DID SOMEONE SAY CHRISTMAS IN JULY? GLITTERING LIGHTS AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY LAUNCHES TICKET SALES FOR 20TH SEASON
The holiday show’s 2019 pricing is available through October 15.
As Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway prepares to enter its 20th season this November, the premier holiday light show launches a Chritsmas in July special ticket pricing for those early elves looking to snag a deal before the holidays begin.
Through July 31, guests can use the code “EARLYELF” to receive 20% off 2019’s ticket prices at glitteringlights.vegas. Ticket prices for the 2020 season will be slightly increasing to coincide with the 20-year anniversary and added elements.
Ticket type Price Before October 15 Regular Ticket Pricing 2020
Week Day Pass $20 (per car) $25 (per car)
ANYDAY Pass $30 (per car) $35 (per car)
Fast Pass $50 (per car) $55 (per car)
Season Pass $75 (per car) $85 (per car)
Additional pre-season promotional offers will be highlighted on social media @lasvegaslights and facebook.com/glitteringlightslasvegas through mid October. Regular ticket pricing goes into effect October 15, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. PST.
“We all could use some holiday cheer,” says John Bentham, event producer of Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. “The Glittering Lights team looks forward to launching our 20th season as the fan-favorite holiday experience in Southern Nevada, plus we have some new and exciting tricks up our sleeves this coming season.”
Glittering Lights brings thousands of visitors annually and is recognized as one of the best holiday displays in the U.S. More than 250,000 visitors will gather to experience a magical night of festive displays packed with over four million LED lights as they take a merry drive through the holiday wonderland.
About Glittering Lights Presented by Goettl Air Conditioning & Plumbing
Glittering Lights celebrates 20 spectacular years of holiday tradition in Southern Nevada. Jingle that sleigh to Las Vegas Motor Speedway – only 10 minutes from fabulous downtown Las Vegas for Nevada’s largest holiday drive-thru light show featuring more than three million lights amongst a 2.5-mile course that intertwines through the speedway. Glittering Lights is open nightly at dusk, November 13, 2020 through January 10, 2021 (subject to change). Visit glitteringlights.vegas for tickets and more information.
Glittering Lights Ticket Prices 2020-21 Season
- Carload Ticket – One ticket per car. You drive your own car through the lights.
- Carload Value Ticket (Mon-Thurs, some blackout dates) $25 per vehicle
- Carload Any Day Ticket (No blackout dates) $35 per vehicle
- Fast Pass powered by Diamondback Land Surveying – Offered on select peak nights for shortened wait times.
- By appointment only on peak nights $55 per vehicle
- Season Pass – Drive through Glittering Lights as many times as you want, even in the same night!
- Valid for all 60 nights of the 2020-2021 season $85 per season pass
Follow Glittering Lights on Twitter and Instagram @lasvegaslights or facebook.com/glitteringlightslasvegas
Save the NEW Date for Heart Ball 2020
On behalf of your local American Heart Association, we hope that this note finds you healthy and hopeful. The world has changed and in response, so have we. In order to stay in line with the health and safety guidelines set out by the CDC, WHO, and our local government, we have postponed our 2020 Heart Ball. As we moved forward in our mission and with our local initiatives we knew that we had to set our sights a little further into the year to have an impactful event.
We are excited to announce that the 30th Annual Heart Ball will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, December 11, 2020. We are looking forward to a glamorous evening and much needed time to celebrate together. We can’t wait to see you on the red carpet, so be sure to SAVE THE DATE!
AUSTRALIA’S HUMAN NATURE ENDS THE VENETIAN RESORT RESIDENCY DUE TO FORCES ASSOCIATED WITH COVID-19 FOLLOWING THE RECENT MILESTONE OF 11 YEARS AS LAS VEGAS HEADLINERS
It is with a heavy heart that Australia’s HUMAN NATURE, who have earned their place as one of the world’s finest pop vocal groups and as award-winning Las Vegas residents for over a decade, announce they will be ending their seven year residency in the Sands Showroom at The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas amid the divergent market forces presented by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The residency has the prestige accomplishment of being the longest running headlining show at The Venetian Resort.
After much consideration, Australia’s Human Nature, SPI Entertainment and The Venetian Resort Las Vegas have decided to end the group’s seven-year residency and current show, “HUMAN NATURE SINGS MOTOWN & MORE.” This unforeseen period is now an opportunity to reassess the next steps for the show. Human Nature have always made their personal and professional decisions from the heart and, though this is a very difficult decision for them, they believe it is the right decision at this time given the challenges impacting live performances.
“We are very sad that we will not be returning to our amazing Sands Showroom at the Venetian Resort,” said Andrew Tierney of Human Nature. “The Venetian Resort has been an amazing partner the last seven years and we will miss working with our fantastic band, crew, ushers and executive team who have been supportive of us and our show from day one.”
Over the last eleven years Human Nature have achieved numerous milestones and accolades, first the honor of being the longest running entertainment show to have played in residency at The Venetian Resort. Recently the group not only celebrated 11 years as Las Vegas headliners in residency but, they have clocked over 2000 performances in Vegas, they were inducted into the Australian Aria Hall of Fame, and they were the recipients of Australia’s highest honor, The Order of Australia. In addition, they have received numerous “Best of Las Vegas” awards, critical acclaim for their live shows, signed a global record deal with SONY Music and, have become not only great ambassadors for their home country but, have become active members of the Las Vegas community by immersing themselves into numerous charitable organizations and events.
“I am so proud of Human Nature and to be a part of this outstanding group of men that I can proudly call friends,” says Adam Steck of SPI Entertainment. “We are grateful for the wonderful opportunity that The Venetian Resort has provided us with over the last seven years and we look forward to the next endeavor with this amazing group here in Las Vegas.”
Human Nature look forward to their next chapter as soon as live performances are able to withstand a revitalized approach to regular business. In the meantime, the group is excited to inform fans there will be announcements soon about various online livestream experiences to provide their fans with the level of fun, excitement and tremendous musical experiences which will be announced in the near future.
“Though we are sad to be ending our Venetian residency, we look forward to doing what we do best – inspire, entertain and bring joy and love to our audiences through our music and live shows,” says Toby Allen of Human Nature. “Las Vegas has been our home for over a decade and though the world is in the middle of massive change, we are excited about the future and are confident that we will all get through this together and embrace what will become our ‘new normal’ – whatever that may be right now.”
Ticket holders can receive refunds at the original point of purchase location.
Hearts Alive Village Las Vegas Celebrates American Humane’s Adopt-A-Cat Month
June is Adopt-A-Cat Month. The month brings attention to the thousands of kittens born each year who join the millions of cats already in animal shelters and rescues across the U.S.
This week’s cats are Nebula and Gamora, a bonded pair of girls. They are approximately 2 years old and love to be scratched and snuggled. Nebula and Gamora are in a foster home so interested adopters can email email@example.com for more information. Their adoption fee is $100 and they are spayed, micro-chipped, and up-to-date on their vaccines. Photos are attached.
What: June is Adopt-A-Cat Month
Who: Hearts Alive Village Las Vegas (HAVLV)
Why: To bring attention to the millions of cats in shelters and rescues around the country
When: The entire month of June
Where: Hearts Alive Village Adoption Center: 1750 S. Rainbow Blvd # 4
HAV’s Oldies But Goodies Senior Adoption Center: 1750 S. Rainbow Blvd # 9
Petsmart: 2140 N. Rainbow BlvdPetsmart: 6980 N. 5th Street
About: Hearts Alive Village Las Vegas (HAVLV) is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to secure loving and stable homes for dogs and cats at risk of being lost in the shelter system. The multidimensional organization provides a variety of programs including; Kendall’s Kupboard a pet food pantry, Charlie Mike a program that matches veterans with support animals, and provides access to resources like training, financial assistance for veterinary costs and more, Foster & Adoption Program where strays, animals acquired from shelters, and owner surrenders are placed in foster homes until forever homes are secured, Humane Education to youth groups throughout the valley teaching responsible pet ownership, safety, and empathy, and Pet Supplies offers new and gently used pet items such as toys, beds and more. HAVLV’s headquarters is located at Hearts Alive Village Adoption Center and Pet Supplies, 1750 South Rainbow Unit #4 Las Vegas, NV.
“Thousands of animals find themselves in the Las Vegas valley shelters each year,” said Christy Stevens, founder of Hearts Alive Village Las Vegas “For us, it has to be about more than the rescue.”
READY TO KILLEBRATE? MARRIAGE CAN BE MURDER LAUNCHES VIRTUAL SHOW
The good old-fashioned whodunnit serves up a virtual twist
Grab your quarantini and get ready to play detective alongside the outlandishly eager lieutenant, wacky hostess, and a suspect hiding amongst the computer screen. Marriage Can Be Murder’s award-winning dinner show will take over the world-wide-web for their first official virtual performance, Quarantined to Death, on Friday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m. PST. Additional showtimes next week are Saturday, June 6 at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. PST. The virtual lobby will open 30 minutes before showtime for check in.
So, how does a virtual “dinner show” work? If guests are playing in Southern Nevada, they can pick up a Marriage Can Be Murder three-course meal from their local Carrabba’s Italian Grill (Henderson and Summerlin locations) the day of the virtual show. At Marriage Can Be Murder, food is always encouraged for an even more amazing experience.
Guests will jump into the interactive murder-mystery fun, working with the actors through video chat to solve a quarantine-style crime. Immersed in the action, sleuthers make their way through breakout rooms including a bar and a cop lair where they bribe and find clues to unravel the story.
“Marriage Can Be Murder can never die,” laughed actor and creator Eric Post. “Our killer team has been using down time during quarantine to evoke new concepts and bring Vegas’ favorite dinner show back to life. Virtually, that is.”
Meal options can be found upon ticket purchase. Choice of Fowl Play, Dead Meat or Hasta La Pasta. Each dinner comes with a salad and two mini-cannolis. Guest can also purchase a bottle of Whodunit House White or Redrum House Red wine. Customers must be at least 21 years of age to purchase alcohol and must show valid ID when picking up this bottle of wine. For guests outside the Las Vegas market, Marriage Can Be Murder encourages them to cook at home or support their favorite local restaurant with takeout to partake in the dinner aspect of the show.
Tickets are on sale now at ivorystar.com. Guests will participate via a private Zoom link on computer, laptop, tablet or phone. With one of the show’s optional Marriage Can Be Murder customized Zoom backgrounds, attendees can stand out on the screen for the whodunit fun. Limited Zoom cells are available.
- Solo Sleuther – $25 + taxes and fees
- Choose (1) of this option if you are playing by yourself.
- Sleuther Group of 2 – $45 + taxes and fees
- Choose (1) of this option if this is date night for you and another sleuther, viewing on one screen.
- Sleuther Group of 3 – $60 + taxes and fees
- Choose (1) of this option if you are sleuthing with a group of three, viewing on one screen.
- Sleuther Group of 4 – $75 + taxes and fees
- Choose(1) of this option if you are sleuthing with a group of four, viewing on one screen.
- Sleuther Group of 5 – $90 + taxes and fees
- Choose (1) of this option if you are sleuthing with a group of five, viewing on one screen.
- Sleuther Group of 6 – $105 + taxes and fees
- Choose (1) of this option if you are sleuthing with a group of six, viewing on one screen.
RIP Upgrades: It’s not too late to spice up the party. Just like being part of the traditional show, RIP upgrades will allow for additional interaction during the virtual fun. Guests can add on extra elements to their ticket, such as “bribes” for a bartender or cop to support actors in the show. They can also provide information about good news being celebrated for an A.P.B. special shoutout like birthdays, anniversaries or even a negative COVID-19 test. More details available upon purchase.
Follow @bestdinnershow for the latest updates and announcements.
BLVD COFFEE REOPENS THIS WEEK and OFFERS FREE COFFEE TO ALL FRONTLINE WORKERS THROUGH MAY PAWN PLAZA ALSO MAKES PLAZA SAFER WITH ANTIMICROBIAL LAMINATE PUREZONE AT ALL PUBLIC TOUCH ZONES
The excitement of opening their new business, BLVD Coffee, in early March had the Carter family optimistic but the coronavirus had other plans for them. Just two weeks later they closed for the safety of their new downtown community as well as everyone in Las Vegas. That excitement is back as they reopen this week and return to normal hours of 8 am to 4 pm and share their gratitude with frontline workers by offering them a free coffee through the end of the month.
The new Pawn Plaza tenant joins Good Pie, Rick’s Rollin Smoke BBQ & Tavern, Chumlee’s Candy on the Blvd., Chapels at the Pawn, Highway Radio, Pawn Plaza Visitors Center, Master Barbering Galo Shop and Elite Motorsports to round out the dining and shopping opportunities across the parking lot from the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop.
The reopened BLVD Coffee will now specialize on to go orders aimed at offices in the area. “We felt like with all the businesses around our downtown location these offerings might be better suited to their needs and appetites and we know that adjusting to the current times will be instrumental to our success moving forward,” said Tim Carter.
The Carter family are Vegas basketball tradition and have called Las Vegas home for over a quarter century. Dad “Big Mike” coaches at Bishop Gorman and has for more than two decades. Younger son Ben is a professional basketball player overseas and mom Hadar, a former Israeli Army Lieutenant, is the heart of the family and the coffee operation. Oldest son Tim will oversee operations after playing collegiate basketball. The family has always bonded over coffee and thus BLVD Coffee was born. “BLVD Coffee will support local businesses and to that end our coffee will come from Boulder City’s Colorado River Coffee Roasters,” said Tim Carter.
In addition to celebrating the reopening of BLVD Coffee, Pawn Plaza installed last week an antimicrobial film laminate, PURE ZONE, to make the location even safer for visitors, tenants and employees. This innovative technology which is being installed by local company Purple Flare will have laminates at all touch zones at Pawn Plaza. The biofilm used keeps germs from collecting on surfaces and lasts for several years. The reduction in germs is 99.99% over surfaces not laminated by the product. Purple Flare can be reached at purpleflareagency.com or 702 677 4200 for more information on the PURE ZONE product.
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.
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.
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.
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™
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.
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:
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.
Valenciana, chicken, Spanish pork choizo, Vegetables, saffron
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.
Sushi quality mediterranean octopus grilled, Santorini fava.
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
Expresso Soaked Ladyfingers, Mascarpone mousse
Pistachio ricotta cream filling
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.
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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-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.
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.
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
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.