Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 | 6 p.m.
Congratulations to Henderson home-chef Glori Spriggs, who won the top $1 million prize in Monday’s 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off at Aria. Glori’s creation of loaded potato pinwheels with Pillsbury crescent roll dough, grilled potatoes, bacon bits and cheddar cheese defeated 99 other finalists.
“Top Chef” host and cookbook author Padma Lakshmi crowned Glori and presented her with the check. Until 1976, the Pillsbury Bake-Off started in 1949 was an annual event before going to an every-other-year schedule.
Now it’s returning to an annual contest with the next competition in Nashville. Glori’s recipe was governed by rules that stated no more than seven ingredients and just 30 minutes or less for preparation. The 100 dishes took three hours of competition cooking and used 95 pounds of flour and 192 eggs.
CELINE’S PERFECT BALANCE: In a BBC Radio interview in London this week, our Caesars Palace headliner Celine Dion said she plans to continue her shows here for as long as possible because she can give her songs a stable home life. “I have the perfect balance of work and life,” she said.
“I don’t know how long, but for a while, as I’m enjoying myself tremendously. I have this spectacular show, it’s not often I get to be onstage with a 31-piece orchestra, and I’m home every night, I’m raising my children, which is a choice I want to do, and I’m enjoying it so much.
“I think I have the best of both worlds. I can still be passionate about what I do and I love still very much to sing, but at the same time, I just don’t want to have kids and not be taking care of them, so right now I feel like it’s a perfect balance.”
FUTURE SUPERSTAR? I had the pleasure of interviewing MTV’s “Awkward” star Jillian Rose Reed for HooplaHa’s new YouTube channel in a Tower Nirvana suite at the Hard Rock Hotel, and this sassy 22-year-old is destined for fame and fortune. She’s not only grabbing raves as fun-loving Tamara on “Awkward,” but she also turns up in Jack Black’s web series “Ghost Ghirls” for Yahoo and stars alongside Gary Busey and Andrew Lawrence in the upcoming indie film “Confessions of a Womanizer.”
The acting bug bit her at age 7 and by the time she was 12, she had performed in 27 musicals and plays in her home state of Michigan. She told me that within weeks of MTV premiering Season 3 of “Awkward,” the network gave an early Season 4 renewal.
She was here celebrating the good news and a girlfriend’s 21st birthday with stops at Pink Taco, Culinary Dropout and 35 Steaks + Martinis. Her eclectic fashion style and red hair have already made her a young trendsetter on fashion websites and blogs. We’ll post my interview with her next week.
NEW WORLD’S BEST BAR: Nightlife czar Jon Taffer is betting that after the current craze of DJ mega-clubs winds down here that Las Vegas will be ready for a whole new bar scene. He believes Las Vegas needs great bars to match its great clubs, so he is designing the World’s Best Bar, which he’ll open in Las Vegas next year.
It won’t be on his hit TV series “Bar Rescue”! Jon’s next Nightclub & Bar Convention is set here from March 24-26 at our Las Vegas Convention Center.
EDC DOCUMENTARY: Insomniac founder Pasquale Rotella will release a documentary movie “EDC 2013: Under the Electric Sky” to chronicle the 17th annual Electric Daisy Carnival, which was in June for a sold-out crowd of 345,000 enthusiasts over three days at our Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Grammy-nominated DJ Kaskade has been tapped to create the film’s music score, and KCRW music director Jason Bentley will act as music supervisor for the soundtrack.
Downtown hotel mogul Derek Stevens hosts a viewing party of a Penn & Teller episode at his property Golden Gate for SyFy’s reality TV show “Naked Vegas,” and the five bodypaint artists in the Las Vegas based docu-series will be in attendance.
Rita Rudner has a one-night-only solo comedy show at Venetian Showroom.
Eight charitable women are honored by our colleagues at Vegas Magazine at the Fifth Annual Vegas Gives in Grand Canal Shoppes at Palazzo.
Showman Jeff Beacher holds auditions and casting calls for model servers, acrobats and contortionists for two days in Hakkasan for his own Beacher’s Madhouse taking over the former Crazy Horse Paris venue at MGM Grand in December.
There also is a casting call for “The Next Best Bartender” at Derek’s D Las Vegas downtown.
The 20th Annual Ethel M’s Holiday Cactus Lighting features George Wallace, Michael Grimm and Mo5aic.
Allan Havey, Suli McCullough and Tony Camin headline at the Improv at Harrah’s through Sunday.
DJ A-Trak and Danny Brown are at 1OAK in the Mirage.
Sick Individuals are at Lavo in Palazzo.
The well-groomed Stache Bash is at Pure in Caesars.
Britney Spears is rehearsing at full throttle for her Planet Hollywood residency shows in December, and is a major show on the Strip about to go dark for retooling?
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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.