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April 23, 2014

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Strip Scribbles: Marie Osmond to promote Wise ‘disaster’ products

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Marie Osmond at the 2013 AARP convention in Las Vegas.

Marie Osmond

Flamingo headliner Marie Osmond has signed on as a partner with emergency food company Wise to endorse its unique “disaster” products. The company sells emergency supply food kits that last as long as 25 years for people affected by natural or manmade emergencies.

Marie told me: “The company is brilliant. They’ve only been in business four years but have taken our grandmother’s foods and turned it into life-saving recipes for basically $1 a meal. It’s not gross; it’s delicious.

“I put two in my own kids’ school packets in case of any emergency. With fires, earthquakes, Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, there were 50 such disasters last year — and we’re now growing worldwide.” Check out wisefoodstorage.com.

“It’s not an end-of-the-world situation but simply emergency food. Couples who might lose their jobs can feed themselves and their children a proper food supply at very low cost. I don’t do a lot of these endorsements, just Children’s Miracle Network, now celebrating our 30th anniversary. This was so phenomenal I became its spokeswoman.”

Buddy V’s Ristorante at Palazzo

A cake of spaghetti and meatballs at Buddy V’s Ristorante in Palazzo on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013. Launch slideshow »
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Buddy Valastro and two kids.

NEW TV SPECIAL: “Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro wants to use his newly opened Buddy V’s Ristorante at the Palazzo as the backdrop for his next TV special. “I’ve decided to show ‘How to Open a Restaurant,’” he told me.

“I know viewers will be fascinated how we build a venue from scratch and then develop the menu and then test the chefs and put together the staff to opening day to the public. It’s got drama, fun, excitement, pain, agony, topped off with joy and celebration. All the recipe ingredients for fascinating television.”

My interview with Buddy was posted this morning.

VINCE DATES: Motley Crue singer Vince Neil expects the soft opening of his new Circus Circus tattoo and tequila venue will be Nov. 1, and then he’s set to roll out the concept in other key U.S. locations. “We’ve added Eat, Drink, Party into our name so it more accurately reflects the breakfast-to-lunch-to-dinner fun we will have with the venue and the menu,” he told me.

Vince’s tour bus will seat several of the diners, and he’s taking his hot-rod collection there to add to the decor. He plans to open a tattoo parlor alongside the party-dining attraction next year. Then he sets off with fellow Las Vegas restaurateur Sammy Hagar on a 20-city casino tour. The farewell tour for Motley Crue begins early next summer, and Vince expects it to last two years, with American dates bookending European, Asia, South America and Australian tour stops.

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Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and 27 of his Nobu chefs at Caesars Palace on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2013.

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Chef Nobu Matsuhisa enjoys breakfast at his Nobu Caesars Palace on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2013.

NOBU UNITED: In preparation for tonight’s Nobu United at Nobu Restaurant and Lounge Caesars Palace, chef Nobu Matsuhisa welcomed 27 of his executive chefs from across the country in front of the Caesars Palace fountains.

Afterward, the chefs gathered at the world’s largest Nobu restaurant, adjacent to the first-ever Nobu Hotel inside Caesars, for a Nobu-style breakfast that included bagel and lox and Eggs Matsuhisa. All 28 chefs will collaborate tonight to create a seven-course omakase menu exclusive to Nobu United. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Keep Memory Alive.

Boyz II Men Opening Night at The Mirage

Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman and Nate Morris of Boyz II Men perform on opening night of Boyz II Men's residency at The Mirage on Friday, March 1, 2013. Launch slideshow »

WICKED WHISPERS & RACY RUMORS

• Two shows on the Strip should be getting their renewal contracts within the next week or so — ahead of their year-end current contract expirations. Boyz II Men are ready to renew their deal at the Mirage for 2014 after their final 2013 show Dec. 29. Across the Strip at the Venetian, Human Nature is set to renew their multi-year contract that ends Dec. 30.

• Vendors and dancers are still waiting word from Billy Richardson's hospitality group Block 16 about payment for their services at his shuttered Gallery Nightclub in Planet Hollywood. The 30-day deadline he set to deal with their invoices and confirmed by his PR firm has ticked past, and still payments.

• Our Strip nightlife czar Victor Drai is to reopen the long-shuttered Le Dome French restaurant on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip. For many years, when operated by actor-restaurateur Nicky Blair, it was the haunt of TV, movie and music stars. I had a regular table there opposite Rod Stewart's daily lunch table.

Everything changed after Nicky’s unfortunate 1998 death, and it closed. Nicky’s Las Vegas restaurant also closed after a less than two-year run because of partner disputes. Nicky appeared alongside Elvis Presley in 1964’s “Viva Las Vegas” and was a restaurant host in Frank Sinatra 's“Oceans 11.” Now Victor is bringing the Hollywood hotspot back to life as Rare, and on opening day next month, I get my usual table for lunch. I am betting Rod and I will be seated opposite each other yet again.

• My pal Lee Spiegel, who interviewed Criss Angel in New York on Tuesday for the Huffington Post, told me afterward that the current Washington, D.C., financial shutdown has grounded the five Janet Airlines planes that ferry workers back and forth from our McCarran International Airport private jet terminal to Area 51 at Groom Lake, where the CIA develops high-altitude spy-plane technology. Those workers are furloughed until the government budget mess is resolved.

Luther Vandross

• Rumblings of a Luther Vandross tribute show coming to the Strip have begun. The 54-year-old singer-songwriter and record producer died in July 2005 when he was still one of the most successful R&B artists with multimillion-selling albums. His hit “Dance With My Father” in 2003 won Grammys for Song of the Year and Best Male Vocal Performance.

• Now that the sex-fueled AVN Awards are set for Jan. 18 at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel, the flesh-festival organizers are searching for trophy girls. They’ve organized a contest on Twitter ending Oct. 25 to find the best twosome to be onstage throughout the ceremony and hand out the trophies.

Hundreds of girls trying to break into porn submitted entries last year, and the demand was so overwhelming, AVN wound up picking three presenters. Potential porn princesses should use @AVNAwards to submit their sexiest photos. Chanel Preston and Samantha Saint are hosting the 31st annual AVN Awards.

2013 AVN Awards: Red Carpet at The Joint

The 2013 AVN Awards red carpet at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. Launch slideshow »

• There’s a new nightlife tour in town with Nite Tours International’s “Vegas Party Bus Express,” in which guests can enjoy an all-inclusive club crawl on its open-bar party bus for $69 per person. Tour-goers start their night in style at a Las Vegas resort ultra-lounge. After check-in, meet, mix and mingle with other partygoers as their VIP host takes them to the first nightclub with VIP access (no lines and cover paid). The tour hop continues on the “Nightclub on Wheels” complete with stripper pole, music/video and dance floor. Tours change nightly but include Chateau, Tryst, Hakkasan, Light, Haze, the Bank, 1 OAK and Pure.

TONIGHT’S TIPS

Comic Andrew Dice Clay resumes his residency at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.

Jim Caruso’s “Cast Party” is at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center with Liza Minnelli's pianist Billy Stritch and his Broadway show songbook.

Jack Colton presents his Las Vegas Sex Symbols party at the Act in the Palazzo with Melody Sweets, Jennifer Romas and her Industry Angels and 18 other sexy hospitality hotshots.

Singer Akon hosts and performs in Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore.

Conor Oberst and the Felice Brothers are at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.

It’s opening night of the PollyGrind Film Festival downtown with 18 world premieres among the more than 100 screenings through Oct. 26. Tonight’s world premieres include “Jonas to Jennifer,” “House of Forbidden Secrets” and “Slaughterhouse Bride.”

TOMORROW’S TEASE

Caesars Palace superstar headliner Shania Twain reveals the decisions she has to make as she flies in to resume her residency next Tuesday. She lets secrets slip in our one-on-one interview. Plus, the L.A. Lakers and Sacramento Kings are at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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