Vegas Uncork’d was recently released on Las Vegas for the 11th year and appears to get bigger and better each year. Traditionally setting the start to the weeklong events is the Red Carpet featuring chefs who will be participating in various venues around the Strip and the Saber Off, the opening of two magnums of Prosecco with a sword for a toast all around!

As part of the research for the Power of Love® Back of the House Feature Article this month, our very own Editorial Director, Bob Barnes, went to great lengths to secure an interview with one of the major chefs for the evening, Michael Mina. Chef Mina was quite gracious in devoting the time for the exclusive interview with Bob, considering he had over 1,500 hungry VIPs waiting to try his specialty that night. Read more in this month’s Cover Feature on page 16.

Proof Tavern has opened in the Montelago Village at Lake Las Vegas and it is a homecoming of sorts for Chef Jon Littleton, pictured here with LVFNBPro Editorial Director Bob Barnes, as Chef was executive chef in the same building years ago when it was Black Pepper Grill. Since then Chef has kept busy by lending his talents to Mario Batali’s B&B Burger, B&B Ristorante and Carnevino and after trying Chef’s cuisine at this new restaurant, which he describes as “simple food done right,” we have no doubt this new venture will contribute to the revival of Lake Las Vegas. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, we recommend the fried rock shrimp with Thai chili sauce, Mediterranean-style hummus and crispy pork belly bites with crumbled blue cheese.