Attending the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show recently I was reminded of just how important travel is to the Food & Beverage Industry, and along these lines more and more travel shows and expos are highlighting the “taste experience” of travel. I was able to meet several groups from different countries offering a specific “Dining Tour” of a country and its regions. After all, that’s how we have developed our exceptional palate for food & taste variations. Stay tuned for our new upcoming column “Travel & Taste.”

Sushisamba at The Palazzo recently started a seven-course Japanese Whiskey Paring Dinner Experience which was collaborated by Operations Director among other top management titles Hayes Swope and Executive Chef Joel Versola whom we have known and followed for more than 15 years here in Las Vegas. Both are very talented men who know good food and great Japanese whiskey. Each whiskey plus the food bites have been developed just for this experience and are available with 48 hour notice with a weekly pairing rotating weekly. Here we are pictured at the end of the dinner looking satisfied!

Here LVFNBPro Editorial Director Bob Barnes congratulates Luke Palladino on his new Executive Chef appointment at Salute Trattoria Italiana at the Red Rock Resort but Clique Hospitality is also due kudos for landing such a talented chef. To get the rundown on the exquisite tasting of Chef’s new menu that he wowed us with, see Bob’s What’s Cooking column on page 26.