CHEFS THOMAS KELLER, DANIEL BOULUD,
JÉRÔME BOCUSE HOSTED ULTIMO-
A WEEKEND OF EXCELLENCE AT
THE VENETIAN AND THE PALAZZO LAS VEGAS
ULTIMO – A WEEKEND OF EXCELLENCE SERVES UP CELEBRATED CHEFS THOMAS KELLER, DANIEL BOULUD AND
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.
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.
Thursday, Dec. 17*
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
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>.
THE VENETIAN® LAS VEGAS TO HOST
ULTIMO – A WEEKEND OF EXCELLENCE, DEC. 5-7
Event to Feature Incomparable Luxury Experiences; Landmark Collaboration Between Several of the World’s Best Culinary Celebrities
The Venetian® Las Vegas will host the city’s culinary event of the year, Ultimo – A Weekend of Excellence, Dec. 5-7. Featuring lavish feasts of the finest food and extraordinary experiences from an A-team of luxury brands, Ultimo will celebrate the romance of Italy and the magic of its cuisine, as it unfolds around The Venetian and The Palazzo® Las Vegas.
This special winter weekend of luxury experiences will include the return of the Venetian’s Grand Banquet, a landmark collaboration between several of the world’s best culinary celebrities, including Chefs Daniel Boulud, Emeril Lagasse, and Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro.
Introduced in 2013, the Grand Banquet spans the iconic Grand Colonnade of The Venetian on a spectacular single table that seats nearly 200 people. This sumptuous setting – with its meal fit for royalty – was called “the grandest meal ever served in Las Vegas” by last year’s host Chef Mario Batali.
The event is presented in conjunction with Robb Report magazine and Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada, and will benefit the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
Ultimo – A Weekend of Excellence will feature an entire experience for guests:
On Friday, guests who fly into McCarran International Airport (or any of the private options in Las Vegas) will be driven to The Venetian in a Bentley or Rolls-Royce, or one of the resort’s limousines. Check-in will be provided at the exclusive VIP lounge, and each guest will be escorted to a luxurious suite, including a choice of premium suites that are normally reserved for “high-roller” casino guests.
The first social affair, the Welcome Reception at fine jewelry and watch boutique Bellusso, will feature caviar, champagne and a showing of sophisticated timepieces. The party will then move on to the Grand Colonnade for a dinner of a lifetime, The Grand Banquet.
The Grand Banquet
One would have to travel to Europe to find a meal with a similar romantic setting as the weekend’s main event: The Grand Banquet. In fact, the banquet will be served within the stunning and iconic Grand Colonnade, amid authentic frescoes hand painted by Italian artists, 25-foot columns of Botticino marble, and floors inspired by the Church of Santa Maria del Rosario. Spanning the Grand Colonnade, a spectacular single table will seat nearly 200 people, a breathtaking setting that follows a European trend to host grand community meals in the most impressive public spaces.
To ensure that the meal matches the superb setting, the weekend’s hosts—Chefs Boulud, Lagasse, and Valastro—will reign over the food presentations, leaving time to mingle with guests throughout the dining experience. To highlight each incredible course, winemakers from top wineries worldwide will be on hand to introduce their new- and old-world pours, including some new releases saved for this very night. Fabulous live entertainment and an auction for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health will bring this magical evening to a close.
Very few people have the opportunity to attend an event that so eloquently blends the finest Italian food with extraordinary vintages from renowned Italian wine producers.
Saturday Haute Experiences
Saturday gets rolling with a fabulous French Brunch with Daniel Boulud at his new db Brasserie restaurant, which was recently named “Best New Fine Dining” by Vegas Seven magazine. Guests will load up on French-American classics and bubbly before heading out on one of four luxury experiences, that range from relaxing to thrilling.
The Venetian has curated four ‘Haute Experience’ options for Saturday afternoon. Through our luxury partners, guests can participate in unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities tailored just for them:
JUST SAY AHH…
Guests who come to Vegas to relax and unwind will look no further than The Venetian’s famed Canyon Ranch SpaClub®. Guests will sit back and enjoy the spa’s world-famous facilities (including experiential rains, HydroSpa, and herbal-infused laconium), then melt into the treatments of their dreams. They will take the relaxation home, with a generous gift bag courtesy of Canyon Ranch.
The Venetian is planning a super-exclusive fashion extravaganza just for Ultimo’s most fashion-minded guests, put together by one of our favorite brands. This intimate event will be a once-in-a-lifetime peek into the evolving role of Las Vegas in high fashion, including insider access to a current collection and how pieces are chosen for the experience. The Las Vegas Strip, with its unique global clientele, continues to grow as a top shopping destination in part by offering many one-of-a-kind pieces not sold anywhere else—this fascinating event is a must for anyone with a love of fashion.
NEED FOR SPEED
Ultimo’s luxury-car partners are putting together a race car experience of a lifetime. Together with Exotics Racing, guests can learn to drive those cars the way they’re made to be driven— as fast as possible, around a racetrack. The experience includes an opportunity to hit the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in one of these special cars, with a pro driver in the passenger seat. The 1.2-mile racetrack was designed by a stunt driver who worked with Matt Damon in The Bourne Identity, and it features seven thrilling turns and a 1,800-foot straightaway.
BAKING WITH THE BOSS
This unforgettable culinary weekend wouldn’t be complete without at least some guests hitting the kitchen. Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro, a fourth-generation baker who inherited the nickname from his father, knows his way around a sweet tooth. Guests will learn from the best during this private baking class, where you’ll participate in baking to-die-for cakes worthy of bakeries of the highest level.
The Weekend Continues
A memorable Dine-Around in the Palazzo Waterfall Atrium & Gardens will give guests a taste of The Venetian and The Palazzo’s hot spots Carnevino (by Mario Batali), Buddy V’s Ristorante (by Buddy Valastro), CUT Steakhouse (by Wolfgang Puck), Bouchon (by Thomas Keller), Delmonico Steakhouse (by Emeril Lagasse), and db Brasserie (by Daniel Boulud).
The after-party will be a private soiree in a special Richard Hennessey Lounge in the exclusive high-roller Paiza Club, with desserts by Valastro, fine liquors, and premier cigars.
Sunday’s Truffle Farewell Brunch will boast a meal to dream about—using delicious in-season truffles, organic farm-fresh eggs, and premium beef—with Lagasse hosting at his award-winning Delmonico Steakhouse.
The only way to experience Ultimo in its entirety is to stay overnight. Deluxe packages combine prime access to weekend events with a suite at The Venetian or The Palazzo. Packages include
Ultimo Suite Package
The Ultimo Package offers the highest level of service and amenities to further enhance a weekend of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Penthouse accommodations, two seats at The Grand Banquet and all of the weekend’s biggest culinary events are included in this exclusive package.
Diamond Suite Package
The Diamond Package treats guests to exquisite suite accommodations and all of the weekend’s biggest culinary events, including The Grand Banquet, Brunch with Daniel Boulud, the Dine Around, the Truffle Farewell Brunch at Emeril Lagasse’s Delmonico Steakhouse, and more.
Platinum Suite Package
Participate in some of the weekend’s most spirited events with the Platinum Package, including the Welcome Reception at Bellusso and dessert by the “Cake Boss” in the exclusive Paiza Lounge, as well as Ultimo’s crowning dining experience, The Grand Banquet.
Gold Suite Package
The Gold Package offers guests a taste of the Ultimo experience with some of the best culinary events offered throughout the weekend, such as Brunch with Daniel Boulud, the Dine Around and the Truffle Farewell Brunch, as well as other delightful amenities.
For more information on these events, or exclusive suite packages, please visit http://www.venetian.com/ultimo
2014 EVENT SCHEDULE
Friday, December 5
Caviar and Champagne welcome reception at the Bellusso boutique, showcasing watches and fine jewelry.
The Grand Banquet
A landmark family-style feast at one stunning table that spans the iconic Venetian Grand Colonnade, prepared by chefs Daniel Boulud and Emeril Lagasse. Buddy Valastro is preparing the decadent desserts, and wine pairings will be presented by top winemakers from all over the world. A live auction for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and live entertainment finish this dazzling first night.
Saturday, December 6
Brunch with Daniel Boulud
Brunch with Boulud kicks off Saturday with bubbles and loads of delicious brasserie food.
Choose from four once-in-a-lifetime Haute Experiences:
Just Say Ahh…
Unwind with the spa experience of a lifetime at Canyon Ranch SpaClub®.
A private high-fashion experience with one of our favorite brands.
Need for Speed
Join our luxury-car partners for a spin around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway—with you at the wheel.
Baking with the Boss
An only-in-Vegas private baking class with the Cake Boss himself, Buddy Valastro.
Waterfall Atrium and Gardens & Paiza Club
Saturday night in Vegas kicks it up a notch with a fabulous reception featuring The Venetian hot spots, followed by a private party in the exclusive Paiza Club high-rollers lounge.
Sunday, December 7
Truffle Farewell Brunch
Farewell brunch at Emeril Lagasse’s famed Delmonico Steakhouse.
For prices and more information on these events, and exclusive suite packages, please visit http://www.venetian.com/ultimo.
Note: Schedule and details subject to change
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 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.