Sausages For the People, the Inaugural Food Expo and Down With V-Day

Derek Stonebarger of ReBar

ReBAR (1225 S. Main St.), a new Downtown spot that is part thrift shop and part tavern, is selling sausages that feed more than just the people who order them. Owner/operator Derek Stonebarger donates a portion of his sausage sales to Three Square Food Bank. Essentially, one sausage ordered at ReBar equates to feeding one hungry Southern Nevadan. So how many people has Stonebarger actually fed (outside of his bar)? More than 3,000 individuals in the past three months! A cancer survivor, Stonebarger says that he looks to give back to the community any chance he can. He is also a big fan of locally made spiral cut sausages from John Mull’s Meats. They are made fresh, fully cooked and smoked with no added nitrates at John Mull’s butcher shop, then the hot links and brat links are served on Great Buns Bakery’s pretzel rolls. A completely original concept, ReBAR is a full bar with a patio and a shop filled with antiques and collectables. Everything is for sale, including the glass you’re drinking out of and the stool you’re sitting on.

Finally, a trade-show designed to help small, innovative F&B producers to be discovered is taking place on March 30-31 with the two-day Vegas Food Expo ( Founder Brett Ottolenghi, who has been giving pre-shifts at various restaurants around town each night to build excitement, says that original food products are likely to come from smaller companies.  Attendees can look forward to 140 (and counting) hand-selected exhibitors who are poised to be discovered based on product quality, package design, professionalism and originality. Explore amazing charcuterie by Olympia Provisions, sea salt from XRoads Philippine Sea Salts, water-grown wasabi from the Oregon coast’s Frog Eyes Wasabi farm, from-scratch Worcestershire sauce aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels, country hams from the South and so much more. The first day is open to industry only, but the second day will open up to everyone to experience the world of food and a side of the business that is not usually available to the public. In addition, the Vegas Food Expo is teaming up with Three Square Food Bank to donate any excess food from the expo to help feed our hungry neighbors in Southern Nevada. The expo has been two years in the making. Ottolenghi says there is no place like Las Vegas, emphasizing that the city is a leading food and convention destination, making an event like this for our city’s culinary talent long overdue.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, there are many places at which to dine and leave with full stomachs and happy hearts … or you can skip the gushy stuff and go kick rocks! The Anti-Valentine’s Day Bash at House of Blues Restaurant & Bar (in Mandalay Bay, begins at 11:30 a.m. on Valentine’s Day with food and drink specials, and entertainment at 8 p.m. Bring a picture of your ex to put on the #SelfieShameBoard and get a shot while supplies last! Playful menu highlights include the Dear John, a thick-cut grilled cheese with bacon jam and cream of roasted tomato soup; Missing You, mac and cheese with fontina, asiago, Gruyere, roasted tomatoes, spinach and Tasso ham topped with crispy onions and blue cheese; and the Plotting Your Revenge, a “pint” of vanilla ice cream with chocolate chip cookie dough chunks, hot fudge and “the works,” among other specials.