This blog is not coming to you from the kitchen office. No, this time it’s coming to you from the 6th floor of a hotel room in Las Vegas. The room is strewn with menus, shooting schedules, release forms, camera battery packs, light kits and file folders. Day one is done, and we’ve got quite a bit to show for it.
First, the rest of the crew arrived safely, albeit tired and pretty hungry. Second, we made a bunch of new friends—everyone from Chef Kitti (you’ll hear more about her) to Dominick the amazing maitre ‘d at Capo’s. Third, we tasted, and tasted, and tasted.
Warm brie cheese with black pepper honey and hazelnuts. Leek and butternut squash quiche. Jumbo lump crab cake with celery root remoulade and gribiche sauce. Bruschetta and pizza.
And that’s not all.
We heard great live jazz and fun piped music at the Bellagio fountain. We held a scintillating conversation around the thought that, “People who only eat at home don’t know what they are missing.” We listened as we each listed our favorite food combinations (banana and chocolate seemed to be the clear winner).
There was laughter when we realized that we were sitting closely around a table, each intently tweeting the same words to describe the Italian Wedding Soup from Chef Jason. We gained comfort in the realization that our team grows closer when we share meals together, especially when there is a new experience wrapped up in it.
And, we continue to find joy in the realization that we get to bring you new stories every day about food, and about restaurants—and about the people who bring them to life. The restaurant industry is at the heart of America, and this week in Vegas is all about telling you some of their stories. There are new treasures to discover, and experiences that, frankly, you just can’t replicate at home. And shouldn’t try.
Somewhere in your town—like we saw tonight in Vegas—there is a guy in a kitchen who is cooking what is important to him. And he’s anxious to share it with you and see what you think. It’s time to get out there and taste what he—and as many of the others as you can fit in—have to offer. And if you can’t get out there right now, at least follow along with us as we bring you this showcase of Vegas restaurants in a way you’ve never seen them before—from the back of the house, from the front of the house, and from the company that services them from the warehouse!
By the end of the week we’ll have winnowed it down to about 15 restaurants in Vegas that have a story to tell. We will begin presenting our findings to you over the next few months. In the meantime, you can follow us on Twitter (@foodchannel). All of us.