SOURCE: Las Vegas Railway Express, Inc.

Las Vegas Railway Express, Inc.

May 25, 2010 09:30 ET

Las Vegas Railway Express, Inc. -- "X" Train Announces Appointment of World Renowned Celebrity Chef Rick Moonen's Management Company to Develop "X" Train Food and Beverage Operation

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - May 25, 2010) -  Las Vegas Railway Express, Inc. ("X" Train), a Delaware company (OTCBB: XTRN), is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Rick Moonen's management company, Rick Moonen, Inc. to develop The "X" Train's Food and Beverage operation. This appointment is another step in a series of corporate initiatives which brings to the forefront the business focus of Las Vegas Railway Express to provide passenger rail service between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

"X" Train Chairman & CEO Michael A. Barron said, "It is with great excitement we announce Rick's appointment. With Rick's talent and enthusiasm, we anticipate adding to Rick's world famous reputation by offering our customers the finest dining experience in the travel business."

"I am thrilled at the opportunity to bring my culinary experience to the 'X' Train. I have been involved with the company's planning for some time now and look forward to making our customers' dining experience aboard the train memorable and fun," says Moonen.

Though he's gone from saucier to celebrity chef, author and TV star with appearances on Bravo's Top Chef Masters, Oprah and The Today Show, Rick isn't using his celeb status to conquer the A-list. He's using it to give a booming voice, with an unmistakable accent, to an issue that he sleeps, breathes and, yes, eats: sustainable seafood. As an advocate for sustainable fishing and seafood, Rick Moonen's passion for conservation has led him to national acclaim. A native New Yorker, Moonen graduated first in his class from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York in 1978. He apprenticed at L'Hostellerie Bressane in Hillsdale, New York where he built both his confidence and experience working side by side with Chef Jean Morel.

From there, Moonen assumed the position of saucier at Manhattan's La Cote Basque. This experience was followed by two years at Le Cirque working with the legendary Alain Sailhac. In the ensuing years, Moonen continued his career in New York, becoming Executive Chef at some of New York's most iconic restaurants, including Le Relais, Century Café and Chelsea Central before joining Buzzy O'Keefe at The Water Club. After six years, Moonen left to become Executive Chef and Partner at Oceana where he helped garner the restaurant national recognition and three stars from The New York Times. His next step was partnering to create Molyvos, a Greek fish house, which would further demonstrate the range of his culinary skills. Here he created Greek cuisine on another level, and Molyvos was the first Greek restaurant to earn three stars from The New York Times.

It was after five years that Moonen decided to develop his own highly anticipated restaurant. As Executive Chef and owner of New York City's RM, Moonen earned critical acclaim and, once again, received three stars from The New York Times. In 2005, he was drawn to the rapidly developing culinary scene in Las Vegas and as such he closed his doors in New York City to bring his unique flavor and specialties of the seafood world to Las Vegas. In February 2005, Chef Moonen opened his multi-leveled restaurant Rick Moonen's RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay has become the talk of the town. This March, came two announcements: his return to Bravo's Top Chef Masters to attempt a run to the end and the James Beard Foundation announced that Moonen garnered a semi-finalist nomination for "Best Chef Southwest."

Moonen is happiest doing the things that originally brought him to a culinary career: cooking, teaching and writing about fish and seafood. His current passion has been the promoting his first cookbook, Fish Without a Doubt. A practical, hands-on guide to buying, preparing and cooking a wide array of fish, Rick's focus is on delicious recipes prepared with easily obtainable ingredients. Fish Without a Doubt was published in April 2008 (Houghton-Mifflin).

You can follow Rick on his websites, or follow his progress on Bravo's Top Chefs Masters at

About Las Vegas Railway Express, Inc.

Las Vegas Railway Express, Inc. has been planning the re-establishment of a "Vegas" style passenger train service between Los Angeles and Las Vegas since 2009. The project is in its final planning stages and anticipates its inaugural run in late 2011. See company website

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