Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 | 4:06 p.m.
The wonderful, loving and caring chefs’ community of our town is coming to the assistance of “Iron Chef” winner Kerry Simon, who has been diagnosed with the little-known disease Multiple Systems Atrophy, an incurable progressive and degenerative brain disease similar to Parkinson’s, but far more aggressive.
My interview with Kerry, in which he candidly talked about his pain and outlook, was posted Dec. 12. Very little is known about MSA, and very few resources are available to those affected by it. Sadly and tragically, there is no known treatment to slow or stop it.
Kerry is committed to changing this and is partnering with Keep Memory Alive, the charitable arm of our downtown Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, to raise awareness about this disease and create a network for those affected and their families.
To kick off his campaign, there will be a two-day event combining Kerry’s two great loves — food and rock and roll: a multi-celebrity chef dinner and auction on Thursday, Feb. 27, with Jean-Georges Vongerichten flying in from New York as the main host at the brain center, and an all-star concert at Pearl Concert Theater in the Palms on Friday, Feb. 28.
In March, Kerry will head to the Mayo Clinic to undergo an experimental eight-week stem-cell program.
Kerry’s restaurant partner Elizabeth Blau said: “Our goal through these fundraising events is to create awareness and improve understanding for MSA through clinical care and research and develop a clinical home at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health for MSA patients, as well as for their families and caregivers.”
Check back for more details of the two events as they are released.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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Palms Casino Resort has come a long way since its "Real World" debut in 2002. The boutique property features three distinct towers and a diverse mix of bars and restaurants across a 95,000-square-foot casino.
Palms, which features more than 1,200 rooms and fantasy suites, is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar transformation that will encompass an Ivory Tower room and suite redesign, new culinary additions, re-imagined gaming spaces and new, distinctive nightlife experiences.
In addition to newly designed rooms, during the first phase of the renovation, Palms will welcome Heraea, a high-energy American restaurant and lounge, and XISHI, a pan-Asian restaurant and lounge.
Fantasy Suites include the Hardwood Suite, the only hotel room in the world with its own basketball court.
Other amenities include the all-new Cantor Gaming® race and sports book, one of the few sports books in Las Vegas to include a poker room; SOCIAL; Scarlet; Chocolat Bistro; tonic bar; ghostbar; Pearl Concert Theater; Moon Nightclub; N9NE Steakhouse; Nove Italiano; Simon Restaurant & Lounge; Palms Pool & Bungalows; Kim Vō Salon; Drift Spa & Hammam; Brenden Theatres, a 14-theatre cineplex and more than 60,000 square-feet of meeting space.