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Year Five of Life is Beautiful as told by Craig Asher Nyman

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Over this past weekend, Life Is Beautiful Year #5 took place in Downtown Las Vegas, welcoming thousands upon thousands of music fans to the city streets, taking over 18 city blocks.  Our Director of Entertainment, PR & Marketing, Craig Asher Nyman is the man behind booking all of the acts who performed over the 3 Day Festival, here’s a chance to learn a little more about Craig, his passion for music and what it takes to make Life Is Beautiful happen year after year.

 

https://lifeisbeautiful.com/news/hello-beautiful-get-to-know-the-head-of-music-and-live-performances

 

Are you ready to be a part of the festival next year for Year #6?!?   See you in Downtown Las Vegas!

 

Life is Beautiful Wins 2016 Music Festival of the Year

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

A fun start to 2017 for Craig Asher Nyman who spearheads efforts for CAN Media & Entertainment (a subsidiary of The Nyman Group) as the Life is Beautiful Festival was awarded Music Festival of the Year at the 2017 Pollstar Awards in Downtown Los Angeles on February 2. A truly incredible honor for all the hard work the team has put in to building the festival to be recognized by the music industry as a leader in the new wave of festivals. The 2016 festival featured acclaimed artists including Mumford & Sons, J. Cole, Major Lazer, The Lumineers, Jane’s Addiction, Flume, Empire The Son and more. Other artists to perform at the festival in years past include Stevie Wonder, The Killers, Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters, Lionel Richie, Kanye West, OutKast, Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar, Duran Duran and hundreds more.

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Craig and CAN Media & Entertainment have worked with the festival since it’s inception where he has served at Head of Music & Live Performances. The music, art, culinary and learning festival returns to Downtown Las Vegas in September for its fifth installment where Craig is busy at work with the team to make the 2017 festival the best yet.

 

 

 

 

Catersource comes to Vegas

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

 

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Catersource 2014 Breakfast – Director of Operations, Corey T. Nyman speaks about Technology in Hospitality.

 

 

Yesterday, our Director of Operations, Corey T. Nyman had the pleasure to speak during the 2014 Catersource Conference & Tradeshow held at Paris Hotel & Resort in Las Vegas.  Corey was a speaker during the Taste of Technology Breakfast – touching upon innovations for the Catering and Food & Beverage industry in the Kitchen, with his segment titled ‘Technology in the Kitchen & (Life) Moving Forward – What’s Important?’.  The chief message through Corey’s talk was that Technology is wonderful and extremely important, however it all goes back to our people.  You must train, support, share and embrace them in order to best succeed.

 

The Catersource and Event Solutions Conference & Tradeshow is the industry’s biggest and best educational opportunity to learn, share and discover, held annually in Las Vegas.  You can learn more about their organization and the event here.  The tradeshow fully embraced technology this year, especially via Twitter, creating their own Hashtag, #CSES2014 – check out some of their great updates via this link.

Communications from The Nyman Group

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

 

Our Director of Operations, Corey T. Nyman was honored during the G2E conference in Las Vegas in September (the world’s largest gaming industry gathering) as an Under 40 “Emerging Leader” in the gaming & hospitality field.  This was the first year of the program, which will become an annual award, and is a way for the American Gaming Association (in coordination with G2E and the Innovation Group) to identify young industry professionals who are making their mark and helping to change the business for the better.

 

In following up on the award, Global Gaming Business Magazine put together a profile and interview with Corey further sharing his story, his time with The Nyman Group and passion for the Food & Beverage industry.  Take a moment to peruse the piece here.

 

We’re happy to share this fantastic news with you and when your travels bring you to Las Vegas, be sure to visit with us!  Additionally, stay tuned for some more news, views and information before year end from The Nyman Group!

 

October with The Nyman Group

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Hello friends!  As we’re well into Fall right now, with Halloween around the corner, things at The Nyman Group are never boring.  It’s an exciting time for us and we wanted to take a moment to share with each of you.

 

Robert J. Nyman

Robert was recently quoted in an article in Hotels Magazine in a piece by Ann Bagel Storck, titled ‘Prime Cuts’ – innovative ways to keep Food & Beverage costs in check.  You can find the piece here, with Robert’s words on the first page.

Additionally, Robert recently was a guest of ‘The Radio Show’ with Glenn Haussman of Hotel Interactive – take a listen to Robert’s commentary here regarding current food trends in the industry.  He is a regular contributor to Glenn’s podcasts and it’s a great perspective overall.

 

Corey T. Nyman

Corey had the pleasure to be invited to pour his Labor Wines 2011 Pinot Noir at the Vegas edition of Cochon, held on Sunday night October 21st.  This was the All-Star Cochon event with 10 chefs from around the country gathering in Las Vegas to share their different flavors of pork while being joined by wines, spirits and beers, along with great friends.  Take a look here to find out more about the event and see some photos as well.

 

Craig Asher Nyman

Well, for Craig the biggest weekend of his year has finally arrived! This Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Downtown Las Vegas Craig’s hard work culminates in the launch of the Life Is Beautiful Festival.  He has been working on a large variety of aspects of the event including Booking, Ticketing, Packages, VIPs and too many more to count.  Take a look here to learn more about the event and if you still haven’t bought your tickets and are going to be in Vegas, come on down!

 

 

The latest at The Nyman Group

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Greetings to all of you – just wanted to share some of the happenings for us at The Nyman Group.

 

Robert has continued his writing for Hotel Interactive, crafting another piece, titled, ‘Four More Years’ which was recently published online.  Click here for the full article.  If you have any thoughts or opinions, we know he’d love to hear from you, so feel free to send him a note here as well.

 

The last quarter of 2012 has proved to be quite an exciting one for CAN Media and Craig.  Most recently he was hired as Head of Music & Live Performances for Aurelian Marketing Group’s, Life Is Beautiful Festival, a two-day event planned for the Fall of 2013 in Downtown Las Vegas. Additional partners in Life Is Beautiful include Another Planet Entertainment, Downtown Project and MAKTUB Marketing.  CAN Media was also retained by spirits company William Grant & Sons to handle PR in Nevada.  The portfolio of spirits includes Glenfiddich, The Balvenie, Milagro Tequila, Stolichnaya, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Hendricks Gin.  Craig also completed a successful entertainment consulting opportunity with The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Entertainment Team serving as the interview talent for Sunset Sessions, a three-day music event of up-and-coming bands and musicians.

 

Recently, Corey launched the Sunday Feast Dinner Series with his good friend Chef Geno Bernardo and creating ‘Labor Wines & Local Swine’ for the inaugural event.  Held on Sunday, November 4th, the dinner was a fantastic experience held at The Palms Resort & Casino in Las Vegas at Geno’s restaurant, Nove Italiano.  Check out the blog post and photos from the event here on the Labor Wines website.

As well, Corey just received some fantastic press in Vegas Rated, a national magazine that is based in Las Vegas in regard to his 2010 Pinot Noir.  Their digital edition can be found here and the spread is on pages 56 & 57.  The wine has been receiving great support overall, especially in Vegas at restaurants on the Strip and some local specialty shops.

 

We look forward to having a chance to catch up with each and every one of you hopefully before the holidays, either in person or over the phone.  Hope that you have a very happy Thanksgiving with your family – enjoy the time together!

 

 

Vegas Eats The Month of May

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

May proved to be another fantastic one of eating and drinking, especially here in Las Vegas.

This month has brought on several memorable moments including Corey and Craig assisting the Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill Las Vegas team out at Vegas Uncork’d Grand Tasting.  Helping man the line of hungry attendees, C&C were slinging delectable bites of smoked pork belly skewers and spicy blue crab sushi rolls.  The event attended by a few thousand of people was a success and the Blue Ribbon booth was a hit all night.  It was truly an honor to assist the team.

 

 

 

 

In keeping with the Blue Ribbon theme, The Nyman Group attended a wonderful evening benefiting the James Beard Foundation as the Celebrity Chef Tour rolled into Las Vegas.  Celebrated Chefs Bruce Bromberg, Jonathan Waxman and Clayton Arakawa assembled an incredible meal for roughly 50 people.  The evening began with an assortment of delicious appetizers including Foie Gras Wontons with Pineapple-Jalapeno, Ahi Poisson Cru (mixed with coconut milk, lime and chili pepper) and Oyster Tempura over a dollop of spinach and sesame sauce.

When it was time to settle into the dining room, the feast began. First course was a sensational Lobster Salad with grilled lobster, cranberry, pear, cucumber in a Mizuna and poppy seed dressing.  What came next was breathtaking, Toshi Special, an over the top sushi and sashimi platter followed by Blue Ribbon’s signature Fried Chicken (with addictive honey-wasabi dipping sauce), slow roasted Duroc Pork Ribs and Oxtail Fried Rice with Bone Marrow Omelet.  As if it couldn’t get any better, Chef Arakawa presented from a pig raised on a macadamia nut diet, Shoyo and Sake Braised Pork Belly which was as sweet and delicious as it sounds.  For the final course, Chef Waxman delivered a Grilled Strip Steak with Local Vegetables and Potatoes.   When it came to dessert, there was no question; the famous Ginger Bread Pudding disappeared as fast as it had appeared on the tables.  Each course was paired with some sensational wines including Chase Cellars Hayne Vineyard Zinfandel of which we had the pleasure of dining with Jeff Blaum of the aforementioned winery.

 

And to wrap up the month of May, what better than a good old fashioned Clam Bake/Crab Boil in the dessert?!  Memorial Day Weekend was a great reason for the occasion and we’re talking about all the fixings were included for this backyard get-together, great people, fantastic wine and delicious food of which the bake had lobster, stone crabs, crawfish, clams, shrimp, sausage, potatoes, corn.

Just another Monday night in Vegas

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Met some of our industry friends visiting from the Boca area in Florida the other night at the Aria Resort & Casino. We started with drinks at View Bar, and our buddy brought cigars for us to have. Before dinner. Sheesh. This bar is in a great location, but unfortunately has almost zero atmosphere being immediately off the hotel lobby and one of the first impressions that you get of Aria.

I started off with two different aperitifs – the first was Aperol with soda, splash grapefruit. Delicious and one of my favorite ways to start a meal. Next was a Negroni, my own recipe – Aperol, Hendrick’s Gin and Lillet Blanc. If you’ve never had this concoction, you need to. Now.

After opening our palates, we went around the corner to enjoy dinner at Sage, one of my favorite Vegas restaurants. First course for me was Seared Scallops with Braised Oxtail, Wild Mushrooms & Salted Caramel Reduction. Holy Hell was this good. It was very rich, but well worth the experience.

The Kitchen then sent out a mid-course for us to try which included:

-Roasted Sweetbreads with glazed bacon, creamy white polenta & trumpet mushrooms
-Slow-poached Organic Farm egg, smoked potato, shaved summer truffles & toasted country bread
-Lobster Ravioli with sugar snap peas – which was intense

My entrée was killer – seared Veal Cheeks with polenta and wild mushrooms. Also, our server sent out a taste of a 48-hour Braised Beef Belly – Wow! It was slightly smoky and reminiscent of a (non-salted) style-pastrami, simply one of the best prepared meats I’ve ever had.

Dessert was an awesome, savory Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Ice Cream. Along with dessert I had a much needed digestif, Amaro Montenegro, a perfect way to end the meal and a wonderful evening.

Vegas Uncork’d

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Last Friday night, we had a chance to experience what has become one of the preeminent foodie events in the country, the Bon Appétit Vegas Uncork’d Grand Tasting held at the pools at Caesars Palace. 52 restaurants and James Beard winning chefs gathered to strut their culinary stuff to 2,500 guests visiting Sin City. Restaurant’s tables were strategically placed around the multitude of pools, along with collections of wineries offering up samples of their latest vintages.

Earlier in the day, temperatures were in the mid-90s, but the evening turned gorgeous with a constant cooling breeze and moderate weather. Guests were in celebratory spirits – I mean, wouldn’t you be too if you could enjoy delicious food and wines by a pool? Walking outside to the event we immediately ran into some of our favorite foodie friends who were already breaking down the best dishes that the restaurants were putting out. This, while being hysterical, was great information for us to start and plot our walkabout.

Fortunately, we had two great guides for the evening – Franck Savoy (Director of Food & Beverage at Caesars) and his fiancé Leigh, making suggestions of which restaurants to see and escorting us around the event. One of the first tastes I was able to enjoy was the miniature roasted beet salad created by Sage Restaurant and Chef Shawn McClain. Chef McClain’s deft touch was on exhibition and the flavors were in great harmony. One of my favorite tastes of the night was next from Bar Masa, an Australian Kobe Carpaccio with citrus and sea salt – this was rich and opulent but also light and perfectly seasoned.

Moving on, we made our way to Vintner Grill’s booth, where they were producing modern American Carnitas tacos with fig jam, caramelized onions and pea sprouts. It was a delicious take on a Mexican staple and they pulled it off with style. As we continued, tasting some Chocolate from Green & Blacks (very good but too warm unfortunately), we stopped up to the American Spirit Lounge overlooking the pools complex. This was held at the new high roller/VIP pools, which were absolutely gorgeous and serene despite all of the guests down below.

Continuing, we saw our buddy Ben Dayag, the Executive Chef of Social House who had created a delectable Pork Belly dish on edamame puree and topped with pickled onion. This Pan-Asian restaurant is a great choice for sushi, but also their composed dishes never disappoint. We popped over to the B&B table where they were offering some of their house-cured meats – good in concept, but the roll that some of them were served on was dry and a weak complement. We were very fortunate to see an old friend and extremely talented chef, David Varley, who has moved on from Vegas working for Michael Mina where he has become their Corporate Chef based in San Francisco but traveling the country opening restaurants. He was kind enough to introduce us to Brady Lowe, founder of Cochon 555 which Chef Varley had participated in. Brady was in Vegas checking out the experience of Bon Appetit before the All-Star Cochon to be held on July 24th at the Cosmopolitan – can’t wait for that event!

And funny enough, our next move took us to the restaurants of the Cosmopolitan, where we started to run into even more friends in the PR and foodie world, all excited about the restaurants in front of us. Always great to see Gil Lempert-Schwarz, wine writer extraordinaire and his wife Christine, then Al Mancini and his wife Sue, one of my favorite foodies and food writers. From the Kobe Sliders by STK (Delicious!) to the chilled Asparagus soup and Maki Rolls by Blue Ribbon Sushi (personal favorite), the hotel’s restaurants were out of this world. I love going to that hotel to just enjoy the creativity and different vibe compared to the rest of Vegas. Here we ran smack into Robin Leach (with another STUNNING blonde on his arm) and Norm Clarke of the Las Vegas Review-Journal with his lovely Cara – I’m sure they were getting all of the great gossip from the evening!

Then, I had a chance to see an old friend and co-worker, Anthony Fusco, who is the much lauded Chef de Cuisine for Rick Moonen at rm seafood who was co-hosting his booth with Ralph Pagano the chef of STK Miami. These guys were basically running a comedy routine and by far having the most fun out of anyone at the event. Moving on we saw old friends from Mesa Grill (sans Bobby), Eric Klein, Executive Chef of Spago who’s as personable as he is talented in the kitchen and hob-nobbing with Susan Feniger, one of the ‘Two Hot Tamales’ of Border Grill fame – she’s an absolute sweetheart too!

As the event wound down, we didn’t know where the last 2 ½ hours had gone! It was an amazing experience being able to talk to so many chefs, hang out with fellow foodies and enjoy the culinary adventure. I’m looking forward to Vegas Uncork’d coming back next year and being able to eat and drink so more!

Blue Ribbon Las Vegas Re-Grand Opening Party

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Last week was one for the record books as we had the opportunity to attend the “re-grand opening” of Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill inside the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. After a freak accident in the hotel flooded the restaurant causing a nearly month closure, the team was back with a brand new restaurant and the same grinning faces and gracious hospitality.

The evening started out in the lounge where bartenders Jeff and Chris had a bottle of Black Dragon sake on ice. If you haven’t had a chance to enjoy this libation, it is a must try and be careful, it’s a bit sneaky. After catching up with proprietor Bruce Bromberg, GM Bowie Fu, Chef Dave Kornell and Co. and presenting them with a little gag gift (child size floaties in a lucite box with a message “break only in case of emergency or flooding) and sharing a lighthearted laugh it was time to get the real festivities started.

In what can only be described as one of the most extravagant spreads at a restaurant opening, the team made sure the sushi bar was stocked with copious amounts of freshly prepared sushi and scrumptious chicken wings. We’re talking tuna, salmon, tako, yellowtail, mackerel and more fresh fish along with perfect spoonful bites of the mouthwatering Oxtail Fried Rice. Add in the sake and shochu bar setup, great soundtrack provided by DJ Peter Shalvoy and it was a fantastic night to catch up with many of the Blue Ribbon Las Vegas faithful and once again see the staff do what they do best, make everyone leave full and happy.

Can’t wait to get back for more Black Dragon and some of the freshest, best fish around.