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.

Winners in The Best of Silver State Restaurants & Lounges Awards Announced Dec 13

NEVADA RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION

13,000 VOTES CAST FOR BEST OF SILVER STATE RESTAURANTS & LOUNGES AWARDS
WINNERS ANNOUNCED AND SPECIAL HONOREES FETED ON DEC. 13

More than 13,000 votes have been cast in the Best of Silver State Restaurants & Lounges Awards, and the winners will be revealed at a special ceremony from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13 at the Sands Showroom inside The Venetian Las Vegas. Top restaurants, lounges and chefs will be honored at the event, which is sponsored by TMG Entertainment in partnership with the Nevada Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NvRAEF).

The night will begin at 5 p.m. with a silent auction and Champagne reception with passed hors d’oeuvres hosted by The Venetian and Moet Hennessey and the one-hour awards ceremony will commence at 6 p.m. Celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse will be a special guest presenter and the awards ceremony hosts will be Dayna Roselli, Nina Radetich, and Robin Leach.

Nominees in seventeen categories were selected by a distinguished nominating committee, comprised of industry professionals and notable figures in the community. The winners were decided by a public vote which closed Dec. 2.

In addition several notables will be honored with special awards. The “Visionary Award” will be presented to Chef Kerry Simon, Sirio Maccioni will receive the “Pioneer Award” and the “Industry Champion Award” will be presented to Alex Stokes.

Tickets to the awards ceremony are $40 and include admission to the Champagne cocktail reception as well as reserved seating for the ceremony. Tickets are available for purchase at www.nvrestaurants.com, or at any Palazzo or Venetian box office. Proceeds from the event benefit 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.

 

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.

 

 

ABOUT THE VENETIAN LAS VEGAS®
The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino , 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 LEED® EB Gold-certified 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.  Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian features Grand Canal Shoppes® , an indoor streetscape 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,” showroom headliners including Human Nature, David Spade, Rita Rudner, Tim Allen and Joan Rivers and extensive convention and corporate services. Guests can earn points while they eat, sleep, shop and play with Grazie, the premiere loyalty program. The Venetian and its sister resort, The Palazzo Las Vegas, are the first ever Alliance Resorts in the InterContinental Hotel Group® global portfolio. For additional information, visit venetian.com, follow on Twitter @venetianvegas and interact on Facebook at facebook.com/venetianlasvegas.

 

Photos: FOOD & WINE All-Star Weekend Kicks Off with Star-Studded “First Course” Event

FOOD & WINE ALL-STAR WEEKEND’

FOOD & WINE ALL-STAR WEEKEND IN LAS VEGAS
KICKS OFF WITH STAR-STUDDED “FIRST COURSE” EVENT
Food Festival Starts Strong with Sold-Out Event at ARIA Resort & Casino

Culinary superstars took over ARIA Resort & Casino last night for the 4th Annual FOOD & WINE All-Star Weekend’s sold out “First Course” kick-off event. 

View Bar, the AAA Five Diamond resort’s main lobby bar, was swarmed with award-winning chefs, sommeliers and mixologists including ARIA’s Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Masa Takayama, Julian Serrano, Shawn McClain, Sirio Maccioni, Marco Maccioni, Anthony Amaroso, Craig Schoettler and Kim Wood; MGM Grand Chefs Joël Robuchon, Steve Benjamin, Claude Le-Tohic, Heather Zheng, Scott Irestone, Steve Barr, Vincenzo Scarmiglia, Heath Cicerelli, Ho Chee Boon and Anthony Schutz; and Bellagio’s Akira Back, Jason Smith, Hiew Gun Khong, Ricardo Murcia and Patrick Lee.

The gastronomic icons took photos and mingled with the guests, while nibbling on delicious selections from ARIA’s extraordinary restaurants. Shawn McClain’s ASage served up Kushi Oyster with aged tequila Mignonette and tobacco pearls; Crispy Meyer Lemon Risotto with whipped triple crème; Braised Veal Cheeks with bone marrow flan and smoked polenta and Absinthe Macaroons for dessert.

Guests raved over the offerings from Julian Serrano’s eponymous ARIA restaurant, including Bomba, a spicy meatball made with Veal & Pork tenderloin; Rabo de Toro, created with Oxtail, Iberian pork and creamy mashed potatoes; and Coca Vegetarian, a Spanish Pizza with aioli, tomato, onion and pisto.

Masa Takayama wowed the crowd with his incredible Sushi Canape made with truffles, Tuna Toro Caviar and Oyster Shooters soaked in cucumber cilantro vinaigrette.

Champagne glasses were filled with 2004 Moet & Chamdon, 2004 Veuve Cliquot Rose and 2004 Dom Perignon. Guests could also try a selection of ARIA’s signature cocktails, including “A Vegas Sunset,” mixed with Grey Goose Cherry Noir, house made grenadine and orange, or a Martini created with Bombay Sapphire, Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth and house orange bitters.

FOOD & WINE All-Star Weekend festivities continue today with Burger Bash at MGM Grand’s Pool, Syrah that Will Change Your Life at Jasmine in Bellagio, Far Niente Dinner with Michael Mina at Bellagio’s Grand Patio and Six-Course Bliss with Joël Robuchon at his eponymous MGM Grand restaurant. The event concludes tomorrow with an incredible brunch at Jasmine, hosted by Bellagio’s vast array of Asian Chefs.

Joel Robuchon

Oysters

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Photo Credit: Red Carpet Photos – Brenton Ho, MGM Resorts International
Event Photos – Al Powers, MGM Resorts International

ARIA Resort & Casino Kicks-Off Food & Wine All-Star Weekend With First Course

ARIA RESORT & CASINO KICKS-OFF FOOD & WINE 
ALL-STAR WEEKEND WITH FIRST COURSE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4

 

WHAT:
The fourth annual FOOD & WINE All-Star Weekend will commence
with a star-studded party at ARIA’s stylish View Bar Friday, October 4 at 8 p.m.

First Course will feature a line up of celebrity chefs and epicurean icons including
Joël Robuchon, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Julian Serrano, Masayoshi Takayama,
Shawn McClain, Sirio Maccioni and more. Guests will enjoy champagne, wine and
cocktails along with passed hors d’oeuvres created by renowned ARIA restaurants
barMASA, Julian Serrano and Sage.

For more information on FOOD & WINE All-Star Weekend, click here.

WHEN:
FRIDAY, October 4
8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

WHERE:
View Bar at ARIA Resort & Casino
3730 Las Vegas Blvd S

FOLLOW US: @ARIALV, @FW_Vegas
#FirstCourse

Red Carpet Photos of the FOOD & WINE All-Star Weekend At ARIA Resort & Casino

The second annual FOOD & WINE All-Star Weekend took place on FRIDAY, October 21 with a star-studded red carpet.

We had the pleasure to meet and take pictures of Gail Simmons and other celebrity chefs and epicurean icons! They included Michael Mina, Julian Serrano, Masayoshi Takayama and Shawn McClain in addition to Top Chef alumni Stephanie Izard, Angelo Sosa, Hosea Rosenberg, Yigit Pura and Sam Talbot.

This Red Carpet event was a lot of fun and well organized! One of the few that started on time! All the chef and epicurean icons seemed to be having fun getting their pictures taken. I did get a chance to talk to Top Chef alumni Angelo Sosa. He is super nice and was easy to talk to. He said is restaurant in New York Social Eatz is doing very well. He is in the process of opening a restaurant in California. I did ask if he planned on anything for Vegas he said “Yes in the next two years”! Angelo also has a cook book coming out in March that he is very excited about and so am I! I have been a fan of Top Chef since it started and Angelo was my favorite!  I did have to check out the jeans that they mention in the show. Yes ladies they are as they mention!

 

 

Gail Simmons - Judge on BRAVO's Top Chef and host of Top Chef Just Desserts
Gail Simmons and Chef Pierre Michelin

 

 

Gail Simmons and Stephanie Izard (Winner of Top Chef Season 4)

 

Top Chefs

 

Yigit Pura (Winner Top Chef Just Desserts Season 1 and very cute)

 

Angelo Sosa (Top Chef contestant)

 

The Top Chefs

 

City Center Chefs and Sirio Maccioni (Restaurateu, Owner of Sirio Ristorante and Le Cirque)

 

 

Chefs