Little did Lisa Cornish know when she was learning to cook in her Sicilian grandmother’s kitchen that the skills she was learning would lead her to the other side of the globe. Her culinary journey taken her to New York and, most recently, Las Vegas, where she has appeared on KVBC Channel 3 and as a celebrity judge in various Las Vegas cooking events. Through Chef@YourHome, Chef Lisa redefines the idea of the personal chef, crafting in-home meals to match to client’s events. Some of her popular menus include an Asian-inflected spread of miso soup, pan-seared sesame salmon, and chilled Thai-style summer rolls; alternatively, the Mediterranean buffet plies diners with olive, feta and cucumber skewers, chicken francese, and penne pasta in pink vodka sauce. Chef Lisa shares her mastery of the kitchen either by preheating the oven without building a fire or through cooking classes conducted in students’ homes or one of her own personal kitchens.
Between palm trees and casinos sits one long, narrow acre of greenery that could be the town square of the quaintest village west of the Mississippi. At least if you ignore the sign towering almost as high as the little brown church's steeple. That sign reads Little Church of the West Wedding Chapel, and it's a remnant of the days when Las Vegas was known for a kind of kitschy glamor and, of course, whirlwind weddings. Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret said "I do" here in Viva Las Vegas, and celebs from Judy Garland to Richard Gere have made legally binding vows inside.
The interior still looks largely as it did in those days, and pretty much as it did when Little Church of the West was built in 1942. Below stained-glass windows and old wood, couples today unite in ceremonies ranging from ultra-simple to fully accessorized with flowers, limo service, and champagne.
The talented staffers at Another Wild Hair, a Paul Mitchell Signature Salon, keep bodies beautiful with a coterie of hair, makeup, and waxing services. Continually trained by Paul Mitchell educators, master stylists frame faces underneath expert cuts, complemented by other hair services such as styling, coloring, highlights, and deep conditioning with Paul Mitchell products. They elongate strands with 100% human-hair extensions and decorate visages for everyday events or special occasions with makeup services, facial waxing, and eyelash extensions. Another Wild Hair, much like presents in the Christmas dimension, keeps the salon open seven days a week.
Chef Michael Siwiec of A Thyme for All Seasons doles out a menu of traditional American dishes peppered with a contemporary flair to midday meal munchers. Diners can warm up jaw squares with the turkey and white-bean chili smothered in smoked mozzarella ($4.95). Nine sandwich selections include the classic Cuban ($8.50), the slow-roasted pulled pork doused in homemade barbecue sauce ($7.95), and the New York steak sandwich crowned in fried onions ($8.95). The gooey homemade macaroni 'n' cheese quells nostalgia and dairy cravings ($7.95), and the Polish plate piled high with pierogies, kielbasa, and potato pancakes allows patrons to sample the spoils of Eastern Europe without the security pat down and the hefty botanical-psychotherapy bill resulting from house plants' abandonment issues ($8.95). The cafe unhinges its elegant doors to ladies and gents who lunch Monday–Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Freshly made chips and salsa. Gooey chocolate-chip cookies. Tables of elegantly presented candies. The caterers at Delightfully Natia's Treats promise stylish displays of their homestyle foods and sweets, which also include fruits, salads, and deli sandwiches. They'll design and create custom menus for weddings, parties, and other celebrations, in addition to planning the events themselves.
John Mull Meats lays the foundation for tantalizing home-cooked meals that burst with tender flavors of fresh chopped, sliced, and cased meats. Friendly staff members offer to slice, grind, and wrap any freshly cut selections of house-made bacon ($5.60–$5.89/lb.), rib eye steaks ($10.99/lb.), handmade sweet sausage ($3.89/lb.), and boneless squeaky dog toys. Grill-master butchers can advise customers on the ideal thickness and cooking to prepare perfectly flamed party wings ($10.99 for 5 lb.), beef patties ($3.49/lb.), and smoked turkey legs ($2.89/lb.). Schoolchildren can also use thin-sliced lunch meats ($2.49–$5.69/lb.) to barter for playground control.