Las Vegas Restaurants “Sage” and “Yellowtail” Named In America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants of 2014 By Wine Enthusiast Magazine

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Wine lovers: Look no further! Wine Enthusiast ’s annual August Restaurant Issue, dedicated to announcing America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants of the year, officially hits newsstands this week. The magazine’s editors have mapped out 100 wine-obsessed restaurants in every corner of the country, solving the age-old question, “Where should I drink (and eat) right now?” The issue also includes everything from interviews with star sommeliers and chefs, to essential pairing picks and top trends straight from the mouths of the wine-industry experts.

 

This year’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants list features 34 must-visit eateries that make their debut, plus 44 restaurants that have been inducted into the Hall of Fame for landing on the coveted list at least three times. Other special sections include a look at the best BYOB restaurants in the country; eateries that specialize in laser-focused wine lists; restaurants that serve the best biodynamic pours on the planet; and America’s five new foodie cities you must visit.

 

“We’re very excited to announce America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants in our fourth annual August Restaurant Issue,” says Editor & Publisher of Wine Enthusiast, Adam Strum.  “ Wine Enthusiast is a voice of authority on wine and beverage, but this issue emphasizes our commitment to the importance of the wine-dining experience. These incredible institutions offer innovative menus, inventive beverage programs and a dedication to what’s in your glass. It is with great pride and pleasure that we present these one hundred deserved restaurants with this esteemed honor.”

 

To commemorate the release of the official America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants list, the entire Wine Enthusiast team will gather in Manhattan on Thursday, July 10, to host a party on the rooftop of one of the most buzzed-about winners this year, Narcissa.  The magazine team will toast the exploding culture of wine and food with restaurant industry stars and honor recipients of this year’s prestigious awards. An expanded digital version, featuring wine-and-food pairings, kitchen secrets and more, plus a searchable database of the list can be found at winemag.com/100best2014 . Be sure to join the conversation and follow @WineEnthusiast on Twitter with the hashtag #100BestRestos .

About Wine Enthusiast Magazine 
Wine Enthusiast Magazine educates and entertains readers about wine and the wine lifestyle in an accessible and user-friendly way. Published 13 times per year, the magazine’s readership is more than 800,000. The magazine and its Buying Guide with more than 100,000 ratings and reviews are available online. The magazine hosts signature Wine Enthusiast events for both consumer and trade. www.WineMag.com

 

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About Sage

www.aria.com/dining/restaurants/sage

877.230.2742

Sage is a favorite Las Vegas restaurant amongst an international crowd of foodies due to its focuses on contemporary American cuisine spiced with global influences in a sophisticated, yet comfortable atmosphere. Critically acclaimed Chef Shawn McClain combines farm-to-table produce, artisanal meats and sustainable seafood that make each dish mouth-watering. 
 
Looking to move away from the overcomplicated dishes found in many Las Vegas restaurants, McClain and his team place the ultimate emphasis on simple, clean flavors and seasonal ingredients. Enjoy the familiarity of a New York strip steak married with decadent beef marrow, or fall back on comfort classics like ravioli topped with heirloom carrots and roasted garlic. Such creative use of ingredients makes this one of the best Las Vegas restaurants that’s impossible to skip. Mirroring the chef’s commitment to seasonality, veteran mixologists infuse fresh fruit purées, boutique liquors and homemade bitters into daily cocktail offerings. Or, treat yourself to one of our 10 absinthe offerings, which can be served in a number of ways that make it an experience you’ll tell stories about. If you were on the hunt for the best restaurant in Las Vegas, rest assured you just hit the jackpot.

Featured Wine
Sadie Family 2012 Pofadder (Swartland)

The Wine Program
The program caters to a variety of diners, offering 600 selections and 30 by-the-glass pours, spotlighting legendary producers and dynamic young vintners from around the world. Two tasting menus offer diners options in four- and eight-course formats.

Favorite Dish
Slow-poached organic farm egg made with smoked potato, shaved black truffles and toasted country bread is amazing when matched with a Bouchard 2011 Meursault Genevrières.

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About Yellowtail


www.yellowtaillasvegas.com

702.693.8300

Featured Wine
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 1995 Romanée-Conti

The Wine Program
In addition to 220 wines and 45 sakés, namesake chef Akira Back launched his own private-label saké that’s available at the restaurant. Harmonizing with the fish-focused dishes, the list skews New World, since “I care about more fruitiness, and look for light and crisp wines to match with our fresh and delicate cuisine,” says Yukiko Kawasaki, the sommelier.

Favorite Dish
Shared plates join an extensive sushi menu at this luxurious Japanese restaurant.

 

Chef Akira Back offers a fine dining experience in an unparalleled setting. He uses the highest quality seasonal fish and ingredients to create his delicious culinary masterpieces. The extensive menu of modern Japanese creations features innovative and delicately prepared dishes that are truly unique, poised to tantalize the taste buds of locals and tourists, alike.

Born in Korea and raised in Colorado, Chef Akira Back has been named “Rising Star” byRestaurant Hospitality and “Best Chef in Las Vegas” by Las Vegas Weekly. Before opening Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge in 2008, the professional snowboarder turned chef studied under top celebrity chefs and industry leaders throughout the world, including Masaharu Morimoto and Brian Nagao. Chef Akira Back also led the kitchen as Executive Chef of Nobu Matsuhisa’s namesake restaurant in Aspen in 2003.Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge, Chef Akira Back’s menu features enticing flavors that are inspired by Chef Akira Back’s global travels. Chef Akira Back is known for his innovative dishes and using the freshest ingredients from the world’s top purveyors.

Working alongside Chef Akira Back is Yellowtail’s sommelier Yukiko Kawasaki. Under Kawasaki’s direction, Yellowtail features an expansive wine menu and sake list offering cocktails that perfectly pair with each creation on the restaurant’s bill of fare. Yellowtail’s exotic sake list includes the lavish Frozen Beauty Sake, Las Vegas’ most expensive sake priced at $2,400. Aged for 10 years in a customized cooler, Frozen Beauty Sake offers the most demanding of palates a chance to taste perfection while enjoying their Yellowtail meal.

Yellowtail’s sumptuous cuisine is complimented by the elegant wood and stone décor in the dining room and lounge fostering a vibrant and sensual atmosphere, conceptualized by The Light Group and created by the world renowned Rockwell Group of New York City. One of Yellowtail’s design highlights is an outdoor veranda that features panoramic views of the Las Vegas Strip, as well as breathtaking views of Bellagio’s iconic fountain show. The combination of the restaurant’s distinctive atmosphere, decadent cuisine, and incomparable views places Yellowtail atop the list of Las Vegas dining options.

Life is Beautiful Festival Announces Culinary Programming

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Life is Beautiful Festival Announces Culinary Experiences & New Chefs  

Two-Day Festival of World Class Music, Food, Art & Learning in Downtown Las Vegas includes

“Grills & Guitars” by Blue Ribbon Restaurants, “The Culinary Village”, and “The Alchemy Garden”  

New Chef Additions include Nancy Silverton; Headlining Chefs include: Bruce & Eric Bromberg, Jonathan Waxman, Hubert Keller, Aaron Sanchez, Cat Cora, Rick Moonen, Scott Conant, Tom Colicchio, Michael Symon

Friday, October 25th – Sunday, October 27th, 2013

 

Life is Beautiful (L.I.B.) Festival announces the lineup of culinary programming and experiences for the inaugural festival taking place Saturday, October 26th and Sunday, October 27th, 2013, with a kickoff event the evening of Friday, October 25th.  With more than 60 chefs and restaurants, 24 wineries and 24 breweries participating in the culinary part of the festival alone, L.I.B. presents its attendees with a full-scale food festival experience and expects to draw tens of thousands of people to Downtown Las Vegas. The culinary programming includes experiences that are included in the price of a general-admission festival ticket, such as The Culinary Village, The Alchemy Garden & Chefs on Stage, as well as unique ticketed events that do not require a festival ticket like the Grills & Guitars kick-off party hosted by Blue Ribbon Restaurants and the Take a Stand charity soiree; an eight-course dinner hosted by Elizabeth Blau & Hubert Keller benefitting Three Square Food Bank and Communities in Schools.

The creative direction of the food festival portion of Life is Beautiful Festival was shaped by a culinary advisory board of 12 top chefs chaired by Bruce Bromberg of Blue Ribbon Restaurants.  The food festival will be anchored by The Culinary Village a Moroccan-style bazaar featuring stations manned by more than 60 well-known chefs. Within The Village, guests can enjoy an entertaining and informative series of chef demonstrations (Chefs on Stage), culinary affairs, intimate meals and a beer, wine and spirits garden (The Alchemy Garden). All experiences within the food and wine program will allow attendees the opportunity to engage with these talented chefs up-close and gain insight into their creative process in the kitchen and beyond.

“The food experiences of Life is Beautiful Festival were carefully designed to be interactive, innovative and unexpected,” says Jolene Mannina, Head of Culinary Arts for the festival. “Working with the vision of our Culinary Advisory Board of 12 world-renowned Chefs, we’ve created an approach that we feel will set us apart from other food festivals, giving both our patrons and chefs a chance to enjoy something new, fresh and, of course, delicious.”

The current chef lineup features: Bruce Bromberg and Eric Bromberg, Scott Conant, Jonathan Waxman, Hubert Keller, Cat Cora, Michael Mina, Chris Cosentino, Rick Moonen, Kim Canteenwalla, Jet Tila, Donald Link, Tom Colicchio, Michael Symon, Aaron Sanchez, David Burke, Charlie Palmer, Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Feniger, Paul Bartolotta, David Myers, Todd English, Kerry Simon, Carla Pellegrino, André Rochat, Sven Mede, Marcel Vigneron, Mike Minor, Megan Romano, Elias Cairo, Josh Graves, Jason Tuley, Rebecca Wilcomb, Ben Hammond, Grant MacPherson, Michael Kornick, Natalie Young, Dan Coughlin, Sean Kinoshita, Massimiliano Campanari, Carlos Buscaglia, Vinod Ahuja, Manuel Hinojosa.

 

New Chefs / Mixologists Added to the lineup: Nancy Silverton, Akira Back, Richard Camarota, Frank Goriceta, Carlos Guia, Joseph Leibowitz, Hiew Gun Khong, Nina Manchev, Tony Abou-Ganim, Drew Levinson, Andrew Pollard, Eric Swanson, Kent Bearden, Thomas Burke, Michael Shetler, Kevin Vanegas, Jack Kramer, and Mike Tadich.

 

Tickets for the Life is Beautiful Festival Culinary Programs go on sale July 19, 2013 at www.lifeisbeautifulfestival.com

Life Is Beautiful Festival – Culinary Experiences Premier Sponsor: Whole Foods Market

 

–       The Culinary Village: Located in the heart of the festival and home to the world’s best chefs and restaurants, The Culinary Village is where the aromas of earth’s four corners collide. Over 50 restaurants will partake in this bazaar of epicurean delight that takes festival food options to a whole new level.

Restaurants: Blue Ribbon Restaurant, Honey Salt, Fleur, Strip Steak, Wolfgang Puck, Nobu Hard Rock, DMK Burger Bar, Due Forni, Yellowtail, Kumi, D.O.C.G, Herbsaint, LAVO, TAO, Bratalian Neapolitan Cantina, EAT, Chocolate & Spice, Origin India, Barbuto, rm Seafood, Kuma Snow Cream, Curbside Cafe, LBS Burger, Smokin Bros BBQ, Sin City Hot Dogs, Forte European Tapas & Bistro and more.
Price: General Admission or VIP festival ticket required, a la carte selection
Date: Saturday and Sunday, October 26th & 27th
Time: Saturday, 1:00pm – 12:00am Midnight; Sunday, 12:00pm – 11:00pm

 

–       The Alchemy Gardens Presented by Wirtz Beverage: Craft brewers, wine makers and distillers will pour a-la-carte libations at this garden, overflowing with liquid creativity. Enthusiasts can also choose to purchase additional tickets to meet and mingle with master brewers, wine makers and distillers over flight tastings.

Price: General Admission or VIP festival ticket required a la carte Beer, Wine, Spirits and Sake; must be 21 or over.
Date: Saturday and Sunday, October 26th & 27th
Time: Saturday, 1:00pm – 12:00am Midnight; Sunday, 12:00pm – 11:00pm

–       Flights Tastings (In The Alchemy Gardens): For a better understanding of the passion and history poured into each glass, additional tickets may be purchased for tastings with master brewers, wine makers and distillers.

Price: $40 for 9 tastings, General Admission or VIP festival ticket required
Date: Saturday and Sunday, October 26th & 27th
Time: Saturday, 1:00pm – 12:00am Midnight; Sunday, 12:00pm – 11:00pm
 

–       Chefs on Stage Presented by Sub-Zero Wolf & Whole Foods Market: Over two days, 20 of the most highly regarded chefs in the industry give attendees a chance to get up close and personal as they showcase their skills live on a Sub-Zero Wolf stage located in a climate-controlled tent. These demonstrations will tantalize taste buds and teach viewers how to create the same experience at home.

Chefs: Bruce and Eric Bromberg, Scott Conant, Jet Tila, Jonathan Waxman, Cat Cora, Chris Cosentino, Rick Moonen, Aaron Sanchez, Hubert Keller, Kerry Simon, Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Feniger, Mike Minor, Donald Link, Grant MacPherson, Carla Pellegrino, Jason Tuley, David Myers, Elias Caro, Josh Graves,Todd English
Location: The Culinary Village
Price: Free Event with Festival General Admission or VIP ticket
Date: Saturday and Sunday, October 26th & 27th
Time: Saturday, 1:45pm – 9:00pm; Sunday, 12:45pm – 8:00pm

–       Take A Stand: Elizabeth Blau and Hubert Keller will host the Life is Beautiful grand opening soiree to benefit Three Square Food Bank and Communities in Schools. Showcasing the mystery and wonderment of Old Vegas at its finest, this charity dinner will feature eight award-winning chefs serving eight courses in various styles throughout the night paired with priceless wines and crafted cocktails by Wirtz Beverage mixologists and sommeliers.


Chefs: Hubert Keller, Michael Mina, Todd English, Akira Back, Paul Bartolotta, Grant MacPherson, Charlie Palmer, Megan Romano
Location: Secret Downtown Location to be revealed upon purchase confirmation
Price: $5,000
(1) VIP two-day festival ticket included
(1) Grills & Guitars ticket included
Seats: 40 (must be 21 or over)
Date: Friday, October 25th
Time: 7pm – 10pm

–       Grills & Guitars: Start the festival weekend with 15 well-known chefs, gourmet comfort food and live music. A twist on the traditional backyard barbecue, the festival kick-off party will pair beer, wine and cocktails with flamed-kissed fare that will satisfy all the senses.

Chefs: Bruce & Eric Bromberg, Jonathan Waxman, Cat Cora, Tom Colicchio, Michael Symon, Nancy Silverton, Jet Tila, Scott Conant, Kim Canteenwalla, Aaron Sanchez, Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Feniger, Rick Moonen & David Myers
Price: $175, VIP $225 *Does not require purchase of a festival ticket. Must be 21 or over.
Date: Friday, October 25th
Time: 8pm VIP, 9pm – Midnight

–       Culinary Crawl: This three-hour dining tour is designed to introduce palates to a variety of tastes. Guests will be escorted to three different venues, each with a different chef host who has customized a unique experience that pairs their creative dishes with specially selected drinks provided by Wirtz Beverage Group. 

Saturday
Chefs & Locations:

  • “Pig & Whiskey” hosted by Kim Canteenwalla and Sven Mede at The Flame Steakhouse
  • “From Korea to Japan”, hosted by Akira Back at Park on Fremont
  • “Amaro & Amare”, hosted by Richard Camarota & Megan Romano at EAT

Price:   $130 – Single pass to the Culinary Crawl, GA or VIP festival ticket required for purchase
$290 – Includes a two (2) day General Admission festival ticket
Date: Saturday, October 26th
Time: 5pm – 8pm

Sunday
            Chefs & Locations:

  • “Rare & Rosso” Jonathan Waxman & Nancy Silverton at EAT
  • “Tongue & Cheek” Rick Moonen at Le Thai
  • “Bones & Brews” Iron chef Cat Cora & Jason Tuley at Park on Fremont

Price:   $130 – Single pass to the Culinary Crawl, GA or VIP festival ticket required for purchase
$290 – Includes a two (2) day General Admission festival ticket
Date: Sunday, October 27th
Time: 5pm – 8pm

***Chef and event details subject to change.

 

Regular Two-Day General Admission & VIP Tickets for the 2013 Life is Beautiful Festival are available for purchase at www.lifeisbeautifulfestival.com

 
General Admission Tickets:

  • Regular Two-Day GA: $159.50

VIP Tickets:

  • TWO-DAY VIP Ticket: $349.50
    • VIP tickets include: Exclusive VIP lounge with shade, lounge seating, activities and more; Viewing Areas at Main Stages; VIP restroom facilities; Access to special VIP food concessions; Access to special VIP beer, wine and spirits concessions; Commemorative Poster and more!

Life is Beautiful Sponsors

Sponsors of the inaugural Life is Beautiful Festival include Wirtz Beverage Group, Heineken, Zappos, Cirque du Soleil, Las Vegas Review Journal, Red Bull, Esquire, Whole Foods Market, Caesars Entertainment, and many more. *Sponsors listed are current as of release date.

L.I.B. is being developed by Aurelian Marketing Group in partnership with Another Planet Entertainment, MAKTUB Marketing and Downtown Project. Visit www.lifeisbeautifulfestival.com and sign up to receive information updates via email. Connect with the Life is Beautiful team socially at Facebook.com/LIBFestival and Twitter.com/LifeIsBeautiful.