The Venetian and The Palazzo Extend Las Vegas Restaurant Week to Help Fight Hunger

 

THE VENETIAN AND THE PALAZZO EXTEND LAS VEGAS RESTAURANT WEEK TO HELP FIGHT HUNGER

 

Three Square Food Bank presents Las Vegas Restaurant Week, a two-week celebration of dining out to help end hunger in Southern Nevada. For the second year in a row, The Venetian and The Palazzo will add a third week to the schedule with pre fixe menus some of the resort’s best restaurants. The extra week is a great way for guests to visit the award-winning restaurants they have always wanted to try at affordable prices with a portion of proceeds going to Three Square Food Bank. One meal purchased could provide up to 18 meals to those in need.
 
In addition The Venetian and The Palazzo have added two cocktail hotspots to the mix. For the first time, both Rosina and The Dorsey will donate a portion of proceeds from a special cocktail list to help feed the community. 
Participating restaurants: 
June 18 – July 6:
Black Tap Craft Burger & Beer
Buddy V’s Ristorante
Chica 
Hong Kong Café
Lagasse’s Stadium
Morels Steakhouse & Bistro 
Mercato della Pescheria 
Once
Rosina
SUGARCANE raw bar grill 
The Dorsey
Yardbird
June 18 – June 29:
Bouchon
Delmonico Steakhouse
LAVO Italian Restaurant
TAO Asian Bistro
Public House
Cañonita
Three Square currently distributes more than 40 million pounds of food and grocery product per year — the equivalent of more than 33 million meals — to more than 1,300 community partners, including nonprofit and faith-based organizations, schools and feeding sites throughout Southern Nevada.  
 
For more information and menus, please visit: helpoutdineoutlv.org.
 
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 and world-class entertainment and shopping. The luxury resort offers 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, Thomas Keller, Emeril Lagasse, Lorena Garcia and Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro. The resort also features Canyon Ranch Spa; a five-acre pool and garden deck; TAO nightclub; the Grand Canal Shoppes retail and dining mecca; a 120,000-square-foot casino and poker room. 
Conveniently connected to The Venetian, The Palazzo Las Vegas offers an alluring and elegant resort experience for those seeking a luxurious escape in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Guests enjoy chic all-suite accommodations, world-class shopping, including a flagship Barneys New York, and lavish dining experiences from renowned chefs Emeril Lagasse and Wolfgang Puck.  Soaring lobbies and atriums open to exclusive resort amenities, including The Aquatic Club, Grand Canal Shoppes and Canyon Ranch Spa. The resort features more than 2.25 million square feet of meeting and convention space, including the Venetian and Palazzo Congress Center and the famed Sands Expo Convention Center.

For more information, visit venetian.com or palazzo.com. The Palazzo Las Vegas and The Venetian Las Vegas are properties of global integrated resorts developer Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS).

The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas Celebrate the Year of the Dog with Art Installation and Lion Dance

 

THE VENETIAN AND THE PALAZZO LAS VEGAS
CELEBRATE THE YEAR OF THE DOG WITH ART INSTALLATION AND LION DANCE
Chinese New Year celebrations include a lion dance to kick off Lunar New Year, performances by Hacken Lee alongside special guests, and more

 

The Venetian® and The Palazzo® Las Vegas will celebrate Chinese New Year with extravagant décor, entertainment, retail, and food and beverage offerings beginning Jan. 12, with special festivities scheduled for Feb. 16.

ON JAN. 12 THE WATERFALL ATRIUM AND GARDENS TRANSFORM FOR CHINESE NEW YEAR

To commemorate the Year of the Dog, the eleventh position in the Chinese zodiac, The Venetian and The Palazzo’s floral and horticulture team worked with a team of artisans and consulted a feng shui master to create an installation that features a Chinese Shar-Pei, named Vincenzo Li that sits 16 feet tall.

“Throughout the last 10 months, 86 artisans worked to create this installation,” said Dana Beatty, executive director of floral and horticulture at The Venetian and The Palazzo. “The Chinese New Year holiday is an important one for our guests, and we aim to create something that is not only memorable, but culturally accurate.”

The Shar-Pei existed in China since ancient times and was chosen as the featured canine for the display because it symbolizes good fortune and protection. The feature Shar-Pei was hand-sculpted and covered in artificial fur to achieve his robust appearance. There are nine additional Shar-Peis positioned throughout the resort, as well as a three-foot hare, the secret friend of the dog.

EYE CEREMONY AND LION DANCE CELEBRATION ON FEB. 16

A highlight of Chinese New Year celebrations, the lion dance, is said to bring good luck and prosperity, with which The Venetian and The Palazzo will officially kick off Lunar New Year at 3:00 p.m. on Feb. 16. The ceremonial lion dance will begin with an eye ceremony at The Venetian porte cochere. The dance will wind its way through The Venetian lobby and casino before stopping in The Palazzo Waterfall Atrium, then continuing through The Palazzo casino, lobby, and ending at The Palazzo porte cochere. This exciting event features firecrackers, and a parade of dancers and drummers in authentic clothing.

IN CONCERT: HACKEN LEE 30TH ANNIVERSARY

Hacken Lee is an award-winning singer from Hong Kong. Lee has received multiple awards across four decades (1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s) and has maintained his popularity, releasing albums on a regular basis. On Feb. 17 and 18, Lee, along with special guests celebrate Chinese New Year and also commemorate the 30th anniversary of his debut album.

Tickets can be purchased at any box office at The Venetian or The Palazzo, or by calling 866.641.7469.

CELEBRATE WITH SPECIALTY COCKTAILS AND BITES AT HONG KONG CAFÉ

Hong Kong Café at The Palazzo will celebrate the Lunar New Year beginning in early January with a specialty bar and curated menu.

Guests are invited to celebrate the holiday with a variety crafted cocktails including the Pink Lotus or the Blood Moon Daisy and snack on salt & pepper beef skewers, crabmeat wontons, and spice cucumber, among other options.

For reservations, call 702.607.2220.

CHEERS TO GOOD FORTUNE THE ATRIUM

The Atrium at The Palazzo Las Vegas, a new retail emporium located on the casino floor, is celebrating Chinese New Year with tastings in their Liquor Library on Feb. 16. From 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., guests will be able to taste spirits from two Japanese distilleries – Fukano and Ohishi.

TRADITIONAL FAN DANCE AND HOLIDAY PROMOTIONS AT GRAND CANAL SHOPPES

Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas will kick off the Lunar New Year festivities on Feb. 16 with the signature fan dance above the waterfall at 4 p.m. During and after the fan dance, more than 250 red envelopes will be distributed to guests. The envelopes will be filled with prizes – from gift cards to chocolate gold coins. Each red envelope will also be bundled with signature store incentives available at participating Grand Canal Shoppes stores and restaurants.

 

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 and world-class entertainment and shopping. Conveniently connected to The Venetian, The Palazzo Las Vegas offers an alluring and elegant resort experience for those seeking a luxurious escape in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. In addition, the campus features more than 2.3 million square feet of meeting and convention space, including the Venetian and Palazzo Congress Center and the famed Sands Expo Convention Center.

The all-suite resorts offer chic accommodations, with standard suites that are nearly double the size of the average Las Vegas hotel room. The Venetian and The Palazzo are home to restaurants from celebrated chefs including Wolfgang Puck, Thomas Keller, Emeril Lagasse, Lorena Garcia and Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro. The resorts also feature a five-acre pool and garden deck, world-class shopping, four theatres, and two casinos. Soaring lobbies and atriums open to exclusive resort amenities, including The Aquatic Club, Grand Canal Shoppes, a flagship Barneys New York, TAO Nightclub, Prestige at The Palazzo, and Canyon Ranch SpaClub.

For more information, visit venetian.com or palazzo.com. The Palazzo Las Vegas and The Venetian Las Vegas are properties of global integrated resorts developer Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS).

 

 

The Venetian Las Vegas Announces the Debut of Tony Award-Winning Actor Kiril Kulish in “BAZ – A Musical Mash-Up”

 

The Venetian Las Vegas Announces the Debut of Tony Award-Winning Actor Kiril Kulish in “BAZ – A Musical Mash-Up”

The Venetian® and The Palazzo® will welcome Tony Award-winning actor Kiril Kulish to “BAZ – A Musical Mash-Up” on Tuesday, Dec. 26. Kulish, who won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance in Broadway’s “Billy Elliot the Musical,” will play the role of Scott the Ballroom Dancer in the hit Las Vegas production. In addition to being a ballroom and ballet champion, Kulish was featured in season 22 of “Dancing with the Stars,” as a professional dancer in the show’s troupe.

“I’m elated to join the cast of ‘BAZ’ and perform for Las Vegas audiences,” said Kulish. “The show is unlike any other with its unique blend of music, dance, and raw emotion and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

Born in San Diego, Kulish caught the performance bug early and by age 13 had become a three-time U.S. National Latin Ballroom Champion and two-time World Ballet Champion. In 2008, he landed the title role in “Billy Elliot the Musical” on Broadway, and went on to star in “The Real Love” and “The Silent Tears” at the Shrine Auditorium. Kulish has been featured on “Good Morning America,” “The View,” “Live with Regis and Kelly,” and more. Most recently, he choreographed a show at the renowned Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

“BAZ – A Musical Mash-Up” is a new-generation cabaret and high-energy movie-music mash-up that blends the world’s most iconic love stories as imagined by famed film visionary Baz Luhrmann. Inspired by Luhrmann’s signature take on “Romeo + Juliet,” “Moulin Rouge,” and “The Great Gatsby,” this theatrical concert features soul-stirring and stunning performances from an ensemble cast and band.

More than five years in the making, “BAZ – A Musical Mash-Up” is the creation of For The Record, a genre-bending theatrical company in Los Angeles with a vision of turning the soundtracks of iconic filmmakers into immersive theatrical concert experiences.

“BAZ – A Musical Mash-Up” performs Tuesday through Sunday at 7 p.m. at The Palazzo Theatre. Tickets start at $59 (plus tax and applicable fees) and can be purchased at any box office at The Venetian or The Palazzo, online at palazzo.com, or by calling 702.414.9000 or 866.641.7469.

 

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 and world-class entertainment and shopping. The luxury resort offers 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, Emeril Lagasse, Lorena Garcia 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 poker room.

Conveniently connected to The Venetian, The Palazzo Las Vegas offers an alluring and elegant resort experience for those seeking a luxurious escape in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Guests enjoy chic all-suite accommodations, world-class shopping, including a flagship Barneys New York, and lavish dining experiences from renowned chefs Mario Batali, Emeril Lagasse and Wolfgang Puck. Soaring lobbies and atriums open to exclusive resort amenities, including The Aquatic Club, Grand Canal Shoppes and Canyon Ranch SpaClub.

The resort features more than 2.25 million square feet of meeting and convention space, including the Venetian and Palazzo Congress Center and the famed Sands Expo Convention Center.

For more information, visit venetian.com or palazzo.com. The Palazzo Las Vegas and The Venetian Las Vegas are properties of global integrated resorts developer Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS).

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 

Photos: Steven Tyler Kicked Off His Highly Anticipated Out On A Limb Solo Tour at The Venetian Las Vegas Last Night – July 2

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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).

 

 

Ultimo – A Weekend of Excellence Serves up Celebrated Chefs Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud and Jerome Bocuse

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ULTIMO – A WEEKEND OF EXCELLENCE SERVES UP CELEBRATED CHEFS THOMAS KELLER, DANIEL BOULUD AND
JÉRÔME BOCUSE


What:
The biggest culinary event of the year, Ultimo – A Weekend of Excellence, kicks off four days of indulgence and bliss Dec. 17 at The Venetian® and The Palazzo® Las Vegas with the very prestigious Team USA National Selection for the 2017 Bocuse d’Or competition. The Venetian and The Palazzo will host 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.

Why:
Chefs Bocuse, Traci Des Jardins of San Francisco hot spots Jardinière and Mijita, and Josiah Citrin, who studied under the greats Georges Vernotte, Claude Peyrot, Wolfgang Puck, and Joachim Splichal will then prepare a special dinner with the theme Earth and 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.

When:
Thursday, Dec. 17*

Where:
Venezia Colonnade (10th floor, Venezia Tower) The Venetian Las Vegas
3355 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Note: Accessible from elevator near The Venetian Front Desk

 

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

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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>.

50 Eggs Restaurant Group Spreads Its Wings ­ Yardbird Southern Table & Bar Brings The Magic City To Sin City

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50 EGGS RESTAURANT GROUP SPREADS ITS WINGS –
YARDBIRD SOUTHERN TABLE & BAR BRINGS THE MAGIC CITY TO
SIN CITY
Las Vegas location of acclaimed restaurant slated for early 2015
opening

50 Eggs, Inc. announced today that it is bringing Yardbird Southern Table & Bar to The Venetian® Las Vegas, for an early 2015 launch.
 
Created by restaurateur John Kunkel and featuring a talented culinary team, 50 Eggs, Inc. has been helping redefine dining in South Florida for the last 10 years, from fast casual to approachable fine dining. Since its inception, it has been the force behind a varied and successful family of restaurants, ranging from Taste Bakery Café and Lime Fresh Mexican Grill to the critically acclaimed trio Swine Southern Table & Bar, Khong River House and Yardbird Southern Table & Bar.  
 
“Las Vegas is a one-of-a-kind American city with an unbeatable spirit, amazing history, energy and food scene,” says Kunkel, who has been seeking the perfect location for Yardbird’s expansion for more than a year.  “We’re thrilled to be opening in this iconic city and couldn’t ask for a better partner than the team at Las Vegas Sands [which owns and operates The Venetian and The Palazzo].  We think it’s a sure bet Vegas locals and visitors alike will embrace the food, fun and traditions that are the building blocks of the Yardbird concept.” 
 
Housed at the The Venetian Las Vegas, “one of the best places to stay in the world” according to Condé Nast Traveler, Yardbird Las Vegas will be in great company, rubbing shoulders with fellow Venetian dining destinations B&B Ristorante by Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, Thomas Keller’s Bouchon and db Brasserie by Chef Daniel Boulud, to name a few. And though Yardbird Miami’s sister restaurant will share many of the restaurant’s design and menu staples, it will certainly embrace the “bigger is better” aesthetic that is inarguably part of the Las Vegas DNA.  
 
The 8,000+ square-foot-space – designed by 50 Eggs’ internal design team in cooperation with Parts and Labor Design – will be located in the resort’s Restaurant Row and will seat 180 guests throughout the main dining room and two private rooms.  With the extensive footprint will come an expansive bar, giving the 50 Eggs team added space to expand their beverage program, delivering not only a unique cocktail menu but an exclusive ice program, complete with a special on-site ice room where mixologists will harvest hand-cut blocks for an array of libations.  
 
“The larger space is definitely giving us extra room to play,” adds Kunkel.  “The menu and bar programs will feature many of our hallmarks, including our outstanding brunch and signature Guest Chef Series, as well as a number of singular elements.  Our goal is for Yardbird to stand out from its neighbors, both in- and outside of the Venetian itself.”  
 
The expansion of the Yardbird brand to Las Vegas is part of a grander expansion for 50 Eggs, Inc. concepts nationwide. Further details on all fronts forthcoming. The Venetian is located at 3355 South Las Vegas Boulevard. For information on 50 Eggs, Inc. please visit: www.50eggsinc.com and follow @50eggsinc.  
 
About 50 Eggs, Inc.
Founded by John Kunkel, 50 Eggs Inc. is a multi-faceted, full-service culinary and hospitality firm focused on developing cutting-edge brands with unparalleled dining experiences. As CEO of one of Restaurant Hospitality Magazine’s “Coolest Multi-concept Companies in the Land,” John owns and operates the James Beard nominated and award winning Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, Khong River House, Swine Southern Table & Bar and Patpong Road, and is also known for creating and developing the fast casual chain Lime Fresh Mexican Grill.  Yardbird Southern Table & Bar’s original location on Miami Beach opened to immediate fanfare in 2011.  Since then it has remained one of the region’s most popular and critically-acclaimed restaurants, including a nod from the James Beard Foundation as a semi-finalist for “Best New Restaurant” in 2012.    
 
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.  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. 

Photos: The Venetian Las Vegas Cooked Up An International Culinary Event On The Las Vegas Strip As Part Of Vegas Uncork’d By Bon Appetit

Last night, The Venetian Las Vegas created The Strip’s largest new event for Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit, the international Asian Night Market featuring theworld’s best chefs for one night of food, fun and entertainment.

The Night Market: East Meets West celebrated a cross-cultural exchange with an array of epicurean icons, including American culinary luminaries chefs Mario Batali, Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, and Buddy Valastro as they united with two of Singapore’s most internationally known culinary superstars, Justin Quek of Sky On 57a nd Tewtsuya Wakuda of Waku Ghin, both of Marina Bay Sands in Singapore; and Luke Mangan, one of Australia’s leading chefs and restaurateurs.

“It was such an honor to host this international celebration for Vegas Uncork’d,” said Sebastien Silvestri, Vice President of Food & Beverage for The Venetian Las Vegas.  “With an impressive lineup of influential chef superstars from across the world, the evening was one of the most prestigious culinary events of the year and a pleasure to experience.”

Throughout the evening, party goers feasted on an enchanting menu with spectacular dishes, including dim sum, Peking duck, sea urchin, and wok-fried Maine lobster, while also experiencing Asian-inspired mixology, including world-class sake, Asian beer and wine. Festive entertainment adorned the scenic plaza during the three-hour event, including the stars of PANDA!, the first resident production from China on the Las Vegas Strip, as they performed a taste of their show from The Palazzo Theatre to fascinated revelers.

The evening also featured Chefs Mario Batali and Buddy Valastro as the headlining mentors to two students from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in the Chase Sapphire Preferred Grill Challenge as they vied for $20,000 in scholarship funds during event.

 

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THE VENETIAN LAS VEGAS IS COOKING UP AN INTERNATIONAL CULINARY EVENT ON THE LAS VEGAS STRIP AS PART OF VEGAS UNCORK’D BY BON APPETIT

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THE VENETIAN LAS VEGAS IS COOKING UP AN
INTERNATIONAL CULINARY EVENT ON THE LAS
VEGAS STRIP AS PART OF VEGAS UNCORK’D
BY BON APPETIT

Guests will be transported to an Asian Night Market as East (Batali, Boulud, Keller,
Valastro,) meets West (Quek, Wakuda) at The Venetian Las Vegas

In a unique cross-cultural culinary exchange, a team of acclaimed chefs from Japan, China, Singapore and Australia are teaming up with American culinary luminaries Mario Batali, Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, and Buddy Valastro to create THE NIGHT MARKET: EAST MEETS WEST, an authentic Asian-inspired outdoor food and beverage festival.

The amazing night of food, fun and entertainment, part of Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit, will be held May 8 from 8-11 p.m. in the Doge’s Palace plaza of The Venetian Las Vegas.

The event will feature two of Singapore’s most internationally known culinary superstars, Justin Quek of Sky On 57 and Tewtsuya Wakuda of Waku Ghin, both of Marina Bay Sands in Singapore; and Luke Mangan, one of Australia’s leading chefs and restaurateurs.

The three-hour event will feature an exquisite menu with spectacular dishes, including dim sum, Peking duck, sea urchin, and wok-fried Maine lobster. Guests will also experience Asian-inspired mixology, including world-class sake, Asian beer and wine.

“This is going to be the finest event of the year and the biggest international celebration for Vegas Uncork’d,” said Sebastien Silvestri, Vice President of Food & Beverage for The Venetian Las Vegas.

In addition to the delicious drinks and delights, guests will be entertained at The Night Market.  The stars of PANDA!, the first resident production from China on the Las Vegas Strip, will perform a taste of their show from The Palazzo Theatre. This extraordinary cast is made up from members of the China National Acrobatic Troupe, the China Star Dance Troupe and the Shaolin Monastery Kung Fu Monks Troupe and produced by An Zhao, who is best known in America for the 2008 opening and closing ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in Beijing.

The evening will also feature Chefs Mario Batali and Buddy Valastro as the headlining mentors to two students from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in the Chase Sapphire Preferred Grill Challenge as they vie for $20,000 in scholarship funds during The Night Market.

To experience a night of Asian culture with the world’s best chefs, mixologists and entertainment, book your suite now at Venetian.com. For tickets to the Night Market May 8, visit VegasUncorked.com.



About The Venetian® and The Palazzo® Las Vegas
The LEED EB Gold®-certified  Venetian Las Vegas, the largest property in the country to receive AAA’s Five Diamond and the coveted Forbes Travel Guide Four Star awards, is one of the world’s most luxurious resort and convention destinations. Recreating Venice’s legendary landmarks, the 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 suite accommodations.

The Silver LEED®-certified Palazzo Las Vegas literally takes luxury to new heights.  Ranked as one of the top 25 hotels in the U.S. and Canada in Travel + Leisure “World’s Best Awards,” the AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Four Star-Award winning resort is highlighted by a flagship 85,000-square-foot Barneys New York.  The all-suite resort offers plush and opulent suite accommodations ranging from a Luxury Suite at an unprecedented 720 square feet to the 8,000-square-foot Chairman suite with private terraces and plunge pools.  The Palazzo also offers a variety of cuisines from a collection of award-winning chefs such as Buddy V’s by “The Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro,  Carnevino by Mario Batali, CUT by Wolfgang Puck and Table 10 by Emeril Lagasse.

The expansive Venetian and Palazzo Congress Center features convention and meeting rooms that span 340 distinct venues and more than 2.25 million square feet of flexible space, including the 85,000-square-foot Venetian Ballroom and the newly remodeled Sands Expo.

Grand Canal Shoppes® at The Venetian and The Palazzo features  more than 160 luxury boutiques, specialty brands and world-class restaurants nestled around a charming and faithful reproduction of Venice’s Grand Canal, complete with cobbled walkways, street side cafes and live entertainment. Signature brands include Nevada’s only Barneys New York, Jimmy Choo, Diane von Furstenberg, Christian Louboutin, Kenneth Cole, Dooney & Bourke, Hervé Léger and Swarovski.

Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian features an indoor streets cape complete with gondolas and singing gondoliers, the Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, world-class gaming, exquisite restaurants, a wide variety of entertainment such as “ROCK OF AGES,” the party musical; “PANDA!,” an unprecedented theatrical spectacle; showroom headliners including Human Nature, David Spade, Rita Rudner, Tim Allen and Joan Rivers and extensive convention and corporate services.

Other unique offerings include the chic dining and nightlife hotspots, TAO and LAVO; the world’s largest Canyon Ranch SpaClub; the ultimate sports bar, sports book and restaurant on the Strip, Lagasse’s Stadium; and Prestige at The Palazzo – an exclusive space designed to offer the sophisticated traveler an elevated level of services and amenities.

Guests can earn points while they eat, sleep, shop and play with Grazie, the premier loyalty program. The Palazzo and The Venetian Las Vegas are the first ever Alliance Resorts in the InterContinental Hotel Group global portfolio.

For additional information, visit venetian.com or palazzolasvegas.com , follow on Twitter @venetianvegas @palazzovegas and interact on Facebook.

The names and brands mentioned above are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.


ABOUT BON APPÉTIT
Bon Appétit is where food and culture meet and the conversation starts. Bon Appétit created the food lifestyle category and with a footprint of 12.5 MM, it is the No. I food lifestyle brand.Bon Appétit, in all its formats (print, digital, products, events) delivers not just recipes, tips, and techniques, but a world of lush travel, high-gloss entertaining, and up-to-the-minute restaurant coverage. It’s a visually arresting publication, driven by excellent photography, clean graphics, and headlines that pop. And notable faces, too: Each issue features of-the-moment tastemakers, from chefs and restaurateurs to fashion designers and celebrities. All of these elements combine to make Bon Appétit the largest epicurean magazine in America with the most affluent readership.

Photos/Event Recap: “Chefs To The Max” Dinner at Rx Boiler Room Raises $275,799 for Local Food Critic Max Jacobson

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EVENT RECAP: “CHEFS TO THE MAX” DINNER AT RX BOILER ROOM RAISES $275,799 FOR LOCAL FOOD CRITIC MAX JACOBSON

Last night, Sunday, January 19, a group of the country’s most acclaimed chefs collaborated on the first “Chefs to the Max” dinner at Chef Rick Moonen’s Rx Boiler Room inside the Shoppes at Mandalay Place and raised a total of $275,799. The dinner was the first of a series to benefit critically injured Las Vegas-based food journalist Max Jacobson. The event featured a cocktail reception, sit-down seven-course dinner with wine pairing, as well as a live and silent auction for 100 guests. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit Jacobson directly to help pay for mounting medical bills as a result of the accident.

Chefs in attendance included Megan Bringas, Kim Canteenwalla, Shirley Chung, John Church, Saipin Chutima, Barry Dakake, Susan Feniger, Bobby Flay, Hubert Keller, Thomas Keller, Rick Moonen, Grant MacPherson, Mary Sue Milliken, Bradley Ogden, Luciano Pellegrini, Vincent Pilon, Pino Posteraro, Vincent Pouessel, Joey Romano, Megan Romano, Angelo Sosa and David Walzog.

In addition, Rick Moonen challenged Bobby Flay to a “Kampachi Throwdown.” Moonen prepared a Chili Seared Kona Kampachi with avocado, ruby red grapefruit and yuzu butter sauce; and Flay prepared a Kona Kampachi with Korean red pepper-tangerine glaze with pickled Brussels sprout relish and squab egg. Guests voted and Rick Moonen was announced the winner.

Two days before Christmas 2013, Jacobson was struck by a car while in the crosswalk at Windmill Parkway and Pecos Road as he walked from home to the gym. He sustained severe brain trauma from the accident. He remains in critical condition at Kindred Healthcare.

Jacobson is currently Vegas Seven’s restaurant reviewer. Prior to that, he covered Orange County for the Los Angeles Times for 15 years. He moved to Las Vegas in 1999 to be the lead critic for Las Vegas Life. He has also written for numerous national culinary publications including Saveur and Gourmet. Jacobson recently co-authored “Eating Las Vegas” with fellow food critics Al Mancini and John Curtas.

For more information about the “Chefs to the Max” dinner series, go to www.Facebook.com/ChefstotheMax.

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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.

 

Celebrity Chefs Inspire Food & Wine Event: “Start Spreadin’ the News” to Benefit Hurricane Sandy Victims

CELEBRITY CHEFS INSPIRE FOOD & WINE EVENT “START SPREADIN’ THE NEWS”
TO BENEFIT HURRICANE SANDY VICTIMS

Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada to Host Famed Las Vegas Strip
Event at New York-New York Brooklyn Bridge

Celebrity chefs with roots in both New York City and Las Vegas have inspired a unique food and wine extravaganza to benefit victims devastated by superstorm Hurricane Sandy.

“When it comes to the hospitality industry, Las Vegas and New York City are really sister cities,” said Michael Severino of Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada. “This is just a small way all of us in Las Vegas can help those that have been affected by these monster storms”.

The event will take place on the New York-New York Hotel & Casino Brooklyn Bridge on Sunday, December 9, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A partial list of the chefs/restaurants invited to participate in “Start Spreadin’ the News” includes: Mario Batali, Tom Colicchio, Scott Conant, Todd English, Bobby Flay, Charlie Palmer, Nobu, Gordon Ramsay, Thomas Keller, Palm Restaurant, Smith & Wollensky, Rao’s, Stage Deli, Nathan’s, Carnegie Deli, Old Homestead and many others. Great wine, craft beers and specialty cocktails will be provided by Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada. 100% of the proceeds will go to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

Tickets are on sale now for $100 and can be purchased by calling the New York-New York box office at 866-606-7111.

All attendees will receive a commemorative chip reading, “When the ‘chips’ were down, Las Vegas stepped up to help those who were dealt a bad hand by Hurricane Sandy, 12-9-12.”

For More Information: Tania Sanchez, Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada, 702-253-3215.