Master Tour de France


As a part of the 5-day 59th General Assembly of Master Chefs of France culinary event, The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas will host one public event: Master Tour de France on March 8.

This special event will bring 12 world-class chefs, 12 wineries and spirit makers to Las Vegas showcasing specialties in technique and cuisine from different regions of France.

Master Tour de France will be the only opportunity for the public to take part in this prestigious culinary assembly, taking place in the United States for the first time.

Of the General Assembly, known as the “Maitres Cuisiners de France,” Master Tour de France will highlight 12 Maitres Cuisiners, wineries and spirit makers, including five celebrated Las Vegas chefs:
Olivier Dubreuil of The Venetian and The Palazzo
Claude Le Tohic of Joel Robuchon
Steven Benjamin of L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Jean Joho of Eiffel Tower
David Werly of Mandarin Oriental

Additional prestigious chefs from across the world taking place in the event include:
Frederic Morineau of Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman
Gerard Bertholon of Cuisine Solutions, Alexandria, Virginia
Michel Blanchet of Michel Blanchet, Los Angeles
Olivier Desaintmartin of Zinc, Philadelphia
Jerome Ferrer of Europea, Montreal
Claude Godard of Jean & Gason, New York
Philippe Godard of Le Senon and LePostillon, France
Jean-Louis Gerin of New England Culinary Institute, Montpelier, Vermont

Saturday, March 8 from 6pm – 10pm

This event is open to the public. Tickets are all inclusive and priced at $50 per person. Ticket holders must be 21 years or older with a valid I.D. Tickets are available for purchase by calling The Venetian or The Palazzo Box Office at 866) 641-7469 or (702) 414-9000, or online at

About The Venetian® and The Palazzo® Las Vegas

The LEED EB Gold®-certified  Venetian Las Vegas, the largest property in the country to receive AAA’s Five Diamond and the coveted Forbes Travel Guide Four Star awards, is one of the world’s most luxurious resort and convention destinations. Recreating Venice’s legendary landmarks, the resort offers unmatched service and quality for leisure and corporate guests. With suites ranging from a standard 650-square-foot Luxury Suite to the luxurious 10,000-square-foot Chairman Suite, the all-suite resort boasts more than 4,000 of Las Vegas’ most lavish suite accommodations.

The Silver LEED®-certified Palazzo Las Vegas literally takes luxury to new heights.  Ranked as one of the top 25 hotels in the U.S. and Canada in Travel + Leisure “World’s Best Awards,” the AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Four Star-Award winning resort is highlighted by
a flagship 85,000-square-foot Barneys New York.  The all-suite resort offers plush and opulent suite accommodations ranging from a Luxury Suite at an unprecedented 720 square feet to the 8,000-square-foot Chairman suite with private terraces and plunge pools.  The Palazzo also offers a variety of cuisines from a collection of award-winning chefs such as Buddy V’s by “The Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro,  Carnevino by Mario
Batali, CUT by Wolfgang Puck and Table 10 by Emeril Lagasse.

Grand Canal Shoppes® at The Venetian and The Palazzo feature more than 60 luxury boutiques, including 20 remarkable stores and couture brands making their Las Vegas debuts at The Palazzo including Chloé, Tory Burch, Christian Louboutin, and Diane von Furstenberg.

Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian features an indoor streets cape complete with gondolas and singing gondoliers, the Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, world-class gaming, exquisite restaurants, a wide variety of entertainment such as “Soul2Soul with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill;” the party musical “ROCK OF AGES;” “PANDA!,” an unprecedented theatrical spectacle; showroom headliners including Human
, David Spade, Rita Rudner, Tim Allen and Joan Rivers and extensive convention and corporate services.

Other unique offerings include the chic dining and nightlife hotspots, TAO and LAVO; the world’s largest Canyon Ranch SpaClub; the ultimate sports bar, sports book and restaurant on the Strip, Lagasse’s Stadium; and Prestige at The Palazzo – an exclusive space designed to offer the sophisticated traveler an elevated level of services and amenities.

Guests can earn points while they eat, sleep, shop and play with Grazie, the premier loyalty program. The Palazzo and The Venetian Las Vegas are the first ever Alliance Resorts in the InterContinental Hotel Group global portfolio.

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Vdara and ESPA Partner to Create New Spa Experience in Las Vegas



Vdara Hotel & Spa and ESPA, the globally recognized spa industry leader, are joining forces to create an elevated spa experience unlike any other in Las Vegas – ESPA at Vdara.

The partnership between the lavish skincare brand and the luxuriously chic all-suite hotel will produce an exclusive spa experience unlike any other on the West Coast. ESPA boasts an impeccable reputation for creating premium spas found only within the world’s most elite resorts, including One & Only, Ritz-Carlton, Bvlgari and The Peninsula.

ESPA at Vdara will become ESPA’s first branded spa on the West Coast and only the third in the United States alongside Acqualina Spa by ESPA in Miami and ESPA at The Joule in Dallas.  Additionally, the revered brand offers an array of exceptional treatments that can be found in 350 spas throughout 55 countries.

“ESPA and Vdara share similar ideologies in embracing the healing power of nature in a sustainable fashion as well as offering guests an impeccable level of service in a luxurious atmosphere,” said Mary Giuliano, general manager of Vdara Hotel & Spa. “Forming this partnership allows Vdara to set a new standard for excellence in the spa community and offer our guests a superior spa.”

Susan Harmsworth MBE, Founder and CEO of ESPA said, “We are delighted to be partnering with Vdara to launch ESPA at Vdara. ESPA brings 30 years of spa heritage  and knowledge, spa operations and training expertise to this beautiful property and are thrilled be launching our first branded spa on the West Coast.”

Aligning with Vdara’s commitment to sustainability, ESPA’s results-driven, natural product line includes skin and body care. ESPA products are derived from a selection of natural ingredients that include ethically sourced marine and botanical naturals to yield immediate, visible results while producing long-term skin benefits. All ESPA products are created in their own UK-based factory which is accredited as one of the best natural manufacturers in Europe. ESPA’s award-winning products will be available for purchase in the retail area.

Vdara’s 18,000-square-foot, two-level haven features 11 treatment rooms with three distinct relaxation lounges, a co-ed meditation room, sauna, eucalyptus steam rooms, hot plunges and heated lounge chairs. In addition to the pre-existing salon, fitness center and smoothie bar, which have contributed to Vdara’s recent Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star rating, this opulent destination will continue to promote holistic health and overall well-being for its guests.

About Vdara Hotel & Spa
Vdara Hotel & Spa is an internationally inspired all-suite hotel and spa designed for those who love the excitement of Las Vegas but prefer to enjoy it in an exclusive, non-gaming, smoke-free setting. The holistic spa, luxurious pool and intimate meeting space combined with a sophisticated vibe at Bar Vdara and a casual eatery and marketplace at Market Café Vdara create a warm and inviting environment within this AAA Four Diamond and Forbes Four-Star Award-winning hotel. Located between ARIA Resort & Casino and Bellagio, Vdara offers access to all of the entertainment, gaming, shopping, dining and nightlife in Las Vegas, while also providing a retreat from it all. CityCenter is a joint venture between MGM Resorts International(NYSE: MGM) and Infinity World Development Corp, a subsidiary of Dubai World.  For more information and reservations, visit or call toll free at (866) 745-7767 or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

About ESPA: Recognised as global leaders in spa, ESPA successfully combines the design and management of prestigious spas across five continents with the creation of pioneering, natural products that are rich in heritage, texture and aroma. ESPA – an authority in its field – is proud to partner with luxury hoteliers, property companies and owners around the globe to create some of the world’s finest spas and equally proud to be a British company who manufacture their products in the UK. ESPA products are as unique as they are effective; they are tested each and every day by a highly trained and extremely professional global network of therapists based in 55 countries. ESPA’s award-winning, results driven products are loved by women and men alike, who benefit from their visible results for both face and body. It is this combination of expertise and rich spa heritage that creates a unique brand that has won over 125 coveted awards in the last 3 years. Pinterest/espaskincare


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Sugar Factory, in conjunction with Bahrain-based brand, Haute Cupcakes, will expand abroad to the Middle East, located at the Ritz-Carlton. Growing its acclaimed confectionary empire globally, Sugar Factory’s first international location is scheduled to open in early summer.

“We have been looking forward to expanding the Sugar Factory brand internationally,” says owner, Charissa Davidovici. “We are excited to partner with Bahrain’s top confectionary brand, Haute Cupcakes.”

The Bahrain Sugar Factory will feature a sampling of the company’s signature treats and merchandise. Synonymous with the Sugar Factory brand, Couture Pops have become a pop culture phenomenon and have made confections a celebrity accessory. Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Paris Hilton, Sting, Charlie Sheen and Kim Kardashian are just a few of the celebrities who have been spotted with the sparkly lollipops.

From classic childhood novelties and modern candy creations to Sugar Factory’s signature celebrity Couture Pops, the new, 300-square-foot store will offer it all in the Seef Area, Bahrain’s business district. The sweet destination will feature a large selection of sweet treat options, such as bulk candy and baked treats by Haute Cupcakes, as well as a collection of playful and chic retail merchandise that will include stylish T-shirts, hats, coffee mugs, glassware and more.

Sugar Factory’s Bahrain shop will be designed by extraordinary talent Amy Kim of AK DesignNETWORK, The brand’s Bahrain location will combine function and form to take the guest on a breathtaking, visually-inspiring journey. Kim has many impressive projects to her credit, including a collaboration with Philippe Starck on the groundbreaking interior of the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, and Hecho Inc., a strong design and build firm making their name among New York City’s finest.

Operated by Haute Cupcakes, Sugar Factory’s first Bahrain location will carry the trendiest baked goods, such as pastries, cake pops and cupcakes. The Haute Cupcakes brand is operated under the same parent company of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Trader Vic’s Polynesian Restaurant and Bushido Japanese Restaurant and Lounge and sister-company to International Hotels Establishment.

The celebrated confection brand known for its sinful sweets will give guests signature treats with a café-style menu. The center pieces of Sugar Factory’s café will be one-of-a-kind, crave-worthy milkshakes such as The Barbie, Very Berry Blast and Chocolate Cookie Jar, coffees, sundaes and baked confections, which will mesmerize every sweet tooth. Sugar Factory, with Haute Cupcakes, plans to expand within Bahrain over the next few years.

Sugar Factory has established its brand to locations throughout the United States, including its ever-popular Las Vegas locations, which are located at The Mirage Resort & Casino, Miracle Mile Shops inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino and Paris Las Vegas. The brand’s first East Coast restaurant and retail location is now open in New York City’s famed Meatpacking District. Sugar Factory’s Brooklyn location is slated to open this fall in the Barclays Center.

Sugar Factory isn’t your average sweet spot. The brand has made confections part of popular culture and has turned sweets into the latest designer accessory. Sugar Factory’s signature Couture Pop collections have hit the red carpets in the hands of celebrities at major events in Miami, Los Angeles, New York City and Las Vegas, and are just part of the buzz that has made Sugar Factory a staple in such national media as People, OK!, Us Weekly, In Touch Weekly, NBC’s “Today Show” and more.

The Sugar Factory brand is a hit around the world – offering everyone a sweet escape. Sugar Factory currently has stores located at The Mirage Resort & Casino, Miracle Mile Shops inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino and Paris Las Vegas. The famed sweet retreat opened its first New York City location in the Meatpacking District and will open a second East Coast sweet shop in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center this fall. For more information please visit, become a fan on Facebook at and follow on Twitter at @SugarFactory and Instagram at @TheSugarFactory.

Katy Perry Post Concert Party at the Griffin
Katy Perry and Rihanna Enjoying Sugar Factory Couture Pops

Silverton Casino Hotel welcomes new Twin Creeks Room Chef Paul Vigil


Silverton Casino Hotel welcomes new Twin Creeks Room Chef Paul Vigil


Silverton Casino Hotel welcomes new Twin Creeks Steakhouse Room Chef Paul Vigil to the family. Vigil has worked his way up the culinary ladder through his different positions across the country. He was most recently the Executive Chef and Partner at The Capital Grill in Las Vegas until February of this year.

Long before making it to such a lofty position, Vigil got into the world of food when he was the Meat Market Manager for Albertson’s from 1985 to 1995. The managerial skills and knowledge of the food industry that he gained in this position undoubtedly assisted him in the positions that lied ahead of him.

After Albertson’s he spent some time at the South Seas Plantation Resort and Thistle Lodge at Casa Ybel Resort in Florida. From there he became the First Cook at The Grille Room at Ritz-Carlton in West Palm Beach. He continued working in Florida through July 2000 where he worked as Executive Sous Chef, Chef de Cuisine and Lead Linesman. Throughout these years he worked under the tutelage of some of the best, such as four-star Chef Mark Militello and Chef Allen Susser. During this time he received his AOS degree from the Culinary Institute of America in New York in 1997.

In July 2000, Vigil gave up the Florida beaches for the bright lights of Las Vegas when he took on the position as Executive Chef for Anasazi of Santa Fe during its opening at the former Aladdin’s Desert Passage. He had a more behind the scenes role with this position in which he composed training manuals for staff orientation along with creating specials and doing the hiring of staff. After a year he took on more responsibility as the Corporate Executive Chef for RoadRunner Group where he worked again in employment training, but now he was responsible for six different restaurants. He also designed the kitchens for two new restaurant openings during this time.

After this he put his focus into the French-American restaurant Rosemary’s at the Rio as the Chef de Cuisine. There he managed and trained a staff of 32 people and ran the kitchen for famed Chef Michael Jordan. Vigil would later come back to the restaurant as Chef de Cuisine in 2007.

Vigil decided to take his many experiences and knowledge to Creative Cooking School in 2005 as Chef Instructor to help budding, young chefs learn the skills needed to make it. He then traveled to the Wynn to give two different restaurants there a taste of what he could do. He worked as the Assistant Chef of Corsa Cucina from 2005-2006 and then Daniel Boulud Brasserie from 2006-2007.

He has also shown to be quite the humanitarian as he has participated in both national and local charity culinary events, such as Las Vegas Restaurant Week, the Jean-Louis Palladin Foundation Dinner and the Share Our Strength/Taste of the Nation Las Vegas just to name a few. He is also a regular participant of the local Harvest Food Bank programs that help feed the hungry.

Paul Vigil is welcomed to Silverton Casino Hotel with much enthusiasm as his past culinary experience, passion for food and humanitarian work is greatly appreciated.

About Silverton Casino Hotel

Silverton Casino Hotel offers 300 deluxe rooms and suites and world-class amenities all located within an upscale, contemporary luxury lodge-themed resort. Silverton Casino Hotel is home to a variety of restaurants and dining options, including the Seasons Buffet, the 24-hour Sundance Grill, Shady Grove Lounge, Twin Creeks Steakhouse and Mexican-inspired Mi Casa Grill Cantina. In addition to the 165,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Silverton offers 90,000 square feet of gaming with over 2,000 slot machines and 30 table games, an intimate poker room and the Mermaid Restaurant & Lounge. The property features a 117,000-gallon saltwater aquarium with more than 4,000 sharks, stingrays and tropical fish, which was voted “Best Free Attraction” in the Best of Citysearchâ 2008 awards. Silverton Casino Hotel is a No Resort Fee property and prohibits adding hidden resort fees to hotel guest room rates. Silverton Casino Hotel is located at I-15 and Blue Diamond. For more information, please call 702-263-7777 or visit