SGWS’s recent Splash into the Season brought out the best of Southern’s professional people. As usual, I just couldn’t resist hopping into Southern’s kitchen to see what’s cooking and ran into two of the day’s busiest people coordinating the front and back of the house at the event: Southern’s Executive Chef Benoit Cornet and Senior Key Accounts Director Livio Lauro. I had a chance to catch a few minutes with them to congratulate them for their successful presentation!

Hawthorn Grill at JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa opened last month in a beautiful space amidst an expansive outdoor patio with a vibrant waterfall surrounded by lush foliage and boasts a menu featuring crave-worthy steakhouse fare and American classics, alongside an extensive wine and cocktail program. At a media preview before the opening our Editorial Director Bob Barnes congratulates Chef Joe Swan formerly of the Eiffel Tower Restaurant, who oversees the kitchen as executive
room chef.

Editorial Director Bob Barnes was thrilled to meet a brewing icon—Sierra Nevada Brewing’s Brewmaster Steve Dresler—who he met up with at the new beer-centric gastropub Bailiwick at the Orleans. Check out Bob’s interview with Steve on page 6 as he discussed his luminous career as the head brewer at one of the pioneer breweries of modern day brewing.