Uncork'd Festival Ups the Ante for its 10th Year in Las Vegas

Uncork'd Festival  | Facebook

Uncork'd Festival | Facebook

Las Vegas hosts a number of food and wine festivals, but none have captured hearts quite like Uncork’d, Bon Appetit’s annual food and wine festival hosted over a period of four days that celebrates the nation’s top restaurants and chefs. Now in its 10th year, the festival is set to make some exciting changes this year that are sure to raise this festival to the next level.

New to the festival this year, Uncork’d is going off of the Strip and touring several of the new restaurants that have opened downtown. Additionally renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa is hosting a Master’s Dinner that will support the Keep Memory Alive charity. And finally, celebrity chefs Emeril Lagasse and Daniel Boulud are hosting a multi-course dinner on the Strip at Doges Palace.

The festival offers a number of other customizable event options that allows attendees their own personalized experiences of the nation’s top culinary stars. Read More

Carson Kitchen Channels Spirit of the Late Kerry Simon

In this “Table 42” vignette, we join Cory Harwell, president at Simon Hospitality Group (SHG), to explore Carson Kitchen, a Foodable Top 25 restaurant in Las Vegas. Harwell is also co-founder of the group, which he started with the late Kerry Simon.

Harwell got his start in the industry at just 13 years old, and built his way up the ladder — from dishwashing to hosting to bartending to serving, and eventually opening and operating four restaurants under the SHG umbrella. 

In this episode, John Courtney, the culinary director at Carson Kitchen, makes wild boar sloppy joe, a prime example of how Harwell intends to showcase unique ingredients in familiar ways.

Goodwich Kiosk to Transform into Culinary Incubator

Goodwich Kiosk  | Steve Marcus

Goodwich Kiosk | Steve Marcus

After award-winning sandwich shop Goodwich closed its doors, leaving its former parking lot kiosk station for a new location, many locals were upset at losing both such an outstanding concept as well as not having anything to replace it with. Luckily, the owners of the Goodwich have recently announced plans to revive the space, introducing local Vegas residents to a new style of eatery: a culinary incubator. 

Becoming more and more popular nationwide, this incubator kitchen will operate much like others in which new chefs are able to utilize the space as a testing ground before opening their own brick and mortar. Chefs can rent the space for time periods of up to three months, during which time they are able to establish a culinary reputation as well as potentially attract investors.  

“The concept is going to evolve into something where we can showcase local talent and chefs with an idea of something they want to try but don’t have a place to do it,” Goodwich proprietor Josh Clark explained to Las Vegas Weekly.

Learn more about the upcoming culinary incubator here

Vegas Supermarkets Looking To Incorporate Restaurants for Additional Revenue

Las Vegas supermarkets are now entering into the restaurant game, with many local markets identifying restaurants as a method of gaining additional revenue. Restaurants such as Sprocket, located inside the Henderson Whole Foods Market, and Artisanal Foods Cafe, located at Artisanal Foods, are both full-service restaurants situated inside markets and both were opened with the goal of highlighting each market's goods as well. 

As many grocers and high-end supermarkets have served hot foods prepared at counters and deli areas, execs view the move to open full-service restaurants as a natural progression.

"It really was the intent to show the varied ingredients we have in our stores in a beautiful environment where a customer could come with their family, because the type of license we have allows families to consume food and alcohol together," regional Whole Foods Market's VP Erica Dubreuil explained to the Las Vegas Review Journal. Read More

Vegas Health Officials Now Allow Outdoor Dining with Pets

Lawmakers in Las Vegas are looking to ease regulations currently prohibiting diners from bringing their dogs along with them on restaurant outings. While the Southern Nevada Health District began allowing for dog-friendly patios several months back with the welcoming of California's own Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar chain to the state, now this same relaxation of local statues has extended to Vegas as well.

While strict sanitation rules continue to exist, such as where dogs are able to enter, where they must remain during the meal, and how to handle any "accidents" that may occur, this new policy has enabled diners to explore new restaurant options with their furry friends. Currently, Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar, Egg Works, Egg & I and the Mt. Charleston Lodge are the first to offer dog-friendly patios, but this is expected to increase in the near future. Read More