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Julia Kid Structure honors Border Grill chefs Feniger, Milliken


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Millikan and Susan Feniger appear on the red carpet throughout the 11th annual Vegas Uncork ‘d by Bon Appetit “Grand Tasting” Friday, April 28, 2017, at Caesars Palace.

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. In 1995 Julia Child produced a foundation to bestow grants in the culinary field, and in 2015 the Julia Child Structure for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts began providing awards to those who have actually made a difference in the American food scene. This year’s winners, who will get $50,000 for a charity of their choosing, are Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken of Border Grill, who have been a restaurant group for more than 35 years, running two Border Grill places on the Las Vegas Strip. Jacques Pépin, Rick Bayless and Danny Meyer are previous winners.

” It’s an obvious time to acknowledge females,” said Eric Spivey, the chairman of the foundation. “Susan and Mary Sue have actually empowered ladies throughout their professions.”

The 2 chef-restaurateurs had a close relationship with Child over the years. “We were surprised and honored to be the very first females to get the award,” Milliken said.

Both Midwesterners, they initially satisfied in 1978 at Le Perroquet in Chicago, where they were the only women in the kitchen. “We bonded immediately,” Milliken said. “Females had difficulty going up in the ’70s and ’80s so we opened our own location,” Feniger said. Journeys in France, Thailand, India and Mexico contributed global tastes to their food at City Café then City Dining Establishment in Southern California, long prior to they were the norm. Those dining establishments put them on the map. A Mexican spot followed.

” We served food that we ate at personnel meals,” Feniger said. They showcased their Mexican flair in books and on the Food Network, and their empire grew to consist of more Border Grills, spinoff trucks and other outlets. Ciudad opened in downtown Los Angeles in 1990 and is now a Border Grill. They have just opened a Mexican barbecue kiosk, BARBEQUE Mexicana, in Las Vegas, and have an all-day Mexican restaurant in Santa Monica, Calif., in the works.

In short, they have actually persevered as service and cooking area partners; and now in their 60s, they show no indications of slowing down. Both chefs are active in charitable companies, particularly those supporting the food community, consisting of Chefs Collaborative, Women Chefs & & Restaurateurs and SOS. “We have actually led by example,” Milliken stated. “We have actually never ever stated no to anyone; we feel we’ve unlocked for people to learn how to love tough food.”

The Julia Kid Award will be offered to the chefs at a gala on Nov. 1 in Washington.

Weekend Rewind: Celeb chefs take the Strip, Girl Gaga visits Elton John at the Colosseum and more


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contact) Tuesday, Might 15, 2018|2 a.m. I’ll be investing most of this week with my running shoes on, burning off the calories built up at the 12th annual Vegas Uncork ‘d weekend, where me and all my foodie friends consumed whatever we could discover and talked up as lots of famous chefs as we might see. On the red carpet for Friday night’s Grand Tasting, Man Fieri obtained a professional photographer’s camera and turned the tables, only to obtain clowned by fellow restaurant guy-turned-TV star Graham Elliot. “This is like the Super Bowl,” the “Cake Boss” himself, Friend Valastro, informed me. “Take a look at all these chefs! They’re the best in the world and to be part of this group is unique. It makes you seem like you remain in the club, although I’m a baker.” Pal is a baker who might be opening more principles at Venetian and Palazzo, so stay tuned.

I caught up with Elliot on Saturday at Picnic in Park, an Uncork ‘d event showcasing MGM Resorts chefs. The Chicago chef and restaurateur and judge on “MasterChef” and “MasterChef Junior” operates Coast at MGM Cotai in Macau and would like to expand his relationship with a Vegas restaurant. “It’s always exciting to be around your contemporaries like this but likewise humbling due to the fact that there is such culinary success,” he stated. “To be tied in with MGM is really cool but to come out and have a restaurant here and actually belong of the Las Vegas scene is something I ‘d enjoy to be able to do.”

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is going out for you to catch Elton John’s program at the Colosseum. While we were commemorating the Strip’s wonderful cuisine, Lady Gaga was celebrating Elton John at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace Saturday night. She Instagrammed shots from her private airplane with the caption “Tiny Dancer flies her way to the Rocket Male.” She sang and danced and loved “The Million Dollar Piano” as much as the rest of us, but we’ve never had Elton devote “Your Song” to us the way he did for Gaga. May 15, 16 and 17 are his final shows at the Colosseum; Gaga will take her location as a Vegas headliner at Park Theater in December.

Christina Aguilera just revealed her first big tour in Ten Years and the 22-city trek includes a stop at the Colosseum on Oct. 27. Tickets are on sale at livenation.com beginning Might 18. Aguilera’s been constructing buzz behind new single “Speed up” featuring hip-hop stars Ty Dolla $ign and 2 Chainz– both resident performers at Drai’s– and if the trip is a winner, let’s throw her name into the mix of next-generation headliner alternatives.

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Christina Aguilera at Hakkasan on Friday, April 17, 2015, in MGM Grand.

Found at the Venetian’s hip cocktail lounge The Dorsey drinking on Spicy Flamingos: comic and actor Craig Robinson, who you know from TV shows like “The Workplace” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and films like “Completion” and “Hot Tub Time Device.” I choose the Montañista myself, however those Flamingos are good. And spicy.

Bodybuilding icon and four-time Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler made the rounds, capturing T.I. at Drai’s Friday night and stopping off at the Palms over the weekend for a preview at the Scotch 80 steakhouse, one of three new locations soft-opening at the off-Strip resort this week.

More proof that “Opium” is off to a terrific start at the Cosmopolitan: The Spiegelworld show’s brand project won a Rose Gold Award in the advertising and integrated marketing categories at the recent Muse Creative Awards, an international competitors commemorating excellence in the art of communications. Now we’ll wait and see if it wins an award in the category of “A lot of Theatrical Usage of Bananas” in the upcoming LV Sun Weekend Rewind Awards. I’m still trying to find the ideal place to hold that ceremony.

Celebrity chefs Puck, Vongerichten add taste to the Power of Love Gala


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. The superstar chefs providing supper at tonight’s Keep Memory Alive Power of Love Gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena– the yearly event that raises cash for the Cleveland Center Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s programs and services– are also two of the most prominent and instrumental restaurateurs in the history of Las Vegas: Wolfgang Puck and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Vongerichten assisted release the stellar restaurant program at Bellagio almost 25 years ago, recruited by Steve Wynn to open the acclaimed Prime steakhouse. Amongst his dozens of restaurants around the world, the Alsatian-born chef likewise operates Jean Georges Steakhouse at Aria.

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” The Power of Love Gala is essential to me because it advises me of my dear pal, his life and effect on Las Vegas,” Vongerichten stated. “I am excited to be a part of this legendary culinary event once again this year, to support the foundation and to help raise cash for these programs and services.”

Prior to he meals up tonight’s menu, Vongerichten will walk the Power of Love red carpet with other celebrities including Pitbull, Steve Aoki, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Carrot Top and Matt Goss. Michael Bublé is this year’s lead entertainment destination. Wolfgang Puck will not be present at the occasion tonight however he dealt with the event’s cooking team to curate all the food and beverage offerings.

” For me, the Power of Love Gala and supporting Keep Memory Alive is extremely personal and near my heart,” Puck stated. “I lost my mom to Alzheimer’s in 2004 so the organization and helping their objective is of particular significance to me. Larry Ruvo has likewise been a fantastic buddy for several years and in reality we hosted the original Keep Memory Alive supper at Spago back in 1996 so it’s a pleasure to still be included today.”

Puck opened Spago at the Online Forum Shops at Caesars Palace in 1992 and will re-open it at Bellagio in the coming weeks. The global food icon likewise oversees Cucina at the Shops at Crystals, Cut at Palazzo, Lupo at Mandalay Bay and Wolfgang Puck Bar & & Grill locations at MGM Grand and Downtown Summerlin.

Puck and Vongerichten have played necessary roles in cultivating the Strip dining establishment landscape and stated they are just as excited about their organisation here today as when they first started in Las Vegas.

” I’m more fired up today,” said Puck. “There are more starred dining establishments and popular chefs on one street than anywhere else worldwide. The competition is a lot greater today however it forces us to all be much better. We have to continue to innovate to remain appropriate and it is an advantage for the industry as a whole.”

” Company in Las Vegas keeps improving and much better,” said Vongerichten. “Many great chefs are opening, which makes the city a dining location.”

Local chefs get crazy creative at Motley Brews’ Hopped Taco Throwdown

It’s a clearly genius idea– a beer celebration that’s likewise a taco celebration. Exactly what we didn’t anticipate at Motley Brews’ inaugural Hopped Taco Throwdown (at Zappos on August 12) was a platform for some really talented Las Vegas chefs to present delightfully innovative, even avant-garde handles tacos, an overwhelming display screen of culinary imagination.

Well, perhaps it wasn’t that much of a surprise. Motley doesn’t do anything in an ordinary method, always twisting and tweaking its events in order to develop the most tasty beer-fueled experiences. And the lineup of regional chefs representing some of the most popular dining establishments in the city definitely created an expectation of taco glory– however then they went on and blew away those expectations.

Hopped Taco Throwdown 3 competitive categories– Taco Dolce (sweet taco), Taco Loco (craziest taco) and Hopped Taco (a taco using beer as a component)– motivated the chefs to press it to the limitation. Herringbone is not a dining establishment understood for tacos, however its chefs– Geno Bernardo and Nicholas Aoki– really staked their claim for taco supremacy. Bernardo created an Italian-themed shaved porchetta and rapini taco inside a light, crisp, delicious shell made from brown ale-infused pizza dough, however it was his wonderful pizzelle (Italian waffle cookie) shell stuffed with Philly-style cheesecake and strawberry granite that took the leading prize in the Dolce department. His protégé Aoki killed it with a lager-braised bunny taco with jicama and enthusiasm fruit, and a crispy pork katsu taco with banh mi slaw. Here’s hoping for a taco pop-up at Herringbone soon.

Jamie Tran from the Black Sheep won the craziest taco award for a crunchy-cool production of tuna and salmon tartare with jalapeño sauce and tobiko inside a taco shell constructed of salmon skin. It resembled a taco from another planet. The other huge winner was Fix’s Sterling Buckley, whose beer-braised pork stomach with intoxicated pickles won the Hopped Taco prize.

For simply straight-up effective flavor, my choice goes to Dalton Wilson from DW Restaurant, who was providing a Jamaican jerked pork leg taco garnished with an appetizing, beer-infused barbecue sauce and crispy onion straws in a corn tortilla. Super spicy and succulent, this taco had me coming back for more. I also made repeat check outs to the Goodwich station, where Josh Clark cooked up the way-out-there beer-marinated duck heart taco with pineapple pico de gallo, a Mediterranean-style ground lamb taco swaddled in eggplant, and the sweet “plato de queso” taco, generally a cheese plate in taco type with a crispy, chewy Oaxaca cheese shell.

If you missed this occasion, you actually lost out. Let’s hope the Hopped Taco Throwdown enters into Motley’s yearly schedule.

Mark LoRusso to replace Paul Bartolotta at Wynn; 2 new chefs at Aureole; Shibuya chef leaves


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Chef Paul Bartolotta of Ristorante di Mare at Wynn Las Vegas adds the finishing touches to his fritto misto di mare during the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America: “Local Flavor From Coast to Coast” dine-around at the Mirage Pool on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.

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Mark LoRusso of Botero in Repetition Las Vegas.

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Hot off the grill!

Mark LoRusso has been designated executive chef of Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare, Wynn Las Vegas’ well known Mediterranean seafood dining establishment, and assumes the title full-time early next year, changing chef Paul Bartolotta, who is leaving the casino resort.

A press release this afternoon said, “We value the contribution that Paul Bartolotta made in the initial design of the dining establishment’s program and wish him the best in whatever he chooses to do in his many interests and journeys.”

Bartolotta, renowned for same-day, fresh-fish delivery to the desert from the Mediterranean, has actually been a constant Top 10 Las Vegas restaurant since opening.

LoRusso has a long history with Wynn Las Vegas, most just recently with Botero at Encore. Before Botero, LoRusso was executive chef of Tableau at Wynn Las Vegas’ Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Tower Suites.

Prior to Wynn, he was executive chef of Michael Mina’s Aqua at Bellagio for seven years. He started his career at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. In 1990, he transferred to Los Angeles to deal with chef Thomas Keller.

He then relocated to New york city to work at Aureole before transferring to Las Vegas. His replacement at Botero will certainly be revealed quickly.


More Las Vegas dining establishment shakeups from Eater Las Vegas:

Chef Charlie Palmer has announced a new executive chef at his Aureole in Mandalay Bay, Paris-born and classically skilled Arnaud Masset, former executive chef of the Palms.

Masset brings more than 15 years of Las Vegas experience to Aureole and its 300-plus-seat fine-dining restaurant. His resume includes Vdara, Rio, Aria, MGM Grand, Alize at the Palms, Andre’s downtown and restaurants in France.

Nicole Erle has actually been hired at Aureole as the executive pastry chef. She was executive pastry chef for Wolfgang Puck’s dining establishments right here, including Spago in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace and Cut in Palazzo.

Erle also worked as a pastry chef for Joel Robuchon and L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand. She made her degree in baking and pastry arts at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park.

And in another kitchen exit, Heather Zheng has actually departed Shibuya at MGM Grand.

Robin Leach contributed to this report from his annual getaway in Italy.

Don Chareunsy is the Las Vegas Sun’s entertainment and luxury senior editor and has been a reporter for nearly twenty years.

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & & Famous popularity” has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has actually invested the previous 15 years offering readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum play ground.

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Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare Chef Paul Bartolotta celebrates the traditions of Italian coastal cooking at his name dining establishment, with fresh seafood and shellfish flown in the Mediterranean, in addition to homemade pastas and Italian specialties. You can dine indoors with rich decor or dine outdoors in private cabanas surrounding a shallows. The restaurant is a 2012 Forbes Four Star Award winner and has been honored several times with AAA 4 Diamond awards. The restaurant is noted in the book “Consuming Las Vegas 2013: The 50 Necessary Restaurants.”.
3131 S. Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas, NV 89109.

Wynn Las Vegas The lush and colorful landscaping that surrounds the majestic Forbes Five-Star ranked Wynn Las Vegas is a little part of exactly what makes it among the most elegant and opulent hotels on the Strip. With its man-made mountain, the flowers inside and out and the stunning waterfall leading into a the three-acre lake Lake of Dreams, this resort is a standout among others on the Strip. And others will concur. The resort is a AAA 5 Diamond winner, a Michelin Five Pavilions Award winner and the only three-time winner of the Mobil Five Star award. Opened in 2005 by developer Steve Wynn, the Wynn homes 2,716 rooms, a 110,000-square-foot casino and the Strip’s only resort greens. The marital relationship of luxury and nature at Wynn Las Vegas doesn’t end at the resort’s primary level. Visitors rising the 50-story hotel tower will find rooms designed with floor-to-ceiling windows framing sweeping views of the Strip or the Wynn Golf Club or lake. Space amenities consist of European linens, flat-screen tvs in the living and bathroom locations, high-speed Internet access and more.

With world-class dining, shopping, medspas, golf and home entertainment, there’s no shortage of things to do at Wynn. The resort’s aquatic acrobatic show, “Le Reve– The Dream,” a creation by Cirque Du Soleil veteran Franco Dragone and Steve Wynn, will leave guests wanting more with its spectacular performances that invoke a fictional world. The Wynn Esplanade provides a special shopping experience with stores consisting of Chanel, Manolo Blahnik, Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta and many more. Tryst is its signature nightclub, offering a secluded lagoon inside the club and roomy dance floor. Blush, the Wynn’s ultra lounge, draws swanky party-goers. Tryst, Wynn’s trademark bar, is positioned along a personal lagoon under a 90-foot waterfall and plays host to a few of the world’s most renown DJs.

3131 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109.