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

FOOD & WINE ALL-STAR WEEKEND’

FOOD & WINE ALL-STAR WEEKEND IN LAS VEGAS
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

Oysters

 Bellagios-Chefs

 

ARIAs-All-Star-Chefs

 Dom-Perignon

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

Michelin-starred Chef Masa Takayama Debuts First Teppanyaki Restaurant, Tetsu, at Las Vegas’ ARIA

MICHELIN-STARRED CHEF MASA TAKAYMA DEBUTS FIRST TEPPANYAKI RESTAURANT, TESU, AT LAS VEGAS’ ARIA

This August, Forbes and Michelin-decorated Chef Masa Takayama will introduce the first teppan concept to his extraordinary culinary repertoire. Tetsu, located at ARIA Resort & Casino, will be an intimate and interactive dining experience, offering guests the first taste of Chef Masa’s passion for fine Japanese grilling.

Located inside Masa’s famed Japanese restaurant, barMASA, Tetsu will replace Shaboo, which closes April 28. The exclusive venue will feature four blackjack-style tables and two communal teppan grill tables seating 20 and 19, respectively. Highly skilled teppanyaki chefs will oversee the evening’s culinary entertainment – prepping, cooking and plating orders specific to each guest’s request. A produce table will serve as the room’s centerpiece, displaying the finest quality meats, seafood and vegetables, and will allow guests the opportunity to hand select the proteins of their entrée, specifying the exact cut, portion size and preparation style they desire.

“ARIA is a leader in the evolution of the Las Vegas culinary scene, now a recognized contender as one of the world’s top epicurean destinations,” said CityCenter President and COO Bill McBeath. “With Tetsu, we continue to set the pace by offering guests a brand new, exclusive concept from Masa Takayama, arguably the world’s most celebrated Japanese chef.”

Tetsu Executive Chef/Creator Masa Takayama said, “With a passion for the finest-sourced ingredients, I have always been intrigued by the sizzling vegetables, meat and seafood prepared on a teppan grill. The act of choosing your ingredients and interacting with the chef as he prepares them elevates the conventional dinner – creating memories – which is how food is meant to be experienced.”

The teppan grill menu allows guests to try a variety of offerings at smaller portions and reasonable prices such as the Toro Tartare with Caviar, Wagyu Beef Steak Tartare and Pacific Lobster Sashimi Ceviche in addition to Tataki selections. Tataki, meaning to “pound,” is a traditional manner of preparing fish and meat so they better absorb other flavors, therefore enhancing the protein in the dish. The cuts are briefly seared over a hot pan, marinated in vinegar, sliced thin and seasoned with ginger. Tetsu’s tataki offerings will differentiate the restaurant with the finest culinary creations, such as the Wagyu Ribeye, and Filet Mignon-Soy Vinaigrette.

Main course offerings include prime cuts of beef such as Center Cut Lamb Chop and Filet Mignon. Seafood and steak also will delight guests with the incredibly fresh ingredients for which Masa is renowned, such as Butterflied Scottish Langoustine, Mediterranean Turbot and decadent Fatty Tuna. Side accompaniments including Kobe Garlic Fried Rice, Yakisoba Noodles and Seafood Udon will complement the main course. Completing the meal are unexpected and refreshing desserts such as Masa’s famous Truffle Ice Cream, Grapefruit Granite and Yuzu Sorbet.

Tetsu’s hours of operation will be Wednesday through Sunday 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Guests enter Tetsu through barMASA, located adjacent to the stunning ARIA lobby. For more information or to make reservations, call 702.590.7111 or visit www.arialasvegas.com

ABOUT ARIA RESORT & CASINO

The centerpiece of CityCenter Las Vegas is ARIA Resort & Casino, a stunning AAA Five Diamond resort on The Strip featuring an unprecedented combination of striking architecture, sustainable design, high-end service, spectacular amenities and premium meeting and convention space.  From unique culinary offerings created by the world’s most talented chefs, to innovative nightlife, indulgent spa treatments and Viva ELVIS™ by Cirque du Soleil, ARIA embodies the excitement and vitality of Las Vegas.  ARIA is home to an incredible collection of stylish and technologically advanced accommodations including Sky Suites, a AAA Five Diamond hotel within a hotel experience.  Combined with CityCenter’s unparalleled amenities including luxurious shopping at Crystals and the first-of-its-kind public Fine Art Collection, ARIA introduces a new generation of resort experiences, unlike anything Las Vegashas ever seen.  CityCenter is a joint venture between MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and Infinity World Development Corp, a subsidiary of Dubai World. For more information and reservations, visit www.arialasvegas.com or call toll free at (866) 359-7757; also find ARIA on Facebook and Twitter.

Red Carpet Photos of the FOOD & WINE All-Star Weekend At ARIA Resort & Casino

The second annual FOOD & WINE All-Star Weekend took place on FRIDAY, October 21 with a star-studded red carpet.

We had the pleasure to meet and take pictures of Gail Simmons and other celebrity chefs and epicurean icons! They included Michael Mina, Julian Serrano, Masayoshi Takayama and Shawn McClain in addition to Top Chef alumni Stephanie Izard, Angelo Sosa, Hosea Rosenberg, Yigit Pura and Sam Talbot.

This Red Carpet event was a lot of fun and well organized! One of the few that started on time! All the chef and epicurean icons seemed to be having fun getting their pictures taken. I did get a chance to talk to Top Chef alumni Angelo Sosa. He is super nice and was easy to talk to. He said is restaurant in New York Social Eatz is doing very well. He is in the process of opening a restaurant in California. I did ask if he planned on anything for Vegas he said “Yes in the next two years”! Angelo also has a cook book coming out in March that he is very excited about and so am I! I have been a fan of Top Chef since it started and Angelo was my favorite!  I did have to check out the jeans that they mention in the show. Yes ladies they are as they mention!

 

 

Gail Simmons - Judge on BRAVO's Top Chef and host of Top Chef Just Desserts
Gail Simmons and Chef Pierre Michelin

 

 

Gail Simmons and Stephanie Izard (Winner of Top Chef Season 4)

 

Top Chefs

 

Yigit Pura (Winner Top Chef Just Desserts Season 1 and very cute)

 

Angelo Sosa (Top Chef contestant)

 

The Top Chefs

 

City Center Chefs and Sirio Maccioni (Restaurateu, Owner of Sirio Ristorante and Le Cirque)

 

 

Chefs