Let’s Go Trippin’ in Vegasland (Part 2)

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Glittering lights and gambling action await you after-hours during the Clean Show in Vegas, coming this June. (Image licensed by Ingram Publishing)

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A neon cocktail is sure to find you sooner or later in Vegas. (Photo: Las Vegas News Bureau)

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Las Vegas Convention Center, site of Clean ’17, June 5-8. (Photo: Las Vegas News Bureau)

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Eats and shows while in Las Vegas for the Clean Show

LAS VEGAS — It’s been six years since the World Educational Congress for Laundering and Drycleaning — the Clean Show — has taken place in Las Vegas.

Clean ’17 takes over the “City of Lights” June 5-8 (Monday-Thursday) for its 40th anniversary.

Once again, the show will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center, but this being Vegas, attendees will want to make the most of their time off the trade show floor.

FOOD

Once the show ends each day, Clean Show attendees will most likely want to grab a bite to eat. Of course, Vegas has something for every taste—and every budget.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) says that new restaurants open just about every month. Eateries that have recently opened include Eggslut at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, which includes comfort food and innovative eats. These range from the Bacon, Egg & Cheese Sandwich to the Gaucho Sandwich, which includes seared Wagyu tri-tip steak, chimichurri, red onions and seasoned arugula topped with an over-medium egg in a warm brioche bun.

Another, internationally renowned Mr. Chow, is now open inside Caesars Palace. The restaurant features signature dishes such as chicken satay, green prawns, handmade pulled noodles and Beijing duck.

Chef Bradley Manchester recently debuted Glutton in downtown Las Vegas. It features an eclectic menu of New American cuisine for lunch and dinner daily. Located on Carson Avenue, across 7th Street from Downtown Container Park, Glutton showcases savory meats, locally sourced produce, housemade pastas and seafood from the Pacific Northwest.

Of course, being Vegas, buffets are big for dining. The LVCVA says The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas debuted a new concept, elevating the traditional buffet with additional unique dishes, a more intimate atmosphere and state-of-the-art technology in both the kitchen and dining room.

Clean Show management firm Riddle & Associates says that each Clean ’17 official hotel boasts its own restaurants and food courts. Most hotels have at least one exceptional dining facility on-site.

For instance, Caesars Palace has six upscale restaurants in addition to a buffet, eight casual dining eateries and a food court. MGM Grand features 13 elite-chef restaurants, including Emeril’s and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill.

ENTERTAINMENT

Attendees won’t be lacking for something to do once the trade show floor closes. Las Vegas is known as the “Entertainment Capital of the World,” so there are many concerts and shows to enjoy.

The LVCVA says that one of the newest shows on the Strip is BAZ – Star Crossed Love at the Palazzo Theatre. This new-generation cabaret is a high-energy movie-music mash-up of the world’s most iconic love stories, as imagined by famed film visionary Baz Luhrmann.

Inspired by Luhrmann’s signature take on Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge, The Great Gatsby and Strictly Ballroom, LVCVA says this theatrical concert features soul-stirring and stunning performances from an ensemble cast and band.

Riddle says attendees have many concerts and shows to look forward to while attending Clean.

Jennifer Lopez will be at Planet Hollywood June 7–10. David Copperfield is at MGM June 4–10. Terry Fator, winner of America’s Got Talent, does his celebrity singing impersonations and unparalleled ventriloquism at the Mirage nightly Monday–Thursday.

For spectacular productions, Cirque du Soleil offers seven shows around town, all of which are well worth seeing, according to Riddle. The Blue Man Group has one of the best-selling shows in Las Vegas running Monday–Sunday at the Luxor.

Or, maybe after a day on the trade show floor, attendees will be looking for a laugh. The LVCVA says there are many comedians and venues for chuckles and belly laughs.

Carrot Top, part prop comic with his 35 trunks chock-full of his latest ingenious inventions and part ringmaster of a spectacle of lights, lasers, pyrotechnics, loud music and outstanding humor, takes audiences on a wild 90-minute ride during his show at Luxor Hotel & Casino, according to the LVCVA.

Comedy-magician Mac King has brought The Mac King Comedy Magic Show to the Las Vegas Strip for a historic 17-year run at Harrah’s Las Vegas.

Comedy clubs include Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, the Laugh Factory at the Tropicana Las Vegas and Aces of Comedy at the Mirage Hotel & Casino.

To read Part 1, go HERE. Check back Tuesday for Part 3.


FOODIES

Dan Del Rossi, who owns Tiffany Couture Cleaners in Las Vegas, says food choices abound in his city.

After a hard day of fun in the sun, he advises, “If you’re looking for a nice steak, then I will recommend the Golden Steer. This is an old-time, throwback steak house where many of the entertainers who ‘made’ Vegas dined and even had their own private booths.

“Maybe you’re feeling Mexican. Casa Don Juan is the place. Off the beaten path but worth it.”

Del Rossi’s personal favorite “is the Italian-American Social Club, the best Italian food around, old-school and a high-class joint. They even have Bocce ball courts right out back.”

He also says, “Now don’t get me wrong, you can always get the finest dining anywhere along The Strip.”

Michael Leeming, national sales manager for Los Angeles’ Parker Boiler Co., says he visits Las Vegas “one to three times a year.”

As far as eateries go, he would add a few to the list: “At Mandalay Bay, there is Ri Ra Irish Pub, and the RX BoilerRoom; at MGM, there’s Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House; and at Planet Hollywood there is Sammy Hagar’s. Off-strip on Paradise, there is Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant.”


SHOWS

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“To the surprise of many, there are normal people and families that live in Las Vegas, and they don’t all live on the Strip,” says Del Rossi.

Vegas, he points out, has wonderful communities comprised of shopping malls, playgrounds, soccer fields, and hiking and bike trails. Visiting Las Vegas offers many options.

“Whether you like the casinos, nightlife, swimming pools, sightseeing or hiking, we have it all. If you like the Las Vegas shows, you might want to check out Cirque Du Soleil shows such as KÀ, an epic adventure of love and conflict at MGM Grand, or Zumanity, the burlesque cabaret for the sensual side of Cirque du Soleil, at New York-New York Hotel and Casino.

“Or maybe an upbeat show like Donny and Marie, in the Donny & Marie Showroom, which is located at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.”

Del Rossi adds that, “La Reve at the Wynn or Absinthe at Caesars would not let you down either.”

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Matt Poe

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Matt Poe is editor of American Laundry News. He can be reached at mpoe@atmags.com or 866-942-5694.

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