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Former Chicagoan bets big on Vegas food tours

Former Chicagoan bets big on Vegas food tours

"Forget about those old buffet-table days," Donald Contursi says about the white-hot food scene in this neon-lit desert city.

"Vegas today is a culinary magnet, featuring celebrity chefs, Michelin-starred French masters and the most master sommeliers in the U.S.," he says. "People now come just for the food."

And that's where Contursi comes in. A native Chicagoan who spent years working as a server at various high-end Vegas restaurants, Contursi parlayed that experience — and the connections he made along the way — into Lip Smacking Foodie Tours, one of TripAdvisor's highest-rated Vegas tour companies.

Debuting two years ago, Lip...