Culinary Superstars – Dora Pane: Careers, Fine Dining and “La Famiglia”

In the concluding segment of my series, Fresco Italiano’s General Manager brings the invaluable warmth of family gatherings to her restaurant guests… Last month I introduced you to a pair of genuine Italians who have brought true authenticity to dining at Westgate Las Vegas. And while I focused on dynamic Chef Paola Bugli in that … Continue reading “Culinary Superstars – Dora Pane: Careers, Fine Dining and “La Famiglia””

Westgate’s Culinary Superstars – Chef Paola Bugli

Profiling a Chef who brings true Italian authenticity to Westgate’s “Fresco Italiano”… Outside the entrance to Fresco Italiano, two adorable Vespa scooters are amusingly parked. Almost symbolically, it seems as though they’ve been waiting for the right pair of riders to hop aboard and take control. Inside, that very thing has taken place for two … Continue reading “Westgate’s Culinary Superstars – Chef Paola Bugli”

Westgate’s Culinary Superstars: Chef Aaron Losch

Getting to know the big man behind the resort’s food and beverage services… Last fall I met with one of Westgate Resort‘s executive team to discuss this series on their culinary team. During our luncheon we were unexpectedly joined by a third person. Big, burly, and with a serious expression on his face, this mountain … Continue reading “Westgate’s Culinary Superstars: Chef Aaron Losch”

Westgate’s Culinary Superstars: Chef Masato Shiga

International man of mystery lets his Asian cuisine do the talking… Last summer I introduced readers to Bar Sake, the newly-launched Japanese Robata-style grill restaurant that I referred to “Westgate’s Hidden Gem”. Unique in location, offerings and atmosphere, Westgate’s Bar Sake & Robata Grill is the perfect little venue to gather at with friends, a loved one…or … Continue reading “Westgate’s Culinary Superstars: Chef Masato Shiga”

Westgate’s Culinary Superstars: Executive Chef Steve Young

Meet the charismatic star of the incomparable Edge Steakhouse… In preparation for my ongoing series on the talent behind Westgate Las Vegas‘ Food and Beverage operations, I interviewed five amazing individuals. Each of them are standouts in their field, but only one had impressed me long before we actually met. That person is Executive Chef … Continue reading “Westgate’s Culinary Superstars: Executive Chef Steve Young”

Culinary Superstars: Master Mixologist Eddie Perales

Record-holding flair bartender wrote the book on creating fantastic cocktails…. Some people look back on their lives and careers to find themselves saying “Oh, I should have written a book”. Eddie Perales, General Manager of Beverages at Westgate Las Vegas, won’t wait for that moment to come. He’s been creating a photo-journal of professional adventures … Continue reading “Culinary Superstars: Master Mixologist Eddie Perales”

Westgate’s Culinary Superstars: Chef Bruno Morabito

Sid’s Cafe’s “Master of Brunch” is serious about the joys of casual dining… Part Two in my series on the fabulous culinary family of Westgate Las Vegas Sometimes you talk at length with someone whom you’ve previously encountered only in passing…and they blow your expectations away. That’s what happened during my recent morning sit-down with … Continue reading “Westgate’s Culinary Superstars: Chef Bruno Morabito”

‘Fresco Italiano’ Races To The Top

Westgate’s superlative Italian restaurant takes highest ranking on TripAdvisor… The journey to success is never easy, especially in an era where anyone can be an online critic. It just takes a few troublesome reviews to jeopardize years of hard work. So there’s something to be said for a dining establishment that continues to rank higher … Continue reading “‘Fresco Italiano’ Races To The Top”

2019 – The Year in Review: ‘What The CL#@K!? – The Second Half-Dozen

A look back at the second half of a year filled with memorable and some truly bizarre happenings in Sin City… In the first half of this column, I began the year at a vacant, frozen outdoor carnival and left you hanging with the world’s biggest buttcrack at a stadium that was beginning to resemble … Continue reading “2019 – The Year in Review: ‘What The CL#@K!? – The Second Half-Dozen”

2019 – The Year in Review: ‘What The CL#@K!?’ The First Half-Dozen

  A look back at the first half of a year filled with memorable and some truly bizarre happenings in Sin City… When this writer relocated here from Oregon a short 14 months ago, I knew that it would be a huge lifestyle change. But even for the folks who’ve lived here the vast majority … Continue reading “2019 – The Year in Review: ‘What The CL#@K!?’ The First Half-Dozen”