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Chef Rick Moonen and food critic Al Mancini lose their locks for St. Baldrick’s

Las Vegas food critic Al Mancini and chef Rick Moon
Las Vegas food critic Al Mancini and chef Rick MoonDK Howe

On Saturday, March 1, chef Rick Moonen and Las Vegas food critic Al Mancini will have their heads shaved at Rí Rá Irish Pub to raise money for childhood-cancer research at the pub’s third annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraising event.

While Moonen, the owner of rm seafood, doesn’t have that much hair to lose, Mancini, the respected co-author of the must-have restaurant guide “Eating Las Vegas”, will be leaving behind his signature Mohawk. (Imagine a food critic with dramatic rainbow-colored spikes of hair sitting in one of Las Vegas finest five-star restaurants!)

This is the Irish pub’s third year hosting the event and if you’ve never been, you’ve been missing out. There’s always good music and lots of laughs while good-hearted participants bravely watch their hair fall to the floor in front of family, friends and diners.

Head shaving begins at noon and Moonen and Mancini will lose their locks at 1 p.m. While local barbers from The Art of Shaving will be sheering willing participants, the chef and the food critic will be manning the razor on each other, though undoubtedly they will get a little help from the pros.

To support a shavee funds can be donated on the Rí Rá St. Baldrick’s event page or at the pub.

Rí Rá Irish Pub is located inside Mandalay Place in Mandalay Bay.