Chefs to the Max hosted ‘Sunday Supper’ yesterday evening at Carson Kitchen to benefit Max Jacobson, a popular local food critic from Vegas Seven who was critically injured last December.
Friends, family and colleagues from across the country gathered for the mini-dine around to welcome Jacobson home and raise money for his continued physical therapy.
Jacobson was in attendance and in good spirits, chatting with friends and enjoying Carson Kitchen’s spacious outdoor patio. Notable guests included “Rock n’ Roll Chef” and Carson Kitchen co-founder, Kerry Simon; George J. Maloof Jr.; and Robin Leach. ‘Sunday Supper’ raised more than $22,000 for Jacobson’s recovery.
Party-goers celebrated Jacobson’s homecoming while enjoying drinks and specialty dishes created by some of Las Vegas’ finest off-Strip chefs, including: Matt Andrews of Carson Kitchen, Vic “Vegas” Moea of Café V, Luciano Pellegrini and Jose Aleman of Marche Bacchus French Bistro and Wine Shop, Ming See Woo of Fu Asian Kitchen, Paloma Cuellar of La Comida, Chris Palmeri of Naked City Pizza, Todd Harrington of Downtown Grand Las Vegas, and Dalton Wilson of DW Bistro. Commonwealth provided signature cocktails for the event while O Face Doughnuts offered delectable desserts. The event was sponsored by Southern Wine & Spirits and US Foods.
PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Ragazzo
About “Chefs To The Max”
“Chefs to the Max” is the ongoing dinner series designed to benefit critically injured food journalist Max Jacobson. Chefs and venues will be hosting events throughout the year, with proceeds benefiting the Jacobson family for mounting medical bills and additional expenses due to loss of income. In Dec. 2013, Jacobson was struck by a car while in the crosswalk at Windmill Parkway and Pecos Road as he walked from home to the gym. He sustained severe brain trauma from the accident. He is currently recovering at Kindred Healthcare. Jacobson is a nationally renowned, well-respected journalist amongst his media peers, as well as chefs and restaurateurs around the world. He is currently Vegas Seven’s restaurant reviewer. Prior to that, he covered Orange County for the Los Angeles Times for 15 years. He moved to Las Vegas in 1999 to be the lead critic for Las Vegas Life. He has also written for numerous national culinary publications including Saveur and Gourmet. Jacobson recently co-authored “Eating Las Vegas” with fellow food critics Al Mancini and John Curtas. For more information regarding upcoming events, go to www.Facebook.com/ChefstotheMax. For updates on Jacobson’s condition, go to www.CaringBridge.org/Visit/MaxJacobson.
About Carson Kitchen
Carson Kitchen is Chef Kerry Simon’s new American restaurant in partnership with hospitality veteran, Cory Harwell. The intimate restaurant is located inside the old John. E Carson Hotel at 124 South 6th St. in Downtown Las Vegas and features social plates, entrées, sandwiches and stone-oven flatbreads, in addition to small-batch wine and craft beers. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. for lunch and dinner. More information may be found by visiting www.carsonkitchen.com.
About Simon Hospitality Group
Simon Hospitality Group was formed in May 2013 by Celebrity Chef Kerry Simon and restaurateur Cory Harwell. The newly-formed restaurant group owns and operates Simon Mansion in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Chuck’s: A Kerry Simon Kitchen, in Chicago; and Carson Kitchen in Downtown Las Vegas. The group also manages Chef Simon’s previously established restaurants including KGB: Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers at Harrah’s Las Vegas and Simon at Palms Casino Resort. Chef Simon, dubbed the ‘Rock n’ Roll Chef’ by Rolling Stone Magazine, has starred on “Iron Chef America” and “Hell’s Kitchen” and has developed award-winning restaurants around the country in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlantic City. Harwell, a restaurateur, has opened more than three dozen restaurants in his career and brings 20 years of restaurant management experience to Simon Hospitality Group. For more information about Simon Hospitality Group, visit www.SimonHospitalityGroup.com.