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Vegas chefs rally to support local food critic Max Jacobson

The local chef and media communities are coming together to raise funds for Vegas food critic Max Jacobson, who was struck by a car Dec. 23.

One of Las Vegas’ most respected and knowledgeable food journalists needs some help.

Max Jacobson, food critic for Vegas Seven and former longtime contributor to Las Vegas Weekly, Las Vegas Life and other Greenspun Media Group publications, was critically injured when he was struck by a car in Green Valley on the morning of December 23. Max has been hospitalized in a medically induced coma since the accident.

Meanwhile, Max’s friends in the local restaurant and media worlds have jumped into action, creating an ongoing series of culinary events called Chefs to the Max to benefit the critic who’s helped shape the way we eat in Las Vegas. The first installment of the fundraising dinners is set for January 19 at Rx Boiler Room and will feature an all-star cast of Las Vegas chefs—including Akira Back, Bruce Bromberg, Kim Canteenwalla, Thomas Keller, Mary Sue Milliken and Luciano Pellegrini—serving six courses to 100 people at $1,000 a head. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event will go directly to helping Max pay for medical bills. To purchase tickets, call Rx Boiler Room at 632-9900 or email with the subject line Chefs to the Max. For information on the continuing dinner series, visit

While more plans are being made, contributions for medical and living expenses can be made directly to Max’s family through a Wells Fargo Bank account under the name Setu Jacobson, with account number 3110223066 and a routing number of 582506501.

And for updates on Max’s condition and his progress, visit

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