Jimmy Foster

Jimmy Foster lives by the mantra, “A brilliant story whispered is more effective than an average story shouted.” After all, it” how he conducts business with Whispering Giants, his events company that works with clients in the hospitality, entertainment, fashion, philanthropy and health-care industries. His coveted events have included the recent launch of the John Varvatos store in the Hard Rock Hotel as well as soirees at Wynn Las Vegas, Moet & Chandon, Tao, the Playboy Club and Jimmy Choo.   But Whispering Giants, which he launched in 2008, just wasn’t enough. He recently took off with Flying Private, allowing Whispering Giants to create unique events out of thin air. This high-flying expansion offers clients a monthly experience of a jet-setter lifestyle, attending exclusive nightclubs, grand openings and special events reached via private just. He also has The Men’s Philanthropy Group, which assembles influential and philanthropic men in Southern Nevada who are dedicated to improving the quality of life within the community.

Where were you born ?
How long in Las vegas:
Since 1989
Downtown Las Vegas in the historic neighborhood called West Huntridge
Event and Lifestyle Marketer, founder of Whispering Giants
Favorite Restaurant:
Best Sushi:
I still love Kaizen on Paradise Road.
Best Ethnic Food:
India Oven on Paradise Road has my full attention right now.
Best Italian:
That has to be Scarpetta. It’s in New York now, just opened in Beverly Hills and I am glad it will be here in Vegas at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas before the end of the year.
Best place for late night dining:
I don’t dine late much because it’s just not a good idea, however when I do, it would have to be Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar.
Best dessert:
Wow, another one that isn’t a good idea too often but justifiable from time to time. It “was” the creme brulee at Spago years ago. Today it is the Nutter Butter dish by Chef Vegas Vic at Addiction Restaurant inside Rumor Boutique Hotel.
Best place for a romantic date:
Gotta return to SW Steakhouse on this one again. If you sit on the patio and watch the show while you eat, drink and talk, nothing else can match it. The staff, the food, the wine service and the show leaves little to go wrong other than not having an ounce of chemistry with the date… That happened to me recently, very recently!
Best Sunday brunch:
I hear great things about Simon but have not yet attended. The Ritz-Carlton at Lake Las Vegas was a home run for a long time, too. I attended the high-energy brunch called High Society at Nove Italiano a number of times when it was launched in the spring. Chef Geno Bernardo is great! I was digging that when it started but they recently pulled the plug. So coming full circle, tried and true is the Verandah Café at the Four Seasons.
Hautest Club/Lounge:
I can say that over the years, Jason Strauss’ places have provided me with the best experiences. It all starts with how I am greeted at the door by either Bob Schindelar at TAO or Robert Chiti and LAVO, followed by being escorted to the inside of either club and seeing a lot of familiar and friendly faces all of which is wrapped up neatly with great music, incredible vibe and beautiful people. That said, I am looking forward to the 62,000-square-foot Marquee Dayclub – Nightclub opening up at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Jan. 1, 2011!
Best place for a power business meeting:
Power business meetings for me belong in the boardroom. In my opinion, if you can’t make time to meet in a place where you can communicate clearly and accomplish something worthwhile, you just aren’t that serious about the business discussion. Currently, business meetings in the SK+G boardroom get my vote!
All-around favorite spot in Las vegas:
Mount Charleston. It’s like the “Calgon Take Me Away” commercials from back in the ’80s. That commercial called out to tired mothers offering an escape from the routine and chaos of messy homes and loud children. Mount Charleston calls me the same way. When the city gets to be too much, I turn to the mountain to recharge, reflect and relax. The cabins up there are a hidden treasure more people should discover at their earliest convenience.
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
Depends on the guests. Mandarin Oriental for those who want and demand luxury and service without resort casino chaos. If resort casino chaos is desired with luxury and service it is Wynn Las Vegas, Encore Las Vegas or Bellagio. Finally, if value and ease of access and close proximity are the wants and needs, I send them to Rumor Boutique Hotel to see General Manager Rob Cornelius.
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
I like the guys at Gregory’s a lot. Jon Harris, the owner, and his girlfriend Amanda Busch are great people. And they have a knack for great style for both men and women. However, my personal preference is John Varvatos. I love the clothes, the brand and all of the staff!
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Good question. My favorite piece I have ever purchased was a Rolex, but it didn’t come from a particular store. I approached a friend who restores and updates Rolex’s with custom elements such as diamonds and mother of pearl details. However, if I wanted to dress up an outfit I would turn to David Yurman for watches, bracelets, necklaces, rings and things.
Best Spa:
This is easy. Stirling Club. It’s a member’s only spa and maybe that is part of its charm. Quiet, calm and easy to disappear to. I have personally logged more than 100 hours over the last year in the steam room. Nothing is better for a hard day (or night) than 30 to 45 minutes of soaking in a super hot steam room!
Favorite Charity Event:
This one is easy. The events I produce with Men’s Philanthropy Group are my favorite. Intimate sit down dinners with celebrity chefs, private jet experiences and cocktail parties are the events we produce throughout the year benefitting a variety of local non-profits. Then there is the Camelot Dinner benefitting Opportunity Village. This is one of the most magical events of the year. If you don’t attend this one you may as well stay home all year long!
Favorite Cultural Event:
I am a resident of downtown and fan of art so First Friday gets my vote here. Thousands of people make their way downtown once a month to socialize, view art, come together and talk, eat and drink. It’s quite special. Cindy Funkhouser put something pretty special together eight years ago and I hope it continues well beyond eight more!
Best Aspect of Las vegas:
It is the entertainment capital of the world! If entertainment is what you want, Vegas is what you need! I also believe we should coin a new nickname for our great city — America’s Amsterdam.
Best Steakhouse:
SW Steakhouse, thanks to general manager Mario Disi and sommelier Jason Wade.
Best Pizza:
The pear arugula pizza from Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza. So fresh and unexpected.
Best Lunch:
Spago still nails it! The staff makes that place. Erik Klein, the chef, and Carlos Perez, the manager, treat me like family. I had lunch there three months ago with Robin Leach. He loves it there too.
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Stirling Club gets this one too. Even though I have a membership at LVAC and once had 24 Hour Fitness, too, little compares to being greeted by name by the staff. It “kinda” makes you want to work out, kinda…
Best Massage:
Stirling Club gets this one too. Even though I have a membership at LVAC and once had 24 Hour Fitness, too, little compares to being greeted by name by the staff. It “kinda” makes you want to work out, kinda…
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
I would be silly not to say Alan Waxler Group. They are “tremendous.” One call and it is all set up. The drivers are professional and polite. The cars are clean and well maintained. Personally, this is the only service I have and will use in Las Vegas.
Best Museum/Exhibit:
The Neon Museum, of course. A good chance to see where my favorite local artist Jerry Misko gets all of his inspiration.
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Hoover Dam actually. I lived here almost 18 years before I decide to tour the damn Dam. What a mistake that was. I should have been there on year No. 1 and every year after. It is a modern marvel that all residents and visitors should experience. It’s a great reminder, just like the ocean, of how small of a role we as individuals play in the world.
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