Ninth GAYOT Dinner Series

by Sophie Gayot


Central Michel Richard at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, which opened in November 2011, is spearheaded of course by chef Michel Richard, one of GAYOT.com’s Top 40 U.S. chefs. The restaurant is so well-regarded that it made GAYOT.com’s 2012 Top 10 New Restaurants in the U.S. and is also one of our Las Vegas Top 10 24-hour restaurants.


May I suggest two ways to discover the restaurant: watch my exclusive video interview above with executive chef Todd Harrington, or, better yet, join me at the GAYOT Dinner Series to be held there on May 10th. I will be there along with the debonair Michel Richard.

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Sir Richard Branson to Open the First Virgin Hotel in Chicago – Travel News

Virgin Hotels logo
Virgin Hotels logo

Virgin Brand Continues to Expand


With the opening of PUBLIC Chicago, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago and Longman & Eagle, the Windy City seems determined to prove itself as the new mecca for hot hotel openings. This reputation is cemented with the announcement that Sir Richard Branson’s first Virgin Hotel is set to begin construction this May. Taking over the 1928 Old Dearborn Bank building, the sure-to-be-hip hotel will include 250 rooms, a pool and a rooftop venue — with terrific views, we assume, given the location. Continue reading “Sir Richard Branson to Open the First Virgin Hotel in Chicago – Travel News” »

Jordan Winery Celebrates 40th Anniversary – Wine News

Jordan Winery's 40th anniversary celebration at the London West Hollywood
Jordan Winery's 40th anniversary celebration at the London West Hollywood

Top Form at 40


It was 40 centuries ago that the production of wine took place in what is today Armenia and Iran and, yes, China most probably had been making fermented fruit juices another 40 centuries earlier. At 40 years young, John Jordan and Jordan Winery are following in our ancestors’ footsteps and more recently his Mom and Dad, Sally and Tom Jordan, who gave birth to the winery and their son forty years ago. And what an enterprise it is. It took a fortune made in the oil and gas exploration business to power its development. Tom, a geology engineer, had to keep his hands and feet underground to satisfy his thirst.

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Mt. Brave Wines – Wine News

Mt. Brave wines
Mt. Brave wines

A Brave New Wine


Native Americans and early settlers hunted animals with bows and arrows so they could feed themselves and their families. But a lucky few wielding those old-school weapons were able to enjoy a gourmet wild game meal on Sunday, washed down by fine Napa Valley red wines, no matter how badly they aimed.


The occasion was the exclusive launch party for the new Mt. Brave wine label at the Houdini Estate in Los Angeles, where three wines and a mini-archery range magically appeared. Mt. Brave winemaker Chris Carpenter, who has worked on other top Kendall-Jackson Napa mountain vineyards such as Lokoya and Cardinale, introduced the inaugural 2008 vintage, which includes 1,000 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon ($75), 100 cases of Merlot ($60) and 100 cases of Malbec ($60).

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“Dream” Big with Carnival

Carnival's The Dream, launched in 2009
Carnival's The Dream, launched in 2009

Size Matters on Carnival Cruise’s Dream


by Patricia Mack


The music plays, the drinks flow and Port Canaveral, FL — The Dream’s modern and ever expanding home port — fades from view as the massive ship gets underway for a seven-day Caribbean cruise. There are lots of revelers on board and the ship, one of the largest in Carnival’s fleet, has a lively staff to entertain them with everything from the hoary “hairy chest contest” to “Cupid Shuffle” dance lessons — and that’s just in the first 30 minutes of the voyage.

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