Las Vegas Happenings

The Birthday Cake

On June 11, the Mob Museum in Las Vegas hosted an invite-only VIP premiere of the movie “The Birthday Cake,” starring Shiloh Fernandez, Penn Badgley, Ewan McGregor, Val Kilmer, Lorraine Bracco, Ashley Benson, Aldis Hodge, Emory Cohen, Vincent Pastore and Jeremy Allen White and more.

“The Birthday Cake” takes place one fateful evening in the life of Gio, the son of a murdered mobster and the nephew of Brooklyn mob boss, Angelo. On the 10th anniversary of his father’s mysterious death, Gio carries on the family tradition of bringing a cake his mother baked to this uncle’s house for a celebration. Two hours into the night, Gio’s life is forever changed as he begins to piece together what really happened to his father and ultimately comes face to face with the type of violence he has managed to avoid his whole life.

27 – A MUSICAL ADVENTURE OPENS AT VIRGIN HOTELS LAS VEGAS

They changed the music, then they changed the world. 27 – A Musical Adventure honors the music icons gone too soon at the age of 27: Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Robert Johnson, Jim Morrison, and Amy Winehouse. Set to debut at its new home inside 24 Oxford beginning May 19, 2021, tickets are on sale now for the all-new residency at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, part of Curio Collection by Hilton.

Throughout the show, the audience is taken on a retrospective journey of sight and sound, showcasing each artist’s respective contributions to our musical landscape. The show culminates with the artists all performing together on one stage in a rock concert like no other.

“27 has been in the works for more than 15 years. The show received a tremendous response across multiple generations when it debuted at the Troubadour, and we are excited about the residency at the new Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. Virgin is synonymous with music, so we think it’s a great fit,” said Ramy El-Batrawi of Hen Entertainment and co-writer/co-producer of 27 – A Musical Adventure.

“We are excited to be able to announce that live entertainment is back,” said Gary Scott, COO of JC Hospitality, owner of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.  “27 – A Musical Adventure inside 24 Oxford will highlight the talents of performers who bring the legendary artists to life and we’re proud for this rock retrospective show to kickoff off our entertainment lineup.”

Tickets for 27 – A Musical Adventure are on sale now with ticket prices starting at $65 plus tax and fees. Performances will be Wednesday through Sunday at 8:30 p.m. starting May 19, 2021. The show is open to ages 6 and up. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.etix.com/ticket/e/1019515/27-las-vegas-24-oxford-residency or https://ticketbat.com.

About 27 – A Musical Adventure

27 – A Musical Adventure first debuted at L.A.’s legendary Troubadour on March 10, 2020 to a standing room only crowd of more than 400 that danced and cheered for more than two hours as top tribute artists and studio musicians brought the legends of rock back to life.  Narrated by actor and television personality John O’Hurley, 27 – A Musical Adventure is co-produced and co-written by Ramy El-Batrawi and James D’Alessandro, and Musical Director Erik Himel. Vocal coach to the stars Roger Love rounds out the team as Vocal Director. For more information, visit https://27show.com or follow on Facebook and Instagram @27showvegas.

CARLOS SANTANA AND HOUSE OF BLUES ANNOUNCE THE GUITAR GREAT’S RETURN TO THE STAGE

As Las Vegas reopens, one of the hottest tickets in town announces its return. Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana’s An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live will return to the House of Blues stage inside Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino this summer, marking Santana’s ninth year at the intimate venue. Tickets for the 2021 dates go on sale Friday, April 30 at 10 a.m. All shows are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.
 
2021 Performances:

  • Aug. 25, 27-29
  • Sept. 1-4
  • Nov. 3, 5-7, 10, 12-14
  • Dec. 1, 3-5, 8, 10-12


The popular VIP packages will be available for purchase with customizable experiences that include limited edition photos and specialty food and beverage packages featuring stage-side dining. 
 
Tickets for An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live start at $99.50, plus applicable fees. Tickets are available by visiting House of Blues.com/Santana, MandalayBay.com, Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. For additional information, visit santana.com. CITI pre-sales begin today, Monday, April 26, at noon, visit CitiPrivatePass.com for more information. CITI is the official credit card of the concert series. The House of Blues, Live Nation and Foundation Room pre-sales begin Tuesday, April 27 at 10 a.m.
 
A portion of all tickets sold will be donated to The Milagro Foundation. Milagro (“Miracle”) is a charitable foundation supporting underrepresented and vulnerable children and youth in the areas of arts, education and health. The Milagro Foundation was created in 1998 by Carlos Santana and his family to benefit children worldwide.
 
Another contribution will be made to the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation. Founded in 1993, Music Forward Foundation accelerates real-life skills for youth using music as the bridge to success. By channeling the power of music, we help kids create pathways to productive, sustainable, and fulfilling lives. Through music industry mentorships and access to music education, we are removing the barriers between need and success. Learn more at www.hobmusicforward.org.  
 
House of Blues has implemented all necessary protocols to ensure the safety, security and well-being of guests and employees.
 

ROCK OUT AND RUN FOR A CAUSE AT THE FIRST-EVER ROCK ‘N’ RUN 5K HOSTED BY LIFE BY MUSIC MAY 22

Las Vegas-based musician and organization founder encourages community to lace up and support youth music education.

WHO:
Local nonprofit organization Life By Music, founded by guitarist Ryan Patrick of popular rock band OTHERWISE, focuses on creating awareness of the positive impact the arts have on the emotional, mental, and social development of youth.
 
“Music had such an impact on my life that I wanted to share the same experience with kids that aren’t fortunate enough to have that privilege,” says Patrick. “With the Rock ‘N’ Run 5K, we hope to raise awareness about the importance of music in the lives of the younger generations, all while having fun and getting some cardio in!”
 
WHAT:
Tie up those running shoes and get your heartbeat racing for Life By Music’s first-ever Rock ‘N’ Run 5K at Sunset Park. Avid local runners can register now and participate in the race virtually or in-person.
 
Race participants are also welcome to “An Evening Concert on the Green feat. OTHERWISE and Friends” at the Las Vegas Golf Center, with Happy Hour served prior to the show. All ages are welcome to the evening concert.
 
COST:
Registration is $50 and includes a t-shirt, swag bag, one (1) raffle ticket and entry into the evening concert.* Sponsorship packages are also available starting at $250. To sign up or to make a donation, visit www.lifebymusic.org.
 
*One (1) high school student can receive admission into the race for free when parent registers online. 

WHEN:
Saturday, May 22
 
Life By Music 5K
6 a.m. – 12 p.m.
7 a.m. – First heat begins
 
An Evening Concert on the Green feat. OTHERWISE and Friends
5-6 p.m. – Happy Hour
7 p.m. – Concert begins
 
WHERE:
Life By Music 5K – Sunset Park
2601 E. Sunset Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89120
 
An Evening Concert on the Green feat. OTHERWISE and Friends – Las Vegas Golf Center
6730 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
 
ABOUT LIFE BY MUSIC
Life By Music is a non-profit organization dedicated to introducing instruments and other musical resources into the lives of underprivileged and at-risk youth. As Strategic Partners with the GIBSON GIVES FOUNDATION, Life By Music focuses on charity-driven music and arts based events to spread awareness throughout the U.S. about the positive impact that music has on the emotional, mental, and social development of youth. The main goal is to inspire and instill the message that with the power of music, art, and collaboration, we can bridge the gap between all things.
 

RICK HARRISON LEADS LUCKY 7th ANNUAL ‘PAWN STARS POKER RUN’ TO BENEFIT HUNDLEY FOUNDATION ON SATURDAY, MAY 29, 2021

WHO:  Rick Harrison of HISTORY’S hit reality show “Pawn Stars” will lead his 7th Annual “Pawn Stars Poker Run” this year to benefit a new charity, The Hundley Foundation. Harrison selected a new charity this year, however, the proceeds from the run still benefit those families and individuals struggling with all the complications epilepsy brings into someone’s life and family.

WHAT:  Harrison will lead motorcycle riders through Las Vegas starting at the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. Other stops include the 105-year old historic Pioneer Saloon in Goodsprings, NV, and the Porchlight Grille, as well as new participant, Backyard, located on Water Street in Henderson. The final stop brings the riders back into downtown Las Vegas to Pawn Plaza for the official after party featuring a raffle, live band, and catering by Rick’s Rollin Smoke BBQ & Tavern. Participants will have their chance to win $2,000 for best hand and $1,000 for the worst hand, among many other prizes.

WHEN: Saturday, May 29, 2021 

Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and kick stands up at 10 a.m.  Last bike in is at 1:30 p.m. with a celebration party to follow.    

To register, visit Lucky 7th Annual Pawn Stars Poker Run Tickets, Sat, May 29, 2021 at 9:30 AM | Eventbrite


WHERE: World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop

713 S. Las Vegas Blvd.

ABOUT THE HUNDLEY FOUNDATION: 

The Hundley Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in need.  The foundation will support initiatives that focus on health, wellness, education, and other charitable causes.  It was established by NFL QB Brett Hundley and his sister Paris in 2019.  For more information, or to make a donation visit Home | Brett Hundley Foundation.

THE ORIGINAL, INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED IMMERSIVE VAN GOGH EXHIBIT​ TO MAKE ITS DEBUT IN THE HEART OF LAS VEGAS

Lighthouse Immersive and Foster Entertainment, the catalysts of the mesmerizing digital art space, brings its worldwide sensation, ​Immersive Van Goghto the heart of Las Vegas for the first time ever! The visually-striking exhibition encourages guests to experience the awe-inspiring works of post-Impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh through 500,000 cubic feet of immersive projections, 60,600 frames of video and 90,000,000 pixels.  Immersive Van Gogh will be making its Las Vegas debut at a secret location, soon to be announced.

The Las Vegas site will be the company’s ninth location, following the successful on-going and sold-out exhibits in Toronto, CAN, San Francisco, and Chicago, with additional productions scheduled to open in Los Angeles (May 27, 2021) and Dallas (June 17, 2021). Pre-sale tickets for Las Vegas will be available for purchase Thursday, March 11, 2021 at ​https://immersivevangogh.com for the exhibition’s opening on Thursday, July 1, 2021. Public sale starts on March 13 at 10:00 a.m. PST with prices ranging from $59.99 and above. 

The exhibit is a strikingly spectacular digital art exhibition that invites audiences to “step inside” the legendary works of post-Impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh, evoking his highly emotional and chaotic inner consciousness through art, light, music, movement, and imagination. Featuring stunning towering projections that illuminate the mind of the artistic genius, the exhibition will feature a curated selection of images from Van Gogh’s 2,000+ lifetime catalog of masterpieces, including Mangeurs de Pommes de Terre (The Potato Eaters, 1885), Nuit étoilée (Starry Night, 1889), Les Tournesols (Sunflowers, 1888), and La Chambre à coucher (The Bedroom, 1889). Paintings will be presented as to how the artist first saw the scenes, based on an active life and moving landscapes turned into sharp yet sweeping brush strokes. 

The hour-long, timed-entry​walk-through experience is designed with health and safety as a priority. Capacity will be limited in accordance with the City of Las Vegas’ safety protocols. Additional safety precautions include touchless ticket-taking, temperature checks upon arrival, hand sanitizer stations, social distancing markers throughout the venue, and digitally projected social distancing circles on the gallery floors to ensure appropriate spacing. All guests must wear a face covering at all times during their visit. 

Designed by Creative Director and Italian film producer ​Massimiliano Siccardi​, ​Immersive Van Gogh ​contains original, mood-setting music by Italian multimedia composer ​Luca Longobardi and ​Vittorio Guidotti as the Art Director. Siccardi immersive productions in Paris have been seen by over 2 million visitors and were featured on the Netflix TV show “Emily in Paris,” episode 5. 

“We’ve created a unique and enthralling production that functions safely during this pandemic,” says Co-Producer, Svetlana Dvoretsky. “Over 200,000 guests have seen ​Immersive Van Gogh in small, socially-distanced safe groups. It is an honor to bring the arts back into peoples’ lives during these times,” adds Co-Producer, Corey Ross. 

“Despite being unknown throughout his life, Van Gogh’s artwork has created a lasting impact through its emotional richness and simple beauty,” said Massimiliano Siccardi, ​Immersive Van Gogh designer. “Both myself and Luca Longobardi are very excited to visit Las Vegas and once again bring Van Gogh’s legacy to life in a way that is unique to the city.” 

Immersive Van Gogh has already entertained more th​an 200,000 ​guests since its North American debut last July, receiving rave reviews from critics worldwide. The​Toronto Sun​ declared it “intense and emotional, cathartic and liberating.” Debra Yeo of the ​Toronto Star​ stated, “I wondered: could projections of paintings on walls and floors be thrilling? The answer is ‘yes.’” Called “dazzling” by ​Lonely Planet​ and a “blockbuster digital experience that has taken the art world by storm” by ​Artnet News​, it was summed up by C​ TV​’s as “a completely new way of encountering art.” 

For more information about ​Immersive Van Gogh​, visit immersivevangogh.com or call 844-307-4644. Follow the exhibition on social media on ​Facebook​ and I​nstagram​. 

Past Events

The Las Vegas Wedding Chamber of Commerce celebrates five years of industry togetherness along with rebound of weddings to Las Vegas
 

The Las Vegas Wedding Chamber of Commerce (LVWCC), in partnership with the Office of the County Clerk, threw a birthday party of all parties as it celebrated five years of uniting the wedding industry and continuing into a year of growth, as the city and industry rebounds in the midst of the Covid pandemic.
 
In addition to an all-out party at the The SkyPod at The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod, which included  unlimited thrill rides, and a presentation from True Love Knots Founder Maria Romano on “Loving Your Way to the Top.” Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, birthday dessert and two drinks each, in addition to a full bar.
 
Also in attendance:
Jason Whaley, LVWCC President and Owner of Smash Booth Interactive Photo Studios as well as County Clerk Lynn Marie Goya. Office of the County Clerk, The STRAT, Ana Studios, Vegas Weddings, Smash Booth Interactive Photo Studios, Balloons with a Twist and Rolling In Dough Bakery.

About the Las Vegas Wedding Chamber of Commerce:
The Las Vegas Wedding Chamber of Commerce is a public/private partnership between the Las Vegas wedding industry and the Office of the County Clerk designed to promote wedding tourism in the Wedding Capital of the World. It serves as a member resource for education, media opportunities, camaraderie and more. For more information, including a directory of qualified wedding professionals, visit weddingchamber.vegas
 

EXTRAVAGANZA – The Vegas Spectacular

This extravaganza of passion and thrills features sensual performances that showcase the captivating talents of over 30 of the most talented, sexy and breathtaking artists from around the world – including dancers, acrobats, aerialists, skaters, ventriloquists, comedians and, the return of the iconic showgirl to the legendary Jubilee Theatre. Beautiful feats of strength and flexibility will make you gasp while the spectacular sets, massive LED screens and state-of-the-art holograms (which include some of Las Vegas’ most famous headliners, from Elvis to Frank Sinatra, among others), will take your breath away.

Add to this some of the most glamorous costumes and sizzling dance numbers that will take the audience on a visual whirlwind as they follow the show’s hero on his mysterious journey through the best of Las Vegas entertainment. From the return of the heart-stopping “Globe of Death” motorcycle act to a stage filled with aerialists, acrobats, dancers and, the iconic Las Vegas showgirls, audiences are sure to feel the passion in this gorgeous, sexy and unforgettable revue ! – “EXTRAVAGANZA”!

“EXTRAVAGANZA” was created and directed by famed director Hanoch Rosènn, who has brought Las Vegas the award-winning, family-friendly show, “WOW – The Vegas Spectacular,” which recently celebrated its 1000th show and two-year anniversary at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Rosènn is known worldwide for his extravagant and large-scale productions – including “Festigal” where he directed Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot in her stage-acting debut in 2008.

“Following the success of ‘WOW,’ and the way the city embraced the show, I am thrilled to bring ‘EXTRAVAGANZA’ to Las Vegas!” says creator, Hanoch Rosènn. “The show is my homage to this amazing city – bringing not only tremendous and unique performers from all over the world – but, also, some of the most iconic and thrilling acts, as well as, the return of the classic showgirls, who made the Jubilee Theatre home for so many decades.”

 

“EXTRAVAGANZA – The Vegas Spectacular” Performance Schedule:
and Tickets can be viewed and purchased at Extravaganza-Vegas.com, the Bally’s Las Vegas Box Office, Ticketmaster, BalllysLasVegas.com or by calling 702-777-7776.

AREA15, WORLD’S FIRST PURPOSE-BUILT ART, ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX, NOW OPEN IN LAS VEGAS

Pictures by S.P – Entertainment Hollywood

 AREA15, the world’s first purpose-built experiential art and entertainment complex, opened to the public on Thursday, Sept. 17, and reservations for opening weekend were fully booked within 24 hours of being released. While AREA15 is free to enter, pre-registration and masks are required at this time to manage capacities and ensure a safe environment for all guests.

The brand-new venue welcomed its first guests following an opening ceremony helmed by Chief Executive Officer Winston Fisher and Chief Creative Officer Michael Beneville, who also serves as co-founder and CEO of Beneville Studios. Otherworldly art cars, billowing plumes of colored smoke and an eclectic mix of AREA15 ambassadors and performers joined the executives for the opening moment.

Located in the heart of Las Vegas and minutes from the Strip, AREA15 offers immersive activations, monumental art installations, socially-distanced activations, extraordinary design elements, unique retail, ground-breaking technology, bars, eateries and much more. The complex also houses 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space with more than 800 free parking spaces.

In addition to Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart, which opens in early 2021, many more experiences will open in the coming months, including Lost Spirits Distillery, Dueling Axes, Emporium Bar and Arcade, Wink World, The Beast Food Hall by Todd English, Rocket Fizz candy shop, and the Intel Innovation Hub. In the coming weeks, AREA15 will continue to reveal new information about even more experiences coming to its campus, including the urban golf simulation Five Iron Golf, and immersive virtual reality experience, Virtualis.

Experiences open now include: 

  • Art Island – The first-ever permanent gallery for the exhibition of large-scale, commercially available, festival-inspired artwork. A full list of the art on view may be found here.
  • Birdly Virtual Reality Experience – Birdly mimics every aspect of the avian experience: from the wind beneath your wings to a bird’s-eye view of some of the richest landscapes in the digital world. Guests take a spin through the skies of New York or Singapore, explore prehistoric worlds, or test their flying skills in a futuristic racing game.
  • Emack & Bolios – Boston-based Emack & Bolios makes its west coast debut at AREA15, serving ice cream, yogurt, homemade fudge and chocolate, micro-brewed sodas, vegan selections, and more.
  • Gallerie 360 inside The Portal – A fully immersive audio and visual experience featuring world-renowned digital artists inside AREA15’s 360-degree projection mapped room, which doubles as a unique event space.
  • Haley’s Comet – Created by Walltopia, Haley’s Comet is the first indoor, electric dual-track suspension ride in the United States. Taking thrill seekers for an exhilarating, bird’s-eye view of the unique art in The SPINE, this glider-ride positions two riders against one another in a race to the finish, reaching 8 miles per hour.
  • Oddwood – Designed by Las Vegas entrepreneur Ryan Doherty of Corner Bar Management Group, giving inspiration to its name, at the heart of Oddwood will be the ever-changing, nearly 23-foot-high Japanese maple tree built by Color + Light A dramatic 28-feet-long by 17-feet-wide canopy with more than 5,000 twinkling LED lights will create the romantic, enchanting vibe in the space. Oddwood will serve a wide variety of premium beers and cocktails.
  • Sanctuary by Ibuku Design Studio – Made from bamboo that’s been carefully selected from the islands of Bali and Java, Santuary offers a tranquil place to gather, rest and reflect. Taking its inspiration from the conical shape of a volcano, this earthy, airy dome is made from all-natural materials, acting as a living organism complete with lush plant life. Sanctuary is also available for private event bookings.
  • Shogyo Mujo by Bart Kresa Studio and Joshua Harker – Welcoming guests as they enter the portal into AREA15, Shogyo Mujo is an interactive, 12-foot tall skull covered in 3D projection mapping and synched to music. It ventures into the fourth dimension, that of time, to give each guest a unique different experiene based on where, when, and how they view the piece.
  • The Beast Pop-up Food Experience – AREA15’s outdoor event space, A-Lot, will be transformed into a one-of-a-kind outdoor dining experience. Guests will eat and drink under the desert stars surrounded by monumental art sculptures and art cars.
  • The SPINE – The backbone tying everything together, The SPINE provides an ever-changing corridor filled with one-of-a-kind art installations, engaging brand activations, unique commerce and inspiring food and beverage offerings. 
  • Valyrian Steel by Henry Chang Design – Located in the heart of The SPINE, Valyrian Steel is a kinetic art car that is part Mad Max, part Mars Rover.
  • Wild Muse Boutique – A unique retail bazaar inside The SPINE, Wild Muse Boutique features one-of-a-kind, handcrafted, sustainable apparel, accessories, art, and eco-friendly health and wellness products from both local and global creators. 

AREA15 will follow the latest recommendations of leading health experts and government authorities, including the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And true to the insatiable hunger for all things inventive and groundbreaking, AREA15 will be using cutting-edge, state-of-the-art technology to help implement these recommendations, including an AI-driven thermal scanning platform that screens temperature accurately and non-invasively, detects the absence of a mask, and alerts staff when social distancing thresholds are not being met.  

ABOUT AREA15
AREA15, located minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, is the world’s first purpose-built experiential entertainment complex offering live events, immersive activations, monumental art installations, extraordinary design elements, unique retail, ground-breaking technology, bars and eateries and much more. With a growing collection of dynamic destinations including Emporium, Oddwood, Dueling Axes, Lost Spirits Distillery, Wink World, The Beast Food Hall by Todd English and its anchor experience, Meow Wolf Las Vegas. AREA15’s ever-changing art, retail and entertainment attractions will draw locals and tourists of all ages when it opens in September 2020. AREA15 represents a collaborative venture between real estate development firm Fisher Brothers and creative agency Beneville Studios, both of New York. For more information visit www.AREA15.com.

24th Annual Power of Love Gala Honors Neil Diamond

Keep Memory Alive’s 24th annual Power of Love gala at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, March 7 brought top artists and performers Billy Ray Cyrus, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Kelsey Grammer, Sammy Hagar, Derek Hough, Chris Isaak, Jimmy Kimmel, Katlyn Nichols, Greg Phillinganes and more together to honor music legend Neil Diamond and raise crucial funds and awareness for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

Also in attendance were Paula Abdul, star of E!’s hit TV show “Botched” Paul Nassif, M.D., “Bar Rescue” star Jon Taffer, British singer Matt Goss, jeweler Steven Lagos, chef Hubert Keller, magician Hans Klok, photocomposer Ryszard Horowitz and owner Mark Davis, president Marc Badain and coach Jon Gruden of the Las Vegas Raiders.

Paying tribute to Diamond’s iconic music, Cyrus opened the show with a rousing performance of “I’m a Believer,” followed by Isaak’s cover of “Solitary Man.” Hough introduced Edmonds and Nichols’ soulful rendition of “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” before Grammer announced Hagar’s performance of “Thank the Lord for the Nighttime.”

Keep Memory Alive Founder and Chairman Larry Ruvo and Kimmel presented Diamond with an award in honor of his impactful musical contributions to the world, followed by a proclamation of March 7 as “Neil Diamond Day” in Las Vegas.

Kimmel added, “I love Las Vegas and I love Neil Diamond. Not only do I love Neil, but my parents love him, my friends love him, my children love him.

Neil Diamond is an amazing songwriter and singer and I think you will agree that no Jewish man looks better in sequins than Neil Diamond.”

Diamond said, “I’m feeling great. This is an important thing they’re doing and I feel honored to be part of it and take part in it.”
Diamond then took to the stage, delivering a surprise mini concert of his hits including, “Hello Again,” “Forever in Blue Jeans,” “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Love on Rocks,” “I Am…I Said” and “September Morn.” The audience jumped to their feet and sang along for a finale of “Sweet Caroline,” as Cyrus, Hagar, Isaak, Kimmel and Nichols joined him on stage. Marking his first live performance since announcing his retirement from touring in 2018 due to his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease,

Celebrity chefs Wolfgang Puck and Masaharu Morimoto prepared exquisite cuisine paired with wines from Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, followed by a showstopping dessert from MGM Grand Pastry Team that featured a cocktail wrapped with cotton candy.

Guests bid on exceptional experiences and items during the silent and live auctions, including a private dinner with Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, lunch with David Beckham in Miami, a seven-day cruise off the coast of Australia aboard a superyacht and a luxury suite for the Las Vegas Raiders season home opener.

The evening generated the majority of annual revenue for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health to provide service, care and resources for patients and their caregivers in the fight against neurodegenerative disorders including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s diseases; multiple system atrophy; frontotemporal dementia and related disorders; multiple sclerosis and more. There is a chance to help raise money each year, so make sure to save the date for the 25th annual Power of Love gala happening on May 22, 2021 at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Grand Opening of Chosun Hwaro & Nara Teppan Korean BBQ Restaurant at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.

The restaurant marks the first U.S. restaurant from parent company Ebadom, which already operates more than 200 restaurants in Korea and China.

One side of the restaurant that sits on Harmon Avenue next to Nacho Daddy and Buffalo Wild Wings offers Korean barbecue grilled at the table. Chosun Hwaro features overhead air vents at each seat in the dining room, where staff prepare Korean galbi dishes using brisket, prime rib-eye steak, short ribs, and pork belly. Diners can order bibimbap, a kimchi stew with pork, and buckwheat noodle dishes, along with sushi, rolls, and sashimi.

The other side of the 13,000-square-foot dining room features Nara Teppan with “thrilling teppanyaki shows” hosted by staff juggling cutlery and preparing dishes. The $58 Nara special features filet mignon, chicken, and lobster.

Diners on either side can order sushi, sashimi, and sushi rolls such as the volcanic yellowtail roll with spicy yellowtail, cucumber, micro cilantro, sliced jalapeño, and ponzu sauce or a creamy crunch roll with cream cheese, avocado, shrimp tempura, crab, eel sauce, and sweet mayo.

Both sides also offer a full soju and sake menu. Specialty cocktails include the Knight’s Voyage made with Tanqueray Rangpur gin, Aperol, house-made orange bitters, and lemon juice.

Chosun Hwaro & Nara Teppan, Miracle Mile Shops, 3663 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-369-9637. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Frites Las Vegas Opens with a Sword Being Pulled out of a Large Potato.

Frites Las Vegas opened with quite a spectacle. After a traditional ribbon cutting and proclamation from County Commissioner Naft naming June 26 Frites Las Vegas Day, Frites Founder Lincoln Spoor pulled the almighty sword from…a very large potato!

Located at the Castle Walk Food Court at Excalibur, complete with a counter dressed up like a food truck.

Frites worked on dozens of potatoes and cuts before opting for triangular-shaped fries, based on the shape of Toblerone candy bars, to get the optimal crunch. The fries then go into a beef tallow, much like old school McDonald’s fries, for the crunch factor. Vegetarians and vegans to get their fries cooked in peanut oil.

“We have created flavor profiles with a nod to Americana nostalgia yet with a sophisticated international flair,” the company says. Options teased so far include an everything bagel variety and churro fries.

The restaurant also plans to serve a variety of sauces, ranging from sweet, savory, and chunky, to smooth and sultry.

While not scheduled to debut at the opening, malts, and milkshakes will be part of the future menu once the restaurant gets up and running, as is delivery service.

8th Annual Bones and Booze

Las Vegas Natural History Museum presented “Bones and Booze” on Friday, June 21, 2019 at Las Vegas Natural History Museum Downtown Las Vegas. The soirée was filled with small bites, refreshments, and entertainment donated by downtown Las Vegas businesses. Proceeds assist in furthering the mission of the Las Vegas Natural History Museum; to inspire, through educational exhibits and programs, a better understanding and appreciation of the natural world, the sciences, and ourselves.

For more information visit https://www.lvnhm.org

Marriage Can Be Murder.

An award winning interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show, where the actors are planted among the unsuspecting guests! The longest running dinner show in Vegas is now downtown at the D Hotel & Casino. Marriage Can Be Murder is considered “The most fun show in Vegas!” it’s hilarious and entertaining.

The show includes a 3-course meal (vegetarian option available) while trying to figure out who the murderer is. Non-alcoholic beverages are included. Upgrade to add VIP seating plus an alcoholic beverage and a souvenir T-shirt.

For times and ticket visit:

http://www.marriagecanbemurder.com/

2019 Hopped Taco Throwdown

TACO lovers united for the 3rd Annual “Hopped Taco Throwdown” at Zappos Headquaters.

Tacos and craft beer triumphantly rejoiced together in an all-inclusive culinary and beer experience created by Motley Brews. Culinary tastemakers from Las Vegas represented both the beer and culinary world and hand-selected to participate in a wildly innovative experience that only Motley Brews  delivered
More info:  http://hoppedtaco.com/

Celebrity jeweller Le Vian stages 20th anniversary Chocolate Diamonds® catwalk fundraiser in Las Vegas raising almost $500,000 for children's and cancer charities

Las Vegas: American jeweler to the stars, Le Vian, has celebrated 20 years of its record-busting Chocolate Diamonds® with a glittering retrospective catwalk, which also portrayed 7 trends Le Vian believes will rock the jewellery world in 2020, while raising almost $500,000 for children’s and cancer charities

Le Vian models sashayed down the runway in a packed Las Vegas ballroom at the Venetian Hotel on Sun 2 June in a catwalk show that looked both to the past and the future, with an audience of top retailers and superfan Le Vian collectors. 

The evening’s proceedings included two impromptu ovations. One for the man who pledged $175,000 (matched dollar for dollar by Le Vian) in exchange for nothing more than a balloon and a rose. The highlight of the night however was for one of the serving staff – a single father – who was so moved by the stories of the evening that he stopped work and through tears, explained that he wished to pledge $200 in honour of his father who had died in his 50s from cancer. He has since been offered a job by the billionaire top donor of the night.

Le Vian Chocolate Diamonds® is a trademarked brand of natural fancy colour brown diamonds which denote a superior quality of brown diamonds.

The Le Vian Chocolate Diamonds® story involves two world-firsts:
– Le Vian is the world’s only company that has succeeded in legally acquiring the right to name a diamond. Registering the trademark for Chocolate Diamonds® took 8 years in the US and a further 1 year to extend the rights to Europe, China, India and dozens of other countries. 
– Le Vian is the only jewellery brand worldwide with the right to emit a chocolate scent from a jewellery store. The Chocolate Diamonds® scent took 18 months to produce using one of the world’s most experienced perfumeries and is one of only 13 scents to be registered as a trademark on the planet and the only one on earth to ever achieve trademark registration in jewellery. 

Catwalk looks reflected the 20 year journey of Chocolate Diamond® delicacies spanning Vanilla Gold® and Strawberry Gold® settings, Chocolate Diamond® timepieces, the Chocolate Weddings collection and the more recent winning combination of Chocolate Diamonds® and Nude Diamonds™  – a chronicle of success all achieved against a backdrop of A-list celebrity wearers including Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga and Rihanna (who wears Chocolate Diamond® earrings in her newest ad campaign for Fenty Beauty).

The Le Vian catwalk also revealed the following 2020 trends:
Trend of the year: Bold Gold – glossy and brushed gold giving diamonds a wearable feel, against a backdrop of growing demand for gold as a preserver of wealth

Theme of the year: Heavenly Halos– Keeping the central stones in the spotlight including GemLinks™, Baguette Frenzy™  and Taj Mahal™

Cut of the year: Pear-shaped– From central stones to carefully positioned gems that become a butterfly or the petal of a four leafed clover

Diamond of the year: Chocolate Diamonds® and Nude Diamonds™ – the perfect combination of neutral tones including the 20th anniversary XX Gladiator design 

Gem of the year: Emeralds – a symbol of prosperity, rebirth and serenity. 2020 sees the Le Vian Costa Smerelda Emerald™as gem of the year

Fall 2019 colour: Berrylicious Reds and Blues– Two of America’s favourite colours.
Think Passion Ruby™, Blueberry Tanzanite™and Cornflower Ceylon Sapphire™

Spring 2020 colour: Le Vian Nature Greens – The arrival of spring inspires Mint Julep Quartz™, Pistachio Diopside®, Forest Green Tsavorite™  and Costa Smerelda Emeralds™

Feature of the year: Phenomena– The eye-catching effects of iridescence, translucency and matrix structures in Cat’s Eye Alexandrite which changes colour dependent on light, and Peacock Aquaprase™ 

For more information visit https://www.levian.com

2019 Epicurean Affair

It’s that time of the year again to enjoy an evening poolside at The Las Vegas Epicurean Affair. This years event took place on Thursday, May 19th at the Red Rock Resort & Casino. The Las Vegas Epicurean Affair, sponsored by the Nevada Restaurant Association, gathered the city’s finest restaurants, nightclubs, and beverage vendors for this tasty event and featured the most savory cuisines and refreshing cocktails Las Vegas has to offer.

Some of the restaurants included: Scotch 80 Prime, TAO Las Vegas, Beauty & Essex, Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill, Hank’s Fine Steaks & Martinis, Mint Indian Bistro, b.B.d.’s beers burgers desserts, Shake Shack and many more.

Event proceeds support the Nevada Restaurant Association’s educational and scholarship programs, including ProStart ®, a national high school culinary skill and restaurant management program. In Nevada, more than 2600 students in 33 schools take part in the program, which teaches students the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the food service industry.

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Savors Of The Strip

Come with an appetite!

It was such a wonderful delicious experience to take the “Savors of the Strip” by Lipsmacking Foodie Tours on Thursday, May 9th in Las Vegas.

The tour began in front of the arched waterfall outside the Aria Resort & Casino and included 4 top restaurants, and a little bit of history. As we stopped at Retrospecs & Co. located at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas were we got a tour of old preserved sunglasses, manufactured during the 1870s-1970s. (An interesting perk)

The first stop was BARDOT Brasserie, which served us:

ECARGOTS BARDOT

Wild burgundy snails, Toasted hazelnuts chartreuse garlic butter, Puff pastry shells.

KING CRAB CAESAR

Belgian endive, Wild caught king crab, Parmesan bread crumb, Caper aioli, Herbed bread cumbs.

ROASTED FRENCH CHICKEN DIP

Gruyere cheese, Mushroom bread pudding, Greenbeans, Vin jaune au jus

Our second stop was Julian Serrano, which served us Tapas and Paella.

PAELLA

Valenciana, chicken, Spanish pork choizo, Vegetables, saffron

TAPAS

Spanish croquetas, Chicken bechamel, Tuna cones, Ahi tartare cucumbers, Cripy won ton, Avocado, Ponzu, Stuffed dates, Nedjool dates, Goat cheese, Bacon, Apple puree.

The third stop was Estiatorio Milos (my favorite) which served us a delicious Greek Salad, Octopus and Milos Special.

THE GREEK SALAD

Vine ripe tomatoes, Extra virgin olive oil, Barreel-Aged feta.

OCTOPUS

Sushi quality mediterranean octopus grilled, Santorini fava.

MILOS SPECIAL

Lightly Fried Zucchini, Eggplant, Tzatziki & Kefalograviera Cheese

The finally stop was Cucina by Wolfgang Puck which served us delicious yummy sweats with a choice of coffee.

LIMONCELLO PANNA COTTA

House made limoncello, Amaretti cookie crumble

TIRAMISU

Expresso Soaked Ladyfingers, Mascarpone mousse

CANNOLI

Pistachio ricotta cream filling

CREMOSO

Brownie, hazelnut crunch, dark chocolate mousse

This tour is great for Locals and Tourists who want to experience some of the Top Restaurants, Las Vegas has to offer.

ABOUT LIPSMACKIN FOODIE TOURS:

In just a short time, Lip Smacking Foodie Tours has grown into the premier culinary walking tour in Las Vegas, garnering not only loyal fans but outstanding accolades. Its variety of tours offer guests personalized service and VIP access to the best tables in the house at the city’s most acclaimed restaurants – all without standing in line or the hassle of making reservations. Each tour includes an expert guide who entertains guests with insider knowledge about the sights along the way. At each of four restaurant stops on The Strip or downtown, guests indulge in signature dishes, as well as receive a warm welcome from the chefs. Guests can sit beside different patrons at every stop, gaining new friends and networking connections. The tours are perfect for everyone from locals to tourists to business travelers, including corporate groups of up to 250. In 2019, Lip Smacking Foodie Tours expanded for the first time outside of Vegas to include upscale Santana Row in San Jose, located in the heart of California’s dynamic Silicon Valley. 

Recent honors include: “Best Tour”, “Best Food Tour”, and “Best Date Night Spot” by Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2018; “Best Food/Beverage Tour Operations (Land)” by The World Food Travel Association 2018; “Best Tour”, “Best Fine Dining”, and “Best Brunch” by Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2017; “Best Tour” by Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2016; “Best Tour” by INVEGAS Magazine in 2015 and 2016; and “Best New Tour” by Thrillist in 2015; as well as inclusion in TripAdvisor’s “Top 3” tours in Las Vegas, and ranked #1 tour on Yelp.

Additionally, Lip Smacking Foodie Tours has been given the honored distinction of “preferred partner member’’ of Virtuoso, the invitation-only member network catering to luxury travel advisors. That designation means that no other company offering similar experiences can become a member of this leading international travel agency network that specializes in opulent experiential travel.

VEGAS UNCORK’D BY BON APPÉTIT COMMENCES WITH A BURST OF CHAMPAGNE AT THE CEREMONIAL SABER OFF Chef Bruce Bromberg Kicked Off the Iconic Las Vegas Culinary Festival at Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

The 13th annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit, presented by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, started with a splash as some of the biggest names in the culinary world united at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Joined by more than 30 iconic chefs including Masaharu Morimoto, Roy Choi, Frankie Pellegrino Jr., Michelle Tribble, Greg Sherry, Angelo Auriana, Timon Balloo, Mark LoRusso and Stephen Hopcraft, Chef Bruce Bromberg sabered a magnum of champagne to kick off the weekend of festivities at Caesars Entertainment, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, MGM Resorts International, The Venetian Resort and Wynn Las Vegas.

Hosts Adam Rapoport, Editor in Chief of Bon Appétit, Eric Gillin, Chief Business Officer of The Lifestyle Division at Condé Nast, Bree McKenney, Head of Marketing for The Lifestyle Division at Condé Nast, Simon Pettigrew, Senior Vice President of Resort Operations for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and Fletch Brunelle, Vice President of Marketing, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority raised a toast to thank the chefs, resort partners and brands for their continued support of the Las Vegas culinary scene.

Recognized as one of the country’s top food, wine and spirits festivals, the four-day event featured some of the world’s greatest culinary talent including returning favorites Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Gordon Ramsay, Giada De Laurentiis, Guy Fieri, Lorena Garcia, Nobu Matsuhisa, Lisa Guy Savoy, Bryan and Michael Voltaggio, Julian Serrano, Michael Mina and Susan Feniger to name a few.

LEGENDARY CHEFS GATHER AT VEGAS UNCORK’D BY BON APPÉTIT’S 13TH ANNUAL GRAND TASTING EVENT, MAY 10

The world’s most sought-after chefs, sommeliers and mixologists from Caesars Entertainment, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, MGM Resorts International, The Venetian Resort and Wynn Las Vegas came together to showcase their extraordinary talents during the Grand Tasting at the 13th annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit. This year’s epicurean indulgence  returned to the dramatic 5-acre Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace and featured more than 50 award-winning chefs as well as more than 100 of the best wines and spirits from around the world.

Chefs and special guests  at the Grand Tasting red carpet included:

  • Lisa Vanderpump, Gordon Ramsay, Giada De Laurentiis, Guy Fieri, Nobu Matsuhisa, Frank Pellegrino Jr., Steve Martorano, Greg and Marc Sherry and Guy Savoy of Caesars Entertainment
  • Stephen Hopcraft of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
  • Will Guidara, Roy Choi, Masaharu Morimoto, Susan Feniger, Shawn McClain, Michael Mina, Diane Mina, Arturo Corpuz, Philippe Angibeau, Florent Cheveau and Adam Arencibia of MGM Resorts International
  • Lorena Garcia, Kim Canteenwalla, Juyoung Kang, Evan Hosaka, Olivier Dubreuil, Christian Tetedoie, Claude Le Tohic, Steve Benjamin, Simone Bregardis, Alan Ji, Lee Man Sing, Timon Balloo, Joel Versola, Matteo Ferdinandi, Angelo Auriana and Daniel Yang of The Venetian Resort
  • Mark LoRusso of Wynn Las Vegas  
  • Charles Phan, Shaun King, Haruhiko Takeshita, Kiko Ojeda, Michael Ingino, Miguel A. Rivera and David Mangual of The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace
  • Fletch Brunelle, Vice President of Marketing, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
  • Eric Gillin, Chief Business Officer, The Lifestyle Division, Condé Nast
  • Bree McKenney, Head of Marketing, The Lifestyle Division, Condé Nast
  • Adam Rapoport, Editor in Chief, Bon Appétit
  • Alex Delany, Associate Web Editor, Bon Appétit
  • Andy Baraghani, Senior Food Editor, Bon Appétit
  • Christina Chaey, Associate Editor, Bon Appétit
  • Rachel Karten, Associate Director of Social Media, Bon Appétit
  • Paulie Dibner, Director of Editorial Operations, Condé Nast Traveler
  • Mayer Rus, West Coast Editor, Architectural Digest
  • Whembely Sewell, Executive Editor, them.
  • Mark Anthony Green, Special Projects Editor, GQ
  • Benjy Hansen-Bundy, Senior Associate Editor, GQ
  • Jeffrey Tousey, Social Media Director, Vanity Fair
  • Chris Legaspi, Menswear Editor, Vanity Fair

3rd Annual Picnic at The Park

The third annual Picnic at The Park where some of the most notable chefs in the industry including Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Michael Mina, Masaharu Morimoto, Roy Choi, Bryan and Michael Voltaggio, Susan Feniger, Julian Serrano, Shawn McClain, and MGM Grand executive pastry chef Florent Cheveau came together to offer creative twists on classic al fresco dining along with carefully paired wine curated by Master Sommelier Jason Smith, cocktails by Mixologist Craig Schoettler, and a variety of beer. The outdoor dining and entertainment district was stocked with each chef’s creation including sweet corn from Masaharu Morimoto, Japanese wagyu Thai beef salad from Jean-Georges Vongerichten, beef short ribs from Bryan and Michael Voltaggio, tandoori kampachi with butter chicken oysters from Michael Mina, apricot lacquered jidori chicken from Shawn McClain, and boquerones en vinaigrette from Julian Serrano, among other delectable options.

About Bon Appétit

Bon Appétit is where food and culture meet. The award-winning No. 1 food lifestyle brand covers food through the lens of cooking, fashion, travel, technology, design, and home. As the leading arbiter of taste, its home-grown talent and tireless dedication to recipe testing separates it from the competition by miles. Bon Appétit has been named to Advertising Age’s A-List for eight consecutive years, including Magazine of the Year 2013 and 2017, Brand of the Year 2015, and Digital and Video recognition in 2019, and has been named to Adweek’s Hot List every year since 2012, including Hottest Food Magazine in 2013, 2017 and 2018. Bon Appétit has also been nominated for 32 National Magazine Awards in the past six years, including wins in 2014 for General Excellence and Photography, in 2017 for General Excellence, and in 2019 for Social Media. For more, visit www.bonappetit.com.

About the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center. With nearly 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and more than 11 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA’s mission centers on attracting ever increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area. Download the virtual reality app, Vegas VR, to experience Las Vegas from your iPhone or Android by visiting http://www.vrtv.vegas/. For more information, go to www.lvcva.com or www.visitlasvegas.com.

HELP of Southern Nevada's celebrated Derby in the Desert with a Twist of Lime!

HELP of Southern Nevada celebrated Derby in the Desert on May 4, at MacKenzie River Pizza inside City National Arena. The event included signature cocktails, delicious bites and an amzing door prize. As well as a best hat contest.

HELP of Southern Nevada was started by the Junior League of Las Vegas and was incorporated in 1970. It is a 501 (c) (3) organization that has grown exponentially since the inception, from an organization that served fewer than three hundred people a year, to one that will serve tens of thousands unduplicated people in a fiscal year.

HELP of Southern Nevada responds to the changing needs of our growing community. We strategically expand our programs and refine our service delivery systems to better serve the poor, the homeless and those in crisis who come to us as a place of last resort. We pride ourselves on being 100% local and 100% accountable and engaging other organizations through collaboration to achieve maximum impact with the services we provide and the clients we serve.

3rd Annual Wine Woman & Shoes

St Jude’s Ranch for Children “Wine Women & Shoes” hosted it’s 3 rd Annual benefit honoring Linda Faiss on Sunday, April 28th. The event started of with a Wine Tasting and Culinary Bites, Silent Auction and Best in Shoe Contest followed by an opening Performance, Brunch, honoree Presentation, Live Auction, Fashion Show and Winner announcements. Jason Feinberg served as emcee for the afternoon.

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children wasn’t a place so much as a dream in the mind of one well-meaning man. ”What if we could build a place for neglected children?” He wondered. “How much good could we do?”

A lot!  For 50 years, St. Jude’s Ranch has provided a safe, nurturing home with therapeutic residential treatment services to thousands of abused and neglected children in Nevada. St. Jude’s Ranch has made and continues to make a difference by creating new lives with new hope for these children.

It all began with Father Jack Adam, an Episcopalian priest, who envisioned a place where neglected children could feel loved. He named the place after St. Jude, the Patron Saint of Desperate Causes. At first, Father Adam’s project seemed to be one of those desperate causes, but that changed in 1966 when several members of the community stepped in to help.

Claudine and Shelby Williams assisted with fundraising and organized a successful gala called the “Nite of Stars.”  With the help of Forrest Duke, the entertainment columnist at the Las Vegas Review Journal, they convinced stars including Jack Benny, Shecky Greene, Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra to perform. Held November 15, 1966, at the Riviera Hotel, the event was a great success, raising more than $30,000.

Alvin Wartman, an attorney in Boulder City, persuaded City fathers to provide 40 acres of land for a campus. The Sisters of Charity, an order of nuns based in Bristol, England, agreed to care for the children. Builders, contractors and tradesmen offered to help develop the property.

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children was instituted in 1966, construction began in 1967 and later that year, Eddie – a boy from Elko, Nevada – became the first resident. The Ranch wasn’t big or fancy, but the kind people of Southern Nevada quickly embraced the organization and its mission.

The St. Jude’s Ranch Women’s Auxiliary was established and became the largest and most active support group in the Las Vegas area with more than 300 members. Publicity that had surrounded the Nite of Stars helped bring new supporters to the Ranch family.

Under the leadership of Father Herbert Ward, Executive Director from 1970-2000, St. Jude’s Ranch became one of Southern Nevada’s most visible and successful nonprofit organizations. Over time, the organization grew and expanded its programs into two locations in Las Vegas, offering related services such as housing for homeless families and singles, employment and education assistance, sibling preservation for families separated in foster care and family support services to provide caregivers skills and resources they need before children are removed from the home.

Today, our campus is a community landmark and an important part of life in Boulder City. Not only do we continue to serve the needs of abused and neglected children and young adults in Southern Nevada, we give tours of our campus, maintain a Thrift Store that is open to the public seven days a week and conduct weddings in our beautiful chapel.

Crossings and New Crossings, our transitional living programs for homeless youth and families, and Child Focus, our sibling preservation program, are both located in Las Vegas.

Even though there have been changes over the years, St. Jude’s Ranch has remained true to its mission: rescuing abused, abandoned and neglected children and providing a safe, nurturing and therapeutic home for them.

45th Annual UNLVino

UNLVino, proudly sponsored by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada since the event’s inception, returned for its 45th year as Las Vegas’ longest running wine and food festival. Benefitting the students of UNLV’s Harrah College of Hospitality, this highly anticipated event returned for three incredible nights.

Bubble-Licous

Bubble-Licious, which is the first event in the UNLVino series, featured champagne, sparkling wines and award-winning restaurants from The Venetian and The Palazzo’s outstanding collection.

UNLVino was confounded in 1974 by the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration and Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada, now operating as Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. Over the past four decades, UNLVino has raised several million dollars for scholarships and other academic developmental needs of UNLV students. UNLVino is differentiated through unparalleled, hands-on student experiences at all levels of even planning, execution and promotion, as well as the impactful funds raised each year – all testaments to the celebratory weekend’s broader purpose – scholarship. 

Sake Fever

Night two officially open the evening celebration, with traditional Japanese drummers, Japanese swordsmen, themed characters and UNLV Rebel Girls paraded through the resort’s casino and led guests to the entrance of the event. Japanese warriors with samurai swords performed alongside the traditional Japanese drummers. Guests also enjoyed the Great Tuna Cutting by Naked Fish’s of the 300-lb tuna, a celebration that has come to be known by guests of Sake Fever. Following the ceremony, a DJ spun upbeat tracks alongside the evening’s emcee, Ron Cabildo, while attendees worked their way around the beautiful resort pool under the beautiful Las Vegas sky to enjoy Japanese spirits, sake and more as well as Asian-inspired cuisine from restaurants in Las Vegas.

To further commemorate the evening, Michael Severino, Ian Staller and Larry Ruvo (all of SGWSNV), as well as Mr. Lee of Lee’s Discount Liquors and Stowe Shoemaker of UNLV Harrah College of Hospitality, all took part of the Sake Barrel Ceremony, a tradition of the event since its inception. Following the ceremony, Severino, Shoemaker and a UNLV student of the UNLVino Class presented Mr. Lee with the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence for his incredible contribution to our community.

Grand Tasting

UNLVino concludes on Saturday, April 13 with the Grand Tasting at The Mirage Events Center. This final event honored Nicole Brisson of Eataly Las Vegas and featured premium selections of wine, spirits, craft beer and other beverages and over 20 award-winning restaurants, as well as special performance  by Legends In Concert.

 

 

Vanderpump Cocktail Garden Officially Debuts at Caesars Palace

Caesars Palace became “Lisa’s Palace” this past weekend as the resort celebrated the grand opening of Vanderpump Cocktail Garden with television star and restaurateur Lisa Vanderpump. Vanderpump Cocktail Garden is the newest addition to the iconic Los Angeles-based Vanderpump empire and offers exclusive cocktails and bites, all in a garden oasis setting.

anderpump was joined by some of her famous friends for a star-studded opening, including Camille Grammer, Lance Bass and the cast of “Vanderpump Rules.” In true Vanderpump-fashion, Caesars Palace’s iconic fountains were turned pink and all of the resort’s signature roman statues were adorned with pink roses in homage to the newest member of the Caesars Palace family.

It is such an honor that Caesars Palace asked us to partner with them on this venture- we were thrilled to become part of the Caesars Family,” said Lisa Vanderpump. “We have created a unique, decadent space with a majestic feel where guests can relax in a sexy garden oasis. From the design and ambiance (featuring the incredible Nick Alain lighting, fixtures and furniture) to the selection of light bites and cocktails, I am proud of what we created and hope everyone will enjoy the experience as much as we do!”

With design inspiration from Vanderpump, husband Ken Todd, and designer Nick Alain, the stunning space welcomes guests with an indoor patio featuring an al fresco-style garden with 16-ft. olive trees and romantic lighting fixtures. The romance continues as the lounge inside elegantly fuses natural elements with industrial décor, including Lisa’s signature feminine touch with contrasting masculine details. With plush seating throughout, and a space that transports guests into a decadent destination, Vanderpump Cocktail Garden is perfect for a casual gathering or big night out.

Vanderpump Cocktail Garden focuses on innovative craft cocktails including The Checkmate Bitch (Stoli hot vodka, Chacho jalapeno vodka, fresh pineapple, grapefruit liqueur, vanilla citrus, angostura bitters and pink peppercorns), Please Her, Caesar! (Vanderpump vodka, Rosé Champagne, blackberry, elderflower, lemon, aquafaba), and Matcha Matcha Man Vanderpump vodka, matcha, fresh mint, lemon, ginger liqueur, aquafaba). Favorites are sure to include the English Pimms Cup and the stunningly purple Giggy Tonic. Don’t forget to end the night on a high note with a cocktail from the  ‘Naughty Nightcaps’ portion of the menu.

Along with a diverse selection of beverages, the lounge also offers guests small bites, shareable plates and Instagram-worthy desserts. On the savory end, menu highlights include Ahi Tuna Tartare in Plantain Tacos (chili ginger citrus glaze, avocado, crispy capers), Grilled Cheese Tasting (whipped Brie & Gruyere, naan, thyme, Asian pear, rosemary ham), Roasted Red & Golden Beets with Goat Cheese, Lobster & Avocado Naan Flatbread and Provencal Phyllo Cigars (wild mushroom and walnut / sausage ham, and peppadew, green goddess crème fraîche). For those with a sweet tooth, you can’t miss the Vanderpump Rosé Cake for Two (Rosé infused sponge cake, strawberry buttercream).

“We are incredibly proud to see this project and partnership with Lisa Vanderpump come to life,” said Gary Selesner, regional president of Caesars Palace. “Vanderpump and her team together with our team have created an exceptional space that perfectly brings together the Los Angeles flair with the extravagance of the Strip, and we know it will quickly become a favorite of our guests.”

Vanderpump joins Caesars Palace’s eclectic lineup of celebrity restaurants including Gordon Ramsay HELL’S KITCHEN, Restaurant Guy Savoy, Pronto by Giada, Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill and MR CHOW. Vanderpump Cocktail Garden is open daily from 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Reserve your VIP package today, visit: vanderpump.uvtix.com. For more information, visit: VanderpumpVegas.com.

 

THE HIGHEST CONCENTRATION OF BAR OWNERS AND OPERATORS ATTENDED QUESTEX’S NIGHTCLUB & BAR SHOW 2019

America’s Largest Bar Expo celebrates 35 years in 2020 and returns to Las Vegas March 30 – April 1

Questex’s 34th annual Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show set records during 2019 delivering the highest concentration of bar owners and operators during the three-day convention at the Las Vegas Convention Center, March 25 – 27. North America’s premier bar and nightlife industry conference and expo featured over 400 exhibitors, 82 conference sessions, the first-ever Live Bar, hosted by Bob Peters, and the inaugural F&B Innovation Conference – along with product launches, keynote sessions, bootcamps, certification sessions and a series of educational workshops.

“This year’s Nightclub & Bar Show had a remarkable turn out, and I don’t just mean in terms of attendance,” said Paul Miller, CEO of Questex. “Our speakers brought an incredible amount of knowledge, energy and material to the conference sessions for attendees to apply to their businesses. In addition, the chefs and mixologists set the bar high for what professionals should expect to see in the future – and so did our exhibitors as they debuted new products and showcased the future of the industry.”

In response to current trends and the growth in the industry, the 2019 Nightclub & Bar Show brought to the floor a Live Bar, hosted by Bob Peters of Creative Cocktails Consulting LLC. Attendees were treated to custom cocktails made on-site featuring new spirits and innovative technology such as Ripples Maker machine, which created custom designs on cocktails. In addition, the third edition of the F&B Innovation Center offered the first-ever Conference Series, led by Executive Chef and Owner of Duffified Experience Group, Brian Duffy. Attendees had the opportunity to interact with accomplished chefs from Food Network hit series such as Food Network Star, Guy’s Grocery Games, Cutthroat Kitchen, Chef Wanted, The Great Food Truck Race, and Beat Bobby Flay, – along with FOX series Hell’s Kitchen and Paramount Network’s Bar Rescue while learning how to re-energize brands, find exciting ways to increase traffic and boost revenue, and mitigate the challenges presented by disruptors.

Leading this year’s conference sessions were keynote speakers Jon Taffer, Jim Meehan and Tanisha Robison. With more than 80 sessions over the three-days, attendees had direct access to the industry’s premier leaders allowing them to strengthen their brands and get ahead of the trends. Session highlights were “Understanding the Psychology Behind Guest Experiences,” “Personalizing Your Bar Experience,” “The Food Delivery Challenge,” “Sustainability in Bars,” “Secret to the Get the Restaurant/Bar You Want,” and “Handling Special Dietary Needs.”

On Tuesday, March 26, the expo floor opened with the hottest names in the food and beverage industry with a star-studded red carpet and ribbon cutting ceremony lead by Chairman of the Nightclub & Bar Show and star of Paramount Network’s hit TV series Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer. Also spotted on the red carpet was former professional football player and cornerback, Mark McMillian of the Washington Redskins, and Vanderpump Rules star and TomTom partner, Tom Sandoval.

The spotlight shined on the last two days of the convention inside the exhibit floor where thousands of products spanning all facets of the industry: bar equipment, spirits, craft beer, alcohol-free beverages and mixers, furnishings, technology, food, venue equipment, glassware, décor, menu designs, social media, apparel, lighting and more lined the expo floor. New exhibitors to the 2019 Nightclub & Bar Show included Cannabiniers / Two Roots Brewing with the world’s first de-alcoholized cannabis infused craft beer; Glyph debuting the world’s first molecular commercial whiskey; and Cutting Edge Axe Throwing Builders featuring brand new axe throwing lanes, LED targets and customization options.

As the largest annual bar and nightlife convention, the 2019 Nightclub & Bar Show spanned throughout the city with offsite trainings, networking opportunities and nightlife events at Las Vegas’ hottest venues and businesses including On the Record at Park MGM, Marquee Nightclub and Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, JEWEL Nightclub at ARIA Resort & Casino and Intrigue Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas.

The Nightclub & Bar Show will celebrate a milestone year in 2020 with its 35th anniversary at the Las Vegas Convention Center March 30 – April 1. For updates throughout the year, visit www.ncbshow.com.