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Local Performers Mariah Nieslanik Rivera (“Fantasy”), James Davis (“Chippendales”) and The Gazillionaire (“Absinthe”) Judge Charity Pizza Contest at Trevi in Las Vegas

Local Performers Mariah Nieslanik Rivera ("Fantasy"), James Davis ("Chippendales") and The Gazillionaire ("Absinthe") Judge Charity Pizza Contest at Trevi in Las Vegas
TREVI Italian Restaurant
, located at the heart of The Forum Shops at Caesars, hosted its third annual media pizza making competition, featuring local media personalities competing for charity on Wednesday, Aug. 16 (Photo credit: Melissa Reese Photography)

Trevi Charity Pizza Competition Participants
Trevi Charity Pizza Competition Participants

Competing chefs included JJ Snyder, cohost of The Morning Blend on KTNV Ch. 13, Rob Kachelriess, contributing author at Thrillist.com, Jason Harris, contributor at Las Vegas Weekly and Las Vegas Magazine and Marisa Finetti, food and wine columnist at Vegas Seven, Luxury Las Vegas and DAVID Magazine. Each participant worked with TREVI Executive Chef Jose Navarro to create a pizza using individually-selected ingredients.

Guest judges and local performers including Mariah of FANTASY, The Gazillionaire from ABSINTHE Las Vegas and James Davis of Chippendales
Guest judges and local performers including Mariah of FANTASY, The Gazillionaire from ABSINTHE Las Vegas and James Davis of Chippendales

The pizzas were judged on taste, creativity and presentation by a panel of guest judges and local performers including Mariah of FANTASY, The Gazillionaire from ABSINTHE Las Vegas and James Davis of Chippendales. The winner received $500, donated by Landry’s Inc., parent company of TREVI Italian Restaurant to a charity of their choice.

TREVI Winner Jason Harris
TREVI Winner Jason Harris

Jason Harris won with a pizza titled, “The Fall of Man” featuring robust fall flavors including fresh pear, brie cheese, pancetta, arugula, honey, lime, extra virgin olive oil, red pepper flakes and candied walnuts. The donation will benefit Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth.

Snyder’s charity of choice was Vegas Shepherd Rescue and whipped up the “Pizza Bella,” topped with cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, black olives, jalapenos, diced chicken and mushroom.

Kachelriess cooked for Opportunity Village and created a flatbread style “Holiday Pig” featuring arugula, ricotta cheese and bacon.

Finetti selected The Shade Tree and competed for a donation by creating the “Miso Delicioso” with steamed carrot, mascarpone cheese and miso paste.

All participants were in good spirits and visited with each other while the judging was happening. They also took the time to try the creations of their opponents and compliment the creations.