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Healthy Eating Dominates Las Vegas Buffets

According to Steve Zappacosta, the corporate director of food and beverage operations for Station Casinos, customer feedback has shown that people want healthier buffet food.

According to Steve Zappacosta, the corporate director of food and beverage operations for Station Casinos, customer feedback has shown that people want healthier buffet food.

In 2010 the company added a Healthier Eating feature to its Festival and Fiesta buffet menus and it proved to be so popular it has never left.

Zappacosta says that now customers are not just asking for healthier options, the want healthier food. Therefore, as of October 1st the focus on the menu will be on food prepared in a healthy manner.

Zappacosta said that “these are all things that taste great to begin with, so you don’t have to add a lot of salt, you don’t need to add a lot of oil to them, and you really come out with some great food.”

Zappacosta isn’t the only one, Jeff Braun, executive chef of The Mirage, has said that there are more healthy options appearing on its Craving buffet.

They now have items such as quinoa salad, barley salad, a large amount of vegetables and a grilled, steamed or baked fish option.

It seems much of Vegas is turning to healthy eating as chefs at Caesars Palace, M Resort and many other places are all introducing healthy menus.

OCA News Editor

Jenny McKinnley is OCA’s financial correspondent. After spending years on the trading floor in both NY and London, she offers insight from the inside out on world financial news and events.

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