World’s Finest Epicurean Talent Returns to the Las Vegas Strip for 12th Annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit, May 10–13

 

WORLD’S FINEST EPICUREAN TALENT RETURNS TO THE LAS VEGAS STRIP FOR

12TH ANNUAL VEGAS UNCORK’D BY BON APPÉTIT, MAY 10–13

Tickets on Sale Now for Culinary Affair Featuring Star-Studded

Chefs, Sommeliers and Mixologists

 

The country’s leading food, wine and spirits festival, Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit returns May 10–13 with an extraordinary lineup of world-renowned chefs, master sommeliers and cutting-edge mixologists from Caesars Palace, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, The Cromwell, MGM Resorts International, The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas. Continuing its tradition of bringing the world’s most iconic chefs together in one destination, the 12th annual epicurean affair will feature fan favorites, such as Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, Gordon Ramsay, Guy Savoy, Julian Serrano, Lorena Garcia, Masaharu Morimoto, Michael Mina, Nobu Matsuhisa, Stephen Hopcraft and more. Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits of Nevada will return as the official distributor for the festivities.

 

Tickets are on sale now at vegasuncorked.com.

 

“Las Vegas continues to redefine epicurean excellence by offering the most comprehensive collection of distinguished restaurants, chefs and master sommeliers,” said Cathy Tull, chief marketing officer for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Bon Appétit and look forward to providing our guests with unforgettable experiences alongside the world’s most sought-after chefs.”

 

Recently named one of the top Food and Restaurant Industry Events in BizBash’s 2017 roundup of Top 100 Events in the United States, Vegas Uncork’d continues to evolve, offering a wide range of cocktail-focused events, interactive experiences and extravagant soirees, including the Grand Tasting at Caesars Palace and Picnic at The Park, MGM Resorts’ outdoor dining and entertainment district. Attendees also can expect to see exciting new programming, such as Gordon Ramsay HELL’S KITCHEN at Caesars Palace, Sunset Clambake at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Raise a Glass to the Past: A Speakeasy Tasting and Distillery Tour at The Mob Museum, Chica “Mom-Mosa Brunch” with Chef Lorena Garcia, This Is How We Do It: The Cake Boss and Lisa Valastro Demo and Lunch at The Venetian and A CUT Above the Rest: The Ultimate Steak & Eggs Breakfast at CUT by Wolfgang Puck at The Palazzo Las Vegas.

 

“Las Vegas is a culinary lover’s dream come true. We are thrilled to return this spring to showcase the finest food and beverage the city has to offer,” said Adam Rapoport, Bon Appétit editor in chief. “With exquisite programming featuring new restaurants and interactive experiences, this year’s Vegas Uncork’d will be unlike any other.”

 

Event tickets are on sale now for featured programming.

 

New and notable:

  • Master Series: An Anniversary Celebration at Nobu (Caesars Palace), Thursday, May 10: Journey inside legendary Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s expansive Las Vegas destination restaurant to celebrate five successful years of one of the largest Nobu restaurants in the world inside his first Nobu Hotel. Born in Japan, Chef Matsuhisa has used his travels around the globe to create both authentic and inventive Japanese-fusion cuisine. Lucky guests will have the chance to sample a wide variety of dishes and multiple live action stations.

 

  • Master Series: Gordon Ramsay HELL’S KITCHEN (Caesars Palace), Thursday, May 10: Join multi Michelin star award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay at his newest restaurant, HELL’S KITCHEN at Caesars Palace. Inspired by the globally-popular FOX television show, Gordon Ramsay HELL’S KITCHEN provides guests a dining experience unlike any other. Guests will get to experience signature dishes seen on the show, including Ramsay’s famous Beef Wellington, paired with carefully crafted cocktails. With the blue and red kitchen as the focal point of the restaurant, guests will have a front row seat to the action and may even see a few HELL’S KITCHEN familiar faces. VIP EXPERIENCE: Guests will have the opportunity for a meet and greet with Chef Gordon Ramsay at the main event, featuring passed hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails. Guests will then gain preferred seating at special chef’s table seating right by the open kitchen at the restaurant.

 

  • Master Series: Rao’s Remembers Frank Sr. (Caesars Palace), Thursday, May 10: Rao’s has stood the test of time and is still widely regarded as one of the hardest reservations to land. Hosted by Rao’s owners Frank Pellegrino Jr. and Ron Straci, this dinner invites guests to remember the late Frank Pellegrino Sr. The evening will celebrate his life and feature some of Frank Sr.’s favorite dishes from time-honored Italian staples to classics that are uniquely Rao’s like their famous lemon chicken. Don’t miss the chance to celebrate his legacy at this special event with the Rao’s family.

 

  • Sunset Clambake at The Cosmopolitan (Boulevard Pool), Thursday, May 10: As the sun goes down high above Las Vegas Boulevard, enjoy a one-of-a-kind seafood boil, at The Cosmopolitan’s rooftop Boulevard Pool. Dine on fresh lobster, shrimp, crab and of course, clams served family style with endless sides and spirits. A live band will perform while guests are invited to compete in backyard games.

 

  • The Chefs of Thomas Keller Present a French Soiree (The Venetian Las Vegas), Thursday, May 10: Thomas Keller’s chefs from his award-winning restaurants Ad Hoc and Bouchon will host a night of food, wine, and fun at Bouchon. Guests will indulge in supreme culinary bites followed by a four-course dinner paired with celebrated wines from California.

 

  • A CUT Above the Rest: The Ultimate Steak & Eggs Breakfast at CUT by Wolfgang Puck (The Palazzo Las Vegas), Friday, May 11: For the first time ever, the award-winning CUT by Wolfgang Puck will prepare an exclusive steak and eggs breakfast—only for guests at Vegas Uncork’d. This memorable meal will showcase Wolfgang’s philosophy of offering only the finest selections of beef, cooked simply and presented beautifully.  Your breakfast will be served alongside premium brunch cocktails and a selection of wines to enjoy.

 

  • Coffee & Cake with Giada (Caesars Palace), Friday, May 11: Be one of the very first to celebrate all things coffee at Pronto by Giada, the brand new fast-casual restaurant from Giada De Laurentiis. Guests will enjoy a coffee tasting and education from bean to brew with the experts from Counter Culture Coffee. Along with tasty small bites, including cake, that showcase Giada’s signature cuisine—Italian with a Californian twist.

 

  • This Is How We Do It: The Cake Boss and Lisa Valastro Demo and Lunch (The Venetian Las Vegas) Friday, May 11: Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro will be joined by his wife Lisa for a mouthwatering lunch and cake demo at Buddy’s restaurant at The Venetian. Guests will have an opportunity to mingle with Buddy and Lisa and sample some of her own recipes that have appeared in both Buddy’s wildly successful and critically-acclaimed cookbooks, as well as on the menus at Buddy V’s Ristorante. The dynamic duo will then lead a specialty cake decorating demo so guests can learn how to be their own “Cake Boss” at home.

 

  • BEHIND THE BAR: Learn the Craft of Cocktailing with the Masters of the Bar at The Venetian & The Palazzo (The Venetian Las Vegas), Saturday, May 12: Cocktail enthusiasts will have the chance to test their talents behind the bar with the master barmen and women of The Venetian & The Palazzo. Juyoung Kang of The Dorsey at The Venetian & Evan Hosaka of Rosina at The Palazzo, will educate and guide guests through the history and relevance of specific spirits, as well as classic and original cocktails.  Guests will also get an in-depth, step-by-step demonstration of the cocktails before they step behind the bar to show off their own skills. Guests will also be treated to a reception in their honor with lite bites to enjoy alongside their libation creations and a special parting gift to keep their new-found expertise going at their home bar.

 

  • CrazyShake Master: The Black Tap Epic Milkshake Make-Off (The Venetian Las Vegas), Saturday, May 12: Kids (and kids at heart) can join the Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer team for an epic milkshake “make-off” where you can create your own twist on their world-renowned (and Instagram-famous) CrazyShake™. Use your imagination and let your taste buds go wild for your chance at a spot on their menu with the winning creation! This event is appropriate for young chefs who are older than 10.

 

  • Master Series: Gordon Ramsay Pub Reception & Beer Tasting (Caesars Palace), Saturday, May 12: Join multi Michelin star award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay and brewmasters for an epic beer tasting event at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill. With an incredible beer selection, guests will be treated to a variety of different styles to sample, along with small bites, and pairing tips from the experts. This event will be a beer lover’s dream! Insider tip—Ramsay’s favorite beer is Innis & Gunn.

 

  • Master Series: Old Homestead’s Private Selection Bourbon Dinner, Featuring Pappy Van Winkle (Caesars Palace), Saturday, May 12: Join the team at Old Homestead Steakhouse for a whiskey tasting like none other. Guests will have the chance to taste some of the best and rarest bourbons in the world—including the extremely exclusive Pappy Van Winkle. Paired with delicious culinary offerings from the Old Homestead menu—this will be an evening to remember for whiskey and steak connoisseurs alike.

 

  • Master Series: Women’s Power Lunch (Caesars Palace), Saturday, May 12: This lunch is unlike anything you’ve experienced before! Get up close and personal with chefs Susan Feniger, Christina Tosi, and Elizabeth Blau at Border Grill in The Forum Shops for a lunch celebrating all things female! Guests will indulge in a delicious meal prepared by a team of all-women chefs, sip on curated wines from female winemakers, and indulge in tastings of top-shelf tequila from a women-owned distillery in this first-ever event at Vegas Uncork’d.

 

  • Raise a Glass to the Past: A Speakeasy Tasting and Distillery Tour (The Mob Museum), Saturday, May 12: Step back into the years of Prohibition for a tasting and tour at The Underground, The Mob Museum’s brand-new speakeasy and distillery. Guests will taste a variety of Prohibition-era cocktails, moonshine from the Museum’s own on-site distillery, and delicious passed appetizers while listening to live jazz, exploring eye-opening exhibits and learning inside stories from expert educators.

 

  • Sip of the Culinary Empire with Phil Park (Caesars Palace), Saturday, May 12: Join Director of Wine, Phil Park, for a guided wine tour through the culinary gems inside Caesars Palace. Guests will enjoy specially curated wines and bites from Restaurant Guy Savoy, Mesa Grill, MR CHOW and more. This event is a unique opportunity to sample the best of Caesars Palace under one roof!

 

  • The Thrill of the Grill with Chef Timon Balloo (The Venetian Las Vegas), Saturday, May 12: In this live demo and tasting, Chef-Partner Timon Balloo of SUGARCANE raw bar grill will be showing guests the wide range of techniques and approaches to cooking on a grill. As one of the three kitchens of SUGARCANE raw bar grill, the open fire grill is inspired by the timeless tradition of cooking over a blazing fresh fire—the center of the culinary celebration for ages. Join us to continue this tradition and learn the wondrous depth of flavors and practices of the grill.

 

  • Brunch with Bobby Flay: Gato Comes to Vegas (Caesars Palace), Sunday, May 13: This Mother’s Day, treat the special women in your life to an intimate brunch hosted by celebrity chef Bobby Flay. For the first time ever, Bobby will prepare exclusive dishes from his NYC restaurant Gato in Las Vegas in his Mesa Grill kitchen. Guests will enjoy a variety of his signature Spanish-inspired dishes paired with curated wines and brunch cocktails.

 

  • Chica “Mom-Mosa Brunch” with Chef Lorena Garcia (The Venetian Las Vegas), Sunday, May 13: Join Chef Lorena Garcia to celebrate the one-year anniversary of CHICA at The Venetian. This special day will feature a stunning celebration of Latin American flavors, influences and hospitality, reimagined in her distinct global style. This lively brunch event is the perfect way to celebrate Mom or the favorite women in your life, with a variety of Chef Lorena’s favorite dishes served alongside festive brunch cocktails.

 

Returning favorites include:

  • Tacos, Tequila & Salsa Fiesta with Susan Feniger (Caesars Palace), Thursday, May 10: The perfect event for tequila and taco lovers alike, or anyone who loves a good time. Join Too Hot Tamale and celebrity chef Susan Feniger for an exhilarating evening at Border Grill and enjoy tasty tacos, top-shelf tequila cocktails, and a salsa dance lesson to get everyone moving on the dance floor!

 

  • The Beauty of Sushi with Chef Nobu Matsuhisa (Caesars Palace), Friday, May 11: Journey inside legendary Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s expansive Las Vegas destination restaurant for a rare opportunity to hear about the philosophy of sushi making from one of the world’s foremost artisans and restaurateurs. Born in Japan, Chef Matsuhisa has used his travels around the globe to create both authentic and inventive Japanese-fusion cuisine. This signature event will give you the chance to see Nobu’s sushi making in action while also sipping premier sake. Discover his inventive “Nobu Style” that fuses classic sushi-making techniques with unique ingredients.

 

  • The Grand Tasting (Caesars Palace), Friday, May 11: The Grand Tasting is the signature event of Vegas Uncork’d, where over 2,500 food enthusiasts enjoy a tantalizing variety of signature dishes prepared by some of the world’s most renowned chefs. The dramatic five-acre Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace will feature more than 50 award-winning chefs and over 100 of the best wines and spirits from around the world. EARLY ACCESS: A limited number of tickets are available for early admission.

 

  • Brunch at GIADA: A Toast to Mother’s Day (The Cromwell), Saturday, May 12: Join chef Giada De Laurentiis for a special pre-Mother’s Day brunch at her award-winning namesake restaurant. Guests can treat the most important women in their lives to a delightful brunch menu highlighting Giada’s California-inspired Italian cuisine while indulging in limitless mimosas, live entertainment, and more with the Emmy Award-winning and New York Times best-selling celebrity chef.

 

  • Master Series: The World’s Best, An Epicurean Affair with Guy Savoy (Caesars Palace), Saturday, May 12: Guy Savoy, a Michelin-starred chef, will present a multi-course epicurean affair with premier pairings, serving signature dishes alongside some of the world’s great wines and champagnes at his Forbes Five-Star/AAA Five-Diamond Las Vegas restaurant. With his Paris restaurant recently receiving the “Best Restaurant in the World” award from La Liste for the second year in a row, this meal will take diners on a truly special adventure across Chef Guy Savoy’s empire of tastes and influences, celebrating his achievements through his signature creations paired with wine from the restaurant’s Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning list. A roaming violinist will complete the five-star sensory experience. Don’t miss this rare opportunity for an intimate dinner with a world-renowned legend. The Krug Chef’s Table: Experience exclusive like never before and be one of six at the extremely intimate Chef’s table—your portal into the chef’s den. At the only Krug Chef’s Table in the U.S., you’ll sip the luxurious Krug Champagne and dine on a special menu prepared by chef Guy Savoy right in front of you.

 

  • Picnic at The Park with Masaharu Morimoto, Michael Mina, Julian Serrano, Shawn McClain, Roy Ellamar & More (The Park, located between Monte Carlo (soon to be Park MGM) and New York-New York), Saturday, May 12: Enjoy the second annual Picnic at The Park, Vegas style! Featuring live music and some of MGM Resorts’ most notable chefs including Masaharu Morimoto, Michael Mina, Julian Serrano, Shawn McClain and Roy Ellamar, Picnic at The Park will offer creative twists on classic al fresco dining perfectly paired with wine curated by Master Sommelier Jason Smith, cocktails by Mixologist Craig Schoettler and a variety of beer. Located on the Las Vegas Strip, this outdoor dining and entertainment district provides an ideal backdrop for you to enjoy a fun, interactive afternoon picnicking with celebrated chefs. EARLY ACCESS: Gain early admission to the event with an Early Access ticket. A limited number of tickets are available to deliver the undivided attention of experts on-site, an exclusive signature cocktail available only to early access guests, and an opportunity to interact with the chefs in a more intimate setting.

 

  • Rao’s Italian Brunch with The Rao’s Family (Caesars Palace), Sunday, May 13: Transport yourself to Southern Italy at this intimate afternoon affair at Rao’s Restaurant. You’ll join owners Frank Pellegrino Jr. and Ron Straci to celebrate Mother’s Day for a true Rao’s family-style event. Enjoy a seasonally inspired multi-course brunch featuring authentic family recipes and unique cocktails in honor of the occasion.

 

About Bon Appétit

Bon Appétit is where food and culture meet. The award-winning No. 1 food lifestyle brand covers food through the lens of cooking, fashion, travel, technology, design, and home. Bon Appétit has been named to Advertising Age’s A-List for six consecutive years, including Magazine of the Year 2013 and 2017, and Brand of the Year 2015, and has been named to Adweek’s Hot List every year since 2012, including Hottest Food Magazine in 2013 and 2017. Bon Appétit has also been nominated for 23 National Magazine Awards in the past five years, including wins in 2014 for General Excellence and Photography, and in 2017 for General Excellence. For more, visit bonappetit.com.

 

About the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center. With nearly 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and more than 11 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA’s mission centers on attracting ever increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area. Download the virtual reality app, Vegas VR, to experience Las Vegas from your iPhone or Android by visiting www.vrtv.vegas. For more information, go to www.lvcva.com or www.visitlasvegas.com.

Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro Hosts ‘Sweet Escape: An Evening of Buddy, Beignets, Bonbons & Booze’

BUDDY “CAKE BOSS” VALASTRO HOSTS ‘SWEET ESCAPE: AN EVENING OF BUDDY, BEIGNETS, BONBONS & BOOZE’

Special Appearance By Chef Lorena Garcia, Featured Chef Of Chica

WHAT:
Everyone’s favorite baker, Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro, invites you to surrender to the sweet side of life when he hosts ‘Sweet Escape: An Evening of Buddy, Beignets, Bonbons & Booze,’ part of Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit at The Aquatic Club at The Palazzo.

Valastro will serve up beignets and bonbons from Buddy V’s Ristorante along with more decadent delights from Bouchon, Carnevino, Chica, Hong Kong Café, Lagasse’s Stadium, LAVO, Mercato della Pescheria, SushiSamba, and TAO restaurants at The Venetian and The Palazzo.

The poolside soiree will also include an exciting live band, delicious specialty cocktails and a special appearance by Chef Lorena Garcia of Chica, set to open on May 14 in Restaurant Row at The Venetian.

WHEN:
Saturday, April 29, 2017

WHERE:
The Aquatic Club at The Palazzo
3355 South Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Limited Tickets Remain To Select Star-Studded Events at 10th Annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit, April 28-May 1

VEGAS UNCORK’D

GET THEM BEFORE THEY’RE GONE: LIMITED TICKETS REMAIN TO SELECT STAR-STUDDED EVENTS AT 10TH ANNUAL VEGAS UNCORK’D BY BON APPÉTIT, APRIL 28-MAY 1

 

With only a few weeks before the 10th anniversary of Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit kicks off, limited tickets remain to select top-tier events at Caesars Palace, The Cromwell, The Venetian and The Palazzo. Those who haven’t purchased tickets still have the opportunity to mix and mingle with their favorite chefs during both intimate and large-scale extravaganzas, including Dine in the Dark: A Sensory Lunch at Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace, the only-in-Vegas Dinner on the Strip at The Venetian and Steakhouse Redux with Michael Mina at Golden Steer. At Vegas Uncork’d, one of the world’s hottest culinary festivals, ticket holders have the rare chance to rub elbows with top chefs and mixologists such as Giada De Laurentiis, Emeril Lagasse, Daniel Boulud, Guy Savoy, Gordon Ramsay and Nobu Matsuhisa.

 

Purchase tickets now at VegasUncorked.com.

 

Available events include:

 

Caesars Palace

 

  • Master Series: Dinner and a Show with MR CHOW, Thursday, April 28: Explore the first and only Las Vegas location of the internationally renowned MR CHOW, now open at Caesars Palace. This spectacular and exotic culinary arena brings guests straight to the front row for an amplified and theatrical dining experience. Focused on the rich traditions of Beijing cuisine, diners will enjoy the show with the infamous champagne trolley, the decanting of the wine, the sole filleting, the Beijing Duck, the MR CHOW noodle show and the dessert trolley.

 

  • Dine in the Dark: A Sensory Lunch at Bacchanal Buffet, Friday, April 29: This lunch is unlike anything you’ve experienced before! Hosted at Bacchanal Buffet, named the No. 1 buffet in Las Vegas by USA Today, the renowned chef team will present a culinary journey that starts the moment you enter. Guests will be blindfolded then led to their gourmet multi-course lunch in a private dining room. The special tasting menu will highlight some of the Bacchanal signature dishes and feature enhanced textures, smells, and sounds to delight the senses.

 

  • Chef’s Tables at the Grand Tasting Friday, April 29: For the first time ever, Chase Sapphire® and Chase Sapphire Preferred® card members will have the opportunity to enjoy Grand Tasting Chef’s Tables. This experience includes reserved seating and a dedicated wait staff bringing the best dishes and drinks of Grand Tasting directly to your seat. Located next to the intimate Apollo Pool in Caesars’ Garden of The Gods Pool Oasis, each Chef’s Table will also be visited by three international culinary superstars who will share information on their award-winning food and take time for special photo opportunities.

 

  • Master Series: Lunchtime Learning and Libations with Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, Friday, April 29: Back by popular demand, get up close and personal at this fun-filled cooking class with chef duo Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger. Taste, sip and learn as the Too Hot Tamales prepare flavorful dishes, share their tips and cooking techniques, and shake up intoxicating libations for guests at the newest Border Grill inside The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Guests will meet the chefs, enjoy a multi-course lunch with specialty cocktails, a takeaway recipe booklet, and have the chance to purchase personalized cookbooks following the event.
  • Exclusively for Chase Sapphire® card members, the Too Hot Tamales are hosting a private lunch touring the flavors of the Latin world. This intimate affair includes a special gift from the restaurant, a multi-course meal, and top shelf tequila and margaritas.

 

  • Master Series: Too Hot Tamales Top Shelf Tequila Tasting Dinner, Saturday, April 30: A one-of-a-kind dining experience from celebrity chefs, Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, at the award-winning Border Grill at The Forum Shops, named Las Vegas’ Best Latin American Restaurant in 2015. Geared for the tequila enthusiast or novice, the Too Hot Tamales will share tequila tips from harvest to bottle, intimate stories inspired by their travels throughout Mexico, and navigate guests through a four-course modern Mexican tasting menu, paired with the finest handcrafted tequila and cocktails. As an ultra-exclusive treat, guests can indulge in tastings of Border Grill’s limited edition Barrel Select Reposado Tequila — handpicked by Mary Sue and Susan, only available at Border Grill in Las Vegas — and unveiled for the first time at Vegas Uncork’d.

 

  • Tamales and Tequila: A Tour of the Latin World, Saturday, April 30: An exclusive opportunity for Chase Sapphire® and Chase Sapphire Preferred® card members to meet and learn from the pioneers of Modern Mexican cuisine, the Too Hot Tamales, while tasting creations from every corner of the Latin world at a seated lunch. Join Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger for lively conversation and intimate stories, and explore the bold, eclectic flavors inspired by their travels around the globe, all enhanced by handcrafted cocktails and expertly paired wines.

 

The Venetian

 

  • Dinner on the Strip, Thursday, April 28: Where else can you have the opportunity to dine with the stunning backdrop of Las Vegas Boulevard and the city skyline, while mega-chefs Emeril Lagasse, Daniel Boulud, Olivier Dubreuil, Kim Canteenwalla, and David Werly personally prepare a multi-course dining adventure? Dinner on the Strip is the ultimate feast—an anniversary celebration of epic proportions ramped up to the top-tier of Vegas-style opulence. This one-of-kind evening will kick off with free-flowing wines, craft cocktails and a family-style dinner—before capping off the evening with more late-night revelry and complimentary access to Tao Nightclub.

 

  • Fête du Jardin: A Vegetarian Lunch with Daniel Boulud, Friday, April 29: Join Chef Daniel Boulud for a stunning seasonal lunch focused on delectable vegetables at db Brasserie in The Venetian. Guests will enjoy springtime cocktails and canapés before moving onto a four-course lunch paired with delicious wines in the lush surrounds of the main dining room. Served by the man himself, Chef Boulud will showcase some of his signature French dishes, elevating the flavor and presentation of the best vegetables in fine-dining style.

 

  • Yardbird’s Southern Hospitality: Beers, Bourbons and Bites, Friday, April 29: Start your night out the right way with the perfect Southern-infused happy hour, which kicks off with a delicious mix of bourbons, beers and bites, thanks to the stellar team at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar. Each of the 3 infused bourbons and 3 locally sourced craft beers will be paired with savory and sweet hors d’oeuvres and you’ll have industry leaders and Yardbird’s expert mixologists on hand to give you the low-down on everything you’re sipping and tasting.

 

  • Brunch & Bubbles at the Boss’ House, Saturday, April 30: Enjoy brunch in epic style at Buddy V’s Ristorante at The Venetian. Hosted by “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro’s operating partners, famed Las Vegas husband and wife team Chef Kim Canteenwalla and restaurateur Elizabeth Blau, of CNBC’s Restaurant Startup, the over-the-top brunch will feature classic brunch favorites, complemented by elaborate seafood stations, a caviar ice bar, bottomless bubbles, build-your-own bloody mary bar, a decadent dessert display and much, much more. Guests will be treated to stunning views of the Las Vegas strip and an Italian brunch the entire famiglia will enjoy – like a boss!

 

Off the Strip

 

  • Steakhouse Redux: Michael Mina x Golden Steer, Saturday, April 30: Chef Michael Mina joins the chefs at the iconic Golden Steer Steakhouse to add a modern spin to the classic steakhouse experience. Hosted at Golden Steer, officially the oldest steakhouse in Las Vegas (the restaurant opened its doors in 1958), the scene will be set with live music from the Rat Pack era, paired with a decadent lunch featuring four courses. Kick off with a mix of classic and modern variations on cocktails, while settling in and exploring the restaurant — then take seats for a meal that’s not to be missed. Chef Mina and Golden Steer prepare and present alternating courses, to be paired with a selection of wines, bringing a special lunch experience.

 

  • The Ultimate Comforts & Classics Affair (Downtown Container Park), Saturday, April 30: Head off the Strip to one of the city’s newest dining hot spots. The very best chefs are coming to the Downtown Container Park on Fremont Street to grill up mouthwatering burgers, birds, and comfort food classics—all paired with bubbles, beers and craft cocktails. Attendees will be in the middle of all the action and can sample the limited edition Crackle Burger and one-night-only Uncork’d Concrete from Shake Shack, ramen bowls and surf and turf from local favorites Itsy Bitsy Ramen & Whiskey and The Perch, along with incredible dishes from the hip Miami-transplant, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar and their new concept, Spring Chicken. With a huge outdoor stage featuring a rockin’ live band kicking the night into high gear—this outdoor party will be sure to raise the heat—so get ready for a night to remember!

 

 

About Bon Appétit

Bon Appétit is where food and culture meet. The award-winning No. 1 food lifestyle brand covers food through the lens of cooking, fashion, travel, technology, design, and home. Advertising Age named Bon Appétit brand of the year, the magazine was the No. 1 magazine on the A list and Pamela Drucker Mann was named Publishing Executive of the Year. That marks four consecutive years on the Advertising Age A list and 4 years on the Adweek Hot List. Bon Appétit has also been nominated for 22 National Magazine Awards, including wins in 2014 for General Excellence and Photography.

 

About the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center. With nearly 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and 11 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA’s mission centers on attracting ever increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area. For more information, go to www.lvcva.com or www.LasVegas.com.

 

About Chase Sapphire Preferred

Chase Sapphire Preferred is a premier rewards credit card for people who are passionate about travel and dining. With Sapphire Preferred you enjoy premium travel rewards and benefits with no travel restrictions or blackout dates on airfare booked through Ultimate Rewards; double points for every dollar spent on dining and travel; the Chip and Signature for international travel; no foreign transaction fees; 1:1 point transfer to leading frequent travel programs; 24/7 live customer service; access to exclusive card member experiences; and more. More information is available at www.chasesapphire.com/preferred.

 

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Sighting: Hakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub Welcomes World-Renowned Chef Gordon Ramsay and “Cake Boss” Star Buddy Valastro – Thursday, May 8

Last night (Thursday, May 8), world-renowned chef Gordon Ramsay and “Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro enjoyed a night out at Hakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub at MGM Grand. In town for Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit, the charismatic duo made their way to the nightlife mecca with a small group of friends and took a seat at a VIP booth located on the fifth level of the hot spot.  Both gentlemen fully enjoyed the energetic set by Hakkasan resident DJ Tiësto who had the entire complex on their feet with his crowd-pleasing hits. Appearing to be in high spirits, the duo sipped cocktails and were spotted mingling with their adoring fans as they stopped to pose for pictures throughout the evening before departing shortly after 3 a.m.

The Forum Shops at Caesars Celebrates 20 Years of Culinary Excellence

A MATTER OF TASTE: MAY 2012
A CULINARY CELEBRATION – THE FORUM SHOPS AT CAESARS MAKES ITS
20TH MILESTONE ANNIVERSARY MARK ON VEGAS UNCORK’D
This month, Las Vegas welcomes Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit, a unique, four-day culinary extravaganza. Without question, the highlight of this foodie celebration is the Grand Tasting event on Friday, May 11. In honor of The Forum Shops 20th anniversary milestone and for the first time ever, six restaurants representing The Forum Shops at Caesars will showcase their specialties in A Taste of The Forum at the Grand Tasting.  Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, Max Brenner – Chocolate by the Bald Man,  P.J. Clarke’s, The Palm-Las Vegas, Spago and Sushi Roku will be participating at the picturesque Garden of the Gods at Caesars Palace during the destination-wide culinary event.
Enjoy Petite Beef Tenderloin and Bacon-Wrapped Scallops from Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, Filet and Crab Cake Sliders from The Palm – Las Vegas and Big Eye Tuna courtesy of Sushi Roku. P.J. Clarke’s is featuring prime flat iron steak shabu style and the famed Spago is serving Farmers’ Market Cantaloupe Melon Carpaccio and Farmers’ Market English Pea Agnolotti.
Roman handmaidens will welcome guests at The Forum Shops distinctive booth located within the Grand Tasting event encouraging registration to win a $500, $1,000 or $2,000 luxury shopping spree at The Forum Shops.
Set amidst the dazzling and dramatic five-acre Garden of the Gods pool oasis at Caesars Palace, the Grand Tasting will feature more than 50 award-winning chefs and more than 100 of the best wines and spirits from around the world. Guests at the evening event will enjoy a staggering variety of signature dishes prepared by the city’s most celebrated chefs. Please visit www.vegasuncorked.com to purchase tickets to the Grand Tasting or for more information.
Additionally, in honor of the 20th anniversary of Wolfgang Puck’s Spago inside The Forum Shops, Bon Appétit Editor-in-Chief Adam Rapoport and pioneering chef Wolfgang Puck are set to co-host a spectacular four-course, wine-pairing lunch to celebrate the milestone anniversary of Spago at The Forum Shops at Caesars on May 10, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Credited with igniting the fine dining revolution in Las Vegas, Puck made his debut in 1992 with the opening of Spago.  This bold move marked a departure from the oversized buffets of old Las Vegas and traditional casino dining rooms, paving the way for other celebrity chefs to open signature restaurants of their own, transforming Las Vegas into the worldwide culinary destination it is now.
To celebrate the restaurant’s 20th anniversary and the dining landscape of Las Vegas today, the master chef and Bon Appétit will host this exclusive event to kick off the sixth annual Vegas Uncork’d extravaganza.  The lunch will also feature Spago’s first Executive Chef David Robins and Spago’s current Executive Chef Eric Klein.  While enjoying an impressive meal prepared by the trio of chefs, guests also will hear candid personal anecdotes including Wolfgang’s memories of his first night opening in Las Vegas.
Space is limited for this intimate lunch gathering and tickets are available today for purchase at www.vegasuncorked.com. Ticket price is $150 per person.
The Forum Shops at Caesars Restaurants:
The Cheesecake Factory
For more than 30 years The Cheesecake Factory has served more than just delicious food and cheesecakes, we helped our guests share lasting memories with family & friends. The Cheesecake Factory menu boasts more than 200 menu selections made fresh from scratch each day including Appetizers, Pastas, Seafood, Steaks, Salads, Sandwiches, and more.
Hours: Mon-Thu: 10:00am – 11:30am, Fri-Sat: 10:00am – 12:30am, Sun: 10:00am – 12:30am
Reservations or more information: (702) 792-6888
Il Mulino New York
For more than two decades, chefs/founders Fernando and Gino Masci have delighted guests and gourmands from around the world with the vibrant flavors of Italian cuisine and an absolute devotion to exemplary service. Il Mulino reflects the infectious enthusiasm and joy the Mascis take in bringing the Italian tradition of fine food and hospitality to your table. Simple, straightforward, wholesome and always fresh – it’s the Il Mulino tradition.
Hours: Lunch, Mon-Sat: 12:00pm – 2:00pm; Dinner, Mon-Wed: 5:00pm – 10:30pm Thu-Sat: 5:00pm – 11:00pm
Reservations or more information: (702) 492-6000
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
Joe’s serves freshly cracked Florida stone crab claws with its signature creamy mustard sauce; the menu also showcases fresh seafood flown in daily from around the world, including seasonal specialties such as Madagascar shrimp, Nantucket Cape scallops, and fresh Alaskan king crab and Copper River salmon. A meal at Joe’s would not be complete without a slice of its world-famous signature key lime pie.
Hours: Sun-Thu: 11:30 am–10 pm, Fri-Sat: 11:30 am–11 pm
Reservations or more information: (702) 792-9222
La Salsa Cantina
The Southwest is famous for its Mexican restaurants, and La Salsa Cantina is superb, serving freshly-prepared, gourmet Mexican food. Also try the award-winning margaritas, featuring the original La Salsa Margarita by the Yard.
Hours: Mon-Thu: 11:00am – 11:00pm, Fri-Sat: 11:00am – 12:00am, Sun: 11:00am – 11:00pm
Reservations or more information: (702) 735-8226
Max Brenner, Chocolate by The Bald Man
Chocolate is not just about taste; it also represents romance, sensuality and decadence. A worldwide phenomenon, in addition to unique chocolate, Max Brenner presents a complete menu of amazing food including an exceptional dining experience for breakfast , lunch, dinner and of course incredible sweets and desserts. Max Brenner – Chocolate by the Bald Man also offers a special brunch menu served on Saturday and Sunday until 3 p.m. Whether it is the famous Chocolate Pancakes, juicy Brenner Burger or crispy Mac & Cheese, there is something for everyone including the kids.
Hours: Mon. through Thurs., 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m. to midnight, Sun. 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Reservations: (702) 462-8790
P.J. Clarke’s
Las Vegas Boulevard is the proud home of P.J. Clarke’s—the storied American Saloon with a history that dates back to the late 1800s. The original P.J. Clarke’s in Manhattan has stood beneath rows of skyscrapers for nearly 130 years, collecting famous and infamous regulars. Appreciated for the convivial ambiance and classic fare, P.J. Clarke’s is the quintessential American Saloon. P.J. Clarke’s has stood for Social Networking before there was a Social Network.
In Sin City, the story continues as the majestic ‘Phoenix’ bar, formerly part of the Rothschild Estate, is the fitting centerpiece of P.J. Clarke’s at The Forum Shops at Caesars. Above it, an expansive, Vegas-sized wall of televisions makes sure no game is missed. Comfy red leather banquettes, walls lined with vintage photos and hardwood accents all contribute to a reassuring familiarity that is classic P.J.’s. Seasoned bartenders make favorite classic cocktails the right way; dexterous shuckers ply the freshest shellfish at the marble topped Raw Bar; and the jukebox-filled, convivial dining room welcomes out-of-town revelers, Vegas locals, and off duty showgirls. P.J. Clarke’s is home to the Daily Pearl Happy Hour featuring $1 freshly shucked oysters from “Quarter to Three” to 6 PM daily and to the special Absinthe Dinner and a Show Package.
Hours: Daily from 11 a.m. to midnight.
Reservations: (702) 434-7900
The Palm – Las Vegas
For over 80 Years, The Palm has been serving USDA Prime Aged Steaks, Jumbo Nova Scotia Lobsters, the freshest available Palm Fish and our own heritage Italian cuisine in a remarkable atmosphere of warm, genuine hospitality. The Palm is more that a restaurant… it’s a unique experience. Elegant Private Dining Rooms are available for all special events.
Hours: Mon-Sun: 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Reservations or more information: (702) 732-7256
Planet Hollywood Restaurant and Bar
It is the dining experience inspired by the glamour and excitement of the big screen.  Planet Hollywood offers an extensive Hollywood memorabilia collection featuring props from blockbuster movies and classic TV shows, while the diverse menu offers guests’ favorites.  Exotic salads and award-winning burgers are only a few of the many signature flavors guests find, in addition to taking home a piece of Hollywood with the latest fashions and collectible souvenir gifts.
Hours: Sun. through Thurs., 9 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Fri. through Sat., 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Reservations: (702) 791-7827
Spago
Acknowledged as the spark that ignited the Las Vegas culinary phenomenon, Spago is the preeminent trendsetter in cuisine, service and style — synonymous with fine food and celebrity clientele. Executive Chef Eric Klein’s menu features seasonal American cuisine with influences from around the world and trademark Wolfgang Puck touches.
Hours: Mon-Thu: 11:00am – 11:00pm, Fri-Sat: 11:00am – 12:00am, Sun: 11:00am – 11:00pm
Reservations or more information: (702) 369-6300
Sushi Roku
Sushi Roku is known for its fine contemporary sushi served in a sensual, sophisticated environment, with a menu that offers traditional sushi and sashimi with a splash of California innovation.
Hours: Sun–Thu: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Fri-Sat: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Reservations or more information: (702) 733-7373
Trevi Italian Restaurant
Trevi Italian Restaurant is named after the most famous fountain in the world located in Italy. Trevi creates an Italian Brasserie that transports guests to the piazzas and streets of Rome.  The restaurant features café dining with elaborate street lamps surrounding a fountain and walk-up gelato/espresso bar.
Hours: Mon – Thu: 11:00am – 12:00am, Fri- Sat: 11:00am – 1:00am, Sun: 11:00am – 12:00am
Reservations or more information: (702) 735-4663
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