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Monday Mise en Place: Five French Culinary Masters To Cook For James Beard

Me and J-Ro

It’s another day and another fundraiser for the James Beard Foundation.  This one isn’t even in Las Vegas, but it involves five guys with joints here in town, so I thought I’d give it a mention.  You may have heard of them; Alain Ducasse, Francois Payard, Joël Robuchon, Guy Savoy and Jean-Georges [...]

Behind The Scenes: How My 2010 7 & 7 Restaurant Picks Were Picked

I don’t know about you, but when I see Top (insert number here [that's what she said]) Lists, my blood usually starts boiling.  I often find myself thinking, “Are these people fucking stupid, corrupt, or a little bit of both?”  Whether it’s a Top 5 Greek Restaurants in Vegas list that doesn’t have The Fat [...]

Monday Mise en Place: Fleur de Lys To Close on Saturday

Bye bye for now, Fleur de Lys!

For those devoted to the existing Fleur de Lys at Mandalay Bay, time is running out before they shut their doors for a few months and work on a major remodel.  Saturday, September 11, Fleur dy Lys will close its doors and come back as something…else.  I don’t [...]

Restaurant Week Kicks Off With T & A As Major Sponsors

Wait staff in barely there bikinis, mermaids swimming in the pool, dancers shaking what their mama (with a little help from their surgeon) gave them, Restaurant Week may be benefiting Three Square, but the Wet Your Appetite At Wet Republic kickoff event last night benefited my Spank Bank.  Yowza!

Buy a Key. For Charity.

If nothing [...]

Five Outstanding Dishes From The 2010 Vegas Uncork'd Grand Tasting

The culmination of all that is Vegas Uncork’d is the Grand Tasting.  Held at the gorgeous Garden of the Gods pool complex at Caesars Palace, there are over 70 chefs representing over 50 restaurants, 100 vintners and other variants of booze producers with 2,300 people loosening their belts ready gorge on a whole bunch of [...]

Vegas Uncork'd 2010 Kicked Off With A Champagne Splash

Vegas Uncork’d. Where do I even begin?  The sad thing is that I can pretty much sum up the entire experience in two words; Holy Shit! Since “Holy Shit!” doesn’t really do much for discerning readers looking for juicy details, I guess I should expand upon that thought and let the gush flow as it [...]

Chef Claude le Tohic Wins 2010 James Beard Foundation Best Chef: Southwest Award

THIS JUST IN!!!  Congratulations to Chef Claude le Tohic of Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand for bringing home the 2010 James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Southwest!

Chef Claude le Tohic (courtesy: marcdelage.unblog.fr)

Chef le Tohic won against some pretty tough competition from Las Vegas’ own Rick Moonen of RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay [...]

Monday Mise en Place: Las Vegas Chefs Find Out If They're James Beard Award Winners TODAY!

James Beard Foundation Award (courtesy: sfweekly.com)

Could this be the Year of the Moonen? A Jöel Robuchon Vegas Trifecta? We will all find out in just a few short hours as the Chef and Restaurant James Beard Foundation Awards will be announced in New York City starting at about 2:00pm Vegas time (5:00pm in the [...]

Hanging Out At The (Garden of the Gods) Pool With Francois Payard

“My dream is to make the most beautiful pastry shop in the world.”

How refreshing is a statement like that to hear?  Not the biggest, the most profitable or even the most talked about…but “the most beautiful.”  The legendary Francois Payard had me at hello when I recently got to chat one-on-one with him in the [...]

Monday Mise en Place: 2010 James Beard Award Finalists Have Been Announced

James Beard Award

The 2010 James Beard Awards were whittled down to the Finalists today from the Semifinals that were reported earlier on Tasting Las Vegas.  Congratulations to the following nominees with ties to Las Vegas:

Outstanding Restaurateur:

Richard Melman, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (El Segundo Sol, Eiffel Tower Restaurant, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Mon Ami Gabi & [...]