Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The James Beard Foundation Goes On the Road To Las Vegas And The Venetian / Palazzo Resort To Announce The 2012 Award Finalists

The renowned James Beard Foundation went  the road to announce the Finalists for the 2012 James Beard Awards in  culinary Mecca city of Las Vegas .

The Venetian / Palazzo Resort was the proud location to host the exclusive invite only press brunch and Gala Reception.
James Beard President Susan Ungaro took to the stage as the nation gathered to watch.  She explained the 2012 nominees were selected from a record 57,000 online entries.

The 2012 prestigious group of semifinalists were placed into  20 Restaurant and Chef Award categories that  represented  a wide variety of culinary talent, from exceptional chefs and dining destinations from  ten different regions across the U.S., to the nation’s top wine and spirits professionals, best new restaurants, and rising star chefs as well as  the categories of journalism and literature . This year, the Foundation added a new award category, Outstanding Bar Program, recognizing a restaurant or bar that demonstrated excellence in cocktail, spirits, and/or beer service.

 The prestigious nationwide press corps dined on mouthwatering dishes from Venetian executive Chef Olivier Dubreuil and his staffs as the finalists were reveled to the world.
Susan Ungaro  began the unveiling  and announced Chef   Wolfgang Puck was the recipient of the lifetime achievement award and Chicago legend Chef  Charlie Trotter added the 2012 humanitarian award to his well deserved collection of honors .
The press corps listened intently as culinary stars from every corner of the nation joined the list of the 2012 finalists.  That is every corner except the host city of Las Vegas.  Shockingly, not one of the cities’ prestigious, world class chefs, sommeliers and restaurateurs were named.

Some in the room were members of Las Vegas’s   of stable renowned Food writers and seemed a little perplexed as their city was shut out of every category. The James Beard Foundation awards has been called the “Oscars of The Food World” and rightfully so.  The New York based Foundation had over 57,000 entries and had their reasons for each and every selection for 2012.  Las Vegas got shut out as well as other cities.   Unfortunately, shunning the host city was a bitter pill to swallow for those in and out of their world class kitchens.
The well deserved winners will be honored at the highly-anticipated James Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception on Monday, May 7, 2012 at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.  The annual James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards Dinner, an exclusive event honoring the nation’s top cookbooks, food journalists and culinary broadcast programs, will take place on Friday, May 4, 2012 at Gotham Hall in New York City.

Tickets to the May 7th Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception are on sale now and can be purchased at jamesbeard.org/awards or through the Awards Box Office at 914.231.6180.

Thursday, March 1, 2012


New Prix-Fixe Menu Rich in Italian Tradition
 Lupo by Wolfgang Puck has introduced a new five-course, prix-fixe menu inspired by Chef Eduardo Perez’ recent trips to Italy. The “Discover Italy” dinner menu is priced at $60 per person

Chef Eduardo Perez
During his annual culinary explorations through the country, Chef Perez researched and developed new dishes by studying the culture, food and cooking techniques of celebrated Italian chefs in world-renowned restaurants. These chefs include Michelin-starred Chef Gaetano Trovato of “Arnolfo” in Tuscany, Chef Maurilio Garola of “La Ciau del Tornavento” near Alba and Chef Gian Nicola Colucci at “Hotel Danieli” in Venice. Over the last few years, Chef Perez has traveled through Capri, Sorrento, Naples, Rome, Florence and Bologna to immerse himself in the various regions of Italy.
“My yearly trips provide me with the continued knowledge of Italian culture and cuisine, which I can then bring back and implement at Lupo,” said Executive Chef Eduardo Perez. “I’m excited to bring a taste of Italy to our guests here in Las Vegas. This new menu highlights traditional ingredients that create a robust discovery of flavors and textures.”
The “Discover Italy” menu includes:

  • · Endive and Celery Salad with Parmesan and Garlic-Anchovy Vinaigrette
  • · Prosciutto and Parmesan Tortellini in Chicken Broth with Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • · Maine Lobster Ravioli with Mascarpone, Parsley and Black Truffle Butter Sauce
  • · Milk Braised Breast of Veal with Parmesan Polenta, Green Beans and Sage
  • · Roasted Baby Forelli Pear with Almond Pistachio Cream
The “Discover Italy” menu is available in addition to the restaurant’s a la carte menu.
Lupo by Wolfgang Puck is located inside Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. For reservations, please call (702) 740-5522 or visit wolfgangpuck.com.