With an impressive career spanning more than three decades, James Beard nominee Elizabeth Blau is the founder and CEO of restaurant development company Blau + Associates and is widely recognized for transforming Las Vegas into the world-class culinary destination it is today. A renowned restaurateur, Blau's skilled touch defines her work in Las Vegas and around the world. A graduate of the prestigious Cornell School of Hotel Management, Blau began her career with famed restaurateur Sirio Maccioni. As Maccioni expanded the Le Cirque brand to Las Vegas, Blau's work caught the attention of casino developer Steve Wynn. As the vice president of restaurant development for Mirage Resorts, Blau revolutionized the food & beverage operations at the Bellagio and persuaded award-winning chefs to join the company and the flourishing Las Vegas dining scene. Wynn turned to Blau again with the opening of Wynn Las Vegas, where she served as executive vice president of restaurant development and marketing. Blau went on to open a series of successful restaurants across Las Vegas. In 2008, she and her husband, award-winning chef Kim Canteenwalla, launched Society Cafe at Encore to rave reviews. Society Cafe quickly became a Las Vegas favorite, lauded as one of Esquire Magazine's "Best New Restaurants of 2009." In 2012, Blau and Canteenwalla embarked on their first solo independent venture, Honey Salt. Offering a glimpse into the couple's culinary life, Honey Salt features the foods, drinks and vibe they have shared with friends for years, creating a truly one-of-a-kind and beloved experience that remains a mainstay among Las Vegas locals and tourists today.
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