Life is Beautiful (L.I.B.) Festival announces the lineup for the inaugural festival taking place Saturday, October 26th and Sunday, October 27th, 2013. With more than 50 musical acts, 60 chefs and restaurants, special performances by Cirque du Soleil and other theatrical productions, world renowned artists and over 25 noted speakers, L.I.B expects to attract tens of thousands of people to Downtown Las Vegas.

“Inspired by our community and a collective desire to positively impact our city, Life is Beautiful Festival is designed to showcase the very best in music, food, art and learning,” stated Rehan Choudhry, CEO of Aurelian Marketing Group the promoter of the festival. “It is an honor to able to bring this unprecedented talent lineup into 15 city blocks of historic Downtown Las Vegas, creating a truly one-of-a-kind festival experience.”

 
Music is Beautiful

Over the course of the two days, the festival will feature an eclectic lineup of over 50 internationally established and emerging bands on four stages and several indoor venues. The lineup features:

The Killers, Kings of Leon, Beck, Imagine Dragons, Pretty Lights, Empire of the Sun, Passion Pit, Jurassic 5, Childish Gambino, STS9, Purity Ring, Big Gigantic, Portugal. The Man, Earl Sweatshirt, Danny Brown, Dawes, Andrew McMahon, The Joy Formidable, Charli XCX, Living Colour, Allen Stone, HAIM, Youngblood Hawke, twenty one pilots, ZZ Ward, Poolside, Family of the Year, Robert DeLong, Five Knives, Wallpaper., Capital Cities, Cayucas, Cosmic Suckerpunch, Knocked Up Kids, and many more. Homegrown bands include: Moondog Matinee, Shalvoy Music, Most Thieves, Rusty Maples, Kid Meets Cougar, Same Sex Mary, Beau Hodges Band, DJ88, The Dirty Hooks, American Cream, Sabriel, Crazy Chief, Supra, A Crowd Of Small Adventures, HaleAmanO, Jordan Kate Mitchell, DJ Zo and others.

Food is Beautiful

Life is Beautiful Festival’s culinary advisory board of 12 top chefs helped shape the creative direction of the full-scale food festival portion of L.I.B. The food festival will feature demonstrations, culinary affairs, intimate meals, a beer, wine and spirits garden and a large-scale Moroccan-style bazaar with stations manned by more than 60 chefs, mixologists and wine-makers. The design of the food and wine program will allow attendees the opportunity to engage these talented chefs up close and gain insight into their creative process in the kitchen and beyond. The 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 and others to be announced.

Art is Beautiful

Art is Beautiful is an urban-inspired art festival for a whole new generation of entertainment enthusiasts. By eliminating the velvet ropes, Art is Beautiful will allow festival goers to actively engage with critically-acclaimed artists from around the globe and from within Downtown Las Vegas’ progressive art scene. Programming will include street art, installations, murals and performance art. In addition, the festival will feature theatrical performances presented by a wide range of theater groups. At this year’s festival, Cirque du Soleil, will present an act from the highly anticipated and brand new immersive musical experience, Michael Jackson ONE, on the main festival stage, and, in addition there will be six unique performances from other resident Cirque du Soleil productions of Las Vegas.

Learning is Beautiful
Learning is Beautiful, the festival’s speaker series, aims to inspire festival goers to expand their perspective on what is possible when you simply choose to “do what you love.” Critically acclaimed and diverse speakers will share their road to success while highlighting the obstacles and pitfalls they experienced along the way. Over two days, more than 25 speakers will be showcased in keynote and quick-format speeches, panel discussions and workshops.

Tickets for the 2013 Life is Beautiful Festival will be available on June 7th at 10 am PDT for purchase at www.lifeisbeautifulfestival.com. Specially priced tickets are available in limited quantities on a first-come-first-serve basis.

General Admission Tickets:

  • Early Bird Two-Day GA – $99.50
  • Advance Two-Day GA – $119.50
  • Special Two-Day GA – $139.50
  • Regular Two-Day GA – $159.50

VIP Tickets:

  • 2- DAY VIP Ticket: $349.50

VIP tickets include the following:

  • 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.

 

ABOUT AURELIAN MARKETING GROUP
Aurelian Marketing Group is a brand experience company made up of a group highly experienced brand strategists, creative directors and expert producers with a deep track record in creating and implementing meaningful and impactful branded entertainment and events. Its CEO, Rehan Choudhry is the former Director of Entertainment for The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas and was previously the Regional Director of Entertainment for Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City. He was recognized by event trade publication, BizBash as an Event Innovator for his work at The Cosmopolitan in 2011. www.aurelianmg.com

 

ABOUT ANOTHER PLANET ENTERTAINMENT
Since its inception in 2003, Another Planet Entertainment has produced and promoted events with artists as diverse as Radiohead, Dave Matthews Band, Neil Young, Daft Punk, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Metallica, Paul McCartney and Kanye West. In its first year of operation, Another Planet was selected by a vote of its concert industry peers as “Promoter of the Year” in the United States by Pollstar Magazine. Another Planet is the exclusive promoter of several venues in Northern California also produces two major yearly festivals in San Francisco Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival (beginning in 2008) and Treasure Island Music Festival (beginning in 2007). www.apeconcerts.com.

 

ABOUT MAKTUB MARKETING
MAKTUB Marketing is directed by Joey Vanas. Vanas is the managing partner of First Friday Las Vegas and the Executive Director of the First Friday Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting local and civic art. Vanas has overseen the growth of the First Friday event to 20,000+ people while creating positive media attention and awareness for the Downtown Vegas Arts scene in markets across the country and around the world.

 

ABOUT DOWNTOWN PROJECT
Downtown Project is a group of passionate people committed to helping to transform Downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world. The organization has allocated $350 million to aid in the revitalization of Downtown Las Vegas through investments in real estate, residential development, education, small business, and tech startups. With a goal of reaching residential density of 100 people per acre, coupled with ground level activities, Downtown Project aims to accelerate community and co-learning through the serendipitous interactions of the people of Downtown Las Vegas. www.downtownproject.com

Photos: Epicurean Charitable Foundation Celebrates 11th Annual M.E.N.U.S. Event with Counting Crows at M Resort in Las Vegas

Friday night at the Epicurean Charitable Foundation of Las Vegas’ (www.ecflv.org) 11th annual scholarship fundraiser, M.E.N.U.S. (Mentoring & Educating Nevada’s Upcoming Students), at the M Resort Spa & Casino’s upscale Villaggio Del Sole Pool and Entertainment Piazza, some of the city’s top restaurants participated in a “dine around” followed by a live private concert by Counting Crows.

Counting Crows lead  singer, Adam Duritz, addressed a group of about 20 ECF scholarship recipients from the stage and said, “We’re happy to be here supporting such a great cause!” Along with other members of the band, Duritz took time to pose for pictures with the ECF students while they chanted, “We love Counting Crows.”

Philanthropic leader, Jim E. Rogers, was named this year’s honoree during the event for his dedication to education and the Las Vegas community.

Celebrity chef Kerry Simon served up Dungeness crab BLT sliders and breakfast cereal cupcakes at his booth for KGB: Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers at Harrah’s Las Vegas, while Chef Saul Ortiz from Tacos &Tequila served up chilorio tacos, tres leches with passion fruit and watermelon cooler specialty cocktails.

Barmasa at ARIA Resort & Casino, the contemporary Japanese eatery by Chef Masa Takayama, served assorted sashimi and salmon oshizushi. The lovely Chef Carla Pellegrino brought delicious penne alla vodka from Bratalian. The new Gordon Ramsay Steakhouse serviced smoked beef tartare topped with Guinness-infused mustard with seeds and lemon zest. The popular downtown eatery Bar + Bistro at the Arts Factory, a Spanish tapas restaurant, Chef Beni Velazquez served Bristol Bay scallops.

Sponsor and donor of ECF, Larry Ruvo, the Senior Managing Partner of Southern Wine & Spirits, also attended the annual event. Southern Wine & Spirits featured festive event cocktails including the M.E.N.U.S. Martini,  The Hospitality and The Mentor Margarita among many others.

ECF’s annual M.E.N.U.S. event raises money towards awarding scholarships in the hospitality industry for students who demonstrate strong academic performance and financial need.

About Epicurean Charitable Foundation:
ECF works to change the lives of Nevada’s students and positively impact the community, but couldn’t accomplish this without the generous contributions from donors including Southern Wine & Spirits, Wirtz Beverage Nevada, Diageo, Fiji Water, Coca-Cola, Johnson Brothers, MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment and more. Future donors can support ECF with a monetary or in-kind donation, matching a gift, gift and estate planning or become a scholarship or M.E.N.U.S sponsor. For more information please contact the Epicurean Charitable Foundation office at 702.932.5098 or visit the ECF website at www.ECFLV.org.

Comprised of more than 25 of Las Vegas’ top food and beverage executives, the Epicurean Charitable Foundation not only awards students with scholarship funds to attend any four-year accredited university of their choice, it also provides mentorship throughout each student’s college career and helps to place the students in internships and jobs.  2012 marked the eleventh year of the Epicurean Charitable Foundation and in its tenure the foundation has provided more than one million dollars to local scholars and also more than one million in charitable community grants to such organizations as Make-A-Wish Foundation, Lied Discovery Children’s Museum, UNLV Rebel Athletic Foundation, Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and the Latin Chamber of Commerce. The Epicurean Charitable Foundation Las Vegas can be reached at 702-932-5098 or by visiting www.ECFLV.org.Become a friend on Facebook: www.facebook.com/epicureanlv or follow ECFLV on Twitter: www.twitter.com/epicureanlv.

Photo Credit: David Becker

 

Photos: Quack is Back Thursdays at Palms Place Pool

Last night, Palms celebrated the return of the weekly Thursday night duck party at Palms Place Pool. More than 25,000 rubber ducks invaded the ultra-modern pool, while playful partygoers searched for specially marked ducks redeemable for various prizes at Palms. DJ Stephi K provided an evening of electric dance music perfect to dive into the weekend.

Simon Restaurant & Lounge chef and owner Kerry Simon joined in the fun, making this year’s first duck party the “it” place for Thursday evenings. Duck party early birds can enjoy Simon’s delectable Happy Hour menu served from 4-7 p.m.

The duck party at Palms Place Pool will take place every Thursday at 7 p.m. This summer rubber ducks aren’t just for the squeaky clean – get ready to shake your tail feathers at Vegas’ newest Thursday evening hot spot.

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