[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.

  • The “street fries” are a buffet-in-a-box, especially the savory “mess” variety, covered in smoked brisket chili, cheese, green onions and bacon.

  • It’s a pressed and toasted hoagie bun filled with cut noodles, meat sauce, mozzarella cheese and a scattering of parsley.

  • Chinese food, Mexican food and some stuff in between.

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