[Life Is Beautiful 2014]

Life Is Beautiful begins with VIP eats at Grills & Guitars

Chef Bruce Bromberg poses at the Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Photo: Steve Marcus

There are too many good reasons to buy a ticket to Grills & Guitars, the official LIB kick-off party sponsored by Las Vegas Weekly, and most of ’em are food. You’re not going to get this grub at the festival: The Bromberg brothers are doing tandoori suckling pig; Iron Chef Marc Forgione is bringing pastrami-spiced ribeye; Nancy Silverton is serving fennel-rubbed ribs with apple cider vinegar; and Shawn McClain is grilling Spanish octopus, just to name a few. But it’s about more than stuffing yourself and mingling with celebrity chefs. Vintage Trouble, Sleeper Agent and The All-Togethers will perform, and a portion of the proceeds benefits Three Square.

Grills & Guitars October 23, 7-10 p.m., $175, Gold Spike.

  • Tender wrappers, each plumped up to the size of a playing card, swaddle a juicy pork/vegetable blend worthy of being trumpeted on the marquee.

  • La Monja will be a Mexican-style raw bar, while Hatsumi will offer a more elegant experience, focused on traditional robata and irori grilling.

  • Head to the bar for executive chef Mark Andelbradt’s counter-only menu and prepare for a range of explosive flavors.

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