Thursday, September 27, 2012


 Station Casinos and Green Valley Ranch Resort has announced the addition of Chef Bradley Manchester to their culinary team.  In his new role as executive chef, Manchester will oversee nearly 350 culinary employees and  eight restaurants at Green Valley Ranch, including the AAA Four Diamond rated Hank’s Fine Steaks and Martinis, Terra Verde Italian, Sushi + Sake, China Spice, The Feast Buffet, Turf Grill, Tides Oyster Bar and the Grand CafĂ©.
The addition of Manchester is part of the Luxury Division at Station Casinos’ commitment to developing and enhancing new and existing luxury food and beverage offerings, led by Vice President of Hospitality Development Oliver Wharton.
“Bradley Manchester brings an unparalleled passion for food, a wealth of seasoned experience, and hands-on cooking skills that inspire the team around him and the culinary luxury brand that he leads,” said Oliver Wharton, Vice President of Hospitality Development at Station Casinos. “These outstanding leadership qualities result in an elevated dining experience for our valued guests.”
Chef Chef Bradley Manchester
A California native, Manchester developed his culinary skills at a young age, while working in his family’s restaurant in his hometown of San Diego.  After graduating from high school, he traveled abroad to study in the apprenticeship programs at Four Seasons Hotel Amsterdam and Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris, where he gained valuable experience learning the ins and outs of the hotel industry.
Upon completion of his apprenticeships, Manchester returned to the states and went on to staging and working with renowned chefs in Las Vegas, San Francisco and New York, including Chef Alex Stratta, Chef Julian Serrano, Chef Gary Danko and Chef David Burke.  In 2001, Manchester moved to Las Vegas to work as a chef at Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino, where he played a key role in the opening of James Beard award-winning restaurant Bradley Ogden and Cypress Street Marketplace.
In 2003, he  became the opening executive chef for the four-diamond Renaissance Hotel, home to ENVY The Steakhouse, where under his leadership the restaurant won several awards – including Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence” and Las Vegas Life’s  “Epicurean Award for Best New Restaurant Off-Strip.”
In 2006, he was appointed executive chef at Houston’s upscale Hotel ZaZa and its Monarch Urban Bistro & Lounge, overseeing day-to-day operations, including menu concepts and design, for four onsite kitchens. Under his direction, Monarch was named one of the “Best New Restaurants in Houston” by The New York Times and Houston’s popular dining magazine My Table. Manchester was also named “up and coming chef of the year” in 2007 by Houston Chronicle.  In 2008, Manchester headed to Chicago to take the helm as opening executive chef of The Wit Hotel, located in the heart of downtown, where he oversaw operations for the property’s three restaurants, including Cibo Matto, a restaurant that was nominated in 2009 for best new restaurant by the James Beard Foundation.
Chef  Manchester returned to Las Vegas in 2010  to be part of the opening team at Cosmopolitan Las Vegas as resort chef de cuisine. He developed and oversaw implementation of the award-winning Wicked Spoon concept from start to finish. In his role at Cosmopolitan, Manchester also oversaw six of the resorts food venues.  This well rounded Chef should be a great asset to the culinary family at Station Casinos .

Friday, September 21, 2012


 Las Vegas's  Culinary Star will shine even brighter when Tom Colicchio, renowned New York chef and head judge of Bravo’s “Top Chef,” will bring his passion for cooking with fire to the Las Vegas Strip with the opening of a new restaurant at The Mirage. Slated to open summer 2013, the 250-seat restaurant will focus on meats prepared entirely over an open flame – from wood-burning ovens to charcoal grills.
Chef Tom Colicchio
Photo : Chris Lamarca

The warmth of the hearth will permeate the entire restaurant, from the Bentel+Bentel design highlighting natural materials to the comforting aroma reminiscent of a campfire. Colicchio’s new restaurant, located within The Mirage’s iconic Atrium, will be open for dinner. 

Las Vegas and the Mirage Resort  will continue to raise the bar in the iconic culinary city of Las Vegas .

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Osteria del Borro at the IL Borro Resort in Tuscany offers up a luxury experience in and out of the kitchen

Tuscan luxury resort and spa features authentic Italian accommodations, world-class vineyards, sophisticated fine dining, and much more
  The  romantic region  located less than 40 miles southeast of Florence in the historic town of San Giustino Valdarno lies the estate,  Il Borro , a luxurious oasis found in the heart of the Tuscan countryside. In  the rolling foothills of the Pratomagno Mountains. The compound, which boasts more than 30 luxury accommodations as well as a private vineyard, state-of-the-art spa, equestrian center, varied sporting facilities, and  an acclaimed culinary program, offers U.S. travelers the chance to experience the old and new wonders of Italy.
“Il Borro is an ancient, charming, and alluring place,” says Salvatore Ferragamo, CEO of the property since 1993. “We continually work to maintain the beauty of these historic buildings while leaving them as similar as possible to the originals to communicate that magnetism to our guests—a perfect blend of past and present.”
The resort  unites  traditional and modern comforts offering apartments, suites, villas, and farmhouses comprising 30 accommodations that feature stone terraces, shapely gardens, and inviting swimming pool. For an additional touch  the 12 apartments and suites, which can hold up to eight guests and are located  along the cobblestone paths of the medieval hamlet  that  feature updated amenities with an Italian flair.
The Villa Il Borro is a  landmark in and of itself. It had been left in a state of deterioration following World War II but today the Ferragamo’s have restored the building to its original beauty, preserving the romantic architecture typical of residences dating from the 1800s. This nearly 24,000-square-foot guest house is equipped with first-class comforts, including a heated pool, fitness room, Turkish bath, sauna, and billiards table.
Guests  can also enjoy the secluded Villa Chiocci Alto a  4,800-square-foot farmhouse mansion overlooks Il Borro and affords some of the most stunning views of the estate, perfect for those who want to immerse themselves in nature without forgoing modern comforts and hospitality.  In addition ,the  Casetta,the most recently renovated and very exclusive offers up a  3,800-square-foot manor farmhouse amid the Merlot vineyards, offers a deluxe atmosphere of serenity.
Of course , Tuscany is well known for its wines.  In 1993, Co-Owner Ferruccio Ferragamo began producing wine on more than 111 acres of vineyards, all of which are situated between 984 and 1,640 feet above sea level. The Ferragamo family has identified the ideal Tuscan terrain for each varietal it grows: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, and Syrah. From the fruits of these superior vines, Il Borro produces world-class wines, prized by sommeliers and wine enthusiasts alike.
The estate also shows off their  La Corte Wellness Spa which is an  oasis of tranquility, immersed in the green hills of Tuscany, far away from the hectic buzz of city life. Guests can start at the Fitness Zone, a gym in which design meets the latest workout technology, and continue on to the Turkish bath and soothing Jacuzzi. Regenerating beauty treatments and therapeutic massages are performed to the backdrop of soft music with sweet scents, essential oils, and exclusive La Corte products by Kanebo Sensai. VinCafè, which opened in 2010 features a traditional Tuscan menu with sophisticated health-conscious foods adapted to be in line with the physical well-being of spa guests by Executive Chef Gabriele Senesi.
Tuscany is also all about the cuisine .  Combining attention to detail, first-class hospitality, and new frontiers of taste, Osteria del Borro is the signature restaurant at the resort and serves dishes rich with  Tuscan flavors throughout the day, from lunch and dinner and even  savory snacks and leisurely coffee service. The restaurant also offers elegant aperitifs, top wines by the glass, and locally made charcuterie. Dinner is served nightly on two beautifully appointed floors, the upper of the two overlooking the open kitchen that is managed by Executive Chef Gianluca Danese.
Completing the Il Borro experience are the diverse sport offerings at the property. A full-service equestrian center offers private and group riding lessons for horse lovers, and those looking for a bit more physicality will enjoy Il Borro’s hunting grounds, tennis and golf programs, mountain biking and hiking, soccer and basketball.
It is a great time of year to visit Italy and travelers who wish to have a more low-key experience can turn to the high-end shopping in town and private cooking lessons with Il Borro’s esteemed chefs. To make a reservation please call  or visit