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November 20, 2014

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Las Vegas native Laurie Wolff brightens Charlie Palmer Steak

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Charlie Palmer Steak’s Laurie Wolff

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Not everyone gets a cocktail named after them, but then again, not everyone can inspire a mixologist to get behind the bar and create one. Sweetly simple, the Laurie Loo blends peach vodka, cranberry juice and sour mix, and works wonders as a precursor to their Cut of the Week menus -- three courses, two sides and two wine pairings for just $48 per person.

Have you ever met one of those people who's so bubbly they could out-carbonate a soda? That's Las Vegas' own Laurie Wolff.

After receiving a tip from (of all people) an IHOP server that the Charlie Palmer Steak in Reno was hiring, the effervescent blonde jumped at the chance and was hired on the spot. Three years later, she joined the team at Charlie Palmer Steak inside the Four Seasons Hotel as its maître d' and ambassador.

"This is where I belong," Wolff said, recalling the first time she set foot inside a Charlie Palmer restaurant. "I walked in, and I looked around and I was like, 'This is it.' All Charlie Palmer restaurants are gorgeous. ... They're modern, they're fancy, but they're (also) sophisticated and sexy."

Wolff, who considers herself "a little loud" and "spontaneous," says that her extroversion and outgoing nature have been lifelong traits, and we're not going to argue when she speaks of a coffee fix that, she jokes, "keeps Starbucks in business."

But given how intimidating upscale restaurants can be — especially in Las Vegas — it's a breath of fresh air to be greeted by someone as friendly and down-to-earth as Wolff.

"When you walk in, our goal is for you to feel excited and happy. That's my job, to welcome you as if you've been here a thousand times, even if it's your first time in. We want you to feel like family, like you can come all the time."

— Originally published in Las Vegas Magazine

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