Thursday, December 19, 2013

MGM Resorts Guests and Employees get healthy with SMART PLATE®

 In the United States ,  obesity has reached epidemic levels and people are looking to become more health conscious. There is one corporation that is taking its guests health seriously, The MGM Resorts International. They are reinforcing the company’s commitment to healthy living with the addition of Smart Plate®, a new program providing guests and visitors delicious and healthy menu items at 700 calories or less per dish. The exclusive calorie-conscious items are available on select in-room dining menus and at participating cafes. Smart Plate selections, designated on menus with a specialized logo, will be updated frequently, offering guests new choices throughout the year.

Blackened Ahi Tuna Sandwich served with a side of fresh cut fruit (510 calories)
Blackened Ahi Tuna Sandwich served with a side of fresh cut fruit (510 calories)
“The Smart Plate program is an excellent resource for Las Vegas visitors wanting to manage their healthy lifestyle on the go,” said Mandalay Bay Vice President of Food and Beverage Sean DiCicco. “In order to positively impact eating decisions, it’s important to provide guests flexible options that cater to their dietary needs. Smart Plate menu items provide all of the essential nutrients required per meal while allowing guests the opportunity to stay on track and motivated throughout their travels.”
Grilled Atlantic Salmon served with a side of broccolini and topped with yellow tomato and cucumber salsa (690 calories).
Grilled Atlantic Salmon served with a side of broccolini and topped with yellow tomato and cucumber salsa (690 calories).
Guests can get healthy and experience The Smart Plate program at Café Bellagio and a tasty Grilled Atlantic Salmon served with a side of broccolini and topped with yellow tomato and cucumber salsa (690 calories). Also over at Raffles Café at Mandalay Bay try the . Monte Carlo Resort’s The Café  has a very healthy club Wrap made with Boar’s Head ham, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayo; served with a pickle and side of fresh cut fruit (620 calories) The Pyramid Café at Luxor is featuring Chicken Breast topped with Monari Federzoni balsamic glaze and served with a side of steamed vegetables and quinoa pilaf (580 calories). Market Café at Vdara is serving a Primavera Pizza made with summer squash, artichokes, red onions, sun-dried tomatoes, zucchini, fresh basil, crumbled feta cheese, nonfat mozzarella cheese, black pepper, olive oil and raw garlic (700 calories). Further down the strip , the Garden Grill at Circus Circus has a very healthy Chef’s Salad made with spring mix lettuce, turkey breast, ham, cheddar cheese, Swiss cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, croutons, cabbage, carrots, hard-boiled eggs and red onions and topped with balsamic vinaigrette (680 calories)
Red Bean Chili Bowl made with red bean chili mix, cilantro leaves, onions and cheddar cheese (260 calories)
Red Bean Chili Bowl made with red bean chili mix, cilantro leaves, onions and cheddar cheese (260 calories)
In-Room Dining is getting resort guests healthy as well.  The ARIA resort will deliver a Cracked Wheat Fettuccine mixed with chicken fennel sausage, shrimp, asparagus and tomatoes (570 calories) right to your room. If staying at the MGM Grand why not call down and ask for their Caprese Sandwich made with Buffalo Mozzarella, yellow and red tomatoes, balsamic pesto aioli, fresh basil and pickled vegetables (690 calories). In-room dining at The Mirage has Market Fresh Greens with Chicken a spring lettuce mix, tomatoes, cucumbers and radishes, topped with balsamic vinaigrette and served with a fresh fruit cup (630 calories) that is sure to put a spring in your step. Not to be left out The Monte Carlo Resort has a rich Red Bean Chili Bowl made with red bean chili mix, cilantro leaves, onions and cheddar cheese (260 calories) that will warm you up.

Chicken Breast topped with Monari Federzoni balsamic glaze and served with a side of steamed vegetables and quinoa pilaf (580 calories).
Chicken Breast topped with Monari Federzoni balsamic glaze and served with a side of steamed vegetables and quinoa pilaf (580 calories).
Promoting healthy eating is one component of MGM Resorts’ greater healthy living efforts. In February 2013, MGM Resorts announced the launch of Healthy Eating, Healthy You, a complimentary mobile application, available to the public, featuring more than 50 recipes from property chefs, including world-class chefs Julian Serrano, Emeril Lagasse and Wolfgang Puck. Calorie counts and other nutrition information are included with each recipe as well as photographs of the finished dish. Additional healthy living initiatives include:
MGM Resorts also partnered with The Jared Foundation on a comprehensive program to cultivate a healthier workforce, healthier schools and ultimately a healthier community. Founded by weight loss icon Jared ‘the Subway Guy’ Fogle, the foundation is committed to raising awareness and developing programs that educate and inspire kids to live healthier, happy lives.
Primavera Pizza made with summer squash, artichokes, red onions, sun-dried tomatoes, zucchini, fresh basil, crumbled feta cheese, nonfat mozzarella cheese, black pepper, olive oil and raw garlic (700 calories).
Primavera Pizza made with summer squash, artichokes, red onions, sun-dried tomatoes, zucchini, fresh basil, crumbled feta cheese, nonfat mozzarella cheese, black pepper, olive oil and raw garlic (700 calories).
Valuing time, cost and quality care, MGM Resorts introduced the Direct Care Health Plan option in 2012. The plan focuses on patient engagement with a strong emphasis on prevention, early detection and annual physicals.
MGM Resorts employees were introduced to “Jim’s Plate,” a program coined after Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International Jim Murren. The initiative ensures that all employee dining rooms offer healthy meals daily with recipes created exclusively by chefs at MGM Resorts properties. Each recipe has been reviewed by registered dieticians and is modeled after the United States Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate.
Since 2011, MGM Resorts has partnered with Wellness Coaches, USA to provide on-site wellness coaches at five Las Vegas properties: Bellagio, Mandalay Bay, New York-New York, MGM Grand, and The Mirage. Wellness Coaches work with employees to build personalized health plans centered on reaching fitness goals and reducing health risk factors.
With all of these programs in place, The MGM Resorts guests and employees are sure to be the healthiest on the famed Las Vegas strip.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Openings: Hash House a Go Go to Open inside Rio All-Suite Hotel the first quarter of 2014.


Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino will be home to one of Las Vegas’s dining venues.  Hash House A Go Go, will open in the first quarter of 2014.


  Hash House A Go Go is famous for its creative menu offerings, huge plates of piping hot comfort food, and unique décor.
“We’re happy to join forces with the team at Hash House A Go Go, who has created a truly unique restaurant where guests are treated to memorable dishes in a comfortable and lively setting,” said Dan Walsh, Vice President and Assistant General Manager of Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. “Hash House is a very strong brand with a loyal following and we are looking forward to welcoming their fans, both tourists and locals to Rio.”
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Hash House A Go Go offers guests an large menu of breakfast and brunch options. That include those hunger ending signature dishes like sage fried chicken, stacked with bacon waffles, hot maple caramel reduction and crowned with fried leeks, their famous roasted chicken pot pie, an upside down crust stuffed with house-roasted chicken, red potatoes, veggies and pan gravy served with mashed potatoes, Andy’s Crispy Indiana Style Hand-Hammered pork tenderloin sandwich and the Man v. Food favorite, sage fried chicken benedict.  The restaurant also features a bar, complete with a full menu of mimosas, Bloody Marys and creative cocktails.
Founder and executive chef Craig "Andy" Beardslee says his restaurant has two main objectives: “To keep the fun in food while pulling from the experiences of farm fresh agriculture, livestock, and old recipes with a twist and to maintain a level of excitement & entertainment within the dining experience, while ensuring excellent service each and every day.”
“We are looking forward to joining the roster of popular restaurants at the Rio,” said Jim Rees chief operations officer and partner of Hash House a Go Go Restaurants. “I’m honored and humbled with the reception of our restaurants in Las Vegas and can’t wait to introduce our twisted farm food to even more guests with this Rio location.”
Hash House A Go Go will be located in the current São Paulo Café location, which will remain open until renovations begin in the first quarter of 2014. Hash House A Go Go will serve breakfast and brunch daily from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro at The Palazzo Resort Introduces $49 Three-Course Holiday Steak Menu To Enjoy With A Few

When looking for a fine dining venue with an outside patio overlooking the strip, there is no better place to enjoy fine french cuisine than Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro at the Palazzo Resort.
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Named one of the Strip's best steakhouses by USA Today's 10best.com and recipient of Wine Spectator's "Best of Award of Excellence," Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro marries a classic steakhouse with interesting  culinary delights that  include  an iced seafood bar and a cheese and charcuterie bar with more than 60 farmhouse and artisanal cheeses with handmade salamis and meats that are sure to impress even the most discriminating  diners.
It's always fun to visit the culinary epicenter of Las Vegas during the holidays. The lights seem brighter and mood more exuberant than usual. If in Las Vegas this holiday season Executive Chef J.L. Carrera of Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro at The Palazzo has created a special  $49 three-course steak menu that will run through Dec. 24 that is a must to experience .
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This dinning experience starts with a  choice of soup of the day or Boggiato Farms baby iceberg with house dried cherry tomatoes, spring red onion, applewood smoked bacon and Bleu D'auvergne dressing. Next , sink your teeth into a 14-ounce grilled New York sirloin with pesto pommes puree and bordelaise sauce. For the FINI  how about a flavorful mixed berry crumble dessert with blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries, served with vanilla ice cream to finish it off in style. Morels has an excellent wine list , so why not  take advantage  and pick a nice bottle to accent this delightful , tasty experience.
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Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro is located in the main lobby of The Palazzo and open Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. - 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. - 12 a.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. For reservations, please call 702.607.6333 or visit morelslv.com.
Enjoy and Bon Appetit