Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Happy Holidays From The Stirling Club

The Stirling ClubDecember marks a special month for the Stirling Club. Eight years ago, the club opened with special guests that included Cheryl Tiegs, Alana Stewart, James Caan, and Jack Nicholson (among others). It is anyone's guess who will be here in the weeks ahead.

The Stirling Club is hosting several holiday events between now and the new year. And the best time to make plans is right now.

Christmas Eve Dinner, December 24.

The Stirling Club is hosting two Christmas Eve dinner seatings at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. in The Stirling Room. The dinner features five entrees, including grilled ribeye, whole grilled boneless hen, braised beef short ribs with jumbo scallops, butter poached Maine lobster, and pan-roasted Chilean sea bass. The a la cart menu also includes your choice of appetizer and dessert.

Holiday Grand Buffet, December 25.

The Stirling Club will host a grand buffet created by Chef Charlie Palmer and his team of executive chefs with two seatings at noon and 3 p.m. on Christmas Day. Seating is extremely limited and reservations are required. $49.95 per person and $19.95 for children under 12. One of the outstanding features this year is a special appearance by Santa Claus and his elves.

For other Christmas Day options, please see last year's top five spots for Christmas Day dinner in Las Vegas while keeping in mind that some menus may have changed. Members may request the help of our talented concierge team to book reservations while they are still accepted.

New Year's Eve Celebration, December 31.

Las Vegas New YearJoin The Stirling Club with the legendary Lannie Counts Band. Lannie grew up singing with his dad's big band and his mom's hymnals and became an entertainer with a diverse repertoire that includes Motown, rock, jazz, and blues. The band recently celebrated its first album release.

Concurrent with the entertainment, the executive chef has prepared a special four-course dinner. There will also be a special bar menu and the entire event includes a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Reservations are required. $99 per person.

New Year's Day Brunch, January 1.

After New Year's Day, The Stirling Club will host a second grand holiday brunch created by the executive chefs with two seatings at noon and 3 p.m. The brunch will include a carving station with beef tenderloin in a puff pastry, roast leg of lamb, and Maryland-style crab cakes.

There will also be a full shell fish display (including lobster) pasta stations, hot chafers, and a dessert tray with eight delightful treats that range from traditional cherry pie to the more creative Linzer torte. Seating is extremely limited and reservations are required. $49.95 per person and $19.95 for children under 12.

For more holiday dinner options or assistance with reservations, members may call The Stirling Club concierge. Members visiting from other cities are also encouraged to make their holiday selections as early as possible, as many venues will have limited hours and/or seating. Some may have a dress code.

From everyone at The Stirling Club and the the Courtier team, we would like to thank you very much. Please have the safest and most enjoyable holiday season ever.
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Stirling Club Chefs Present A Holiday Cooking Demo

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For the second time this year, Chef Steve Piamchunter will share some legendary cooking secrets. And this time, he will be joined by another well-known culinary name in Las Vegas — Anne Callaghan, chef de cuisine at The Stirling Club.

As some Stirling Club members know, Callaghan came to the club after serving five years as a sous chef and kitchen manager at Aureole Las Vegas in Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. It was at Aureole that Callaghan originally developed a cooking class prototype for the Charlie Palmer Group. Prior, she had worked in several kitchens at the MGM.

Piamchunter is equally renown. He is a recognized chef with the Charlie Palmer Group and head chef at The Stirling Club. He has 10 years of experience working at some of the finest restaurants in Las Vegas after working at his family’s Thai restaurant in California.

Join Chef Steve Piamchunter And Chef Anne Callaghan For A Holiday Cooking Demonstration

At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 8, these Charlie Palmer Group chefs will provide a light and refreshing cooking demonstration with an emphasis on the holidays. The rare evening event will a full three-course dinner and mulled holiday cider.

canapesWhile the specific menu won't be released, the demonstration includes holiday canapes (hors d'œuvres) and several quick and entertaining dishes for special gatherings. They will also present some menu-planning and cooking tips that will save time and money while adding flavor. And, unlike previous events, one portion of the demonstration will include a hands-on food craft with full participation. Each guest will then be able to take home their creations.

Chef Piamchunter sometimes shares modern recipes as a guest columnist. Chef Callaghan has appeared as a guest chef at several culinary events. Both are well-known for their culinary skills as part of the Charlie Palmer Group.

Since the opening of Aureole on the upper east side of Manhattan, American cuisine pioneer Charlie Palmer and all of his chefs have been world renown. His collection of coast-to-coast locations encompass numerous award-winning restaurants. Recently, six of his restaurants were the recipients of Wine Spectator's 2010 Best of Award of Excellence. Aureole Las Vegas was one of seven to win the Grand Award.

Charlie Palmer Group also handles The Stirling Club's exclusive private dining and catering options. The venue can accommodate groups from 20 to 500 people.

Seating is limited and is only $19.95 for members. Non-members are invited to contact Kathleen Gustafson at 702-784-4603 for an exclusive tour or to make additional arrangements, pending the availability of any offering.
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Hanukkah Dinner At The Stirling Club Las Vegas

MenorahThere are several ancient stories that have been tied to Hanukkah, but most celebrate the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem (Second Temple) after its desecration by the King of Syria. He had outlawed Jewish religious rites and traditions.

Later, the Maccabees successfully rebelled and Jerusalem was freed. The Temple was purified and the wicks of the menorah miraculously burned for eight days, even though there was only enough sacred oil for one day's lighting. An eight-day festival was declared by the Jewish sages to commemorate this miracle.

It has become a beautiful holiday, rich with tradition and celebrated by a series of rituals that are performed every day throughout the eight-day holiday. Some are family-based and others communal. There are also special additions to the daily prayer service, and a section is added to the blessing after meals but it is not a "Sabbath-like" holiday.

Hanukkah Dinner At The Stirling Club.

On Thursday, Dec. 2, the Stirling Club will be featuring a special Hanukkah menu (and regular dining menu). The menu is prepared by the Charlie Palmer executive chef team.

It includes a first course consisting of matzoh ball soup and petit diced vegetables or a mixed greens salad with a balsamic vinaigrette. The main course will include your choice of a roast beef brisket with truffle steak fries or roast chicken with potato puree. And dessert will feature honey cake with a clear caramel sauce.

Reservations may be made by calling 702-732-9700 and the menu will be served a la carte. A special menu insert will also be available during the holiday. And members joining The Stirling Club on Thursday, Dec. 2 may take part in a special menorah lighting. Dinner will begin at 5 p.m.

The Menorah Lighting At The Stirling Club.

The menorah is described in the Bible as the seven-branched candelabrum made of gold. It was lit in the portable sanctuary set up by Moses and later in the Temple in Jerusalem. Fresh olive oil of the purest quality was burned daily to light its lamps.

Traditionally, Hanukkah lights should burn for at least one-half hour after it gets dark. The lamps of the menorah were usually lit daily from fresh, consecrated olive oil and burned from evening until morning. Many menorahs have nine candles, distinguishing them from those lit in the temple.

We would also like to take a moment to wish all of our members a happy Thanksgiving tomorrow. We are grateful to have you.
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Very Special Stirling Club Offer

Apple PieBeginning today, The Stirling Club is offering a very special service during the holidays. Under the direction of Charlie Palmer executive chefs, the Stirling Club will be offering freshly baked holiday pies that may be ordered through the concierge.

For more information and prices, please contact the Stirling Club concierge. Orders are should be placed in advance as only so many pies may be baked on any given day. There are four different pies to choose from to make your holidays complete and the Stirling Club Courtier is pleased to share a little history about each of them.

The History Of America's Favorite Holiday Pies.

Apple Pie. While the earliest recipe can be traced back to England and the time of Chaucer — the English author, poet and philosopher — apple pie has become synonymous with America, even if the reason was English. During colonial days, colonists would have to wait for carefully transported pips before they became fruit-bearing apple trees. So the colonists took to making pastries with meat instead of fruit.

Once apples were finally available, the variations of pastries and new recipes (some from the eighteenth century) ensured the pie would finally become America's favorite dessert. When it did, it became so commonplace that the old saying as American as apple pie stuck.

Pumpkin Pie. Unlike the apple, the pumpkin is native to the continent of North America but the pie did not originate here. When pumpkins were exported to France, the flesh of the “pompion” was quickly accepted as pie filler before making its way to England.

pumpkin pie las vegasIronically, the Pilgrims brought pumpkin pie back to New England, but its popularity later waned in England. Perhaps that is the primary reason pumpkin pie became associated with Thanksgiving and the holidays. While the Native Americans had the pumpkins, the Pilgrims had the right recipe.

Pecan Pie. Tradition holds that the French invented pecan pie soon after settling in New Orleans, with Native Americans already enjoying the nut. However, the true origin of the pecan pie is a mystery because no recipes have ever been found prior to 1925.

Over time, American literature began associating pecan pie with the holidays and despite its mysterious origin, it still carries an aura of French cuisine as a home-cooked comfort food. Sometimes, the French-American flair is emphasized with the addition of chocolate or bourbon whiskey.

Sweet Potato Pie. While it doesn't have as rich a history as some of the other pies, sweet potato pie is an American invention that can be traced to the Southern United States. It has become an America favorite, especially around the holidays.

Interestingly enough, it was the northern states that eventually decided to add marshmallows as a topping. In the South, the recipes are generally simple with mashed sweet potatoes, milk, sugar and eggs, flavored with spices such as nutmeg.
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Stirling Club Members Are Up For Fun And Nunsense!

Nunsense in Las Vegas"A hail of fun and frolic ... Nunsense, like the holy mother church, is a bona fide institution." — New York Times

When Broadway is too big to visit The Stirling Club, Stirling members get together to look for Broadway. This weekend, members will find it at a special engagement in the Las Vegas Hilton Saturday, Nov. 13.

Nunsense, the award-winning, wacky musical comedy starring The Little Sisters of Hoboken, will present their hysterically funny musical that won four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical during its 10-year run in New York.

A Quick Undressed Rehearsal Of The Delightful Show.

If you haven't heard of the story before, it begins when Sister Julia, Child of God, accidentally poisons 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for burials. The remaining sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show.

Without a proper stage, the sisters do the only thing they can do. They take over the school auditorium, which is still set for the eighth grade production of “Grease.”

Fortunately, the sisters are not without talent. Reverend Mother Regina happens to be a former circus performer. Sister Mary Hubert is the mistress of novices. Sister Robert Anne is streetwise and smart. Sister Mary Leo is also a wannabe ballerina. And Sister Mary Amnesia is forgetful enough to be unforgettable.

Combined, these nuns will provide the perfect production to escape for a few hours, thanks to the talent and creativity of Dan Goggin, whose professional career began singing in the Broadway production of "Luther," starring Albert Finney.

Later, while appearing in a comic folk-duo called The Saxons, Goggin began writing the off-Broadway musical, Hark! By 1986, he was heralded all over the world for writing what can only be called a lot of Nunsense.

The Stirling Club Preshow Reception.

Stirling Club members and guests will meet at 3 p.m. in the Piano Lounge of The Stirling Club for a cocktail reception. Transportation will be provided to the Las Vegas Hilton and back. Reservations are required.

The show starts at 4 p.m. Tickets are only $32.50 per person and the reception, transportation, and premium seating are inclusive. After the performance, members will also enjoy a private meet and greet.
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Thanksgiving Dinner In Las Vegas 2010

Thanksgiving Las VegasThanksgiving 2010 in Las Vegas will be one of the busiest on record.

Many visitors, especially on the West Coast, are already taking advantage of holiday specials offered by hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. Bing Travel predicts travel fares to remain flat compared to 2009, helping people find an incentive to take advantage of the four-day weekend in November. And retailers all over Las Vegas are setting deeply discounted holiday prices.

To help travelers and locals, The Stirling Club Courtier is pleased to present its annual top five Las Vegas Thanksgiving 2010 dinner list. Specific to The Stirling Club, non-members are invited to inquire about membership or request a guest pass for Thanksgiving (as space is available).

Five Top Spots For Thanksgiving In Las Vegas.

The Stirling Club. The Stirling Club will have two intimate Thanksgiving grand buffets by Chef Charlie Palmer at noon and 3 p.m. The menu includes favorites like roast organic turkey breast, sauteed turkey thighs, creamy brown gravy, cranberry lemon compote, and candied sweet potato puree. Seating is extremely limited and reservations are required. $49.95 per adult and $19.95 for children under 12. The price reflects the benefits of membership.

Andre's Las Vegas Andre's Las Vegas, which is located inside the Monte Carlo, will serve a traditional oven roasted free range turkey with herb-nut and dried fruit stuffing; Scottish salmon with shrimp and red curry; and prime angus ribeye with a mushroom fricassee. The dinner also includes a variety of sides, soups, sorbets, and four desserts. Service will begin at 4 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. $75 per person.

BOA Steakhouse. BOA Steakhouse inside the The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is still working on its Thanksgiving menu, but last year offered guests a traditional Thanksgiving feast with turkey, stuffing, and potatoes. As a steakhouse, it is best known for its 21-day dry aged bone–in ribeye and California cuisine, which is infused into this special dinner. Service is currently expected to include normal business hours. $65 per person.

Aureole. Also by Charlie Palmer, Aureole at Mandalay Bay Resort will feature a four-course meal, beginning with smoked salmon and ahi tuna carpaccio. It will be followed by sauteed sea scallops in a creamy clam chowder, followed by a choice of roasted New Hampshire turkey or herb roasted rack of Cervena venison. Dessert includes an autumn spiced pumpkin pie. Service is held from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. $75 per person.

Pinot Brasserie. Set inside the Venetian, Pinot Brasserie will begin service at 3 p.m. with four courses. Guests may choose from pumpkin soup or onion gratinee, followed by variety of optional second courses. Main courses include roasted turkey breast, pan-seared scallops, Atlantic king salmon, or a grilled petit filet. For dessert, there is a choice of warm apple tatin, croissant pudding, or chocolate souffle. $65 per person, children under 12 are $15.95. A three-course variation is $55.

For more Thanksgiving options or assistance with reservations, members may call The Stirling Club concierge. Members visiting from other cities are encouraged to make their Thanksgiving selection as early as possible. Many venues will have limited hours and/or seating. Some choices above may also have a dress code.

If you would like more ideas, you can find last year's list here. Or, if you want to try something completely different, consider a Las Vegas Thai favorite, which is open 365 days a year.
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Membership Opens A World Of Opportunities

Membership at The Stirling Club means more than the very best of Las Vegas. While the club is well known for events, entertainment, and amenities, it also includes privileges at more than 60 reciprocal clubs throughout the world. From time to time, The Stirling Club Courtier highlights some of these clubs, providing members with a glimpse at the world that awaits them.

Three Amazing Reciprocal Clubs For Stirling Club Members.

The Royal Automobile Club of Australia in Sydney, Australia.
Founded in 1903 as a motoring organization, it has become one of the country's premier private clubs, set in a beautiful historic building that is centrally located in Sydney, Australia. The club is a short walk from Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens, and other major attractions.

Among its many events and amenities, the Royal Automobile Club of Australia is known for its historic Harbour Room, which offers stunning views across Sydney Harbour and the Royal Botanic Gardens. This room also serves as the main members' dining area, with an à la carte menu five days a week.

The Balboa Bay Club at Newport Beach, California.
The Mediterranean-style waterfront Balboa Bay Club includes a private membership club and resort (which is public), is a Four Diamond property, and the only waterfront resort in Newport Beach. It combines an illustrious past tied to California's renowned gold coast. It was founded in 1948.

The members-only portion of the club includes two private dining rooms with views of the bay, a private pool, lawn, and beach area bayside. Like many reciprocal clubs, it also features a state-of-the-art private health club, daily activities, and monthly special events. Visiting the club includes access to an amazing spa, open only to members and resort guests.

Genesee Valley Club in Rochester, New York
This year marked a special occasion for the Genesee Valley Club in New York. It is celebrating the 125th anniversary of when it was conceived in the Powers Block, Room 49 at the office of Hobart F. Atkinson (the club’s first president). Today, it is one of the 235 most highly regarded private clubs in the United States.

In addition to a fitness center, pool, and tennis, the Genesee Valley Club provides fine dining for guests inside its elegant Green Porch, historic Red Grill, casual Armstrong Grill, and seasonal Front Club and Armstrong Grill Terraces. The culinary staff at the club has held the Rochester Chapter of the American Culinary Association's 'Chef of the Year' title for two consecutive years.

Protocol At Reciprocal Clubs.

Once you contact a club to ensure availability of reservations, services, or other amenities, Stirling Club members may then contact the The Stirling Club, which will send a letter of introduction to the visiting club. While there may be some limitations and different club rules, all clubs generally accept reciprocal members with open arms while they are visiting that area.

One notable difference: all members should keep in mind that it is customary to pay for club services as they are enjoyed (there are no bill backs). Several Stirling Club members have made friends all over the world by visiting dozens of these clubs.

For additional privileges, current members are encouraged to call for information about Signature Gold memberships. For inquiries and a tour of The Stirling Club, please contact Membership Director Kathleen Gustafson at 702-784-4603.
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Spooktacular Ball Set For The Stirling Club

Kelly Clinton"If you are looking for a tamer experience, there is only one place to go. The most exclusive club in Las Vegas will be hosting a Halloween Spooktacular Ball at The Stirling Club. Entertainment will be led by popular entertainer Kelly Clinton." — Tour Guy Field Guide.

Halloween has had plenty of facelifts over the years. It has been traced back to both the Roman festival of Parentalia and the Celtic festival of Samhain. Even the advent of wearing costumes and asking for candy has some old roots. Shakespeare even mentions it in his comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1593).

In the play, Speed accuses his master of "puling [whimpering or whining] like a beggar at Hallowmas." In the United States, Halloween seems to have taken hold after a large immigration of Irish, Scottish, and English immigrants in 1920. Now, Halloween is slowly becoming recognized as a global event. And in Las Vegas, it is just as much an adult festival as it is for kids.

The Halloween Spooktacular Ball At The Stirling Club.

Organized by Kelly Clinton, the Stirling Club's Spooktacular Ball (wear a costume) has become one of the most time-honored traditions at The Stirling Club. There will be live entertainment, a DJ, games, food, drinks, and a costume contest. Not only does the ball attract some celebrity participants (unbeknownst to members), but the costume contest is judged by several surprise guests.

The Halloween Spooktacular Ball at The Stirling Club will begin at 8 p.m. in the Cigar Bar and Piano Lounge. Reservations are required and participation is $24.95 per person. (Non-members may request a pass by contacting Kathleen Gustafson at 702-784-4603.)

"This is a must-attend event as the costumes are always fantastic and the night takes on a life of its own," said Mike Saye, general manager of The Stirling Club. "Every year, this party grows in size and there will be some surprises you won't want to miss."

Concurrently, Clinton will also be performing her Saturday show, Kelly Clinton and Friends, between 8 p.m. and midnight, but the haunting tends to last longer. So, please do not be surprised to see ghouls, ghosts, and costumed guests roaming the property.
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Valckenberg And Bedford Wineries Arrive In Las Vegas

Wine Events at The Stirling ClubHosted by 20-year-old Renegade Wine Imports, The Stirling Club will become the center of a European wine tasting sensation, featuring imports from Valckenberg International and Bedford International. Together, these reputable wine makers and distributors have fashioned an intense collection of wines from Germany and Italy.

If you are unfamiliar with Valckenberg, it is the oldest family-owned wine merchant in Germany. It began when Dutch trader Peter Joseph Valckenberg (1808) purchased a winery that dated back with the Romans more than 2,000 years. Bedford International has a much younger history, being founded in 1949. However, it quickly grew to become an exclusive importer to the United States of fine Italian wines, a beautiful country where one of every 15 acres is dedicated to wine.

The Stirling Club German White And Italian Wine Tasting.

This remarkable wine tasting will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 in the north lounge. Participation is only $35, with Stirling Club Wine Society members receiving half off. Reservations are required and seating is extremely limited.

The selection of the evening represents some of the finest wines from both countries. From Germany, imports include the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region, known for the finest Riesling wines in the world, and the Saarstein estate, which owns the oldest vineyards in the village of Serrig. From Italy, selections hail from the famed Piedmont region, the renowned Villa of Vignamaggio, an ancient hilltop town in southeast Tuscany.

What To Expect From The German Wines Highlighted.

Valckenberg Gewürztraminer, 2008 is a full-bodied, medium-dry white with a lovely aroma of roses, accompanied by flavors of ripe peach and litchi. Fruity on the front, it finishes finishes a bit drier with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove.

Maximin Grunhauser QbA Riesling, 2008 is spicy and fruity with aromas of peach and hints of black currant, typical for wines from the Abtsberg during the great years. It is packed with fruit and minerals, leaving a powerful and elegant taste.

Schloss Saarstein Kabinett Riesling, 2008features a crisp fruit taste, with the aroma of pear and kiwi. Expect a light and elegant flavor, with a touch of sweetness.

What To Expect From The Italian Wines Highlighted.

Volpi Barbera d'Asti, 2007 is medium-bodied wine with bright red fruit tones that feature hints of violet, earth, plum, and tannin. It is made with the barbera classic grapes in the Piedmont region.

Vignamaggio Chianti Classico, 2007 features a beautiful grape with soft tannins, succulent acidity, and moderately intense cherry and herb flavors. It is extremely easy to drink and often versatile as a dinner wine.

Umani Rochi Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, 2008 is a velvety red with supple fruit and a characteristic nutty, almost chocolate flavor often associated with Italian reds.

Castellucio Sangiovese, 2008 is known for soft tannins, succulent acidity, and moderately intense cherry and herb flavors. It is noted as a pure drinking pleasure blended with an unusual consistency.

Rivera Rupicolo (Mediterranean Blend), 2007 is generally characterized by its fruitiness and drinkability with a moderate structure. It will present a beautifully vibrant finish.

Non-Stirling Club members may contact Kathleen Gustafson, executive membership director, by email via the The Stirling Club Website or by calling 702-784-4603. Stirling Club members may also refer guests for consideration. Members are asked to place reservations by calling 702-732-9700.
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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Carolina Herrera New York Visits The Stirling Club

There are only five Carolina Herrera flagship boutiques in the world, and one of them happens to be in Las Vegas (opened last December). But if you are one of the few unfamiliar with the name, Herrera is an amazing designer who won the "Womenswear Designer of the Year" in 2004 and the "Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award" in 2008.

Recently, she received the distinguished "Mercedes-Benz Presents" title for her spring/summer collection, an award that should excite anyone who has a passion for fashion. While most designers were trying to find ways to cut corners in the last two years, Herrera has continued her dedication to using only quality materials, unique styles, and innovative designs.

Hats, High Tea, And High Fashion.

At 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12, the Stirling Club will host its wildly popular High Tea and High Fashion event with very special guest Carolina Herrera New York. Served alongside bite-sized sandwiches, scones, and other treats, guests will get a preview of the designer's pre-fall and fall 2010 collections weeks before they go on sale to the general public.

The pre-fall and fall collections are among the finest ever offered to seasoned, style-savvy customers. And this year, the pre-fall collection is especially perfect for the warmer West because most of the collection was designed to feel lighter than air, with a revival of colorful 1920s prints featuring bold hues. The fall collection is equally stunning with a return to the ultra-luxe look.

The line will also offer guests something remarkable, making this a rare opportunity to plan some seasonal purchases while socializing with other club members. The entire collection will be available for 50 percent off.

Attendance for members is only $18.95 per person. Non-members are invited to contact Kathleen Gustafson, executive director of membership, at 702-784-4603 or by email via The Stirling Club Web site. Hats are optional.

What Makes Carolina Herrera So Unique?

Herrera appeared on the fashion scene almost three decades ago after being prompted by fashion legend Diana Vreeland and her great friend, the late Count Rudi Crespi. And, as someone who came from a long line of Venezuelan landowners and statesmen, Herrera helped fill a fashion niche that returned the look to a more cultivated and noble sensibility.

"I love the idea of elegance and intricacy, but whether it is in a piece of clothing or a fragrance, the intricacy must appear as simplicity," Herrera told Fashion Infomat. "I think that standard has served me well; women seem to love my clothes. I am extremely grateful for the success that they have given me."

Her first full collection was shown at New York's Metropolitan Club in April 1981. In 2000, she opened her first retail store and never looked back. The Las Vegas boutique opened adjacent to the Mandarin Oriental, just steps away from Crystals.
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Stirling Club Presents Chef Oscar Toro

If you have ever dined at Asiate in Manhattan or Tetuya's Restaurant in Sydney, you may already be familiar with the culinary skill of Chef Oscar Toro. He has been a resident chef at both of these restaurants after his early start as chef de partie at the Four Seasons Hotel’s Fountain Restaurant in Philadelphia in 1999.

Nowadays, of course, he is best known as chef de cuisine at SUSHISAMBA in Las Vegas. But his experience at some of the world's finest restaurants contributed to him becoming the master chef he is today.

If you are unfamiliar with SUSHISAMBA, it is the only restaurant in the world to serve traditional Japanese, Peruvian and Brazilian dishes under one roof. Originally opened in New York, Las Vegas is one of the newest locations to offer up an incredibly diverse menu with sizzling meats from a robata grill, super fresh sushi, classic sashimi, and South American ceviche. Most fans rave about the fusion of these foods, which is no accident.

Some of it comes from Chef Toro and his extensive travels. In fact, he had just completed a three-month trek across Japan and Southeast Asia, sampling as many dishes as possible, before joining SUSHISAMBA. Even more remarkable, this trip was only his most recent culinary exploration. He has visited six continents in the past five years.

Chef Oscar Toro Visits The Stirling Club On Oct. 7.

For one night only, Stirling Club members and guests will be treated to a rare close encounter with Chef Toro as he presents a live cooking demonstration and dinner in the intimate setting of The Stirling Club, the most exclusive private club in Las Vegas.

The evening begins with a cocktail reception, where guests will be able to meet Chef Toro before he presents a live cooking demonstration. Immediately following the reception, guests can enjoy a remarkable dinner menu created especially for this special event.

The menu opens with jumbo shrimp ceviche with passionfruit, cucumber, and cilantro. The appetizer will be followed by seared OToro Kobe beef, tuna tataki, and miso-marinated Chilean sea bass. And, for dessert, participants will finish with warm chocolate banana cake with maple butter, banana chip, and vanilla rum ice cream.

This Is A Guest Chef Exclusive By The Stirling Club.

Participation for members is $65 per guest and reservations are required as seating is intimate and limited. Members may call 702-732-9700. Non-members considering The Stirling Club are encouraged to call Kathleen Gustafson at 702-784-4603, pending space availability.
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Two New Lymphatic Massages In Las Vegas

Lymphatic Massage Las VegasMany people think that massaging facial skin might lead to wrinkles, but proper massage techniques will actually tighten the skin. It can also stimulate the underlying collagen, loosen and promote regeneration, and revitalize the lymphatic system.

Lymphatic Massages In Las Vegas.

The Stirling Club Spa in Las Vegas is proud to announce the addition of two new lymphatic massages. One is designed specifically to revitalize your face and the other can improve your overall health with detoxification.

Of course, lymphatic massage isn't new. The massage was put into practice in the early 1930s after Dr. Emil Vodder noticed that lymph nodes become swollen when patients are suffering from a chronic cold. This was revolutionary work, even in the French Riviera, primarily because the medical profession didn't truly understand the lymph system, immune system, and detoxification.

Lymphatic Massage.

Generally, lymphatic detoxification massages are gentle and concentrate on key regions and lymph nodes in the body. The reason this so important is that the lymphatic system produces fluids that help detoxify the body. Once the toxins are absorbed, the fluid is filtered though the lymph nodes, which removes bacteria and even cancer cells.

When the lymph nodes are overburdened, they struggle to filter new toxins. They also struggle to give passage to immune cells as needed. Tonsillitis is a good example of what happens when the body attempts to filter too much toxins or overproduce infection-fighting white blood cells.

The massage works by increasing the flow of cellular fluids through the lymphatic ystem, boosting the immune response, decreasing pain, reducing the appearance of scar tissue, and helping the body remove fibrotic tissues. In one sense, the massage helps wake up the system.

After your lymph massage, it's important to drink plenty of water as things get moving again. Most people will feel remarkably relaxed. If you feel off kilter (due to too many toxins), water (avoid salt) and movement can hurry the process along. Remarkably, this massage has been credited with medical as well as holistic improvements, ranging from optimal health to allergy relief to post-surgical care and cellulite.

Members can request 25-minute, 50-minute, and 80-minute massages. Rates range from $90 to $250.

Lymphatic Facial.

Lymphatic Massage Las VegasSimilar to the lymphatic massage, the acupressure lymphatic facial massage can stimulate the underlying collagen, loosen and promote regeneration, and stimulate the lymphatic system. The effects increase blood flow and oxygen to your face, which tightens the face and leaves you more relaxed and youthful.

The technique blends the ancient Chinese art of applying pressure to specific points on the body with the techniques originally developed by Dr Vodder. Regular lymphatic facial massages have been shown to help stimulate the lymph system, resulting in improved blood circulation and firmer, youthful, more radiant skin.

It can also help relax facial and neck muscles, reduce puffiness, remove wrinkles, diminish dark circles, and create a healthy glow. The facials are offered with 50-minute and 80-minute sessions. They range from $135 to $200.

There are other fall specials available. Members may inquire by calling 702-784-4616. Non-members interested in visiting the spa are encouraged to call Kathleen Gustafson at 702-784-4603. The Stirling Club Spa is the only private spa listed among the top ten spas in Las Vegas.
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Let's Misbehave In Vegas: A Tribute To Cole Porter

Not everyone knows his name, but almost every generation knows his work. Broadway composer and songwriter Cole Porter has been covered by everyone, including artists like U2, Annie Lennox, and Shane MacGowan.

But even before that, the music and compositions of Porter had been made famous by Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Ella Fitzgerald, Gene Kelly, and Ethel Merman. His sophisticated, bawdy lyrics, clever rhymes, and complex forms have galvanized generations since his big Broadway break toward the end of the roaring twenties.

Let's Misbehave: A Tribute To Cole Porter At The Stirling Club.

Set in an exclusive club reminiscent of an upscale speakeasy, Las Vegas will become home for Broadway for one night (Thursday, Sept. 30). This exclusive dinner show performance will be modeled after an interactive radio show under the direction of EJG Productions, a nonprofit theater experience led by Edward Gryska and Brandon Klock.

"When Porter wrote these songs for Broadway, they were sung by young Broadway performers. Mary Martin, Gene Kelly, Ethel Merman and others were all in their late teens and early 20s," says Gryska. "So casting young performers will give you an idea of what it may have felt like at that time."

As a mock radio show performance, the young players will sing into the microphone and interact with guests. much like they might have on Broadway or in speakeasies during prohibition. The entertainment will include a popular selection of Porter favorites, including songs from shows such as Kiss Me Kate, Can Can, and Anything Goes.

As a tribute, Gryska has also included several quality compositions from lesser known shows, Let's Misbehave from Paris (Porter's big break on Broadway) and You Do Something To Me from Fifty Million Frenchmen, among them.

A Special Menu Created By Charlie Palmer.

Dinner service will begin 30 minutes prior to the start of the show. It includes a grilled petit filet and sauteed tiger shrimp, served with a horseradish pomme puree and pencil asparagus. The accompanying appetizer will feature autumn field greens and goat cheese fritter. Caramelized pear tart tatin will be served for dessert.

Admission for members is $59.95 and reservations are required as seating is intimate and limited. Members may call 702-732-9700. Non-members considering The Stirling Club are encouraged to call Kathleen Gustafson at 702-784-4603, pending space availability.
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A World-Class Meeting Destination Inside Las Vegas

Stirling Club EntranceThe Stirling Club remains the most exclusive premier private retreat in Las Vegas, but the club is frequently used for many other purposes. It is well known for providing the perfect location for corporate meetings, business luncheons, and event seminars.

"We currently have an exceptional opportunity to provide members with a 10 percent credit from any catered event in September," says Kathleen Gustafson, membership director. "The credit is applied to their membership account, while giving businesses and guests who enjoy entertaining the chance to try out any number of offerings— the Stirling Room, Verandah, or any one of our private rooms."

Occasionally, some businesses provide workshops and presentations that are complimentary to members and guests. For example, Merrill Lynch will be hosting a global market presentation at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 15 in the North Lounge.

The complimentary program is designed to introduce investors to the growth opportunities that exist outside the United States. Merrill Lynch has made a case for investors to consider global markets for the past several months.

“While advanced economies continue to slow, recent data suggests that emerging markets are gathering strong momentum,” Merrill Lynch Bank of America reported to Bloomberg. “With US interest rates stuck at zero and a growing likelihood of another round of quantitative easing, we see the potential for strong capital inflows into emerging markets boosting liquidity, currencies, and domestic asset prices.”

According to Gustafson, the program represents the diverse purposes businesses and social members find at the club. While most members take advantage of club amenities, fitness center, spa, and live entertainment, some have found the centrally-located club perfect for events and even gatherings associated with conventions.

"No matter where the event hosts are based, we have a team that handles all the details while they entertain your business or social circle at meetings, celebrations, and even weddings," said Gustafson. "Our first-class catering team includes renown chef and restauranteur Charlie Palmer, ensuring a memorable event."

For more information about the unique opportunities provided by the club or to make special arrangements to tour the property, contact Kathleen Gustafson at 702-784-4603. Attendees at such events do not have to be members, but it is not uncommon for event guests to inquire.
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Celebrate Labor Day At The Stirling Club

Stirling Club PoolWith more than 273,000 people expected to make their way to Las Vegas for the long Labor Day weekend, some visitors might be wondering where they can find a more intimate gathering. Mike Saye, general manager of the Stirling Club, has one idea.

"The Labor Day Margaritaville pool party is a fun way to wind down the summer season," said Saye. "There will be a tropical buffet, island music, hula hoop and limbo contests, and complimentary draft beer with the buffet."

Set for noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 5 in the lagoon pool, the special event features "island escapism" style music inspired by Jimmy Buffett. Expect to hear "Cheeseburger in Paradise" and "Margaritaville" among the mix of hits. Kelly Mcquire, Jim Morris, and Rick Steffen might be in the lineup too.

Served poolside, the Stirling Club chefs have created a variety of island favorites, including Calypso island salad, tropical fish tacos, and even mini-cheeseburgers in paradise. Along with the buffet, complimentary draft beer will be served throughout the event. Drink specials will also include beer, carrot juice, and margaritas.

For those who remember the sensational Fourth of July pool oarty, the Labor Day Margaritaville pool party will be just as fun with a more relaxed theme. Members can enjoy all the activities for $24.95 per person, $12.95 for children under 12. Las Vegas visitors interested in a different side of the city may contact Kathleen Gustafson at 702-784-4603 for consideration.

Monday Night Football Parties Start At The Stirling Club.

Monday Night Football Las VegasLabor Day weekend also marks the return of the Stirling Club's legendary Monday Night Football parties in the Cigar Bar. The first game of the season will feature the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets at the New Meadowlands Stadium. While the Ravens are favorites, anything can happen on Monday night. These two teams haven't faced off since 2007 (Ravens 20, Jets 13).

For a modest $20 at the door, members are treated to an endless assortment of game day food, big screen action, and an open bar on all sponsored brands. Kick off begins at 4 p.m., but many members arrive early for best seats. (Must be 21.)
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Legendary Entertainment At The Stirling Club

Kelly ClintonWhile The Stirling Club's own Kelly Clinton was attending "A Salute to Clint Holmes" Friars Club event in New York City with guests that included everyone from Lee Roy Reems to Liza Minnelli, she was honored as the recipient of the 9th Annual Bella Award for "Las Vegas Female Star & Entertainer."

"She is all that, and has been for many years. Accepting the award on her behalf were her close friend Lena Prima and mother, Ellie Clinton Issa. Holmes still is trying to get his eponymous play to Broadway and says the next likely venue is a 'major theater on the West Coast.' More to come, we can expect." — John Katsilometes, Las Vegas Sun

Congratulations Kelly, from all your friends at The Stirling Club. For those who don't know, the Bella Award is presented to outstanding people in Nevada for exemplifying a positive lifestyle, fashion, and entertainment. She joins a long list of amazing people including The Platters, The Coasters, and Andre Agassi.

Live Entertainment Every Wednesday Through Saturday.

In addition to hosting her own show on Saturday nights at The Stirling Club, Clinton serves as the entertainment director. As such, she is responsible for lining up all the weekly entertainment that seems easy to take for granted at the private club.

In addition to more than a dozen special guests in August, she had introduced members to Carmine Mandia, Mark O'Toole, Mark Verabian, Stephanie Calvert, Ronnie Rose, and dozens of other top entertainers. On Saturdays, it's not even uncommon for Clinton to pull entertainers from the audience and ask them to sing a few songs in the extremely intimate setting.

Who have some of these surprise guests included? Barry Manilow, Wayne Newton, Sheena Easton, Bill Medley, Jack Jones, and, of course, our favorite entertainer in residence ... member Clint Holmes. With such surprise guests commonplace, The Stirling Club continues to be one of the most unpredictable venues in Las Vegas. (In fact, Elisa Fiorillo, who normally performs on Saturday, recently took a temporary leave to tour with Prince.)

If you're visiting Las Vegas or are a resident and want to experience what it might be like to enjoy live performances with all the magic of a backstage after party, contact Kathleen Gustafson at 702-784-4603 for a guest pass. Gustafson will also be happy to arrange a complete tour of the facility.

CitizenEffect National Day Of Action.

CitizenGulfWhile there is no event taking place in Las Vegas, The Stirling Club Courtier would like to give a shout out to CitizenGulf National Day of Action. This national event is taking place in 20 different cities across the country with event organizers hoping to raise funds for afflicted fishing families in the Gulf Coast.

Participating cities include Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Fredericksburg, Greenboro, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Mobile, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Francisco, Sanibel Island, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, Santa Monica, and Washington D.C. For specific locations, visit the Gulf Coast Benefit.

In lieu of attending one of these New Orleans-style events with live jazz, blues, or Zydeco music, please consider making an online donation to support this important effort. Proceeds will be used to help provide education to fishing families who lost their businesses during the Gulf Coast oil spill crisis.
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

How Yoga Can Recapture Lost Years

Yoga in Las VegasA new study conducted by Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, a health psychologist at the Ohio State University College of Medicine, estimates that childhood trauma can shorten your lifespan by as much as 7 to 15 years. Perhaps you've seen the research.

It was widely publicized after being covered by USA Today. The article details the impact of childhood trauma, including poverty, losing a parent, being abused, or witnessing parental marital strife. Such trauma doesn't just impact mental health, but physical health too.

How Yoga Helps Diminish The Effects Of Trauma, Even Forgotten Ones.

What's most striking about the link between physical ailments and childhood trauma is that some people may have physical ailments related to traumas that they have forgotten about. While this is still being explored by researchers, the theory seems sound in that if past traumas can damage development, then the effect exists even if the event is forgotten.

This is also one of the reasons yoga has been gaining popularity in the United States. It has been proven to help balance body chemistry, including glucose levels and red blood cells. By doing so, the body responds and reverses the effects of aging.

1. Cholesterol. Because yoga increases blood circulation and helps burn fat, it can actually help lower cholesterol levels, regardless of diet.

2. Lymphatic systems. Movement has been proven to improve lymphatic systems. These systems are responsible for increasing immunity and reducing the number of toxins in your body.

3. Sodium levels. Much like any exercise program, yoga helps reduce the level of sodium in your body, which is especially important given the abundance of sodium in our foods.

4. Triglycerides. Triglycerides, which are a form of fat in the blood, can increase heart disease risks and high blood pressure. Yoga has been proven to "significantly lower" levels of triglycerides.

5. Red blood cells. Yoga can also increase level of red blood cells in the body. These are the cells that carry oxygen through the blood. By increasing red blood cells, people feel more energetic and youthful.

“People think to do yoga you have to be flexible. But the flexibility is not in the body," Ricardo Sisco, a yoga instructor, recently told the New York Times. "It’s in the mind. That’s why anyone can do it.”

From Sisco's experience, even 70- and 80-somethings who practice yoga in chairs increase their physical health, frequently reporting that their bodies feel lighter, they feel more energetic, and feel less pain from any physical injuries. The new program has been considered a breakthrough, especially among people who do not have the benefit of physical activity.

The Stirling Club Hosts Three Yoga Sessions Weekly.

Stirling Club offers Fitness and Spa AmenitiesThe Stirling Club offers three weekly yoga classes among its aerobics offerings. Classes are attended by a mix of locals with memberships, Turnberry Place residents, and Las Vegas visitors who want to maintain their physical fitness programs while vacationing. Guests considering membership can also make special arrangements by contacting Kathleen Gustafson at 702-784-4603.

Classes are typically held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays and at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays (hours are subject to change). There are seven other aerobic exercises held throughout the week too. Many members pair spa treatments with their physical fitness program to help maximize the results of a complete workout.
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Find Fall Fashion Tips While Visiting Las Vegas

If you caught the upcoming fall fashion trends in New York, you're probably excited or not. There are some new looks to consider — conservative glamour, chic urban warriors, eccentric color combinations — and not all of them mesh well. Spring seemed much easier.

But whatever the reason for the latest eclectic looks, Stirling Club members can find a little help right around the corner in Las Vegas. This Thursday, a former actress, television executive, and founder of My Fashion Architect will provide some complimentary tips and techniques to turn wardrobe shopping into self-confidence.

Fabulous Fall Trends with My Fashion Architect.

Starting at 6 p.m on Aug. 12 in the north lounge of The Stirling Club, this special presentation begins with a recap of the more memorable fashions to hit the runway for fall 2010. Immediately following the fashion line, the real work begins as Joni Hoffman provides some candid advice for women hoping to define their style, shop with clarity, and multitask their wardrobes.

"Since fashion is constantly changing, it is difficult for most of us to keep up," offers Hoffman on her site. "Every woman wants to feel confident and beautiful regardless of age, body type or lifestyle. I believe that every woman can achieve her own personal style."

Her thoughts on dressing right have very little to do with being trendy. She offers up much more pertinent advice, guiding women toward fashions that fit, look flattering, and raise self-esteem because the people around you are more likely to notice you as opposed to what you are wearing. As Hoffman put it, the clothes you wear work best when they reflect you.

This event is complimentary for Stirling Club members (reservations still apply by calling 702-732-9700). However, if you are interested in joining The Stirling Club, this event could be the perfect opportunity to introduce yourself. Contact Kathleen Gustafson at 702-784-4603 for a guest pass to the event and an exclusive tour, depending on your schedule.

Hoffman has already mapped out some of the best boutiques in Las Vegas. So, if you want to save a little time for more fun, she is certainly a fashion go-to person while you are here.
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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Learn Some Secrets From Chef Steve Piamchunter

The Stirling Room at The Stirling ClubMost Stirling Club members already know. And now you can find out too. Steve Piamchunter is an amazing chef.

Since becoming a recognized chef with the Charlie Palmer Group and becoming head chef at The Stirling Club, he already had 10 years of experience working at some of the finest restaurants in Las Vegas. That doesn't count all the experience working in his family’s Thai restaurant in California.

Join Chef Steve Piamchunter For A Summertime Cooking Demonstration

At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 11, Chef Piamchunter will provide a light and refreshing cooking demonstration with an emphasis on summertime specialties. The rare evening event will include tastings.

While the specific menu won't be released (it's a surprise), Chef Piamchunter's recipes were highlighted by Sinner Magazine twice last year. The first featured recipe included lollipop chicken wings, which borrows some techniques from his skills as an international and American contemporary chef.

Lollipop chicken wings are frenched wings covered with a sweet and spicy caramelized coating. The wings are then served over a green onion salad.

Chef Steve PiamchunterAlso featured last year was his recipe for a Napolean melon Caprese salad. The salad requires a layering technique using fresh melons and buffalo mozzarella.

While the summertime cooking demonstration menu isn't listed, those two recipes provide an appetizer of the caliber one can expect. Considering the culinary skill noted by the Charlie Palmer Group, it isn't much of a surprise.

Since the opening of Aureole on the upper east side of Manhattan, American cuisine pioneer Charlie Palmer and all of his chefs are world renown. His collection of coast-to-coast locations encompass numerous award-winning restaurants. Recently, six of his restaurants were the recipients of Wine Spectator's 2010 Best of Award of Excellence. Aureole Las Vegas was one of seven to win the Grand Award.

Charlie Palmer Group also handles The Stirling Club's exclusive private dining and catering options. The venue can accommodate groups from 20 to 500 people.

Seating is limited and is only $19.95 for members. Non-members are invited to contact Kathleen Gustafson at 702-784-4603 for an exclusive tour or to make additional arrangements, pending the availability of any offering.
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Five Summer Luxuries From Las Vegas

While Las Vegas usually attracts more than 3 million people every month during the summer, area residents sometimes find themselves spending much more time indoors. Even so, there some simple luxuries that can transform anyone's summer (whether you live in Las Vegas or not).

Most of these tips from our top five list include amenities that are exclusive to The Stirling Club Las Vegas. However, with a little bit of imagination, most of them can be adapted for almost any locality. From the simplest to the most extravagant, all five of these summer luxuries can help put any summer blues far away and behind you.

Five Luxuries For A Fun Las Vegas Summer.

Try A New Summer Drink Originally created by beverage director and sommelier Franklin Ferguson in Los Angeles, the Agave Negro remains a great summer cocktail. In a cocktail shaker, muddle two blackberries and then add ice, 1 1/2 ounces of Reposado tequila, 3/4 ounces of lime juice, 3/4 ounces of simple syrup, 1/2 ounces of Chambord and shake well. Pour into a rocks glass and stir in 1 ounce chilled club soda. Garnish with lime. Or, if you would like to try something else, ask our servers for suggestions.

Refresh Your Skin The Stirling Club is currently offering a 50-minute Swedish massage, followed by a 50-minute Spa Mediterranee red wine body treatment, including a red wine scrub, antioxidant wrap, and radiant red wine shea butter rub that will leave your skin radiant. What is especially unique about this spa treatment is that it helps protect the skin from UVB exposure, which is common under the Las Vegas summer sun.

Choose Your Pool. Spend a leisurely afternoon in the sparkling blue mosaic Stirling Club pool. The expansive lagoon pool is much more accessible than crowded pools at various hotels. Or, if you prefer a cooler climate, visit one of the monthly pool (billiards) tournaments hosted by member Marty Tunnel and sponsored by Siku Vodka. (The next scheduled tournament is Aug. 5).

Host A Summer Party. Host a summer party at The Stirling Club, and the Charlie Palmer Group will apply a portion of the event as a credit to any Stirling Club membership (interested members can contact Kathleen Gustafson for details). Depending on the size of the party, they can be booked in a private meeting room, charming Verandah Room or opulent Stirling Room. All parties are catered by the legendary team of renowned Chef Charlie Palmer.

Escape For A Day. While many people find the Las Vegas summer hot for too much outside fun, you can find some one-day outdoor adventures and still stay cooler. One such adventure is the only one-day Grand Canyon white water rafting trip on the nearby Hualapai Reservation.

Since its opening in 2001, The Stirling Club Las Vegas has become a premier destination to relax, meet with friends, and appreciate the finest that Las Vegas has to offer. While the club is private for members, special arrangements can made by contacting Kathleen Gustafson at 702-784-4603 for a private tour or pass for those considering membership.

It is the perfect opportunity to discover the best in leisure, dining, spa services, fitness, business, and social amenities. While enjoying the property, it's not uncommon to see the occasional celebrity already enjoying their membership.
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Rodney Strong Vineyards Visits The Stirling Club

Rodney Strong, who left behind his successful career as a professional dancer to found Rodney Strong Vineyards in 1959, was a remarkable leader who transformed Sonoma County from rustic farmland into one of the finest wine regions in the country. His legacy continues today as Rodney Strong Vineyards grows and produces wines from grapes in Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley, Chalk Hill, and Sonoma Coast.

"Today, the winery owns and farms many exceptional vineyards in Sonoma County's prime grape-growing appellations where our critically acclaimed Estate, Vineyard Designated and Reserve wines are grown." — Rick Sayre, winemaker.

Together with The Stirling Club, Rodney Strong Vineyards will present a remarkable wine tasting from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 5 in the north lounge. Participation is only $35, with Stirling Club Wine Society members receiving half off. Reservations are required and seating is extremely limited. Fruit, cheese, and wine will be served.

What To Expect At The Rodney Strong Vineyard Wine Tasting.

Charlotte's Home, Sauvignon Blanc, Estate Vineyard, 2009.
Light, crisp, and highly aromatic, the warmer climate Alexander Valley fruit gives the wine ripe pear and melon character, while the ocean cooled Russian River fruit offers citrus, mineral, and traditional herbaceous qualities.

Chalk Hill Estate, Chardonnay, 2008
Aromas are concentrated and complex — white flower, sweet cream, ripe peach, lemon oil, and wet stone — leading to a palate anchored with rich minerality and tropical and stone fruit.

Russian River Estate, Pinot Noir, 2008
A lush and luxurious feel, with tastes of raspberry, light plum and spice that appears midway and continues through the finish. The taste lingers with cherries.

Alexander Valley Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007
Bold fruit aromas and flavors center on red plum and boysenberry, and a rich and mouth-filling texture with soft tannins. All of this is framed in the finest oak barrels for more than 18 months.

Russian River Valley Reserve, Chardonnay, 2008
Bright lemon and apple aromas mingle with hints of toasty barrel complexity, and on the palate, pear and pineapple with spice and a refreshing acidity.

Russian River Valley Reserve, Pinot Noir, 2008
Soft and rich, with layers of red cherry, raspberry, cola, caramel, and a hint of Asian spice, this impressive, deeply colored and full-bodied wine is aged in 100 percent French oak, which adds an elegant toasty vanilla character.

Alexander Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006
Full bodied and richly textured, this cabernet displays intense aromas and flavors of black currant, sandalwood, white pepper, and cocoa, with a smooth, lingering finish.

Alexander Valley, Red Meritage, Symmetry 2007
A generous bouquet of blackberries, ripe dark plums, sweet spices, and a hint of chocolate. It opens boldly on the palate with layers of blackberry, cassis, smoky dark chocolate, and brown spice.

This special evening event is hosted by Ramon Triay, director of food and beverage, and Mitch Preston of Rodney Strong Vineyards. In addition, The Stirling Club wine tastings have become a remarkable opportunity to meet other members.

Non-Stirling Club members may contact Kathleen Gustafson, executive membership director, by email via the The Stirling Club Website. Stirling Club members may also refer guests for consideration. Members may place reservations by calling 702-732-9700.
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Summer Tips And Spa Specials From The Stirling Club

Because Fiji is a blend of ancient cultures, most historians agree with local legend that the Fijian people came from Southeast Asia via the Malay Peninsula, where Melanesians and the Polynesians created a highly developed society.

European influences didn't come until much latter. But their influences, especially in the 20th century, established sugar, copra, and tourism as primary industries. Along with tourism, Fijian therapists living on hundreds of different islands began developing unique message techniques and exotic treatments.

Pure Fiji Honey And Coconut Milk Body Ritual

The Royal Fijian Ritual is one such treatment. It begins with a gentle sugar exfoliation, which makes the skin feel refreshed and soft. The sugar is blended with coconut oil to ensure the skin remains moist while creating a rich, tropical scent.

Next, the treatment includes rich coconut milk and honey butter, which is wrapped in soft, heated towels. The blend is specifically designed to hydrate and nourish the skin, which is especially beneficial in Las Vegas' dry summer months.

The treatment concludes with a traditional Fijian coconut scalp massage, which restores the life and shine in your hair. (The Stirling Club Spa has made special arrangements to offer the scalp massage with any spa treatment on request.)

The Pure Fiji Honey And Coconut Milk Body Ritual is available through Aug. 31. Please allow one hour for the package that will leave you completely relaxed and restore your energy. To schedule an appointment, call 702-784-4616.

Some Other Helpful Las Vegas Summer Sunscreen Tips.

• Limit your exposure to the sun in Las Vegas from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., even though Las Vegas generally feels the hottest just prior to sunset.

• Always choose a sunscreen with a 15 SPF or higher. Makes sure it includes a broad spectrum of ultraviolet light protection, regardless of cloud coverage.

• If you know how long it takes before your bare skin will burn, divide that number by the number of minutes you intend to be exposed in direct sunlight.

• The EPA has developed a new UV Index App that can be downloaded to your phone. This is especially useful in Las Vegas, which the Las Vegas Sun reports has the highest UV levels in the nation.
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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Moët & Chandon For A Stirling Evening

Champagne has launched thousands of ships, toasted billions of weddings, created countless special occasions, and shared untold special moments between two people. But no other Champagne, perhaps, has become as synonymous with all of these events as Moët et Chandon (Moët & Chandon).

For more than 250 years, the legacy of The House of Moët, founded by Claude Moët and transformed into a symbol of splendor by Jean-Remy Moët, has eclipsed all others. Even recently, Moët & Chandon has been uncorked at countless sporting events; been the toast of the Academy Awards; and sponsored "Josephine's Cellar - Wines During The Napoleonic Empire" as it toured Europe, which commemorated the relationship between Jean-Remy Moët, Emperor Napoleon I, and Josephine de Beauharnais.

Without question, Moët & Chandon is the world's most renown luxury Champagne and still holds a Royal Warrant to supply Champagne to Queen Elizabeth II in England. And for one special evening, Moët & Chandon will supply Champagne for you and your guests too.

The Stirling Club Invites You For A Date With Drinks, Dinner, And Entertainment.

Beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 17, hosts Kathleen Gustafson and Jimmy Foster have made for the following special arrangements with Moët & Chandon. We are certain it will make your evening at The Stirling Club unforgettable.

• All dinner reservations of four or more come with a complimentary bottle of Moët.
• All Moët requested in the Cigar Lounge and Piano Bar will be priced at $45 per bottle.
• All Moët by the glass will be set at the unbelievably special price of $8 per glass.

Beyond the specially priced Moët & Chandon, the evening belongs to you. Make reservations to enjoy dinner by Chef Charlie Palmer in The Stirling Club. And then, enjoy a cocktail and cigar in the Cigar Lounge or make plans to be entertained by Kelly Clinton and Friends. Recent guests have included Julian Dietrich, Mark Verabian, and Lena Prima.

To attend this very special event with Moët & Chandon, place reservations with The Stirling Club concierge at 702-732-9700. Attire for this evening will be formal cocktail. Guests are welcome to attend as couples or on their own, but please remember that a complimentary bottle of Moët is only available for dinner parties of four or more.
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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Summer Reds & Whites At The Stirling Club

Most people know that food is the primary consideration for choosing the right wine. But with some fine restaurants making subtle changes to match the season, some wine lovers are at a loss without their favorites. Naturally, it's perfectly fine to select whatever seems right. However, you might surprise yourself after tasting a variety of summer reds and whites from around the world.

To help make introductions to a few summer favorites, The Stirling Club has invited Brett McAnnany with Red Rock Wines to share his selections from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on July 8 in the north lounge. Participation is only $35, with Stirling Club Wine Society members receiving half off. Reservations are required and seating is extremely limited.

What To Expect At This Summer Wine Tasting

Germany — Riesling, St. Uban-Hof, 2009
Consistently rated 90 by Wine Spectator for several years, this Riesling is one you don't want to miss. It comes from Leiwen, Germany, where the Weis family has made exceptional wines for generations. Their philosophy is simple: great wines are made in vineyards, not so much in cellars.

United States — Sauvignon Blanc, 75 Wine Company, 2008
With its ripe pear and citrus notes with tropical fruit flavors, this Sauvignon Blanc comes from the Red Hills Appellation, which is known for having the cleanest air in California. The secret? It is fermented completely in stainless steel and aged sur lie for nearly three months to enhance its complexity.

Argentina — Finca La Linda, Luigi Bosca Torrontes, 2009
This wine is from Bodega Luigi Bosca and comes from Mendoza, Argentina. It’s 100 percent Torrontés grown at more than 5,500 feet above sea level. The company shares its entire winemaking process on its Website.

France — Syrah-Grenache Les Vignes de Bila Haut, Cotes de Roussillon Villages, 2008
Roussillon is the sunniest region in France, which makes the region similar to Spain. Some people suggest this is why Roussillon wines haven't received as much attention. This one will. The dark red fruit is distinct, with a burgundy-like color. In 2008, this wine made the top 100.

Italy — Dolcetto, Camerano Dolcetto d'Alba, Piemonte, 2007
Made from the black grape grown in the Piedmount region of northern Italy, Camerano Dolcetto d'Alba features a youthful flavor with berries and tannis. The wines made here follow tradition, but Ettore and his son Vittorio Camerano are starting to keep an eye on the future.

Spain — Grenacha, Tempranillo, Syrab, Cab Blend, Cellars Pinol "Ludovius," 2008
Possibly the heaviest wine of the summer selection, this blend carries a glass-coating crimson hue with cherry, blueberry, and blackberry. The estate consists of 100 acres in the town of Batea in Terra Alta, Spain. Cellar Vinos Pinol was founded in 1945 and remained in the family for four generations.

Non-Stirling Club members may contact Kathleen Gustafson, executive membership director, by email via the The Stirling Club Web site. Stirling Club members may also refer guests for consideration. Members may place reservations by calling 702-732-9700.
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Las Vegas Fourth of July 2010: Stirling Style

Las Vegas makes for a great Fourth of July destination because of the extended weekend, but it's not easy to find some semblance of patriotic offerings. One of the best traditions used to be found at Hills Park in Summerlin, but the Las Vegas Philharmonic event was moved to the Springs Preserve, where fireworks are not an option. This year, its event is the day before.

You can still find some sort of tradition, however. The Stirling Club will be hosting its annual Fourth of July Independence Day pool party from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 4. Member attendance is $24.95 per person; $12.95 for children under 12. Reservations are required.

Sunday, July 4 at The Stirling Club

The Stirling Club's Fourth of July Independence Day pool party includes live entertainment and an extensive barbecue buffet. Some menu highlights include roasted baby back ribs, char-grilled Angus burgers, barbecued chicken with pineapple sauce, and grilled kielbasa. There are dozens of sides and salads as well. The dessert selection includes strawberry shortcake (with flag decorations), apple pie, dark cherry pie, fudge almond brownies, and lemon squares.

"Seating will be available in the Verandah Room or poolside," says Mike Saye, general manager of The Stirling Club. "You are welcome to enjoy lunch whether or not you attend the pool party."

With all the entertainment options and events, most people will attend the pool party. In addition to a guest DJ, The Stirling Club will host the Bootlegger Bistro's Future Stars. As these talented singers and the band play on, there will be other events, including a pie eating contest.

After the event, feel free to stay on into the evening. Or if you are hoping to end the evening with fireworks, there are a few limited choices.

Also on July 4, The Stirling Club will be hosting its Wimbledom Championships. Strawberries and cream will be served at the tennis courts from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Fourth of July Fireworks On July 4

• The City of Henderson, which used to have one of the most popular park celebrations, seems to have scaled back to a single viewing area at the Basic High School football field. The celebration will take place between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. There will be live entertainment throughout.

• As an alternative, try one of five Station Casino properties. Green Valley Ranch, Aliante Station, Red Rock Resort, Fiesta Rancho and Texas Station will be be setting off fireworks displays by Gruccis of New York. Gruccis of New York is a five-generation, family-owned and operated company on Long Island. Las Vegas is also a distribution center for the company. The display, which will last nine minutes, will start at 8:45 p.m.

For more Las Vegas-style offerings, parties, and concerts, members may contact The Stirling Club concierge. For consideration of membership on the Fourth of July, contact Kathleen Gustafson, executive director of membership, at 702-784-4603 or by email via The Stirling Club Web site. Guests may request admission to special events such as the Fourth of July celebration as an introduction to the club.

Of course, no matter what you decide to do in Las Vegas, please do have a fun, safe, and sane Fourth of July. And, especially if you have children, take a moment to share with them what the Fourth of July really means to the United States beyond the fun and festivities.
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