Le Cirque & Guigal Winery Unite For 2014 Epicurean Epicenter Series Wine Pairing Dinner At Bellagio


Bellagio Director of Wine Jason Smith and Vintus Wines Vice President
Patrick Will to Host Exclusive Experience Saturday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m.

Bellagio’s Epicurean Epicenter Series, the resort’s renowned culinary program, will host its first wine pairing dinner of 2014 at Le Cirque Saturday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. The four-course menu, created by Le Cirque Executive Chef Paul Lee, will be paired with the extraordinary wines of Guigal Winery, one of the most renowned wineries in the world and part of the esteemed Vintus Wines Estate collection. Vintus Wines Vice President Patrick Will and Bellagio Wine Director and Master Sommelier Jason Smith will host the event, providing guests with the inspiration behind their pairing selections.


The four-course prix fixe menu will feature:
  • Langoustine et Caviar, an exquisite New Zealand Langoustine Carpaccio served with Osetra Caviar, Granny Smith Apples and Roasted Hazelnuts, topped with Citrus Vinaigrette; paired with 2012 Guigal Condrieu “La Doriane.”
  • Filet de Loup de Mer, a Paupiette of Potato Crusted Mediterranean Sea Bass served with Braised Leeks and a Syrah Reduction; paired with 2006 Guigal St. Joseph “Vignes de L’Hospice.”
  • La Joue de Veau au Vin Rouge, a fine array of Red Wine Braised Veal Cheeks served with Creamy Polenta, Thumbelina Carrots, Baby Zucchini, Pearl Onions, Daikon, Haricots Verts and a fresh Spring Salad; paired with 2009 Guigal Côte Rotie Brune et Blonde and 1997 Guigal Côte Rôtie La Landonne
  • Les Fromages Fermier Affinés, a selection of gourmet aged cheeses; paired with 2005 Guigal Côte Rotie Chateau D’Ampuis.
An assortment of mignardises and gourmandises will be served at the conclusion of the meal, providing guests with a sweet ending to their culinary journey.


The epicurean experience is priced at $250 per person, all-inclusive. To make a reservation, contact Bellagio Concierge at 866.406.7117.
Bellagio - Exterior Bellagio - Le Cirque - Bar and Lounge Bellagio - Le Cirque - Dining Room Bellagio - Le Cirque - Executive Chef Paul Lee


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).

Photos: FOOD & WINE All-Star Weekend Kicks Off with Star-Studded “First Course” Event


Food Festival Starts Strong with Sold-Out Event at ARIA Resort & Casino

Culinary superstars took over ARIA Resort & Casino last night for the 4th Annual FOOD & WINE All-Star Weekend’s sold out “First Course” kick-off event. 

View Bar, the AAA Five Diamond resort’s main lobby bar, was swarmed with award-winning chefs, sommeliers and mixologists including ARIA’s Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Masa Takayama, Julian Serrano, Shawn McClain, Sirio Maccioni, Marco Maccioni, Anthony Amaroso, Craig Schoettler and Kim Wood; MGM Grand Chefs Joël Robuchon, Steve Benjamin, Claude Le-Tohic, Heather Zheng, Scott Irestone, Steve Barr, Vincenzo Scarmiglia, Heath Cicerelli, Ho Chee Boon and Anthony Schutz; and Bellagio’s Akira Back, Jason Smith, Hiew Gun Khong, Ricardo Murcia and Patrick Lee.

The gastronomic icons took photos and mingled with the guests, while nibbling on delicious selections from ARIA’s extraordinary restaurants. Shawn McClain’s ASage served up Kushi Oyster with aged tequila Mignonette and tobacco pearls; Crispy Meyer Lemon Risotto with whipped triple crème; Braised Veal Cheeks with bone marrow flan and smoked polenta and Absinthe Macaroons for dessert.

Guests raved over the offerings from Julian Serrano’s eponymous ARIA restaurant, including Bomba, a spicy meatball made with Veal & Pork tenderloin; Rabo de Toro, created with Oxtail, Iberian pork and creamy mashed potatoes; and Coca Vegetarian, a Spanish Pizza with aioli, tomato, onion and pisto.

Masa Takayama wowed the crowd with his incredible Sushi Canape made with truffles, Tuna Toro Caviar and Oyster Shooters soaked in cucumber cilantro vinaigrette.

Champagne glasses were filled with 2004 Moet & Chamdon, 2004 Veuve Cliquot Rose and 2004 Dom Perignon. Guests could also try a selection of ARIA’s signature cocktails, including “A Vegas Sunset,” mixed with Grey Goose Cherry Noir, house made grenadine and orange, or a Martini created with Bombay Sapphire, Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth and house orange bitters.

FOOD & WINE All-Star Weekend festivities continue today with Burger Bash at MGM Grand’s Pool, Syrah that Will Change Your Life at Jasmine in Bellagio, Far Niente Dinner with Michael Mina at Bellagio’s Grand Patio and Six-Course Bliss with Joël Robuchon at his eponymous MGM Grand restaurant. The event concludes tomorrow with an incredible brunch at Jasmine, hosted by Bellagio’s vast array of Asian Chefs.

Joel Robuchon






Photo Credit: Red Carpet Photos – Brenton Ho, MGM Resorts International
Event Photos – Al Powers, MGM Resorts International