Injured Vegas Seven food critic Max Jacobson received a hero’s welcome at Kerry Simon’s Carson Kitchen during the Chefs to the Max event September 28, just three days after he returned to Las Vegas. Jacobson suffered severe brain injuries when he was struck by a car on December 23, and had been undergoing rehab in Denver and Omaha.
The Sunday Supper fundraiser included chefs from some of the town’s top off-Strip restaurants and bars: Fu in the Hard Rock, Café V, DW Bistro, La Comida, Commonwealth, Marche Bacchus, Naked City Pizza, O-Face Donuts and the Downtown Grand. About 130 people attended, and between tickets and some generous cash gifts, more than $22,000 was raised for Jacobson’s medical bills and other expenses associated with his recovery. Moreover, it gave Jacobson a chance to reconnect with some longtime friends. Robin Leach and George Maloof were among the many who took the time to personally speak with him. And while Vegas Seven served as a lead sponsor, other media representatives who have worked with the town’s indisputable top food critic were on hand to show their support, including Greenspun Media Group’s Danny Greenspun and Las Vegas Weekly editor Sarah Feldberg.
The evening’s most poignant moment, however, came when Jacobson received word that wheelchair-bound Simon, battling the life-threatening illness multiple systems atrophy, was in the house. Despite his mild difficulties walking, Jacobson immediately jumped to his feet to say hello to his old friend. Nobody was able to overhear their conversation, but the moment brought tears to the eyes of more than a few observers.
Sunday Supper was the third in an ongoing Chefs to the Max series of dinners to help raise money for Jacobson and his family.
Photos by Jeff Ragazzo and Teddy Fujimoto