Season 4’s final Project Dinner Table to take place Sunday, Nov. 10
LAS VEGAS – Project Dinner Table will host its final community event of the season on Sunday, Nov. 10 with its closing signature meal: the “linner” (a combination of lunch plus dinner). Kicking off at 2 p.m. will be hors d’oeuvres and cocktails at the Gold Spike in Downtown Las Vegas. The linner will then move to the nostalgic Jackie Gaughan Parkway near El Cortez and feature executive chefs from Station Casinos. This is the popular community event that enables chefs to create a one-night-only experience, primarily using local farmers and purveyors. The meal is served family-style to more than 200 guests who are seated at one long dinner table.
As with every Project Dinner Table event, a portion of the proceeds will benefit local non-profit organizations. For November, the benefitting organizations will be Baby’s Bounty and Spread the Word Nevada. The menu will feature traditional dishes such as Porchetta alla Romana, polenta, and lamb sugo with orchiette pasta
As for the chefs, Executive Chef Massimo Pisati of Terra Verde at Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa developed a passion for food at a young age while cooking with his grandmother on visits to her countryside home. He was captivated by the aromas and flavors of her kitchen and spent every free moment visiting and learning from her. While his mother wanted him to be an accountant, his appetite to become a chef and travel the world was inevitable and he proudly went on to culinary school at Istituto Alberghiero Professionale “Carlo Porta.” Throughout his career, Pisati has worked at several exclusive restaurants and hotels across the world, including Europe, Asia and the United States. Pisati‘s culinary philosophy and passion reflect his roots and traditional upbringing, allowing the natural flavors of the food to always have an expression of their own. Since joining Station Casinos in early 2012, Pisati takes great pleasure in connecting with his guests at Terra Verde, learning what dishes they love and those that keep them coming back for more. He considers himself a personal chef to each and every guest and takes pride in remembering the small details.
Pisati’s fellow executive chef, Luigi Iannuario became curiously passionate about food at the young age of 11 in the kitchen of his family home. Learning to cook one ingredient at a time, he was taught by his father and learned to make meals for his family, an important role he took on nightly. From that moment on, and several bus routes daily, Iannuario was inspired by the fresh ingredients that surrounded him and dedicated his time going to culinary school and working in kitchens. Iannuario received his culinary arts degree from Istituto Alberghiero Professionale “Carlo Porta” in Milan in 1991 and later attended Istituto Tecnico Professionale “Stendhal” where he received a tourism degree in 1994. In 2006, Iannuario worked for the BICE Restaurant Group, first in Dallas, then Houston, before opening a new location in Cleveland, Ohio. He later returned to Dallas to work at award-winning Nicola Ristorante Italiano before heading to Las Vegas for an opportunity with Stations Casino as executive chef of Terra Rossa. Since joining Station Casinos in early 2012, Iannuario has integrated his passion for food, innovative approach and vast knowledge, honed by his worldly experience, to the Terra Rossa kitchen. An artist at heart, he enjoys the rush and excitement of new challenges and creating relationships with guests, but most of all he enjoys that every day is different than the next.
For this final dinner, tickets are $190 and are all inclusive. Tickets are available for purchase at www.projectdinnertable.com.
Project Dinner Table’s fourth season is presented by Land Rover Las Vegas. Additional sponsors and community partners include: Bank of America, Downtown Project, Whole Foods, Miracle Mile Shops, Wirtz Beverage Nevada, Bank of Nevada, Bacardi USA, Renaissance Catering, Gaia Flowers, Seven Magazine, Connell Outdoor, Le Cordon Bleu Culinary students, Colorado River Coffee Roasters, FiveSix Productions and Ellsworth, Gilman, Johnson and Stout, as well as a variety of local growers.
For photos from season 4, go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/projectdinnertable/. Photo credit: Nate Ludens.
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ABOUT PROJECT DINNER TABLE
Project Dinner Table (PDT) is a luxury life-style platform designing experiences around people, food and purpose - large and small; dinner parties, community conversations, social gatherings, teambuilding and fun dining excursions, each being unique and meaningful. As guests break bread these once-in-a-lifetime, white tablecloth-draped dinners hosted on location in adventurous settings the concept of PDT is deeply rooted to the journey of always growing; individually and collectively. Through a social mission and a commitment to create positive ripples - PDT shares a social mission of contributing back into the community through philanthropy and connecting people to farmers and more local food. Events take place outside the four walls of a typical restaurant and in the most unexpected places. Past locations have included the baseball field at Cashman, Molasky Corporate Center, Jackie Gaughan Plaza, Gilcrease Orchard, UNCE Orchard, Symphony Park and Three Square’s warehouse. Celebrity chefs create a one-night-only menu utilizing ingredients from local growers and sustainable sources. Guests are treated not only to a lavish, family-style dinner, but also to live music, intellectually stimulating presentations, gift bags and drinks. 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. Project Dinner Table (PDT) is a platform connecting people to local community, local food, and great chefs and there is always a greater purpose. Project Dinner table is a tasty reason for people to gather, get involved, connect and share in a phenomenal culinary adventure. For more information, go to www.projectdinnertable.com or find on Facebook at or follow on Twitter @Food4Good.
About Red Rock Resort and Green Valley Ranch
Stations Casinos is home to two of Las Vegas’ leading luxury resort destinations, Red Rock Resort and Green Valley Ranch Resort. Both award-winning properties offer an array of luxury amenities and an elevated level of service for locals and tourists alike, including world-class dining, entertainment, spacious suites and pampering spa amenities. Located 10 miles west of the Strip, Red Rock Resort is a four diamond AAA-rated resort that features more than 800 guest rooms and suites, a 25,000 square foot spa, nine restaurants and a food court, a spectacular pool area, a 10,000-seat concert amphitheater, movie theatres, bowling at Red Rock Lanes and a full array of gaming. To learn more about Red Rock Resort, please call (702) 797-7777 or visit www.redrock.sclv.com.
The AAA Four Diamond Award-winning Green Valley Ranch Resort opened in 2001 as the first luxury resort built off the Las Vegas Strip, in Henderson, just minutes away from McCarran International Airport and the Las Vegas Strip. It boasts nearly 500 guest rooms and suites, a 30,000-square-foot spa, a movie theater, eight restaurants, exciting casino action and the hottest nightlife at the Drop Bar. To learn more about Green Valley Ranch Resort, please call 702.617.7777 or visit www.greenvalleyranch.sclv.com.