Three Square Food Bank Works to Bag Childhood Hunger with ‘Fashion For Three Square’

Three Square Food Bank Works to Bag Childhood Hunger with ‘Fashion For Three Square’
Seventh annual event transformed Three Square headquarters into elegant social gathering in support of longstanding charitable campaign to benefit children in need

On Saturday, May 5, “Fashion for Three Square,” a special event underwritten by the Bennett Family Foundation, transformed Three Square’s north campus, which ordinarily houses operations, volunteering, food rescue, warehousing and distribution, into a grand party venue. The gathering featured elegant décor, fashion models, entertainment and local culinary tastes as attendees supported the Bag Childhood Hunger campaign, now in its seventh year.

The event featured fashions by Etro, presented by Neiman Marcus, along with food provided by top Las Vegas restaurants including: Blue Ribbon, STK, Buddy V’s Ristorante, La Strega, Libertine Social and Carnevino. In addition, Three Square’s executive chef John Hilton and his team prepared live dishes at the food bank’s demonstration kitchen & atrium. One of Three Square’s storage coolers was converted into an ice bar, featuring Artisanal Foods and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. MGM Resorts International provided an array of sweet treats. The event also welcomed entertainment from Las Vegas-based soul singer Jessica Manalo; Strip headliners The Australian Bee Gees, who performed hits from one of the most successful acts in musical history, the Bee Gees; and students from the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts.

Contributions made to Three Square’s Bag Childhood Hunger Campaign, which continues through May 31, will be used right here in Southern Nevada and will have double the impact thanks to a generous $500,000 contribution to match gifts toward the food bank’s goal to raise $2 million.

The Bag Childhood Hunger campaign supports one of the most vulnerable populations in Southern Nevada, children. Proper nutrition for children is critical as hunger can cause lasting physical and mental challenges. One in four children in Southern Nevada live in households that are food insecure. Additionally, more than 62 percent of children in Clark County schools are enrolled in free or reduced-price meal programs. That’s more than 203,000 students.

In its 10th year fighting hunger, Three Square is able to provide three meals for every dollar donated to the food bank. Thanks to the support of matching sponsors throughout this campaign, Three Square will be able to provide six meals for every dollar donated.

To make a donation to Bag Childhood Hunger and for further information about Three Square’s childhood nutrition programs, visit or call 702.644.3663, ext. 334.

About Three Square Food Bank
This year marks Three Square’s 10th anniversary serving as Southern Nevada’s only food bank and largest hunger relief organization. The nonprofit offers wholesome, nutritious food to nonprofit and faith-based organizations, schools and feeding sites that serve a wide range of Southern Nevadans. A national model project inspired by Founder Eric Hilton with a grant provided by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Three Square is a community collaborative partnership with businesses, nonprofit agencies, food distributors, higher education institutions, the Clark County School District, governmental entities, the media and thousands of volunteers to efficiently and effectively work together to serve those in our community struggling with hunger. Three Square currently provides more than 37 million meals – the equivalent of more than 45 million pounds of food and grocery product – per year through a network of more than 1,600 community partners. Three Square is a member of the Feeding America network of food banks. For additional information visit For the latest news and events on Three Square, visit Facebook and follow them on Instagram and Twitter (@threesquarelv).

La Strega is Coming to Summerlin in Early Summer 2018


La Strega is Coming to Summerlin in Early Summer 2018

Executive Chef Partner Gina Marinelli works her magic in the kitchen


La Strega, serving modern Italian cuisine, will open in Summerlin in early summer at 3555 South Town Center Drive. Executive Chef Partner Gina Marinelli is taking her talent off the Strip to oversee the kitchen and guest dining experience, while celebrating her Italian culture with dishes from all regions of Italy.

Marinelli pulls her inspiration for the menu and her guidance of her team from a lifetime of kitchen experience. With grandparents from Lake Como and Sicily, Marinelli started her Italian culinary journey in her family’s kitchen. From those early days she went on to hone her skills with some of the best chefs in the industry, including Scott Conant, Michael Mina, and Shawn McClain. She’s now bringing that love of food and a world-class dining experience to Summerlin.

“I’m excited to open my first restaurant and share my passion for Italian hospitality with our guests,” said Marinelli. “I promise that everything we do will genuinely come from the heart. Beyond the menu, this restaurant, from the decor to the uniforms, to the way guests are greeted when they walk in the door, will be a personal expression of my heritage, travels, and passion. I want everyone to feel as if they are joining me in my home for a unique dining experience.”

La Strega, meaning “witch” in Italian, is fueled by Marinelli’s desire to captivate her guests and take them on a very personal adventure across Italy. The menu showcases Marinelli’s twists on Italian favorites infused with contemporary, fresh flavors. Guests can expect menu items like steak tartare bruschetta; artichoke and fennel salad; calamarata seafood pasta; salsiccia pizza with fennel pesto; and veal chop milanese, served alongside an expertly curated wine and cocktail program. Those with a sweet tooth can enjoy a slice of homemade Italian coconut cake or other treats for dessert. Seasonal dishes will be incorporated into the menu throughout the year.

Inspired by the colors of the Italian countryside, La Strega’s decor features silvery greens, sun-bleached clays, and earthy tones. The custom-designed, locally-made lighting fixture that illuminates the dining room casts every surface in the warm glow of dozens of “moons.” The intimate dining room boasts a mix of Italian marbles, velvet seating, and eclectic accents, with the open kitchen serving as the focal point. Diners will be front row as their meal is prepared in a sparkling marble and copper masterpiece. Across from the showcase kitchen, the cocktail bar will feature a completely custom glass facade from Sicis, a Ravenna, Italy-based glass company. Just outside the doors, guests will find the Loggia, where they can enjoy al fresco dining and cocktails. Featuring traditional plaster interiors with warm lighting, the space houses a “witch’s garden” designed by Marinelli to cultivate produce and herbs for La Strega’s seasonal dishes.

“Everyone has a little witch in them, and my team will work our magic not only in the kitchen, but also in the dining room,” said Marinelli. “My goal with La Strega is to celebrate that dining out really does bring people of all ages together through food and community. When this is accomplished in a beautiful environment that feels like a friend’s home, that can be pretty magical.”

La Strega will be open daily 5-10 p.m. For reservations and additional information, please visit, and connect on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

La Strega’s Executive Chef Partner Gina Marinelli