Combine a weekly late-night food-truck gathering with a little friendly competition between Strip chefs, and the toques are off. The Back of the House Brawl—the brainchild of Jolene Mannina, the Queen of Mobile Dining—has lured chefs better known for their haute cuisine and crammed them into the back of the city’s best gourmet trucks. Armed with a basketful of secret ingredients—from bacalao to Brussels sprouts, or just a theme, like the famed Grilled-Cheese Battle—the chefs have to rely on what’s in the truck to create dishes to please a panel of motley judges. What comes out of these tiny kitchens is often pure magic.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.