After an extremely unusual winter of snowstorms, downpours and chilly temps, the visitors and citizens of Las Vegas are taking to the streets. What better way to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine than an outdoor food festival?

In recent years, Downtown Las Vegas and the valley's surrounding areas have become a hotbed of culinary activity. Restaurants like EDO Gastro, Flock & Fowl, Patrage and Esther's Kitchen have allowed innovative chefs the opportunity for more daring ventures. They're able to stretch their creative muscles at ambitious venues, free from the confines of mega-resorts and brand names. While celebrity chefs have done wonders to bring attention to the culinary landscape of Sin City, at Vegas Unstripped, it's simply all about making and enjoying great food. 

After a successful inaugural run, Vegas Unstripped 2019: Second Helping will again fill the sidewalks of Downtown's Arts District with a tempting array of dishes, drinks and fun. Second Helping boasts nineteen chefs and teams that have been challenged to "create unique dishes for the night reflecting their culinary passions."

To enhance an independent spirit, all participants and organizers volunteer their time and talent. In addition, the announced chefs and restaurateurs have their expenses covered by the event's ticket sales. The goal is to make Vegas Unstripped 2019 as affordable as it is fun. Any remaining proceeds will then be donated to charities that assist the local homeless population.

Last year's launch gathered ten culinary teams to strut their stuff. "Second Helping" ups the ante by nearly doubling that number and adding a collaboration from six beloved local bars. Expect unique cocktails from the famed Golden Tiki Lounge, Velveteen Rabbit, Herbs & Rye and more. Beers will be provided by CraftHaus and Trumer Pils, wines by Bin 702 of Downtown Container Park.

With all of the activities being planned, Master of Ceremonies Chef Gary Lamorte (founder of Honest Hospitality) will have his hands full keeping things flowing smoothly. He'll be joined onstage by a number of live bands, including Super Lemon, Johnny Hazard Trio and The Rhyolite Sound. Socio-political artist Recycled Propaganda will be on hand to present a "live activation" of his intriguing and often controversial work. 

The lineup of Vegas Unstripped 2019 chefs is a veritable who's who of culinary wizards:
Oscar Amador (EDO Gastro Tapas & Wine)
Brian Howard (Sparrow + Wolf)
Chris Decker (Metro Pizza/Lulus Bread & Breakfast)
Johnny Church (Cookfast LLC)
Geno Bernardo (The Summit Club)
Gina Marinelli (La Strega)
James Trees (Esther's Kitchen)
Ralph Perrazzo (BBDs)
Justin Kingsley Hall (Main St. Provisions)
Khai Vu & Tony Nguyen (District One/Le Pho/Mordeo Boutique Wine Bar)
Sonia El-Nawal (Rooster Boy Cafe)
Marc Marrone (Graffiti Italian, Graffiti Bao)
Sheridan Su (Flock & Fowl/Fat Choy)
Jamie Tran (The Black Sheep)
Michael Stamm & Emily Brubaker (Cured & Whey/MGP)
Saipin Chutima (Lotus of Siam)
Shaun King (ex-Momofuku Las Vegas)
Yuri Szarzewski (Partage/Eatt)

Vegas Unstripped was created by The Feast of Friends, a Vegas-based marketing banner that promotes culinary progress. Their goal is to forge a connection between chefs and the food fanatics who love what they do. In recent years, the group has produced a variety of chef-driven food festivals in Sin City. Now Vegas Unstripped 2019: Second Helping promises to be the biggest and best yet.

Tickets for Vegas Unstripped are available at www.vegasunstripped.com for $75 (plus fees). The event takes place Saturday May 11, 2019 from 8 p.m. until midnight at 1130 S. Casino Center Blvd. in the Las Vegas Arts District.