The Venetian and The Palazzo in Las Vegas Elevate Banquets and Catering With the Addition of Two New Chefs

SOURCE: The Venetian | The Palazzo

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LAS VEGAS, NV–(Marketwire – December 10, 2010) – The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas are breaking the mold of the hotel banquet experience with the hiring of Executive Banquet Chef Scott Donley and Assistant Executive Banquet Chef Stefan Peroutka. The catering team at The Venetian and The Palazzo is made up of highly trained, focused and dedicated culinary professionals who produce quality menus and dining experiences without sacrificing for large quantities.

Both professionally trained chefs who began their love affair with food at a very young age, Scott Donley and Stefan Peroutka have honed their skills in some of the finest kitchens not only in Las Vegas, but worldwide.

Chef Donley was introduced to his affection for ultra fresh produce by his father and went on to begin his kitchen skills by the time he was 13. An honors graduate of the Western Culinary Institute, Donley has been the executive room service chef for MGM Grand, Chef of Intercompany Production at Paris Las Vegas, and Chef de Cuisine of The Palazzo before heading banquets and catering for both The Venetian and The Palazzo.

Chef Peroutka was raised in Austria, and from the age of 13 spent his summer months working in the five star kitchens of Salzburg. Locally, Peroutka has worked at Top of the World at Stratosphere and was executive sous chef at Aureole Las Vegas.

Both have introduced exceptional dishes that run the gamut from innovative and creative to traditional, yet contemporary, such as pastrami pork belly with chickpea fritter and pickled butternut square, or citrus zest star anise seared tuna with micro fennel and wasabi aioli, or entrees such as blue cheese-encrusted filet with caramelized onion potato cake, and seared Pacific halibut with a thyme-infused medley of potatoes. Popular action stations at events include the Philly cheesesteak station which features shaved Angus strip loin, Bravo cheddar cheese and caramelized onions, and a Taco station which offers carne asada or Baja-style fish tacos.

From elevated continental and plated breakfasts, to internationally-flavored lunches and grand receptions, this award-winning team is able to tailor menus and event planning to each guest’s custom needs. As guests have increasingly more and more sophisticated palates, the banquet and catering experience has had to evolve beyond the rubber chicken dinner and the sad continental breakfast of the past, to the seamless dining experience that guests will find at The Venetian and The Palazzo.

With such knowledgeable chefs, it’s no surprise that The Venetian and The Palazzo have garnered plenty of accolades and awards for banquet and catering services. Meetings and Conventions magazine has awarded the properties with the Gold Platter Elite Award in 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 as a “Best of the Best” catering department for excellence in creativity and culinary excellence; the Gold Key Elite Award in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 as a “Best of the Best” meeting property for excellence in creativity, culinary experience, professionalism and quality; the Gold Platter Award in 2003, 2004, and 2006 for excellence in creativity and culinary expertise; and the Gold Key Award in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2006 for professionalism and quality. The property has also been a four-time winner and 13-time nominee of the Special Events Magazine Gala Award.

The Venetian and The Palazzo feature over 2.5 million square feet of flexible meeting and convention space that can be customized for all meeting, banquet and reception needs, and catering specialists are available at both properties to assist with making menu selections and to discuss the needs for events.

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With more than 3,000 expansive suites, luxury shopping ,world-class dining and entertainment, the $1.9 billion, Silver LEED®(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified Palazzo Las Vegas literally takes luxury to new heights. Ranked first among Las Vegas Hotels in Travel + Leisure “World’s Best Awards 2010,” the AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Four Star-Award winning property is highlighted by a flagship 85,000-square-foot Barneys New York. The Shoppes at The Palazzo feature more than 60 luxury boutiques, including 20 remarkable stores and couture brands making their Las Vegas debuts at The Palazzo, including Chloé, Tory Burch, Christian Louboutin, Diane von Furstenberg, Van Cleef & Arpels, Catherine Malandrino and Anya Hindmarch. The all-suite resort offers plush and opulent suite accommodations ranging from a Luxury Suite at an unprecedented 720 square feet to the 8,000-square-foot Chairman suite with private terraces and plunge pools. The Palazzo also offers a variety of cuisines from a collection of award-winning chefs such as Carnevino by Mario Batali, CUT by Wolfgang Puck and Table 10 by Emeril Lagasse. Other unique offerings include the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, “Jersey Boys;” the chic dining and nightlife hotspot, LAVO; the world’s largest Canyon Ranch SpaClub; the ultimate sports bar, sportsbook and restaurant on the Strip, Lagasse’s Stadium; and Prestige at The Palazzo — an exclusive space designed to offer the sophisticated traveler an elevated level of services and amenities including private champagne check in, packing and unpacking services, exclusive bath and pillow menus, complimentary cocktail reception and more. For additional information, visit The Palazzo website at, follow on Twitter @palazzolasvegas and interact on Facebook at


The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, the largest property in the country to receive AAA’s Five Diamond and the coveted Forbes Travel Guide Four Star awards, is one of the world’s most luxurious LEED®-EB Gold (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified resort and convention destinations. Re-creating Venice’s legendary landmarks, the resort offers unmatched service and quality for leisure and corporate guests. With suites ranging from a standard 650-square-foot Luxury Suite to the luxurious 10,000-square-foot Chairman Suite, the all-suite resort boasts more than 4,000 of Las Vegas’ most lavish suite accommodations. Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian features The Grand Canal Shoppes, an indoor streetscape complete with gondolas and singing gondoliers, the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, world-class gaming, exquisite restaurants, and a wide variety of entertainment such as “Phantom-The Las Vegas Spectacular,” “Blue Man Group,” David Spade and Joan Rivers on its premises, as well as extensive convention and corporate services. For additional information, visit, follow on Twitter @venetianvegas and interact on Facebook at

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