PHOTOS: The 45th Annual UNLVino Kicked Off with Bubble-Licious at Keep Memory Alive Event Center On April 11

 

THE 45th ANNUAL UNLVINO KICKED OFF WITH BUBBLE-LICIOUS AT KEEP MEMORY ALIVE EVENT CENTER ON APRIL 11

 

The sparkling event featured pours and bites from numerous prestigious vendors, honoree Don Ross of Caesars Entertainment, the UNLV Jazz Band, and more

 

 

 

The 45th Annual UNLVino, sponsored by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada, kicked-off last night with Bubble-Licious at Keep Memory Alive Events Center in downtown Symphony Park. The event is the first of three exceptional evenings to benefit UNLV Harrah College of Hospitality.

 

Upon entering the event, guests of Bubble-Licious, hosted by Mercedes Martinez with Mix 94.1, walked the glamorous red carpet and were greeted with bubble girls and a human vine. Guests also enjoyed sips and pours from numerous restaurants and vendors while the award-winning UNLV Jazz band performed throughout the evening. Among the many activations throughout the event were the 1,794 bottles of Dom Pérignon adjacent to the stage to commemorate the first year of UNLVino in 1974, as well as the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence. That award was presented to Don Ross, vice president of catering, conventions and events at Caesars Entertainment, by Larry Ruvo and Michael Severino, both of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Stowe Shoemaker, dean of UNLV Harrah College of Hospitality, and Carly Scheinman-Fitzsimmons, a student of the UNLV Harrah College of Hospitality, who also presented Ross with a signed chef’s coat from all the students of the UNLVino class. As a bonus surprise, Jason Giambi, a retired five time All-Star professional baseball player and former New York Yankee, presented Ross, a massive Yankees fan, with a framed drawing of Ross in a Yankees jersey.

 

UNLVino continues tonight with Sake Fever at Red Rock Resort Casino & Spa’s pool from 7 to 10 p.m. The event honors Hae Uen Lee of Lee’s Discount Liquors and features a wide variety of sakes, Japanese spirits and cocktails, as well as many Asian-inspired restaurants.

 

On Saturday, April 12, UNLVino concludes with the Grand Tasting at The Mirage Events Center from 7 to 10 p.m. This final event honors Nicole Brisson of Eataly Las Vegas and will feature premium selection of wine, spirits, craft beer and other beverages and over 20 award-winning restaurants, as well as exceptional entertainment, including a special one-of-a-kind performance by Legends In Concert.

 

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.unlvino.com.

 

Photo Credit: Jeff Ragazzo / J3 Creative

About UNLVino

From its humble beginnings in the Southern Wine & Spirits warehouse, the annual UNLVino has grown into Las Vegas premier wine, spirits and food event, and serves as the year’s largest scholarship fundraiser for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ (UNLV) William F. Harrah College of Hospitality students. Founded in 1974 by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Senior Managing Director Larry Ruvo and former College of Hospitality dean Jerry Vallen, UNLVino began as a small wine tasting, with proceeds going to UNLV’s hotel college fund. As UNLVino’s popularity grew, so too did its hosting venues, moving from the warehouse into UNLV’s Thomas and Mack Center, and eventually expanding to numerous Las Vegas resorts as fans and community sponsors took notice. Entering its 45th year, UNLVino has raised millions of dollars in scholarships and has become one of the city’s must-attend events of the year.

 

About Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada is the state’s leading beverage distribution company. Founded in 1968 as Southern Wine & Spirits and headquartered in Miami, Florida, the organization later expanded to Nevada, where it operated in Las Vegas and Reno – strategic positions that allows the distributor to meet customer demand statewide. In 2016, Southern Wine & Spirits completed its merger with Glazer’s, becoming North America’s largest wine and spirits distributor and the preeminent data insights company for alcoholic beverages.

 

About UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hospitality

The UNLV Harrah College of Hospitality is consistently ranked as one of the top hospitality programs in the world. Studying just blocks away from the epicenter of the hospitality industry – the Las Vegas Strip, UNLV hospitality students enjoy unparalleled opportunities to gain hands-on, industry-relevant experience. Each year the college organizes nearly 600 internships, welcomes more than 100 national hospitality brands to recruitment events, and pairs and average of 175 industry mentors with students. And the recent completion of the college’s new state-of-the-art academic building Hospitality Hall, students are helping the college usher in a new era of excellence in hospitality education.

UNLVino Celebrates Its 45th Year April 11-13 for Three Nights

UNLVino CELEBRATES ITS 45TH YEAR
APRIL 11-13 FOR THREE NIGHTS

 

Indulge in wine, spirits, beer and delectable food at Bubble-Licious, Sake Fever and the Grand Tasting while raising funds for the hospitality program at UNLV

Las Vegas is sipping red…and white as UNLVino, proudly sponsored by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada since the event’s inception, returns for its 45th year as Las Vegas’ longest running wine and food festival. Benefitting the students of UNLV’s Harrah College of Hospitality, this highly anticipated event returns for three incredible nights with Bubble-Licious on Thursday, April 11 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Keep Memory Alive Events Center in downtown Las Vegas’ Symphony Park, Sake Fever at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa’s pool on Friday, April 12 from 7 to 10 p.m., and the Grand Tasting at The Mirage Event Center on Saturday, April 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, Feb. 14.

 

This year, each evening will feature more restaurants and beverage brands through Southern Glazer’s than ever before. Guests attending Bubble-Licious will delight in unique champagne and sparkling wine selections while reveling in bites from a variety of Las Vegas restaurants. Tickets for this evening are $125* in advance and $150 *at the door. Sake Fever, featuring a wide variety of sakes, Japanese spirits and cocktails, as well as Asian-inspired restaurants, has also become known for its annual carving of a 300-lb. fresh tuna, provided by Naked Fish’s Sushi & Grill. It has become a culinary spectacle in the city that cannot be missed. Tickets for Sake Fever are $75* in advance and $100* at the door on the evening of the event.

 

The three-night fundraiser will wrap with UNLVino’s signature event – the Grand Tasting – where wine and food enthusiasts will indulge in a premium selection of wine, spirits, craft beer and other beverages as well as exceptional entertainment. Guests will also enjoy cuisine prepared by the Hospitality College students in addition to an extensive group of prestigious restaurants and chefs throughout Las Vegas. Tickets for the Grand Tasting are $125* in advance and $150* at the door.

 

A complete list of participating wineries, chefs and restaurants will soon be unveiled on www.unlvino.com. Attendees can save $25 when they purchase tickets in advance online. Tickets to go on sale on Thursday, Feb. 14 and can be purchased on www.unlvtickets.com.

*plus taxes and applicable fees.

 

About UNLVino

From its humble beginnings in the Southern Wine & Spirits warehouse, the annual UNLVino has grown into Las Vegas premier wine, spirits and food event, and serves as the year’s largest scholarship fundraiser for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ (UNLV) William F. Harrah College of Hospitality students. Founded in 1974 by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Senior Managing Director Larry Ruvo and former College of Hospitality dean Jerry Vallen, UNLVino began as a small wine tasting, with proceeds going to UNLV’s hotel college fund. As UNLVino’s popularity grew, so too did its hosting venues, moving from the warehouse into UNLV’s Thomas and Mack Center, and eventually expanding to numerous Las Vegas resorts as fans and community sponsors took notice. Entering its 45th year, UNLVino has raised millions of dollars in scholarships and has become one of the city’s must-attend events of the year.

 

About Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada is the state’s leading beverage distribution company. Founded in 1968 as Southern Wine & Spirits and headquartered in Miami, Florida, the organization later expanded to Nevada, where it operated in Las Vegas and Reno – strategic positions that allows the distributor to meet customer demand statewide. In 2016, Southern Wine & Spirits completed its merger with Glazer’s, becoming North America’s largest wine and spirits distributor and the preeminent data insights company for alcoholic beverages.

 

About UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hospitality

The UNLV Harrah College of Hospitality is consistently ranked as one of the top hospitality programs in the world. Studying just blocks away from the epicenter of the hospitality industry – the Las Vegas Strip, UNLV hospitality students enjoy unparalleled opportunities to gain hands-on, industry-relevant experience. Each year the college organizes nearly 600 internships, welcomes more than 100 national hospitality brands to recruitment events, and pairs and average of 175 industry mentors with students. And the recent completion of the college’s new state-of-the-art academic building Hospitality Hall, students are helping the college usher in a new era of excellence in hospitality education.

 

Tickets on sale this Thursday, Feb. 14 at www.unlvino.com

UNLVino Take a Sip for Scholarship with Two-for-One Ticket Offer through Feb. 15

Love is in the Air with UNLVino’s Sweetheart Deal
Take a Sip for Scholarship with Two-for-One Ticket Offer through Feb. 15

 

 

The 43rd edition of UNLVino will be held Mar. 30 through April 1 with events at The Venetian Las Vegas, Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa and Paris Las Vegas. Now through Feb. 15, Love is definitely in the air with UNLVino’s two-for-one ticket offer available for all three events.

Use promo code: UNLVINOLOVE at UNLVTickets.com to redeem the offer.

 

Events this year include:

 

Bubble-Licious at The Venetian Las Vegas
Thursday, March 30: 7-10 p.m.
Indulge in fabulous champagne and sparkling wine intermingled with tastes from the award-winning restaurants of The Venetian & The Palazzo all under the stars.

 

Saké Fever at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa
Friday, March 31: 7-10 p.m.
Delight in a night of amazing sakés and specially concocted Asian-inspired libations combined with bites of exotic flavors from local culinary treasures.

 

The Grand Tasting at Paris Las Vegas
Saturday, April 1: 7-10 p.m.
One of the city’s signature events, UNLV’s culinary students, top Las Vegas restaurants and over 100 wine and spirit partners assemble for a storied evening to culminate the weekend.

 

 

Visit UNLVino.com and follow Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the most updated event information and to receive information about special offers.

 

About UNLVino:
UNLVino was cofounded in 1974 by the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration and Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada, now operating as Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. Over the past four decades, UNLVino has raised several million dollars for scholarships and other academic developmental needs of UNLV students. 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.

Photos/Video: Chef Daniel Boulud Honored with Dom Perignon Award of Excellence At Unlvino’s Bubble-Licious at The Venetian Las Vegas

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CHEF DANIEL BOULUD HONORED WITH DOM PERIGNON AWARD OF EXCELLENCE AT UNLVINO’S BUBBLE-LICIOUS AT THE VENETIAN LAS VEGAS

 

On Thursday, April 16, Chef Daniel Boulud received the prestigious Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence during UNLVino’s Bubble-Licious at The Venetian® Las Vegas. The James Beard Award winning chef was surrounded by his esteemed colleagues and guests when he was honored for his work as a hospitality industry leader, a recognition bestowed to culinary mavericks by UNLVino.

Chef Daniel Boulud, who has the award-winning restaurant, db Brasserie at The Venetian said, “This award of excellence is certainly one of the finest awards you can receive if you are in the hospitality industry.”

This is UNLVino 41st annual celebration of wine with the fizzy affair, Bubble-Licious. Guests were treated to a variety of champagnes and sparkling wines under the gorgeous desert sky at The Venetian’s picturesque Doge’s Palace. The Venetian’s world-class eateries, including db Brasserie, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, Lagasse’s Stadium, Carlo’s Bakery and Sushi Samba to name a few also provided hors d’oeuvres.

In addition to his award, Chef Boulud was surprised with a belated birthday treat, a lavish cake created by fellow Venetian Las Vegas restaurateur and “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro. Boulud’s birthday is March 25.

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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. Over the past four decades, UNLVino has raised several million dollars for scholarships and other academic developmental needs of UNLV students. 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 follow @UNLVino_Vegas on Twitter.

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.  In 2014, TripAdvisor named The Venetian the world’s most extraordinarily designed hotel. The Venetian‘s standard suite is nearly double the size of the average Las Vegas hotel room, prompting it to be featured in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “largest standard hotel room in the world.” 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.

 

UNLVino’s Sake Fever Heats Up with Chefs Mei Lin and Katsuji Tanabe on Friday, April 17

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UNLVino’s Sake Fever Heats Up with Chefs Mei Lin and Katsuji Tanabe on Friday, April 17

Celebrity Chefs Participate in Fan-Favorite UNLVino Event featuring Premium Sakes and Spirits, Top Vegas Cuisine, Rat Pack Tribute Band Franks & Deans and
UNLVino 2015 Honoree Don Snyder

 

 

The return of UNLVino’s Sake Fever just got hotter as “Top Chef Season 12: Boston” winner Mei Lin and her fellow cheftestant and “Chopped” champion Katsuji Tanabe join Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence honoree Don Snyder and Franks & Deans for a night of Las Vegas hospitality excellence on Friday, April 17 poolside at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa.

 

Chef Tanabe’s booth will showcase his signature Dirty ‘Top Chef’ Taco, while Chef Lin will cater exclusively to guests who purchase the Sake Fever VIP Experience Package. This rare opportunity will include a private pool cabana at the event with butler service for up to eight guests*; as well as a cooking demonstration and tasting with Chef Lin, featuring her acclaimed Chawanmushi, Kobe Spring Rolls and more. The package comes complete with a one-night stay in a luxurious guestroom at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa and brunch for two at Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar at the resort the following morning.

 

Sake Fever will take place on Friday, April 17 from 7 to 10 p.m. around Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa’s scenic poolscape, featuring top sakes, premium mixology and high-end spirits, along with tastes from a collection of top Vegas restaurants, including 8 Noodle Bar; Aburiya Raku; District One; Double Barrel Roadhouse; Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar; Chef Heather Zheng of Shibuya; J Karaoke Bistro; Kabuki Japanese Restaurant; Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ; Lucky Foo’s Restaurant & Bar; Mercadito; Monta Ramen; Pot Liquor Contemporary American Smokehouse; T-Bones Chophouse; Tonkatsu Kiyoshi; Yusho Japanese Grill & Noodle House and Zenshin Asian Restaurant.

 

In addition to exciting cocktails by Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada’s mixologists Francesco Lafranconi and JR Starkus, other top beverage brands providing libations for attendees include: 33 Export Beer; Asahi Beer USA; Beam Suntory; byejoe USA; Danone Water; DEEP EDDY VODKA; Dreyfus; Ashby & Company; FIJI Water; Gekkeikan-Sake; HIRO SAKE; Karma Tequila; Mita Beverage Co., Ltd.; Pacific International Liquor, Inc.; Pernod Ricard USA; SakTea; SakéOne; Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum; SHIMIZU-NO-MAI Sake; Smart Assist, Inc.; Takara Sake; Tommyknocker Brewery; TY KU Premium Sake & Spirits; Vino Del Sol; Wine of Japan; World Sake Imports; Tiger Beer and Tsingtao Brewery.

 

During the event, Don Snyder will be honored with the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence. Snyder is the Presidential Advisor at UNLV who has contributed more than 25 years to UNLVino and has been able to watch its exponential growth over the years. Chet Buchanan will also be emceeing Sake Fever to keep the crowd energized throughout the night.

 

Additionally, local musical group Franks & Deans will entertain the crowd with a live performance. Franks & Deans is the world’s first rock ‘n’ roll Rat Pack band, a tribute to Frank Sinatra’s boys, featuring new spins on original music and mash-ups of Sinatra’s top hits.

 

Following the main event, guests can head to the resort’s hot new restaurant, Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar, for the Official After Party. Sake Fever attendees can show their event wristbands to receive a free glass of wine in the bar area, while keeping the festivities going into the night.

 

In addition to Sake Fever, UNLVino, Nevada’s largest and oldest wine festival, will host a weekend of celebrations including Bubble-Licious at The Venetian Las Vegas® on Thursday, April 16; and the Grand Tasting at Paris Las Vegas on Saturday, April 18. Tickets can be purchased at UNLVTickets.com.

 

*The Sake Fever VIP Experience Package is available in advance on UNLVTickets.com and costs $750, including access for two guests to the event. The package purchaser has the option of inviting up to six additional ticketed guests to enjoy butler service and partake in the tasting with Chef Lin in their cabana. 

 

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. Over the past four decades, UNLVino has raised several million dollars for scholarships and other academic developmental needs of UNLV students. 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, please visit www.UNLVino.com and follow UNLVino on Twitter @UNLVino_Vegas.

Downtown’s Triple George Introduces New Cocktails

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DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS’ TRIPLE GEORGE GRILL TO LAUNCH BRAND NEW COLLECTION OF COCKTAILS

UNLVino Attendees to Get Sneak Peek of New Cocktails on Thursday, April 10; Collection to Debut in the Restaurant on Friday, April 11

On Friday, April 11, Triple George Grill at Downtown3rd will debut a new collection of handcrafted cocktails, concocted with the fresh flavors and invigorating spirit of springtime in mind. The seven new libations will be priced at $12.

UNLVino attendees will get a sneak peek of the cocktails during the UNLVino Bar-B-Q on Thursday, April 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Caesars Palace’s Garden of the Gods. That event will showcase Las Vegas-based restaurants and bars, the perfect platform for Triple George Grill, a perennial favorite among Las Vegas locals and visitors alike. General Manager Case Cicchelli and Bartender Melinda Dittmas will be on hand to create these new cocktails for attendees.

The new collection will feature the following drinks:

  • Blind Melons: Grey Goose Le Melon, fresh lemon and basil
  • Slight Deviation: Aviation Gin, Luxardo Maraschino, Disarrono, served with a lemon twist
  • Blackberry Martini: Chopin Rye Vodka with fresh blackberries, pineapple and cranberry juices
  • Paradisi Paloma: Patron Silver Tequila, St-Germain Elderflower and fresh pink grapefruit juice
  • NoLa Sazerac: A take on the original with Bulleit Rye Whiskey, Peychaud’s Bitters and absinthe rinse
  • French Revolution: St-Germain Elderflower & Wild Hibiscus flower topped with Prosecco
  • Ferrand Manhattan: Bulleit Rye Whiskey, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao stirred with sweet vermouth

For more information regarding UNLVino’s Bar-B-Q, go to www.UNLVino.com/BAR-B-Q.php. Tickets are still available and priced at $100 per person. Must be 21 and over to attend.

ABOUT TRIPLE GEORGE GRILL
Known since 2009 as THE power lunch spot and downtown dinner experience in Las Vegas, Triple George Grill is located in Downtown3rd and across the street from the city’s newest hotel, Downtown Grand. Inspired by the “George,” a high-minded, noble individual who is free in giving and sharing, shows gratitude when special services are rendered and generally lives life to the fullest, Triple George Grill is popular for blending classic dining with the charm of a neighborhood restaurant. Guests experience a fresh selection of American-style seafood, steaks and chops as well as homemade soups, salads, pasta dishes and daily specials. Triple George Grill is open Monday through Friday for lunch 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and open daily for dinner from 4 to 10 p.m. For more information, call (702) 384-2761 or go to www.TripleGeorgeGrill.com. Find on Facebook or Twitter @TripleGeorge.

UNLVino Launches ‘Pick Two’ Package to Celebrate 40 Fabulous Years

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UNLVino Launches ‘Pick Two’ Package to Celebrate 40 Fabulous Years

To mark its 40th anniversary, Nevada’s original wine event, UNLVino, is introducing incredible Pick Two pricing so guests can savor multiple events during this time-honored epicurean showcase. UNLVino will take place over four nights throughout the city, April 9-12.

Use promo code GRAPES at UNLVTickets.com to purchase a Pick Two package.

Beverage enthusiasts can choose their favorite two events for a special value of $199* by visiting UNLVTickets.com and using the promo code GRAPES. The events eligible for this package include:

  • BAR-b-q – Thursday, April 10 from 7 – 10 p.m. – This moonlit soiree will honor Las Vegas’ top mixologists at Caesars Palace Garden of the Gods Pool. Guests can imbibe on signature cocktails created by Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada’s Executive Director of Mixology, Francesco Lafranconi, and the talented teams from Atomic Liquors, The Boozery, District One Kitchen & Bar, Double Helix Wine & Whiskey Lounge, Downtown Cocktail Room, DW Bistro, Echo & Rig, Herbs and Rye, Imperial Tacos & Beer, Midtown Bar, The Blind Pig, Triple George, Vanguard Lounge, Vintner Grill and Wayfarer Bar. They’ll also enjoy mouthwatering twists on barbeque favorites.
  • Bubble-Licious – Friday, April 11 from 7 – 10 p.m. – Sip bubbly and savor fine cuisine with internationally celebrated pop artist, Romero Britto, at The Venetian’s Doge’s Palace Plaza. One of UNLVino’s most beloved events, Bubble-Licious will delight patrons with an evening of champagne, sparkling wines, and cocktails from the likes of Armand de Brignac, Billecart-Salmon, Bruno Paillard, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Freixenet, Gerard Bertrand, Henriot, La Caravelle, Moët-Hennessy, Pernod Ricard USA, Rémy Cointreau USA, Riboli Family Wines and Wilson Creek Winery. Delicious beverages will be complemented by amazing small plates from The Venetian and Palazzo’s collection of restaurants.
  • Founders’ Grand Tasting – Saturday, April 12 from 7 to 10 p.m. – UNLVino will honor the men who created this wonderful scholarship event 40 years ago – UNLV Dean Jerry Vallen and Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada’s Larry Ruvo – with a totally reimagined Grand Tasting experience that is bigger and better than ever before. An indoor/outdoor event taking place at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Keep Memory Alive Event Center, the Founders’ Grand Tasting will feature more than 80 premium beverage booths, a beer garden, sake village, live entertainment, interactive art experiences and cuisine from UNLV culinary students in addition to Big Sur Oyster Bar, Binion’s Ranch Steakhouse, Mercadito Las Vegas, Oscar’s Steakhouse, Poppy Den by Chef Angelo Sosa, Portofino, Sambalatte, Spiedini & Chef Gustav Mauler, Tacos & Tequila, The Siegel Group & Rumor Boutique Hotel and Westin Lake Las Vegas, among others.

In addition to these events, the 40th UNLVino will kick off April 9 with Sip & Savor at Spago inside The Forum Shops, hosted by world-renowned chef Wolfgang Puck. At the event, attendees will mingle with the chef and enjoy premium wines and gourmet food from Puck’s six distinct Las Vegas restaurants. Participating wineries include Wolfgang Puck, Au Bon Climat Winery, Cain Vineyard & Winery, Castello di Ama, Chehalem, Domaine Cordier, Cheval des Andes, Daou Vineyards & Winery, d’Arenberg, Hall Wines, Champagne-Henriot, Holdredge Wines, Kistler Vineyards, Marimar Estate, Patz & Hall, Poggio Antico, Puck-Schrader, Talbott Vineyards, Fattoria Rodáno, Ruinart, Domaine Santa Duc, Swanson Vineyards and Walt Wines. The event begins at 6 p.m. for VIP ($275), and 7 p.m. for general admission ($225). Tickets are available at unlvtickets.com.

*Tax & processing fee not included

 

About UNLVino

UNLVino was cofounded in 1974 by the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration and Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada. Over the past 40 years, UNLVino has raised several million dollars for scholarships and other academic development needs of UNLV students. 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.

UNLVINO RETURNS FOR 40th YEAR, APRIL 9 – 12, 2014

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UNLVINO RETURNS FOR 40th YEAR, APRIL 9 – 12, 2014

 

Nevada’s original wine event, UNLVino, will celebrate its 40th year of “sipping for scholarship” April 9 – 12, 2014. Founded in 1974, UNLVino is a time-honored epicurean festival that continues Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada’s mission to raise millions of scholarship dollars for UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration. The 2014 event will span across four days of extraordinary food and wine events, taking place throughout The Strip and Downtown Las Vegas.

Event Details:  

  • Sip & Savor at Spago inside the Forum Shops at Caesars – Wednesday, April 9: 6 p.m. for VIP; 7 p.m. for GA
  • BAR-b-q at Caesars Palace Garden of the Gods Pool – Thursday, April 10: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Bubble-Licious at The Venetian’s Doge’s Palace Plaza – Friday, April 11: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Founders’ Grand Tasting at the Keep Memory Alive Events Center at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health – Saturday, April 12: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

 

Price:               Ticket prices vary per event, ranging from $100 – $275

Buy:                 Tickets for the 40th UNLVino can be purchased by visiting UNLVTickets.com or by calling 702-739-FANS (3267)

 

WOLFGANG PUCK HOSTS SECOND ANNUAL “SIP & SAVOR” AT SPAGO LAS VEGAS

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WOLFGANG PUCK HOSTS SECOND ANNUAL “SIP & SAVOR” AT SPAGO LAS VEGAS

Award-winning Chef Wolfgang Puck and his Las Vegas culinary team will kick off the 40th anniversary of UNLVino with the chef’s second annual celebrated fundraiser “Sip & Savor” on Wednesday, April 9 at Spago inside The Forum Shops at Caesars, benefiting UNLV’s Hotel College.

Featuring the curated musical stylings of Michael Shulman on the turntables, this mix-and-mingle wine-and-dine event will give guests the opportunity to indulge in an interactive culinary affair sampling the signature cuisine of each of Puck’s six distinct Las Vegas restaurants paired with more than 20 of the chef’s favorite wines. Concluding the celebration, Puck will be honored with the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence for his culinary accolades and contributions to the city of Las Vegas. Ticket prices begin at $225 per person for general admission at 7 p.m. and $275 per person for a VIP experience featuring reserved seating and early entry at 6 p.m., as well as a raffle ticket for the chance to win prizes such as an autographed Wolfgang Puck chef jacket, a magnum of wine, and more.  VIP guests also will have the special opportunity to meet Chef Puck as well as his executive chefs from the six Las Vegas establishments, and a bevy of talented sommeliers and beverage professionals. Thesix Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group restaurants featured at Sip & Savor will include:

  • Spago at The Forum Shops at Caesars
  • CUT at The Palazzo Las Vegas
  • Trattoria delLupo at Mandalay Bay
  • Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio Bar & Grill at The Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian
  • Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill at MGM Grand
  • Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina at TheShops at Crystals

For additional information about “Sip & Savor” or to purchase tickets, please call Spago at (702) 369-6300 or visit http://bit.ly/msbzwl. Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group The award-winning restaurants include Spago (Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, Maui and Beaver Creek); CUT (Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, Marina Bay Sands Singapore, 45 Park Lane London); Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air (Los Angeles); Chinois (Santa Monica); Postrio Bar & Grill (Las Vegas); Trattoria del Lupo (Las Vegas); Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill (Las Vegas and Los Angeles); Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina (Las Vegas and Detroit); Wolfgang Puck American Grille at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City; The Source by Wolfgang Puck at the Newseum in Washington, DC;  Five Sixty atop Reunion Tower in Dallas, TX; WP24 at The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles; and Wolfgang Puck Steak (Detroit).  Opening this summer, CUT at The Address Downtown Dubai.  For more information, please visit www.wolfgangpuck.com. 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. Over the past 40 years, UNLVino has raised several million dollars for scholarships and other academic development needs of UNLV students. 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 1.877.413.VINO (8466).

Photos: UNLVino Founders Honored at UNLV Men’s Basketball Game

Last night, the founders of UNLVino, Larry Ruvo and Dr. Jerry Vallen, were honored at the UNLV men’s basketball game vs. New Mexico at Thomas & Mack Center. The duo was recognized for their influential role in raising millions of scholarship dollars for students in the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration.

Ruvo, Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada’s Senior Managing Director, and Vallen, the founding dean of the hotel college, started UNLVino in 1974 as a humble wine tasting fundraiser. It has now evolved into a four day food and wine festival, and will celebrate its 40th anniversary as Nevada’s original wine event April 9-12, 2014.

Ruvo and Vallen were presented with honorary game basketballs and joined by UNLV Executive Vice President and Provost, John White; Athletic Director, Tina Kunzer-Murphy; NSHE Board of Regents Chairman, Kevin Page; William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration’s Dean Stowe Shoemaker; and Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada’s Director of Marketing & Events, Michael Severino.

Tickets are now on sale for the 40th UNLVino, and can be purchased by visiting www.UNLVino.com.

Larry Ruvo, Dr. Jerry Vallen and Dean Stowe Shoemaker at UNLV basketball game
Larry Ruvo, Dr. Jerry Vallen and Dean Stowe Shoemaker at UNLV basketball game
(L-R): Kevin Page, John White, Michael Severino, Dr. Jerry Vallen, Larry Ruvo, Tina Kunzer-Murphy, Stowe Shoemaker
(L-R): Kevin Page, John White, Michael Severino, Dr. Jerry Vallen, Larry Ruvo, Tina Kunzer-Murphy, Stowe Shoemaker

Photo Credit: UNLV Photo Services

Celebrate 40 Fabulous Years of UNLVino, April 9-12, 2014

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Celebrate 40 Fabulous Years of UNLVino
April 9 – 12, 2014

UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration and
Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada reveal events to mark 40th anniversary

Time to celebrate 40 fabulous years! UNLVino returns April 9-12, 2014 with four days of fantastic functions to celebrate its 40th anniversary as Nevada’s original wine event. Tickets go on sale Monday, February 10 at UNLVTickets.com for the time-honored epicurean showcase, which continues Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada’s mission to raise millions of scholarship dollars for UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration.

The 40th UNLVino will be a demonstration in gastronomic excellence as four main events take place across the famed Las Vegas Strip and Downtown Las Vegas. Beverage enthusiasts and foodies alike will sample wines, spirits, craft beers and cuisine prepared by some of the city’s most beloved chefs and mixologists. This year’s events will elevate guests’ experiences, including:

  • Sip & Savor at Spago – Wednesday, April 9: 6 p.m. for VIP; 7 p.m. for GA

The second annual celebrated fundraiser – Sip & Savor – joins the roster of the 40th annual UNLVino as world-renowned chef Wolfgang Puck hosts an evening filled with premium label wines and incredible food. This mix-and-mingle, dine-around-style meal will indulge guests in signature cuisine from Puck’s six distinct Las Vegas restaurants. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the award-winning chef, as well as executive chefs from his distinct Las Vegas establishments, and a bevy of talented sommeliers and beverage professionals. Chef Puck will be honored with the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence for his culinary accolades and contributions to the city of Las Vegas.

Tickets are $225 for general admission; $275 for VIP

 

  • BAR-b-q at Caesars Palace Garden of the Gods Pool – Thursday, April 10: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

UNLVino’s popular BAR-b-q returns at Caesars Palace as cocktail masterminds collaborate for a unique poolside barbeque. At this mixology-inspired soiree, guests can imbibe on signature cocktails created by Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada’s Executive Director of Mixology, Francesco Lafranconi and his talented team, while enjoying mouthwatering twists on barbeque favorites.

Tickets are $100 in advance; $125 at the door  

 

  • Bubble-Licious at The Venetian’s Doge’s Palace Plaza – Friday, April 11: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

One of UNLVino’s most beloved events, Bubble-Licious will delight patrons with an evening of champagne, sparkling wines, and cocktails, along with amazing small plates from The Venetian and Palazzo’s collection of restaurants. During the event, pop artist Romero Britto will be recognized with the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence. A longtime supporter of UNLVino, Britto will be on-hand to present an original poster he created for the 40th anniversary.

Tickets are $125 in advance; $150 at the door

 

  • Founders’ Grand Tasting at the Keep Memory Alive Events Center at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health – Saturday, April 12: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

UNLVino will conclude with the Founders’ Grand Tasting, which will celebrate the event’s creators, Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada’s Senior Managing Director, Larry Ruvo, and dean emeritus of the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, Dr. Jerry Vallen. Taking place amongst the captivating architecture of the Frank Gehry designed building, guests can partake in the world’s finest wines, champagnes, spirits, beers and sakes, as well as bites from the city’s best restaurants and UNLV’s culinary students.

Tickets are $125 in advance; $150 at the door

UNLVino is planned and executed by students in UNLV’s hotel college, providing them with hands-on experience in event coordination and promotion – all testaments to the event’s purpose of providing scholarships for these talented individuals.

UNLVino’s events also will recognize individuals with the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence, which goes to those who have “distinguished themselves by setting an example through their inspirational leadership, character and work ethic.”

 

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. Over the past 40 years, UNLVino has raised several million dollars for scholarships and other academic development needs of UNLV students. 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 1.877.413.VINO (8466).

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

Celebrity Chefs Scott Conant, Angelo Sosa & Gustav Mauler to Headline UNLVino’s First Annual BAR-b-q

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CELEBRITY CHEFS SCOTT CONANT, ANGELO SOSA & GUSTAV MAULER
TO HEADLINE UNLVINO’S FIRST ANNUAL ‘BAR-B-Q’

Tickets on Sale for UNLVino’s High-End ‘BAR-b-q’ Brunch, Featuring Farm-to-Table Cocktails
and Cuisine at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Sunday, April 21

In its 39th year, UNLVino is expanding to four days of spectacular events by introducing a mixology-focused “BAR-b-q” on Sunday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature celebrity chefs Scott Conant, Angelo Sosa and Gustav Mauler; craft cocktails by Master Mixologist Francesco Lafranconi; and farm-to-table, gourmet fare from a collection of Las Vegas’ favorite restaurants. Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada has enlisted local farmers to provide the freshest spring produce for UNLVino’s first BAR-b-q, a high-end epicurean affair honoring MGM Grand President and COO Scott Sibella.

 

“We are pleased to introduce BAR-b-q as UNLVino’s first mixology-focused event,” said Michael Severino, Director of Marketing & Special Events for Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada. “Given Las Vegas’ burgeoning mixology scene, the talents of Francesco Lafranconi and a truly extraordinary event venue, we are excited for BAR-b-q to join the ranks of UNLVino’s longstanding, signature events.”

 

BAR-b-q guests will enjoy world-class cuisine and beverages amongst the incredible Frank Gehry architecture of the Keep Memory Alive Events Center at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Live entertainment will be provided by Richard Femenella & the Chris Hermes Band. Tickets are $100 in advance and $125 at the door and are now on sale at UNLVTickets.com.    

 

BAR-B-Q EVENT HIGHLIGHTS: 

 

  • Honoree Scott Sibella. One of four industry leaders to receive the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence at the 39th annual UNLVino, MGM Grand President and Chief Operating Officer Scott Sibella will be the guest of honor at BAR-b-q. An alumnus of UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration and 25-year hospitality industry veteran, Sibella will be recognized for distinguishing himself through inspirational leadership, character and work ethic.

 

  • Farm-to-Table Cuisine. Celebrity chefs Scott Conant of Scarpetta and D.O.C.G. Enoteca (The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas), Poppy Den’s Angelo Sosa and Gustav Mauler of Spiedini (JW Marriott) will showcase signature dishes from their critically acclaimed restaurants. Guests also will indulge with farm-fresh fare from Charlie Palmer Steak (Four Seasons Hotel), Diego (MGM Grand), Fiamma Trattoria & Bar (MGM Grand), Mundo (World Market Center), Shibuya (MGM Grand) and Todd English P.U.B. (The Shops at Crystals). Menu highlights include:

 

  • Charlie Palmer Steak: Devil’s Gulch BBQ Pork Belly with Hatch green chili rub, pomegranate molasses and celeriac slaw
  • Diego: Shrimp Ceviche Verde marinated in lime and orange juice with avocado mousse
  • Fiamma Trattoria & Bar: Cannoli Di Primavera stuffed with fresh ricotta
  • Mundo: Sweet Chicken Tamale
  • Poppy Den: Korean BBQ Short Rib with green apple and cucumber kimchi
  • Scarpetta and D.O.C.G. Enoteca: Balsamic Glazed Short Ribs and Caramel Budino
  • Shibuya: Hamachi Jalapeno on Yuba Chip
  • Spiedini: Char-Siu Chinese Roasted Pork Tenderloin with house-baked slider buns and fennel apple slaw; BBQ Brisket Arancini of slow-roasted beef brisket with a honey bourbon glaze, nestled in a delicate risotto ball
  • Todd English P.U.B.: Scallops with scrambled eggs, Chilaquiles, Ancho barbeque sauce, smoked corn and Cotija cheese

 

  • Craft Cocktails & Premium Spirits. One of the world’s foremost mixologists, Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada’s Francesco Lafranconi, will stir up a menu of BAR-b-q-exclusive libations incorporating locally sourced ingredients at three bars throughout the event. Commonwealth, Downtown Las Vegas’ hottest new bar also will delight guests with its renowned classic cocktails. Serving as an ambassador for his family’s hundred-year-old whiskey dynasty, Eddie Russell of Wild Turkey Bourbon will be in attendance, a testament to UNLVino’s prominence in the beverage industry. Beverages will be provided by Absolut, Bundaberg, Campari, Diageo, Dripping Springs, Fiji, Flight 69, Sauza and United States Beverage.

 

  • Fresh Local Produce. Unique to this event, local farms will bring a taste of spring with fresh produce to be incorporated into BAR-b-q’s culinary and cocktail menus. Hydro Greens and Two Lazy Sisters Farm will provide early-season greens and herbs such as lettuce, peas, carrots, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and basil, which also will be available for guests’ enjoyment in their purest forms. Additional farms will be confirmed in the coming weeks; visit UNLVino.com for up-to-date information on BAR-b-q participants.   

 

  • Live Entertainment. The BAR-b-q “soundtrack” will come courtesy of Richard Femenella & the Chris Hermes Band, whose soulful sounds have been refined through decades of performing. Guests will groove to musical selections ranging in genre from cool jazz to soft rock, with live renditions of songs by iconic artists such as B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Etta James.    

 

A time-honored Las Vegas tradition, the 39th annual UNLVino will welcome wine, beer and spirit enthusiasts for four days of tasting events, April 18 to 21: Bubble-Licious at The Venetian, Sake Fever at The Mirage, The Grand Tasting at Paris Las Vegas, and BAR-b-q at the Keep Memory Alive Events Center at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. This year’s theme is “Fall in Love Again,” a concept inspired by internationally renowned artist Romero Britto’s Las Vegas-themed painting created exclusively for the event.

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 that continue to sponsor it today.  Since its inception, 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 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.

 

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.