It’s an ancient Chinese legend. The very first “cuppa” came about in 2737 B.C., when a leaf from an overhanging tea shrub drifted into a Chinese emperor’s pot. The English began sipping in earnest in the 17th century, and by the 1840s, no British afternoon was complete (in society’s upper echelons, especially) without a steaming…Read more
Claim to Fame: Laid-back waterfront vibe Minutes from LAX yet light years from cubicle world, Marina del Rey specializes in unique meeting venues—private yachts, dockside event space, private waterside terraces— for on-the-water team-building and waterfront meeting and dining. Splash Get your group truly up-close-and-personal with the azure Pacific by diving into activities that range from…Read more
Claim to Fame: Charm meets culture and innovation It’s got the winning Trifecta of pedestrian-friendly, smalltown charm, and big-city art and culture, and is a serious technology hub. Great restaurants, shopping and nature are all close at hand. And then there’s that Rose Bowl thing. Convene The state-of-the-art Pasadena Convention Center has a 55,000-square-foot exhibit…Read more
Claim to Fame: Convenient, endless play, surprising sophistication The LAX Corridor is a breeze to get to, and many never stray because of its superb options for meeting, lodging and dining. Yet, undeniably, the sun, surf and luxury of nearby beach communities— from Malibu to San Pedro—are California dreamin’ to the max. Delight You ain’t…Read more
Some say the birth of American barbecue traces to our 17th-century colonies. One thing’s sure: Messy, tangy barbecue is the star of many July 4 cookouts, and a year-round culinary and cultural hallmark. It’s also among the many things over which we have fierce disagreements. There are at least eight distinct regional variations—the Carolinas alone…Read more
Photo of Hard Rock Cafe, Lake Tahoe An hour away at Lake Tahoe, Paul Voss, director of catering and convention services for Caesars Entertainment Corporation, which owns Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Hotel and Casino and purchased Harveys Resort and Casino in 2001 to operate the two adjoining South Shore properties as one entity, credits the types…Read more
Photo of Shore Room Restaurant at Renaissance Reno Downtown The foodie takeover is not isolated to Vegas. In Reno, fine dining is a growing part of the attraction for tourists and groups with local celebrity chefs building on their experience in the hotels to expand dining choices. The heart of Reno’s casino district is being reimagined….Read more
Food and wine festivals regularly spill out into the streets of Las Vegas. Almost 15,000 people attended beer, wine or whisky festivals last year. Including Vegas Uncork’d, which brought 6,000 people to The Park, The Cromwell or The Cosmopolitan for celebrity meals prepared by the likes of Giada De Laurentiis, Gordon Ramsay and Scott Conant….Read more
Lunch Mark Estee’s Chez Louie at Nevada Museum of Art While digesting the architectural and cultural offerings of the magnificent space in downtown Reno, nourish the body with sole meuniere or baked phyllo Napoleon (open for early bird dinners on Thursday nights). Milos Las Vegas at The Cosmopolitan Professional foodie Jim Begely calls the pre-fixe…Read more
Food in the Silver State has evolved massively from the days of $2.99 steak and eggs in the back of the casino. Now visitors can choose roasted beef wellington with glazed root vegetables, potato puree and a red wine sauce for two for $101 at Gordon Ramsay Steak in Caesars Paris Las Vegas. The reasons for that shift include Dow Jones trends, demographic preferences and a few visionary pioneers at the front and back of the house.
While the trend started in Las Vegas more than two decades ago, the lure of celebrity chef-driven food has enveloped almost all of the event destinations in Nevada, from the bright lights of Vegas to the mountain peaks and valleys of Reno-Tahoe and the rural far reaches of Winnemucca. Each city has its own regional interpretation on foodie culture and all are making it easier for groups to indulge.