For the next four days you can attend the largest foodie event ever held in Las Vegas, if not the Western world: Vegas Uncorked, sponsored by Bon Appetit.
The event officially kicks off at 4 p.m. today when French superchef Alain Ducasse performs the champagne uncorking with a saber at his Mix restaurant and lounge atop The Hotel at Mandalay Bay.
The festival takes place May 6-9, with the signature event being a “Grand Tasting” ($175) on May 7 at the Garden of the Gods in Caesars Palace. That event will feature chef Hubert Keller serving.
Not everyone has the chance—or wherewithal—to dine at the restaurants of chefs such as Joël Robuchon, Guy Savoy, Bobby Flay or François Payard, but they all will be there (along with about 60 other celebrated chefs) displaying and offering up their delicious wares.
Among the events on May 8 are the Ultimate All-Star Interactive Luncheon ($195) at Encore; Culinary Theater: All the Kitchen’s a Stage ($95) at RM Seafood; and the Wine Immersion Experience ($75) at Bellagio.
The lineup of celebrated chefs who have Las Vegas restaurants includes Bobby Flay, Wolfgang Puck, Paul Bartolotta, Julian Serrano, Todd English, Luciano Pellegrini and Charlie Palmer.
Tickets are going fast; please go to www.vegasuncorked.com for further information.
As a result of declining gaming revenues, reductions in hotel rates and reduced consumer spending, Nevada’s highest-grossing casinos generated a net loss of almost $6.8 billion in fiscal year 2009- the largest ever for Nevada.
The huge loss resulted from a total revenue of more than $22 billion including money spent by customers on gaming, hotel rooms, food, beverage and other attractions.
Nightlife and restaurant leader Pure Management Group (PMG) announced the promotion of Deborah Krause to Chief Operating Officer. Since joining PMG two and a half years ago, Deborah Krause has earned many honors as the company’s Executive Vice President overseeing Food & Beverage and Development and with this new appointment, Krause will now oversee all operations for PMG and its venues.
With more than 15 years of experience in developing and maintaining hotels, restaurants and nightlife destinations throughout the country, Krause has earned the respect of her peers in the Las Vegas community and beyond. Her efforts have led to many awards including the “American Express Gold Star” for service, an Epicurean Award, several “Best of Las Vegas” awards including “Best New Restaurant” (2004) and most notably the coveted “40 Under 40 Business Award” (2006) which honors Las Vegas’ top business executives – all under 40 years of age – who have changed the face of the city.
One of the fastest emerging beverage trends – at least, a fad – in Las Vegas is the build-your-own-bloody-Mary bar. Weekly new bars are offering outlets for budding bar chefs to mix and create their own brand of signature brunch cocktails from over 40 ingredients.
Already getting into the spirits- Abbey Road Bar at the Revolution Lounge, Simon’s Restaurant’s Sunday brunches, and also the new Bambu Bar at Mandalay Bay that opens on June 18, providing guests an elegant island feel.
Las Vegas may not be the first place you think of when you’re considering attending a top notch wine tasting event. However, the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino is betting that you’ll be interested in blending fine wine with a sampling of Fremont Street jazz when they host The Spring Wine and Jazz Fest on March 27 through March 29.
The three-day event begins Friday night with a Champagne and Wine Reception under the beckoning desert sky at the hotel aquarium and pool. Guests will join winemakers and wine owners, sampling wines while listening to jazz.
Saturday night you have the opportunity to sample wines from 60 California and Washington wineries – current vintage releases and barrel samples – alongside food from the hotel’s award winning chefs accompanied by more local jazz.
Then it’s off to a champagne brunch with a side of jazz on Sunday served with Laurent Perrier,Taittinger, and more that will conclude with a live auction.
By booking for all three events prior to January 31 the total cost is $249 per person. Individual event tickets may be purchased. And for an additional fee you could attend a Napa Valley Red Blend Showdown and a Blind featuring tasting of Opus One, Duckhorn Paraduxx and BV Dulcte. There will also be a Blind Tasting that would let you compare your skills against the Masters through a five bottle tasting that will include training on insider methods of deduction.
Participating wineries include William Hill, Beringer, Gallo Estates, Geyser Peak, Rutherford Hill, Sawnson, Mount Veeder, Conn Creek, Twomey, Willamette Valley Vineyards and Hugo Family Cellars.
The Golden Nugget is also running a Winery Club Room Package that includes two nights, a spa credit and 25% off any bottle of wine at the Grotto Ristorante that starts at $179 http://www.goldennugget.com/specials/winerypackage.asp Reservations may only be booked by phone at 800-634-3454 and use promo code WINE09.