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Monday Mise en Place: Rick Moonen To Be Featured on This Week's Top Chef Masters

Chef Rick Moonen

Chef Rick Moonen

Finally, the week has arrived for 2010 James Beard Foundation Award Nominee and Las Vegas’ Own, Chef Rick Moonen of RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay, to strut his stuff on Top Chef Masters and make up for The Great Moon Doggie Debacle of Season 1.  From the looks of things from the teaser trailers, Moonen may or may not put an old-school ass-whooping on the former chef of the Olive Garden to the Stars, Lavo, Ludo Lefebvre. (and really, who hasn’t wanted to do that?) Top Chef Masters airs on Wednesdays, check your local listings and set your DVRs!

Project Dinner Table Logo

Project Dinner Table Logo

Project Dinner Table is a new series of dinners to showcase locally grown ingredients while supporting a worthy charitable organization.  The first dinner of the series will take place on Saturday, April 24th at 4pm, and will be benefiting Junior Achievement.  This Saturday’s meal will be prepared by Chef de Cuisine at Sensi in the Bellagio, Royden Ellamar.  The ingredients for the meal will be provided by such local purveyors as; Quail Hollow Farm, Colorado River Coffee Roasters, Bar 10 Beef, Hydesert Tomato, Gilcrease Orchard, Whole Foods and Widmer Brothers Craft Brewery.  Cost for the event is $150 per person and will be held at the University of Reno Cooperative Extension Orchard in North Las Vegas.  To find out more about Project Dinner Table and upcoming events, visit http://www.ProjectDinnerTable.com or follow them on Twitter at @food4good.

The Great Las Vegas Taco Crawl!

The Great Las Vegas Taco Crawl!

In case you haven’t heard the news, we at Tasting Las Vegas are searching for The Greatest Taco in Las Vegas! We’re enlisting the help of you, the TLV Faithful scattered throughout the Las Vegas valley, by asking you to tell us what your favorite taco joint is.  Once we compile a respectable list, we’ll begin the paring down process and map out The Great Las Vegas Taco Crawl of the crème de la crème from which we will determine the champion.  So far we have gotten some fabulous suggestions such as Las Gorditas on Tropicana and Eastern via Twitter from TLV friend @CynthiaInguanzo, and Fausto’s on College Drive in Henderson via Facebook from Bob Bonora.  Even if you don’t know the name, @DittoToo told us “The one on Silverado Ranch and Maryland Pkwy next to Auto Zone” and that works for us!  Help us get the word out so we can make this the epic event that it needs to be!

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Mike Dobranski is a professional musician, amateur blogger, eater of good food, poker junkie, master of the inappropriate comment and bad husband to a wonderful wife. Follow him on Twitter at @MikeDobranski.

Follow Tasting Las Vegas on Twitter at @TastingLasVegas.

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