Chef Khai Vu of Las Vegas' District One Dishes Up 'Crazy, Fun' Vietnamese Cuisine

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District One Kitchen & Bar is not strictly a Vietnamese cuisine restaurant. Although the restaurant name refers to the district epicenter for entertainment and dining in Saigon (also known as Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest municipality), District One is known to be a melting pot of Asian flavors, including Vietnamese, Thailandese, Chinese, and Japanese.

“In the menu, we have everything from seafood to noodles to different variety of Southeast Asian-inspired dishes,” said Chef and owner Khai Vu. “A lot of it is Vietnamese-inspired because of our roots and where we’re from…”

However, District One’s founders wanted to create a menu that would not only reflect their heritage, but also showcase their experiences by combining flavors from Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York.

Chef Vu attributes his entrepreneurial spirit to his father, who taught him how to be a successful businessman, but for his early fascination with food, Chef Vu blames his grandmother.

“From growing up and going to the farmer’s market every weekend with my grandma... every weekend, she would stop everything and make a big family meal,” said Chef Vu.


In this Table 42 Vignette, Chef Vu demonstrated for us their signature dish: Live Whole Maine Lobster Pho. They get them alive and then they poach them, “...we take them all apart, and then deshell them and put it back together” in order to make it easier for the guest to eat.

“When you order, ask for a female lobster because it comes with all the roll… that’s the good stuff!” Vu added.

At District One, they really go out of their way to give each one of the dishes a home-cooked feel.

“I take all the good dish, put it on a much easier, simpler menu that people can understand and after they are used to it, I’ll bring out more crazy, fun stuff,” said Chef Vu. “We want people to understand more the cuisine, so they can enjoy it more...”

db Brasserie Brings Parisian Charm to Vegas

Nestled in Las Vegas’s iconic Venetian Hotel, Daniel Boulud’s highly acclaimed flagship restaurant, db Brasserie, shines with Parisian charm. 

In this episode of Table 42, brought to you by the Foodable Network, we invite viewers to join us for a delicious, behind-the-scenes look at the French-inspired restaurant. Executive Chef Dave Middleton takes us into the spacious kitchen, where he prepares three dishes, including a new menu item and a classic, rustic linguine dish topped with a unique ingredient combination to produce that rich flavor of umami. And in the front of house, we are joined by Private Dining Director Heidi Voskuil. Watch the full episode to explore all that db Brasserie has to offer, both front and back of house.

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

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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

Lagasse's Stadium Named 2016 Sports Bar of the Year

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Lagasse's Stadium | Facebook

Earlier last month, Las Vegas hosted the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show that celebrated the top establishments in the national beverage industry. In addition to hosting the awards, the Las Vegas bar scene also took home a number of top honors. 

Emeril Lagasse's Lagasse's Stadium was awarded the 2016 Sports Bar of the Year award and Nectacly Mendoza, bartender of Herbs & Rye, a speakeasy bar, was awarded Bartender of the Year. 

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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.