December 2017

A Festive Look at High-End Spirits with J.R. Starkus

Cover and feature photos by Audrey Dempsey @infinity photo As the holiday season settles into its place, so too does the penchant for high-end spirits. “In November and, especially, December, Read more ›

Pat Evans on Dec 2, 2017

Hot off the Grill

Our December issue photo cover shoot behind-the-scenes at Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits of Nevada in the Wine & Spirits Academy with J.R. Starkus and LVF&B Professional Photographer Audrey Read more ›

The Las Vegas Food & Beverage Professional on Dec 1, 2017

Wine Talk with Alice Swift

photos courtesy I don’t know about you, but it seems 2017 has flown by so quickly! In the spirit of the holidays, and to ensure everyone has some good Read more ›

Alice Swift on Dec 1, 2017

Best of the Best

Disaronno Wears Missoni Launch Party at the Mansion at MGM For the fifth year in a row, the most popular Italian liqueur in the world introduced a new limited edition, Read more ›

Shelley Stepanek on Dec 1, 2017

Product Review

Kill Cliff Recovery Drinks We’re all familiar with energy drinks, but what about a beverage to drink before, during and after working out? The categories of Endurance Sports and Recovery Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Dec 1, 2017

Book Review

This extensive tome published by National Geographic is a match made in heaven for beer connoisseurs and geography buffs. Divided into sections delineating major countries of the world, each Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Dec 1, 2017

Chef Spotlight

As the culinary director and chef at Carson Kitchen, Chef John Courtney stays busy. With various experiences both in opening restaurants and cooking, Chef Courtney’s passion and excitement for Read more ›

Leah Schmidt on Dec 1, 2017

Made from Scratch

There is a difference between cheese platters and cheese boards. Cheese platters are stacked with cheese, meats, nuts and fruit, and are meant for large groups—they are made for Read more ›

John Rockwell on Dec 1, 2017

Brett's Vegas View

DINING EXPLOSION Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar paying homage to Gilded Age opulence opened as part of the Monte Carlo’s makeover into Park MGM. Rosina being unveiled at The Palazzo this month Read more ›

Jackie Brett on Dec 1, 2017


Zen is a school of Buddhism. In China where it transferred from its birth in India, Zen was strongly influenced by the tradition of Taoism, becoming a distinguished sect Read more ›

K. Mike Masuyama Ph.D. on Dec 1, 2017

Twinkle Toast

photo by Erin Cooper The definition of “mull” as a verb was first documented in the 17th century and means to warm a beverage, especially wine, beer or cider, and Read more ›

Erin Cooper & Christine Vanover on Dec 1, 2017

Behold the Gold

photo by Sabin Orr Just as Tony Abou Ganim’s knowledge and enthusiasm has touched many Las Vegas Bartenders, the Las Vegas Golden Knights have inspired our city for the better. Read more ›

Adam Rains on Dec 1, 2017


photo courtesty WhistlePig WhistlePig from Vermont has been a rising star in the whiskey world and now has reached a pinnacle in its short but decorated history. Its latest edition, Read more ›

Adam Rains on Dec 1, 2017

Flock and Fowl Downtown

photo courtesy Flock and Fowl Chef Sheridan Su and wife Jenny Wong are at it again. After a successful food truck, their Asian-American comfort food Mecca Fat Choy, and an Read more ›

Adam Rains on Dec 1, 2017

What’s Cooking

Two Delectable Media Tastings at Caesars Palace   Photos courtesy Innovative Dining Group Innovative Dining Group combined a celebration of its 20th anniversary with a media tasting of the fall menu of Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Dec 1, 2017

Chef Talk

I never really thought about it until someone recently asked me, “Is watermelon a fruit or a vegetable?” I always thought of it as a fruit but I started Read more ›

Allen Asch on Dec 1, 2017

UNLV Epicurean Society

As a junior majoring in hospitality and a new member of Epicurean Society, I am enthralled to take on this position by combining what I enjoy most: writing, food Read more ›

Justin Leung on Dec 1, 2017

Human Resources Insights

I was conducting a meeting a few days ago at one of our locations and in the process was talking to several of our frontline employees. In many ways, Read more ›

Linda Westcott-Bernstein on Dec 1, 2017

The Bottom Line

The art of plating has gone hand-in-hand with the craft of cooking for ages, but presentation is more important as ever in the restaurant world. The reason why can Read more ›

Ben Brown on Dec 1, 2017

The Big Smoke Las Vegas

I had the pleasure of covering the Big Smoke Las Vegas event for The Las Vegas Food & Beverage Professional, attending on the evening of Friday, November 17. The Read more ›

Joe Urcioli on Dec 1, 2017

Dining out with the Harrises

We have known about Bocuse d’Or for years but never had the opportunity to experience it first-hand in Lyon, France. We got a rare glimpse into this prestigious culinary Read more ›

Elaine & Scott Harris on Dec 1, 2017

ProStart®: A Professional Beginning to a Lifelong Career

ProStart® student Madalenn Wilson. Photos courtesy Nevada Restaurant Association Hospitality professionals are continuously looking for great workers in this industry. The National Restaurant Association has assisted the industry and 17 years Read more ›

The Las Vegas Food & Beverage Professional on Dec 1, 2017

USBG Las Vegas

Amy Dongman photo courtesy Amy Dongman If you have been on the corner of Fashion Show Drive and Las Vegas Blvd, chances are that you’ve crossed paths with Amy Dongman. She’s Read more ›

Adam Rains on Dec 1, 2017

Talking Shop with Chica’s Lorena Garcia and John Kunkel

As one of the country’s top celebrity chefs, Lorena Garcia is best known for her television roles on Top Chef Masters, America’s Next Great Restaurant, and multiple shows on Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Dec 1, 2017

what’s Brewing

Morels Hosts Meet the Brewer with Verdugo West Head Brewer Photo by David Canela Morels Steakhouse & Bistro at The Palazzo hosted a “Meet the Brewer” beer tasting on Nov. 9 Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Dec 1, 2017

Broads of Bourbon

Mary, Trey Zoeller and Delilah drink whiskey and talk sharks.  Back in October, Total Wine decided to throw a little shindig at the Red Rock Resort and Spa, and we Read more ›

Mary Powers & Delilah Tennyson on Dec 1, 2017