By Judy Thorburn
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Palazzo hosts The Second Annual Glass Slipper Soiree benefitting Assistance League® of Las Vegas and their Operation School Bell® program

The Second Annual Glass Slipper Soiree was held Thursday evening, October 20 at Azure™ Luxury Pool at The Palazzo® Las Vegas. Those in attendance donated new athletic shoes for school children. In addition, guests bought raffle tickets for a chance to win lavish prizes including a gift certificate to The Shoppes at The Palazzo, headliner tickets to The Venetian Showroom for a year and a spectacular trip to the invite-only Hollywood Style Awards. All proceeds benefitted Assistance League® of Las Vegas and their Operation School Bell® program.

Denise Valdez of 8 News Now acted as emcee along with partners:  Luxury Las Vegas magazine and Mix 94.1. Retailers from The Shoppes at The Palazzo® included Prosecco, Van Cleef & Arpels, Gal, Cole Haan, Chloé, Links of London, Guerlain and Mezlan showed off the hottest fall fashions and offered special discounts throughout the event.

Guests enjoying refreshments poolside
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Guests gathering at the pool
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Connie Ruiz gets a makeover at the Guerlain booth
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Athletic shoes donated at the event
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Guests enjoyed the signature "Slippertini" cocktail and enjoyed the sounds of DJ Twisted while bidding on silent auction packages including a gift certificate to Wolfgang Puck's Postrio Bar and Grill inside The Venetian® Las Vegas, Canyon Ranch SpaClub® Massage for Two & Lunch at the Canyon Ranch Café inside The Palazzo Las Vegas, concert tickets and more!

Through Operation School Bell, Assistance League’s flagship program, more than 7,000 at-risk students are provided with new school clothes, health packs and school supplies annually. Assistance League has been serving Southern Nevada’s children for more than 30 years as an all-volunteer run organization with no paid staff members.

Event team members
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Food & Wine All-Star Weekend Kicks Off with "First Course" Aria Resort & Casino

Some of the world’s top chefs descended on View Bar at ARIA Resort & Casino for First Course, the star-studded kick-off party to the FOOD & WINE All-Star Weekend, that took place Oct. 21-23 at ARIA and Bellagio resorts. Celebrating the start to the weekend’s many events were a group of celebrated culinary masters and personalities including powerhouse chefs of ARIA and Bellagio such as Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Masa Takayama, Shawn McClain and Julian Serrano along with legendary restaurateur Sirio Maccioni. Joining them on the red carpet were Bravo TV’s Top Chef alums Stephanie Izard, Hosea Rosenberg, Angelo Sosa and Sam Talbot as well as the weekend’s hostess, Top Chef judge Gail Simmons and FOOD & WINE Contributor Anthony Giglio. Dozens of fans gathered to watch as the luminaries posed for photos and stopped for interviews before heading into ARIA’s chic View Bar to get the party started.

Once inside the party, Simmons welcomed the group with a rousing champagne toast. “We had an absolutely amazing weekend last year,” she proclaimed. “I’m so happy to be a part of the festivities again.” The crowd raised their glasses and the party began with passed hors d’oeuvres--Julian Serrano’s Lobster-Pineapple Skewers, Sage’s Foie Gras Brulee and BARMASA’s Seafood Ceviche---providing guests the opportunity to sample the delectable cuisine from ARIA’s world-renowned chefs and restaurants.

When the clock struck 11 p.m., the revelry continued at the pulse-pumping UNION Restaurant & Lounge for All-Star Nightcap, the kind of after-party only found at ARIA. Guests took advantage of their chance to mix and mingle with some of the best chefs on the planet and were treated to sumptuous desserts such as Frozen Coconut Bites and Chocolate Cremeux from Top Chef Just Desserts Season One winner Yigit Pura.

Food & Wine All-Star Tasting at Aria Resort & Casino

FOOD & WINE All-Star Weekend’s main event, the All-Star Tasting, was held at ARIA Resort & Casino on Saturday night, October 22. Attendees were treated to an array of culinary creations, served poolside, from some of the world’s hottest culinary stars.

The doors opened at 7 p.m. as renowned chefs Julian Serrano, Masa Takayama, Michael Mina, Shawn McClain, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Jean-Philippe Maury and Pierre Gagnaire manned elegant booths that circled ARIA pool, ready to deliver tantalizing cuisine from their award-winning restaurants. Bravo TV’s Top Chef alums Hosea Rosenberg, Sam Talbot, Stephanie Izard, Yigit Pura and Angelo Sosa also were eager to impress fan’s palates with delicious fare.

Hostess Gail Simmons was thrilled to be involved with the FOOD & WINE All-Star Weekend for the second time, and ensured the crowd by declaring, “I can honestly say that I’m so excited to be back here in Las Vegas at the beautiful and luxurious ARIA & Bellagio Resorts.” She went on to invite the crowd to, “Eat, drink and live it up,” and guests wasted no time following her advice, taking the opportunity to get acquainted with the A-list culinary geniuses.

Food lovers found themselves satisfying their appetites with inventive new takes on classic comfort food such as Glazed Pork Belly from Shawn McClain’s Sage and Goat and Peanut Thai-style Stew being dished up by Top Chef Season Four Winner Stephanie Izard. Michael Mina offered his signature Shrimp & Grits Skewers while Top Chef cheftestant Sam Talbot provided Fish Tacos with avocado and lime. Extraordinary sweet creations were personally being served to guests by Top Chef Just Desserts Season One winner Yigit Pura who was all smiles as he gushed about his latest venture set to open in San Francisco in May 2012.

Gourmet food connoisseurs also made sure to enjoy luxurious booths BARMASA, Sirio Ristorante and Jean Georges Steakhouse. Serving Braised Short Ribs, Alaskan King Crab & Leek Salad and Truffle Cheese Fritters respectively, guests eagerly stood in line to experience the incredible cuisine and to get a glimpse of their favorite chef. A relaxed setting amongst the lush landscape of the ARIA pool mixed with easy listening tracks by DJ R.O.B. provided an enjoyable, fun atmosphere for all.

FOOD & WINE All-Star Weekend came to an end Sunday evening with a Champagne and Caviar Brunch, hosted by F&W Contributing Editor Anthony Giglio, at Jasmine inside Bellagio.

ARIA pool deck during All-Star Tasting, Food & Wine All-Star Weekend
Photo credit: Tom Donoghue
Pierre Gagnaire of Twist at Mandarin Oriental, CityCenter
Photo credit: Tom Donoghue
President & COO of ARIA Bill McBeath, Gail Simmons and Shawn McClain
Photo credit: Tom Donoghue
Gail Simmons and Shawn McClain
Photo credit: Tom Donoghue
Sirio Ristorante Executive Chef Vincenzo Scarmiglia
Photo credit: Tom Donoghue
Top Chef Season Five Winner Hosea Rosenberg
Photo credit: Tom Donoghue
AMERICAN FISH’s Michael Mina
Photo credit: Tom Donoghue
Top Chef cheftestant Sam Talbot
Photo credit: Tom Donoghue
Jean-Philippe Maury and ARIA chefs during All-Star Tasting
Photo credit: Tom Donoghue
Jean Georges Steakhouse Executive Chef Rob Moore and Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Photo credit: Tom Donoghue
BARMASA’s Masa Takayama
Photo credit: Tom Donoghue
Top Chef Season Four Winner Stephanie Izard
Photo credit: Tom Donoghue
Top Chef Just Desserts Season One Winner Yigit Pura
Photo credit: Tom Donoghue
Top Chef cheftestant Angelo Sosa
Photo credit: Tom Donoghue
Jean-Philippe Maury and Michael Mina
Photo credit: Tom Donoghue
Masa Takayama and President & COO of ARIA Bill McBeath
Photo credit: Tom Donoghue


Additional recent and upcoming “happenings” in and around Las Vegas includes:

THE METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT is one of three agencies that has received the Webber Seavy Award, the International Association of Chiefs of Police's top honor for community policing. The award recognizes Safe Village, a partnership between law enforcement, the government and the community to reduce violent crime in West Las Vegas.

THE CEASARS FOUNDATION has committed $150,000 to help expand operations and establish a new Las Vegas-based soap recycling facility for Clean the World, a nonprofit focused on saving lives by providing recycled hotel soap and hygiene education to those in need.

In honor of the holiday season, BLUE MAN GROUP is offering Nevada residents one FREE ticket with the purchase of one regularly priced ticket now through Jan. 31, 2012. To receive the festive offer, locals can show their Nevada ID and mention the code “LOC241” at any box office location inside The Venetian® or Palazzo®

MADAME TUSSAUDS LAS VEGAS invites daring visitors to investigate paranormal activity lurking in the attraction’s corridors during AFTER DARK, an interactive, dark and haunted experience that takes over the celebrity wax museum Oct. 21 – 23 and 28 – 31 from 9 p.m. to midnight.General admission to After Dark is $20 at the box office. As a special treat, Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin from the Ghost Adventures Crew will participate in a meet and greet with fans on Sunday, Oct. 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets for this meet and greet are sold out.

On October 27, beginning at 5 p.m. the STARS OF THE NHRA will interact with fans, sign autographs, and participate in a Q&A session with legendary announcer Bob Frey on the 3rd Street Stage at Fremont Street Experience. A NHRA themed light show will play on the Viva Vision throughout the evening.  Ticket giveaways and music will also highlight the popular NHRA Fanfest. This event is FREE and open to the public.

If you live in Las Vegas and are married or are thinking about getting married and live in a Trailer Park, RV Park or Mobile Home Park, you might be interested in auditioning for a new hit reality television show called TRAILER PARK HOUSWIVES. Potential cast members will be put on tape this Thursday Oct 27th at the Valley Vista Mobile Home Estates at 3001 Cabana Drive Las Vegas, 89122 from 2pm till 8pm. And again on Friday Oct 28th at the Tropicana Village Mobile Home Park 5900 W. Tropicana Avenue Las Vegas, NV 89103 from 2pm till 6pm. Bring your wives, husbands or significant others for a chance to be a star on reality television. If you go, tell them you heard about it here, on

Night School 4 Girls will kick-off “NIGHT SCHOOL 4 GHOULS” this Halloween weekend with flirtatious and spooky classes offered Friday, Oct. 28, Saturday, Oct. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 30. The classes will feature fun and flirty moves so ladies can enjoy a seductive holiday weekend. From hair-whipping to hair-raising, the classes will include exclusive Halloween party advice from sultry instructors. Ladies will learn fun make-up tips and are invited to dress up in their sexiest costumes before hitting a night on the town. The head party girl, Laura Croft from E!’s “Holly’s World,” will participate in some of the classes, offering tips and tricks on how to experience an over-the-top Halloween. Night School 4 Girls is located in the Thunder From Down Under Showroom at Excalibur Hotel & Casino. The 70-minute classes are offered every Friday at 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 6 p.m. Class times for Saturdays are 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Packages start at $39.95.

The Village at Lake Las Vegas hosts the annual ENDLESS SUMMER CRUISE AT THE LAKE featuring up to 150 of the area’s top hot rods and muscle cars on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to the car show, guests can partake in raffles for great prizes, giveaways, games, listen to music spun by A DJ, and a live auction with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the local USO. This event is FREE and open to the public.

The 12th Annual LAS VEGAS FALL RUBBER STAMP AND SCRAPBOOK EXPO will take place October 29 and 30 in the Grande Balloom at the Riviera Hotel and Casino. Show times are Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 – 4 p.m.

R STEAK & SEAFOOD, a fine dining restaurant featuring modern décor and a wide variety of meat and fish options for the finickiest of eaters has opened inside the Riviera Hotel & Casino.The $450K renovation to the previous restaurant space provides an affordable elegance that is perfect for intimate dates or group dinners.

Grammy award winning country artist LEANN RIMES is teaming up with Green Valley Ranch and Vegas Country 95.5 KWNR for a special acoustic performance to benefit StandUp For Kids, a national non-profit charitable organization committed to ending the cycle of youth homelessness throughout the United States. The concert will take place inside Ovation at Green Valley Ranch on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011 at 7 p.m. Guests must be 21 years or older. Tickets are $9.55 and go on sale Monday, Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. with proceeds benefitting StandUp For Kids.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy, YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, is being staged by the College of Southern Nevada’s Department of Fine Arts.  Performances are Nov. 4, 5, 12, and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov., 6, 13 and 19 at 2 p.m. in the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre on the Cheyenne Campus. Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for students/seniors. For reservations, call 651-LIVE (5483 ACTIVE DUTY AND RETIRED MILITAIRY PERSONNEL can receive one FREE meal at any Coast Casino buffet (The Orleans Hotel & Casino, Gold Coast, Sam’s Town or Suncoast) on Nov. 11 in honor of Veteran’s Day. B Connected membership and a military identification, or DD-214, are required. Buffet hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at The Orleans, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Gold Coast, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Suncoast and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Sam’s Town.

Drew Carey, stand-up comic, producer, writer and host of “The Price is Right,” brings “DREW CAREY'S IMPROV-A-GANZA” back to the Hollywood Theatre at MGM Grand November 11 – 13.  Carey, along with the dynamic Improv All-Stars cast, delivers a lively, unrehearsed, no-holds-barred show with audience participation.Tickets are $89 (includes tax and service fees). Guests must be 13 years of age or older.

Hawaiian bred variety group, SOCIETY OF SEVEN brings its lively show to the Suncoast Showroom November 12 and 13. Joined by season three “American Idol” finalist Jasmine Trias, Society of Seven will perform each evening at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $15.95, plus tax and convenience fees.

Grammy Award winner MELISSA ETHERIDGE will rock the stage Saturday, November 12 at Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert Arena at 8 p.m. Tickets are $43.95, $65.95 and $87.95.

Celebrity sightings:

Friday night, October 21...

Resident DJ, Samantha Ronson, returned to the DJ booth at Gallery Nightclub inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Also spotted at Gallery Nightclub was actor Adrian Grenier, star of HBO’s “Entourage,” with a group of close friends at his exclusive VIP table.

Samantha Ronson in the DJ booth at Gallery Nightclub at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
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Samantha Ronson and DJ R.O.B. at Gallery Nightclub
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Actress, dancer and model, Carmen Electra, hosted the milestone two year anniversary of world-renowned gentlemen's club Crazy Horse III.
Also spotted at the late-night hot spot was retired Major League Baseball star, Jose Canseco.

Carmen Electra posing on the red carpet at Crazy Horse III.
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy/WireImage

Carmen Electra dancing at her VIP table.
Photo credit: Bryan Steffy/WireImage

Specials guests of the party included actor Adrian Grenier (no photo) Miss Nevada Organization’s Creative Director, actress and model, Shanna Moakler (photo attached), and Miss Nevada USA Sarah Chapman (photo attached).

Saturday, Oct. 22...

Actor Adrian Grenier, Miss Nevada Organization’s Creative Director, actress and model, Shanna Moakler, and Miss Nevada USA Sarah Chapman were among the special guests at the launch party of GBDC (ghostbar dayclub) at Palms Casino Resort. BBDC is a high-energy, weekly day party 55 floors above the strip, featuring decadent cocktails, flowing champagne confetti blasts, blinged-out beer bongs and delicious eats.

Earlier, Adrian Grenier found a new “Entourage” when he visited the crazy cast of ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace.

Miss USA Sarah Chapman
Photo credit: Aaron Garcia for 9 Group/Palms


At Left Bronson Olimpieri, GBDC ladies center, at right Jon Gray
Photo credit: Aaron Garcia for 9 Group/Palms

Shanna Moakler
Photo credit: Aaron Garcia for 9 Group/Palms

Kim Kardashian celebrated her 31st birthday at Marquee Nightclub inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The birthday girl was joined by new husband Kris Humphries, her sister Khloe and her husband Lamar Odom, mom Kris Jenner and Kim’s former Dancing with the Stars partner Mark Ballas.

In the club they took in the sounds of international DJ Cedric Gervais from a VIP table on the dance floor. Kim was thrilled with her birthday cake from Gimme Some Sugar, which depicted the happy couple in a white Ferrari with a custom Kardashian logo on the car.

Also spotted at Marquee was Jim Belushi.

Kim Kardashian
Photo credit: Denise Truscello/Wire Image

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphreys
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Lamar Odom, Khloe Kardashia, Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries at Marquee
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Tiffany Dunn and Mark Ballas
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Jonathan Lipnicki, best known for his childhood role in Jerry Maguire, celebrated his 21st birthday at LAVO.

Jonathon Lipnicki
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Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling recording artist and actor Drake celebrated his 25th birthday at TAO on Saturday night.  He was joined by friends, family and fans for the Las Vegas bash.

DJ Franzen manned the decks first, giving way to DJ Future the Prince, a childhood friend Drake personally flew in for the occasion.  The birthday boy, who stayed on the mic for much of the night, was presented with a cake in the shape of a varsity jacket and had a surprise visit from Birdman, co-founder of Cash Money Records and rapper Mack Maine, who is president of Young Money Entertainment.

Drake Celebrates His Birthday at TAO with MARTINI Moscato d’Asti
Photo credit: David Becker/Wire Image

Photo credit: David Becker/Wire Image

Lovable "Jersey Shore" star Vinny Guadagnino hosted the evening at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris Las Vegas.

Guadagnino headed upstairs to Butterfly at Chateau Gardens, Vegas' newest outdoor, fun-filled hot-spot. Joined by a group of buddies and a few very lucky ladies, he danced in a private VIP booth overlooking Butterfly's dance floor and a view of the famous Las Vegas Strip. Later in the evening, local celebrity and star of "Holly's World" and "Absinthe," Angel Porrino, joined the group to celebrate Guadagnino's Vegas vacation.

HBO's "Entourage" star, Adrian Grenier, returned for another night of partying at Butterfly at Chateau Gardens. The heart-throb hung out with friends and took in the view underneath the steel arms of Eiffel Tower for the second night in a row.

Also enjoying an evening under the Sin City sky was American mixed martial artist, Frank Mir, with a small group of friends.

Vinny Guadagnino inside Butterfly at Chateau Gardens.
Photo Credit: Ethan Miller/WireImage

Frank Mir at Butterfly at Chateau Gardens.
Photo Credit: Ethan Miller/WireImage

Vinny Guadagnino posing on the red carpet at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens.
Photo Credit: Ethan Miller/WireImage

“Holly’s World” and “Peepshow” star, Josh Strickland, celebrated his birthday at Gallery Nightclub inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino alongside his boyfriend, Todd Dubail, best friend and “Peepshow” starlet, Holly Madison, “Absinthe” starlet, Angel Porrino and more. The handsome entertainer was surprised with a three-tier striped and checkered red velvet black and blue birthday cake as he sipped on champagne and posed for pictures while holding down the head VIP table. Star of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” Dana Wilkey, also was at Gallery enjoying a night out with friends.

Josh Strickland celebrating his birthday at Gallery Nightclub in Las Vegas

Photo Credit: Ethan Miller/WireImage

Josh Strickland takes a bite out of his birthday cake at Gallery Nightclub in Las Vegas
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Josh Strickland celebrating his birthday alongside Holly Madison at Gallery Nightclub in Las Vegas

Photo Credit: Ethan Miller/WireImage

Dana Wilkey on the red carpet at Gallery Nightclub in Las Vegas
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Dana Wilkey wearing her infamous $25,000 sunglasses and holding her cake at Gallery Nightclub in Las Vegas
Photo Credit: Ethan Miller/WireImage

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