James Beard Award–winning chefs from around the country to host unique dinner experience on October 13 at the Luxor Hotel

Las Vegas (August 16, 2018)—On Saturday, October 13, the James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour series travels to Las Vegas. Featuring seven renowned chefs, the dinner will bring a taste of the historic, New York–based James Beard House experience to Las Vegas’ Luxor Hotel and Casino for a meal that diners won’t soon forget. Following the dinner guests will have a unique opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with the participating chefs.
“Hosting the James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour at Luxor is an honor,” said Luxor vice president of food and beverage, Bill Miller. “Each chef has a unique perspective and background in the food and restaurant world and this event provides an exciting platform for them to share their culinary genius and talent with the Las Vegas community.”
The evening will kick off at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception hosted by Luxor executive chef Justin Frederickson, followed by a dinner featuring dishes curated by a lineup of noteworthy chefs including Larry Forgione* (The Foley Food & Wine Society, Healdsburg, CA), Andrew Friedman (author, NYC), Mary Sue Milliken* (Border Grill, Los Angeles and Las Vegas; and 2018 James Beard Foundation Women in Culinary Leadership mentor), Nancy Silverton* (Pizzeria Mozza and Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles and Newport Beach, CA; Mozza2Go and Chi Spacca***, Los Angeles), Jimmy Schmidt* (FoodShed Exchange, Detroit), and cookbook author and restaurateur Jeremiah Tower*.
Tickets for the dinner may be purchased at jamesbeard.org/events/las-vegas-3. Tickets are $200 for James Beard Foundation members and the general public, $160 for U.S. Bank FlexPerks Rewards cardholders, and $140 for U.S. Bank Reserve Visa Infinite cardholders. Proceeds from the event will benefit the James Beard Foundation and its mission to make America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone. Special thanks to Celebrity Chef Tour premier partner U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve for its generous support.
* Notes James Beard Award winner
*** Notes James Beard Award semifinalist


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About the James Beard Foundation
The James Beard Foundation’s mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone. For more than 30 years the Foundation has accomplished this mission through programs that highlight food’s central role in our lives. In addition to hosting guest-chef dinners throughout the year at the historic James Beard House in New York City, the Foundation administers the James Beard Awards; grants scholarships for culinary students; produces national events that include Taste America; and creates educational programs for the culinary community and food lovers. The Foundation addresses the growing challenges facing our food system through its Impact Programs, which include the Leadership Awards; Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change; Issue Summits; and Culinary Labs. Industry issues, such as gender imbalance and diversity in culinary leadership, are addressed through our Industry Programs. For more information, please visit jamesbeard.org and follow @beardfoundation on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.
About Luxor
One of the most iconic hotels on The Strip, the Luxor pyramid invites curiosity while the inside rewards visitors with equal parts excitement and intrigue. The resort features a wide variety of entertainment including Blue Man Group, the hilarious comedy of Carrot Top and the provocative adult revue FANTASY. Combined with the 120,000-square-foot gaming area and eclectic restaurants, Luxor is an unparalleled travel destination. Luxor is owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit luxor.com, call toll free at (877) 386-4658 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.
Media Contacts:
Ashley Farkas
MGM Resorts International
(702) 692-6700
Gwen Steuart
The Rosen Group, on behalf of the James Beard Foundation
(646) 695-7050