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AUGUST 2012

August 1, 2012

McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas Opens Domestic Gates at New Terminal 3
McCarran International opened the domestic gates of the state-of-the-art, $2.4 billion Terminal 3, a new 14-gate international air terminal in Las Vegas. The first flight into the new T3 arrived June 27 and the first domestic flights arrived July 31. Passengers flying an international carrier or Virgin America, Alaska, Frontier, Sun Country or Jet Blue will need to go to Terminal 3 for ticketing and check-in. Terminal 3 is the largest completed airport project in the country over the past decade. The project also ranks as the largest public works project completed in Nevada's history. For more information, contact Chris Jones, McCarran International Airport, chrisjo@mccarran.com.

 

Herbalife World Football Challenge 2012 Comes to Las Vegas
Spain's La Liga Champion Real Madrid and four-time defending champions of Mexico's Primera Division Club Santos Laguna will face-off on Sunday, August 5 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas as part of the 2012 World Football Challenge. One of the largest and most successful soccer exhibitions ever staged in North America, the World Football Challenge brings together many of the world's most accomplished and celebrated soccer clubs to play in major sports venues across the region. The event gives soccer fans the unique opportunity to see global superstars play live and experience first-hand the fast-paced, skillful competition that has made soccer the most popular sport in the world. For more information, contact Steve Flynn, Langdon Flynn Communications, steve@langdonflynn.com.

 

Caesars Palace to Open Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill
Caesars Palace is pleased to announce internationally renowned Chef Gordon Ramsay will expand on his relationship with Caesars Entertainment and open his second Las Vegas restaurant, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, in late 2012. The new contemporary yet casual restaurant and bar will serve lunch and dinner and will be located in the heart of the resort adjacent to the premiere entertainment venue, The Colosseum, replacing Bradley Ogden restaurant. The menu at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill will be comprised of items consistent with British pub food-bangers and mash, fish and chips and roasted chicken-as well as some of Ramsay's favorites like London broil prepared on a wood-burning grill, all part of a rustic menu that will change seasonally. For more information, contact Celena Haas, Caesars Entertainment, chaas@caesars.com.

 

Robb Report Names Las Vegas as World's Most Exceptional Destination for Steak Lovers
The editors of Robb Report have named Las Vegas as "the best place on Earth to eat steak." Featured in the August issue, the piece by contributing writer Brad A. Johnson notes that every major Las Vegas hotel and resort "is upping the ante with at least one glamorous steak house; the Palazzo hotel boasts four." Las Vegas has surpassed great steak cities like New York City and Chicago with steak houses owned by internationally acclaimed chefs, the luxury lifestyle magazine reports. "Mario Batali, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Tom Colicchio, Emeril Lagasse, Charlie Palmer, and Michael Mina-each opened his first steak house in Las Vegas," Johnson writes. "This spring, Gordon Ramsay joined them with his first steak house, inside the Paris casino." The result is a city where innovative chefs source the best cuts of beef, age them in-house, and prepare them using sophisticated techniques. For more information contact Jeff Perlman, Brandware Public Relations, jperlman@brandwarepr.com.

 

Orleans Arena Hosts World Hip Hop Dance Championship Finals
The Orleans Arena hosts the 11th annual finals for the World Hip Hop Dance Championship, organized by Hip Hop International, the creators of "America's Best Dance Crew." The world's best street dancers from 40 nations will bring their best moves to Las Vegas to vie for the most coveted title in street dance, World Hip Hop Dance Champion. More than 2,000 of the world's top street dancers will come together for the Finals. World Champions from Japan and New Zealand will return for a chance to defend their titles, gold medals and $25,000 in cash and prizes. For more information, contact Jasen Woehrle, The Firm Public Relations, jasen@thefirmpr.com.

 

Blue Man Group to Debut New Show
Blue Man Group, the international entertainment phenomenon, will unveil its newest production complete with electrifying music, sensational technology, a captivating nightly procession and its signature interactive, audience experiences at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino Wednesday, Oct. 10. The creative forces of Blue Man Group have been working for two years to propel their indescribable celebration of art, technology and music to a whole new level at the Monte Carlo. Audience members will be enveloped in a one-of-a-kind, colorful and interactive experience that only Blue Man Group can provide. The mega-enhanced show presents a thrilling, energy-infused combination of the signature pieces Blue Man Group is known for while introducing new playful personalities and dynamic new instruments. For more information contact Lindsey Rathjen, Kirvin Doak Communications, lrathjen@kirvindoak.com.

 

Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions to Come to Las Vegas
Members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team join 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin and her fellow 2008 Olympic team silver medalists Chellsie Memmel, and Alicia Sacramone, in headlining the all-star cast for the Kellogg's® Tour of Gymnastics Champions, coming to the Thomas & Mack Center on Thursday, September 20 at 7:30 p.m. For more information contact Rachel Trontel, UNLV, Rachel.trontel@unlv.edu/

 

Beer Bash and Food Truck Fest Returns to South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa
CBS Radio's X107.5 presents the 2nd annual Dave and Mahoney Beer Bash and Food Truck Fest poolside at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa on Saturday, August 4, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. General Admission to the poolside bash is $20 and includes access to a bottomless beer and sake tasting sponsored by Budweiser and Ty Ku Sake, The Patron Margarita Mecca bar, and a vast array of authentic cuisines from the hottest food trucks from Los Angeles, Orange County and Las Vegas. Throughout the event guests can enjoy live entertainment, a 20-foot water slide and beats from local DJ's Kaotic, Mike Uriarte and local bands. For more information contact Katie Waro, Katie@patriciancompany.com.

 

Fifth Annual Carnival of Cuisine Returns to The Venetian and The Palazzo
The Venetian and The Palazzo welcome the return of the hottest culinary event this summer with their fifth annual food festival, Carnival of Cuisine, to be held Saturday, Aug. 25 from noon to 4 p.m. in The Venetian Ballroom. This popular event features award-winning cuisine from the celebrated restaurants of The Venetian and The Palazzo and has been moved to August to coincide with Food & Wine Month, part of the resort's new summer-long Carnevale celebration. For more information contact Richard Hudock, The Venetian / The Palazzo, Richard.hudock@venetian.com.

 

Chapel of the Flowers Launched Personal Wedding Websites for Couples
Chapel of the Flowers has launched personal wedding websites for its couples to enjoy. Couples will now be able to share their Vegas wedding story from start to finish. Catering to the destination couple, Chapel of the Flowers has designed the websites to keep the wedding experience ongoing with pre-wedding photos and blogs, then allowing for live video broadcast during the ceremony. Additionally, a couple's ceremony photos and photo shoot with their professional Chapel of the Flowers photographer will be uploaded to the site and available for viewing within a day or two of their ceremony. For more information contact Aimee Stephens, Chapel of the Flowers, aimees@littlechapel.com.

 

August Opening Set for Commonwealth in Downtown Las Vegas
Commonwealth will bring an inviting new social scene to Las Vegas with its late August grand opening at 525 E. Fremont St. The quintessential 6,000-square-foot cocktail bar will be inspired by pre-Prohibition era design and libations; complete with its very own backroom speakeasy. A rooftop bar will embrace the unique energy of Downtown Las Vegas, offering an experiential setting for live music. For more information contact Nick Tillinghast, Wicked Creative, nick.tillinghast@wickedcreative.com.


Palms Casino Resort to Open Chocolat Bistro This Fall
Palms Casino Resort will step up the sweetness with Chocolat Bistro, a stylishly chic fusion of traditional European gelateria, creperie and cremerie featuring delectable crepes, handcrafted chocolates, a palette of bright, fruity gelatos and an array of mouthwatering desserts when the new outlet opens this fall. With roots in Milan, Italy, Chocolat Bistro became famous for exquisite chocolates, tantalizing crepes and scrumptious gelato. Its first US location in the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego opened to critical and commercial raves in 2008. For more information contact Kate Whiteley, Kirvin Doak Communications, kwhiteley@kirvindoak.com.

 

Botero Supper Club Debuts at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas
Botero, the trendy steakhouse located at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, in collaboration with Surrender, Tryst and XS Nightclubs, introduces Botero Supper Club, a sophisticated nightlife dining experience. Beginning July 9, Botero Supper Club does supper sexy with the debut of the new Supper Club menu created by Executive Chef Mark LoRusso, specialty cocktails, and an explosive lineup of celebrity DJs, every night after 9 p.m. For more information contact Rosie Abrams, Wynn | Encore, rosie.abrams@wynnlasvegas.com.

 

Earl of Sandwich to Open in the Palms Casino Resort This Summer
Earl of Sandwich, created by the direct descendent of John Montagu, the Earl who invented putting meat between bread in 1762, will open at The Eatery in the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas this summer. Earl of Sandwich features the freshest meats and cheeses, including Angus Beef roasted in-house daily, the freshest produce and signature artisan breads & desserts baked daily in-house. Customers also can learn a little history while they eat signature sandwiches such as The Original 1762 and The Full Montagu, which draw their names and inspiration from John Montagu, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich. For more information contact Larry Fink, Planet Hollywood International, lfink@planethollywoodintl.com.


Award-Winning Bradley Ogden Restaurant Term to Expire at Caesars Palace
Bradley Ogden restaurant at Caesars Palace will end its 10-year run after dinner service on Sunday, August 5, 2012. It was jointly announced by Caesars Palace, Chef Bradley Ogden and the Lark Creek Restaurant Group. Fans of Bradley Ogden are encouraged to visit the restaurant for a final tasting of many of the most popular dishes including the twice baked Maytag blue cheese soufflé, the seared diver scallops and the butterscotch pudding. Also not to be missed, the signature burger and fries named "Best Burger of the Year" in 2009 by Alan Richman of GQ Magazine. For more information contact Celena Haas, Caesars Entertainment, chaas@caesars.com.

 

Krave Nightclub to Move Downtown
Las Vegas nightclub Krave is moving downtown, where it will be renamed Krave Massive, the world's largest gay club. Krave will move into the third floor of the Neonopolis complex on Fremont Street, in a space formerly occupied by the 14-screen Galaxy Theatres. In addition to its five dance rooms, Krave Massive will expand beyond the nightclub theme to include a comedy club, movie theater and outdoor pool. The nightclub is expected to open late 2012. For more information contact Steve Le Vine, Grapevine PR, steven.levine@theprgrapevine.com.

 

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