LAS VEGAS, June 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On Friday evening, Tropicana Las Vegas celebrated the kick-off of the 11th annual Las Vegas Restaurant Week with its 'Summer Cookout featuring Robert Irvine & Friends' presented by Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits. The iconic property partnered with Three Square Food Bank to host a summer camp-inspired affair for adults and raised $40,000 – allowing Three Square to provide more than 120,000 meals to feed insecure residents of Southern Nevada.
"The Summer Cookout was the perfect way to kick-off Las Vegas Restaurant Week," said Aaron Rosenthal, general manager of Tropicana Las Vegas. "One in seven Southern Nevadans struggles with hunger, and we are beyond thrilled that we were able to raise $40,000 for a great cause. Giving back to organizations such as Three Square Food Bank is a community-based effort, and we wouldn't be able to do it without the generosity of our guests."
Locals and tourists, along with over 250 military guests, spent the evening poolside with Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine at Tropicana Las Vegas' Sky Beach Club. Guests were treated to a variety of summertime favorite dishes, prepared by restaurants both on and off the Las Vegas Strip. Highlighted dishes included garlic and herb crusted lamb chops; carne asada and pulled chicken tacos; meatballs with a parmesan macadamia nut crisp; snappy frank hot dogs; brownie batter frozen custard and more.
Among the participating restaurants were Bacio, El Dorado Cantina, Jayde Fuzion, Papaya King, Portion Control, Oakville Steakhouse, Shake Shack, The Sweet Spot Bake Shop and the highly-anticipated Robert Irvine's Public House. Additional sponsors included Hilton Hotels, Absolut Elyx, Lavazza, Ainsworth Gaming Technology and Red Mercury Entertainment.
In addition to the delectable bites, guests were able to imbibe with beer, wine, and cocktails galore, including Chef Irvine's favorite spirit, Patrón Tequila. Sky Beach Club's poolside bar was transformed into a Patrón paradise, offering up refreshing margaritas and tequila shots. Throughout the evening, guests were invited to cheers with Chef Irvine at the specialty bar and later were able to put him to the test with a selection of fun and games. From corn hole to ping pong, guests were able to mix and mingle with Chef Irvine himself, creating the ultimate adult-style summer camp among friends, old and new.
"It was an honor to host the first-ever Summer Cookout event benefitting Three Square Food Bank at Tropicana Las Vegas," said Chef Irvine. "To me, there is no greater happiness than a full plate, and by raising funds for such an incredible organization, we are able to give back to the Southern Nevada families in need. Thank you to all the Las Vegas community who joined us at the event. I am excited to soon be a part of the Las Vegas community, and continue to share my passion for food."
Adding to the excitement, Chef Irvine announced that Robert Irvine's Public House will debut at Tropicana Las Vegas on July 27. Boasting over 14,000 square-feet, the all-new restaurant will offer a range of comfort food options inspired by Chef Irvine's culinary travels from around the world – all in a pub-like atmosphere. The 275-seat restaurant will feature dishes such as burrata and heirloom tomato salad; chicken wings with option of barbecue sauce or a moonshine glaze; fried buttermilk chicken; a Tomahawk ribeye served tableside and much more. In addition, guests can expect over 100 beers on tap and an array of specialty craft cocktails.
Proceeds from the evening benefited Three Square Food Bank in its fight to end hunger in Southern Nevada. Now in its 11th installment, Las Vegas Restaurant Week gives restaurants in the local community the opportunity to give back through the culinary arts. Since 2007, more than 2.5 million meals have been provided for those in need through Restaurant Week. Las Vegas Restaurant Week 2017 will run June 19 through June 30.
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About Tropicana Las Vegas
Set on the famed Four Corners with commanding views of the Las Vegas Strip, Tropicana Las Vegas - a DoubleTree by Hilton is a Penn National Gaming destination and boasts stylish rooms, suites and luxury villas, complete with acclaimed restaurants, premier entertainment options and a 50,000-square-foot casino. The resort redefines the expectations of today's global travelers by providing a casually elegant experience on The Strip, all with a South Beach rhythm and vibe. The property also features Glow® a Mandara Spa and fitness center, Laugh Factory Comedy Club and restaurants such as Bacio Italian Cuisine, Oakville Steakhouse, Beach Café, and Barista Café, Fresh Mix and South Beach Food Court, and will open Robert Irvine's Public House summer 2017. For more information, visit www.troplv.com.
About Las Vegas Restaurant Week and Three Square
Las Vegas Restaurant Week began in 2007 as a way to give locals and tourists the opportunity to help out by dining out. Proceeds from Restaurant Week benefit Three Square, Southern Nevada's only food bank. Three Square currently distributes more than 40 million pounds of food and grocery product – the equivalent of more than 33 million meals – per year to more than 1,300 community partners including nonprofit and faith-based organizations, schools and feeding sites throughout Southern Nevada. Three Square is a member of the Feeding America network of food banks. For additional information visit threesquare.org or helpoutdineoutlv.org.
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