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Jeremy Pacheco Joins Wynn Las Vegas as Society Café Encore Executive Chef

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
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Wynn Las Vegas and Encore have appointed Jeremy Pacheco as Executive Chef of Society Café Encore, welcoming him to the resort's renowned culinary team. Drawing upon his passion for fresh, seasonal ingredients, Pacheco will maintain Society Café Encore's elevated yet casual dining experience while incorporating his unique and artful approach to the menu. Raised on his family’s farm in Arizona, working with garden-fresh ingredients is Pacheco's way of life and the motivation for his lauded culinary career.

Society Café Encore's vibrant décor — modeled after Victorian era London —fosters an idyllic atmosphere to experience breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pacheco is amplifying the menu with seasonally rotating dishes that speak to his use of premier ingredient sourcing and his personal relationships with small farms and purveyors in Arizona. Examples include flour and corn from Phoenix’s Hayden Flour Mills and showcased in the Semolina Gnocchi, and goat cheese which is brought in fresh from Crow’s Dairy in Buckeye, Arizona.

Chef Pacheco elaborates that, “I am thrilled to take on the role of Executive Chef at Society Café Encore and join a team that is committed to unparalleled quality which starts from the source. Maintaining relationships with the farmers and purveyors in my hometown allows me to go back to the roots of my culinary passions, combining the best of Arizona with my new endeavor at Wynn Las Vegas.”

Additional menu highlights include Huckleberry Soufflé Pancakes with ricotta, lemon, vanilla whipped cream and Monkey Bread with fresh baked brioche, salty caramel, pecans, cream cheese frosting for breakfastand the following lunch and dinner offerings: Lollipop Chicken "Wings" with shaved celery & carrots, Society hot sauce, blue cheese dip; Braised Beef Short Ribs with Semolina gnocchi, carrot puree, spring peas, mint, horseradish; Himalayan Salt Seared Tuna with Yuzu-soy sauce, chili threads, pickle onions, crisp rice cake; Mary's Free Range Chicken "Under a Brick" with Hayden Mills Polenta, spicy broccolini, lemon garlic jus. In compliment to the food offerings, Society Café has introduced Adult Floats including the Peaches & Cream with cream soda, white peach puree, vanilla ice cream and Stoli Peachik Sidecar and the Java Slide with cream soda, coffee ice cream and a Kahlua Sidecar.

Prior to being appointed Executive Chef at Society Café Encore, Jeremy Pacheco studied at the Scottsdale Culinary Institute and launched his career at The Phoenician's Terrace Dining Room (Scottsdale, Arizona). Pacheco then joined the Wynn Las Vegas team for the first time as the Chef de Cuisine of SW Steakhouse before working as the Tournant Chef of Encore and Wynn and the Chef de Cuisine at Society Café Encore. Reclaiming his roots in Arizona, Pacheco then took over as Executive Chef at Lon's at the Hermosa Inn (Paradise Valley, Arizona) where he sourced ingredients from his own half-acre garden, connecting with the farm-to-table process that first sparked his love of cooking. Pacheco's new home at Society Café marks the ultimate culmination of his connection to the Arizona landscape, expertise in farm-to-table dining, and acclaimed experience working with Wynn Las Vegas and Encore.
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