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Celebrate Vegas Unstripped at Palms Casino Resort May 18

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Food Event Will Take Over Palms Casino Resort Pool Deck

The Feast of Friends has revealed the final details of the Fifth Vegas Unstripped food festival, which will take place from 7 to 10 p.m on Saturday May 18 at the Palms Casino Resort. Entertainment will be helmed by Comedian Jason Harris along with DJ Night Weapons, with a live art activation by artist Brent Holmes, designer of this year’s poster and related artwork. 

In addition, beverage partners will include: 

  • World renowned mixologist Adam Rains from The Golden Tiki (5 timers club!)
  • Max Solano of Bar Chef Productions
  • Chris Gutierrez of Stray Pirate
  • Joe Mikulich of EDO/ Anima by EDO
  • Diane’s Bloody Mary featuring Hera The Dog vodka & Ocho tequila
  • Wines poured by;
    • MGP Fine Wine
    • Drink Boutique
    • Bird Dog Wines
    • Sommelier Matthew-Loren
  • Beer from:
    • Able Baker Brewing
    • Trumer Pils (5 timers club!)
    • Big Noise Beer
  • Smart Water and Topo Chico flavors

Supporting sponsors include Greco & Sons, Michael’s Gourmet Pantry (5 timers club!), Gift Local, Cleveland Menu, Apron Tie, Diane’s Bloody Mary, Trumer Pils, Big Noise Beer

Here is the final chef list (fingers crossed!):

  • Oscar Amador (EDO Gastro Tapas & Wine, Anima by EDO), a James Beard Award finalist
  • John Arena (Metro Pizza, Truly Pizza)
  • Anthony Carron (Alexxa’s)
  • Johnny Church (Johnny C’s Catering), a “Chopped” winner
  • Francesco Di Caudo (Basilico Ristorante), a James Beard Award nominee
  • Roy Ellamar (Fine Company)
  • Mitsuo Endo (Aburiya Raku, Raku Toridokoro, Casa de Raku), a James Beard Award nominee
  • Christophe Feyt (HUKL Culinary)
  • Oulay Fisher (Calabash African Kitchen)
  • DJ Flores (Milpa), a James Beard Award nominee
  • Cory Harwell (Carson Kitchen) 
  • Bruce Kalman (SoulBelly BBQ) a James Beard Award nominee and “Chopped” winner
  • Steve Kestler (Aroma Latin American Cocina), James Beard Award finalist
  • Gary LaMorte (Honest Hospitality)
  • Dustin Lewandowski (1228 Main)
  • Marty Lopez (Scotch 80 Prime)
  • Gina Marinelli (La Strega and Harlø Steakhouse), a James Beard Award nominee and 5 Timers Club!
  • Giovanni Mauro (Monzù, Old School Pizza)
  • Sean O’Hara (Esther’s Kitchen)
  • Luke Palladino (Meta-Hospitality)
  • Kari Garcia (TSP Baking Company)
  • Adam Rios (Al Solito Posto)
  • Michael Rubinstein (Vetri Cucina)
  • Jackson Stamper (Ada’s Food + Wine)
  • Joe Swan (Mabel’s BBQ)
  • Yuri Szarzewski (Partage)
  • James Trees (Esther’s Kitchen and Timeless Cuisine), a James Beard Award finalist and 5 Timers Club!
  • Ramtin Yashar (Bar Bohème)

Lastly we are proud to share the Charity Partners for this year: 

“Looking over all the elements that come together for Vegas Unstripped, it is truly gratifying to see how many wonderful people want to contribute to this community and this message,” said Vegas Unstripped founder Eric Gladstone.

“We are excited to welcome Vegas Unstripped poolside at Palms,” said Greg Van Stone, Vice President of Food & Beverage at Palms. “Bringing Vegas Unstripped to the Palms underscores our commitment to the vibrant culinary scene of Las Vegas, showcasing the best local chefs and artisans our city has to offer and providing our guests with unforgettable dining experiences. We look forward to welcoming both locals and visitors alike to indulge in the extraordinary flavors of Las Vegas right here at the Palms.”

A few other unique elements of Vegas Unstripped:

  • Vegas Unstripped is an independent, not-for-profit event focused on promoting local chef talent (vs. particular restaurants or brands).
  • Participating chefs are chosen to represent the cutting edge of talent in Las Vegas and challenged to create unique dishes for the night reflecting their culinary passions.
  • Named chefs are requested to attend and serve guests personally.
  • Tickets are priced affordably to encourage participation from all food fans.
  • Virtually all expenses of the independent chef/restaurateurs are covered by event revenue. Most principal staff are volunteers. Chefs and their staff donate their time.
  • Net proceeds donated to underserved local charities. To date, Vegas Unstripped has donated nearly $30,000 locally (details on the vegasunstripped.com website)
  • The event has grown in size every single year.
  • Ticket price has remained the same and fees have actually been reduced from last year.

Ticket Information:

Tickets are available now at vegasunstripped.com for $150 (plus nominal fees). A small number of tickets will be available on the day of the event for a higher price.

Vegas Unstripped is Las Vegas’ only festival by chefs, about chefs, and for the Vegas community. Participating chefs represent the cutting edge of independent talent in Las Vegas, and are challenged to create unique dishes for the night reflecting their culinary passions. The evening is augmented by beverages from Las Vegas’ best local bars, local musicians, local art and more. Created in 2018 as a reaction to the Strip-focused Vegas Uncork’d event (now defunct), Vegas Unstripped initially only invited chefs working off-Strip but now welcomes Vegas chefs regardless of where they cook, offering open submissions. All necessary expenses of the independent chef/restaurateur are covered by event revenue to the extent possible, with net proceeds going to underserved local charities. To date, VU has donated nearly $30,000.

The Feast of Friends is a multi-faceted branding agency, incorporating brand development, traditional and digital marketing, media & influencer relations, social media, websites and events based in Las Vegas and focused on independent food & beverage. 

Palms Casino Resort is making history as the first resort in Las Vegas fully owned and operated by a Native American Tribe. Palms Casino Resort features two distinct towers with 766 hotel rooms and suites, a diverse mix of bars, restaurants, live entertainment venues, and immersive lifestyle experiences across a 95,000-square-foot reimagined casino. Offering free valet and self-parking, the resort also includes over 190,000 square feet of meeting, convention, and event space; the Pearl, a 2,500-seat theater; an expansive pool, The Spa & Salon at Palms; the Brenden Theatre 14-screen cinema and nearly 600 units at Palms Place condominiums.

Palms is located just west of the center of the Las Vegas Strip off I-15 on Flamingo Road. Palms Casino Resort is owned by The San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality Authority (“SMGHA”) an affiliate of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. For more information visit http://www.palms.com/ or the Palms Press Room. Follow Palms on social media Facebook Twitter Instagram.

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