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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 [...]

Monday Mise en Place: Las Vegas Greek Food Festival Begins This Week

Las Vegas Greek Food Festival at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church

Well, I’m sort of sad that allergy-driven stabbing pains in my head forced me to withdraw from dealing with the crowds at San Gennaro this time around, but come hell or high water The Wife and I will be going to the [...]

Monday Mise en Place: Pasta Shop Moves, San Gennaro Feast Begins, Mexican Independence Celebrated and More!

Glen Alenik in the soon-to-be old Pasta Shop kitchen

The first item up in this action packed edition of the Monday Mise en Place is the news of one of my favorite Italian joints, The Pasta Shop Ristorante, is moving its location!  The long time location on Tropicana is scheduled to close on September 19 [...]

Las Vegas Restaurant Week 2010 Roundup: The Good, The Bad, The Half Naked

The 2010 edition of Las Vegas’ Restaurant Week has come and gone and what a week it was!  I love Restaurant Week. I love it very much.  After a week of eating some delicious food, my wallet got a hell of a lot lighter and just when I thought it wasn’t possible, somehow I got [...]

National Tequila Day Brings Specials to Las Vegas on Saturday, Severe Hangovers on Sunday

Saturday, July 24 is National Tequila Day.

Yes…you heard me correctly.  National. Tequila. Day.

Happy National Tequila Day! (photo: blueprintpodcast.com)

Woe is me that a regretful night of over-indulgence some 13 years ago still has me gag at the mere whiff of tequila, but as the top-selling liquor in the U.S. by a mile, the blue agave-based [...]

Monday Mise en Place: Hussong's Cantina Offers 20% Food Discount to Las Vegas Locals

Hussong's Cantina Logo

Starting today (June 28th), Hussong’s Cantina is starting a 20% off deal on food for Las Vegas area locals!  Kicking off the discount will be none other than Mayor Oscar Goodman at 5pm as he gets his charcoal portrait hoisted among the likes of the venerable Norm Clarke.  Also for both tourists [...]

Monday Mise en Place: Locals Get 20% Off Wolfgang Puck Restaurants

Wolfgang Puck – (photo courtesy: MSNBC.com)

It’s good to live in the 702. Now it just got a little better.  Select Wolfgang Puck restaurants in town are now offering Las Vegas locals 20% off their bill with the presentation of a Nevada I.D. from now through September 30, 2010.  The deal is good at Spago [...]

Monday Mise en Place: Stuff We Didn’t Get To From Last Week

Last week opened up with the James Beard Foundation Awards and closed with the epic parade of fabulous gluttony that is Vegas Uncork’d.  With juggling these major events, Tasting Las Vegas majorly shit the bed in coverage of some other important events that happened this past week.

Chef Jose Andres (courtesy: lamag.com)

First of which is [...]

Great Cinco de Mayo Guide by the Las Vegas Sun

With the onslaught of Vegas Uncork’d and James Beard Foundation Awards all happening at once, I was thrilled to see this excellent guide for all that is Cinco de Mayo put together by the fine staff at the Las Vegas Sun (you know, the good Las Vegas newspaper that comes to your house wrapped in [...]

Great Times in the Form of a Cooking Class at Dos Caminos

The thing I like the most about food is that it is so much more than the flavor enveloping your taste buds.  It’s the social setting it creates as you share plates among friends and loved ones.  It’s a snapshot of the culture of an entire region of people, often times from distant places. It’s [...]