Country’s Largest Collection of Mezcal and Tequila Now Available at Mama Rabbit Bar at Park MGM in Vegas

 

COUNTRY’S LARGEST COLLECTION OF MEZCAL AND TEQUILA NOW AVAILABLE AT MAMA RABBIT BAR AT PARK MGM IN VEGAS

Mama Rabbit Bar Tells the Story of Oaxaca with Mezcal, Tequila, Craft Cocktails, Bold Art and Vibrant Design

Las Vegas is now home to the country’s most extensive collection of tequila and mezcal including agave-based spirits that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. In collaboration with James Beard Award-winning mezcal pioneer Bricia Lopez, Park MGM debuts Mama Rabbit Bar – a true Oaxacan experience featuring modern Mexican cocktails, live entertainment, a pop-surrealist art installation from Okuda San Miguel and more than 500 labels of tequila and mezcal.

 

“We fell in love with Bricia’s vision to celebrate Oaxacan culture in a bold and bright way,” said President of Events and Nightlife Sean Christie. “The result is a lively and captivating experience that not only is unique for Park MGM, but the entire city.”

 

Lopez said, “Since moving to the U.S., it’s been my passion to share the beauty and the culture of Oaxaca with everyone I meet. What started with me introducing mezcal to bartenders across Los Angeles years ago has blossomed into celebrating the spirit with people from around at world at Mama Rabbit. I couldn’t be happier to work with MGM Resorts and Park MGM to give visitors a taste of Oaxaca right here in Vegas.”

 

Mama Rabbit draws inspiration from the legend of Mayahuel, the goddess of agave and fertility, who was said to have 400 rabbit children that she nourished with mezcal and tequila. Over time, the rabbits came to symbolize the entire spectrum of feelings one experiences while enjoying the spirits.

 

Más Mezcal

 

  • World’s Firsts – Mama Rabbit’s collection of agave-based spirits features more than 500 different labels. Highlights include spirits exclusive to Mama Rabbit, such as the world’s first mezcal-barreled Blanco tequila, the first-of-its-kind mezcal aged in premium Mendocino pot still brandy casks, and a Centennial Blend featuring 10 aged tequilas in one bottle adding up to 100 years in age.

 

  • Tour de Mexico – The flavor of each spirit is heavily influenced by the elevation and geographic location in which the agave was grown. Guests can taste their way through Oaxaca with the help of a geographical guide in the menu that plots the origin of each agave spirit. The tequilas and mezcals are available in one- or two-ounce pours and can be crafted into a tasting flight. Each pour is served with a unique pairing to amplify its flavor like an Oaxacan chocolate truffle.

 

  • Fresh Takes – Mama Rabbit crafts colorful cocktails that enhance the agave flavors through an elaborate creation process. Salt of the Earth pairs dry ice with Los Nahuales Reposado Mezcal, Amontillado Sherry, Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur, Corazon Bitters, vegetable salt and botanicals for a presentation that plays on mezcal’s inherent smoky flavor. Flora y Fauna also incorporates dry ice for a playful drink made with El Tesoro Blanco Tequila, cucumber, Chareau Aloe Liqueur, lime and rose water.

 

  • Classics Reimagined – Mama Rabbit changes perceptions of classic tequila and mezcal-based drinks with bold and defining flavors. The Palomita features Casamigos Mezcal, hibiscus syrup, grapefruit, lime, Watermelon-Hibiscus Agua Fresca Cerveza and a hibiscus salt rim. The Guelaguetza Cocktail, a staple at Lopez’s Los Angeles restaurant, is a take on the margarita with El Silencio Espadin, lime, sal de gusano and a frozen lime paleta. Another of Lopez’s favorites is the Mamachelada, which includes her signature I Love Michelada OG Brown Mix paired with Mexican lager, tajin and lime.

 

  • Bottle Servicito – Groups can enjoy a fun style of bottle service with the Bottle Servicito menu, which features approximately 20 tequilas and 10 mezcals. Each bottle is presented with a tower overflowing with house-made mixers, fresh squeezed juices, salts, herbs and fresh fruits.

 

  • No Paper Straws – All drinks at Mama Rabbit are served with biodegradable Bio Agave straws made from agave fibers discarded during the agave fermentation process.

 

In addition to the expansive beverage menu, Mama Rabbit also serves a selection of light bites inspired by Oaxacan cuisine such as Mama’s Guacamole or the Salsa Trio & Chips, which includes tomatillo crudo, Oaxaca pasilla and habanero borracho salsas. For something sweet, guests can enjoy crisp Churros with an Oaxacan chocolate dip or a tangy Lime Paleta.

 

 

The Legend of Mayahuel Comes to Life

 

With interiors and branding conceived by DesignAgency, the design fuses the electric atmosphere of a Mexican taverna with the artful magic and mystery of a speakeasy, complete with visually rich textures, colors and patterns synonymous with Mexican modernism. Lively music captures the state of Oaxaca’s energy while a bold and bright art program pays homage to the region’s famous art scene.

 

Mama Rabbit is divided into three distinct spaces with the focal point of a double-sided bar that stretches 40 feet high and features Mama Rabbit’s stunning collection of artisanal mezcal and tequila bottles. The front bar serves walk-up guests daily. To the left of the bar, a sophisticated and intimate lounge beneath a cavern-like brick vaulted colonnade features five secluded spaces with casual seating for larger groups and retractable shutters that open to the resort. On the opposite side of the bar, Mama Rabbit’s taverna features a robust lineup of entertainment that transitions the mood of the venue throughout the evening. Key design elements:

 

  • Okuda’s “Mother Natura” – The goddess takes her place at Mama Rabbit in a work of art by acclaimed artist Okuda San Miguel entitled “Mother Natura,” which features an 18-by-22-foot mural of Mayahuel looking down upon a valley with agave. The mural is accompanied by a series of three 12-feet-tall sculptures- a bunny and two deer. Mayahuel watches over her children who are adorning the opposite wall in the form of 400 barro negro rabbit figurines handcrafted by Oaxacan ceramicists.

 

  • Taverna Features – Underscoring Mama Rabbit’s mischievous theme, Italian/Mexican woodworker Renzo Spada created an elaborately hand-carved fireplace for the lounge depicting children hiding behind rabbit masks. Overhead, a custom mobile light fixture by LA-based artist Andrea Claire features dancing bamboo lanterns and mirrored black polished orbs. Directly below, blackjack and roulette gaming tables sit on a custom-designed carpet adorned with flowers and jumping rabbits that enhances the playful and eclectic environment.

 

 

Mama Rabbit Bar is open Monday, Tuesday, and Sunday from 5 p.m. – midnight and Wednesday – Saturday from 5 p.m. – 3 a.m. For more information, visit Mama Rabbit Bar’s website.

 

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MGM Resorts International Restaurants Earn Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards in 2016

MGM Resorts International Restaurants Earn Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards in 2016

Global Hospitality Company Among 3,595 Winners;
Full 2016 Dining Guide Revealed in Wine Spectator
’s August Issue

Select restaurants at MGM Resorts International, one of the world’s leading global hospitality companies, have been honored with outstanding wine programs in Wine Spectator’s 2016 Restaurant Wine List Awards. The restaurants are recognized among other winners from all over the world as top destinations for wine lovers.

“On behalf of Wine Spectator, I’m thrilled to congratulate each and every award-winning restaurant. They should be very proud,” said Marvin R. Shanken, Editor and Publisher, Wine Spectator.

MGM Resorts International Executive Director of Wine Jason Smith said, “In order to provide the best experience possible for our guests, we strive to curate superior wine lists that complement the cuisine at each distinct venue within our resorts. It’s an honor that 28 of our restaurants received prestigious awards from Wine Spectator.”

Wine Spectator began its program to recognize the world’s best wine lists in 1981. There are three levels: the Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence and the Grand Award—with 2,414; 1,093; and 88 winners this year in each respective category. Seven of the Grand Award winners are first timers.

MGM Resorts International Restaurants have won the following 2016 Wine Spectator Awards:

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: The Award of Excellence recognizes restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style.

  • Luxor: TENDER Steak & Seafood

BEST OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: Best of Award of Excellence recipients offer more extensive selections with significant vintage depth and excellent breadth across multiple regions. Winners include:

  • ARIA: barMASA, BARDOT Brasserie, Blossom, Carbone, Jean Georges Steakhouse, Julian Serrano, Sage
  • Bellagio: Harvest by Roy Ellamar, Jasmine, Lago by Julian Serrano, Le Cirque, Michael Mina Bellagio, Todd English’s Olives, Prime Steakhouse
  • Delano Las Vegas: RIVEA
  • Mandalay Bay: Fleur by Hubert Keller, STRIPSTEAK
  • MGM Grand Detroit: Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina, Wolfgang Puck Steak
  • MGM Grand Las Vegas: Craftsteak, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House, Fiamma Trattoria & Bar
  • Monte Carlo: Andre’s Restaurant & Lounge

GRAND AWARD: The Grand Award is the program’s highest honor. This elite group comprises the world’s best wine programs, which deliver serious breadth of top producers, outstanding depth in mature vantages, a selection of large-format bottles, excellent harmony with the menu and superior presentation. Wine Spectator carefully assesses each Grand Award candidate, including rigorous independent, on-site inspections of the wine program, cellar, service, ambiance and cuisine of the restaurant. Winners include:

  • Bellagio: Picasso
  • Mandalay Bay: Aureole
  • MGM Grand Las Vegas: Joël Robuchon Restaurant

The complete list of award winners is available in print in Wine Spectator’s August issue, on newsstands July 19, and online at the newly minted Restaurants.WineSpectator.com, where visitors can search and access exclusive content on the more than 3,500 restaurants. The full list is also available for free on iOS via the new Restaurant Awards app, which allows users to look for dining spots in any location with maps, choosing by wine strengths, cuisine type, pricing and more.

Follow the Restaurant Awards on Twitter and Instagram, and join the conversation by using #WSRestaurantAward.

About Wine Spectator
Wine Spectator is the world’s leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a print publication that reaches more than 3 million readers worldwide, the brand also encompasses the Web’s most comprehensive wine site (WineSpectator.com), mobile platforms and a series of signature events. Wine Spectator examines the world of wine from the vineyard to the table, exploring wine’s role in contemporary culture and delivering expert reviews of more than 18,000 wines each year. Parent company M. Shanken Comm., Inc., also publishes Cigar AficionadoWhisky Advocate, Market WatchShanken News Daily and Shanken’s Impact Newsletter.
About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world’s leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The Company is in the process of developing MGM National Harbor in Maryland and MGM Springfield in Massachusetts. MGM Resorts controls, and holds a 73 percent economic interest in the operating partnership of MGM Growth Properties LLC (NYSE: MGP), a premier triple-net lease real estate investment trust engaged in the acquisition, ownership and leasing of large-scale destination entertainment and leisure resorts. The Company also owns 51 percent of MGM China Holdings Limited (HK: 2282), which owns the MGM Macau resort and casino and is developing a gaming resort in Cotai, and 50 percent of CityCenter in Las Vegas, which features ARIA Resort & Casino. MGM Resorts is named among FORTUNE® Magazine’s 2016 list of World’s Most Admired Companies®. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company’s website at www.mgmresorts.com

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Photos: Miles Teller Celebrates Labor Day Weekend with Star-Studded Group – Saturday, Aug. 30

This past weekend (Saturday, Aug. 30) Hakkasan Nightclub Las Vegas had the Labor Day Weekend festivities in full party mode as “Ten Feet Tall” artist Afrojack manned the decks into the early hours of the morning. The evening was a star-studded affair as “Fantastic Four” star Miles Teller was spotted celebrating the holiday weekend in true Vegas fashion at the hot spot. Joined by a number of close friends including Chace Crawford and Jessica Szhor of “Gossip Girl,” “Vampire Diaries” star Nina Dobrev and “Glee’s” Jenna Ushkowitz, the group took in the sights of the destination while partying the night away at a VIP booth located on the fourth level of the nightlife mecca.

 

The group arrived just after midnight and took their place on the main stage. All dressed to the nines, the quickly got their night started with a celebratory toast and began dancing to Afrojack’s heart-pumping set. As the night went on, Teller hopped into the DJ booth and took over Hakkasan’s iconic CO2 button and blasted the crowed with the icy smoke as partygoers shouted with excitement. Seemingly in good spirits, the group fully enjoyed their time as they took photos with one another, sipped cocktails and danced the night away before making their way out of the nightspot around 3 a.m.

 

Earlier in the day, the group was spotted enjoying the desert sun as they indulged in a VIP Bungalow at WET REPUBLIC at MGM Grand. As legendary DJ icon Tiësto had the party heating up with his chart-topping hits, the talented starts spent the day sipping cocktails and feasting on delicious eats while mingling with one another and their fans.

 

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In Honor Of Mentor Ansel Adams, Jeff Mitchum Releases Anticipated “Range of Light”

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AWARD-WINNING LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER JEFF MITCHUM

RELEASES ANTICIPATED IMAGE “RANGE OF LIGHT”

IN HONOR OF ANSEL ADAMS

The Exclusive Edition of Only 25 Artist Proofs is Selling Out Quickly and is Now Available for Public Acquisition at Bellagio and MGM Grand Las Vegas Galleries

 

The Singular Collector’s Edition to Become the Entrance Piece at Mitchum’s MGM Grand Gallery

 

Internationally acclaimed landscape photographer Jeff Mitchum has released his highly anticipated image “Range of Light” for public acquisition and announced the upcoming installation of the collector’s edition at his MGM Grand Hotel & Casino gallery in Las Vegas. Taken during a recent trip to Yosemite in honor of Ansel Adams, the photo is Mitchum’s full color interpretation of his mentor’s famous shot, “Monolith.” Years in the making, the award-winning landscape photographer has released only 25 artist proofs with the belief that rare moments require rare prints.

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“Little did I know the day I first walked through the valley floor more than four decades ago that I was beginning a journey of emotions that would ultimately convey how I would photograph and see the world,” said Mitchum. “One of the pillars of my creativity is Ansel Adams; his mentorship is one of the reasons I have stayed true to film photography and the art of visualization. Many years have passed since I started visualizing my own interpretation of his wonderful image ‘Monolith’ so I am thrilled that my season to stand on the famous Diving Board at Yosemite and present ‘Range of Light’ has finally arrived.”

“Range of Light” was named years before it was captured for the title perfectly conveys what Mitchum has personally experienced; a wide spectrum of Yosemite color and emotion. From the intense black streaks running down the face of Half Dome and the deep reds and greens in the pines, to the glazed-like reds in the rocks below the face and ridge holding the trees, the image evokes a sense of space and freedom. The sweeping views of Tenaya Canyon with Mt. Watson to the left and the vast Eastern Sierras in the distance opens up the visual journey unlike any other place in Yosemite. With the sun setting behind Mt. Watson and the sky’s temperature changing color, the release of the shutter was activated during a 10-second period when a shaft of light suddenly appeared out of the heavens and lit up the face of Half Dome.

The collector’s edition of “Range of Light” will become the entrance piece to Mitchum’s MGM Grand gallery in the coming weeks, taking the place of his masterpiece “Third Day,” which recently sold for $1.8 million. Collectors who are interested in reserving a number are invited to contact either gallery at Bellagio or MGM Grand or visit JeffMitchum.com.

If interested in learning more, “The Making of Range of Light” is available to view on Mitchum’s YouTube channel.

Jeff Mitchum Gallery, Bellagio: 800.763.3074/702.693.4700

Jeff Mitchum Gallery, MGM Grand: 800.763.3074 Ext.12 / 702.304.0007

About Jeff Mitchum Galleries
Jeff Mitchum is a renowned international landscape photographer whose images have graced the Smithsonian Institute and the Getty Museum as well as the pages of prestigious outlets such as National Geographic, The Rangefinder, Photo Professional and others. In April 2011, Mitchum opened his first fine art gallery in Las Vegas at Bellagio. In July 2013, Mitchum opened his second gallery located in The District at MGM Grand. Pieces of his critically acclaimed “Masada Collection” can be found at Jeff Mitchum Gallery at Bellagio. In 2014, Mitchum sold his masterpiece “Third Day” for $1.8 million; making it one of the most expensive photographs ever sold.

Self taught, Mitchum is known for capturing the stunning beauty of nature and dramatic landscape through the use of natural light and bringing it to people’s everyday lives through his world-class panoramic photography. Inspired by icons such as Ansel Adams and John Muir, his perspective and unique style in print is an extension of a commitment to perfection. In fact, in fine art photography circles, Mitchum is known as the “Ansel Adams of color.”