Elizabeth Blau: Raising the Bar for Women’s Equality

In honor of National Women’s Equality Day 2018, we want to celebrate our own Elizabeth Blau, who has been a pioneer for female chefs, not only for Las Vegas restaurants but internationally.

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Elizabeth Blau creates delicious dishes that are served at her establishments in Las Vegas and Canada.  Her successful endeavors are continuing to pave the way for up-and-coming female culinary talent.

While we feel every day should be Women’s Equality Day, let’s take a moment today to recognize her accolades for blazing trails and her dedication to her craft. 

The History of Women Chef

Women have come a long way in the realm of restaurants. In Early America, a common situation was wives partnering with husbands in operating dining rooms in taverns and inns.

But throughout the 19th century, women of all races and ethnicities were employed out of sight in kitchens, while men dominated management and the front of the house.

The number of women running restaurants of their own was also on the increase in the later 19th century. Positions started to evolve, and a slow increase in women hired to work behind lunch counters in the later century and in working women’s lunch clubs. 

Today, there are countless gifted female chefs and restaurateurs across the nation, and these women represent just a handful of the professionals who are contributing deliciousness to their local communities and leveling the culinary playing field.

Elizabeth Blau  

Elizabeth Blau is the founder and CEO of restaurant development company Blau + Associates, and has been wowing guest for the span of three decades with an impressive career.  She is credited with laying the foundation to  transform Las Vegas into the world-class culinary destination it is today.

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Blau began her career with famed restaurateur Sirio Maccioni. Her hard work garnered the attention of casino developer Steve Wynn. She was able to bring award-winning chefs to join the company. 

In 2002, founded Blau + Associates, a firm dedicated to creating world-class hospitality experiences. Assembling an impressive team of experts, Blau quickly turned the firm into one of the foremost restaurant development companies in the field with an impressive client list that includes:

  • New York’s Rainbow Room
  • Montage Resorts
  • Ritz Carlton Hotels and Resorts
  • Netjets
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Trump Casinos
  • Viceroy Hotels and Resorts among many others.

She and her husband, award-winning chef Kim Canteenwalla, launched Society Café at Encore to rave reviews. This was in 2008, and Society Café quickly became a Las Vegas favorite, lauded as one of Esquire Magazines “Best New Restaurants of 2009.”

It was in 2012 that Hone Salt came to fruition. This was the first solo independent venture for Blau and Canteenwalla. Today the local hot spot serves the Las Vegas faithful the chance to be exposed more intimately with the couple’s culinary life.

This is because Honey Salt features the foods, drinks, and vibe they have shared with friends for years. The establishment did so well, the second Honey Salt opened in Vancouver, BC in 2017.

In partnership with TV’s Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, Blau + Associates landed on the Las Vegas Strip in 2013 with Buddy V’s Ristorante. This restaurant offers something different with Italian favorites. This time inspired by the Valastro family recipes.  

Also in the umbrella is the chic restaurant in Downtown Summerlin, Andiron Steak & Sea. In March 2015, in the posh shopping utopia to delight locals and visitors, Andiron continues to raise the dining experience in Las Vegas. Blau remains dedicated to serving both her industry and her community and her accolades among the industry are numerous.

  • Appeared as a judge on Food Network’s Iron Chef America
  • Annual judge for Hotel Magazine’s best restaurants
  • Featured on the Travel Channel and the Martha Stewart Show
  • Investor on the third season of CNBC’s Restaurant Startup alongside Tim Love and Joe Bastianich and is a member of OpenTable’s advisory board.

Blau passionately supports local organizations including Communities in Schools and Three Square, where she serves as the Culinary Council Chair to help eliminate hunger in Southern Nevada. Blau also serves as a trustee for the Culinary Institute of America, where she chairs the Education Policy committee, and also serves on the Global Advisory Board at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Connect at our next event

If you don’t know how to celebrate women’s equality day, come to Honey Salt. Especially, now that you know more about the amazing woman Elizabeth Blau is,  make sure to find out how amazing the food is at the Las Vegas restaurant Honey Salt.  So, don’t miss their next event, Taste of Cape Cod, on August 28th. Purchase tickets here, or visit our contact page to RSVP with us directly.