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Bon Appétit’s Vegas Uncork’d 2015 Will Bring Celebrity Chefs Together on The Strip

Bon Appétit’s Vegas Uncork’d 2015 Will Bring Celebrity Chefs Together on The Strip

It is no secret that Las Vegas has become a world renowned culinary destination. Culinary stars shine bright under the neon lights up and down the famed Strip. The absolute best way to meet them all is to attend Bon Appétit’s Vegas Uncork’d; the annual event has become the premier food and wine event in the country.

This year’s lineup includes Emeril Lagasse, chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger , Ho Chee Boon, James Beard Award-winning chef Shawn McClain , master chocolatier François Payard, Michelin-starred chefs Guy Savoy and Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Steve Martorano, Julian Serrano, Brian Malarkey, and Michael Mina. They will all participate in various events throughout this four-day culinary throw down.

Vegas Uncork’d attracts guests from all over the world and tickets sell out fast. There are still some very tasty events that you can attend, but to get your seat at a celebrity chef table you must act quickly! Start at the ARIA Resort and mingle with culinary superstars Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Julian Serrano, Michael Mina, Shawn McClain, Masa Takayama, and more as they take over The Buffet at ARIA and put their gourmet spin on self-service dining.

Don’t miss enjoying Tequila and Tacos with the Too Hot Tamales. Join us and watch chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger spice things up with a fabulous fiesta fueled by tequila and tacos. Mix and mingle with other guests at the new Border Grill inside The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace while enjoying unlimited signature tacos, ceviche, seafood-inspired cocktails, oysters, and more. Top off the delicious celebration with a variety of free flowing and award winning margaritas at an interactive drink station.

The biggest night of them all is sure to be the Grand Tasting, which should not be missed. Enjoy a staggering variety of signature dishes prepared by the world’s most celebrated chefs. Step into the luxurious Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace to experience the best of the best with more than 75 award-winning chef and wines and spirits from around the world. It’s well worth beating the crowd with a 7:30 p.m. early access ticket. You’ll get exclusive early admission to sample the freshest dishes and drinks from your favorite chefs and top mixologists. It also gives you much more time to mingle with Hubert Keller, Emeril Lagasse, Michael Mina, Rick Moonen, Guy Savoy, and Gordon Ramsay.

To finish the evening in true Vegas Uncork’d style, join us at the Grand Tasting after party. Why not close out your evening with your favorite celebrity chefs and the acclaimed editors of Bon Appétit while sipping sparkling Champagne cocktails, enjoy passed bites, and get down to a rockin’ soundtrack at FIZZ Las Vegas, the hot new nightclub at Caesars Palace? Partygoers can also revel in the private art collection of Sir Elton John and his partner, David Furnish, who designed the lavishly elegant space.

Join us at Emeril’s Fish House with chef Emeril Lagasse himself. Enjoy an intimate dinner where we will savor kicked-up versions of market fresh fish and shellfish creations alongside flavorful signature dishes. Emeril’s multi-course menu will be paired with a selection of wines off the restaurant’s award-winning wine list. There is still time to get in on the action – see you there!


Vegas Uncork'd By Bon Appétit Features The World's Finest Epicurean Talent And Cuisine During Four-Day Festival, April 27-30

LAS VEGAS , Jan. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Recognized as one of the country's top food, wine and spirits festivals, Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appétit returns April 27-30 with one-of-a-kind experiences and a world-class lineup of renowned celebrity chefs, master sommeliers and cutting-edge mixologists from Caesars Palace, The Cromwell, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas , MGM Resorts International, The Palazzo and The Venetian Las Vegas. Presented by sponsor Chase Sapphire ® , the 11th annual epicurean indulgence will continue its tradition of bringing the world's most iconic chefs together including Alain Ducasse , Bobby Flay , Buddy Valastro , Charlie Palmer , Giada De Laurentiis , Gordon Ramsay , Guy Savoy , José Andrés, Julian Serrano , Shawn McClain , Michael Chow , Nobu Matsuhisa and Wolfgang Puck, among others.

"When people are looking for a one-of-a-kind travel experience, Las Vegas always delivers and Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appétit is a spectacular event that has secured our destination's position as a leading culinary hot spot for over a decade," said Cathy Tull , senior vice president of marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. "This year we are excited to welcome additional resorts, restaurants and unique experiences that will provide our guests with unparalleled access to the world's most sought-after chefs and sommeliers in truly intimate settings."

Tickets are on sale now for perennial favorites such as the Grand Tasting at Caesars Palace and Little Italy From City To Strip: Rao's Italian Brunch with The Rao's Family at Caesars Palace, as well as new events, including Picnic in The Park, MGM Resorts' new outdoor dining and entertainment district, Lunch like a Spaniard with José Andrés at The Cosmopolitan, Brunch with Bobby Flay at Caesars Palace, Sweet Escape: An Evening of Buddy, Beignets, Bon Bons & Booze at The Palazzo and Three-Kitchen Tasting at SUGARCANE raw bar grill with Chef Timon Balloo at The Venetian.

"This is the only weekend of the year when this many renowned chefs come together in one destination to host intimate dinners and allow guests from around the world to indulge in an epicurean experience of a lifetime," said Adam Rapoport , Bon Appétit editor in chief. "With tons of new programming this year, the 11th annual Vegas Uncork'd is definitely going to be the most dynamic one yet."

Additionally, Chase Sapphire returns for the fifth consecutive year as the presenting sponsor of Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appétit. Chase Sapphire Preferred ® and Sapphire Reserve SM cardmembers can enjoy unique access to select experiences and interaction with celebrity chefs throughout the four-day festival. Cardmember packages will be available for purchase through April 12, 2017 , while supplies last. For more information on Sapphire Preferred ® and Sapphire Reservecardmember packages visit, vegasuncorked.com/ChaseSapphire.

Events on sale now include:

  • Master Series: Rao's 10th Anniversary Dinner (Caesars Palace), Thursday, April 27 : Rao's is widely regarded as the hardest reservation to land in the country, if not the world. Guests will have the opportunity to grab a seat at Rao's in Las Vegas as the Rao's family celebrates its 10th Anniversary on the Strip and their newest cookbook, "Rao's Classics," written by Rao's owners Frank Pellegrino Sr. and Frank Pellegrino Jr. From time-honored Italian staples to classics that are uniquely Rao's, like their famous lemon chicken, don't miss the opportunity to celebrate this milestone with a multi-course meal at an Italian-American dining institution.
  • Master Series: The Ultimate Throwback with MR CHOW (Caesars Palace), Thursday, April 27 : Celebrate the first Anniversary of the only Las Vegas location of the internationally renowned MR CHOW with a throwback dinner. Michael Chow and Maximillian Chow will lead diners through a menu featuring dishes from the original UK location—now celebrating its 49th anniversary. This spectacular and exotic culinary arena brings guests straight to the front row—for an amplified and theatrical dining experience.
  • Quickfire Happy Hour with Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and SusanFeniger(Caesars Palace), Thursday, April 27 : Ever wondered what it takes to win a quickfire challenge? Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to feel like a contestant on a cooking competition show. Put your culinary chops to the test and become part of the action! Guests will divide into teams and compete in a series of quickfire challenges all while enjoying free-flowing cocktails, cool craft beers, and signature Border Grill bites. Celebrity chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger will be on hand to coach the teams and provide participants with top-notch advice before they face the panel of judges.
  • Three-Kitchen Tasting at SUGARCANE raw bar grill with Chef Timon Balloo (The Venetian), Thursday, April 27: Kick back, eat well, and stay awhile at SUGARCANE raw bar grill! At this event, sip signature cocktails featuring rum from all over the world, while award-winning Executive Chef & Partner Timon Balloo presents a selection of SUGARCANE's globally inspired small plates. Enjoy dishes from three kitchen concepts: the open fire grill continues the timeless tradition of cooking over blazing fresh fire fueled by locally-sourced wood the raw bar dishes are served in both their "classic" form as well as SUGARCANE'S own innovative interpretations and the traditional kitchen creates dishes that represent Chef Timon Balloo's signature style – the juxtaposition of bold flavors made for sharing.
  • Celebrate Spago: 25th Anniversary Lunch with Wolfgang Puck (Caesars Palace), Friday, April 28 : Acknowledged as the spark that ignited the city's culinary phenomenon, 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of Spago by Wolfgang Puck in Las Vegas ! Join the renowned chef and restaurateur as he showcases his favorite dishes and Spago classics. Lunch will begin with a premium cocktail reception, followed by a seated lunch in the dining room.
  • Lunch like a Spaniard with José Andrés at Jaleo(The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas ),Friday, April 28 : Experience a taste of Spain with internationally acclaimed culinary pioneer and innovator, Chef José Andrés. Join José as he prepares lobster paella over their renowned live fire pit in a dish-and-tell session, and shares his favorite stories behind the unique restaurant's menu items, like José's Taco, a slice of jamón ibérico de bellota topped with osetra caviar and gold flakes Coca con Erizas del Mar, crusty Spanish cristal bread topped with sea urchin, ibérico bacon and butter their renowned Gin and Tonic program, and more.
  • The Hog in the Hen House: Yardbird Presents A Pot Belly Brunch (The Venetian), Friday, April 28 : From the fried green tomato BLT with house-smoked pork belly to maple-glazed bacon doughnuts, Yardbird's exclusive Pot Belly Brunch will be hog heaven for lovers of all things bacon and pork belly. Enjoy a range of Yardbird's inventive Southern comfort dishes while sipping on a bloody mary with bacon infused vodka.
  • A Movers & Shakers Mixology Journey with Mariena Mercer (The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas ),Saturday, April 29 : Guests will travel through the iconic bars and lounges of The Cosmopolitan to experience four unique cocktails guided by The Cosmopolitan's Chef Mixologist Mariena Mercer. Beginning in The Study, tucked inside modern superclub Rose. Rabbit. Lie., guests will be transported to a speakeasy-like atmosphere complete with a record player where guests are invited to play their favorite vinyl. Next, they will journey to Vesper Bar, where classic charm meets a contemporary setting and long-forgotten recipes are the centerpiece of the cocktail menu. CliQue Bar & Lounge is the next stop, where artisanal cocktails and house-made mixers pair with savory bites and shareable plates. Guests will end their journey at The Chandelier, a decadent three-tiered bar and lounge where each level boasts a new experience and cocktail menu.
  • Brunch with Bobby Flay at Mesa Grill (Caesars Palace), Saturday, April 29 :This event is so popular it has two seatings! Make your way to Mesa Grill for an outstanding morning with one of America's most beloved chefs. Guests will indulge in an array of delicious brunch dishes prepared by Chef Bobby Flay , served alongside perfectly paired cocktails in an intimate private dining room setting.
  • Montecristo Cigar Bar—Up in Smoke (Caesars Palace), Saturday, April 29 : Lovers of the old-school Las Vegas vibe will relish in this exclusive event. Guests will gather at the swanky Montecristo Cigar Bar for curated pairings of premier scotches, cigars and mouthwatering bites from Old Homestead.
  • Picnic in The Park with Alain Ducasse , Charlie Palmer , Michael Mina , Julian Serrano , Shawn McClain , Roy Ellamar , Akira Back , the Voltaggio Brothers & More (The Park, located between Monte Carlo and New York-New York ), Saturday, April 29 : Enjoy a Picnic in The Park Vegas style! Featuring live music and some of MGM Resorts' most notable chefs including Alain Ducasse , Charlie Palmer , Julian Serrano , Michael Mina , Shawn McClain , Roy Ellamar , Akira Back , and the Voltaggio brothers, Picnic in The Park will offer creative twists on classic picnic dishes. We encourage you to embrace your inner-child with coloring books, classic board games and a variety of social games such as foosball, shuffleboard, ping pong and corn hole. And, don't forget to take a selfie with Bliss Dance, a 40-foot-tall sculpture by artist Marco Cochrane and a focal point of The Park experience. Located on the Las Vegas Strip between Monte Carlo and New York-New York , this new outdoor dining, and entertainment district will provide an ideal backdrop for you to enjoy a fun, interactive afternoon picnicking with celebrated chefs.
    EARLY ACCESS: Gain early admission to the event with an Early Access ticket. A limited number of tickets are available to deliver the undivided attention of experts on site, an exclusive signature cocktail available only to early access guests, and an opportunity to interact with the chefs in a more intimate setting.
  • Sweet Escape: An Evening of Buddy, Beignets, Bon Bons & Booze (The Palazzo), Saturday, April 29 : Buddy "Cake Boss" Valastro hosts a decadent evening to surrender to the sweet side of life, featuring the Chefs of The Venetian and The Palazzo, each preparing a unique take on beignets or bon bons. The poolside reception will include an exciting live band and delicious specialty cocktails. Special appearance by Chef Lorena Garcia of Chica, opening at The Venetian in 2017.
  • The Ultimate Big Cake & Craft Cocktail After-Party (The Venetian), Saturday, April 29 : Celebrate the evening with an official after-party at the latest Las Vegas hotspot, The Dorsey, with a colossal cake baked by the Cake Boss himself, Buddy Valastro . The Dorsey is a high design, memorable spot for the worldly, curious and engaged featuring a hand crafted cocktail menu.

Returning favorites include:

  • Master Series: Rich Tradition with a New Twist with Old Homestead's Greg & Marc Sherry (Caesars Palace), Thursday, April 27 : A delicious evening awaits guests at this year's Old Homestead Dinner. Greg and Marc Sherry's event is back by popular demand, and this year they present a stellar menu of divine dishes and pairings featuring steak, premium wines, and chocolate.
  • Master Series: The World's Best, An Epicurean Affair With Guy Savoy(Caesars Palace), Thursday, April 27 : Guy Savoy , a Michelin-starred chef, will present a multi-course epicurean affair with premier pairings, serving signature dishes normally found at his Paris location alongside some of the world's great wines and champagnes. With his Paris restaurant recently receiving the "Best Restaurant in the World" acclaim from La Liste, this meal will take diners on a truly special adventure across Chef Guy Savoy's empire of tastes and influences, celebrating his achievements through his signature creations. Don't miss this rare opportunity for an intimate dining experience with a world-renowned legend.
    Krug Chef's Table: Experience exclusive like never before and be one of six at the extremely intimate Chef's table—your portal into the chef's den. At the only Krug Chef's Table in the U.S., guests will sip the luxurious Krug Champagne and dine on a special menu prepared by chef Guy Savoy right in front of them. For a smaller party, please inquire.
  • #FoodPorn Cooking Demo & Luncheon with the Too Hot Tamales(Caesars Palace), Friday, April 28 : Bring your camera phone and appetite, as you get up close and personal at a fun-filled live cooking demonstration featuring chef duo, Mary Sue Milliken , and Susan Feniger . Prepare to laugh, taste, and sip as the Too Hot Tamales fix a feast for the eyes and shake up creative cocktails. Guests will not only learn the dynamic duo's innovative recipes and cooking techniques but also get the lowdown on how to shoot epic food porn photos with expert tips and tricks from Bon Appétit magazine's social media gurus. Meet the chefs, enjoy a multi-course lunch with specialty cocktails, a takeaway recipe booklet, and a chance to purchase personalized cookbooks following the event.
  • Robin Leach & Gary Selesner Invite You to a Culinary Journey Around the World at Bacchanal Buffet (Caesars Palace), Friday, April 28 : Join "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" host Robin Leach and Caesars Palace President Gary Selesner for a culinary adventure at Bacchanal Buffet—named the #1 buffet in Las Vegas . It's here the renowned chef team will present an around the world culinary journey that showcases dishes from different countries and cuisines, paired with premier global wines, all while listening to Leach and Selesner recount their worldly travels and the authenticity of each bite.
  • The Grand Tasting (Caesars Palace),Friday, April 28 : The Grand Tasting is the signature event of Vegas Uncork'd, where over 2,500 food enthusiasts enjoy a staggering variety of signature dishes prepared by some of the world's most celebrated chefs. The dramatic five-acre Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino will feature more than 50 award-winning chefs and over 100 of the best wines and spirits from around the world.
    EARLY ACCESS: Gain early admission to the event with an Early Access ticket. A limited number of tickets are available to deliver the undivided attention of experts on site.
  • Brunch at GIADA: An Italian Inspired Feast (The Cromwell),Saturday, April 29 : Join chef Giada De Laurentiis for brunch at her award-winning first and only namesake restaurant. Guests will be delighted by GIADA's brunch menu, highlighting her California -inspired Italian cuisine, indulge in limitless mimosas, live entertainment, and more with the Emmy Award-winning celebrity chef and New York Times best-selling author. Guests will also receive a signed photo with Giada.
  • Master Series: Chef Gordon Ramsay Dinner (Caesars Palace), Saturday, April 29 : Turn up the heat during Vegas Uncork'd with an unforgettable dinner with multi Michelin star award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay and the all-stars from his hit competition series. Guests will get to experience a range of Ramsay's signature dishes while interacting with the chef.
    MEET & GREET: Guests will have the opportunity for a meet and greet with Chef Gordon Ramsay during the event, featuring passed hors d'oeuvres and specialty cocktails. Guests will then gain preferred seating in the larger dining room for dinner.
  • Master Series: Nobu Matsuhisa's Ultimate Teppan Experience (Caesars Palace), Saturday, April 29 : The perfect event for fans of the culinary master and connoisseur, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa ! During two seatings, he'll showcase his skills on the traditional Teppanyaki grills inside his Caesars Palace restaurant, giving guests a live view of their food prepared before their eyes by the celebrity chef. As the first Nobu location in the U.S. to feature Teppanyaki grills, guests can enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience with Chef Nobu.
  • Master Series: The Beauty of Sushi with Chef Nobu Matsuhisa (Caesars Palace), Saturday, April 29 : Journey inside legendary Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa's expansive Las Vegas destination restaurant for a rare opportunity to hear about the philosophy of sushi making from one of the world's foremost artisans and restaurateurs. Born in Japan , Chef Matsuhisa has used his travels around the globe to create both authentic and inventive Japanese cuisine. This signature event will give guests the chance to see Nobu's sushi making in action while also sipping premier sake from some of Japan's finest producers. Discover his inventive " Nobu Style " that fuses classic sushi-making techniques with unexpected ingredients.
  • Master Series: Transcendent Tapas & Worldly Wines with Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger (Caesars Palace), Saturday, April 29 : A one-of-a-kind dining experience from celebrity chefs, Mary Sue Milliken , and Susan Feniger , at the award-winning Border Grill at The Forum Shops, named Las Vegas' Best Latin American Restaurant. Join the chefs and pioneers of modern Latin cuisine in lively conversation, dancing and festive music as guests explore their unique twist on tapas expertly paired Latin wines and top shelf tequila cocktails at a seated dinner.
  • Little Italy From City To Strip: Rao's Italian Brunch with The Rao's Family (Caesars Palace), Sunday, April 30 : Transport yourself to Southern Italy at this intimate afternoon affair at the exclusive Rao's Restaurant. Guests will join the Rao's family for a premium experience, enjoying a seasonally inspired multi-course brunch, featuring authentic family recipes, distinctive cocktails, and non-stop entertainment at this traditional Italian feast.

About Bon Appétit
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Bon Appétit’s Vegas Uncork’d 2015 Will Bring Celebrity Chefs Together on The Strip - Recipes

Tickets are now on sale for the 13th annual culinary extravaganza May 9–12. The events feature a world-class lineup of renowned celebrity chefs, restaurateurs, master sommeliers and mixologists from the world class resorts on the famed Las Vegas Strip.

Big names will shine such as Roy Choi, Christina Tosi, Gordon Ramsay, Lisa Vanderpump, Guy Fieri, Masaharu Morimoto, Guy Savoy, Julian Serrano, Michael Mina, Mark LoRusso, Nobu Matsuhisa, Bryan and Michael Voltaggio, Will Guidara and many more on the Las Vegas strip.

“Over the years, Las Vegas has evolved into one of the world’s most exciting culinary destinations,” said Cathy Tull, chief marketing officer for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “We’re excited to partner with Bon Appétit to showcase this incredibly comprehensive collection of distinguished restaurants, chefs, master sommeliers and unique epicurean experiences, all in one thrilling weekend.”

This year, one can choose from a variety of experiences from intimate dinners to large-scale tastings. Favorites of past events include the renown Grand Tasting at Caesars Palace, Picnic at The Park, MGM Resorts’ outdoor dining and entertainment district. This year, exciting new experiences include Roses and Rosé with Lisa Vanderpump, Champagne Brunch & Truffle-Making with Christina Tosi and a Master dinner with Gordon Ramsay and his favorite things just to name a few.

“We are excited to head back to the Strip to celebrate 13 years of Uncork’d,” said Adam Rapoport, editor in chief of Bon Appétit. “Nowhere else can you experience this stellar lineup of chefs, resort partners and brands. This year promises to be nothing short of incredible.”

Go behind the scenes and enjoy Perfect Peking Duck and Other Secrets of Chinese Cooking with Chef Ming Yu. The renown five-star Wing Lei at Wynn Las Vegas will be the venue for an exclusive interactive cooking demonstration. Learn the secrets to cooking perfectly crispy Peking duck as well as several of the restaurant’s renowned signature dishes.
Who doesn’t like Champagne and Truffles? Have Brunch and learn Truffle-Making with Christina Tosi (The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas), Saturday, May 11.

The brand-new NoMad will host Under the Stars at The NoMad Pool (NoMad Las Vegas, located at Park MGM), Saturday, May 11: Join fellow guests for a roof deck pool party led by Will Guidara, restaurateur of the 2017 World’s Best Restaurant as well as The NoMad Restaurant. Sip and enjoy expertly crafted cocktails while dining on elevated casual fare under the stars.

Vegas Uncork’d is a premier experience that is unmatched. A prestigious line up of celebrity chefs, mixologists and sommeliers come together under the neon lights in Las Vegas to provide guests an opportunity to make memories that will last a life time.


Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit April 2015 Recap

It was surely an incredible weekend of food, wine, drink, and social in Las Vegas April 23-26 , serving up exciting culinary events at ARIA, Bellagio, Caesars Palace and MGM Grand. This year’s extravaganza features intimate dinners and interactive experiences hosted by acclaimed chefs, sommeliers and mixologists such as first-time participant Emeril Lagasse, along with talents like Gordon Ramsay, Michael Mina, Guy Savoy, Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Julian Serrano, Shawn McClain and Ho Chee Boon, as well as Emeril Laggase, Francois Payard, Wolfgang Puck, and Alain Ducasse.

Las Vegas where more than 30 celebrity chefs and 100 wineries come together to showcase a dynamic weekend of exceptional lunches, dinners, cooking demos, chef collaborations, and experience the amazing Grand Tastings, featuring the industry’s leading experts and most coveted restaurants in the world. And it’s all surrounded by some of the most beautiful hotels in Las Vegas

The Grand Tasting at Caesars Palace is the grandest event of all, with over 2,500 guests. This is the evening that you can get up close and personal with celebrity chefs for the first hour or so, it’s best if you get the VIP $300 ticket, to avoid the crowd, you got to meet your favorites, TV celebrities, Master Top Chefs, you name it, they were there to greet and hand you food. There is no place else can do a grander epicurean extravaganza event for foodies than Las Vegas.

Thank you www.vegasuncorked.com and Bon Appétit Magazine for an unforgettable weekend, no surprise that Vegas Uncork’d was voted the top 10 Best Readers’ Choice: Best Food Festival Winners on USA Today 2015.

Until 2016, let’s eat, drink, be merry and celebrate life in Las Vegas style.

Thursday APRIL 23, 2015

The ninth annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit, presented by Chase Sapphire Preferred®, began with a splash as some of the biggest names in the culinary world united in Las Vegas. Joined by more than 20 other iconic chefs, including Emeril Lagasse, Michael Mina and Guy Savoy, chef Julian Serrano did the honors of traditionally sabering a bottle of Mionetto Prosecco on the patio of his newest restaurant, LAGO at Bellagio, as the resort’s famed Fountains of Bellagio danced in the background.

A-list celebrity chefs including Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Julian Serrano, Michael Mina and Shawn McClain came together for an all-star feast at The Buffet at ARIA to
put their gourmet spin on self-service style dining. Diners sipped champagne while sampling dozens of award-winning specialties including Julian Serrano’s Spanish tortillas, Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s smoked kurabota pork rack with ancho chili glaze and escargot from Michael Mina.

Over at the new Boarder Grill inside Caesars Palace, Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger spiced things up with a fabulous fiesta, fueled by tequila and tacos during their Master Series Dinner. Foodies embraced savory Mexican fare including oysters on the half shell, a variety of ceviche, grilled fish tacos and seafood cocktails while sipping free flowing and award-winning margaritas from the interactive drink station.

Acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten created an exclusive
dinner at the lakeside patio of Prime Steakhouse, offering guests a spectacular view of the famed Fountains of Bellagio. Guests were treated to an elegant four-course dinner showcasing various cuts of beef which included A5 Japanese wagyu beef Carpaccio and prime dry aged rib-eye, served by Jean-Georges Vongerichten himself and perfectly paired with premier wines.

Friday APRIL 24, 2015

The culinary masters of Wolfgang Puck’s Las Vegas restaurants came together for a special lunch, hosted by Spago Executive Chef Eric Klein, to showcase the many flavors of Wolfgang Puck’s empire at Spago in Caesars Palace. Foodies enjoyed five courses prepared by top chefs Eric Klein, Dustin Lewandowski, Mike Tiva, Jorge Martinez and Matt Hurley, and guests were treated to a surprise appearance by Wolfgang Puck.

Dessert connoisseurs became pastry savvy during the sweetest Master Series at Vegas Uncork’d in Payard Pâtisserie & Bistro at Caesars Palace. Pastry Chef François Payard shared his techniques as attendees enjoyed the freshest, most delicious French pastries, including rice crispies with milk chocolate and crispy
chocolate filo, white chocolate and raspberry napoleons and floating islands with spiced chocolate sauce.

The luxurious Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace hosted the ultimate culinary event, The Grand Tasting. Guests experienced the best of the best with free-flowing wines and spirits while mingling with more than 75 award-winning chefs including Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck, Gordon Ramsay, Jean-George Vongerichten, Guy Savoy, François Payard, Michael Mina, Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Feniger and more.

Guests got up close and personal with Border Grill chef-owners Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger during the fun-filled boozy brunch and cooking class at Caesars Palace. Foodies gathered during this exclusive demonstration to watch the innovative Mexican dishes such as huevos rancheros, homemade chorizo chilaquiles and Jalisco burro as well as intricate libations including sparkling pineapple mimosas, vere maria and blood orange jalapeno margaritas come to life before indulging on the five-course brunch.

Saturday APRIL 25, 2015

Over at Bellagio, award-winning chef Julian Serrano curated a special brunch to debut his new restaurant, Lago. The exclusive afternoon of creative Italian small plates and innovative cocktails included build-your-own Bloody Mary and champagne cocktails along with frittata della nonna, spiedino di salsiccia and biancomangiare.

Cocktail connoisseurs learned to pour like a pro with ARIA Mixologist Craig Schoettler at Alibi Cocktail Lounge. Attendees broke into teams to show off their best bartending skills and competed against fellow participants to see who could shake up the best original cocktail. The winning team’s cocktail will be featured in Alibi’s Cocktail Lounge menu.

Chef Guy Savoy and luxury Champagne house, Krug Champagne, brought a one-of-a-kind experience to diners at Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace. Ticket holders sat at the only Krug Chef’s Table in the U.S., sipping on luxurious Krug champagne while Chef Guy Savoy prepared a tantalizing menu of artichoke and black truffle soup and colors of caviar, perfectly paired with Krug Vintage 2000, Krug Vintage 2003 and Krug Rose.

Culinary enthusiasts united poolside for a New Orleans Style Fish House experience at MGM Grand Producer’s Pool. Guests were treated to craft beer on tap with freshly shucked raw and grilled oysters, cooked to order whole grilled market fish and New Orleans style boiled seafood delicacies.
During the event, students Elsa Sabellano Jenstad and Krista Burdick of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Las Vegas teamed up with Vegas Uncork’d chefs Emeril Lagasse and Michael Mina to battle it out for a $20,000 scholarship during the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Grill Challenge. Ultimately, the grand prize went to Elsa Jenstad of Team Emeril.

Jasmine Restaurant at Bellagio hosted an educational tasting and welcomed representatives from four member wineries from In Pursuit of Balance, Rajat Parr of Domaine de la Côte, Jasmine Hirsch of Hirsch Vineyards, Matt Licklider of Lioco and Steve Matthiasson of Matthiasson. During California Chardonnay and Pinot Noir: A Tasting of Balance, an array of wine was served including LIOCO Chardonnay “Hanzell Vineyard,” Domaine de la Cote Pinot Noir “Estate,” Matthiasson Merlot “Red Hen Vineyard” and Hirsh Vineyards Pinot Noir “San Andreas Fault Estate.” sipping on the selected Pinot Noir and California Chardonnay’s from Bellagio’s Director of Wine and Master Sommelier Jason Smith, alongside Bon Appétit Wine editor David Lynch.

Internationally acclaimed chef Gordon Ramsay gave foodies the chance to compete in a friendly cook-off to experience the heat of Hell’s Kitchen at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace. Following the cook-off, participants celebrated with a corresponding dinner alongside Ramsay and Hell’s Kitchen winning chefs Christina Wilson and Scott Commings for a three course meal which included a spring garden journey, Kurobuta pork tenderloin and strawberry rhubarb mosaic.

Guests enjoyed an interactive journey through the art of modern Cantonese cooking with Michelin-starred chef Ho Chee Boon at Hakkasan Restaurant & Nightclub at MGM Grand. Diners embraced the special six-course dinner that featured the restaurant’s globally acclaimed cuisine paired with exquisite wines selected by Christine Parkinson, the world-renowned curator of Hakkasan’s award-winning wine program.

Guests at ARIA’s Sage Restaurant enjoyed a sophisticated five-course dinner celebration by tasting some of the most highly-coveted vintage wines, hand selected by Flower’s Vineyard Estate Director, Greg Miller, and ARIA Director of Wine, Kim Wood and paired with farm-to-table fare from James Beard and award-winning chef Shawn McClain, including Maine lobster pave, Hawaiian kampachi, aged ricotta ravioli, glazed veal cheek and blackberry panna cotta.

Bravo’s newest TV competition series came to life during the star-studded Saturday soiree, presented by Buick, at the Bravo’s Best New Restaurant Pop-Up at Caesars Palace. Guests enjoyed a four-course seated dinner prepared by America’s “Best New Restaurant,” DOLCE Italian, with signature dishes such as ricotta cavatelli, grilled octopus and seared branzino.

Sunday APRIL 26, 2015

Inside ARIA at BARDOT Brasserie, internationally celebrated chefs Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Michael Mina, Jean Philippe Maury, Shawn McClain and Julian Serrano created a one-of-a-kind daytime soiree. Guests enjoyed the bountiful brunch that featured classic French dishes including Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s char grilled wagyu strip steak, Michael Mina’s hunters waffle, Shawn McClain’s Maine lobster ravioli, Julian Serrano’s huevos Serrano and “The Sweet French Affair” prepared by Jean Philippe Maury with opera, warm chocolate cake and lemon sensation. World-class French wines, which included a 2006 Domaine La Tour Vieille Rimage Banyuls and a 2010 Jean Follard Cuvee Corcelette Morgan flowed throughout brunch to pair perfectly with the French cuisine and sultry sounds of the live French jazz band.

Attendees’ senses took a trip to Southern Italy during an afternoon affair at Rao’s at Caesars Palace. Frank Pellegrino, Jr. entertained guests in true Italian fashion by serving multi-course family-style plates that featured family favorites such as the beef and pork braciola, Rao’s meatballs, and sweet and hot Italian sausage braised together in a rich and flavorful Italian meat sauce known as “Sunday Gravy.” Perfectly paired with the authentic specialties, guests also enjoyed seasonally inspired libations including Quercerto Chianti and Nuschese Pinot Grigio alongside non-stop entertainment that comes with a traditional Italian Sunday meal.

Over at Bellagio, in the private room of Sensi, Vegas Uncork’d guests took center stage for one final over-the-top social dining extravaganza. Foodies feasted on whole roasted beasts of land and sea, including a whole roasted lamb, ketchup dusted pork rinds, deviled duck eggs and a whole roasted fish served spit-roasted, crispy-skinned, slow-smoked and salt-baked, while giant bottles of hand selected artisanal and craft label beers from Brooklyn Brewery and Samuel Adams flowed throughout the evening.

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Bon Appetit’s Vegas Uncork’d bring Celerity Chefs and Guests Together under the Neon.

It is no secret that Las Vegas has become a world renowned culinary destination. Celebrity Chefs stars shine bright under the universe of neon lights up and down the famed Las Vegas strip. The absolute best way to meet them all is to attend Bon Appetit’s Vegas Uncork’d. This annual event has become the premier Food and Wine event in the country.

This year line-up includes Chef Emeril Lagassee , Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger , Ho Chee Boon, James Beard Award-Winning Chef Shawn McClain , Master Chocolatier François Payard, Michelin-starred Chef Guy Savoy, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Steve Martorano, Julian Serrano, Brian Malarkey and Michael Mina at various events throughout this four day culinary throw down.

Vegas Uncork’d attract guests from all over the world and tickets sell out fast. There are still some very tasty events that you can attend. To get your seat at a celebrity chef table you must act quickly! Start at the ARIA Resort and mingle with culinary superstars Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Julian Serrano, Michael Mina, Shawn McClain, Masa Takayama, and more as they take over The Buffet at ARIA and put their gourmet spin on self-service style dining.

Don’t miss enjoying Tequila and Tacos with the Too Hot Tamales. Join us and watch Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger spice things up with a fabulous fiesta fueled by tequila and tacos. Mix and mingle with other guests at the new Border Grill inside The Forum Shops at Caesars while enjoying unlimited signature tacos, ceviches, seafood cocktails, oysters, and more. Top off the delicious celebration with a variety of free flowing and award winning margaritas at an interactive drink station.

The biggest night of them all is the Grand Tasting and should not be missed. Are you ready for the ultimate culinary indulgence? Enjoy a staggering variety of signature dishes prepared by the world’s most celebrated chefs. Step into the luxurious Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace to experience the best of the best with more than 75 award-winning chefs, free-flowing wines, and spirits from around the world. It’s well worth beating the crowd with a 7:30 p.m. early access ticket. You’ll get exclusive early admission to sample the freshest dishes and drinks from your favorite chefs and top mixologists. It also gives you much more time to mingle with Hubert Keller, Emeril Lagasse, Michael Mina, Rick Moonen,Guy Savoy and Gordon Ramsay!

To finish the evening in true Vegas Uncork’d style join us at the Grand Tasting after party. Why not close out your evening with your favorite celebrity chefs and the acclaimed editors of Bon Appétit while sipping sparkling Champagne cocktails, enjoy passed bites, and get down to a rockin’ soundtrack at FIZZ Las Vegas , the hot new nightclub at Caesars Palace. Partygoers can also revel in the private art collection of Sir Elton John and his partner, David Furnish, who designed the lavishly elegant space.


Are you hungry? Join us at Emeril’s Fish House with Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse himself. Enjoy an intimate dinner event where we will savor kicked-up versions of market fresh fish and shellfish creations alongside flavorful signature dishes. Emeril’s multi-course menu will be paired with a selection of wines off the restaurant’s award-winning wine list. There is still time to get in on the action. For additional information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.VegasUncorked.com. See you there!

Andiron Brings Fine Dining, Wine and Mixology to Downtown Summerlin

In current times being a restaurateur is not easy. Just having one successful establishment is a feat in itself. Working long hours, weekends and holidays away from family as well as financial worries is not for everyone. The odds are that most will fail. However, some rise to the top, have the right stuff and are truly a rare breed.


We have been fortunate over the years to bear witness to a special partnership that assembled a team and have opened not one, not two, but three successful restaurants. Their venues are not a chain, rehashing and copying the first success. Each one of their restaurants are unique and unlike their sister venues. Three concepts and three successes.


Who are these people that defied the odds and certainly have proven they have the right stuff you may ask? Who else would it be than renowned restaurateurs Elizabeth Blau and her husband Chef Kim Canteenwalla. They are the great minds behind Honey Salt and Made L.V. located in Summerlin and of course Buddy V’s Ristorante in the Palazzo Resort.


The Food and Beverage community waited with great anticipation for their newest and most ambitious venue yet, Andiron Steak & Sea located in Downtown Summerlin. The wait is over! We attended the VIP opening along with a whos’ who of local and national journalists, Chefs and stars from every universe you could imagine. Impressive to say the least, Andiron is simply breath taking. Designer Thomas Schlesser really went all in the interior décor of the main dining room, a very sexy lounge and bar as well as a relaxing patio where guests can dine Al Fresco.


Elizabeth and Chef Kim know it takes a team to be a success and named managing partners Stephen Jerome and Chef Joseph Zanelli to lead the Andiron operations. They both have been on the team all along the journey, from both Honey Salt and Made L.V.

With the opening of Andiron Steak & Sea, this dynamic team have introduced Fine Dining at a whole new level of sophistication not just for the very swank Downtown Summerlin but for Summerlin over all. It’s been a long time coming.


Andiron should be visited on multiple occasions to get a true feel for the restaurant and mixology. Start your experience off with a tasty Little Gem Salad with maytag blue cheese, vine ripe tomatoes and maple glazed thick cut bacon. Next up, enjoy a Yellow Tail Crudo to get your palate ready for some gastronomic fun. We enjoyed Steak Tartare, a nice blend of grass fed tenderloin, capers, Dijon mustard, quail egg and grilled bread to top it off. Don’t forget to order the Hudson Valley Foie Gras with huckleberry jam and toasted brioche. This is only a start!


Looking at Entrés we suggest you do some exploring. For the carnivores, dive into a 36oz Tomahawk Chop for two. You can’t go wrong with a Creek Stone Farms 18oz Bone In Rib Eye cooked medium rare of course. For a little bit lighter fare enjoy a 9oz Wagu Skirt Steak.


From the Sea, we enjoyed a Scottish Salmon with serrano ham crust, shaved brussels sprouts and cipollini onions topped off with a peruvian chili glaze. Andiron’s Grilled Whole Branzino with roasted peppers ragu, capers with wild fennel & pine nuts was suggested by Chef Kim. Also we can say is perfecto!


For the vegetarians, how about a steak? Their Roasted Cauliflower Steak with cauliflower puree, king trumpet mushrooms and pickled fresno pepper vinaigrette is sure to please.
For a great finish, don’t be shy order of few of these tasty treats. Bite into Ashley’s Crème Brulee Donuts featuring a rich vanilla custard or a nice Warm Pecan Carrot Cake with bourbon cream cheese and pineapple currant compote. Hungry yet?


On our visit we enjoyed some excellent choices from their impressive wine list. The lounge features the classic Andirion Martni with stoli elit vodka, vittone bianco vermouth and stuffed olives. The Midnight Rambler is a Chef Kim original and a personal favorite featuring bulleit rye, maple syrup and angostura bitters. The Pineapple Bump with absolut elyx, pineau des charantes, pineapple, apple vinegar, fresh lemon sour and club soda has been creating quite a buzz as well.

What can we say to Elizabeth, Kim and their team but congratulations once again and you will see us often.

Hofsas House and Carmel By Sea Are Worth A Visit For All Members Of Your Family.

Carmel by the Sea, it even sounds idyllic, and it is. You can have all the offerings that one may want in a vacation get-away. Whether it is stunning scenery, or the lovely quaint shops that line the streets, Carmel will capture your heart and imagination. You will fall in love with this town that has charmed thousands. Along with the four star restaurants, abundant art galleries, and the most glorious scenery in the country, you can return to a number of luxurious hotel rooms that will accommodate any type of traveler.
We had the opportunity to visit Carmel recently and revisit one of our favorite places to stay, the Hofsas House. Conveniently located to the Monterey airport, the Hofsas House offers affordable lodging and year round activities.


The background on this lovely family hotel, which is pet and child friendly, started in the 1940’s, when hotelier Donna Hofsas, left her home in Los Angeles to take up residence in Carmel California.

Donna went on to transform tiny cottages into an outstanding family run hotel that has been in operation since the 1950’s. Donna Hofsas passed in 1999 but her legacy has carried on through her granddaughter, Carrie Theis, who now continues to manage the European style hotel while offering the same old world charm and personalize service that Grandmother Donna instilled in her since the tender age of 5.

With modern amenities, personalized hotel packages for pet lovers, summer vacationers, or those looking for a romantic get-away, everyone is well taken care of at the Hofsas House. Offering an old world charm with every modern amenity, this hotel has taken an old-fashioned, yet never outdated approach to stellar customer service. You will feel relaxed and refreshed as you can choose from a vast menu of Hofsas House Offerings that will make your stay a memory making adventure.

We always try to travel with our best friend, our Maltese, Holly. Our little family member is well treated at the Hofsas house with the Tail Wagging Package which includes: the Hofsas House Dog Frisbee, a collapsible dog bowl and special dog bed, and a sampling of doggie treats and pet shampoo to keep her looking fresh and ready for her jaunt to a local pet friendly restaurant. Looking through the complimentary copy of Coastal Canine magazine, we found some great tips on dog friendly venues and doggie walking trails throughout the Carmel community.

Hofsas House many Specialty Packages offer the best vacations memories for everyone. Because family is a main pillar in the foundation of the Hofsas House Hotel, relative and family relations are of up-most importance to their own family heritage in the hotel business. The Family Reunion package provides group rates for 5 or more rooms booked with a two night minimum which will include complimentary continental breakfast. There is also a Beach Fire and S’mores Package that gives you all your adventure goodies wood bundle and fire starter and matches, your own beach blanket and safety flashlight, and all the S’more supplies. With your basket in hand, head down to the lovely Carmel Beach for an enjoyable bon fire while enjoying the setting sun on the sparkling waves of the Pacific Ocean.


Another benefit for large families or groups is the spacious meeting facility which can accommodate up to 40 people. Meeting with the family around the sparkling pool or partaking of a large family sit down dinner that can be easily catered by a local restaurant, or a meal prepared by you using the complete kitchen within the facility, gives you many options on creating a lovely family bonding experience. Another great benefit in capturing those delightful moments is arranging the complimentary family portrait session on the beach by a certified professional photographer, including one free 8吆 photograph.

Additional photos can be purchased directly from the photographer. Remember this offer is subject to availability and some blackout dates may apply.


For the oenophiles on the road, a stay at the Hofsas house may be just for you. Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea offers a Wine Tasting Passport for $65 where the buyer can choose one $10 flight of your choice of any 9 of the 14 tasting rooms, which is normally a $90 value. The Wine Walk by-the-Sea is a self-paced self leisurely walk to the many tasting rooms located within block of each of each other. On our stay, we ventured over to De Tierra Vineyards tasting room, Dawn’s Dream new tasting room, and Figge Cellars, where our wine palates where refreshed with the lovely nuances of Monterey County wines. The Hofsas House concierge offers Wine Tasting Passports at a discounted price of $50 per person with any one night stay. For $30 you may want to stay in and cuddle up by the fire place with the Wine and Cheese Package that includes a bottle of Monterey County Wine and cheese from the famous local Cheese Shop in Carmel. After indulging in your romantic offering, you may want to have the friendly hoteliers book you a couple’s massage for those on a little retreat from it all. For more information on the Hofsas House go to www.hofsashouse.com

Carmel has much to offer every member of the family and there is much to do as the sun arises over the ocean. As you meander along the cozy cottages and shoppes in Carmel, make sure to stop by the Cheese Shop to say hello to proprietor Kent Torrey. We entered this world class wine and cheese establishment to chat with the effervescent Mr. Torrey. Kent has put together a world class team of the most helpful and knowledgeable staff members that will assist you with the perfect wine and cheese selection. With a polethera of cheese and wine choices to choose from, you will think you have entered into the pearly gates of fromage heaven. However, you will want to remain an earthling to be able to indulge in the incredible wine selection that Kent offers to his patrons. Kent boldly declares, “Eat Cheese, Drink wine, and Live Life Happy”, and we couldn’t agree more. For more information on Kent and his renown shop go to www.thecheeseshopinc.com/


There are a variety of walking tours that can be tailored to everyone needs, so stop by the front office and they will be sure to direct you to the best that Carmel has to offer. Nearby attractions such as the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium is just minutes away from your respite. Hofsas House partners with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, so make sure you purchase you tickets through the main office and receive a two-day pass for the price of one.


Whether enjoying the art, antiques or the abundance of beauty in Carmel one can work up an appetite and dining establishments are plenty in Carmel, and many are pet friendly. We happened to end our day at the local’s favorite, Grasings, info. at grasings.com. This storybook restaurant has garnered Open Table Diner’s choice award for 2015 and the 2014 Wine Spectators Grand Award of Excellence along with many local accolades. With the inspiration of the gifts from the land and sea, Chef Kurt Grasing has created a menu that reflects that reverence for the environment. Along with a Wine Spectator award winning wine list and the skillful knowledge of sommelier, Toby Rowland Jones, Chef has a winning combination to entice the locals and visitors alike.

We loved the Abalone farm-raised Monterey bay red abalone prepared dorè style served with the season’s freshest harvest accoutrements. Having fresh seafood and local produce available to the Chef, only the most stellar culinary creations can come from the kitchen. Fresh, tenderly cooked and served with a lovely presentation, we savored every bite of this elegant dish. Sommelier Toby Rowland Jones, brought us a rich, creamy Laird Chardonnay that complimented the Abalone perfectly. We then moved on to the main course of sustainable seafood with the special of the evening, the Salmon adorned with a beurre blanc sauce and beautifully prepared. After a dinner fit for a sea-faring captain, we decided to try one of the desserts for that bit of sweetness to send us on our way. House-Made Crème Brulee, choice of vanilla or chocolate infused custard was the right choice of warm soft custard with the caramel crunch of bruleed sugar.

Happily satisfied with our bellies satiated, we made our way back to our comfortable quarters for a leisurely nightcap next to the roaring fireplace and drifting off to dream of the next day’s adventures.


Being a former Monterey County resident another favorite local jaunt is Pacific Grove California. Only minutes from Carmel, it is worth the journey. Known as the Butterfly town, thousands of Monarch butterflies stop to rest on the eucalyptus trees on their arduous migratory journey to Mexico. With sweeping panoramic views of the mighty Pacific Ocean, and a bevy of golf courses, bike paths, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium along the historic Cannery Row within walking distance, this is a must stop for families and outdoor enthusiasts.

We arrived for a more informal dinner at a local’s favorite hot spot, the Beach House Restaurant. This California casual dining establishment has the best corner spot on the Monterey Peninsula. Located at Lover’s point amongst the Monterey pines, garnered by panoramic views of the Monterey Bay, one cannot find a more lovely location for a meal that embraces all the beauty that Mother Nature demonstrates in this amazing area of the country.

The evening we visited the Beach House, a stunning glistening full moon, bounced dazzling simmering light across the rolling waves, creating the back-drop to our dining experience. As we entered this clean, modern eatery, we were met by our most lovely server who urged us to try the “Firecracker Shrimp”. These shrimp were crisp, delicately golden brown, and bathed in a spicy, sweet Thai sauce. This restaurant favorite soon became ours, as we hungrily devoured these mouth watering gifts of the sea. Along with great appetizers and hand crafted cocktails some of the local favorites include the Seafood Linguine of fresh fish, calamari, shrimp, with tomato-fennel broth or the Feast of Lanterns Surf & Turf, tender grilled medallions of beef, FireCracker shrimp, brown rice, baby bok choy with a Viridis Aquaponic cucumber salad, and a sweet soy demi glace. There is an extensive menu that will satisfy any hungry sojourner. For more information on the Beach House, go to www.beachhousepg.com.


We wistfully said good bye to the glorious evening, and made our way back to Carmel, knowing that this was our last night in this magical place. We breathed a grateful “thankful” for this uniquely pristine area of our country.


Welcome to VINO LAS VEGAS



Where else can you enjoy the view from the world famous nightclub PURE overlooking the Las Vegas Strip and rub shoulders with many celebrity chefs including Bobby Flay, Cat Cora, Kerry Simon, Rick Moonen and enjoy wine, beer, specialty cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres ? The answer is Bon Appetit's Vegas Uncork'd !


In 2008 Las Vegas became the fourth city to be profiled by the authors of the Michelin Guide , the very prestigious restaurant guide book to the world. This year, the 2009 guide features 140 restaurants and 32 hotels. Bon Appetit Magazine declared Las Vegas one of the top 5 restaurant cities.

In 2009, two Las Vegas restaurants were awarded with a five-star rating by the Mobil Travel guide . Alex at the Wynn resort and Joel Robuchon at the MGM Grand. Other award winning restaurants such as Bellagio's Le Cirgue ( 6th consecutive year ) and Picasso ( 8th consecutive year ) and Caesars Palace's Guy Savoy have all taken their place amongst the worlds best.

Vegas Uncork'd shows off Las Vegas's more than a decade climb as one of the top centers for fine dining in the world. This trend shows no sign of stopping with more premiere Chefs and guests coming to Las Vegas to sample the best the world has to offer.

Bon Appetit , with it's 3rd Vegas Uncork'd has taken its place as one of the premiere Culinary events in the world and grown into an event that sets a very high bar. We can only look forward to the 4th Bon Appetit Vegas Uncorked as we have no doubt the bar will be raised even higher

From the cut of Chef Guy Savoy' s knife to open the first bottle of Champagne to the last sip of Champagne with Chef Megan Romano's confections , The 3rd Vegas Uncorked will be remembered for a long time.

Congratulations Bon Appetit and all of the people who put this premier event together. Cheers ! , and we look forward to see you all again next May !

Vegas Uncork'd French Culinary Conversation makes culinary history

Perhaps Culinary history was made when
a lineup of some of the most legendary French Chefs in the world , including Daniel Boulud, Alain Ducasse, François Payard, Guy Savoy and David Werly, offered their views into why Vegas has the hottest French chefs in its kitchens. Bon Appétit editor-in-chief Barbara Fairchild hosted the discussion along with special correspondent Alan Richman and Las Vegas restaurant expert John Curtas.


Bon Appetit's Vegas UnCork'd provided many opportunities for foodies to savor and enjoy culinary dishes and meet the creators of some of the best cuisine in the world. The "French Connection" provided the rare opportunity to interact with the best French Chefs in the world.


This was a very special opportunity where guests were given the opportunity to write down a question for this prestigious panel. One of the first questions asked was "Why are you here in Las Vegas" ? The overall answer from the panel was that Las Vegas is constantly changing and despite what may be happening elsewhere , the people come to Las Vegas to seek out great food.

This panel discussion provided insight into these great French Chefs. They love the competition as it brings out the best in them . "Fusion is Confusion" from the great Chef Daniel Boulud emphasized that great French cuisine is basically simple. The other point that echoed from the panel was that Las Vegas is not saturated with fine dining and will not disappear but get even better with competition.

When you assemble these great Chefs and have a open honest discussion you can't help but be in awe of what you are seeing and hearing. Not only did guests have the opportunity to interact with this great panel but also tasted the craft of renown French Chef David Werly the Executive Chef of Le Cirque at the Bellagio .

David Werley's delicious treat of Vacherin of Foie Gras, Rhubarb Compote Fresh Strawberry & Lava Salt and

Citrus infused Salmon Gravlox, Spot Prawn Cucumber Bloom & Cream Fraiche

was mouth watering. It was a real experience to be around these great French Chefs in a Panel discussion that perhaps has never been done before. Bon Appetit's Vegas Uncork'd really pulled out all the the stops to bring world wide culinary talent together as only they can.

Chef Carla Pellegrino and Frank Pellegrino Jr show off RAOs at Caesars Palace for a Vegas Uncorked Master Series Dinner


Caesars Palace brought to Las Vegas the one-and-only Rao’s, the 110-year-old, 10-table, East Harlem Italian restaurant, considered by many as the ultimate New York dining experience.

Rao’s has been called a “culinary national treasure,” widely acclaimed for its authentic, southern Neapolitan Italian cooking and its home-style family ambiance. It was honored with a pinnacle three stars from New York Times . Rao’s at Caesars Palace is its only location outside of New York and opened its doors in December 2006.

One of the many Vegas Uncorked Master Series Dinner's was held at Rao's at Caesars Palace. Renowned Chef Carla Pellegrino and Frank Pellegrino Jr showed off their wonderful restaurant and some classic Italian artistry in the kitchen to its guests.

The always delightful Chef Cat Cora , Bon Appetit's executive chef was on hand to host the event and mingle with the guests .

Greeted with Champagne as we entered this classic restaurant , the first thing we noticed was the gorgeous Caesars Palace pool. Rao's patio provided a relaxing venue as we enjoyed the Champagne. We then entered the dining room with great anticipation of the dining experience we were about to have and found the tables were beautifully decorated with rose petals for a touch of class.

We took a look at the menu found a nice variety of classic Italian seafood, pasta , and beef dishes paired with none other than the renown Antinori wines. Chef Carla and Sommelier Crista really teamed up for what was going to be some great pairings of classic Italian dishes and wine.


MILLE FOGLIE DI FUNGHI E FONTINA:

Puffy pastry stuffed with mushroom ragu and Fontina cheese

PROSCIUTTO E MELONE
Parma prosciutto-wrapped honeydew melon balls

SALMONE & ENDIVE
Salmon mousse, endive and salmon roe

ANTIPASTI:

POLIPO E PATATE
Warm octopus, fava beans and boiled potato salad

CAPRESE SALAD
Buffalo mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes, pesto sauce

Guado Al Tasso Vermentino 2006

PRIMI PIATTI

RAVIOLI CON CAPESANTE E GAMBERI
Ricotta and spinach ravioli in shrimp and scallop sauce

GARGANELLI CON CAVOLLINI E PANCETTA
Fresh penne pasta, Brussels sprouts, bacon

RAO’S MEATBALLS
Traditional veal, beef and pork meatballs
Marchese Antinori 2004

BRANZINO IN ACQUA PAZZA
Wild sea bass poached in fish stock, poached vegetables

TAGLIATTA DI MANZO
Seared slices of beef sirloin tossed in warm baby arugula salad
Guado Al Tasso 2004

TORTA DI NOCCIOLINE
Peanut butter tart

MISTO DI FRUTTO DI BOSCO
Mixed berries marinated in red wine, vanilla gelato
Muffato Della Sala 2005


The RAO's signature traditional Meatballs were a favorite of ours with the pairing of Marchese Antinori 2004 being spot on. Another favorite was the TAGLIATTA DI MANZO, seared slices of beef sirloin tossed in warm baby Arugula salad with the very aromatic Guado Al Tasso 2004.

Chef Carla Pellegrino was meant to be a chef from the young age of 10 and refined her skills over the years to graduate with honors from the prestigious French Culinary Institute in 2001. Chef Pellegrino has recreated those classic Rao's New York dishes as well as added her own touch to make Rao's Las Vegas a culinary destination.

VINO LAS VEGAS samples wine with Master Sommelier Jason Smith at Vegas Uncorked



There are more Master Sommeliers in Las Vegas than any other city in the world. 18 Master Sommeliers call Las Vegas their home.

According to the Court of Master Sommeliers, the entity that certifies and educates master sommeliers, there are less than 100 professionals who hold the title Master Sommelier in North America. There are 158 master sommeliers world wide.

The Bellagio Resort has established the record for the most Master Sommeliers at a single property. Jason Smith is the properties Director of Wine , Robert Smith of Picasso and Joseph Phillips of Michael Mina .

We have had the pleasure of meeting many of the Master Sommeliers here in Las Vegas . Jason Smith at one time was the country's youngest Master Sommelier. As Director of Wine at the Bellagio Jason overseas 32 venues and leads wine education for 3500 service employees and is responsible for hiring and training an unprecedented 15 sommeliers including two other Master Sommeliers.

Jason did not just " fall" into his current position. After attending the renown Culinary Institute of America Jason realized he had a passion for wine. Before he was 21, Jason was cellar master at the 21 Club in New York city became a sommelier. Jason later refined his skills in such acclaimed restaurants as The Little Niel, Charlie Trotter's and Michael Mina.

Jason then became a Master Sommelier after years in the industry , a rigorous exam composed of Wine Theory, Service and of course, Blind Tasting. The title of Master Sommelier takes years to achieve and requires passion and dedication that few can posses

Vegas Uncorked gave its guests a unique opportunity to taste selections from around the world as Jason guided them through a behind-the-scenes look at the methodology and rationale behind blind tasting from a Master Sommelier.

Join Scott from VINO LAS VEGAS has he speaks to Master Sommelier Jason Smith at Vegas Uncorked about the Bellagio and his remarkable rise to the top of his profession.


The Epicurious Blog

Pretty soon, I&aposll be off for a visit with relatives in Killeen, Texas, where I plan on enjoying taking a break from the parka, drinking good local beers, and most of all, of course, filling my gullet with great barbecue, Mexican food and the culinary wonders the area has to offer.

But it&aposs my first time in the area, and I&aposm looking for guidance. I&aposm not setting the bar too high for Killeen -- I&aposm no stranger to sprawling military towns -- but I hear nothing but raves about Austin, San Antonio, and Lockhart (the town Calvin Trillin dubbed the world capital of Texas BBQ).

The suggestions I&aposve heard so far include: Congress, Barley Swine, The Mighty Cone, El Naranjo, Gordo&aposs food truck, and the Whole Foods HQ. But I&aposd like to hear more.

So where and why should we eat in Austin, San Antonio, Lockhart and Killeen?

Blackbird Bakery Gluten-Free Flour Blends

I must admit that whenever I&aposve tried making anything gluten-free, I&aposve stuck with almond flour or ground-up quinoa and hoped for the best. Somehow, the final products have actually been edible.

But it wasn&apost until I got into the gluten-free baking portion of cooking school that I experimented with using other types of flours make from potato, sorghum, or rice. Regardless, given that I don&apost have a sensitivity to gluten nor do a lot of my friends and family, I just can&apost see myself buying five different kinds of flours to create a special blend for a gluten-free bread, cake, or pie crust (not to mention I have no room to store all those flours in my New York City-sized kitchen).

So when a friend of mine told me about Blackbird Bakery&aposs Gluten-Free blends I was intrigued. She swore by them, even though she herself is not anti-gluten. I checked it out online and decided to try three blends: the bread, tart and pie, and choux pastry.

Right off the bat, I loved the packaging and the product design, and the blends came with helpful recipe cards that all sounded delicious and original. I got busy in the kitchen and used the tart and pie crust blend to make their Raspberry Pop Tart recipe which was an immediate trip down childhood memory lane. And all the crust recipe required was eggs and butter. Loved it! And so did my stomach!

Almost-Smoked Duck, From a Bag

I would ask where this has been all my life, but I know: Gathering dust in a kitchen cabinet. I finally tried it and will definitely be going back for more.

Smoke is like butter: It makes just about anything better. But it&aposs not easy to get that singular taste/aroma (I once destroyed a Chinese bamboo steamer by trying to smoke fish over tea leaves). I bought this wood-chip-lined foil bag at Zabar&aposs years ago but kept holding off for the right reason to test-drive through the oven.

Monday night that turned out to be magret. I&aposve been cooking those steak-like duck breasts at least once a week now that Hudson Valley Duck Farm brings them fresh to the Greenmarkets and was antipating rebellion (duck? again?)

And this turned out to do a credible job. I scored the skin and seared the breast in a cast-iron skillet to render the fat and add some crispness, then slid it into the bag to finish cooking in the oven at 375 (about 10 minutes for each step). You&aposd almost think it had smoked for real. (Almost. Liquid Smoke would have hammered the point home.)

The bag comes with nine recipes for smoking other things, including vegetables (mushrooms sound great). The drawback is that this is, like so many things in modern life, disposable. You can only use it once (and it holds so much more than one big breast).

And I thought this bag was old, but wow: It&aposs so ancient Emeril had not yet done a tie-in.

Reveling at Perkin Reveller

It&aposs my experience that restaurants near highly visited tourist areas are invariably all style and no substance. There are only a handful around the world that you would still want to visit if they weren&apost overlooking, say, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Statute of Liberty, or the Eiffel Tower. London&aposs Perkin Reveller is in that rarefied group: Situated at the base of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, this restaurant doesn&apost rest on its historic backdrop laurels, offering up well-executed modern British fare.

Named after Geoffrey Chaucer&aposs chef in the Canterbury Tales (Chaucer actually supervised building the wharf the restaurant stands on), chef Andrew Donovan adheres to a fairly strict locavore ethos, with meat, fish, and produce coming from no further than 25 miles away. It&aposs open from morning to midnight, but is truly seductive at night, when the lit 11th-century castle and 19th-century bridge bring you back through the ages. Yet the menu is inherently modern: Wood pigeon breast and rhubarb salad, curried parsnip soup, smoked eel fish cake with a crispy bacon salad, pork belly, black pudding mash, and crispy pork croquette, cornish fish stew, saffron potatoes and baby vegetables, sea salt caramel parfait, and carrot cake with marmalade ice cream are some of the winners I devoured last week. (011-44-20-3166-6949 www.perkinreveller.co.uk)

How Fresh Is Five-Month-Old Bread?

Would you believe that the loaf of bread pictured above has been sitting on my kitchen counter at room temperature for five months? I have the receipt showing I bought the loaf--a well-known brand--on October 12, 2012 to test a recipe for Turkish Spiced Meatballs for Gourmet.com. It looks about as fresh as the day I purchased it.

I&aposm not one to waste food, but because I prefer the artisanal bread from bakers at the Union Square Greenmarket in New York City--I&aposd planned to give what remained of the loaf to a neighbor. Unfortunately, the loaf got lost amid the clutter of my very small New York City kitchen, and before I knew it, several weeks had passed. By then I assumed the bread had become a fuzzy green mass of mold--the supermarket bread I ate as a kid would have been--and I was about to throw it away, when I decided to check to see just how gross a science experiment I&aposd accidentally been growing in my kitchen. To my complete shock the bread was pristine.

I checked the ingredient list. It contains 28 items, many of them unpronounceable--one of Michael Pollan&aposs rules for foods to avoid--but I did note that calcium propionate and sorbic acid are included "to retain spoilage." Yum.

The Best Quotes from TedxManhattan

A couple weeks ago, Kemp Minifie and I attended TedxManhattan, an information-packed day devoted to food. While it might seem like a simple topic, the range of speakers and the many issues raised throughout the day made it clear that food is a lot more than what we eat. It&aposs about labor, sustainability, politics, religion, class, obesity, hunger, and so much more.

I could never manage to summarize the event, so in lieu of that impossible task, what follows are some (with an emphasis on some) of the best quotes from the day. It&aposs a bit of a highlight reel from the event and hopefully helps to articulate the fact that our food system is both complicated and important.

"I live in a community where I can get a semi-automatic weapon faster than I can get a tomato."
--LaDonna Redmond (shown above), Senior Program Associate, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

"It&aposs easier to raise healthy children than to fix broken men."
--Stephen Ritz, Founder, Green Bronx Machine Dean of Students, Hyde Leadership Charter School

"40 percent of the food supply goes to waste."
-- Peter Lehner, Executive Director, National Resource Defense Council and NRDC Action Fund

"It&aposs preposterous that in 2013 I&aposm standing here talking about your right to know what&aposs in your food."
--Gary Hirshberg, Chairman, Stonyfield Farm

"There will never be a pill to replace old fashioned home cooking."
-- Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts

"I&aposm a fan of the farmer."
--David McInernay, Co-Founder, FreshDirect

Ben Affleck, Oscar-Winning Chocolate Man

Theo Chocolate CEO Joe Whinney, left, and Ben Affleck examining harvested cocoa in eastern Congo

When the Argo director is not winning Oscars, Ben Affleck is fighting for the future of war-torn Congo and rallying support via his nonprofit advocacy organization Eastern Congo Initiative. In 2010, Affleck&aposs vision for a region made more secure through social and economic development sparked a partnership with Seattle-based Theo Chocolate. With two signature chocolate bars newly on the market--made of 100% Congolese cocoa, plus seasonings of Congo-sourced vanilla and pili pili peppers--Theo Chocolate founder and CEO Joe Whinney (a fair-trade and organic adherent from way back) asserts the venture has arrived at a business model that is ethical, profitable, and delicious.

"By joining forces with ECI and Ben Affleck, we have the platform to show consumers how amazing chocolate is made while raising awareness about issues in the Democratic Republic of Congo," says Whinney. "Our Congo bar series offers a connection between the consumer and the farmer, because when they care about each other, that&aposs when real change begins to happen. We believe the finest chocolate in the world can be good for you and good for the world."

"The economics of cocoa don&apost work," Whinney told me on a recent stop in New York, citing widespread poverty and malnutrition in cocoa-growing regions, especially in Africa. And so the company is paying Congolese farmers two to three times the market rate for their cocoa--a 340-ton commitment thus far. In addition, Theo says it will donate as much as 20 percent of overall revenues from its 65% cacao Congo Vanilla Nib and Congo Pili Pili Chili bars to ECI. Priced at about $5 for 3 ounces, they&aposre a sweet (and in the case of the Pili Pili bar, seriously spicy) deal at Whole Foods, REI, and other retailers. The bars, heartily enjoyed by several chocophiles here, are also available from Theo via mail order.

Photos: Piet Suess (top) and courtesy of Theo Chocolate

Talking with Mrs. Obama about Raising Healthy Eaters

As a mom of a two year-old who is already a little ketchup fiend despite my better efforts, raising a healthy eater is among the topics nearest and dearest to my stressed-out-working-mom heart. I know I&aposm far from alone in saying so, and at a meeting at the White House last week, First Lady Michelle Obama shared that she feels the same way.

"We&aposre all busy parents. I&aposm busy in a different way," Mrs. Obama acknowledged with a laugh, "but before being a First Lady, I was one of those moms out there trying to figure out how do I feed my kids, hold down a job, get to the grocery store, what do I buy, how do I cook it, how do I get through a week, how do I make a lunch that the kids won&apost whine about."

"I think that&aposs what a lot of parents don&apost know," she went on. "You think you&aposre doing the right thing--I went through it. I thought I had it planned out--I&aposd cook a dinner on Sunday that would last through Monday by Tuesday, we were eating out. Then Wednesday, you would cobble together the eat-out food. And then that would get you to Friday, where you&aposd eat out again. So you looked up and you found yourself eating out a lot simply because just figuring out how to make that meal was a challenge, and how to do the shopping, and what actually works and tastes good."

That sounded, um, painfully familiar. And I&aposm one of the lucky ones who lives in a city where I have access to good, fresh food. I work at a food website, for crying out loud: If I can&apost make healthy meals for my kid, who can? I was relieved to see other food editors around the table, many of whom were also working moms, nodding in recognition.

What was refreshing about the conversation (and you can read more of the Q&A with Mrs. Obama here) wasn&apost just the opportunity to commiserate a little bit with one of the world&aposs most famous women, but the acknowledgment that little changes can make a big difference. As my own mom often says, "If you can&apost change everything, try changing one thing."

Have you made changes for the better in the way your family eats? What were they and how did they work?

photo: First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a "Let&aposs Move!" recipe roundtable in the China Room of the White House, Feb. 19, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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Rusty The Robot Joins Terry Fator Characters!

The incredible Terry Fator : The VOICE of Entertainment just celebrated his 6 th year at The Mirage in The Terry Fator Showroom . In celebration of this landmark he added a new character to his amazing cast of characters. Rusty The Robot now joins the loveable cast of characters including Winston the Impersonating Turtle, Vikki &ldquoThe Cougar,&rdquo country legend Walter T. Airdale, Duggie Scott Walker, Julius, Emma Taylor, the world's greatest Elvis impersonator Maynard Tompkins and Wrex the Crash Test Dummy.

Rusty The Robot is designed to do the jobs of all and he's able to sing virtually any song in any voice from Elvis to Bruno Mars and Garth Brooks and has an intellect second to none. In addition, Terry and his puppets do impressions of Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Tony Bennett, LMFAO, Toby Keith, Roy Orbison and others. Terry even throws in a few solo performances with songs from his new CD It Starts Tonight including &ldquoLive&rdquo and &ldquoHeroes.&rdquo Terry Fator's voice and ventriloquism is mind-boggling in that it is soooo good that even on the large screen you can't see his mouth or throat move. It is such an enjoyable, fun show along with an excellent band. There is no one in the world better and, of course, that is why he won the grand prize on America's Got Talent Show and became a Las Vegas headliner. Tickets can be purchased at the Terry Fator Theatre box office, by phone at 702-792-7777 or 800-963-9634 or online at mirage.com.

With its doors closing to the public at noon on Monday, May 4, 2015, the renowned Riviera Hotel & Casino is counting down the final weeks with a look back at some of the highlights, fun facts, celebrity sightings and rarely-seen photos that have helped build the iconic stature of the Las Vegas Strip's first high-rise hotel and casino.

Photo of legendary singer Liberace, who cut the ribbon at the property's grand opening and became the Las Vegas Strip's highest-paid entertainer, at $50,000 per week.

Photo of Michael Jackson the &ldquoKing of Pop,&rdquo who, in 1984, cast and signed his handprints in cement for a Las Vegas &ldquoWalk of Fame&rdquo project in front of the Riviera Hotel & Casino. The &ldquoWalk of Fame&rdquo existed for many years and featured handprints from some of the world's biggest celebrities, including Dolly Parton, Smothers Brothers, Robert Goulet, Sugar Ray Leonard, Don King, among others.

With 60 years on the Las Vegas Strip celebrations will take place throughout the month of April, with more than $500,000 in cash prizes that will be given away in the Classic Cash Giveaway. A grand prize of $10,000 in cash will be given away every Sunday through Friday at 7:00 p.m. throughout the month of April, with the 2 nd through 9 th place winners each receiving $1,000 in cash. The month will conclude with a grand prize of a Harley Davidson Motorcycle, which will be awarded to one lucky winner on Saturday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m.,

Break out your best leather jacket and an extra-large bottle of hair spray to see Rock of Ages at the Venetian . Set in L.A.'s infamous Sunset Strip in 1987, Rock of Ages takes the show to another level with the addition of the first-ever celebrity guest, Joey Fatone , celebrated actor and singer most noted for being a part of &lsquoN Sync. Fatone stars as Dennis Dupree, the legendary Bourbon Room owner, from Feb. 20 through April 2015. Rock of Ages has 28 of the greatest rock &lsquon roll songs from the 1980s. This production has plenty of comedy to go along with the great music. especially when it comes to Dennis, the owner of the Bourbon Room and Lonny, his club manager as they try to get the legendary Stacee Jaxx to play his final show at their bar in a last-ditch effort to avoid demolition. Rock of Ages frequently breaks the &ldquofourth wall,&rdquo directly addressing the audience and forgetting at times that they're just actors in a musical. This is one terrific show. Great music, lighthearted fun and fantastic production values and a hilarious, feel-good love story that everyone will enjoy.

Happy Birthday to Comedy Legend Marty Allen on his 93 rd Birthday March 23. Marty along with his wife, singer Karon Kate Blackwell will be doing two shows during this celebration at the Downtown Grand on March 22 and 23. Marty is still going strong and funny as ever. Call Downtown Grand for tickets.

And, at the other end of the birthday spectrum, Justin Bieber celebrated his highly anticipated 21st birthday within OMNIA Nightclub during the premier hot spot's debut weekend.

Still another high profile birthday is Jerry Lewis who took in &ldquoFRANK - The Man. The Music.&rdquoat The Palazzo Las Vegas . The legendary actor and comedian attended the show with a large group to celebrate his 89 th birthday. Star of &ldquoFRANK - The Man. The Music.&rdquo Bob Anderson welcomed Lewis to the show: saying &ldquoWe are among royalty tonight. A gentleman that is with us here is an iconic legend and is a very, very close friend of mine. And I say that in a loving way. The whole world knows who he is and we have him right here tonight: Mr. Jerry Lewis .&rdquo Lewis was welcomed by the audience with a standing ovation. After the show, Anderson and Lewis had the chance to sit down together.

&ldquoFRANK - The Man. The Music.&rdquo performs Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Fridays at 9 p.m. at The Palazzo Theatre.

And another very important birthday. St. Patrick Day, March 17 is my son Scott Zorn's Birthday.

The Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT) held a Gala performance at the Smith Center to honor NBT Co-Founder and Board Co-chair Nancy Houssels on her 80 th Birthday. And what a performance it was! The program included special guest artists and the one-and only Frankie Moreno who did 3 of his own songs as the Ballet danced to them.

MJ LIVE the Michael Jackson tribute show opens at its new home in the Stratosphere Theater on March 30 performing seven nights a week at 7 p.m. The Michael Jackson tribute artist's spot-on breathtaking impersonations and many of Jackson's biggest hits are all presented on one stage This theatrical stage production with its powerful sound, spectacular lighting, visual effects, splendid team of dancers and live band on stage takes audiences back to when the King of Pop ruled the charts.

Utah resident Trinidad T. struck it rich at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino on Saturday, March 14 when she hit the $10,744,293.40 progressive jackpot on an IGT Megabucks® $1 slot machine. Trinidad was in town with a friend who was playing in Westgate's blackjack tournament. This was her first time visiting and staying at Westgate Las Vegas. With this jackpot, Trinidad plans to visit her family in the Philippines that she has not seen in many years. She has always envisioned buying a yellow Mustang and will make that dream a reality. Trinidad is also a huge Elvis fan and plans to return to Westgate Las Vegas next month for the grand opening of the newly announced &ldquo Graceland Presents ELVIS: The Exhibition - The Show - The Experience&rdquo .

Elvis Presley's Graceland and Westgate Las Vegas will bring the authentic Elvis Presley back to Las Vegas for the first time in 40 years. &ldquoGraceland Presents ELVIS: The Exhibition - The Show - The Experience&rdquo will include an expansive, new permanent exhibition featuring hundreds of artifacts never before displayed outside of Graceland, and live entertainment shows that celebrate the life and legacy of Elvis Presley. Elvis will be back in the building scheduled to debut April 23, 2015.

The first-ever permanent Graceland exhibition outside of Memphis will encompass over 28,000 square feet and include hundreds of artifacts from the Presley family's treasured Graceland Archives, showcasing the man, the performer and the music that revolutionized popular culture around the world. Presley performed for millions of guests at the Westgate property, originally the International Hotel, later the Las Vegas Hilton, when the property first opened in 1969. Throughout his epic seven-year stint, Presley performed 837 consecutive sold-out shows. More people saw Presley perform at the property than anywhere else in the world.

Blue Man Group at Monte Carlo Resort/Casino offers families a fun and affordable escape this spring break with its Family 4-Pack ticket offer , available for performances beginning Monday, March 23 through Sunday, April 12. The special is $199 (plus applicable service fees) and includes four Category C: Mezzanine tickets as well as a free small popcorn for each guest to munch on while they enjoy the award-winning production. This package has a retail value of $384 (before service fees), so families will save $185 through this limited-time deal. To receive the Family 4-Pack ticket offer, patrons must call the Blue Man Group Box Office at 702.730.7010 and mention &ldquoFamily 4-Pack.&rdquo Blue Man Group Las Vegas allows children of all ages but recommends ages three and older due to loud percussion and courtesy to other guests. Deemed as one of &ldquo The Best Shows in Las Vegas for Kids &rdquo Blue Man Group is perfect for adults and children alike. The production sparks guests' imaginations with its electrifying display of music, art, science and pure entertainment. The wildly outrageous experience features world-renowned musicians performing incredible, custom Blue Man Group songs that can't be heard anywhere else. Engaging all the senses, this is a foot-tapping, eye-popping and heart-pumping theatrical masterpiece.

The Nevada Congressional Awards Inaugural Reception and Congressional Presentation thanked the Nevada Congressional Delegation Senators Harry Reid and Dean Heller, Congressmen Mark Amodei, Crescent Hardy, Joe Heck and Congresswoman Dina Titus for their support of this newly formed Nevada Congressional Award Council (NCAC) .

The Award offers young people the opportunity to set personally challenging goals and achieve them. There are six levels of Award - Bronze, Silver, Gold Certificates and Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals. The minimum age to earn an Award is 14 and must be completed by their 24 th Birthday.

The invite-only VIP guests enjoyed a program that started with a Color Guard for the Presentation of Colors and Pledge of Allegiance. Many of the Distinguished guests were introduced as well as the Congressional Award directors and Advisory Board. Judge Janiece Marshal installed the Officers of the NCAC. The 2015 Gold Medalist from Southern Nevada was Arbab Khalid from Las Vegas who was introduced and given presentation certificates from many of Nevada's members of Congress or their Representatives. Arbab Khalid will received his Gold Medal in Washington D.C on June 17.

The Las Vegas Philharmonic performs its Pops Series IV concert titled &lsquoSymphonic Spectacular&rsquo on Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center . Featuring Newman's Fanfare and popular classics including Rossini's Overture to The Barber of Seville, Tchaikovsky's Capriccio italien, Bernstein's Three Dance Episodes from On the Town, Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio espagnol,Sibelius's Valse triste, and Copland's Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo. Tickets $26, $46, $66 & $96 available from The Smith Center Box Office 702.749.2000 or lvphil.org.

BLVD. Cocktail Company , located in the heart of The LINQ on the Las Vegas Strip, will jazz up Tuesday nights with &ldquoJazz Night,&rdquo every Tuesday from 8 p.m. to midnight. The stylish cocktail lounge will offer an evening of live jazz featuring the talents of local favorite Modern Jazz Assembly (MGA). Happy hour specials from the lounge's signature cocktail menu will be offered from 5 to 7 p.m., along with buy-one-get-one homemade fireball shots, featuring an infusion of American Whiskey with nine spices, including cinnamon, star anise, black peppercorn, cardamom, nutmeg and clove, priced at $10.

Versatile entertainer Ben Vereen will bring his one-man show to the Suncoast Showroom April 18 and 19. Accomplished actor, dancer, and singer Ben Vereen is no stranger to the entertainment scene. On Broadway, his role in &ldquoPippin&rdquo garnered him both the prestigious Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for "Best Actor in a Musical." For more than 35 years, Vereen has performed countless one-man shows around the world. While performing on stages worldwide, Vereen also was in high-profile film roles, including Chicken George in &ldquoRoots&rdquo and Louis Armstrong in &ldquoLouis Armstrong - Chicago Style.&rdquo Showtime each evening is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available from $15.95.

The Animal Foundation 's 12 th annual &ldquoBest In Show,&rdquo is returning to the Orleans Arena Sunday, April 26 at 1 p.m. The one-of-a-kind event will feature unique and incredible shelter dogs competing in several categories (small, medium, large, variety pack, puppy parade and special needs) as they strut their stuff and vie for the audience's hearts and homes. The pups in each group who receive the most crowd applause will advance to compete for the coveted title of Best In Show. Even though only one will take home the crown, audience members will have the opportunity to adopt each four-legged contestant, giving them each the most coveted prize of all: a forever home.

&ldquoMenopause The Musical.&rdquo This enjoyable show is now at HARRAHS in a more intimate room that allows more audience interaction. The talented cast of four women who go shopping for lingerie at a department store sing 25 songs about chocolate cravings, hot flashes, loss of memory, nocturnal sweats, and sexual predicaments. The lyrics parody popular music from the 60's, 70's and 80's with clever tongue-in-cheek comedy lyrics and entertaining dance routines. Humorous new lyrics coupled to old favorites provide a good laugh such as: "'My Guy' becomes 'My Thighs,' 'I'm Sorry' transforms into 'I'm Flashing,' 'The Great Pretender' laments brain collapse, and of course, &ldquoChange, Change, Change.&rdquo It's hilarious, good fun and guys love it too.

The Four Freshmen bring their unique brand of harmony to the Suncoast Showroom April 4-5. Carrying on a 67 year legacy, the Four Freshmen group tradition began in 1948, established by four students at Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind. Hal Kratzsch, brothers Ross and Don Barbour, and their cousin Bob Flanigan created a brand new vocal sound. Working without written music and choosing notes by ear, they spread their jazz voicing over a wider range than other groups, while imitating the phrasing and aggressive feel of a big band brass section.

To date, the Freshmen Four have produced more than 70 singles and albums, won numerous DownBeat and JazzTimes readers' polls, and have been honored with the Satchmo Award for unique and enduring contribution to the living history of jazz. Bob Flanigan retired from performing in 1992, but he continues as the group's mentor and personal manager.

In celebration of Shakespeare's 451st birthday , the Utah Shakespeare Festival will have their Annual Las Vegas Fundraiser on April 23 at Lawry's The Prime Rib at 6:15 p.m. The evening promises to be one of fine food, fun, and games! Plus, get a sneak peek of the upcoming season with Festival company members. Proceeds from the evening support the Utah Shakespeare Festival's acclaimed plays and the entire Festival Experience. Tickets are $175 per person.

For more information or to reserve your seats, call 435-586-7880.

Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop at Paris Las Vegas will be the site of over-the-top costumes and a celebration of popular television shows for the official Wizard World Comic Con official party on Saturday, April 25. RJ Mitte , star of AMC's hit show, &ldquoBreaking Bad,&rdquo will host the post-convention bash with a DJ performance on the club's spectacular rooftop. Mitte, who plays Walter &ldquoFlynn&rdquo White Jr. on AMC's Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning thriller, &ldquoBreaking Bad,&rdquo has mild cerebral palsy, like his character on the show. He is a fan favorite and well-known as a champion for people with disabilities, dedicating his career to raising awareness.

The Wizard World Comic Con Convention , held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, will bring science fiction and pop culture characters together in one large festival. Fans of popular shows like &ldquoOrange is the New Black,&rdquo &ldquoThe Walking Dead&rdquo and &ldquoBreaking Bad&rdquo will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with some of their favorite actors.

My good friend and very talented singer/comedienne Barbara Brighton will be starring in a Tribute to Barbra Streisand and a Tribute to Joan Rivers on March 28 at 7 pm. This will be at Sun City McDonald Ranch . Tickets are: $12.00 Residents $15.00 Non residents.

Where was Winter as now we are talking about Summer! The Deck at Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa will become a hot spot for guests and locals alike this summer with drink specials, luxury cabanas and monthly Poolside Jazz Under the Stars concerts. The Deck will officially open for the season on Monday, March 23, with the jazz series launching on Thursday, April 30. Poolside Jazz Under the Stars will take the stage as day turns into night with monthly concerts beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets will be priced at $15 per person.

The Deck will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. from March 23 through May 24 and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. through the remainder of the season. The pool is free for hotel guests and day-passes are available for non-guests $10 on weekdays and $20 on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Active military and veterans with valid ID, along with Sun City residents, will receive a 10 percent discount for day-passes.

LIMITED TICKETS REMAIN FOR WORLD-CLASS CULINARY FESTIVAL IN LAS VEGAS, APRIL 23-26 . Tickets to the ninth annual Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appétit are selling quickly with more than half of total tickets already gone and 14 events completely sold out. With just under two months remaining until the world's hottest culinary festival hits the Las Vegas Strip, guests still have a chance to purchase select tickets to events at ARIA, Bellagio, Caesars Palace and MGM Grand . A mix of both intimate experiences and large-scale extravaganzas, each event will allow ticket holders the opportunity to mix and mingle with the world's greatest chefs, sommeliers and mixologists including Emeril Lagasse, Gordon Ramsay, Julian Serrano, Shawn McClain, Brian Malarkey, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Guy Savoy, Michael Mina, François Payard, Masa Takayama, Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger. Book Now at VegasUncorked.com.

Chocolate the Exhibition is now exclusively at Springs Preserve until June 1. Chocolate and its national tour were developed by The Field Museum, Chicago.

This exhibition was supported in part, by the National Science Foundation and locally sponsored in part by Ethel M. Chocolates.


Jose Garces opens three new restaurants at Tropicana Atlantic City

February 17, 2017

Celebrity chef/restaurateur Jose Garces has opened three new restaurants at Tropicana Atlantic City in New Jersey. Here are the details from a Tropicana press release:

Olón
Inspired by the tranquil beach town of Olón, Ecuador and the vibrancy of coastal culture, Olón (pronounced Ō-lon) provides Tropicana guests with a classically alluring, laid-back experience centered around Chef Jose Garces’ vision of fresh seafood. Guests enter through custom-crafted Ecuadorian gates and first encounter a 43-seat ceviche bar and lounge, where they can watch chefs prepare ceviche and other raw seafood specialties.

In the 128-seat dining area, every seat has sweeping ocean and boardwalk views. Beach-like cabanas with soft draperies create intimate nooks within the space while touches of natural light and fresh salt air create an inviting yet alluring atmosphere. In addition, wood shutters unfold to create two private dining areas for groupings of up to 60 people. Weather permitting, seating for 40 will be available on a deck overlooking the beach.

The menu at Olón features Chef Garces’ family recipes, with a modern twist, as well as unique takes on time-honored favorites. Traditional features include steamed clams, crab cakes, jumbo fried shrimp, and surf & turf. More contemporary options include wood-fired Wagyu skirt steak, roasted chicken, jumbo gulf prawns, black bass, two-pound lobster, and king crab.

Olón will be open seven days a week with a lunch menu starting at 11:30 a.m. and dinner 5 – 11 p.m. , midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Reservations can be made on OpenTable or by calling 800-345-8767 . For Olón’s Atlantic City Restaurant Week specials, visit www.acrestaurantweek.com.

Okatshe
Okatshe (pronounced Ō- kaht-she) is Chef Jose Garces’ playful, modernized take on a traditional Japanese izakaya. Okatshe visually transports guests to the streets of Tokyo and provides a sense of discovery by taking guests through a small Japanese candy (okashi) storefront before entering the restaurant.

The full-service, 80-seat sit-down restaurant will serve a selection of small plates, yakitori, ramen, sushi and sashimi. Yakitori skewers include chicken, beef, pork, vegetable or seafood. Ramen noodles are served in three unique styles: Tokyo , light chicken and Dashi broth Tonkastu, rich pork broth and Okatshe, lobster dashi. Sushi, sashimi, and maki offerings include everything from scallop and wasabi tobiko to spicy rolls, black jack eel rolls, and the signature Tropicana roll.

The bar at Okatshe will include a curated selection of Japanese whiskeys, 50 sakes, beers, and specialty cocktails.

Okatshe will be open from 4 p.m. – 2 a.m. seven days a week. Reservations are not required.

Bar Olón
Bar Olón is the interactive, 60-seat double-sided bar and lounge located between the two restaurants. Featuring a large, walk-around bar, the setting includes a modernized beach vibe with a combination of varying seating types to accommodate individuals and small groups. Vintage looking fans provide a cool, “ocean” breeze with whimsical bongos and neon signage completing the nostalgic vibe. An elevated platform with tropical mural wall-hanging backdrop will serve as a stage for live entertainment.

Bar Olón serves as the foundation of Olón’s extensive beverage programming, including: a custom, double-sided tap with 16 draft beer selections 35 beers by-the-bottle 20 wines by-the-glass 75+ wines by the bottle and 8 hand-crafted specialty cocktails. A light food menu will also be available featuring ceviche, sandwiches, and shareable small plates.

The bar will be open from 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily. Seasonal live, entertainment will be offered from 9 p.m. – midnight on Fridays, Saturdays and holiday weekends.

Management
Chef Jose Garces has tapped two Garces veterans to helm the Tropicana restaurants.

Chef de Cuisine Maria Schmidt is a Garces alumna. Her career in Garces’ kitchens has taken her from Philadelphia to Palm Springs and back again. In her 9 years with Chef Garces, Maria has served as Chef de Cuisine at Amada, Distrito, Tinto and 24.

Executive Director of Fine Dining Patrick Sterr is a South Jersey native who began his management experience in Atlantic City . He went on to manage and oversee several Chef Garces’ restaurants in Atlantic City , Philadelphia, New Jersey , Chicago , and New York .

Designer
Dash Design of New York City was responsible for the interior and architectural design, in collaboration with SOSH Architects, for all three restaurants. This is Dash Design’s fourth collaboration with Chef Jose Garces .


Top Culinary Talent Returns To The Las Vegas Strip For Vegas Uncork’d By Bon Appétit, May 9-12 2019

Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit today announced tickets on sale for the 13th annual culinary festival May 9–12, featuring a world-class lineup of renowned celebrity chefs, restaurateurs, master sommeliers and cutting-edge mixologists from Caesars Entertainment, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, MGM Resorts International and Wynn Las Vegas. Tickets are available for purchase at vegasuncorked.com.


Bon Appetit’s Adam Rapoport and Andrew Knowlton with Gordon Ramsay at Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit (credit Caesars Entertainment)

Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit is the only festival that brings the world’s most iconic chefs together for a once-in-a-lifetime gourmet experience. This year’s headliners include Roy Choi, Christina Tosi, Gordon Ramsay, Lisa Vanderpump, Guy Fieri, Masaharu Morimoto, Guy Savoy, Julian Serrano, Michael Mina, Mark LoRusso, Nobu Matsuhisa, Bryan and Michael Voltaggio, Will Guidara and more. Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits of Nevada is the official distributor across all festivities.

“Over the years, Las Vegas has evolved into one of the world’s most exciting culinary destinations,” said Cathy Tull, chief marketing officer for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “We’re excited to partner with Bon Appétit to showcase this incredibly comprehensive collection of distinguished restaurants, chefs, master sommeliers and unique epicurean experiences, all in one thrilling weekend.”

This year, guests can choose from a variety of experiences, ranging from intimate dinners to large-scale events. Returning favorites include The Grand Tasting at Caesars Palace, featuring exclusive Top Shelf access, and Picnic at The Park, MGM Resorts’ outdoor dining and entertainment district. New and notable activations include Roses and Rosé with Lisa Vanderpump, Champagne Brunch & Truffle-Making with Christina Tosi, Master Series: Gordon Ramsay’s Favorite Things, Under the Stars at The NoMad Pool and May the Best Chef Win: Celebrity Poker Tournament.

Condé Nast has announced additional lifestyle brands from across its portfolio will host portions of this year’s festival, including AD, Condé Nast Traveler, GQ, them. and Vogue.

“We are excited to head back to the Strip to celebrate 13 years of Uncork’d,” said Adam Rapoport, editor in chief of Bon Appétit. “Nowhere else can you experience this stellar lineup of chefs, resort partners and brands. This year promises to be nothing short of incredible.”

Master Series: An Evening of Steak and Scotch with Greg and Marc Sherry, featuring Macallan (Caesars Palace), Thursday, May 9: Greg and Marc Sherry from the legendary Old Homestead Steakhouse present with GQ a one-of-a-kind dinner, featuring a distinct variety of scotch whisky from Macallan. Over a welcome cocktail and four courses featuring classic dishes and new favorites from the Old Homestead menu, guests will savor a variety of exclusive and rare selections, including The Macallan 25 Year Old. No matter how you indulge, this intimate evening is one to remember for scotch and steak connoisseurs alike.

Roses and Rosé with Lisa Vanderpump (Caesars Palace), Thursday, May 9: Get ready for a night of intrigue at the all-new Vanderpump Cocktail Garden. Hosted by Lisa Vanderpump and Vogue’s Sally Singer, enjoy sweet and savory bites as you mingle in a lush, candle-lit indoor garden complete with a DJ and free flowing rosé and cocktails.

May The Best Chef Win: Celebrity Poker Tournament (Wynn Las Vegas), Friday, May 10: Icons of the culinary world will be putting their best poker faces forward to compete in the Celebrity Chef Poker Tournament at Wynn’s Poker Room on Friday, May 10. Guests get an up-close-and-personal experience, cheering on their favorite chefs as they play to win. Cocktails and irresistible snacks up the ante at this one-of-a-kind poker match. Plus, a portion of the proceeds will support charitable causes.

Perfect Peking Duck and Other Secrets of Chinese Cooking (Wynn Las Vegas), Friday, May 10: Chef Ming Yu invites you behind the scenes into the kitchens of the five-star Wing Lei at Wynn Las Vegas for an exclusive interactive cooking demonstration. Learn the secrets to cooking perfectly crispy Peking duck as well as several of the restaurant’s renowned signature dishes. An informal lunch will follow the class.

Champagne Brunch & Truffle-Making with Christina Tosi (The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas), Saturday, May 11: Pinkies up for a whimsical Saturday morning with Vogue and James Beard award-winning pastry chef and owner of Milk Bar, Christina Tosi, for a brunch featuring bites, bubbly and baking! Guests will have the opportunity to get their hands divinely dirty as they take part in an interactive cake truffle-making class alongside Christina while enjoying bottomless champagne, a spritzer station, and a decadent and delicious brunch spread.

From Amalfi, with Love (Wynn Las Vegas), Saturday, May 11: Celebrate the Amalfi Coast during an al fresco tasting extravaganza featuring the fresh flavors of Capri, Positano, and the Italian Coastline. At Costa di Mare at Wynn, guests will enjoy live culinary demonstrations, savor seafood and pasta at various tasting stations, and dream the day away with Italian-inspired cocktails, wines, and much more.

Master Series: Gordon Ramsay’s Favorite Things (Caesars Palace), Saturday, May 11: Join award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay as he gives guests a glimpse into the Ramsay household and his distinguished career with a selection of his favorite dishes and special family recipes from throughout the years. Guests will enjoy a seated multi-course experience and will walk away with a commemorative photo along with recipe cards to recreate some of the dishes at home.

Yo Cuz!: An Italian Afternoon with Steve Martorano (Paris Vegas Hotel & Casino), Saturday, May 11: Anything is possible and everything is delicious with Steve “Yo Cuz” Martorano. Join the “heavyweight champ of Italian-American cooking” as he demonstrates some of his most famous dishes as seen on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “The View,” and “STEVE.” Guests will also walk away with a DVD keepsake.

Under the Stars at The NoMad Pool (NoMad Las Vegas, located at Park MGM), Saturday, May 11: NoMad Las Vegas will host the coolest roof deck pool party of the season led by Will Guidara, restaurateur of the 2017 World’s Best Restaurant as well as The NoMad Restaurant. Enjoy a night under the stars while sipping expertly crafted cocktails, dining on elevated casual fare and listening to the latest beats courtesy of On The Record, the new speakeasy and club at Park MGM. The event will be filled with interactive, immersive moments and special surprises. Discover NoMad Las Vegas, an intimate resort experience and The Strip’s newest destination.

Master Series: Beyond the Blade with Chef Nobu Matsuhisa (Caesars Palace), Friday, May 10: Hosted by legendary Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, who has traveled the globe creating authentic and inventive Japanese-fusion cuisine that has grown into more than 30 restaurants and soon-to-be 20 branded hotels. This signature event will enlighten guests to world-class sushi, Nobu signature dishes and premier sake, all in an intimate and interactive atmosphere.

The Grand Tasting (Caesars Palace), Friday, May 10: The Grand Tasting is the signature event of Vegas Uncork’d, where over 2,500 food enthusiasts enjoy a staggering variety of signature dishes prepared by some of the world’s most celebrated chefs. The dramatic five-acre Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace will feature more than 50 award-winning chefs and more than 100 of the best wines and spirits from around the world. EARLY ACCESS: Gain exclusive early admission to the event with an Early Access ticket. A limited number of tickets are available to deliver the undivided attention of culinary experts on site.

The Grand Tasting: Top Shelf (Caesars Palace), Friday, May 10: We’re offering a prestige Top Shelf experience for guests at The Grand Tasting. Lucky event attendees will have a chance to sample the best bar program Vegas has to offer with four dedicated top shelf bars showcasing premium wine, cocktails, and beer. Along with these sensational sips, guests will sample light bites from a star chef from Caesars Palace. Hosted at the Bacchus Pool, you’ll spend the evening indulging like Caesar and Cleopatra while relaxing in the VIP cabanas.

Master Series: The World’s Best, An Epicurean Affair with Guy Savoy (Caesars Palace), Saturday, May 11: Renowned chef Guy Savoy will present a multi-course epicurean affair with premier pairings, serving signature dishes alongside some of the world’s great wines and champagnes at his Forbes Five-Star/AAA Five-Diamond Las Vegas restaurant. With his Paris restaurant recently receiving the “Best Restaurant in the World” award from La Liste for the third year in a row, this meal will take diners on a truly special adventure across Chef Guy Savoy’s empire of tastes and influences, celebrating his achievements through his signature creations paired with wine from the restaurant’s Wine Spectator Grand Award winning list. A roaming violinist will complete the five star sensory experience. Don’t miss this rare opportunity for an intimate dinner with a world-renowned legend.

Picnic at The Park (The Park, located between Park MGM and New York-New York), Saturday, May 11: Soak up the sunshine and celebrity at the third annual Picnic at The Park, Vegas-style, featuring live music and an all-star roster of MGM Resorts’ most notable chefs, including Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Michael Mina, Masaharu Morimoto, Roy Choi, Bryan and Michael Voltaggio, Susan Feniger, Julian Serrano, Shawn McClain, and MGM Grand executive pastry chef Florent Cheveau. Picnic at The Park will offer creative twists on classic, al fresco dining perfectly paired with wine curated by Master Sommelier Jason Smith, cocktails by Mixologist Craig Schoettler, and a variety of beer. Located on the Las Vegas Strip, this marvelous outdoor experience lets you enjoy a fun, interactive afternoon of picnicking with celebrated chefs. EARLY ACCESS: Gain early admission to the event with an Early Access ticket. A limited number of tickets are available to deliver the undivided attention of experts on-site, an exclusive signature cocktail available only to early access guests, and an opportunity to interact with the chefs in a more intimate setting.

Raise a Glass to the Past: A Speakeasy Tasting and Distillery Tour at The Mob Museum (The Underground Speakeasy and Distillery The Mob Museum), Saturday, May 11: Go back in time to the Prohibition era for a tasting and tour at The Underground, The Mob Museum’s speakeasy and distillery. Guests will be transported by the taste of spirits smuggled by mobsters decades ago as they sample a variety of classic cocktails, new moonshine flavors from the Museum’s own on-site distillery, and delicious passed appetizers while listening to live jazz, exploring eye-opening exhibits, and learning inside stories from expert educators.

A Smokin’ Good Time with Susan Feniger (Mandalay Bay), Saturday, May 11: Chef Susan Feniger and Executive Chef Mike Minor are bringing the heat at an epic BBQ party with a Mexican twist. Join the Border Grill chefs, Andy Baraghani of Bon Appétit, and host Whembley Sewell, Executive Editor of them, for a smokin’ good time on the outdoor patio at Border Grill at Mandalay Bay as a variety of meats, plant-based proteins, and veggies get smoked, grilled, and slow cooked to perfection at interactive stations. Guests will experience a mouthwatering feast of mesquite pulled pork tortas, fried chicken tacos, slow-smoked Texas-style brisket, spare ribs, house-smoked tofu with habanero BBQ sauce, impossible sliders, all the fixins’ and much more. Not to be missed, the famous burnt ends burrito, named “best burrito you will ever try” by USA TODAY, from BBQ Mexicana, a new quick service eatery from Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Top it all off with the local craft beer pairings, barrel-aged cocktails, smoked spirits, fire pits, and live music.

Master Series: Rao’s Italian Brunch with The Rao’s Family (Caesars Palace), Sunday, May 12: Celebrate Mother’s Day the Italian way – with Rao’s Restaurant owners Frank Pellegrino Jr. and Ron Straci at a true Rao’s family-style event. At this intimate afternoon affair, you’ll enjoy a seasonally inspired multi-course brunch featuring authentic family recipes and perfectly paired libations in honor of the occasion.


Watch the video: Vegas Uncorked by Bon Appetit at Mandalay Bay (January 2022).