March 2011 Happenings in Las Vegas
Earlier this month the annual Nightclub & Bar Show rolled into Las Vegas and was the perfect few days to see new and upcoming products as well as catch up with lots of friends and colleagues. At the show itself a few things that stood out this year were Bruce Cost Ginger Ale which was simply sensational, new Cucumber Vodka by Effen and Primo Beer, Hawaii’s original brew which was rereleased a year ago. We also had the opportunity to spend some time with our friends from Bar Business Magazine, Art Sutley and Chris Ytuarte – two great guys who are always on top of the latest and greatest in the industry. We were given the chance to take them to one of our favorite places in Las Vegas, Vesper Bar at the new Cosmopolitan which former mixologist turned GM Andrew Pollard helms the swanky cocktail spot. Between enjoying Hot Mules (Grey Goose Pear, Goslings Ginger Beer, Lemon Juice, Homemade Ginger Syrup and Angostura Bitters) and a bevy of Andrew’s other creations it was a great evening.
Our President, Robert J. Nyman was also present in Las Vegas for the show and presented us with an opportunity to head over to the brand new P.J. Clarke’s inside The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace to see an old friend, Larry Forgione, the “American Chef.” In between conversation and reminiscing we had an opportunity to sample some incredibly fresh oysters and clams as well as try what is now the best hamburger in Las Vegas. Using Meyer Company Ranch Red Angus beef and served with an onion slice, there is not much more you need as the hamburger is full of flavor and cooked perfectly.
The week also allowed us to enjoy two of our favorite New York outposts rolled into one here in Las Vegas as Blue Ribbon opened inside of the Cosmopolitan in December 2010. To say the meal was anything but sensational would be a crime. Bruce Bromberg was the consummate host and everything from the Horse Mackerel and Uni wrapped in Red Snapper topped with Caviar to Octopus with Foie Gras and Salmon Roe and of course the famous Fried Chicken was spectacular.
More adventures in 2011 are coming so be on the lookout for more of the dish on dining and drinking.
Craig A. Nyman