Friday, August 29, 2014

The Delano Las Vegas Opens With Mixology in Mind .




It’s finally here, In September the Delano Las Vegas will offer a new all-suite, smoke-free luxury hotel experience located steps away from Mandalay Bay. This Iconic hotel features a unique sand-meets-water design and blend signature elements of Delano South Beach with the distinct energy only found on the famed Las Vegas Strip. It will also offer dynamic social spaces such as Franklin, an eclectic lounge; 3940 Coffee + Tea; and Della’s Kitchen, where “historic farmhouse meets urban kitchen.”

For a one of a kind experience the Delano unveiled an eclectic cocktail program at its lobby lounge, Franklin. This is the center piece hotel for sipping socializing and sampling some tasty libations. The Franklin will offer an atmosphere that appeal to all senses. Its intimate and sophisticated environment featuring gold lighting, hues of deep blue and bronze, and navy sheers that drape from ceiling to floor all the while with shimmering, sparkling lights reminiscent of fireflies at dusk. Guests can expect the Franklin will buzz with live entertainment, including dynamic performances and beats from the hottest up-and-coming DJs.

Libations will be front and center with rare, premium liquors will highlight the drink menu and provide unique backbar offerings, with one-of-a-kind spirits including a custom Glen Moray scotch, a Woodford Reserve Double Oaked bourbon and Delano’s hand-selected Black Barrel Mt. Gay rum. They even have a barrel aging program that features a nice selection of draught cocktails utilizing custom oak barrels stored in house. Showing off more than two dozen craft beers by the bottle and a selection of wines-by-the-glass that is exclusive to Franklin, the beverage menu will provide an array of options to suit any taste.

Are you hungry? no problem, enjoy a selection of small bites and appetizers such as Grilled Flatbread Cambozola with caramelized pears and walnuts; selections of charcuterie and cheeses; and sea-salted Pommes Frites with Smoked Pepper Ketchup; and Fried Pig Ears served with togarashi, lime and black garlic-yuzo aioli.

Franklin is anchored by a craft bar program that upholds the art of the cocktail through the execution of perfectly balanced drinks. Abounding with thoughtful touches, Franklin's menu of classically inspired and signature creations is designed to be defiantly different.
Start Conversations. Highlighted by creative cocktail names that allude to hidden meanings, tongue-in-cheek monikers and historical references, Franklin’s menu inspires curiosity and invites conversation.

History buffs will delight in The New Deal, a cocktail named for the signature achievement of the lounge's presidential namesake. This innovative cognac-based drink features D’Usse Cognac, Licor 43, fresh lemon juice and orgeat syrup and is sweetened by emulsified Bonne Maman Plum Mirabelle marmalade.
Mr. Hyde, combining hand-selected Oxley Gin, St. Germain, passion fruit, pineapple, lemon juice and kaffir leaves, provokes debate: was the drink named for the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, or for Hyde Park, the site of FDR's Springwood estate?

 Cocktail culture enthusiasts who sip the 1944 Classic Mai Tai may catch the nod to Trader Vic’s, the Oakland, California bar where the Mai Tai was concocted in the eponymous year.
Seduce the Senses. Franklin’s libations offer a sensory experience appealing to more than just taste – from drinks whose scent is as delicious as the flavor, to added visual elements such as the array of uncommon, vintage-inspired cocktail glasses, the menu is a feast for the senses.

The Jefferson Library, a beer cocktail served in a tall and slender glass, produces a unique chemical reaction when Innis + Gunn Porter, a dark barrel-aged Scottish ale, reacts with lemon juice, maple syrup and pink angostura, creating ribbons of effervescence as the drink fizzes and cascades down the sides.
With a color reminiscent of the beautiful yet fleeting soft-pink hue the sky takes at dawn, the South Beach Sunrise pays homage to the iconic Delano South Beach and is balanced with Absolut Elyx Vodka, Campari, honey syrup and fresh lemon, offering a lingering flavor profile with the addition of egg whites.

The Mojito Cubano elevates the simplicity of the classic mojito’s fresh lime, mint and sugar with the fragrant nose of Cana Brava Rum. Featuring strong notes of vanilla, coconut and honey, Cana Brava’s delicious scent derives from the mineral-rich soils that produce Herrera, Panama’s indigenous sugarcane, while the rum’s ultra-smooth finish is the craftsmanship of Master Distiller and Cuban emigrant Don Poncho.
Standout Through Spirits. Franklin's cocktails incorporate a variety of rare liquors and reserves with unique stories all their own.

The perfectly balanced Delano Daiquiri incorporates Bacardi 1909 Heritage Rum, a limited-edition spirit that pays tribute to Don Facundo Bacardí Massó, the revolutionary distiller who founded the Bacardi brand and redefined rum in Cuba more than 150 years ago. Showcasing the original alcohol proof at 89 percent, this smooth rum has a high ratio of Aguardiente Redestillado, the Bacardi brand's proprietary components.

The Basil Paloma, a refreshingly classic drink recipe featuring fresh lime juice, basil and Jarritos grapefruit soda, features Siet Leguas Blanco Tequilla. The Siet Leguas Distillery in Mexico invented the Patron tequila label – a brand that may have surpassed its predecessor in international recognition and sales but not in quality. Siet Leguas distills its own tequila to this day, using the ancient "de tajona" process of grounding the agave with a stone wheel pulled by mules.

The SNM also incorporates a unique liquor – a Mt. Gay hand-selected Black Barrel Rum, chosen by Delano’s mixology team at the Barbadian distillery and available exclusively at Franklin. The custom rum is the highlight of SNM, alongside Marie Brizard White Creme de Cacao, Fresh Lime Juice and Torani Brown Sugar Cinnamon syrup.

This  collaboration between MGM Resorts International and Morgans Hotel Group the Delano Las Vegas  will fuse South Beach chic with the vibrant energy of the Las Vegas Strip when it comes to life. Join us in September for a sip and a nosh.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Top 10 July 4th Venues with a View in Las Vegas , Where will you celebrate ?

It’s time for that great American holiday, the 4th of July. Americans from coast to coast will celebrate in traditional and not so traditional ways but that’s what makes us Americans. We are free to celebrate as we wish.
The Entertainment and food capital, Las Vegas has many fun and interesting ways to celebrate our special day. Here are 10 fun and tasty ways to celebrate with a view of the evening’s festivities.
GIADA at the Cromwell Boutique Hotel
GIADA at the Cromwell Boutique Hotel
GIADA at the Cromwell Boutique Hotel
Food Network sweetheart Giada De Laurentiis namesake restaurant is the perfect place to celebrate with a view from ground zero right in the middle of the strip. This has to be our top pick simply because the cuisine and her bright, airy, brand new restaurant has the perfect combination to celebrate with a view that is one of a kind.
Comme Ca at the Cosmopolitan Resort.
Chef Brain Howard is one of the most creative young Chefs in Las Vegas. Comme Ca is a great way to enjoy mouthwatering cuisine while you enjoy a bird’s eye view of the strip from their patio.
 Buddy Vs at the Palazzo Resort
The Cake Boss and his restaurant Buddy Vs is a great choice for family and provides an excellent view of the strip for the fireworks while you dine on his Italian family fare.  For a special treat, his Carlo’s bakery is right outside and is sure to add some sweetness to the evening.
 B&B Burger and Beer at the Palazzo Resort
We have said it before, how can you beat the dynamic duo of Iron Chef Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich? Enjoy a deliciously decadent burger, a cold craft draft beer, take a seat on their strip side patio and enjoy the show!
Mandalay Beach at the Mandalay Bay Resort
Yes, there is a beach in Las Vegas!  July 4th is the perfect day to celebrate at the beach with live music and of course fireworks. Catch a wave and enjoy.
 Lake Las Vegas off the strip
When you visit Lake Las Vegas is hard to remember you are in Las Vegas. Pristine lakes and quant Montelago village has something for everyone. On July 4th enjoy a classic car show, live Jazz, great food and an unbeatable view of the fireworks from all over the Las Vegas Valley.
 New York, New York Resort
How patriotic can you be than to celebrate here? For the craft beer lovers this is the perfect place for you. Their Fourth of July Beer Bash is July 3rd – 5th the event will feature live entertainment, 20 brewers and 50 beers.
 Downtown Las Vegas, off the strip
This area of Las Vegas is hopping with creative energy. On July 4th Freemont Street will feature the “American Pie 4th of July" Celebration. A special feature is Janis Joplin's Original Band Big Brother & The Holding Company on Friday, July 3 and The Grass Roots on Saturday, July 4. The weekend-long event will also showcase a brilliant virtual fireworks show on the Viva Vision canopy.
 Las Vegas Traditional Celebration, off the strip
The Star Spangled Spectacular with the Las Vegas Philharmonic takes place on July 4th at the Springs Preserve.   A laser-light show will accompany the performance's finale. Bring a blanket and enjoy an evening under the stars.
 Station Casinos, Las Vegas Valley
No matter what part of the Las Vegas valley you are in, there is a Station Casino nearby. Celebrate Station Casino's Fourth of July Blast with fireworks shows at Red Rock Resort. Green Valley Ranch, Palace Station, Boulder Station. Texas Station and Fiesta Rancho, Fiesta Henderson, Aliante Station, Santa Fe Station and Sunset Stations. A nine-minute fireworks show begins at  9:30 p.m. and will be choreographed to a variety of music paying tribute to America and the fun spirit of Las Vegas and will be simulcast live on local stations.
Wherever you are celebrating, have a safe and happy holiday.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The 2014 Top Las Vegas Wine Bars Takes You On and Off The Strip.

The Las Vegas strip has many of the finest restaurants in the world and wine lists that one can read for days. In addition to the expected strip venues, Las Vegas beyond the neon has wine bars that would impress even the most deserting oenophiles.

Carnevino at the Palazzo Resort
You can’t go wrong when Iron Chef Mario Batali and Restaurateur Joe Bastitanich team up with cuisine and wine. This dynamic duo has put together a wine list that features the top regions around the world to match world class mouthwatering delights.
Carnevino  at the Palazzo Resort Takes the Top Spot in 2014
Carnevino at the Palazzo Resort Takes the Top Spot in 2014

La Cave at Wynn Resort
This restaurant and bar is a true wine bar in every sense of the word. It’s a little hidden but worth the find.  There are more than of 250 wines by the bottle and over 50 by the glass. The food is amazing as well.
Aureole at Mandalay Bay Resort
A Las Vegas legend. Watch the Wine Angels literally fly for your wine  in Charlie Palmer’s  four-story, temperature- controlled, glass-and-steel tower that  holds over 10,000 bottles of the world’s best.
Chada Thai , Off the Strip
We LOVE this small Thai gem in China Town. An incredible wine list and authentic Thai cuisine make Chada Thai a mandatory stop.
Marché Bacchus Off The Strip
This lakeside romantic French bistro is also a wine store as well. Enjoy the view, buy a bottle of wine (but you still pay corkage) and order up a tasty dish.
Bin 702, Off the Strip
Downtown Las Vegas is booming. When downtown, visit the unique container park and find Bin 702. This Wine Bar in a shipping container features an eclectic selection of wine and fresh cuisine. Enjoy a glass, sit on their patio and fade away the day.
Want to see more ?  Please visit Vegas Top 10 !

Friday, May 23, 2014

Last Chance to get your seat at Celebrity Chef Shawn McClain’s Sage in the ARIA Resort & Casino for an once-in-a-lifetime wine pairing dinner this Saturday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m.

This Saturday there is no other place an oenophile should be than at Celebrity Chef Shawn McClain’s Sage at ARIA Resort & Casino.  This world class venue will partner with Hundred Acre for an once-in-a-lifetime wine pairing dinner Saturday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m..

 The evening will delight palates with a five-course menu, created by McClain and Sage Chef de Cuisine Richard Camarota. Each course will be paired with selections from the winery selected by Sage Master Sommelier Nick Hetzel  and the evening’s hosts, Hundred Acre Owner and Vintner Jayson Woodbridge and ARIA Director of Wine Kim Wood. To get guest in the mood, this gastronomic event will begin with refreshing libations created by ARIA Mixologist Craig Schoettler.
Sage Master Sommelier Nick Hetzel

 Ora King Salmon with avocado puree and pink peppercorn;  
Layer Cake Chardonnay, Central Coast 2012
Cherry Pie Stanly Ranch, Carneros 2011

Maine Diver Scallops with braised oxtail, wild mushrooms and rapini;
 IF YOU SEE KAY, Lazio Italy 2011 Ancient Way Shiraz, Barossa Valley Australia 2005

 ARIA Director of Wine Kim Wood.

Grilled Quail with onion puree, dates and smoked pearl onions
Hundred Acre Precious Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2010
Hundred Acre Few and Far Between Cabernet, Napa Valley 2009

Braised Veal Cheeks with black garlic, spring beans and bone marrow crostini
Hundred Acre Ark Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2010
Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2010

Milk Chocolate and Earl Gray Panna Cotta with madeleines and blackberries;
 Hundred Acre Port, 2007 1pk

This is truly a once in a lifetime experience that should not to be missed. See you there !

Tickets are priced at $225 per person, all-inclusive. To make a reservation, call (702) 590-8690. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Bier Garten In Downtown Las Vegas Offers An Oasis Of Beer And Much More .

bier6The Craft beer movement in the United States has grown by leaps and bounds over the last few years and shows no sign of losing momentum. While we are on the subject of momentum , Downtown Las Vegas is literally changing on a daily basis. The Downtown project is turning this once questionable part of town into an exciting, vibrant district of artists, IT start-ups, quaint restaurants and bars.
bier5Recently, yet another new venue opened downtown in the beautifully refurbished Plaza Hotel & Casino.  Bier Garten kicked off in grand style. City of Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman and former Mayor Oscar B. Goodman were on hand at their official grand opening celebration to welcome Las Vegas’ first outdoor beer garden that doubles as downtown’s backyard getaway.
The creative team behind this downtown oasis of beer is Sam Cherry and Grant Garcia from the popular Pop-Up Pizza in partnership with the Plaza Hotel & Casino.   They stated “we opened Bier Garten to give downtown residents and visitors “a relaxed and pleasant escape from the concrete jungle.” From what we experienced on our visit, they did.

beirBier Garten’s unique outdoor dining area in front of the Plaza Hotel & Casino features nearly 3,000 sq. ft. of real grass, yes REAL grass along with specially designed wooden trellises with winding vines to create a relaxed Bavarian beer garden setting.

Tables from a 1980’s Munich Oktoberfest provide outdoor seating for up to 160 people. Bier Garten also boasts downtown Las Vegas’ first and only living wall comprised of more than 900 plants on the façade of the Plaza.bier4
Guests can stop in and enjoy a casual backyard where they can choose from two dozen handcrafted beers on tap and numerous bottled microbrews. Additionally, the beer menu offers a nice variety from traditional IPAs, ales, lagers and stouts to flavored beers and ciders, with a majority of the beers coming from American breweries alongside some unique imports.
It’s not just about the beer here.  Bier Garten pairs a delicious selection of artisan sausages with its craft beers. Jeffrey Martell, the chef of Oscar’s steakhouse and Pop Up Pizza, also runs Bier Garten’s kitchen. His menu features handmade cuisine inspired by German favorites with a touch of Las Vegas such as the Golden Slipper with Andouille sausage, crispy bacon, cream cheese and fried egg or the Stardust comprised of German bratwurst, caramelized onions, sauerkraut and German sweet mustard. Sides include extra giant sized German pretzels with mustard, hand cut fries and crispy onion strings.

bier3For those who want a vegetarian option try the Naked City, made with a veggie Tofurky sausage, roasted sweet peppers, chopped raw onion, Kosher relish, German sweet mustard and Sriracha ketchup. For those looking for alternatives to sausages altogether, Bier Garten has a kitchen sink salad or pizza from Pop Up Pizza.

For the grand FINI, Bier Garten offers three flavors of SasaPops. These award winning frozen dessert pops handmade in Las Vegas by SasaSweets is a must try.  Or try  an extra giant size cinnamon and sugar pretzel with homemade icing. You can’t go wrong with either. Or better yet, order both, we did!bier2
Bier Garten is easy to find located just across the street from the Fremont Street Experience.  Enjoy lunch, dinner or stop in for a late night brew. They are open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily and offers a variety of live entertainment Friday and Saturday nights.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Beer , BBQ and Music All For Great Cause Comes To Las Vegas May,17th at Ellis Island Casino .

Brew & BBQ, The beer Festival That Serves Real Food Comes To Las Vegas .

Beer festivals in the United States are growing by leaps and bounds and the culinary city of Las Vegas is right in the middle of it. On May 17th join us and enjoy at sudsy array of participating breweries will also contribute to the line-up of full-pint brews that guests can indulge in.
To make this event even more worthwhile, BrewBQ Festival proceeds will be donated to support local food banks, enabling them to continue providing food assistance to many of Las Vega’s neediest residents. The goal is to feed 10,000 people with this festival by donating the proceeds to food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, after-school programs, senior citizens and more.
Walk around and sample these amazing beers and more! :
Beverly Hills Beerhouse,Schlagl Doppel Bock,Rieder Classic,Rieder Dunkel,Rieder XXX,Anheuser-Busch InBev Brands,Miller Brewing Company,Coors Brewing Company,Innstadt Edelsud,Innstadt Bock Weisse,Innstadt Schwarz,Ellis LIGHT ,Ellis AMBER ,Ellis WEISS ,Ellis STOUT ,Ellis IPA ,Ellis ROOT BEER ,Ellis IPA ,Ellis Hard Lemonade,Ellis Oktoberfest,Three Monkeys Brewing CompanyStella Artois,Leffe,Hoegaarden,Wirtz Beverage Nevada,XINGU Brazilian Black Lager,XINGU GOLD Brazilian Blond Lager,GINGER BEARD English Ginger Beer,GREEN GOBLIN ,nglish Oak Aged Cider,MORITZ Spanish Lager,RINCE COCHON Golden Belgium Ale,MONTY PYTHON’S HOLY GRAIL English Pale Ale,Pabst Blue Ribbon,Lagunitas Brewing Co.
On May 17th in Las Vegas there will be no other place to be than Ellis Island Casino where you can enjoy music, entertainment, BBQ and beer all to benefit Three Square. For tickets and information visit Also check out the video
See you there!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Kick-Off Craft Beer Month like a VIP In The Sta Rita Hills Of California.


 Its Craft Beer month in Wine Country. Any winemaker will tell you, it takes a lot of cold beer to make good wine.  And now you can Kick-Off Craft Beer Month like a VIP.
But you've got to hurry! Tickets are extremely limited for this weekend’s event.
The 3rd Annual Buellton Brew Fest is coming May 2nd & 3rd, 2014, and there are many upgrades from last year. They have added a Beer Dinner with Beto’s Place and the Award Winning Figueroa Mountain Brewing at the gorgeous Mendenhall Museum, a VIP Lounge during the Festival for guests to kick back with your favorite Brewers, Food Trucks, MORE Craft Breweries, and even a game zone!
The craft beer weekend begins with a VIP Dinner in one of the most unique venues in the central coast, The Mendenhall Museum in Buellton.  There are less than 30 tickets left for this evening with Figueroa Mountain Brew Master, AJ Stoll and the newly minted New York International Beer Awards Bronze Medal Winner, Davy Brown!
Enjoy a delicious evening under the stars at the historic Mendenhall Museum and kick off the 3rd Annual Buellton Brew Fest. Guests will feast on dishes by Beto’s Place paired with Award Winning Figueroa Mountain Brews among the neon lights of the West Coast’s largest private collection of petroliana memorabilia and race cars. Truly a unique experience!
Tickets for this dinner are $75 and include a 4 course paired meal; or you may purchase a Buellton Brew Fest VIP Ticket for $110 which includes VIP Access at the next day’s Buellton Brew Fest and Lunch, as well as a seat at the VIP Dinner.
VIP Ticket: Includes Friday Night VIP Dinner at Mendenhall Museum, Saturday Festival entry with VIP Lounge Access, Souvenir Glass, and Gourmet Boxed Lunch from Georgia’s Smokehouse $110
*****Extremely close to Sell-out! Tickets if available will be $120 at the door*********
Don’t miss this and enjoy some wine as well!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Meridith May's The SOMM Journal set to launch May 18th.

Formerly Sommelier Journal, The SOMM Journal is written by wine and beverage industry professionals for wine and beverage industry professionals. Owned by Meridith May, Publisher and Editorial Director. It  is written by wine professionals for wine professionals and continues to rev up for its inaugural issue, set to launch May 18 at the National Restaurant Show in Chicago.
Boasting a circulation of over 50K since announcing its refresh in December, this bi-monthly industry publication features articles and departments that both inform and interest the working beverage industry professional, academic, and connoisseur. “We are dedicated to ensuring that the SOMM Journal is the top resource for working sommeliers and drinks professionals,” said Publisher and Editorial Director, Meridith May. “Everything readers loved about Sommelier Journal is here, and then some.”
The cover story of the first edition is written by nationally wine academic and Master Sommelier, Tim Gaiser, in conjunction with the executive team at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, celebrating wine industry pioneer Tony Terlato’s 80th birthday and his lifetime accomplishments.
Working closely with the North American Sommelier Association, Wine & Spirits Education Trust, The French Wine Society and the Culinary Institute of America, The SOMM Journal’s focus is projected to be 70 percent on wine and 30 percent on spirits. Features and departments in the first issue will include:
 First Press: The stories behind new vintages, releases, up-and-coming winemaker stars, and what’s happening in the world of wine.
 Wine Science: Dr. Jamie Goode provides the lowdown on everything from brettanomyces to high alcohol, minerality, TCA, and beyond.
Bob Bath, MS/Wine & Beverage Instructor at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone goes behind the scenes on wine grapes, tea service and West Coast vs. East Coast IPA.
 Wine 101: A column contributed by The North American Sommelier Association for future somms.
 Ted Glennon, restaurant wine and spirits consultant interviews up-and-coming stars on-premise from all over the U.S.
 Jim Meehan, one of the country’s top mixologists, writes a column on spirits trends.
 Appellation Series: A global wine diary from Master Somms, Masters of Wine and other high-profile experts. The first article features a trip to Valtellina, Italy, by Certified Sommelier Marcella Newhouse.
 The Tasting Panel of Experts: For the first issue, Matthew Conway, General Manager of NYC’s Restaurant Marc Forgione leads a vertical comparison from Nicolas Joly’s Loire Valley Clos de la Coulée de Serrant with an all-star panel of tasters.
 Wine author Roger Morris writes about Spain’s Rueda region and its iconic Verdejo grape.
 SOMM Camps: Editor-at-Large and Master Sommelier Randy Caparoso will guide readers through terroir experiences across wine growing regions where a group of wine buyers will join him in the vineyards with winemakers and enologists.
 Spit Bucket: An ode to the best wines we’ve tasted this month.
 Wine Thief: Themed reviews by Editor-in-Chief, Anthony Dias Blue.
Additionally, the August issue will feature “One Woman’s View,” a column by Karen MacNeil, expert and author of The Wine Bible, on topics as varied as style and elegance to interviews with trend-setting chefs and up-and-coming somms. Get your copy and enjoy !

Friday, March 28, 2014

Hells Kitchen Winner Chef Christina Wilson Named Executive Chef At Gordon Ramsay BurGr at the Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas .

Chef Wilson won “Hell’s Kitchen” season 10, and  earned herself the position of head chef working under the direction of executive chef Deric Meininger, at celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s first Las Vegas restaurant, Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas

"Following my win on ‘Hell's Kitchen’ and an amazing first year at Gordon Ramsay Steak at the Paris Las Vegas, I am proud and excited to accept the position of executive chef at Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood,” said Wilson. “This is another incredible opportunity for me to grow my career, I will be one of three female executive chefs working in Chef Ramsay kitchen's in the US. This move will not only provide me the experience of running and managing the entire kitchen, but also it will allow me to curate and build young talent who are just starting out in the industry. I am very much looking forward to this new chapter and what it will bring.”
Chef Gordon Ramsay and Chef Christina Wilson
Chef Gordon Ramsay and Chef Christina Wilson

Chef Christina originally from Phillipsburg, NJ,  moved to Philadelphia to pursue her cooking passion in 2004. She began her career as an unpaid apprentice at Stella Blu located in West Conshohocken and working as the kitchen manager of Gypsy Saloon to pay her way through Temple University.
Its wasn't long before her passion and culinary artistry became apparent and climbed  to become the sous chef at Stella Blu within two years of prepping her first kitchen shift. After five years, she moved to Center City, PA. For her next position as sous chef at 13th Street’s, Lolita (Philly Top 10 Traditional Mexican Cuisine Restaurant), in 2009. Once again, this young talented Chef kept rising to the top and became chef de cuisine at Lolita in under a year. In 2011 her journey brought her to Top 50 Philadelphia restaurant, Mercato, as chef de cuisine.
The summer of 2012 brought Wilson the opportunity and experience of a lifetime with the debut of “Hell’s Kitchen” season 10, of which she was a contestant. She literally battled her way through the competition, never been nominated for elimination.  After the dinner service of her life in the finale, she won and earned the prestigious position of head chef at Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas where she excelled.
We have had the opportunity to dine and both venues with her at the helm and are in awe of her command of the kitchen and quality of the dishes she prepares. When in Las Vegas, a must stop is Gordon Ramsay BurGr for one of the best burgers and service in the country. Who knows, if you time it right you might even see the legendary Chef Ramsay right at your table.

Brewske’s, “The Nearly Famous Bar on Durango “ Shines for Locals in Las Vegas

Whenever we stop into Brewske’s we have flash backs of the sitcom “Cheers”, you know, a bar where everyone knows your name. A warm comfortable feeling comes over you as you settle back into a plush leather couch and chairs taking in your favorite game on a big screen TV that fills the wall.
General Manager Eric Kelley has done an amazing job of assembling one of the best gaming bar staffs we have seen, mixing mostly veteran bartenders with a few newer ones who make the grade. Eric stated. “In addition to working together, we are a real family and take care of each other “and it really shows.  A constantly changing stable of 22 Beers on Tap and 20 by the bottle allow guests to explore new and exciting beers.
 Dusty Lee Faulkner
Dusty Lee Faulkner
Speaking about the beers, stop in and see veteran legendary bartender Dusty Lee Faulkner for a real education. The staff features Jaimie Conley, Carissa Cervello, Zita Almeida and others that are friendly and engaging.
If you’re hungry, we highly suggest sinking your teeth in Corporate Executive Chef Virgil Nocon’s new tatsy burger additions hand made fresh every day. The next time you’re driving down Durango, keep a look out for that little “Nearly Famous Bar” called Brewske’s, stop in, you will fall in love and become a regular.

Monday, March 3, 2014

The 59th General Assembly of French Master Chefs “Maitres Cuisiners de France” will bring their worldwide meetings to the United States, March 5-9, 2014.

If there is any doubt that Las Vegas has become a world renowned center of epicurean delight it can be put aside. For the first time since its inception, the 59th General Assembly of French Master Chefs “Maitres Cuisiners de France” will bring their worldwide meetings to the United States, March 5-9, 2014.
The event will also celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the American and Canadian delegations and the U.S. Chapter of “l’Academie Culinaire De France” (ACF).

This 5-day historical event will be held at the gastronomic home of The Venetian and The Palazzo Resorts in Las Vegas. The location is not surprising being that these 5-diamond resorts are home to more James Beard Award-winning chefs than any other destination in the country.

 The Venetian and The Palazzo Executive Chef Olivier Dubreuil is also a Master Chef of France. It was through his hard work and dedication to the organization that his invitation to bring the meetings to America was accepted.
“We are so proud of the world-class chefs that call The Venetian and The Palazzo home and it’s even more special to host such a prestigious event and bring the culinary world to Las Vegas,” said John Caparella, president and chief operating officer of The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo.

Executive Chef Olivier Dubreui
Executive Chef Olivier Dubreui
“Maîtres Cuisinier de France” (Master Chef of France) is the most envied title that chefs aspire to have but not everyone can become a “Maître Cuisinier” said Chef Olivier Dubreuil. The organization’s motto is “to preserve and spread the French culinary arts, encourage training in cuisine, and assist professional development.” “Maîtres Cuisiniers de France” are often given the highest classification in restaurant guides, and are regularly mentioned in the world’s leading food and travel magazines.

The Association of “Maîtres Cuisiniers de France” employs nearly 10,000 qualified people and is also closely involved in the activities of the Regional Commissions for vocational diplomas and certificates granted by specialized schools. It participates actively to promote products of “top quality” such as the Red Labels and “Appellations d’Origine Contrôlée” or European signs of quality, such as the IGP, AOP and STG.
During these incredible 4 days, the “l’Academie Culinaire de France” will also host a special dinner to elect the woman of the year and reward one of their member with the “Fauteuil de l’ Academie” for lifetime achievement.
The in depth French experience begins on Thursday March 6 with an invitation only Diner De l’Amitie (Friendship) 6pm-10pm. Friday March 7th will feature an invitation only Gala Dinner Reception from 6pm-10pm. On Saturday March 8th, the public is invited to attend the Master Tour De France from 6pm-10pm at Doge’s Palace. Dine under the stars with 12 Chefs, 12 wineries and spirit makers as they showcase specialties from different many regions of France. Ticket price: $50.00 all inclusive.
Bringing a prestigious group Maitres Cuisiners de France to Las Vegas and to the Venetian and  Palazzo Resorts is a very big deal with the eyes of the culinary world focused right on the middle of the famed Las Vegas strip. We look forward to welcoming these talented culinary artisans and learning even more about famed French Cuisine and its origins.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Terra Verde Restaurant in Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa adds Enomatic Wine tasting To Its New Happy Hour Menu.

Happy hours all over the city are getting better and more imaginative. Long gone at the days when the happiest part of the day featured chicken wings, maybe a salad and watered down cocktails. Executive Chef Luigi Iannauario and Corporate Wine Director Peter Donkonics have combined their experience for what may be one of the best Happy Hours on or off the strip.

Stop in a enjoy a Ham & Cheese Focaccia with a tasty Gary Farrell Noir or mouthwatering Peppers and Sausage with a classic Marchesi Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva . Also on the plate, Meatball Sliders, Zucchini Fritti with Calabrese Aioli and a  Fried Mozzarella Sandwich in Carrozza.

Enomatic wine tasting is an oenophiles playground where one can enjoy wines you may have never had or may make you wallet a little too light for your liking. We will be back to Terra Verde often and play in the world of great wine and Italian cuisine. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Mexican Riviera's Capella Pedregal Food and Wine Festival in Cabo San Lucas Has A Special Treat For Food and Wine Enthusiasts.

cabo4The Mexican Riviera is the perfect place to relax on beautiful beaches and get away from it all. This summer Capella Pedregal, located in Cabo San Lucas is offering culinary enthusiasts the chance to indulge in a delicious foodie experience at the hotels annual Food & Wine Festival from July 9-13, 2014.

The Intimate resort is limited to only 120 guests.  This tasty four-day celebration of local  Mexican flavors along with a  new take on Baja modern cuisine allows visitors  to not only taste the creations of America’s top master chefs but also the resort’s award-winning culinary team.
In charge of the kitchen is  Capella’s Executive Chef, Yvan Mucharraz  who trained under famed chefs such as Thomas Keller at The French Laundry and Juan Mari Arzak, one of the great masters of New Basque cuisine.
Capella Pedregal’s Food & Wine Festival package allows you to learn specific culinary skills from these renowned chefs in exclusive seminars but also includes so much more for the perfect getaway package. Spend four nights and five days of pure indulgence in the ocean view room or suite category of your choice then enjoy a full breakfast each morning in Capella’s signature restaurant, Don Manuel’s.
A great way to start of the culinary dream weekend  is a welcome wine and cheese reception under the stars with celebrity chefs at Capella’s Cliffside restaurant,  El Farallon. Throughout the weekend plan on enjoying  cooking demonstrations throughout the weekend, with each celebrity chef in attendance.
Thirsty ? not a problem with  two wine tastings and a  Tequila seminar with a Maestro Tequilero. These are sure to be a highlight of the visit. Of course when at the beach its time for a Barbecue. The resort with host a  Barbecue Party at the Beach Club with each of the celebrity chefs preparing a specialty, rich  barbecue dish. The main event will be a  Gourmet  Gala five-course dinner with each course prepared by a celebrity chef and an after party with live music as you dance the night away  under the stars.
Getting to this one of a kind experience is no problem from wherever you may be coming from.  Round trip airport transfers to and from San Jose de Cabo airport (SJD) including a personal greeting by our airport host and escorted to your private car, (1 suburban up to 5 people)
And just for the final touch , upon arrival , enjoy a  welcome bottle of tequila in your guestroom Gift bags and Nightly turn down gifts to  enjoy.  Each room and suite even  includes wireless Internet and a refreshment center stocked with complimentary soft drinks, juices, coffee and bottled water.
Cabo San Lucas, great wines and celebrity chefs is a lovely way to spend a long weekend in paradise. See you in July.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Rose Champagne bubbles over in the United States.

With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, more and more consumers are turning their attention to the pink bubbles of Rosé Champagne. Over the past decade, the shipments of rosé from the Champagne region of France have enjoyed significant growth in the U.S.—just last year over 2.7 million bottles of Rosé Champagne were shipped to the U.S. comprising 15.3% of all shipments to this country.

Credit: Champagne USA
Credit: Champagne USA

More and more Americans understand that Champagne only comes from Champagne and we think that the growth of shipments of Rosé Champagne to the United States is an interesting and promising trend.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Night Club & Bar announces 2014 Nightclub & Bar Award Winners to be honored at NCBShow2014 in @Vegas March 24-26!

Nightclub & Bar Media Group has named the winners of the 2014 Nightclub & Bar Awards. After receiving hundreds of qualified nominations, the annual awards winners are recognized for being 2014’s best and brightest movers and shakers in nightlife.
“This is no beauty contest selected merely on aesthetics,” said Jon Taffer, president of Nightclub & Bar Media Group and host and executive producer of Spike TV's “Bar Rescue.” “Receiving this award means the recipient has demonstrated the skill and innovation needed to succeed and excel in this highly competitive business. We are proud to welcome these accomplished award winners into an elite class of establishments, operators and industry professionals that are truly the best in the business.”
As the premier national program dedicated to recognizing and celebrating all aspects of success across various levels of the nightlife industry, the Nightclub & Bar Awards honor both individual winners, demonstrating expertise, professionalism and sales success, and establishments, exhibiting excellence in concept development, operations, promotion and innovation.
Winners are featured on, and will be celebrated during an awards ceremony at the upcoming 2014 Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas, March 24 – 26.
The winners of the 2014 Nightclub & Bar Awards are:
Nightclub Awards:
Dayclub of the Year
·         Winner: Spinnaker Beach Club, Panama City, FL
·         Finalists: Roof on the Wit, Chicago, IL and Delano Beach Club, Miami, FL
Lounge of the Year
·         Winner: Epernay Lounge, Denver, CO
·         Finalists: Brahmin, Boston, MA and Side Bar, San Diego, CA
New Concept of the Year
·         Winner: The Huxley, Washington, D.C.
·         Finalists: Clinton Hall, New York, NY and VIP Room, New York, NY
Nightclub of the Year
·         Winner: Story, Miami, FL
·         Finalists: Cielo, New York, NY and LIV, Miami, FL;
Promo, Party or Event of the Year
·         Winner: Intervention Sundays at Float, San Diego, CA
·         Finalists: SKAM Thursdays at Playhouse, Los Angeles, CA and FIVE/TEN Party at Side Bar, San Diego, CA
Resident DJ of the Year
·         Winner: DJ Homicide, Playhouse, Los Angeles, CA
·         Finalists: DJ JUS-SKE, 1OAK, New York and DJ Sid Vicious, FLUXX, San Diego, CA
Bar Awards:
Bartender of the Year
·         Winner: Sean Kenyon, Proprietor, Williams & Graham and Beverage Dir., The Squeaky Bean
·         Finalists: Beau Williams, GM, Manifesto and Co-Owner, Hawthorne & Julep and Justin Pike, Head Bartender, The Tasting Kitchen
Beer Bar of the Year
·         Winner: Neighborhood, San Diego, CA
·         Finalists: Taproom No 307, New York, NY and The Surly Goat, Hollywood, CA
Cocktail Bar of the Year  
·         Winner: Carthay Circle, Anaheim, CA
·         Finalists: Copa d’Oro, Santa Monica, CA and Wise Guy’s, Hilton Head, SC
New Concept of the Year
·         Winner: 2 Birds 1 Stone, Washington, DC
·         Finalists: Bergerac, San Francisco, CA and No Vacancy, Los Angeles, CA
Promo, Party or Event of the Year
·         Winner: Bounce Sunday at Matrix Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
·         Finalists: 12 Month Calendar Promotion at Martini Bay, Lake Havasu, AZ and Sunday FunDAZE at The Hangar, San Antonio, TX
Restaurant Bar of the Year
·         Winner: Beauty & Essex, New York, NY
·         Finalists: Catch, New York, NY and Isola Trattoria, New York, NY
Small Wonder Bar of the Year
·         Winner: Trick Dog, San Francisco, CA
·         Finalists: Brandy Library, New York, NY and Matchbox, Chicago, IL
Sports Bar of the Year
·         Winner: The Globe Pub, Chicago, IL
·         Finalists: Lansdowne Road, New York, NY and The Bleacher Bar, Boston, MA
Las Vegas Nightclub Awards:
Cocktail Bar of the Year
·         Winner: Laundry Room at Commonwealth
·         Finalists: The Chandelier and Vesper Bar
Dayclub of the Year
·         Winner: Encore Beach
·         Finalists: Daylight and Wet Republic
Lounge of the Year
·         Winner: Ghostbar
·         Finalists: Fireside Lounge and Parasol Up & Down
New Concept of the Year
·         Winner: Light
·         Finalists: Hakkasan and Sapphire Pool
Nightclub of the Year
·         Winner: Hakkasan
·         Finalists: Light and XS
Promo, Party or Event of the Year
·         Winner: Summer Lovin’ with Kaskade at Marquee
·         Finalists: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Wednesday at Surrender and Night Swim at XS
DJ of the Year
·         Winner: Diplo, XS/Surrender
·         Finalists: Calvin Harris, Hakkasan and Major Lazer, 1OAK
Restaurant Bar of the Year
·         Winner: Herbs & Rye
·         Finalists: TAO Restaurant and Yellowtail
Congratulations to all the winners and finalists .

Elaine and Scott

Elaine and Scott
Elaine and Scott