Rao’s Caesars Palace Hosts Launch Party for ‘Eating Las Vegas: The 50 Essential Restaurants’

Border Grill: Susan Feniger, Mike Minor and Mary Sue Milliken
On Tuesday, December 18 , Frank Pellegrino, Jr. and Chef Nicole Grimes of Rao’s Caesars Palace hosted the exclusive launch party for the 2013 edition of Eating Las Vegas: The 50 Essential Restaurants, written by the city’s most respected food critics John Curtas, Max Jacobson and Al Mancini (Pictured: Susan Feniger, Mike Minor and Mary Sue Milliken from Border Grill – Photo: © Erik Kabik/ www.ErikKabik.com)

Eating Las Vegas co-Author Al Mancini
Eating Las Vegas co-Author Al Mancini

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Robin Leach served as the master of ceremonies for the third consecutive year, where he presented the esteemed Top Ten awards to the ten greatest restaurants honored in this edition, including Marché Bacchus French Bistro and Wine Shop, Piero Selvaggio’s Valentino at The Venetian, Raku Japanese Charcoal Grill, Estiatorio Milos at The Cosmopolitan, Joël Robuchon and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand, Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace, CUT at Palazzo and Le Cirque and Picasso at Bellagio.

Co-Author Max Jacobson
Co-Author Max Jacobson

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The lively party was attended by an array of Vegas’ celebrated chefs and restaurateurs, including Rick Moonen of rm seafood; Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Feniger and Mike Minor of Border Grill; Kerry Simon of Simon; Luciano Pellegrini of Valentino; Mitsuo Endo of Raku; Alex Stratta, Dave Middleton and Jeff and Rhonda Wyatt of Marché Bacchus; Steve Benjamin of L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon; Mathieu Chartron of Guy Savoy; and Jason Neve of B&B Ristorante and Carnevino.

Raku: Mitsuo Endo
Raku: Mitsuo Endo

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Co-Author John Curtas
Co-Author John Curtas

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Rao's: Frank Pellegrino Jr. and Nicole Grimes
Rao’s: Frank Pellegrino Jr. and Nicole Grimes

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Simon: Kerry Simon
Simon: Kerry Simon

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 John Curtas, Rick Moonen, Max Jacobson and Al Mancini
John Curtas, Rick Moonen, Max Jacobson and Al Mancini

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Robin Leach and Chef Rick Moonen
Robin Leach and Chef Rick Moonen

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John Curtas
John Curtas

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Al Mancini, Chef Alex Stratta of Marche Bacchus and John Curtas
Al Mancini, Chef Alex Stratta of Marche Bacchus and John Curtas

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Eating Las Vegas: The 50 Essential Restaurants
Eating Las Vegas: The 50 Essential Restaurants

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ELV's Top Ten restaurants
ELV’s Top Ten restaurants

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