Alright, I got a little busy and more than a little lazy. So here’s some press releases. Project Dinner Table is the baby of Gina Gavan. It supports the community and you get a chance to sit with some new people at a really great dinner. Each dinner sports a new chef and location- so every dinner is special- and you meet a whole bunch of fun new friends each time.
Just do it.
Executive Chef Philipp Norsetter and Gina Gavan, founder, Project Dinner Table
May’s Project Dinner Table
will be a Summerlin-Downtown mash-up. On Saturday, May 19, Chef Philipp Norsetter of T-Bones Chophouse at the Red Rock Resort
will helm the May dinner for Project Dinner Table that will take place at the Jackie Gaughan Plaza at the El Cortez Hotel and Casino in Downtown Las Vegas. Cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m. with the dinner beginning at approximately 7 p.m. Chef Norsetter and his team will prepare a five-course meal showcasing Smoked trout salad, English pea and spring garlic soup, seafood paella, grilled flank steak and for dessert, strawberry rhurbarb pie. Community giving will support Child Focus and Through the Eyes of a Child Foundation.
Based on a social mission and a community-building platform, Project Dinner Table recognizes one or more local charitable organizations with a donation at each of its events. Guests rub elbows with one another at one, long, more than 150 guests sit at the table and are treated to not only a lavish, family-style dinner, but also live music, intellectually stimulating presentations, gift bags and drinks. Tickets cost $140 and are available at www.projectdinnertable.com
Project Dinner Table is the ever-popular, pop-up local farm-to-table dinner series uniting the community through good food, great people and transformational conversation. Events take place outside the four walls of a typical restaurant and pop-up in the most unexpected places. Past locations have included the baseball field at Cashman, Fifth Street School, UNCE Orchard, Town Square and Three Square’s warehouse. Since Project Dinner Table launched in 2010, all 14 dinners have sold out (including April’s dinner with Chef Michel Richard) and more than 1,800 guests have been served. Additionally, the dinners have generated $44,000 that has gone back into the community supporting different local charitable organizations. Celebrity chefs create a one-night-only menu utilizing ingredients from local growers and sustainable sources. Guests flock to the dinners for each gathering brings diverse individuals together to share a meal served family-style, all while rediscovering the lost art of conversation.
Growing up in Wisconsin, Chef Norsetter’s family lived on a farm with a two-acre garden where they grew a variety of vegetables and raised animals including chickens, rabbits and lamb. This gave him an appreciation of nature and fresh food, which inspires his cooking today. In his current position of executive chef at T-Bones Chophouse, the upscale steak and seafood restaurant inside Red Rock Resort, Norsetter oversees a kitchen team of nearly 20. He ensures his core principles are part of the dining experience through his leadership, menu development and use of seasonal ingredients.
T-Bones Chophouse is the signature upscale steakhouse at the AAA Four-Diamond awarded Red Rock Resort. The restaurant has received wide acclaim, including the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” readers’ choice award for the best steakhouse three years in a row. T-bones Chophouse specializes in oversized dry- and wet-aged prime steaks, signature bone-in meats and fresh fish flown in daily. An extensive wine loft features more than 7,500 bottles. Cocktails can be enjoyed at the piano bar, on the outdoor patio or around the fire pit, overlooking the tranquil sandbar pool backyard area. Full bottle service also is offered on the patio.
As for the benefitting local charities, Child Focus
is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that connects separated siblings in foster care, providing opportunities for them to heal, grow and maintain their sibling bond during a very difficult chapter in their lives. Through the Eyes of a Child
is the foundation that funds educational and cultural opportunities for current and former residents of Child Haven to realize their individual goals and aspirations.
Dates for 2012 are as follows*:
- Saturday, June 30
- Saturday, Sept. 8
- Saturday, Oct. 13
- Sunday, Nov 11
*Dates, chefs, locations and times are subject to change.
Project Dinner Table’s season is presented by Land Rover Las Vegas. Additional sponsors and community partners include; NV Energy, Whole Foods, Bacardi USA, Renaissance Catering, Icelandic Water, Gaia Flowers, Seven Magazine, Connell Outdoor, Inside Style, Le Cordon Bleu Culinary students, State Restaurant Supply, Colorado River Coffee Roasters, FiveSix Productions and a variety of local g
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