Chef Kerry Simon Treks to the Toronto International Film Festival; STK To Open in Las Vegas


Stars of the silver screen descended upon our neighbor to the north earlier this week to celebrate the thirty-fifth annual Toronto International Film Festival. Joining celebs like Bill Murray, Jon Hamm, and Mickey Rourke, top-notch chefs from both the U.S. and Canada were on hand to create dishes of delight for the cinema celebrants.

Chef Kerry Simon, whom I recently bumped into at the Taste of Beverly Hills, made the trip to Toronto to present two Las Vegas-themed “pop-up” restaurants for festival fans, as well as lavish bites for the the premieres of Mitch Glazer’s Passion Play and the highly anticipated Davis Guggenheim documentary, Waiting for Superman. Event guests, including Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Vanity Fair Editor-in-chief Graydon Carter (pictured, on right, with Chef Simon and director Mitch Glazer), dined on a variety of favorites, like mini chicken tacos, ahi tuna sliders, and meatball subs, as well as gourmet mashed potato martinis.

In more Las Vegas news, New York’s popular STK restaurant recently announced plans to expand to Sin City later this fall. The new location will be housed inside the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, with a décor designed by iconic designer Nicole Miller. Manned by chef de cuisine Larry Greenwood, the restaurant will offer its standard haute steakhouse fare, along with more than 250 wines and a whole host of contemporary cocktails. The space is slated to open in late December.

~Jennifer Heigl

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