Las Vegas’ FOOD & WINE All-Star Weekend Returns to Bellagio, ARIA and MGM Grand October 4-6

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The fourth annual FOOD & WINE All-Star Weekend, hosted by Bellagio, ARIA and MGM Grand, returns to Las Vegas October 4-6 with new programming and even more talented culinary superstars. Renowned sommeliers and mixologists, along with celebrity chefs such as Joël Robuchon, Michael Mina and Shawn McClain, will collaborate on epicurean events as they engage guests in an agenda full of culinary fun. The action-packed weekend includes an educational wine class on Syrah with a Master Sommelier, a cooking demo on how to make sushi ten ways, a once-in-a-lifetime dinner with a Michelin-starred chef, a lively pizza party and more.

Tickets start at $75 and can be purchased online at Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend all events.
The incredible three day culinary line-up will include:
Friday, October 4
Ten Ways To Sushi: 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Join Executive Chef Heather Zheng at Shibuya at MGM Grand for an exciting cooking demonstration and sake tasting. Chef Zheng will educate guests about Japanese cuisine’s most popular fish — the tuna – and will explain its composition. During the process, ten different dishes will be created, each complemented with fresh wasabi, and paired with refreshing sake selections.
First Course: 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
As the official kick-off party of the eventful weekend, View Bar at ARIA invites guests to sample delectable delights from ARIA restaurants barMASA, Julian Serrano and Sage. Throughout the celebration, guests may sip on refreshing cocktails and mingle with the FOOD & WINE All-Star Weekend participating chefs.
Saturday, October 5
All-Star Brunch: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Celebrity chef talent comes together at AMERICAN FISH at ARIA. Hosted by Chef Michael Mina, guests will enjoy a four-course meal with exclusive cocktail and wine pairings, created by the talented chefs at the resort.
Burger Bash with Joel Robuchon and Michael Mina: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Guests will need a big appetite at FOOD & WINE’s All-Star Weekend’s newest event, Burger Bash. Hosted poolside at MGM Grand, seven of the resort’s restaurants will serve delicious burgers and unique sides as upbeat tunes play throughout the evening. Attendees are encouraged to try a burger from all participating chefs to see which suits their palate. Celebrity judges, including Chef Joel Robuchon and Chef Michael Mina, will determine the ultimate Burger Bash winner.
Syrah That Will Change Your Life: 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Led by Master Sommelier and Bellagio Director of Wine Jason Smith, along with incredible producers of Syrah, this will be a lively and entertaining event. Guests will explore the lighter, elegant versions of the wine, from cooler climates to blockbuster, paint-your-teeth selections.
Six-Course Bliss with Chef Joël Robuchon: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Guests will have a one-of-a-kind epicurean experience with “Chef of the Century” Joël Robuchon as he prepares an exclusive six-course menu with wine pairing. At the end of the dinner, diners will receive a Joël Robuchon cookbook, personally signed by the chef himself.
A Harvest Dinner with Chef Michael Mina: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Celebrity Chef Michael Mina will rejoice in the splendor of the Grand Patio at Bellagio as he prepares a specialized menu using seasonal ingredients and unique flavor profiles along with an exemplary wine pairing to complement each course. Overlooking Bellagio’s luxurious pool, this memorable event will be a highlight of the weekend.
Afterhours with Shawn McClain: 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Not only is Five50 the ideal temperature to cook pizza, it’s the primary ingredient to one smokin’ hot party. James Beard Award-winning Chef Shawn McClain starts the event with savory hors d’oeuvre’s and his own signature pizza, each slice paired with hard-to-find craft beers. A DJ will keep the hotspot alive with fun, upbeat jams lasting long in to the night. It’s what all pizza parties should be.
Sunday, October 6
From Far East to Champagne: Bubbles Meets Fountains Brunch: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Breathe in the exotic aroma of Cantonese, Szechwan and Hunan cuisine at Jasmine while enjoying the picture-perfect backdrop of the famous Bellagio Fountains. Savor fresh ingredients at several live-action cooking stations and have a decadent dessert finish by visiting the chocolate room, with special offerings crafted by Bellagio’s renowned pastry team.
 Joël Robuchon
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Inspired by the beautiful villages of Europe, the AAA Five Diamond Bellagio overlooks a Mediterranean-blue, 8 ½-acre lake in which fountains perform a magnificent aquatic ballet. Award-winning dining, a world-class art gallery, the exquisite Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, the stunning performance of “O,” by Cirque du Soleil, a sumptuous spa and salon and exclusive luxury shopping all work together to compose the symphony that is Bellagio. Bellagio is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM).
The centerpiece of CityCenter Las Vegas is ARIA Resort & Casino, a stunning AAA Five Diamond resort on The Strip featuring an unprecedented combination of spectacular amenities, high-end service, striking architecture, sustainable design and premium meeting and convention space. Combined with other CityCenter amenities, including the unprecedented shopping at Crystals retail and entertainment destination and the acrobatic spectacle Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil, ARIA provides access to the ultimate Las Vegas experience. CityCenter is a joint venture between MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and Infinity World Development Corp, a subsidiary of Dubai World.
MGM Grand, a AAA Four Diamond resort, provides the ultimate Vegas experience. A variety of newly remodeled luxurious suites and standard accommodations serve every need while guests discover signature dining by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and AAA Five Diamond and Michelin three star restaurant, Joël Robuchon; world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena; the astonishing KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; master illusionist David Copperfield; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub; a pampering spa and salon; and an elaborate 380,000-square-foot, non-smoking conference center. MGM Grand is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM).

Las Vegas Chef Rick Moonen Goes Steampunk: Announces His New Concept – Rx Boiler Room



Award-winning chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Rick Moonen is thrilled to announce his new concept, Rx Boiler Room inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place. Slated to debut in late June 2013, the restaurant that previously housed his fine-dining concept (often referred to as rm upstairs) will be transformed into a steampunk-inspired restaurant and lounge, with décor reminiscent of industrialism during the 19th century Victorian era, that promises to serve re-defined comfort food classics and hand-crafted cocktails.

“Las Vegas is one of the top travel destinations in the world, and with the food scene being turned on its ear the past few years, we wanted to create a truly unique and exciting eating and drinking experience for our guests,” said Moonen. “Rx Boiler Room will feature a cool and funky mix of old and new elements found throughout the space, and the menu is being created to excite and surprise palates of all levels, with cranked-up comfort and deliciously imaginative cocktails created by some of the best bar professionals in Las Vegas.”

Combining the alchemy of food and drink, Moonen will showcase his spin on classic comfort food, offering guests a variety of playful creations in small and large plate portions, ideal for a shared dining experience. Paired to elevate and complement the overall experience, the drink menu will feature an emporium of the finest spirits and innovative libations, capably crafted by lead barman Nathan Greene.
Showcasing a playful interior design that defies its new age, Rx Boiler Room will offer a modern reflection of the Victorian era, celebrating the steampunk sub-genre often associated with science-fiction and inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. The overall eclectic feel of the room will be punctuated with warm colors, opulent leather seating, chalkboard walls, and a hammered metallic ceiling. Seating options will include comfortable pub-style tables within the apothecary-style lounge; or intimate booth dining, where guests will find themselves surrounded by a variety of glass art, sculptures and rich velvet drapes.

Rx Boiler Room will be open for dinner seven nights a week. For additional details, please visit or Like Rx Boiler Room on Facebook and follow along on Twitter for updates and special event information.

About Chef Rick Moonen
Restaurateur, chef and cookbook author, Rick Moonen, has been one of the country’s leading advocates for the sustainable seafood movement his entire 30-year career. His restaurant, Rick Moonen’s rm seafood at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, showcases his commitment to sustainability without foregoing culinary creativity and innovation, and has been critically acclaimed by local and national press since opening its doors. His cookbook, Fish Without a Doubt, featured as part of the Gourmet Book Club, is a practical, hands-on guide to buying, preparing and cooking a wide array of fish. Rick has been featured in Food & Wine, SAVEUR, Bon Appetit, Food Arts, USA Today, Travel + Leisure, and seen on Food Network’s Best Thing I Ever Ate, Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, TODAY, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Dan Rather Reports, and CNN. Rick has received numerous awards including being named Chef of the Year by Monterey Bay Aquarium for his tireless efforts towards sustainability. Find him @RickMoonen, or

Third Annual Las Vegas FOOD & WINE All-Star Weekend Expands to Include ARIA, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage

Third annual Las Vegas FOOD & WINE all-star weekend expands to include ARIA, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage

Five World-Renowned Las Vegas Properties
Host Unparalleled Culinary Extravaganza Oct. 5-7


Food lovers will take over The Strip October 5-7 to celebrate the year’s premier culinary event, FOOD & WINE All-Star Weekend. Following two successful years at ARIA Resort & Casino and Bellagio Resort & Casinothis year’s roster of resorts has expanded to include MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and The Mirage Resort & Casino

Kicking off Friday, October 5, the weekend will be hosted by FOOD & WINE’s Gail Simmons along with a talented line-up of celebrity chef superstars, distinguished sommeliers and sophisticated mixologists providing first-class interactive experiences, once-in-a-lifetime moments and exceptional hospitality in a way that only the resorts and restaurants of MGM Resorts International know how to do.

“From established culinary masters to rising stars, FOOD & WINE All-Star Weekend showcases the best and brightest of the industry in what has become one of the world’s top epicurean destinations,” said MGM Resorts International’s Chief Marketing Officer, Bill Hornbuckle. “Not only will we provide access to supreme culinary talents but our world-class resorts will ensure that each guest has a truly memorable experience.” 

Christina Grdovic, FOOD & WINE Vice President and Publisher, said, “Marking our third year in Las Vegas, we are thrilled to showcase acclaimed masters of the culinary world, along with our own Gail Simmons at FOOD & WINE’s All-Star Weekend.”

The weekend promises a wide array of events sure to please even the most discerning dining connoisseur from lavish, multi-course meals to intimate cooking demonstrations including:

  • ·         The Mirage Pool’s tropical elegance will serve as the backdrop for this year’s All-Star Tasting when celebrity chefs Rick Moonen, Laurent Tourondel and many more join host Gail Simmons in a gastronomic gala showcasing the unrivaled cuisine of Vegas’ top chefs
  • ·         ARIA’s stable of powerhouse chefs including Masa Takayama, Shawn McClain, Jean-Philippe Maury, Michael Mina, Julian Serrano and Jean-Georges Vongerichten will join forces to create a one-of-a-kind meal served in the alluring ambiance of Sage
  • ·         Bellagio will transform its Grand Patio into a Farmhouse setting as executive chefs Roy Ellamar of Sensi and Brett Smith of Zolo Grill, an award-winning southwestern restaurant in Boulder, CO, serve a lunch featuring seasonal ingredients harvested from their favorite farms
  • ·         Chef of the Century Joël Robuchon’s MGM Grand restaurant, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon , will present an intricate cooking demo and decadent lunch to guests. Hosted by executive chefs Claude Le-Tohic of Joël Robuchon Restaurant and Steve Benjamin of L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, the pair will expertly guide each guest through the preparation of two Joël Robuchon  signature courses followed by a  three-course lunch with wine pairings
  • ·         At Mandalay Bay, celebrity chef Charlie Palmer of Aureole will guide an exclusive group of guests in an interactive cooking demonstration highlighting seasonal fall fare


This is only a taste of the weekend’s collection of exciting events, with tickets starting at $50 all-inclusive. For the detailed event schedule, to purchase tickets and for more information about the Third Annual FOOD & WINE All-Star Weekend, visit



Food & Wine is the modern, stylish, trend-spotting, talent-seeking epicurean brand. Created by American Express Publishing, the luxury-lifestyle authority, Food & Wine includes a monthly magazine with a circulation of 925,000, a books division and the website, with updates on Twitter (@fandw) and Facebook.


About MGM Resorts International  

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world’s leading global hospitality companies, operating a peerless portfolio of destination resort brands, including ARIA, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company’s website at MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL