Culinary Extravaganza at JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa

Las Vegas, (PressExposure) September 04, 2008 -- The Celebrity Chef Tour benefiting the James Beard Foundation is once again making its way through Las Vegas. Ceres Restaurant at JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa will be hosting this epicurean affair on Thursday, Nov. 13 beginning at 7:00 pm. Showcasing the talents of Executive Chef Mike Lata, co-owner of Fig Restaurant in Charleston, S.C. with Host Executive Chef Bruce Knapik and his team, the evening starts with an elegant reception featuring unique hors d’oeuvres complemented by fine wines. A one-of-a-kind dinner follows with the culinary team sharing their insights on the dinner as they engage guests in an intimate setting.

Each course is meticulously paired with an assortment of carefully selected wines. “We are so honored to be asked, once again, to host this very special event,” said General Manager Jim Rose. “This exclusive gastronomic affair is a celebration of America’s culinary heritage and we look forward to sharing this with our Las Vegas friends and neighbors.” American Express, Yahoo!, Souverain, Certified Angus Beef, Renaissance Hotels and Hudson Valley Foie Gras are proud sponsors of the Celebrity Chef Tour benefiting the James Beard Foundation. Tickets are available to the public for $175 per person (plus tax) and can be reserved by calling Ceres Restaurant at 702-869-7381 or visiting Limited number of tickets available.

About the Celebrity Chef Tour benefiting the James Beard Foundation: Since its inception in 2004, the Celebrity Chef Tour benefiting the James Beard Foundation has become a favorite event for both the chefs to participate in and guests to attend. The Celebrity Chef Tour brings James Beard Foundation Award winners and other celebrity chefs to private clubs, resorts, and other exclusive venues around the country for spectacular dining events. The tour was created to benefit the James Beard Foundation and to promote the culinary arts across America.

About Celebrity Chef Mike Lata, Fig Restaurant: Mike Lata is a native New-Englander who journeyed to Massachusetts to kick-start his cooking career in Boston and Martha’s Vineyard. He journeyed south to work in New Orleans and later relocated to Atlanta, where he became Chef De Cuisine at the celebrated Ciboulette restaurant for the next four years. Lata joined the Charleston dining scene ranks in 1998 as Executive Chef at Anson, where he held the reigns for four years. It was during these years that Lata’s active endorsement of local farmers helped guide the conscience of the Charleston culinary scene toward the appreciation of locally grown, seasonal foods. Lata became an adherent of Slow Food, an international movement created “to protect the pleasures of the table from the homogenization of modern fast food and life,” and helped found the local Charleston chapter in 2004. His mantra for his restaurant is very much rooted in the Slow Food principles of taking time to enjoy and share in home-grown, homemade meals and supporting the people who grow and harvest local foods. Nominated for “Best Chef in the Southeast” in 2007 by the James Beard Foundation, Chef Lata feels it is vital to his success as a restaurateur and chef to consistently improve and refine his cuisine, and he makes a concerted effort to please each of his guests, from “bankers to blue jeans.”

About Host Executive Chef Bruce Knapik With over years of extensive experience, Executive Chef Bruce Knapik oversees all culinary operations at the resort, ensuring an exceptional dining experience in keeping with Las Vegas’ reputation as one of the worlds premier culinary destinations. After first finding renown at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia, Knapik quickly rose in the ranks to become one of Canada’s leading chefs, highlighted by his onetime appointment as Captain of the National Culinary Team for the World Food Festival in Singapore. His passion and inventiveness in the kitchen led to a series of prestigious appointments as Executive Chef including his most recent at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Hotel where Knapik guided the property to a win for Best Hotel Dining two years in a row, and four other nominations in the Where Magazine Annual Restaurant Awards. His restaurant chef was also named the Canadian Representative to the 2005 prestigious Paul Bocuse cooking competition in Lyon, France.

About JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa: JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa features 548 oversized guestrooms set amid 54 acres of lush gardens. Located in Summerlin, 20 minutes northwest of the famous Las Vegas Strip, the resort is close enough to indulge in the city’s amenities, but far enough away to enjoy golfing on one of the courses surrounding the resort or explore beautiful Red Rock Canyon. Indulge yourself at JW Marriott’s luxurious Aquae Sulis Spa or lounge by the grass-edged pool. Plus, the resort features a wide selection of dining and entertainment options, from casual to elegant. All services and amenities synonymous with JW Marriott are at your fingertips when you visit. JW MARRIOTT LAS VEGAS RESORT & SPA: 221 N. Rampart Blvd., Toll Free: 877-869-8777, Check out our E postcard at:

About the James Beard House and the James Beard Foundation: James Beard is widely recognized as the father of American culinary arts. Throughout his life, he pursued and advocated the highest standards, and served as a mentor to emerging talents. The James Beard House is where Beard lived, taught, and welcomed friends and colleagues who shared his love for food. Shortly after he passed away, a group of friends sparked a drive to save his home and create a living memorial and a center for the culinary community. It has become what Founding President Peter Kump envisioned it could be, “a culinary place to see and taste the work of this country’s most talented chef’s, wine makers, cookbook authors, and teachers.” The James Beard House’s sister non-profit organization, the James Beard Foundation, whose mission is to “celebrate, preserve and nurture America’s culinary heritage and diversity in order to elevate the appreciation of our culinary excellence,” furthers Mr. Kump’s vision by providing scholarships and volunteer opportunities for aspiring culinary professionals, educating today’s youth on the importance of good food and essential nutrition.

CONTACT: Roughley Speaking Public Relations LeadDog Marketing Group Lisa Roughley Isabelle Jetté For JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa For the Celebrity Chef Tour (702) 228-5169 benefiting the James Beard Foundation (212) 488-6548

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