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Go Ahead, Splurge on a $750 Cupcake in Las Vegas

Forget about having a dinner fit for king- how about just ‘settling’ on a $750 cupcake in Las Vegas? 

The Sweet Surrender cupcake and candy store opened today in The Palazzo in Las Vegas.  It brings together remarkable pastry chefs and the finest ingredients to create irresistibly indulgent treats. Cupcakes, cookies, lollipops, toffee, licorice, hard candies and dipped treats, are just some of their many indulgent treats to satisfy any discerning sweet-tooth. 

The shop’s variety is wide and sweet-tooth satisfaction endless with the crème de la crème of Sweet Surrenders offerings being only for the most passionate cupcake lover: the $750 Decadence D’Or.  It’s a sumptuous cupcake, handcrafted from the most exclusive, rich, and enterprising ingredients around the globe.  One luscious ingredient is the Palmira Single Estate Chocolate derived from the rare and fragile Porcelana Criollo bean and cultivated to its fullest state of richness exclusively at the Valrhona plantation in Venezuela.  Complementary to the Palmira Single Estate Chocolate is Tahitian Gold Vanilla Caviar- the world’s most labor-intensive agricultural crop.  This fruit, after it is ripened for nine months, then hand-harvested, cured, sweat, dried, and hand-split, is obtained only by tedious manual extraction; it is truly a delicacy, both in taste and exclusivity. Topping the Decadence D’Or is the masterfully smooth Louis XIII de Remy Martin Cognac, 100 years in the making, and edible, metallic gold flakes, each painstakingly hand-placed.  Finally, once baked to perfection, this grand dessert is encased in a stately, hand blown sugar Fleur-de-Lis and presented on a handmade exclusive elegant crackled-gold glass curved plate and bowl. Your palette never had such a royal treatment! 

Chef Long Nguyen, executive pastry chef of The Venetian and The Palazzo is the visionary genius behind all the exotic cupcake flavors and Chef Johann Springfield, head baker makes the cupcakes a reality.  In addition to the exclusive specialty cupcake Decadence D’Or Sweet Surrender carries: Red Velvet, Lemon Strawberry, Chocolate Ganache, Carrot, Black Forest, Strawberry, Coconut and Chocolate Fudge cupcakes. 

Sweet Surrender, located on The Palazzo casino floor next to guest elevators, is open Sunday through Thursday 10 a.m. through 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. through Midnight.  Special orders can be placed directly by calling 702-607-0753.

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Claude Gaty Named Chef at Stratosphere in Las Vegas

American Casino & Entertainment Properties recently named Claude Gaty chef de cuisine for the Top of the World restaurant in the Stratosphere Casino Hotel and Tower. Gaty brings with him 26 years of culinary experience primarily in French cuisine. 

Gaty’s responsibilities as chef de cuisine include recipe and menu development, training the staff, and insuring guest satisfaction. Gaty works closely with Executive Chef Rick Giffen and Executive Sous-Chef Carlos Vargas. 

Prior to joining the Stratosphere, Gaty took a hiatus from the restaurant industry and spent most of 2008 traveling in France, learning the fine art of artisan bread baking at the San Francisco Baking Institute and being schooled in Thai cooking on the island of Koh Samui. 

With a passion for working in a lively restaurant environment, Gaty became chef and partner for the Lettuce Entertain You organization where he played an integral role in the collaboration and creation of Mon Ami Gabi, a classic French bistro restaurant. In the late 90s, Gaty joined the Las Vegas restaurant industry where he spent 10 years as chef and partner for Mon Ami Gabi’s Las Vegas location. 

Gaty has spent his career not only as a chef, but also as an entrepreneur. He has opened a number of restaurants including La Bretagne in Maui, The Hatchery in Petaluma, and Bistrot Zinc in Chicago.

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Top Las Vegas Chefs Sharpen Knifes, Battle for James Beard Awards

For culinary chefs it’s a big deal- and a huge honor.  Top Las Vegas semifinal chef nominees are now vying for the coveted James Beard Awards.   Wynn Las Vegas chef Paul Bartolotta is on track for a rare double James Beard award win for best chef and is competing against Claude Le Tohic of Joel Robuchon at the Mansion at the MGM Grand.  Raku is trying for best new restaurant; rising star chef of the year, Vanessa Garcia, Restaurant Charlie, at the Palazzo; rising star chef of the year, Sarah Kosilkowski, Michael Mina at Bellagio; and best chef, Saipin Chutima, Lotus of Siam, round out the Las Vegas competitors. 

The winners will be announced the first week of May in New York City.

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DISH Las Vegas Culinary Fundraiser on April 3

In the depression of the 1930s, soup kitchens and breadlines were the primary sources of nutrition for a large portion of the country.  Now, in the recession of 2009, organizations like Three Square in Las Vegas are serving as disbursement hubs for donated foods and trying to keep meals on the tables of lower to middle class families in Southern Nevada. 

To support Three Square, local Las Vegas chefs and entertainers will be participating in DISH Las Vegas – a first time fundraiser at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve on April 3. 

Planned to participate will be Chef Kerry Simon, Chef Rick Moonen, Chef Peter Sherlock, Chef Rock of Hell’s Kitchen, Carrot Top, George Wallace, Clint Holmes, Louie Anderson, Susan Anton and UFC Fighters. 

The one-day event will include an art exhibit of personally designed plates, exceptional food, wine and musical entertainment.

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‘Power of Love’ Celebrity Fundraiser for Lou Ruvo Brain Institute in Las Vegas

A gala celebrity fundraiser to benefit the planned Lou Ruvo Brain Institute in Las Vegas will be held on February 28, louruvotime TBA.   The event will feature cuisine of chefs Todd English and Wolfgang Puck, auction, and a long-awaited performance by Siegfried and Roy.  Admission is $1,500 per person or tables can be reserved.  For information, contact the Bellagio at 702-263-9797 or www.keepmemoryalive.org

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Las Vegas Restaurants Win Five Mobile Five-Star Awards

Steve Wynn’s Las Vegas restaurants hit a triple when the Mobil Five-Star Awards were announced on January 22. alex1Wynn’s Tower Suites at Wynn Las Vegas, Alex restaurant, and the Spa at Wynn Las Vegas all are Five Stars rated for 2009. 

Adding to our city’s hardware haul, the Skylofts at MGM Grand and the Joe Robuchon restaurant also garnered awards this year. 

Las Vegas just three years ago had no Five Stars- it now has five.

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