Las Vegas’ Acclaimed Food Critics Took the Heat During “Roasting Las Vegas” Special Affair at Three Square Food Bank

September 7, 2013 by  

(L-R): Dave Farra, Stephen Hopcraft, Carla Pellegrino, Jason Mahoney, John Curtas, Gary LaMonte, Beni Valasquez, Max Jacobson, Theresa Woo, Vic Vegas, Todd Harrington, Al Mancini (front) – credit Three Square Food Bank
Renowned local chefs as well as food and beverage directors “roasted” local food critics and authors of “Eating Las Vegas” Al Mancini, John Curtas and Max Jacobson in front of a packed crowd during a special affair at Three Square Food Bank on Thursday, Sept. 3. 

Pictured: (L-R): Dave Farra, Stephen Hopcraft, Carla Pellegrino, Jason Mahoney, John Curtas, Gary LaMonte, Beni Valasquez, Max Jacobson, Theresa Woo, Vic Vegas, Todd Harrington, Al Mancini (front) – Photo credit: Three Square Food Bank

Ticket sales benefited Three Square Food Bank, Southern Nevada’s only food bank, and more than $3,100 was raised, translating to more than 9,300 meals for the food-insecure individuals in our local community.

The Roastmasters Dave Farra and Jason Mahoney of the Dave, Mahoney & DK Morning Show on X 107.5 FM played host for the evening, taking their own friendly jabs at the critics in between the featured food and beverage executives. Las Vegas chefs who have been critiqued over the years and dished it back to them included: Todd Harrington – Executive Chef of Central by Michael Richard; Stephen Hopcraft – Executive Chef at STK Las Vegas inside The Cosmopolitan and former contestant on Bravo TV’s Top Chef; Gary LaMorte – Corporate Chef with The Michael Mina Group; Carla Pellegrino – Founder and Executive Chef of Bratalian Neapolitan Cantina and former contestant on Bravo TV’s Top Chef; Beni Valasquez – Executive Chef at Bar + Bistro; Vic Vegas – Founder and Executive Chef of Vic’s restaurant and finalist on Food Network’s series, Food Network Star; and Theresa Woo – Executive Food & Beverage Director for Fu restaurant at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

“Roasting Las Vegas” is in conjunction with Hunger Action Month (September), a national initiative of Feeding America to raise awareness about hunger in local communities. Locally more than 340,000 people struggle with having consistent access to food and nearly 57 percent of Clark County School District students receive free or reduced priced lunch. Through its various programs, Three Square is working to build a hunger free community ensuring families, children and seniors have access to nutritional meals.

For additional information on Three Square, its programs and agency partner locations, visit

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