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Monday Mise en Place: Franck Savoy Named Food and Beverage Director of Caesars Palace

Good Restaurants About To Turn Better Found Here (photo: Caesars Palace Facebook page)

Good Restaurants About To Turn Better Found Here (photo: Caesars Palace Facebook page)

Big changes are abound in the Food and Beverage department at Caesars Palace.  I saw it first reported by Pope Curtas the ELV on Twitter and I’ve since had his report confirmed that General Manager of Restaurant Guy Savoy, Franck Savoy, will be taking over as Food and Beverage Director at the resort.  Taking his place as GM at Guy Savoy will be Alain Alpe.  Franck, son of Guy, will still be very actively involved with Restaurant Guy Savoy.  This comes along with the news of Chef Todd Williams of Bradley Ogden getting a bump to Assistant Executive Chef of Caesars Palace, which was reported here last week.  Obviously it’s too early to tell, but I think this is all a pretty significant step in the right direction for the resort.

The Place With The Big Fake Tree Loses Their Chef

The Place With The Big Fake Tree Loses Their Chef

Looks like changes are also abound at Nu Sanctuary in Town Square.  Chef Brian Howard will be working his last day there behind the flames on Saturday, October 16th.  No word as to who Howard’s replacement will be and if Nu Sanctuary will be making a significant change in direction.  Chef Howard is going to be preparing a special “Last Supper” on Saturday that will be available on that day from 5pm-10pm.  The dinner as described on Chef Howard’s blog is billed as; “a spectacular five course tasting of contempoary global cuisine. this menu will be magical and take you on a journey through my mind as i  use seasonal global  ingredients to arouse your senses, play with your mind and tease your palette.” On Twitter, Howard told me that he’s got some things in the works, but he can’t disclose what those things are at this time.  Best wishes to Brian on his new adventure!

Chef Stephen Hopcraft Wants YOU!

Chef Stephen Hopcraft Wants YOU!

The power of social media was in full force over the weekend as two chefs in town posted gigs for sous chefs in their respective kitchens on Facebook.  Chef Jet Tila of Wazuzu at the Encore resort is looking as is Chef Stephen Hopcraft of Seablue in the MGM Grand.  I’ve had the good fortune of being able to interview both these guys and I could only imagine they’d both be great dudes to work for. Check out my post on Stephen Hopcraft here and listen to Jet Tila on the very first Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast!

The Sporting House Logo (picture: twitter.com/SportingHouseLV)

The Sporting House Logo (picture: twitter.com/SportingHouseLV)

For all the people out there that haven’t been able to sleep since the ESPN Zone closed at the New York, New York casino, there is good news.  The Sporting House Bar & Grill has taken over the space and has opened a restaurant downstairs and an interactive sports-themed arcade upstairs.  Sound familiar?

MOzen Bistro - Good Food, Empty Spaces

MOzen Bistro - Good Food, Empty Spaces

MOzen Bistro at the Mandarin Oriental has changed up their lunch prix fixe for the fall.  Available until October 29th, the three course $38 lunch now has such items as a Combination of Asian Starters or Roasted Garlic Soup with Carmelized Onion for the first course, Lasagna al Forno or Indian Chicken Curry for the main course and a Chocolate Delice with Passion Fruit Cremeux for dessert. Don’t forget, Las Vegas locals still get 20% off their entire bill, so by my math that brings the three course lunch to $30.40.

To Be, Or Not To Be...on Coronado Center Drive. That is the Question.

To Be, Or Not To Be...on Coronado Center Drive. That is the Question.

There’s a new British pub in town and it is located on the corner of Eastern and Coronado Center in The Hendo.  Shakespeare’s Grille and Pub is now open for business and has most of your British pub food favorites including Fish n’ Chips, Bangers & Mash and Shepherd’s Pie. You can follow Shakespeare’s on Twitter at @ShakespearesGP.

Because There's No Steak That Tastes Better Than When It's Half Off

Because There's No Steak That Tastes Better Than When It's Half Off

In one of those “Holy Shit” deals, Rare 120° Steakhouse at the Hard Rock Hotel may have topped them all.  Starting today, October 11th, Rare 120° will be rolling with Half Off Mondays where the entire food menu is priced at half off every Monday!  Not since the great days of the 2-for-1 entrees for locals at Nobhill Tavern have we seen such a deal. And from the looks of things, this deal is open for everyone, not just Vegas locals.  Rare 120° is open from 6pm-11pm on Mondays.  Call ahead at (702) 693-5000 to make sure it’s still happening.

You can now listen to Michael Jackson, Journey and that Bieber thing along with TLV!

You can now listen to Michael Jackson, Journey and that Bieber thing along with TLV!

Thanks to everyone who tuned in to that big mess of a first Tasting Las Vegas: The Podcast last week!  I’ve been officially accepted and approved on iTunes, so you can check out the podcast there at http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/tasting-las-vegas-the-podcast/id396995656. On this week’s show, I’ll be joined by The Wife for the whole show where I’ll name 5 Late Night Eats in Las Vegas That Can’t Be Missed and I sit down with Chef Lorin Watada of Bachi Burger for an in-depth look on moving from corporate chef life to opening your own biz, as well as his view on living with restaurant critics.  Also, there will be The News With The Wife, the TLV Cheap Eats of the Week and so much more!  I’ll try my best to get this one a little tighter. (THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID!)

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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 Mike and Tasting Las Vegas on Twitter at @TastingLasVegas

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