Monday at 11:00 at the Venetian/Palazzo the James Beard Foundation will mark the 25th anniversary of the awards by announcing the finalists for this year’s ceremony — in New York, in May — right here in our humble burg.
Later that day, a gala dinner be held in honor the finalists (some of which we hope are from Las Vegas) at the hotel. Tickets are still available and it would be nice for Las Vegans to show the Oscars of the food world what kind of culinary community we are.
This year, Vegas has three nominated semi-finalists: Joël Robuchon for Outstanding Service, Picasso for Outstanding Wine Service, and Mitsuo Endo of Raku for Outstanding Chef Southwest.
The last time the JBF was in town was in the fall of ‘o8, just as the full force of the economic crash was hitting us. Yours truly was the emcee for that event, and let’s just say, the mood in the crowd was less than festive (for good reason).
Here’s hoping this event will be a great success and provide a nice bookend to frame the financial turmoil this city (and this country) has been through.