Meet your Foodie Friend – April Mench
April is our newest member of the Taste Buzz team but she is no stranger to food and beverage. In fact, April knows the restaurant industry really well. Her grandparents owned a restaurant in the small town of Canyon Lake, California where she was born. Growing up, her job was to help around the restaurant, and when she left the family to move to New York, working in the restaurant industry just seemed like a natural fit. April worked as a bartender and food server at many bars and restaurants in NYC’s hot dining scene. Her most notable job was at Rocco’s on 22nd which was where the NBC’s reality TV show The Restaurant was filmed. April was the head bartender at the time and premiered as a regular in the 2nd season of the show.
“I’ve never known anything but the food industry, and coming from a Mexican-American background, everything we did was always based around food. I didn’t realize that families weren’t into food that much until I met my husband.”
In 2015, April moved to Las Vegas to be closer to her family. Her love for food and knowledge of the food and beverage industry landed her a job as a food tour guide with Taste Buzz Food Tours where she gets to share her passion with others. Her favorite part of the job is meeting people from all over the world.
“I get to hear about other cities and now I have a big list of places I want to travel to. Right now I’m obsessed with Paso Robles.”
Since moving to Vegas, April has also started a blog called Beyond the Lights where she shares her favorite Vegas activities to do off the Las Vegas Strip. If you land April as your tour guide, not only will April feed you a ton of information on the Las Vegas dining scene but you’ll she’ll share with you her recommendations of fun things to do from a local vantage point.
What is your favorite food?
Beans, all kinds of beans. I grew eating beans. You can do so much with them and there are so many different flavors. My dream is to work on a bean farm in California.
What was the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
Crickets. There was this awesome cricket appetizer at El Dorado (Mexican restaurant in Las Vegas) served with garlic and lemon and it was so good! But they took it off the menu…
What’s your favorite Las Vegas restaurant?
Esther’s Kitchen. It’s fresh nouveau Italian cuisine with local culture and you get amazing food that would be 3 times the price on the Strip.
What’s your favorite activity to do in Vegas?
Exploring all the old mid-century vintage Vegas architecture near Paradise Palms and Beverly Green.
Where can we find you when you’re not showing guests on a Taste Buzz Food Tour?
I volunteer for the Nevada Preservation Foundation (an organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Nevada’s architectural heritage) or I’ll be hanging out with my dog.