CHEF KERRY SIMON PASSES AND LEAVES A LEGACY BEHIND HIM. Las Vegas lost one of our most beloved chefs recently to a rare brain disease, Multiple System Atrophy or MSA, after a two year downhill fight. Kerry will be remembered by his friends and associates not only as a creative chef but also as a celebrity you could call on when creating a fundraiser including SOS-Taste of the Nation and Three Square, where Kerry donated a lot of his precious and limited time!

THE JOY OF SAKE COMES TO LAS VEGAS FOR THE FIRST TIME and is an immediate success. Jointly assisted by Southern Wine and Spirits, this yearly event is the largest sake tasting outside of Japan and included tastes of about a dozen local Asian-inspired restaurants to help balance out the tasting. We were delighted to catch up with Vice Consul Shinsuke Mochizuki from the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco, who was in Las Vegas to support Japanese sake brewers and exporters.

SALUTE TRATTORIA ITALIANA BY LUCIANO SAUTTO OPENS IN RED ROCK RESORT and we couldn’t be happier! The food was authentically delicious and service was professionally friendly, but it’s what you’d expect from the Clique Specialty Group, and we look forward to seeing more of their projects in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. If you enjoy Southern Italian Cooking at its finest, head for Salute…