PHOTOS: The 45th Annual UNLVino Kicked Off with Bubble-Licious at Keep Memory Alive Event Center On April 11

 

THE 45th ANNUAL UNLVINO KICKED OFF WITH BUBBLE-LICIOUS AT KEEP MEMORY ALIVE EVENT CENTER ON APRIL 11

 

The sparkling event featured pours and bites from numerous prestigious vendors, honoree Don Ross of Caesars Entertainment, the UNLV Jazz Band, and more

 

 

 

The 45th Annual UNLVino, sponsored by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada, kicked-off last night with Bubble-Licious at Keep Memory Alive Events Center in downtown Symphony Park. The event is the first of three exceptional evenings to benefit UNLV Harrah College of Hospitality.

 

Upon entering the event, guests of Bubble-Licious, hosted by Mercedes Martinez with Mix 94.1, walked the glamorous red carpet and were greeted with bubble girls and a human vine. Guests also enjoyed sips and pours from numerous restaurants and vendors while the award-winning UNLV Jazz band performed throughout the evening. Among the many activations throughout the event were the 1,794 bottles of Dom Pérignon adjacent to the stage to commemorate the first year of UNLVino in 1974, as well as the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence. That award was presented to Don Ross, vice president of catering, conventions and events at Caesars Entertainment, by Larry Ruvo and Michael Severino, both of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Stowe Shoemaker, dean of UNLV Harrah College of Hospitality, and Carly Scheinman-Fitzsimmons, a student of the UNLV Harrah College of Hospitality, who also presented Ross with a signed chef’s coat from all the students of the UNLVino class. As a bonus surprise, Jason Giambi, a retired five time All-Star professional baseball player and former New York Yankee, presented Ross, a massive Yankees fan, with a framed drawing of Ross in a Yankees jersey.

 

UNLVino continues tonight with Sake Fever at Red Rock Resort Casino & Spa’s pool from 7 to 10 p.m. The event honors Hae Uen Lee of Lee’s Discount Liquors and features a wide variety of sakes, Japanese spirits and cocktails, as well as many Asian-inspired restaurants.

 

On Saturday, April 12, UNLVino concludes with the Grand Tasting at The Mirage Events Center from 7 to 10 p.m. This final event honors Nicole Brisson of Eataly Las Vegas and will feature premium selection of wine, spirits, craft beer and other beverages and over 20 award-winning restaurants, as well as exceptional entertainment, including a special one-of-a-kind performance by Legends In Concert.

 

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.unlvino.com.

 

Photo Credit: Jeff Ragazzo / J3 Creative

About UNLVino

From its humble beginnings in the Southern Wine & Spirits warehouse, the annual UNLVino has grown into Las Vegas premier wine, spirits and food event, and serves as the year’s largest scholarship fundraiser for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ (UNLV) William F. Harrah College of Hospitality students. Founded in 1974 by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Senior Managing Director Larry Ruvo and former College of Hospitality dean Jerry Vallen, UNLVino began as a small wine tasting, with proceeds going to UNLV’s hotel college fund. As UNLVino’s popularity grew, so too did its hosting venues, moving from the warehouse into UNLV’s Thomas and Mack Center, and eventually expanding to numerous Las Vegas resorts as fans and community sponsors took notice. Entering its 45th year, UNLVino has raised millions of dollars in scholarships and has become one of the city’s must-attend events of the year.

 

About Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada is the state’s leading beverage distribution company. Founded in 1968 as Southern Wine & Spirits and headquartered in Miami, Florida, the organization later expanded to Nevada, where it operated in Las Vegas and Reno – strategic positions that allows the distributor to meet customer demand statewide. In 2016, Southern Wine & Spirits completed its merger with Glazer’s, becoming North America’s largest wine and spirits distributor and the preeminent data insights company for alcoholic beverages.

 

About UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hospitality

The UNLV Harrah College of Hospitality is consistently ranked as one of the top hospitality programs in the world. Studying just blocks away from the epicenter of the hospitality industry – the Las Vegas Strip, UNLV hospitality students enjoy unparalleled opportunities to gain hands-on, industry-relevant experience. Each year the college organizes nearly 600 internships, welcomes more than 100 national hospitality brands to recruitment events, and pairs and average of 175 industry mentors with students. And the recent completion of the college’s new state-of-the-art academic building Hospitality Hall, students are helping the college usher in a new era of excellence in hospitality education.

UNLVino Offering Ticket Special for Grand Tasting Now Through March 3

 

To celebrate the first year of UNLVino in 1974, UNLVino is offering special ticket to the Grand Tasting on April 13. Now through March 3, visit www.unlvino.com to purchase tickets to the Grand Tasting and enter code Retro74 for $74 tickets!

 

ABOUT UNLVINO:

Benefitting the students of UNLV’s Harrah College of Hospitality and in partnership with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada, this highly anticipated event returns for three incredible nights with Bubble-Licious on Thursday, April 11 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Keep Memory Alive Events Center in downtown Las Vegas’ Symphony Park, Sake Fever at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa’s pool on Friday, April 12 from 7 to 10 p.m., and the Grand Tasting at The Mirage Event Center on Saturday, April 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, Feb. 14.

From its humble beginnings in the Southern Wine & Spirits warehouse, the annual UNLVino has grown into Las Vegas premier wine, spirits and food event, and serves as the year’s largest scholarship fundraiser for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ (UNLV) William F. Harrah College of Hospitality students. Founded in 1974 by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Senior Managing Director Larry Ruvo and former College of Hospitality dean Jerry Vallen, UNLVino began as a small wine tasting, with proceeds going to UNLV’s hotel college fund. As UNLVino’s popularity grew, so too did its hosting venues, moving from the warehouse into UNLV’s Thomas and Mack Center, and eventually expanding to numerous Las Vegas resorts as fans and community sponsors took notice. Entering its 45th year, UNLVino has raised millions of dollars in scholarships and has become one of the city’s must-attend events of the year.

UNLVino Celebrates Its 45th Year April 11-13 for Three Nights

UNLVino CELEBRATES ITS 45TH YEAR
APRIL 11-13 FOR THREE NIGHTS

 

Indulge in wine, spirits, beer and delectable food at Bubble-Licious, Sake Fever and the Grand Tasting while raising funds for the hospitality program at UNLV

Las Vegas is sipping red…and white as UNLVino, proudly sponsored by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada since the event’s inception, returns for its 45th year as Las Vegas’ longest running wine and food festival. Benefitting the students of UNLV’s Harrah College of Hospitality, this highly anticipated event returns for three incredible nights with Bubble-Licious on Thursday, April 11 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Keep Memory Alive Events Center in downtown Las Vegas’ Symphony Park, Sake Fever at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa’s pool on Friday, April 12 from 7 to 10 p.m., and the Grand Tasting at The Mirage Event Center on Saturday, April 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, Feb. 14.

 

This year, each evening will feature more restaurants and beverage brands through Southern Glazer’s than ever before. Guests attending Bubble-Licious will delight in unique champagne and sparkling wine selections while reveling in bites from a variety of Las Vegas restaurants. Tickets for this evening are $125* in advance and $150 *at the door. Sake Fever, featuring a wide variety of sakes, Japanese spirits and cocktails, as well as Asian-inspired restaurants, has also become known for its annual carving of a 300-lb. fresh tuna, provided by Naked Fish’s Sushi & Grill. It has become a culinary spectacle in the city that cannot be missed. Tickets for Sake Fever are $75* in advance and $100* at the door on the evening of the event.

 

The three-night fundraiser will wrap with UNLVino’s signature event – the Grand Tasting – where wine and food enthusiasts will indulge in a premium selection of wine, spirits, craft beer and other beverages as well as exceptional entertainment. Guests will also enjoy cuisine prepared by the Hospitality College students in addition to an extensive group of prestigious restaurants and chefs throughout Las Vegas. Tickets for the Grand Tasting are $125* in advance and $150* at the door.

 

A complete list of participating wineries, chefs and restaurants will soon be unveiled on www.unlvino.com. Attendees can save $25 when they purchase tickets in advance online. Tickets to go on sale on Thursday, Feb. 14 and can be purchased on www.unlvtickets.com.

*plus taxes and applicable fees.

 

About UNLVino

From its humble beginnings in the Southern Wine & Spirits warehouse, the annual UNLVino has grown into Las Vegas premier wine, spirits and food event, and serves as the year’s largest scholarship fundraiser for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ (UNLV) William F. Harrah College of Hospitality students. Founded in 1974 by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Senior Managing Director Larry Ruvo and former College of Hospitality dean Jerry Vallen, UNLVino began as a small wine tasting, with proceeds going to UNLV’s hotel college fund. As UNLVino’s popularity grew, so too did its hosting venues, moving from the warehouse into UNLV’s Thomas and Mack Center, and eventually expanding to numerous Las Vegas resorts as fans and community sponsors took notice. Entering its 45th year, UNLVino has raised millions of dollars in scholarships and has become one of the city’s must-attend events of the year.

 

About Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada is the state’s leading beverage distribution company. Founded in 1968 as Southern Wine & Spirits and headquartered in Miami, Florida, the organization later expanded to Nevada, where it operated in Las Vegas and Reno – strategic positions that allows the distributor to meet customer demand statewide. In 2016, Southern Wine & Spirits completed its merger with Glazer’s, becoming North America’s largest wine and spirits distributor and the preeminent data insights company for alcoholic beverages.

 

About UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hospitality

The UNLV Harrah College of Hospitality is consistently ranked as one of the top hospitality programs in the world. Studying just blocks away from the epicenter of the hospitality industry – the Las Vegas Strip, UNLV hospitality students enjoy unparalleled opportunities to gain hands-on, industry-relevant experience. Each year the college organizes nearly 600 internships, welcomes more than 100 national hospitality brands to recruitment events, and pairs and average of 175 industry mentors with students. And the recent completion of the college’s new state-of-the-art academic building Hospitality Hall, students are helping the college usher in a new era of excellence in hospitality education.

 

Tickets on sale this Thursday, Feb. 14 at www.unlvino.com

UNLVino Take a Sip for Scholarship with Two-for-One Ticket Offer through Feb. 15

Love is in the Air with UNLVino’s Sweetheart Deal
Take a Sip for Scholarship with Two-for-One Ticket Offer through Feb. 15

 

 

The 43rd edition of UNLVino will be held Mar. 30 through April 1 with events at The Venetian Las Vegas, Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa and Paris Las Vegas. Now through Feb. 15, Love is definitely in the air with UNLVino’s two-for-one ticket offer available for all three events.

Use promo code: UNLVINOLOVE at UNLVTickets.com to redeem the offer.

 

Events this year include:

 

Bubble-Licious at The Venetian Las Vegas
Thursday, March 30: 7-10 p.m.
Indulge in fabulous champagne and sparkling wine intermingled with tastes from the award-winning restaurants of The Venetian & The Palazzo all under the stars.

 

Saké Fever at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa
Friday, March 31: 7-10 p.m.
Delight in a night of amazing sakés and specially concocted Asian-inspired libations combined with bites of exotic flavors from local culinary treasures.

 

The Grand Tasting at Paris Las Vegas
Saturday, April 1: 7-10 p.m.
One of the city’s signature events, UNLV’s culinary students, top Las Vegas restaurants and over 100 wine and spirit partners assemble for a storied evening to culminate the weekend.

 

 

Visit UNLVino.com and follow Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the most updated event information and to receive information about special offers.

 

About UNLVino:
UNLVino was cofounded in 1974 by the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration and Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada, now operating as Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. Over the past four decades, UNLVino has raised several million dollars for scholarships and other academic developmental needs of UNLV students. UNLVino is differentiated through unparalleled, hands-on student experiences at all levels of event planning, execution and promotion, as well as the impactful funds raised each year – all testaments to the celebratory weekend’s broader purpose – scholarship.

Photos/Video: Chef Daniel Boulud Honored with Dom Perignon Award of Excellence At Unlvino’s Bubble-Licious at The Venetian Las Vegas

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CHEF DANIEL BOULUD HONORED WITH DOM PERIGNON AWARD OF EXCELLENCE AT UNLVINO’S BUBBLE-LICIOUS AT THE VENETIAN LAS VEGAS

 

On Thursday, April 16, Chef Daniel Boulud received the prestigious Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence during UNLVino’s Bubble-Licious at The Venetian® Las Vegas. The James Beard Award winning chef was surrounded by his esteemed colleagues and guests when he was honored for his work as a hospitality industry leader, a recognition bestowed to culinary mavericks by UNLVino.

Chef Daniel Boulud, who has the award-winning restaurant, db Brasserie at The Venetian said, “This award of excellence is certainly one of the finest awards you can receive if you are in the hospitality industry.”

This is UNLVino 41st annual celebration of wine with the fizzy affair, Bubble-Licious. Guests were treated to a variety of champagnes and sparkling wines under the gorgeous desert sky at The Venetian’s picturesque Doge’s Palace. The Venetian’s world-class eateries, including db Brasserie, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, Lagasse’s Stadium, Carlo’s Bakery and Sushi Samba to name a few also provided hors d’oeuvres.

In addition to his award, Chef Boulud was surprised with a belated birthday treat, a lavish cake created by fellow Venetian Las Vegas restaurateur and “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro. Boulud’s birthday is March 25.

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ABOUT UNLVINO

UNLVino was cofounded in 1974 by the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration and Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada, the two organizations which continue to sponsor  it today. Over the past four decades, UNLVino has raised several million dollars for scholarships and other academic developmental needs of UNLV students. UNLVino is differentiated through  unparalleled, hands-on student experiences at all levels of event planning, execution and promotion, as well as the impactful funds raised each year – all testaments to the celebratory weekend’s broader purpose – scholarship. For more information, visit UNLVino.com or follow @UNLVino_Vegas on Twitter.

ABOUT THE VENETIAN LAS VEGAS®

The Venetian Las Vegas is one of the world’s most iconic resort and convention destinations. Recreating Venice’s legendary landmarks, the LEED® EB Gold-certified luxury resort offers unmatched service and quality for leisure and corporate guests. With suites ranging from a standard 650-square-foot Luxury Suite to the luxurious 10,000-square-foot Chairman Suite, the all-suite resort boasts more than 4,000 of Las Vegas’ most lavish accommodations.  In 2014, TripAdvisor named The Venetian the world’s most extraordinarily designed hotel. The Venetian‘s standard suite is nearly double the size of the average Las Vegas hotel room, prompting it to be featured in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “largest standard hotel room in the world.” Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian features extensive services for meetings and conventions, in addition to world-class leisure amenities, like Grand Canal Shoppes®, an indoor streetscape complete with gondolas and singing gondoliers; the award-winning Canyon Ranch SpaClub®; best-in-class casino gaming; exquisite restaurants; and a wide variety of entertainment including the party musical “ROCK OF AGES,” Motown® headliners Human Nature, and the all-female comedy series LIPSHTICK – THE PERFECT SHADE OF STAND UP. Guests can earn points while they eat, sleep, shop and play with Grazie, the premier loyalty program. The Venetian and its sister resort, The Palazzo Las Vegas, hold the distinction of being the first-ever Alliance Resorts in the InterContinental Hotel Group® global portfolio. For additional information, visit venetian.com, follow on Twitter @venetianvegas and interact on Facebook at facebook.com/venetianlasvegas.

 

Bubble-Licious Features Chef Daniel Boulud, Bottles of Bubbly and Award-Winning Cuisine, Thurs. April 16

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BUBBLE-LICIOUS FEATURES CHEF DANIEL BOULUD, BOTTLES OF BUBBLY
AND AWARD-WINNING CUISINE, THURS. APRIL 16

 

Celebrating 41 Years, UNLVino Kicks Off with its Unique Champagne and
Sparkling Wine Tasting – Bubble-Licious – including a 21 Cork Salute,
Elevated Entertainment from Chadwick Johnson and Much More

 

 

 Popping off hundreds of bottles of champagne and sparkling wine, UNLVino 2015 will commence at Bubble-Licious on Thursday, April 16, under the stars at The Venetian® Las Vegas. The evening will honor James Beard Award-winning Chef Daniel Boulud of db Brasserie, feature cuisine from the highly acclaimed restaurants at The Venetian and Palazzo®, and entertain guests with the smooth, lively sounds of premier vocalist, Chadwick Johnson.

Bubble-Licious will recognize internationally renowned Chef Daniel Boulud with the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence. This prestigious accolade – a UNLVino tradition – is given to those who have distinguished themselves and set an example through their inspirational leadership, character and work ethic in the hospitality industry.

“The Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence is truly special to me, as I am grateful to play a role in Las Vegas’ culinary community,” said Boulud. “The students of UNLV’s Hotel College are inspiring, and their hard work and dedication to the hospitality industry is a promising sign for the future of the city and beyond.”

Chef Boulud’s most dedicated fans can engage with the culinary icon with the special Bubble-Licious Experience Package. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity includes a multi-course dinner for two at Chef Boulud’s db Brasserie at The Venetian, a meet-and-greet with the chef, a night’s stay in one of The Venetian’s world-class suites, and a personally autographed cookbook to commemorate the unforgettable night. A limited number of packages are currently available for $1,000 at UNLVTickets.com.

Nevada’s largest and oldest wine festival’s inaugural event will kick off the weekend with its signature 21 Cork Salute, as sommeliers from Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada, The Venetian and Palazzo, as well as UNLV and the Las Vegas community uncork bottles of Dom Pérignon to pour for guests upon arrival.

Throughout the evening, guests will feast on a variety of dishes from The Venetian and Palazzo’s array of specialty dining venues, including the newest Las Vegas restaurant helmed by the man of the hour, Chef Daniel Boulud, db Brasserie. Other participating eateries include:

 

  • B&B Ristorante
  • Bouchon
  • Carlo’s Bakery
  • Delmonico Steakhouse
  • Lagasse’s Stadium
  • Otto Enoteca Pizzeria
  • SUSHISAMBA
  • Table 10
  • Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

 

Additionally, students from UNLV’s Hotel College will showcase their rising culinary skills with both classic and signature bites, providing guests a taste of the main event – the Grand Tasting – Saturday, April 18.

True to its namesake, Bubble-Licious will indulge guests with an extensive selection of champagne, sparkling wines, wines and spirits for a unique, luxurious tasting experience. The event will include world-renowned beverage brands such as Accolade Wines; Beau Joie Champagne; Champagne Henriot; Danone Waters; FIJI Water; Folio Fine Wine Partners: Villa Sandi; Francis Ford Coppola Winery; Freixenet USA; Mita Beverage Co., Ltd.; Moët Hennessey USA; MYX Fusions; Palm Bay International; Pernod Ricard USA; Prestige Wine Imports; Rémy Cointreau; Sandi; Sovereign Brands, LLC; Stella Rosa; Terlato Wines International; Vin Divino; Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards; and Wolfgang Puck.

Bubble-Licious will be brought to life with the soulful entertainment of award-winning singer and songwriter, Chadwick Johnson. Johnson was recently named “Vegas’ Next Emerging Star” by the Entertainment Consumers Exchange, as he’s entertained countless audiences at world-class venues including The Smith Center for Performing Arts, Hakkasan Nightclub at MGM Grand, ARIA Resort & Casino, and more. His unique twists on jazz classics and today’s top hits will provide the perfect soundtrack for guests to dance the night away.

Rounding out the entertainment with a visual spectacle that’s rarely found outside of Venice, Italy, The Venetian’s Streetmosphere performers – which includes festive actors, acrobats, dancers and Living Statues – will dazzle attendees and add an air of jubilation to the wine tasting event.

Bubble-Licious will take place on Thursday, April 16 between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. at The Venetian Las Vegas’ Doge’s Palace Plaza, located in front of the hotel, adjacent to its porte-cochére. Tickets for the event are available for $125 in advance and $150 at the door.

In addition to Bubble-Licious, UNLVino 2015 will delight guests at its other two other signature events throughout the weekend, including Sake Fever on Friday, April 17 at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa and the Grand Tasting on Saturday, April 18 at Paris Las Vegas.

 

About UNLVino
UNLVino was cofounded in 1974 by the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration and Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada, the two organizations which continue to sponsor it today. Over the past four decades, UNLVino has raised several million dollars for scholarships and other academic developmental needs of UNLV’s Hotel College students. UNLVino is differentiated through unparalleled, hands-on student experiences at all levels of event planning, execution and promotion, as well as the impactful funds raised each year – all testaments to the celebratory weekend’s broader purpose – scholarship. For more information, visit UNLVino.com and follow @UNLVino_Vegas on Twitter.

 

Photos: UNLVino Kicks Off with ‘Bubble-Licious’ at The Venetian

Last night, UNLVino kicked off four days of world-class beverage tastings with Bubble-Licious at The Venetian. Legendary chef Thomas Keller of Bouchon was honored with the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence for establishing a collection of restaurants that set a new paradigm within the hospitality industry as guests sipped under the stars to raise scholarship funds for UNLV hospitality students.

Accepting his award, Chef Keller said, “I can’t tell you how incredibly honored I am to be standing here tonight in front of all of you and the students of UNLV. The reason I’m standing here is because of them. We raise millions of dollars for the scholarship fund to help these students realize their dreams. I was able to realize my dreams because I had people surrounding me and supporting me throughout my life.” Offering his advice to the students, Keller hit on the importance of patience and persistence. “Whatever you’re doing, be patient. Take your time. Learn your skills. Learn your craft. And don’t let anyone ever tell you that you can’t do something. And whatever happens, continue to stay true to who you are, stay true to your goals, and believe me, you’ll be fine.”

 

The festivities continue tonight with Sake Fever at The Mirage honoring Chef Masaharu Morimoto (7 p.m. to 10 p.m.), Saturday’s Grand Tasting at Paris Las Vegas honoring restaurateur Elizabeth Blau (7 p.m. to 10 p.m.), and Sunday’s mixology-focused BAR-b-q at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health honoring MGM Grand president and COO Scott Sibella (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.). More information on each event is available at UNLVino.com and tickets are available at the door.

 

Bubble-Licious Highlights:

 

  • The festivities commenced with Bubble-Licious’ signature “21 Cork Salute,” where 21 sommeliers from UNLV and Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada (SWS of NV) simultaneously popped corks off 21 bottles of Dom Pérignon champagne, signifying the start of UNLVino.
    • Chef Keller, the evening’s honoree, personally served Pate de Campagne with pickled garden vegetables from Bouchon and provided cookies from Bouchon Bakery as a guest takeaway.
    • Guests sampled more than 100 varieties of international champagnes, sparkling wines, wines and other specialty beverages, including Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label Brut, Moet + Chandon Imperial Brut, Luc Belaire Sparkling Rare Rose, Cupcake Prosecco, and many more.
    • Guests enjoyed signature dishes from a collection of The Venetian’s celebrated restaurants including B&B Ristorante, Bouchon, Delmonico, Lagasse’s Stadium, Postrio Bar and Grill, Sushi Samba, Table 10 and Zine Noodles Dim Sum. Guest favorites included Chef Keller’s pate, a carpaccio of scallops created by the resort’s Executive Chef Olivier Dubreuil, and Postrio Bar and Grill’s Bavarian Bratwurst.
    • SWS of NV Marketing & Events Director Michael Severino, SWS of NV Senior Managing Director Larry Ruvo, Keller’s longtime friend Robin Leach, UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration Dean Don Snyder and 25 UNLV hospitality students honored Chef Keller with the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence.
      • Larry Ruvo said, “Enormous celebrities and bon vivants from around the world want to come and taste this culinary genius’ food. And fortunate for us, Thomas Keller understands his roots and is a huge supporter of the Las Vegas community. Having Thomas Keller here is like bringing the rat pack back. He is a person that the culinary world identifies with an academy award, a celebrity. For us to have this culinary genius, this god-given talent in our city is incredible.”
      • Don Snyder presented Chef Keller with a framed chef’s jacket signed by 25 UNLVino student managers. He said, “On behalf of UNLV, I couldn’t be more excited about Thomas Keller being recognized here tonight. This is a wonderful event, and for now 39 years, the partnership we have with Larry Ruvo and Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada comes together in evenings like this. Thomas, we’re really pleased to have you here tonight and for you to be our honoree.”

Photo credit:  Tom Donoghue

UNLVino Announces Thomas Keller, Masaharu Morimoto, Elizabeth Blau & Scott Sibella as 2013 Honoree

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UNLVINO ANNOUNCES THOMAS KELLER, MASAHARU MORIMOTO,
ELIZABETH BLAU & SCOTT SIBELLA AS 2013 HONOREES

Hospitality Leaders to Receive Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence at 39th Annual UNLVino

The 39th annual UNLVino will recognize four leaders in the hospitality industry with the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence at a series of exciting tasting events, April 18 to 21. Celebrity chefs Thomas Keller and Masaharu Morimoto; acclaimed restaurateur Elizabeth Blau; and MGM Grand President & COO Scott Sibella have been selected by students of UNLV’s William F. Harrah Hotel College of Hotel Administration and Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada to receive this prestigious award.

UNLVino’s Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence honors individuals who have distinguished themselves through inspirational leadership, character and work ethic.

Now in its 39th year, UNLVino has expanded to include four signature events: Bubble-Licious, Sake Fever, the Grand Tasting and BAR-b-q. Funds raised through UNLVino will benefit students of UNLV’s Hotel College – our future hospitality industry leaders. In addition to being Nevada’s original wine festival, UNLVino’s commitment to scholarship is a key differentiator from other culinary events in Las Vegas. This year’s theme is “Fall in Love Again,” a concept inspired by artist Romero Britto’s painting created for the event.

2013 DOM PÉRIGNON AWARD OF EXCELLENCE HONOREES:

  • Thomas Keller, Award-Winning Celebrity Chef

Bubble-Licious at The Venetian – Thurs. April 18: 7-10 p.m.

Chef Thomas Keller is renowned for his culinary skills and exceptionally high standards, having established a collection of restaurants that set a new paradigm within the hospitality industry. His accolades include consecutive “Best Chef” awards from the James Beard Foundation, “Chef of the Year” by the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and multiple three-star ratings by the Michelin Guide. He will be recognized for his achievements at Bubble-Licious – an evening of exquisite champagnes, sparkling wines and exotic champagne cocktails under the stars – at The Venetian, home to two of Keller’s restaurants, Bouchon and Bouchon Bakery. Tickets are $125 in advance; $150 at the door.

  • Masaharu Morimoto, Acclaimed Chef and TV Personality

Sake Fever at The Mirage – Fri. April 19: 7-10 p.m.

Chef Masaharu Morimoto, known to millions as the star of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America, has garnered critical and popular acclaim for his unique presentations and seamless integration of Western and Japanese ingredients. Also a James Beard and Michelin decorated chef, Morimoto was recently inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame for his collection of celebrated restaurants and unrivaled win-loss record on Iron Chef, which has positioned him as one of the foremost chefs today. Morimoto will be honored at Sake Fever, an elegant celebration authentic and precisely crafted Asian beverages and cuisine, poolside at The Mirage. Tickets are $100 in advance; $125 at the door.

  • Elizabeth Blau, Celebrated Restaurateur

Grand Tasting at Paris Las Vegas – Sat. April 20: 7-10 p.m.

An industry leader known for her fresh and innovative approach, Elizabeth Blau has played an integral role in Las Vegas’ transformation to the world-class culinary destination it is today. Founder and Chairman of Blau & Associates, she recently debuted her first solo venture, Honey Salt, to widespread acclaim. Blau is also a trustee at the Culinary Institute of America and sits on the UNLV Dean’s Advisory Board. She will receive the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence at UNLVino’s 39th annual Grand Tasting at Paris Las Vegas, which will feature an array of international wines, specialty beers and spirits, complemented with cuisine by a selection of the city’s favorite restaurants and the talented students of UNLV’s Hotel College. Tickets are $125 in advance; $150 at the door.

  • Scott Sibella, Hospitality Executive and UNLV Alumnus BAR-b-q at the Keep Memory Alive Events Center at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health – Sun. April 21: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. A graduate of UNLV’s Hotel College, Scott Sibella is President and Chief Operating Officer of MGM Grand, overseeing all operations including “The Grand Renovation,” a massive, strategic revamp of the iconic resort. A 25-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Sibella will be honored at UNLVino’s first ever BAR-b-q at the Keep Memory Alive Events Center at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. This luxurious tasting event is all about the BAR, with a variety of high-end cuisines prepared by celebrity chefs Charlie Palmer, Scott Conant and Gustav Mauler, elevated by Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada’s internationally recognized Master Mixologist Francesco Lafranconi’s craft-cocktail creations. Tickets are $100 in advance; $125 at the door.       

To learn more about the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence honorees and the 39th annual UNLVino’s four extravagant events, visit UNLVino.com. Tickets are on sale at UNLVTickets.com, including a $350 Wine Lover’s “Passport” Package, featuring admission to all four tastings, a savings of more than $100.

About UNLVino

UNLVino was cofounded in 1974 by the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration and Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada, the two organizations which continue to sponsor it today.  In its 38 years, UNLVino has raised millions of dollars for the scholarship program, which has aided UNLV students who have pursued careers in the hospitality industry around the world. UNLVino is differentiated through unparalleled, hands-on student experiences at all levels of event planning, execution and promotion, as well as the impactful funds raised each year – all testaments to the celebratory weekend’s broader purpose – scholarship. For more information, visit UNLVino.com or call 877.413.VINO; tickets are available at UNLVTickets.com.