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Monday Mise en Place: Chefs Stephen Hopcraft and Gerald Chin Move To The Cosmopolitan

Chef Stephen Hopcraft, soon to be Executive Chef of STK Steakhouse in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Chef Stephen Hopcraft, soon to be Executive Chef of STK Steakhouse in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Some of Las Vegas’ best and brightest in the culinary world are packing up their knives and moving to The Cosmopolitan! Chef Stephen Hopcraft is scheduled to work his last service at Seablue at the MGM Grand on Thanksgiving, then he will assume his new role as Executive Chef of STK Steakhouse at the Cosmo.  Also making the move to John Unwin’s Merry House of Tasty Eats is Chef Gerald Chin, formerly of RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay.  Gerald worked his last service at RM Seafood this past weekend and is now preparing for his new role as Chef de Cuisine of the Cosmopolitan Hotel.  Presumably this means Gerald will be overseeing things like room service and banquets, thusly solidifying Cosmo’s ass-kicking status for all things food related.  We’re still a month away from the big opening on December 15th, but all signs point to The Cosmopolitan as a major game changer in the Las Vegas culinary scene.  No word on who will be getting the bump to Gerald’s former position with RM Seafood or Stephen’s at Seablue.

Logo of the name of the restaurant I'm too lazy to type out

Logo of the name of the restaurant I'm too lazy to type out

i (heart) burgers is hiring 100 positions for both back and front of house.  They’ll be having open interviews on Sunday, November 20 from noon to 5pm and Monday, November 21 from 9am-2pm.  You need to be 21 or older and with a legit government I.D. to apply.  The interviews will take place in the Casanova Ballroom in the Venetian resort.  For more information, visit ilvburgers.com. Good luck!

Kiddies from the last tasting for the CCSD at Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina

Kiddies from the last tasting for the CCSD at Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina

For the second time this school year, Chef Dustin Lewandowski and the fine folks at Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina in the Crystals Mall at CityCenter will be hosting Clark County School District students to get some feedback on some new, tastier and healthier ideas for school lunch.  On Wednesday, November 17th, 6th graders from Fremont and Miller Middle Schools will be the judges this time around.  In case you missed it, check out the post I wrote when a group of 5th graders recently checked out the Wolfman’s goods.

The Face of Las Vegas Dining - Jet Tila

The Face of Las Vegas Dining - Jet Tila

I don’t know about you, but my DVR seems to be overflowing with Chef Jet Tila of Wazuzu at the Encore resort these days.  Hot off the heels from his big shout out from Giada DeLaurentiis on the Food Network’s Best Thing I Ever Ate With Chopsticks, Jet was on the CBS Early Morning Show this past Saturday morning doing a cooking demo.  Word has it that The Face Of Las Vegas Dining is just getting started with major TV appearances.  I’m not just sayin’, but I’m just sayin’.   In case you missed it, here’s a link to the video of Jet’s very fine cooking demo.  I’m setting the over / under for Jet’s Dancing With The Stars debut at 2012 and the under is looking like a good bet!

Nothing Says The Holidays Like a Twinkling Cactus (photo: Ethel M. Chocolates)

Nothing Says The Holidays Like a Twinkling Cactus (photo: Ethel M. Chocolates)

On Tuesday, November 16th, The 17th Annual Cactus Lighting at the Ethel M. Chocolates factory in Henderson will be done.  The event goes from 5-8pm with the actual lighting of the cacti happening about 6pm.  This year, comedian George Wallace will host, so it should be a good time.  Tickets are required to go to the event, and a ticket can be gotten for every unwrapped toy you donate at Ethel M.  Tickets will be given on a first come first serve basis, so call (800) 471-0352 to get more information and to check availability.

I'm sure they got at least one or two right...

I'm sure they got at least one or two right...

I would be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to the big book debut of local comrades in food, John Curtas, Max Jacobson and Al Mancini with their Eating Las Vegas: 50 Essential Restaurants as it hits the bookshelves this Wednesday, November 17th.  I’m certainly looking forward to seeing what they picked as our 50 essential so I can have a great time telling you how much they fucked it up!  Ha!  I kid….sort of….  Best wishes to the Three Amigos on much success for their book.  Just think, they have a whole 28 days from the drop before it becomes totally obsolete! Yes, I already went there.  I have to.  It’s what I do.

Good Times Guaranteed at Tasting Las Vegas: The Tweetup at Naked City Pizza Shop!  Come hang!

Good Times Guaranteed at Tasting Las Vegas: The Tweetup at Naked City Pizza Shop! Come hang!

Tonight, Monday, November 15th is the big night!  The first official Tasting Las Vegas: The Tweetup is on!  The Tweetup starts at 6pm and will be held at the Naked City Pizza Shop inside MoonDoggies Bar on Arville at Desert Inn.  Look for MoonDoggies Bar and walk inside.  There will be all sorts of food and drink specials such as $2 slices of pizza, 50 cent wings, $2 off Beef on Weck Subs, $12 pitchers of Labatt Blue and 2 for 1 Newcastle bottles!  I’m also excited that Ambhar Tequila will be on hand with one of their lovely Ambhar Goddesses (wa wa wee wa) to pass out samples of their wares.  Good times are guaranteed!  Tell your friends and come hang!  We start at 6pm and it will go until at least 9!

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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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