Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 | 6:33 p.m.
Wicked Whispers and Racy Rumors! A controversy over seating at the 2013 Miss America Pageant has reportedly erupted between producers and 2004 Miss America Ericka Dunlap. Ericka told TMZ that she was ordered to exit her seat at the first commercial break to accommodate parents of a contestant who made the Top 15.
Ericka reportedly refused and then said two producers forcibly moved her to another seat. Ericka is demanding an apology and says it would never have happened if she wasn’t black. The organization says it was not their responsibility and that the production crew moved rapidly for program resumption and offered her a better seat, which she refused.
Is an expansion in the works for Henderson Airport to turn it into America’s best showcase for private jet sales?
The webcast currently being filmed by The Gazillionaire of “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace might be used as a sizzle reel for its own reality TV show if the Internet broadcast gets winning reactions from viewers.
The Food Network culinary star Duff Goldman, known as the “Ace of Cakes,” joins with Gordon Ramsay’s Season 10 “Hell’s Kitchen” winner for the three-day Food University courses at Caesars starting March 27. Also on the faculty: Rao’s restaurateur Frank Pellegrino Jr., French pastry prince Francois Payard and the “Godfather of Italian American Cooking” Steve Martorano from The Rio.
Students get nine hands-on cooking classes, three seminars on wine, chocolate and farm food, two field trips to go behind-the-scenes of our Strip’s top restaurants and a mixology seminar. Proceeds from “admissions” benefit our beloved charity Keep Memory Alive. More details: FoodUniversityLasVegas.com.
Chef Mike Minor from Border Grill at Mandalay Bay has been honored as one of the country’s top culinary talents in the debut edition of Best Chefs America, a first-ever, peer-review guide of U.S. kitchen stars. The exquisite 386-page, $75 coffee-table book will be released March 1.
I’ve accepted an invitation to join the judging panel of the upcoming 101 Best Restaurants in America for 2013 from TheDailyMeal.com. We’ll develop a preliminary list of 303 nominations and narrow that to 202 and then vote the best 101. I will ensure that Las Vegas gets its fair shake in the third-annual directory!
OPENING WEEKEND: Congratulations and best wishes to the four lads from Down Under who make up Human Nature as they premiere at The Venetian with their new residency run. They tell me the show has been transformed from top to bottom, and their mentor Smokey Robinson, who has helped guide their U.S. career, is planning a celebration next month at their showroom.
Jennifer Lopez and Jason Statham will be at their Planet Hollywood movie premiere of “Parker” next Thursday.
Robert De Niro, who is filming the boxing film “Grudge Match” in New Orleans with Sylvester Stallone, jets here in early February for the Nobu Hotel opening at Caesars.
“iCarly” star Jennette McCurdy dined at STK in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas with Cirque du Soleil executives.
Radio talk show host and chef Jamie Gwen is on a research trip of new Strip restaurants while staying at the Cosmopolitan.
Manhattan Transfer and New York Voices are at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
The Wonderground International Magic Festival led by Jeff McBride presents three shows at Olive Mediterranean in Henderson with acts from as far afield as Singapore, Brazil and Great Britain.
DJ Chuckie spins the wheels of steel at Tao’s Worship Party in The Venetian.
Royal jeweler Harry Winston unveils the first official Hope Collection Bracelet at its boutique in Crystals with 100 percent of sales donated to KMA.
Hyde Bellagio launches Vino Thursdays with music from “American Idol finalist Mahi.
Of Mice and Men, Volumes, Texas in July, Woe Is Me and Capture the Crown are at Hard Rock Cafe on The Strip.
Sin City Sinners with Dizzy Reed from Guns N’ Roses performs at the Paradise Visuals AVN party hosted by XXX legend Ron Jeremy at Hard Rock Cafe beside the Hard Rock Hotel.
And Marche Bacchus features a five-course tasting menu by chef David Middleton paired with Silver Oak and Twomey cellars wines. One guest will receive a signed 2007 Magnum of Silver Oaks Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
Our jam-packed weekly Weekend Celebrity Preview highlights the 2013 AVN Awards at The Joint in the Hard Rock and a first-time solo visit by Kourtney Kardashian to Kardashian Khaos at The Mirage.
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Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.
Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.