Chef Rick Moonen To Be Honored With “Rick Moonen Day” Proclamation Courtesy Of Mayor Carolyn Goodman Set For April 1

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Move over April Fools’ Day! Restaurateur and advocate for sustainable seafood Chef Rick Moonen will receive a City of Las Vegas proclamation from Mayor Carolyn Goodman on the zaniest day of the year, declaring April 1 as “Rick Moonen Day,” or as Moonen likes to call it “Moonen No Foolin’ Day,” in honor of the fun-loving chef and his contributions to the city.


Since his emergence on the Las Vegas restaurant scene in 2005, with the opening of rm seafood at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place and most recently Rx Boiler Room, Moonen has been one of the leading advocates and providers of sustainable seafood practices in the city for over a decade.


Moonen has played a pivotal role in the Las Vegas community with his giving spirit, being a strong supporter of Chefs to the Max, Fight MSA for Kerry Simon, Keep Memory Alive, Life is Beautiful Festival, Scleroderma Research Foundation, and Three Square Food Bank. In addition, April marks the celebration of Earth Month, a month-long celebration that perfectly coincides with his tireless efforts of being a strong voice in protection of our world’s oceans and the creatures that inhabit them.


Moonen, who recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of rm seafood in February, invites guests to join him in continuing the celebration for “Rick Moonen Day” by indulging in a special selection of unforgettable culinary hits that have been served since day one. Highlights include Everything Crusted Yellowfin Tuna with mixed grains, ratatouille and red pepper coulis; Pan-Seared Local Bass on chive whipped potatoes with truffle sauce and shitake mushrooms; Rick’s Seafood Gumbo with shrimp, clams, mussels, crab, okra and rice; and Linguini and Clams made to order with Atlantic littleneck surf clams, olive oil and parsley.


Rick Moonen’s proclamation event will be held on April 1, 2015, at 9 a.m. inside Las Vegas City Hall. For more information about rm seafood and to make reservations, visit or call (702) 369-6300.

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About Chef Rick Moonen
Chef and cookbook author, Rick Moonen, has been one of the country’s leading advocates for the sustainable seafood movement for more than 25 years, bringing national awareness to this subject near and dear to his heart. His restaurant, Rick Moonen’s rm seafood at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, showcases his commitment to sustainability without foregoing culinary creativity and innovation, and has been critically acclaimed by local and national press alike.  In 2010 Rick made a memorable appearance on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, nearly taking home the title and raising thousands of dollars and national awareness for Three Square food bank in Las Vegas.  In May of 2011 Monterey Bay Aquarium honored Rick as their “Chef of the Year” for his tireless efforts towards sustainability. He’s been featured on CNN, TODAY, Good Morning America, CBS Early Show, Dan Rather Reports, and many more.  Find him on Twitter @RickMoonen,, on Instagram @ChefMoonen or

MTO Café Now Delivering

MTO Café

MTO Café Now Delivering

New Eatery Makes Breakfast, Lunch and Brunch Effortless for Downtown Denizens

The recently-opened MTO Café is now delivering their fresh comfort food to those living and working within a two mile radius of the restaurant. Available from 10 am – 2 pm, seven days a week, hungry downtowners can now enjoy the eatery’s made to order menu without ever leaving the office or the couch. Zooming around on electric bikes, the café is providing convenient and reliable delivery to downtown locals.

Located across from Las Vegas City Hall on the ground floor of the city parking garage, MTO Café is downtown’s newest culinary destination from Las Vegas based Shift Solutions. Featuring cuisine from chef partner Johnny Church, the restaurant serves up breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch, all available for delivery. Breakfast menu items include a selection of egg centered dishes, pancakes and waffles including the popular, Chicken “In a Waffle”. Those suffering from a late night can recover at lunch with the Hangover Burger, complete with bacon, fried egg, Tillamook cheddar and MTO’s special sauce. Or enjoy an afternoon treat with the Fat Elvis featuring French toast, bacon, banana, peanut butter, strawberries and Nutella. The menu also includes soups, salads and wraps for those looking for lighter fare.

A $20 minimum order is required for delivery and a $2 charge will be added to each bill. MTO Café is open weekdays from 7 am – 3 pm and from 8 am – 3 pm Saturday and Sunday.

MTO Café
500 S. Main St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101

MTO Delivery Bike

Las Vegas based Shift Solutions develops restaurants, nightclubs, ultra lounges and bars for resort and casino properties. The team has opened, managed and promoted concepts in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego, Arizona, New York, Washington DC and Minneapolis.  Shift Solutions, led by Matthew Moore and Ben Sabouri, has built a knowledgeable team with experts in business management, food and beverage, customer service, marketing, legal, accounting, operations, design and construction.  Moore has extensive experience overseeing multi-million dollar construction projects and also serves as an Officer in the United States ARMY Reserves, while Sabouri is a seasoned veteran of the restaurant and nightlife industry, previously serving as COO of The Light Group and managing many venues in Las Vegas.

Photos: Mayor Goodman Welcomes MTO Café to Downtown Las Vegas

Tuesday Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, Ward 3 Councilman Bob Coffin and other city officials gathered for the official ribbon cutting to MTO Café. The new downtown eatery, which was awarded a $50,000 Quick Start Program grant by the City Council, opened its doors after a ceremonial presentation in front of the café before guests headed inside for a tour. Mayor Goodman remarked that she was thrilled to have a great spot so close to the office as she dined with fellow city workers and enjoyed the MTO Breakfast, complete with three eggs, bacon, toast and mashed potato stuffed hash browns.

MTO Café is the brainchild of Matt Moore and Ben Sabouri, and features fresh comfort food from chef partner Johnny Church.  Located across from the Las Vegas City Hall on the ground floor of the city parking garage, the 65-seat eatery pairs a modern industrial design with a retro comfort feel highlighted by a fourteen seat communal table ideal for the collaborative business environment of downtown.

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7K (4-Mile) Race and Block Party to hit Downtown Las Vegas on October 7

WENDOH Media Companies and Insomniac will bring the inaugural 7K (4.3 mile) GlowRun to Downtown Las Vegas on October 7, the Sunday night of Columbus Day Weekend. More than 10,000 runners dressed in illuminated costumes are expected to hit the streets, and even more for AfterGlow, the multi-block street party held during and after the race. Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) will also participate as GlowRun’s charitable partner with a portion of registration proceeds benefitting the HIV/AIDS nonprofit, or AFAN (

“We look forward to making GlowRun an event that will become a favorite for locals as well as draw runners from across the nation,” said Ryan Doherty co-owner of WENDOH Media. “Whether you want to walk, skip or run the race, GlowRun will guarantee a highly artistic and musical experience.”

The race will begin on Las Vegas Boulevard in front of the new Las Vegas City Hall and end on 8th Street in the heart of Fremont Street in downtown’s buzzing bar scene. The lights from the costumed runners will complement the neon lights of the casinos and the Fremont Street Experience. As runners zigzag through Downtown Las Vegas they will be energized by the cheers of onlookers, over-the-top art installations and live music throughout the course.

“We are excited to collaborate with WENDOH Media to create an event that is unique not only to the Insomniac portfolio but to the City of Las Vegas as well,” said Pasquale Rotella, founder and CEO of Insomniac, Inc. “GlowRun isn’t your typical race; it will be a festival of lights and music set to the liveliness of Downtown Las Vegas, complete with a fully costumed experience.”

The final stretch of the race will be a runway for runners to show off their elaborate costumes; and place them in the heart of the full-blown block party. Live music will fill the corridor and several food trucks will provide tasty post-race nourishment. Ample beverage, cocktail and beer stops will be placed throughout every block of AfterGlow. When most of the runners have crossed the finish line, a headlining act will hit the stage to keep the party going.

The competition will not end with the race; all participants will be eligible to win prizes for their costumes in such categories as “most creative-individual” and “most creative-group costumes.”

Participants may register now through August 1 for an early registration fee of $45 per person at www., and $55 thereafter. Businesses and groups of friends are encouraged to sign up as teams in which GlowRun will match each group member and donate to AFAN.

Teams with a minimum of six people or more will receive a discount for $5 off each entry. Once six team members have been registered, GlowRun teams are encouraged to get as many people on their team as possible. Teams will be able to add new members up until a few weeks before the race at the online registration or by sending an email to Each team will also be announced on GlowRun’s Facebook page.

Special room rates are available for GlowRun participants at El Cortez Hotel & Casino, The Plaza Hotel & Casino and Golden Nugget Las Vegas. The promotional code for El Cortez (800-634-6703) is GLOW1012, and for Cabana Suites is GLOWCS1012; the promotional code for The Plaza (800-634-6575) is PGLOW12; and the promotional code for Golden Nugget (800-634-3454) is GSGLOWR. Extended room rates apply for Thursday through Tuesday at El Cortez; Friday through Tuesday at Golden Nugget; and Friday through Sunday at The Plaza. Rates and availability may vary.

For additional information, follow GlowRun on Facebook and Twitter.

About WENDOH Media
WENDOH Media, developed by Ryan Doherty and Justin Weniger in 2003, has become one of the most dynamic multimedia companies in the nation through its print, digital, internet and video offerings. WENDOH’s brands include Vegas Seven (, an award-winning weekly magazine; SpyOnVegas (, a pictorial-based website with a powerhouse events arm recognized on an international scale; Inside Cirque du Soleil, a playbill which gives audiences a behind-the-scenes glimpse at Cirque du Soleil shows worldwide; Shoot to Kill (, a multifaceted video production company;, an entertainment blog servicing Vegas happenings to a national audience; Environmental Ink (, a state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly printing process; and Vegas Passport, a full-service Las Vegas concierge and event service. More information about WENDOH Media is available at, or by calling 702.798.7000. WENDOH Media is headquartered in Las Vegas.

About Insomniac
Insomniac produces innovative music festivals and events enhanced by state-of-the-art lighting and sound design, large-scale art installations, interactive circus and theatrical performances, boundary-pushing special effects and pyrotechnics and fan participation.  Fan safety and the quality of our fans’ experience are the company’s top priorities.  Insomniac’s premier annual event, Electric Daisy Carnival, is one of the largest, most spectacular music festivals in the North America. Insomniac has produced more than 250 music events for more than 3,000,000 concertgoers in California, Nevada, Colorado, Texas, Florida, New York, and Puerto Rico.  Founded by Pasquale Rotella, Insomniac has been based in Los Angeles since it started in 1993.

Keep up with Insomniac announcements and news on Facebook and Twitter.

About AFAN
Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) was founded in 1984 and is the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in the state of Nevada. 2009 marked AFAN’s 25th anniversary of practicing its unyielding commitment to the community by providing unparalleled health expertise, support and advocacy for adults and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in southern Nevada. Over the years, AFAN has created various programs that offer consistent and comprehensive assistance including direct client service programs, food programs, prevention and education programs and community outreach.  As part of AFAN’s mission, these client service programs assist in enhancing the physical health and psychosocial wellness of the individuals they serve, while promoting dignity and improving the quality of their lives. For more information, please visit

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