Tropiana's first Summer Cookout event on June 16 with Chef Robert Irvine, presented by Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits, raised $40,000 for Three Square Food Bank.
Locals and tourists, along with over 250 military guests, spent the evening poolside with Irvine at Tropicana Las Vegas' Sky Beach Club.
Guests were treated to a variety of summertime favorite dishes, prepared by restaurants both on and off the Las Vegas Strip. Highlighted dishes included garlic and herb crusted lamb chops; carne asada and pulled chicken tacos; meatballs with a parmesan macadamia nut crisp; snappy frank hot dogs; brownie batter frozen custard and more.
Guests also enjoyed beer, wine and cocktails, including Irvine's favorite spirit -- Patron Tequila.
Among the participating restaurants were Bacio, El Dorado Cantina, Jayde Fuzion, Papaya King, Portion Control, Oakville Steakhouse, Shake Shack, The Sweet Spot Bake Shop and the highly-anticipated Robert Irvine's Public House. Additional sponsors included Hilton Hotels, Absolut Elyx, Lavazza, Ainsworth Gaming Technology and Red Mercury Entertainment.
The cookout served as a kickoff event for Three Square's annaul Restaurant Week. The $40,000 will provide more than 120,000 meals to people who are food insecure in Southern Nevada.
"It was an honor to host the first-ever Summer Cookout event benefitting Three Square Food Bank at Tropicana Las Vegas," said Chef Irvine. "To me, there is no greater happiness than a full plate, and by raising funds for such an incredible organization, we are able to give back to the Southern Nevada families in need. Thank you to all the Las Vegas community who joined us at the event. I am excited to soon be a part of the Las Vegas community, and continue to share my passion for food."
Irvine's new restaurant -- Public House -- will make its debut at Tropicana Las Vegas on July 27. The all-new restaurant will offer a range of comfort food options inspired by Chef Irvine's culinary travels from around the world - all in a pub-like atmosphere. Dishes will include burrata and Heirloom tomator salad, chicken wings with barbecue sauce or moonshine glaze, fried buttermilk chicken, Tomahawk ribeyes, and more.