Life is Beautiful organizers announce culinary lineup

By Heidi Knapp Rinella Las Vegas Review-Journal

August 28, 2019 – 9:00 am

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The Life is Beautiful culinary component is rockin’ again.

When the three-day music and arts festival launched in 2013, it was with a packed menu of food-centric events, many of them featuring out-of-town chefs and restaurants. A move to a more local focus translated to fewer culinary events the past few years, but this year’s edition, set for Sept. 20-22, has broadened, while maintaining local focus.

Lee Flint, who’s in his second year as festival food and beverage director, said the most rewarding aspect for him has been finding and working with local culinary talent. But he said he’s particularly excited about the new Omakase Cantina. Each evening, two chefs will prepare dinner for 12 people, who will be seated at the chef’s table; participating chefs will include Roy Ellamar of Harvest at Bellagio, Jennifer Murphy of Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen at Caesars Palace and Josh Smith of Bardot Brasserie at Aria.

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