I'm the restaurant critic for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and a dedicated foodie.

Celebrity chefs take to the stage at Life Is Beautiful

reviewjournal.com — What's on the menu at this year's Life Is Beautiful festival? How about raw chicken? Yep, raw chicken, part of a Chefs on Stage demonstration by brother chefs Marc and Bryan Forgione. "We're taking the whole theme of the event and running with it," said Marc Forgione, who has two restaurants in New York and one in Atlantic City.

Pomegranates can flavor sauces, drinks and more

reviewjournal.com — If you're not familiar with pomegranates, you're definitely not alone. Tom Pjerandsen, manager of the Sonoma, Calif.-based Pomegranate Council, said only 21 percent of Americans have "experienced" a pomegranate, and only 14 percent have ever purchased one. And that may be partly because of the aptly used "experienced," instead of "eaten."

Dining Out: Whist Stove and Spirits

reviewjournal.com — DINING OUT WHIST STOVE AND SPIRITS, THE DISTRICT AT GREEN VALLEY RANCH, 2235 VILLAGE WALK DRIVE, HENDERSON Whist Stove and Spirits, which opened earlier this month, is from Ryan Doherty, Justin Weniger and Kenna Warner, the team behind Commonwealth and Park on Fremont in downtown Las Vegas and Blvd. Cocktail Co.

The Dish: Oktoberfest breaking out all over town

reviewjournal.com — Oktoberfest comes to Downtown 3rd Friday with a celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. at Triple George, 201 N. Third St. Food specials will include currywurst with garlic and parsley fries, knockwurst, pulled pork over peppercorn spaetzel and braised cabbage, Wienerschnitzel, soft pretzels and drunken sausage, priced at $5 to $15.

On the Menu: 5 pumpkin treats

reviewjournal.com — Botero, Encore The classic Latin-American dessert gets a twist from the flavors of fall and is drizzled with liquid cheesecake sauce, topped with citrus-infused fresh cranberries and served with house-made maple-cinnamon ice cream, $14. Pie in the Sky Terrace Point Cafe, Wynn Las Vegas This holiday cocktail combines nutty brown butter, Bacardi 8 year rum, Hennessy VSOP cognac, St.

Dining Guide: Ethnic restaurants

reviewjournal.com — Each week Neon spotlights a different cuisine in the Dining Guide, with ethnic restaurants this week. Restaurants are rated on a letter-grade scale, from A to F. Opinions by R-J critic Heidi Knapp Rinella (H.K.R.) are indicated by initials.

The Sparklings hard to define, but tasty

reviewjournal.com — Our first impression of The Sparklings was that the place is more than a little incongruous. It feels like a poker bar - a big barn of a place, tables widely spaced, located on a strip-center outparcel - but it's not.

The Dish: Restaurants hold benefits

reviewjournal.com — The next Farm Table dinner at Honey Salt, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Monday, will feature One Hope Winery. It's $45, plus $25 for wine pairings; a portion of proceeds will be donated to breast-cancer research. Additionally, half of all proceeds of One Hope Winery glasses and bottles sold throughout the month will be donated to breast-cancer research.

Eat your heart out at these Asian restaurants

reviewjournal.com — Each week Neon spotlights a different cuisine in the Dining Guide, with Asian restaurants this week. Restaurants are rated on a letter-grade scale, from A to F. Opinions by R-J critic Heidi Knapp Rinella (H.K.R.) are indicated by initials.

Italian-American Club blends old and new

reviewjournal.com — It'd be easy to dismiss the Italian-American Club as a throwback, just another attempt to cling to a time best viewed through rose-colored glasses. Take a closer look, though, and the vintage prints and slightly schmaltzy touches take on a softer patina that reflects an appreciation for the history of our fair city, shaped by the finely honed sense of irony held by most of us today.
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Oct 21, 2014

Wynn's Mizumi chef Devin Hashimoto does Chef Artist dinner @ 6 tonight at UNLV, $100; 702-525-2127. #lvrj

Sep 24, 2014

Wahlburgers planning to open three locations in Las Vegas, early next year. No locations set yet; more to come. #lvrj

Aug 05, 2014

Do you take care of those all-important knives? Find out in Wednesday's Taste section.

Jul 29, 2014

Gramercy project to open in SW valley in fall with Alex Stratta restaurant, DW Bistro offshoot, The Cuppa coffeehouse.

Jul 21, 2014

El Cortez to close Flame Steakhouse Aug. 31 to make way for the 24/7 Siegel's 1941 this fall.

Jul 10, 2014

Miami Beach's Yardbird Southern Table & Bar to strut into the Venetian early next year.

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