It looks like everybody had plenty of water and coffee after last night’s parties at Daylight Beach Club, Hyde and Marquee because the opening day for the Expo Floor was insane! After Chef Brian Duffy Duffified the red carpet, Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman declared March 8 Nightclub & Bar Show Day and Chazz Palminteri, Academy Award winning actor, producer, and partner of BiVi Vodka, cut the ribbon to open the Expo Floor to thousands of attendees. The celebrity appearances didn’t stop there, either. Celebrity chef Cat Cora paired with Nightclub & Bar Show favorite Tobin Ellis of BarMagic for a question-and-answer structured keynote session. This marked the first time ever that an Iron Chef was featured at the Big Show.
Herbs & Rye hosted our Mixology Training, with 2016 Bartender of the Year Award winner Nectaly Mendoza and his staff building killer cocktails and driving home the hospitality that’s the foundation of our industry. Meanwhile, Light inside Mandalay Bay gave attendees an in-depth back of house tour, giving them a rare glimpse behind one of the hottest clubs in Vegas.
We hope you’re ready for tonight because we’re thrilled about our networking parties. First up, every pass holder is invited to one of the newest concepts in Vegas, the LAVO Casino Club inside Palazzoat 8:00 PM. You can look forward to experiencing Vegas-style mixology fused with modern gaming and Italian cuisine. For those of you who have Super Premium, Conference Plus or Expo Plus passes, get ready for our Platinum Party. Not only is XS at Encore one of the most luxurious nightclubs in the city, the party will be provided by Diplo’s Major Lazer!