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MGM Grand’s L’Atelier de Joel Robucho Restaurant Garners Multiple Culinary Awards

L’Atelier de Joel Robucho located at the MGM Grand Hotel has been recognized with a AAA Four Diamond Award, a 2009 Michelin Star, and a 2008 Wine Spectacular Award of Excellence.  Unlike most fine dining restaurants, the lateliercounter service design allows diners the chance to see the food being prepared while enjoying a variety of tasty entrees. 

In 2008, Chef Joël Robucho was recognized as the ‘most starred’ chef with a total of 18 Michelin stars awarded to his restaurants in Tokyo, Paris, Monte Carlo, London and Las Vegas.  

But even before this latest round of accolades, Robucho was renowned for his culinary excellence.  When Robucho was 36, he opened a restaurant in Paris and only three years later received his first Michelin guide three-star award.   He has been acknowledged as one of the chef’s who put an end to the pretentious and pricey menu’s that had become common place in most high end restaurants.  His skill in the kitchen earned him the title of “chef of the century” in 1990 by the Gualt-Millau,  After a brief hiatus from the dining world in the mid-90’s, Robucho rejoined the culinary world with interests in a variety of restaurants located worldwide.  

“A good dish”, Robucho says, “is like a good wine has a strong attack and a long finish.  Now days, a lot of dishes have a strong attack, but a while later you can’t even remember what it was you ate!” 

This isn’t a problem at the L’Atelier Las Vegas.  Their signature dishes include Pommes Puree (mashed potatoes), La Caille au Foie Gras (free-range quail stuffed with foie gras) and Le Rumsteak en Tartare et ses Frites a L’ancienne (steak tartar). 

The dress code is business casual; the prices have earned L’Atelier a ranking on a number of  ‘most expensive dining’  lists.    Currently the MGM Grand has several online offers that include discounts at on-site restaurants including 30% off for Mastercard purchase and room/gift card discounts.

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‘Monster Circus’ Transforms Las Vegas into Rock ‘n Roll Extravaganza- and Freak Show

monstercircusWhat’s a “monster circus?”  It’s yet another new spectacular production for Las Vegas that never ceases to have enough aces up their entertainment sleeve.   Monster Circus is truly a freaky circus that combines a high-octane live rock concert – no DJs here – with sexy dancers, human circus acts, aerials, freaks of nature, and, of course, a tour bus full of platinum certified real rock stars that play their award-winning rock and heavy metal ballads of the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s- all while interacting with their audience. 

It’s a first for Las Vegas. 

Rock star debauchery begins with an all-star lineup of the jaw-dropping Monster Circus band featuring artists  Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, Dio) John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, Ratt), Fred Coury (Cinderella), Bruce Kulick (KISS), and Tony Montana (Great White). Various guest artists will “join the circus” and perform the hits they personally rock out to, creating an ever evolving talent and set list. In addition to these rock and metal masters, special theme nights will be dedicated to the songs of a single legendary band. 

All the non-stop zany action kicks off on March 19 inside the legendary Hilton Theater in Las Vegas where the biggest names in music, from Elvis Presley to Barry Manilow, have performed. The circus is in Sin City six nights a month on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights with an 11 p.m. show time. March dates are 19-21 and 26-28.  And for those that still can’t get enough rock ‘n roll, a nightly after-show party will keep you blood pumping as the circus action continues till the wee hours of the morning. 

Tickets can be purchased at the Las Vegas Hilton box office, online at www.lvhilton.com, www.vegas.com, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 702-732-5755 or 800-222-5361.

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