Take a Culinary Journey with The Venetian Las Vegas at Ultimo – A Weekend of Excellence, Dec. 9-11

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Take a Culinary Journey with The Venetian Las Vegas at Ultimo – A Weekend of Excellence, Dec. 9-11 

Video/Photos: Chefs Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Jérôme Bocuse Hosted Ultimo-A Weekend of Excellence at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas

CHEFS THOMAS KELLER, DANIEL BOULUD,
JÉRÔME BOCUSE HOSTED ULTIMO-
A WEEKEND OF EXCELLENCE AT
THE VENETIAN AND THE PALAZZO LAS VEGAS
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This weekend The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas, along with  celebrated chefs Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud and an all-star team of culinary personalities,  hosted Ultimo-A Weekend of Excellence.  Now in its third year, Ultimo took luxury to new heights with four uniquely themed experiences and exceptional feasts celebrating Earth, Water, Air and Fire.

The extravagant celebration kicked off Thursday, Dec. 17 with the distinguished Bocuse d’Or Team USA competition, held in partnership with ment’or BKB Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by Chefs Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, and Jérôme Bocuse. Bocuse d’Or is the world’s most prestigious culinary competition for young talented chefs. Four teams went head-to-head Thursday in The Venetian Ballroom. After 4 hours and 35 minutes, Chef Mathew Peters and commis Harrison Turone from New York restaurant, Per Se, New York, NY were announced the winners and will go on to represent the United States at the 2017 Bocuse d’Or biennial competition in Lyon, France.

 

The esteemed Team USA event was followed by an impressive dinner prepared by Chefs Daniel Boulud, Jérôme Bocuse, Josiah Citrin and Diane Yang, where the theme Earth was showcased through wild game, Urbani truffles and French tradition. Guests savored black truffle soup, Wolfe Ranch quail (foie gras, perigord truffles), and Millbrook venison (endives, chestnut, molasses-date, rose hips), paired with lovely champagne and wines.

 

On Friday, Dec. 18, the evening welcomed the return of the spectacular Grand Banquet in the iconic Grand Colonnade. Guests dined in the spirit of Air on one spectacular single table made of glass with big beautiful white accent pieces and chandeliers underneath dangling over a pristine white carpet. Using custom effects, artificial “clouds” were blown into the space throughout the night making the evening more magical. Chefs Thomas Keller, Philip Tessier, Shaun Hergatt and Ming Tsai prepared a decadent European-inspired dinner that was complemented with opulent champagnes and wines from Krug Champagne, DAOU Vineyards & Winery and Memento Mori Wines.

 

“The Ultimo dinner is a menu I have been thinking about doing for years,” said Chef Keller, during the event. “It’s a very special dinner and tonight with all of these wonderful lovely people we are going to eat some wonderful food and drink some wonderful wine.”

 

Songstress Christina Grimmie (finalist of NBC’s The Voice) sat at the piano and entertained guests throughout the evening, while the celebrity chefs mixed and mingled. Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega Dieppa also made a special appearance.

 

On Saturday afternoon, Ultimo introduced the magnificent Floating Lunch in Grand Canal Shoppes, to celebrate Water.  A table was specially created and built over the water of the famous Grand Canal. Gondoliers sang and served Prosecco from their boats while guests dined on dishes from Chef Richard Rosendale including charred tuna (edible vegetable “garden,” rye soil, avocado silk), king crab salad (caviar, green apple gelee, nasturtium), and roasted halibut (saffron mousse, herb persillade, black garlic emulsion, white asparagus veloute). This intimate experience made guests feel like they were transported straight to the Mediterranean.

 

Ultimo continued Saturday night and heated up with the theme of Fire. A cocktail reception outdoors on Doge’s Palace plaza kicked the night off. Guests sipped on Champagne as they watched big pieces of steak, whole fish, and a traditional full-size pig roast on an open flame. The party moved inside to the private Paiza Club for a dinner masterfully prepared by Olivier Dubreuil, executive chef of The Venetian and The Palazzo, and Dario Cecchini the famed Chianti “Butcher of Panzano.” Sizzling dishes included wood-grilled wild salmon (fire-roasted poblano pepper sauce, crispy onion straws), spit-roasted capon (wild rice cake, fire-roasted red onion, cranberry, lemongrass gel), whole roasted hog “En Choucroute”, wood-grilled giant porterhouse (egg yolk ravioli, shaved white truffles) and wood-grilled USDA prime ribeye (aged cheddar, hash browns, perigord sauce), paired with wines selected by Southern Wine & Spirits.

 

The exceptional weekend wrapped on Sunday with a Truffle Farewell at Emeril Lagasse’s award-winning Delmonico Steakhouse. The menu featured Urbani truffles, organic farm-fresh eggs, premium beef, house-cured salmon and Krug Champagne, marking a decadent end to an extraordinary weekend of Ultimo experiences.

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About The Venetian® and The Palazzo® Las Vegas
Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian Las Vegas features all-suite accommodations, exquisite restaurants by celebrity chefs and world-class entertainment and shopping. The luxury resort offers 4,028 elegant suites, including standard suites that are nearly double the size of the average Las Vegas hotel room. The Venetian is home to restaurants from celebrated chefs including Wolfgang Puck, Mario Batali, Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Emeril Lagasse and Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro. The resort also features Canyon Ranch SpaClub; a five-acre pool and garden deck; TAO nightclub; the Grand Canal Shoppes retail and dining mecca; a 120,000-square-foot casino and The Strip’s largest poker room; and more than 2.25 million square feet of meeting and convention space.  Dynamic live entertainment includes concert headliners at The Venetian Theatre; ’80s rock musical “ROCK OF AGES;” Motown favorites from the multi-platinum quartet Human Nature; and the all-female comedy series LIPSHTICK – THE PERFECT SHADE OF STAND UP. For more information, visit venetian.com, @venetianvegas and facebook.com/venetianlasvegas.

 

The Palazzo Las Vegas takes luxury on the Las Vegas Strip to discerning new heights with more than 3,000 suites, including the largest standard suites on the Strip, luxury shopping, world-class dining and entertainment. The all-suite resort features premier restaurants from award-winning chefs including CUT by Wolfgang Puck, Carnevino by Mario Batali, and Table 10 by Emeril Lagasse. Resort highlights include Canyon Ranch SpaClub; Azure luxury pool experience; LAVO restaurant and casino club lounge; the Grand Canal Shoppes, anchored by a flagship Barneys New York; a 105,000-square-foot casino; and more than 2.25 million square feet of meeting and convention space. For more information, visit palazzo.com, @palazzovegas and facebook.com/palazzolasvegas.

 

The Palazzo Las Vegas and The Venetian Las Vegas are properties of global integrated resorts developer Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS).

 

 

The Most Extraordinary Culinary Event Of The Year, Ultimo – A Weekend Of Excellence Returns To The Venetian And The Palazzo, Dec. 17-20

VENETIAN AND THE PALAZZO

THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY CULINARY EVENT OF THE YEAR,
ULTIMO – A WEEKEND OF EXCELLENCE
RETURNS TO THE VENETIAN AND THE PALAZZO, DEC. 17-20

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The culinary event of the year Ultimo – A Weekend of Excellence,  hosted by The Venetian® and The Palazzo® Las Vegas, will take extravagance to new levels, Dec. 17-20.

For the third year in a row, Ultimo will celebrate the romance of Italy with lavish feasts and exceptional experiences from an A-team of award-winning chefs as it unfolds around The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas.   Renowned culinary luminaries participating in the weekend will include Chefs Jérôme Bocuse, Daniel Boulud, Josiah Citrin, Shaun Hergatt, Gavin Kaysen, Thomas Keller, James Kent, Roland Passot, Philip Tessier, Ming Tsai, Richard Rosendale, and Dario Cecchini, the famed Chianti “Butcher of Panzano.”

“This will be, without a doubt, the most spectacular gathering of world-renowned chefs in Las Vegas,” said Sebastien Silvestri, vice president of food & beverage for The Venetian and The Palazzo.  “For the culinary enthusiast, this will be a weekend to remember.”

This exceptional winter weekend will feature the return of The Venetian’s Grand Banquet, a landmark collaboration between several of the world’s best culinarians including Chefs Keller, Tessier, Hergatt and Tsai.

The Grand Banquet, originally introduced in 2013, has become a signature Las Vegas culinary event, with its sumptuous setting on a spectacular table that spans the iconic Grand Colonnade of The Venetian. In its first year, Chef Mario Batali called it “the grandest meal ever served in Las Vegas.”

This year, Ultimo will kick off with a noteworthy Bocuse d’Or Team USA competition event, held in partnership with ment’or BKB Foundation, a nonprofit organization, founded by Chefs Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller and Jérôme Bocuse, that aims to inspire excellence in young culinary professionals and preserve the traditions and quality of classic cuisine in America.  Bocuse d’Or is the world’s most prestigious culinary competition for young talented chefs.  At the event, one team will be chosen to represent the United States at the 2017 Bocuse d’Or biennial competition in Lyon, France.  This opportunity is especially noteworthy following the 2015 Silver medal showing of Team USA at the event.

“Each time an American team competes for the Bocuse d’Or, they honor and extend traditions older than themselves,” said Chef Thomas Keller, president of ment’or BKB Foundation, “The Bocuse d’or serves as a direct connection to culinary history and that’s why our participation matters.”

This phenomenal all-day event will usher in a fanciful winter weekend of decadent food by the world’s most celebrated chefs, in conjunction with Urbani Truffles, Southern Wine & Spirits, and Krug Champagne.

The Ultimo itinerary is rich. With a theme of Earth, Water, Air, and Fire, each of life’s elements will be celebrated during a once-in-a-lifetime meal experience.

Ultimo – A Weekend of Excellence will feature an array of special festivities throughout the weekend, including the following:

Bocuse d’Or Competition
Thursday, Dec. 17
Location: The Venetian Ballroom
The resort will host 400 members of the culinary elite, including its own Chef Daniel Boulud from db Brasserie and Chef Thomas Keller from Bouchon, for the competition that will determine who represents the United States at the world renowned 2017 Bocuse d’ Or in Lyon, France. Guests will be able to watch as the chefs compete to win the title.

Celebrating Earth: Evening of Truffles, Wild Game and Tradition
Thursday, Dec. 17; 8 p.m.
Location: Venezia Colonnade
The competition will be followed by a special dinner prepared by Chefs Jérôme
Bocuse, Traci Des Jardins of San Francisco hot spots Jardinière and Mijita, and Josiah Citrin, who has studied under the greats Georges Vernotte, Claude Peyrot, Wolfgang Puck, and Joachim Splichal.

The theme will be Earth and will highlight the finest ingredients from wild game, Urbani truffles, and the traditions of the revered French chef and Bocuse d’Or board member.  A portion of the proceeds for the 200-person dinner in the Venezia Colonnade will benefit the programs of ment’or, including the Young Chef Competitions and Grant Program.

Price: $200 per person, plus tax and gratuity

Celebrating Air: The Grand Banquet, Dinner in the Clouds
Friday, Dec. 18; reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.
Location: The Grand Colonnade at The Venetian
Guests will be on cloud nine during the luxurious return of The Venetian’s Grand Banquet as they dine in the spirit of “Air.” One spectacular single table made of glass, spanning the Grand Colonnade, with clear acrylic glass chairs and custom effects will create a dinner in the clouds experience.

A Krug Champagne, Urbani Truffles, and caviar reception will lead into a dreamy meal that will indeed be the most heavenly affair. This meal to remember will be prepared by Chefs Thomas Keller of Bouchon (Las Vegas, Beverly Hills, Yountville), Bouchon Bakery (Las Vegas, Beverly Hills, Yountville, New York), Ad Hoc + Addendum, Per Se and The French Laundry; Philip Tessier (first-ever American Bocuse d’ Or silver medalist); Shaun Hergatt (award-winning executive chef/partner of Juni in New York); and Ming Tsai (Massachusetts-based, award-winning chef of Blue Ginger and Blue Dragon, and popular cookbook author). Southern Wine & Spirits will provide the world-class libations, and a portion of the proceeds for this main event also benefit ment’or.

Price: $1,000 per person, all inclusive

Celebrating Water: Floating Luncheon on the Grand Canal
Saturday, Dec. 19; 12 p.m.
Location: The Grand Canal at The Venetian
Diners will kick off their heels (literally) for a one-of-a-kind luncheon offering the healing powers of “Water.” The table for this seafood extravaganza will float over the Grand Canal as gondoliers serve Prosecco from their boats. This 50-person special event will transport guests straight to the Mediterranean onto a slightly submerged clear acrylic platform “floating” on the canal.
Price: $150 per person, all inclusive

Celebrating Fire: A Mastery of Cooking Over Open Flame
Saturday, Dec. 19; outside reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.
Location: Doge’s Palace entrance to The Venetian and Paiza Club
The romantic outdoor piazza at the Doge’s Palace entrance of The Venetian will heat up with the sultry allure of “Fire.” Guests will sip Krug as they watch big pieces of steak, whole fish, and a traditional full-size pig roast on an open flame.
The 120-person party will then move inside to the private Paiza Club for a dinner masterfully prepared by Olivier Dubreuil, executive chef of The Venetian and The Palazzo and Dario Cecchini the famed Chianti “Butcher of Panzano.” Toast the mouth-watering meal with pairings by Southern Wine & Spirits.

Price: $250 per person, all inclusive

Truffle Farewell Brunch
Sunday, Dec. 20; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Delmonico Steakhouse
On Sunday, before it’s time to say goodbye guests can join a special farewell brunch of top Italian fare. The menu will feature
Urbani truffles, organic farm-fresh eggs, premium beef, house-cured salmon and Krug Champagne at Chef Emeril Lagasse’s award-winning Delmonico Steakhouse.

Price: $200 per person, all inclusive

Tickets now on sale. For prices and more information on these events, please visit http://www.venetian.com/ultimo.

STAY THE NIGHT
During this indulgent Ultimo weekend there is no better place to stay than The Venetian or The Palazzo, located side by side in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. The all-suite luxury resorts, where every key unlocks suites that are roughly twice the size of the average Las Vegas hotel room, boast the best accommodations, with Roman tubs and sunken living rooms offering plenty of additional space.

** Note: Schedule and details subject to change

ABOUT THE VENETIAN LAS VEGAS
Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian Las Vegas features all-suite accommodations, exquisite restaurants by celebrity chefs and world-class entertainment and shopping. The luxury resort offers 4,028 elegant suites, including standard suites that are nearly double the size of the average Las Vegas hotel room. The Venetian is home to restaurants from celebrated chefs including Wolfgang Puck, Mario Batali, Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Emeril Lagasse and Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro. The resort also features Canyon Ranch SpaClub; a five-acre pool and garden deck; TAO nightclub; the Grand Canal Shoppes retail and dining mecca; a 120,000-square-foot casino and The Strip’s largest poker room; and more than 2.25 million square feet of meeting and convention space.  Dynamic live entertainment includes concert headliners at The Venetian Theatre; ‘80s rock musical “ROCK OF AGES;” Motown favorites from the multi-platinum quartet Human Nature; and the all-female comedy series LIPSHTICK – THE PERFECT SHADE OF STAND UP. For more information, visit venetian.com<http://www.venetian.com/>, @venetianvegas<http://www.twitter.com/venetianvegas> and facebook.com/venetianlasvegas<http://www.facebook.com/venetianlasvegas>.

ABOUT THE PALAZZO LAS VEGAS
The Palazzo Las Vegas takes luxury on the Las Vegas Strip to discerning new heights with more than 3,000 suites including the largest standard suites on The Strip, luxury shopping, world-class dining and entertainment. The all-suite resort features premier restaurants from award-winning chefs including CUT by Wolfgang Puck, Carnevino by Mario Batali, and Table 10 by Emeril Lagasse. Resort highlights include Canyon Ranch SpaClub; Azure luxury pool experience; LAVO restaurant and lounge; the Grand Canal Shoppes, anchored by a flagship Barneys New York; a 105,000-square-foot casino; and more than 2.25 million square feet of meeting and convention space. Live entertainment at The Palazzo includes “FRANK – The Man. The Music.,” a must-see theatrical tribute to the life and music of Frank Sinatra. For more information, visit palazzo.com<http://www.palazzo.com/>, @palazzovegas<http://www.twitter.com/palazzovegas> and facebook.com/palazzolasvegas<http://facebook.com/palazzolasvegas>.