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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 [...]

Chef Rick Moonen Celebrates Re-Opening of RM Upstairs and Top Chef Masters Redemption!

So my first Tasting Las Vegas gig was a blast. I am often included in Mike’s dining adventures as “The Wife” but during this particular event, I was left on my own to tweet, hobnob and taste deliciousness as “The Husband” headed to work (editor’s note: I gots to pay tha’ billz).  My job as [...]

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

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 [...]

Monday Mise en Place: Giada De Laurentiis Holds Book Signing and Top Chef Masters Season 2 Begins

Giada at Home

The miracle mile of teeth is signing books today at the Miracle Mile Shops!  Food Network star, Giada De Laurentiis will be signing her new book “Giada at Home: Family Recipes from Italy and California” on Monday, April 5 at 5pm at the Sur La Table store in the Miracle Mile Shops [...]

Monday Mise en Place: Las Vegas Review-Journal Hands Out Best of Las Vegas Awards

The Best of Las Vegas Logo

The Las Vegas Review-Journal released their 2010 Best of Las Vegas awards yesterday in the Sunday paper and sort of online at http://BestofLasVegas.com.  I say “sort of” for the online version because as of the writing of this post, many of the hotel restaurant awards are M.I.A.  Congratulations to [...]

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 & [...]

Las Vegas Shines with James Beard Award Semifinalists

The James Beard Foundation has announced their 2010 Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists, and no surprise, Las Vegas has a strong representation!

James Beard Award

The Outstanding Restaurateur gave a nod to Richard Melman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (Eiffel Tower Restaurant, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Mon Ami Gabi & Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab).  [...]

Monday Mise en Place: RM Seafood Re-Opens Upstairs as Chef Andrew Weiss Heads For Battle at Bocuse d'Or USA

Before we dive into the week of food news that lies before us, I need to clear up a question I have been getting from a few of our faithful readers: “What the hell is a Mise en Place?” Mise en Place (pronounced meez ahn plahs) is French for “put in place” and is the [...]

A Brief Response to Two Idiots in New York

Looks like I’m already late to the party to fire back at David Landsel and Andy Wang’s seemingly unresearched display of Manhattanite Superiority Complex Idiocy they wrote for their 3rd Rate Rag (a.k.a. – The New York Post), as Eating Las Vegas’ John Curtas has already brilliantly responded in his blog.  However, with the magnitude [...]

Monday Mise en Place: Caña and Hussong's Set to Open

Oh yes, yet another brand spanking new feature on Tasting Las Vegas has been born; the Monday Mise en Place!  Getting the news for the coming week together, prepared and neatly arranged, Monday Mise en Place is our weekly highlight of the Las Vegas culinary developments to come.

And now, news for the week starting on [...]