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FEATURES Farmers Market Delights Local Restaurants For several months now, The Mario Batali Group has been hosting a local Farmers Market which keeps growing each week. Held each Thursday it features fresh produce and herbs grown locally and from Southern California. Check it out.

Western Restaurant Expo San Diego recently hosted the California Restaurant Associations yearly Food and Beverage Show featuring the ACF Chefs Association Cooking Competition. Comeda Latina featuring Hispanic Food was also on display throughout the Expo.


Culinary Training Institutes


Mob Spirits Haunt Local Restaurants

Featuring our local Culinary Institutes that we will be developing a Culinary Training Section in the upcoming Issues.

For 5 decades this restaurant has been haunted by the spirits of what locals claim to be the Mob that started Las Vegas. I Scream for dessert?





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IN EVERY ISSUE Hot off the Grill Human Resources Insights Slice & Dice Brett’s Vegas View Beer Bust Asian-Pacific Islands News & Notes

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| FROM THE EDITOR Congratulations to YouMakaDaWine and Grape Expectations who we have highlighted in this Issue as well as Front Cover Photo Featuring Le Cordon Bleu winners of the wine making challenge. Contact Grape Expectations to make your own wine exclusively here in Las Vegas. Great Lifetime Experience!! Chef Zach Allen deserves special recognition for his efforts in coordination of the weekly Farmers Market developed by Mario Batali and his Las Vegas Team. This is the way of the Restaurant Industry and Food Business and will help decrease our carbon footprint and deliver fresh food at the same time. According to the Green Restaurant Association, The plate of food we eat travels an average of 1,500 miles!!!

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President Rocky Parks

Associate Editor Bob Barnes

Operations Manager Ebony Holmes

Photographer/Photo Editor George Fryer

Managing Editor Mike Fryer

Our Newest Restaurant on “The Strip” First, has opened and recently hosted the First “Shuck & Swallow” Oyster Competition, Supported by Santa Monica Seafood who we know as one of the top suppliers of Fresh Sustainable Seafood in the Las Vegas Valley. Lot’s of fun and we look forward to many more in the future …

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Associate Editor Chanelle Hayes

Advisor to the Board David Tully

Equipment Industry Advisor George Baggott

Feature Writer Michelle Fryer

Layout Design Rowena Becknel

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The Essence of Customer Service

T By Linda Bernstein

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o be successful in a challenging service environment today, one must walk a fine line between giving the house away and making a living. Businesses have been forced to cut prices dramatically, while customers still expect the same portions for the same dollar. People today want to be sure that they are getting their money’s worth regardless if they are buying a car or a sandwich. In the end, if we are not on top of what our customers desire, we may be missing more than just the mark - it may be actual customers. What we need to do is get back to basics when it comes to customer service. We must strive to ensure our customers perceive value and want to return to our place of business. How do we do that you may ask? Well, we need to follow a few basic steps to ensure their satisfaction. The essence of your customer service experience should include a range of pro-active steps: • Acknowledge the customer when they arrive at your place of business. Make them feel welcome. • Talk with them to find out their needs and desires. (Know when to give them space too.) • Thank them, with sincerity, for their business and ask them to return. • Listen well or provide them with a feedback survey to assess how you are doing. True customer service only exists when your customer’s satisfaction comes first before all else. When you ensure that their experience is a good one, their needs are met, and they perceive a value for the services or products, they are more likely to return. However, we must also be careful not to give away the farm when a customer complains. There are some “customers” that have become adept at making a fuss and expecting the product or service to be given to them for free. Watch for those who constantly complain and always want something in return. Ask yourself, have I done all that I can

to make this situation satisfactory? If you have, then you should apologize to the customer for their dissatisfaction and let them go on their way. These “customers” may be more costly than they are worth in the long run. In some places of business today, customer service does not look anything like “our customers come first.” Some employees assault the customer with rudeness and ignorance. If you frequent a business and give them your hard earned dollar you should not feel like an annoyance or an inconvenience. We must teach our employees to be pleasant and civil. They must understand that these “annoyances” (customers) have numerous choices of where to take their money and that without them, there is no need for you. There are things you can do to make sure your employees are in tune with your expectations: • Train your employees on your expectations and standards. Hold them accountable. • Evaluate their performance frequently and take necessary action when problems occur. • Make changes to your staff based upon the feedback you get from your customers. Everyone at your place of business must understand and embrace the importance of customer satisfaction. They must always treat the customer respectfully and as valued. When everyone is onboard with these expectations, you will start having loyal customers. Since the desires of our customers are ever changing, we must be prepared to change with the times. When we meet (and sometimes exceed) the expectations of our customers, we are on our way to success. When those satisfied customers start referring others to your place of business, you have succeeded. Then, and only then, will you know that you have mastered the essence of customer service. Next Month’s Subject: The Value of Human Capital

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ince August of 2008, the Carve steakhouse at the Eastside Cannery has been supplying a haven for locals who appreciate a traditional steak at a non-traditional price. As soon as you enter, you’ll fi nd an up-scale atmosphere that is both comfortable and inviting. The room has an earthy feel, with tones of sand, yellow and mahogany, black and white photos of hillsides and landscapes, and multi-toned beige bricks all working together to add to the relaxed ambience. Cozy booths and padded chairs add to the comfort level, while candles, subdued lighting, white linen table cloths and soft music create a romantic setting. Executive Chef Andreus Maeder has some impressive credentials. A native of Switzerland, Maeder has been in the US since 1976, and opened the MGM Reno in 1978. He went on to open the Las Vegas MGM Grand in 1993, and was executive chef at the Imperial Palace and the M Resort before coming over to the Cannery. Room Chef Matthew Poe has lived in Las Vegas since he was a child, and is now in his 23rd year in the culinary industry. Poe was a member of the fi rst graduating class of the Las Vegas Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2004. Since his graduation, he has honed his skills at the Continental, MGM Grand, the Planet Hollywood in Tel Aviv, Israel, and opened restaurants at the Orleans, Suncoast and Gold Coast before landing at Carve. He adds a personal touch to his clientele, making it a point to visit with diners about every 30 minutes. The perfect beginning to a meal at Carve is the Lobster Bisque. When it arrives it is topped with decorative lines of crème fraîche and chives and a touch of cognac, which is lit by your server for a dramatic fl air. The fl avor is incredibly rich, and every spoonful I had included a chunk of lobster. I also enjoyed the Blue Claw Crab Cakes, which thankfully were blessed with the true taste of crab. The dish was a blend of colors and literally a work or art, garnished with small squares of tomato and sticks of chive, and a decoratively cut lemon with a sprig of sage. For a salad course, I highly recommend the Caprese Salad ($5.99)-a compilation of layered buffalo mozzarella, Roma tomatoes, fresh basil and a tangy Balsamic Vinaigrette.


A visit to a steakhouse would not be complete without enjoying a prime cut of beef. All steaks are certifi ed Angus Beef and come with a choice of potato and savory sauce (Bernaise, Red Wine Demi, Mushroom Truffl e or Rosemary Balsamic Demi). The New York steak ($22.99) I sampled was so tender it almost melted in my mouth, and the savory sauces added rich fl avors to compliment the generous 14-oz. portion. Nightly specials are treats not to be ignored. I enjoyed a generous portion of jumbo-sized Sea Scallops that were cooked perfectly, and accompanied with linguini and broccolini. Seafood choices include King Salmon, Alaskan Halibut, Orange Roughy, Yellowfi n Tuna (all $21.99), and come with choice of potato, preparation and sauce. Presentation is a dominant theme here, so it’s not surprising that Carve is one of the last restaurants left on the planet that serves a true tableside bananas fosters. Controlled pyrotechnics are demonstrated as a mixture of rum, crème de banana, and cognac are layered atop fresh bananas and ice cream, and then ignited. The dish was delectable, but the show doubled my appreciation. At Carve you’ll come for the steaks, and stay for the presentation, quality and ambience. With entrees priced from $14.49 and most steaks around $20, you’ll get Old Vegas gourmet quality without today’s gourmet prices. Add on the presentation, and what you get is certainly worth more than what you will pay. Carve is open fi ve nights a week Wednesday through Sunday, from 4:30 pm to 10 pm. Carve @ Eastside Cannery Casino Hotel 5255 Boulder Hwy. Las Vegas, NV 89122 702-856-5425

By Bob Barnes

Bob Barnes is a native Las Vegan and an associate editor of Food & Beverage Magazine of Las Vegas. He welcomes your inquiries and can be reached via e-mail at

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By Shelley Stepanek he Mob is back! CAPOS, that well known restaurant that has been a mainstay for years on West Tropicana has opened a second location on West Sahara in the former Hooters. Like the speakeasy of years past, it couldn’t be more authentic. As you enter the small lobby, and ring the buzzer, to the small window opening to admit you with the password, the dark interior with numerous pictures of all the famous “boys”, CAPOS entices you to relax, sit back and enjoy a night with great food and ambience. The appetizer menu is long, with such names as Joey Bananas, and Genovese Calamari. From the syndicate sales, especially The Mob’s “Meatball salad” to the home made pastas and house specialties, every dish is a taste of the past. The Godfather’s Filet Mignon, the Rat Pack Ribeye, and the Spilatro Spiedini makes us all recall what Old Vegas was really about. Take a night, grab your girl and head on over to a great speakeasy.


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Julie & Julia

Warner Bros picture about a great lady, I’ve taken cooling classes from het in the Bay area and she has been a guest many time on my radio show(s). Julia Child and Julie Powell - both of whom wrote memoirs - find their lives intertwined. Though separated by time and space, both women are at loose ends ... until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible. Tamy and I enjoyed this picture. A bit complicated in the time zone catigory but entertaining and a bit behind the scenes of her life and of a big supporter of hers, as wwell. We recommend seeing it. Here is one of her favorite recipes, we tao and my adapted version. Try them.

Boeuf (Beef) Bourguignon (Adapted from Julia Child recipe) 1 bottle hearty red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah 2 cups diced yellow onions 12 ⁄3 cups peeled and sliced carrots 21⁄2 cups sliced leeks, white and light green parts only 1 cup sliced shallots 1 cup button mushrooms, plus 32 Individual mushrooms with stems cut flush to caps 12 thyme sprigs 14 Italian parsley sprigs 7 whole bay leaves 13⁄4 teaspoons black peppercorns 9 large garlic cloves, skin left on and smashed 2 tablespoons kosher salt, plus more for seasoning Freshly ground black pepper 3 pounds boneless short ribs cut into 2-inch-by-1-inch pieces Canola oil 6 to 8 cups veal or beef stock 8 ounces small fingerling potatoes cut into 1⁄2-inch-thick slices 16 baby carrots, halved lengthwise 4 ounces slab bacon, cut into 24 lardoons 11⁄2 inches long and 3⁄8 inch thick 2 tablespoons sweet butter 12 red pearl onions and 12 white pearl onions, cooked Fleur de sel Dijon mustard

To make the red-wine reduction, combine the wine, 1 cup onions, 1 cup carrots, 1 cup leeks, 1 cup shallots, 1 cup mushrooms, 3 thyme sprigs, 6 Italian parsley sprigs, 2 bay leaves, 1⁄2 teaspoon peppercorns and 3 garlic cloves in a large ovenproof pot with a lid. Bring to a boil over high heat. Simmer 30 to 40 minutes, or until the wine has reduced to a glaze. Season the meat with salt and pepper. Heat 1⁄8 inch of canola oil in a large sauté pan over high heat. Add just enough meat so as not to crowd the pan. Brown the meat on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer the meat to a paper towel–lined baking sheet to drain. Repeat with the remaining meat, adding more oil if necessary. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Add 3 thyme sprigs, 3 Italian parsley sprigs, 2 whole bay leaves, 2 garlic cloves, and the remaining 1 cup


onions, 2⁄3 cup carrots and 11⁄2 cups leeks to the red-wine reduction, and toss together. Wet and wring dry enough cheesecloth to cover about 4 inches more than the diameter of the pot. Cover the vegetables with the cheesecloth, tucking in the edges to form a nest shape. Place the meat in the nest, and add enough stock to just cover the meat. Bring the liquid to a simmer over medium-high heat. Cover with a tight-fitting lid, and transfer to the oven. Reduce the heat to 325° F, and cook for 11⁄2 to 2 hours, or until the meat is very tender. Transfer the meat to an oven-proof pot or container, and discard the cheesecloth. Strain the liquid twice through a fine strainer, the second time into a saucepan, and discard the vegetables. Bring the liquid to a boil, spooning off any fat that rises to the top of the mixture. Strain the liquid over the meat. Let it cool, then cover and refrigerate for at least 1 day, up to 3 days. Preheat the oven to 375° F. Remove the meat from the refrigerator, and skim off any congealed fat from the top. Place the potatoes in a large saucepan along with 2 thyme sprigs, 1 whole bay leaf, 1⁄4 teaspoon peppercorns, 2 garlic cloves and 1 tablespoon salt. Cover the potatoes with an inch of cold water. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until tender. Drain, cool, discard the seasonings, and set aside. Place the baby carrots in a medium saucepan with 4 thyme sprigs, 2 bay leaves, 1 teaspoon peppercorns, 2 garlic cloves and 1 tablespoon of salt. Cover with 11⁄2 inches water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes, or until tender. Drain, cool, discard the seasonings, and set aside. Spread the lardoons in a single layer on a nonstick or foil-lined sheet pan. Roast in the oven for 10 minutes, stir, and return to the oven for another 5 to 10 minutes, or until browned. Drain on paper towels. Melt the butter in a large skillet over high heat until the foam subsides. Add the remaining 32 mushrooms, reduce the heat to medium-low, and season with salt and pepper. Cook gently, tossing often, until the mushrooms are lightly browned and tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside. Carefully transfer the pieces of meat to a deep, ovenproof sauté pan. Strain the liquid over the meat. Warm the meat in the oven for about 5 minutes, basting occasionally. Add the potatoes, carrots, mushrooms and pearl onions, and toss gently. Roast in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the meat and vegetables are hot. Meanwhile, warm the lardoons in a small skillet. Chop the leaves of the remaining 5 sprigs parsley. Remove the sauté pan from the oven, and gently toss in the parsley. With a slotted spoon, divide the meat and vegetables among 4 plates. Spoon some of the sauce over each serving. Distribute the lardoons among the plates. Sprinkle with fleur de sel, and serve immediately with Dijon mustard. Yields: 4 servings

By Les Kincaid

Les Kincaid is a food, wine, and golf expert and cookbook author. He hosts a nationally syndicated wine radio show each Thursday from 7 to 8 pm. You can enjoy his web site or his broadcast at www.leskincaid .com or email les@leskincaid. com.

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Brett’s By Jackie Brett R&B SUPERSTAR JAMIE FOXX BRINGS HIS TOUR TO CAESARS PALACE Jamie Foxx will bring his “Blame It Tour” to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Friday, Oct. 9. Tickets range from $59.50 to $195, call 800-745-3000. “Intuition,” Foxx’s newest musical release, features an impressive list of guest stars such as Lil’ Wayne, Kanye West, T-Pain, and T.I. When his last album, “Unpredictable,” reached the top spot on the U.S. pop charts in 2006, he became only the fourth person in history to win an Academy Award for acting, he played Ray Charles in 2004’s “Ray,” and release a No. 1 album. The other three were Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Barbra Streisand.

KELLY CLARKSON’S TOUR STOPS AT THE HARD ROCK Pop megastar Kelly Clarkson will be bringing her “All I Ever Wanted Tour” to The Joint at the Hard Rock on Nov. 6. Clarkson will be joined by the Australian sister duo The Veronicas and rising band Parachute. Tickets start at $49.50, call 800-745-3000. Clarkson has sold more than 20 million albums since her 2002 debut. Her “All I Ever Wanted” release shattered Billboard Records, when “My Life Would Suck Without You” jumped from No. 97 to No. 1 in its first week of release. Clarkson premiered her current single “Already Gone” on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” The Veronicas, who delivered five top 10 singles in Australia on their debut album, have now earned platinum record success with the electro-rock sizzler “Untouched.” Parachute’s current single “She is Love” continues to climb both Hot AC and Top 40 charts. WYNONNA WILL SING AT THE ORLEANS Iconic country singer Wynonna Judd will bring her 2009 tour and a glimpse into her 25-year epic musical journey to the Orleans Showroom, Sept. 25, 26 and 27. Tickets start from $74.95, call 702-365-7075. Wynonna will sing the chapters of her life when she performs an eclectic assortment of country, rock, blues and soul-bearing standards from her current album, “Sing: Chapter 1,” which is her seventh solo effort. Wynonna has


sold more than 10 million albums and had 16 Top Ten hits. Wynonna’s rapport with fans dates back to the early-1980s launch of The Judds, featuring Wynonna and her mother Naomi. The Judds won seven CMA Country Duo of the Year honors, five Grammys and sold more than 20 million records.

CROSBY, STILLS & NASH WILL PERFORM POOLSIDE AT THE M RESORT Grammy award- winning trio Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN) will perform at the M Resort’s Villaggio Del Sole Entertainment Piazza on Saturday, Sept. 26. Noted for their intricate vocal harmonies, the widely-celebrated group comprised of legendary artists David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash have been together for more than four decades. Tickets are $88. Following CSN will be Journey on Oct. 3 and Tim McGraw on Oct. 23.

DIONNE WARWICK ‘KNOWS HER WAY’ TO THE CANNERY Singer, songwriter, actress and producer Dionne Warwick will take the stage at The Club inside the Cannery in North Las Vegas on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $19.95, call 702-507-5757 or 866-999-4899. Celebrating more than 40 years in the music business, Warwick between the years 1963 and 1966 became the first African-American female vocal artist to record one-dozen consecutive top 100 hit singles. In 1968, Warwick also became the first African-American female solo artist of her generation to receive a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Female Vocal Performance.

JON LOVITZ BRINGS HIS COMEDY ROUTINE TO THE EXCALIBUR Comedian Jon Lovitz will bring his distinctive style to the Excalibur, Sept. 15-Oct. 1. Tickets are $54 and $79, call 702-597-7600. In 1985, Lovitz accepted an offer to perform regularly on “Saturday Night Live” and within his first two years on the show earned an Emmy® Award. He became well-known for many characters including Tommy Flanagan of Pathological Liars Anonymous, Master Thespian and Hanukkah Harry. Lovitz has been in more than 30 movies including “Big,” “A League of Their Own” and “The Wedding Singer.” His distinctive voice gave him the lead voice of the character Jay Sherman in the cult cartoon series “The Critic.”

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Molto Vegas Farmer’s Market open to public Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich of B&B Ristorante, Carnevino and Enoteca San Marco bring Molto Vegas Farmer’s Market to the Las Vegas community weekly. Molto Vegas takes place every Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. for those in the industry, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for general public. Molto Vegas Farmer’s Market, located at 7485 Dean Martin Drive, is presented by Molto Vegas in conjunction with Kerry Clasby and local farmers from the Las Vegas area. For more information on Molto Vegas Farmer’s Market, contact Molto Vegas Executive Pastry Chef Doug Taylor at

Border Grill hosts Chinaco Tequila Dinner Border Grill at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino hosted an exclusive Chinaco Tequila Dinner on August 13. The evening featured a cocktail reception followed by a 5-course dinner, showcasing dishes created by Executive Chef Michael Minor paired with samplings and specialty cocktails inspired by Chinaco agave ultra-premium tequilas. Border Grill’s menu features modern Mexican cuisine with authentic flair. The restaurant is known for its Border Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information on Border Grill and special events, visit

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ttendees Enjoy Networking, Culinary Competitions and Educational Sessions in San Diego. Thousands of restaurant and foodservice buyers from throughout California including chefs, restaurant owners, operators, and caterers networked and conducted business at the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo which was held at the San Diego Convention Center August 30 – September 1, 2009. The event was co-located with the Expo Comida Latina, showcasing the latest products for the Hispanic restaurant and retail market. The industry professionals who attended had the opportunity to hear from some of the biggest and best names in the industry; meet with 500 exhibiting companies and view and sample the latest cuisines and newest equipment products. The event was sponsored by the California Restaurant Association. “The sentiment from the exhibitors was that we delivered a quality audience of new and returning attendees from throughout California as well as Arizona and Nevada. They were thrilled with the new location that gave them an opportunity to showcase their new products and services. We appreciate the support we received from the California Restaurant Association, and especially the

San Diego Area Chapter,” said Ron Mathews, Industry Vice President for Reed Exhibitions’ Foodservice Events. “During the event, attendees had a chance to enjoy the Hot Spot, the ACF Culinary Competitions, Expo Comida Latina, the New Products Gallery, the Ultimate Barista Challenge and the Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum. All of these events and attractions added to the excitement and buzz on the Show floor.” A popular spot on the Show floor was the Innovative New Product Gallery where more than 35 of the newest and most innovative products were introduced into the marketplace. During the first two days of the Show thousands of attendees cast their votes for their favorite new products. On Monday afternoonthe winners of the People’s Choice Awards for the Innovative New Product Gallery were announced. The winner of the Best in Show was Sunkist Foodservice Equipment for the Bar Buddy. The First Runner Up was Just Enjoy – technology application and the Second Runner Up was Long Range Systems for the Table Genie Products. Following is a wrap up of several exciting special events and culinary competitions that were held at the convention: ♦ The American Culinary Federation (ACF)/San Diego Chapter offered a wide vari-

ety of ACF sanctioned competitions. The Ultimate Barista Challenge® USA was an action packed competition where baristas competed in a dueling stage of identical espresso stations to shake, not stir, their espresso cocktails, prepare beautiful cafe latte art, blend espresso frappe and brew the best coff. The Hot Spot Culinary Demonstration Theater – A highlighted feature on the Show floor was the Hot Spot, an educational, interactive and entertaining area for foodservice professionals who want to stay abreast of what’s hot in the food world. ♦ Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum - Featured Sessions that were very well attended, included “How to Keep Fine Dining Alive and Profitable,” “Sustainable Seafood – Responsible Sourcing,” “The Green Restaurant Revolution,” “Fast Casual – Changing the Way People Eat and Profiting from It,” “Using Economic Ups & Downs to Your Advantage,” and “How to Implement the Power of Social Media in your Restaurant Business.” ♦ At the close of the Show, the exhibitors donated ten thousand pounds of food to The San Diego Rescue Mission, a non-profit homeless shelter and recovery center serving thousands of homeless, hungry and poor men, women and children in San Diego since 1955.


The Venetian and the Palazzo present Carnival of Cuisine The 2nd Annual Carnival of Cuisine held at the Venetian Ballroom on August 15, drew in more than 1,400 attendees.


Carnival of Cuisine showcased the very best in gourmet, fine and casual cuisine from featured restaurants including B&B Ristorante, Carnevino, FIRST Food & Bar, Grand Lux Café, LAVO, Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro, Restaurant Charlie and SUSHISAMBA. Guests enjoyed cooking demonstrations from Chef Luciano Pellegrini of Piero Selvaggio’s Valentino; Executive Chef James Boyer of Canyon Ranch Grill; and Executive Chef Peter Woo of Woo, and more. In addition, live entertainment and raffle giveaways kept the guests going. For information on the restaurants at the Venetian or the Palazzo, visit or

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FIRST Food & Bar hosts Shuck & Swallow Charity Event FIRST Food & Bar at the Palazzo hosted its first ever Shuck & Swallow event to benefit The Shade Tree on August 24. The event was an oyster eating competition featuring chefs from FIRST Food & Bar, LAVO, Dos Caminos, Sushi Sumba, Aquaknox, RM Seafood, and more, who battled it out to see who could shuck and swallow the most oysters. Following the competition, FIRST Food & Bar hosted the after party with beer, vodka and oyster specials. FIRST Food & Bar is a restaurant and lounge that has a vibe of a late night spot mixed with the casualness of a local eatery. For more information on FIRST Food & Bar, visit

Thai Tapas Reception at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts


he Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts hosted a Thai Tapas Reception at its Café Bleu restaurant on August 21. The reception honored Consul-General Jukr Boon-Long, Consul of Thailand Nipa Nirannoot, Chef McDang and his crew for their efforts and engagements by bringing the cuisine of Thailand to the students and faculty of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. Guests were treated to selected Thai dishes by Chef McDang. For more information and events at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, visit

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Grape Expectations’ second year was a huge success. The 2008 California grapes were incredible and the celebration of wine making with friends and family was unforgettable. We’d like to congratulate all of the medal winners who were honored at the 2009 Awards Banquet held on August 22nd at the top of the World Market. A special thanks to the American Wine Society, whose expertise and patience during the lengthy judging process, once again, went above and beyond our expectations.

As one harvest season ends another one must begin … and that time is NOW. For those who have not yet signed up, time is of the essence. We will be ordering grapes in September and with that, the 2009 Harvest Season will begin. This year’s grapes are set to surpass last years; the days were more moderate and the nights were cooler…all the makings of a fine vintage. Please feel free to contact Charlie Peters anytime at 806-3383 to set up a date and time when you can meet to select your grape varietal(s) and begin the age old tradition of wine making…and of course wine drinking. Remember the words of Alexis Lichine: “When it comes to wine, I

tell people to throw away the vintage charts and invest in a corkscrew. The best way to learn about wine is the drinking”. What Alex neglected to add is that “the best way to truly understand wine is in the making of wine”. That’s where we come in. We’ll teach you the fine art of wine making while providing the recipe for fun. Don’t wait too long to contact us. Grapes wait for no one; when they’re ready, we need to be ready. It’s going to be a great year for wine makers! Grape Expectations 1971 Whitney Mesa Henderson, NV 89014 (702) 806-3383



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Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts

Culinary Training at Your Service


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as Vegas maybe the “Entertainment Capital of the World,” but it also has become one of the top cities to study culinary arts given the massive amount of restaurants ran by some of the top chefs in the world. To become a renowned chef or owner of a top notch restaurant, you have to start somewhere and what better way to study the art of culinary than in Las Vegas where all of the magic happens. Las Vegas offers several culinary programs at the College of Southern Nevada, the International Culinary School, the Le Cordon Bleu of Culinary Arts Las Vegas and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

College of Southern Nevada College of Southern has three locations (West Charleston, Cheyenne, and Henderson) and offers associate of arts programs in pastry arts, culinary mananagement, and food and beverage management. The Hospitality Management Department at CSN has achieved a seven year accreditation with the Council for Accreditation of Hospitality Management Programs. The Culinary Arts Program, the Pastry Arts Programs and the Food and Beverage Management Program have an additional

seven year accreditation from the American Culinary Federation. CSN offers a variety of classes to accommodate schedules, scholarships, and internship and job opportunities. In addition, CSN offers a training center for the Culinary Arts and Food & Beverage management programs. For more information, visit

International Culinary School The International Culinary School, located in Henderson, offers associate degrees in culinary arts or baking and pastry, and bachelor degrees in culinary management or food and beverage management. The International Culinary School offers hands-on education, collaborate environment, instructors with real world experience, and a career services department. The school offers smaller classes allowing students to interact more in class and be more productive and proactive. This level of interaction prepares students for entry-level opportunities in culinary. For more information, visit

Le Cordon Bleu of Culinary Arts Las Vegas Le Cordon Bleu of Culinary Arts Las Vegas in Summerlin offers culinary arts diploma and associate of occupational science

degree, and patisserie and baking certificate. Le Cordon Bleu of Culinary Arts of Las Vegas combines culinary education with modern technology and training. Le Cordon Bleu of Culinary Arts of Las Vegas features Café Bleu, a 10,000-square-foot onsite public restaurant ran by students. Another unique aspect is that students make wine with the help of Grape Expectations, Nevada School of Winemaking. Le Cordon Bleu of Culinary Arts of Las Vegas provides students with the essentials to succeed in the career of their choice. For more information on Le Cordon Bleu of Culinary Arts of Las Vegas, visit

University of Nevada UNLV is known to be one of the most nationally and internationally recognized hotel colleges in the country. In the culinary department, UNLV offers bachelor of science in culinary arts management. The program offers unique courses and hands-on experience with food and beverage operations, such as the Capstone Café & Sushi Bar, Stan Fulton Bistro, and Capstone International Café. These opportunities give students the tools to excel at their craft and land entry-level management positions after graduation. For more information, visit

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By Bob Barnes building in Las Vegas with a rich history that spans more than five decades is a rare find. The Tony Roma’s on E. Sahara occupies the location that was once the favorite hangout of Vegas mobsters when it was Love’s BBQ. Lefty Rosenfeld’s car blew up in the parking lot in an unsuccessful attempt on his life, an event that was immortalized in the movie Casino and filmed on location at the historic building. The past may still linger here, as a handful of employees claim to have had encounters with a friendly spirit they’ve nicknamed Bugsy. He is supposedly upset that pictures of the old mobsters have been taken down and exhibits his displeasure by flicking breakers off, casting shadows and nudging items off of shelves in the kitchen. Tony Roma’s original Las Vegas location opened in 1980 and is still flourishing at 620 E. Sahara. The booths on the west side of the dining room offer stunning bird’s eye views of the Stratosphere. Wood paneled walls adorned with historic pictures of Tony Roma’s restaurants over the years, padded booths and a relaxed but elegant bar area all work together resulting in a comfortable ambience. General Manager James Rogers comes with 27 years of experience in the food and beverage industry and has been with Tony Roma’s for four years. James worked his way up from kitchen manager to GM and has managed at Tony Roma’s locations in Miami and North Carolina. His leadership is focused on coaching his staff, streamlining procedures and building teamwork. All facets are working well with the primary result being a boost to staff morale and more efficient service. A signature item to begin your meal has to be the Onion Loaf ($3.99 for a half; $5.99 for a full). It comes shaped like a tire and nearly as big as one. The accompanying sauce is a savory mix of Red Hot sauce and mayo. The perfect entrée to follow with is the St. Louis Rib Sampler ($19.99), a full rack featuring all four of Tony’s signature sauces: Original, Carolina Honeys, Blue Ridge Smokies and Tony Roma’s Red Hots. Those not in the mood for ribs will not leave hungry. There are ample choices such as the Chicken Stack ($11.99)-grilled chicken breast covered with a rich blend of four cheeses, artichoke hearts and creamy spinach; Cajun Chicken Pasta ($12.99)-a delicious assortment of spicy asiago cream sauce, grilled chicken breast, andouille sausage, red and green bell peppers, mushrooms, all served over linguine; and Chicken Tuscany Pasta-grilled chicken breast tossed with a light Pomodoro

tomato sauce, sun-dried tomato pesto served over linguini and topped with asiago cheese. A wide array of signature steaks, salads, sandwiches and burgers round out the menu, and a seasonal offering of seafood grilled items includes choices of Shrimp Scampi, Grilled Salmon with Shrimp Piccata and Mojo-Grilled Mahi Mahi with Pineapple Salsa. Can’t decide on which dessert? No problem if you select the Dessert Trio ($7.99), which allows you to choose three mini desserts from the list of Bananas Foster, Apple Crisp Tart, Raspberry Brownie, Key Lime Tart or Southern Velvet Cake. All are topped with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzled with caramel. Full-sized portions of each are available for $4.99 and a mini of one is $2.99. Bring your appetite on Mondays if you want to partake in the all-you-can-eat special for $21.99, or bring your kids on Tuesdays for their choice from the children’s menu for free. Tony Roma’s is open Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. There are two other corporate owned Tony Roma’s in Southern Nevada-in Henderson at 555 N. Stephanie and in Summerlin at Rainbow & Lake Mead. Tony Roma’s 620 E. Sahara Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89104 702-733-9914

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The MMA Beat Down By Tony Galeano


elcome Fork & Pour readers! This column is dedicated to the Mixed Martial Arts world both inside and out. I’ll be your guide as we explore the different aspects of


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| WHAT’S BREWING By Bob Barnes


t’s been rumored that Las Vegas is a party town. It only stands to reason that a celebration that involves drinking good beer, namely Oktoberfest, would be commemorated. Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas claims its Oktoberfest will be the most authentic in the US, second only to the original held in Munich, and there are reasons to back up its claim. The Las Vegas version is an authentic replica of its brewhaus in Munich, and the Hofbräu brewery is one of only six breweries commissioned to make the beer for the Oktoberfest in Bavaria. Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas will celebrate Oktoberfest from Sept. 19 through Oct. 31, and highlighting the festivities is the unveiling of the Oktoberfestbier, the very same brew created for the Oktoberfest in Munich. Celebrity guest keg tappings take place every Friday at 6:30 pm with Sigfried and Roy presiding at the opening ceremonies. In following weeks the tappings will be performed by Lance Burton, the Amazing Jonathan, Holly Madison and Carrot Top. Bands from Germany are imported, providing nightly sing-a-longs, with Didi’s Hormittel performing from Sept. 2-Sept. 29 and Die Reiflinger Sept. 20-Oct 27. Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas is located at 4510 Paradise Rd. across from the Hard Rock Casino. Richard Lovelady, Brewmaster at the Las Vegas Gordon Biersch, can always be counted on to brew a delicious Oktoberfest-style brew. His annual Festbier is set to be unveiled at a tapping party on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at both the Paradise Rd. and Boca Park Gordon Biersch locations. Whole Foods Market is doing more than its fair


share to promote craft beer in Southern Nevada. The location at The District in Henderson has bi-monthly beer pairing dinners, seasonal beer tasting events and all locations provide a craft beer selection that is the largest of any market in Southern Nevada. Over the past few months beer dinners featured the beers of Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada. To help us celebrate Oktoberfest, the Whole Foods Market at The District will have an Oktoberfest beer pairing dinner on Friday, September 25, followed by a beer garden with a variety of Oktoberfest-style beer and food on Saturday, October 3. Contact Whole Foods Market Customer Service at 702-361-8562 for more info. or to reserve your spot. As the summer swelter begins to subside, beerfest season begins anew. MonteLago Village Resort is teaming up with Buckbean Brewing Company for the Second Annual Village Beer Fest scheduled to take place September 19th, 2009 at Lake Las Vegas. The March festival was so successful, raising over $28,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Southern Nevada, that both MonteLago Village and Buckbean Brewing Company decided to partner for a second event. Lots of breweries will be there and tickets are only $20/person for unlimited sampling of more than 50 different beers. As several local breweries will be there, this is an excellent opportunity to taste our local beers all in one place, in a beautiful setting. The Sin City Brewing Company pub inside the Miracle Mile shops recently was blessed with the presence of the lovely Holly Madison. The blonde bombshell greeted and took pictures with fans and modeled some of Sin city’s sexy apparel.

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Holly Madison currently stars as “Bo Peep” in Peepshow, inside the CHI Showroom at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The latest hop spot I’ve uncovered is the newly opened Murphy’s Law. The pub’s décor features red brick, stained glass and numerous pictures of Irish pubs. The surroundings are enhanced by its eye-catching servers, who are quite attractive lasses attired in appealing apparel. For entertainment, there’s a Ushaped bar with video gaming and a comfortable sitting area with a black leather couch and chair. UK imports are served, including Harp, Guinness, and Smithwick’s, along with some good ol’ American micros such as Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Rogue’s Kells Irish Lager, Dogfish Head 90-Minute IPA and locally brewed Tenaya Creek Nut Brown Ale and Hefeweisen. A great deal is the 24/7 Service Industry Happy Hour with $1 off drafts and well drinks and half-off appetizers. This deal is also extended to our deserving school teachers. An assortment of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and breakfast entrees are very reasonably priced, ranging from $3.75$8.95. Some quirky desserts are the decadence deep-fried variations of Oreo, Twinkie, and Black & Tan Cheesecake. As always, good beer happens in Vegas!

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Top 100 Chinese Restaur ants By Jan-Ie Low

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as Vegas will once again host the annual Top 100 Chinese Restaurants in the U.S.A. Awards, featuring top chefs from 50 states and China. Amongst the elite list of VIPs are Chef Martin Yan, the world-renowned host of over 1800 cooking shows – “Yan Can Cook”; Larry Chu of Chef Chu’s in Los Altos, CA & co-founder of the Asian Chef Association; Khai Duong, Executive Chef at Ana Mandara in San Francisco, CA and also co-founder of the Asian Chef Association; and our very own Simon To, Executive Chef of Zine Noodles Dim Sum Restaurant in the Palazzo Resort Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas! Did you know that Chinese restaurants gross more than $20 billion in annual sales and represent more than 45,600 establishments in all 50-states? Hard to believe, but it is true that the Chinese eateries outnumber the top fast-food restaurants of McDonalds, Burger King and Wendy’s combined. The Top 100 Chinese Restaurants in USA Awards was established in 2004 by the Chinese Restaurant News to create universal excellence in Chinese dining standards. This is the first of its kind of awards that recognizes, cultivates, and preserves the best Chinese cuisine and excellence. The national competition is open to all Chinese restaurants across the country to compete for the coveted awards in areas such as cuisine, décor, service and cleanliness. The actual crowning of the Top 100 best is not until January 3-5, 2010 so why all the fuss now? That’s because these restaurants depend heavily on YOU, the foodies, to VOTE for them! Polls are opened now for the public to take part and there are currently over 560 restaurants -- and counting -- battling nationwide so why not join in the fun and make your vote count?! How do you participate? Glad you ask. All you need to do is go to, find your restaurant and cast your vote! If you don’t see your local favorite restaurant listed yet – be a trendsetter and make a recommendation! Besides Zine Noodles Dim Sum Restaurant, past 2008 winners Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant in the Caesars Palace and Wing Lei are back again to contend, and Red 8 Bistro in the Wynn Resort &

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Caesar’s Poetry Nightclub Closed, to Reopen Soon


he Forum Shops at Caesars had a gem so precious to the nightclub industry that in a blink of an eye it was stripped away. Poetry nightclub, which was located inside the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace above Wolfgang Puck’s Chinois restaurant, closed its doors on July to secure a new location. Poetry has called the Forum Shops home for six years and brought Las Vegas some of the top artist in Hip Hop and R&B. According to a Las Vegas Sun article on this issue, Branden Powers, a partner and marketing director at Poetry, said Poetry officials are looking at leasing one of two potential sites elsewhere on the Las Vegas Strip. The reasoning behind the closing of the nightclub was due to discrimination laws, forcing patrons to enter through a side door to gain access into the club. A lawsuit was brought upon Caesars Palace and Simon Property Group of unfairly blocking the entrance to Poetry because of the nightclub’s demographic. Currently, Poetry Nightclub is in the process of moving and securing all the necessary permits. The club is pushing for an October 1 grand-reopening which promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

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New Vista Community welcomes back Wine Walks this fall Wine Walks wiall take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on September 5th and October 3rd at Town Square Las Vegas and September 26tha and October 17th at Boca Park Fashion Village. Enjoy more than 20 tasting stations, live entertainment and raffle drawings. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the event. This is a 21 and older event. To purchase, visit

IFSEA 30th Annual Jerry Berry Picnic honoring Max Daffner The International Food Service Executives Association will host its 30th Annual Jerry Berry Picnic honoring Max Daffner at St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church on September 8 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $30. Proceeds will benefit culinary scholarships in Southern Nevada. Contact Lori Davidson


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Rock N Roll Wine’s 4th Annual Wine Amplifi ed Festival The 4th Annual Wine Amplified Festival will be held on September 26 at Mandalay Beach with headlining act Lifehouse. The event will also feature more than 50 wineries, showcasing over 150 unique wines. This is a 21 and older event. Doors open at 7 p.m.

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