James Beard-Award Winning Chef Brings Signature Dishes to Vegas

Friday August 12, 2011

LAS VEGAS (August 2011) - Next month, the world will be dining at Central Michel Richard at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the first-ever round-the-clock restaurant to be helmed by a James Beard award-winning chef. For those familiar with his "American cuisine with a French accent," they will be pleasantly surprised to know their favorite signature dishes will be offered at the new West Coast location.

Central Michel Richard will be open 24 hours per day, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Signature dishes will include:

Michel's charcuterie tower showcasing an arsenal of cured meats and Michel's whimsical "faux" gras
Goat cheese Caesar salad
Crabcake with leek tartare
Lobster burger - a favorite amongst Michel's guests with its lobster and surprise crunch with potato tuile
Hamburger with bacon, cheddar and crunchy potato tuile
Rotisserie chicken with garlic roasted potatoes
Fried chicken with mashed potatoes
72-hour short rib with pappardelle and syrah sauce
Macaroni and cheese
Celebration cake - a must have for anything that needs celebrating with its chocolate lady fingers, topped with an eye-catching sparkler sure to turn heads in the restaurant as the cake goes by
Banana split - the classic dessert comes with homemade vanilla, chocolate ice cream and strawberry sorbet and topped with almonds and chocolate pearls
Strawberry-rhubarb crisp
Michel's chocolate bar
Michel's chocolate mousse
Chocolate lava cake á là mode

"I love food and I love texture," beams Michel. "My food is fun, fun, fun- and in Las Vegas, my guests will be able to eat my food any time of the day or night."

Additional dishes, including cocktails, as well as new creations specifically for Las Vegas will be announced shortly.

Celebration cake - a must have for anything that needs celebrating with its chocolate lady fingers, topped with an eye-catching sparkler sure to turn heads in the restaurant as the cake goes by

Michel Richard exemplifies the art of cuisine and a love of his profession. Richard was a pioneer in French/California cuisine before moving to Washington, D.C., where Michel Richard Citronelle became his flagship restaurant. Richard's creativity can be seen in prestigious culinary publications such as Food & Wine, Food Arts and Bon Appétit.

Chosen by the James Beard Foundation as Outstanding Chef 2007, Richard also won the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Wine Service at Citronelle the same year and his second book, "Happy in the Kitchen" published by Artisan, won a James Beard Nomination. To rave reviews, and the 2008 James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant, he opened Central Michel Richard, which continues to be a highlight of the Washington, D.C. restaurant scene. Constantly engaged in something new, Michel, a modern French restaurant, opened at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner in fall 2010.

Reigning in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, Caesars Palace is the world's best known resort-casino, celebrating the grandeur that was Rome in an 85-acre destination location that sets the standard for entertainment, dining and luxury. Ranking among the world's top luxury resorts Caesars Palace features 3,300 hotel guest rooms and suites, 23 diverse restaurants and cafes, five-acre Garden of the Gods pools and gardens, 50,000 square foot Qua Baths & Spa and 300,000 square feet of premium meeting and convention space.

The 4,300-seat Colosseum sits just steps from celebrity chef restaurants and the acclaimed Forum Shops at Caesars and spotlights world class entertainers such as Celine Dion, Jerry Seinfeld, Rod Stewart (returning in August 2011), Elton John (returning in September 2011) and Shania Twain (beginning December 2012).

Caesars Palace, along with all Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas resorts, including Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Paris Las Vegas, Flamingo Las Vegas, Harrah's, Bally's, Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Imperial Palace and Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon, proudly prohibit adding hidden resort fees to hotel guest room rates. Find Caesars Palace on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

For more information, go to www.centralmichelrichard.com. Find Michel Richard on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CentralLV or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CentralLV. For reservations, call (702) 650-5921.

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