May 2016

2016 VUBBA photos: Grand Tasting, ‘Dine in the Dark,’ Daniel Boulud on Day 2

The 10th anniversary of Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit was a star-studded affair Thursday through Sunday with 24 culinary events hosted by many of the world’s top chefs and mixologists.

As we whooped into the second 24-hour blitzkrieg of food and wine, Day 2 introduced one new event, one fan favorite and the premier event of the entire weekend: the Grand Tasting at Garden of the Gods pool oasis at Caesars Palace.

‘Dine in the Dark’ at Bacchanal
First, though, the chef team at Bacchanal Buffet led by Ryan Nuqui and Severin Nunn hosted the first “Dine in the Dark Sensory Lunch.” (Las Vegas media were treated to a sneak preview before VUBBA last month.)

Guests were blindfolded to experience a four-course meal that opened up their senses of taste and smell.

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May 2016

Supermodel Tyra Banks among VIPs at Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit Master Series Dinners

On April 28, the first evening of events during Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit commenced with once-in-a-lifetime Master Series dinners hosted by top chefs Emeril Lagasse, Daniel Boulud, Guy Savoy, Nobu Matsuhisa, Michael Chow and others. Among the celebrities and VIP attendees was supermodel and TV personality Tyra Banks, who enjoyed the only-in-Vegas Dinner on The Strip at The Palazzo. Guests indulged in chilled Alaskan king crab and halibut with spring asparagus prepared by Emeril Lagasse, fine charcuterie chosen by Daniel Boulud, grilled gambas and cumin chicken tagine made by Olivier Dubreuil, porchetta, wild fennel and truffle farce from Kim Canteenwalla and a dessert of vanilla and strawberry vacherin glace by David Werly.

Inside Caesars Palace at Nobu, Japanese cuisine master, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, hosted an intimate, multi-course experience for 12 guests. The iconic chef hand crafted each selection of Omakase and perfectly paired it with Kagua Blanc Belgian Strong Ale, Krug Grande Cuvee, Junmai Daiginjo Koshitanrei Hikari and Daiginjo Yk35 Jukusei Koshu. At $1,000 per ticket, all proceeds from this exclusive dinner benefitted Keep Memory Alive, a local nonprofit that supports patients and their families as they navigate the extraordinary challenges of brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s disease.

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April 2016

Day Three of Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit

Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit day three, Saturday, April 30, was a big day for The Cromwell as Giada De Laurentiis and Salvatore Calabrese made their event debut with brunch and a mixology class. At Caesars Palace, culinary gods entertained and Gordon Ramsay and HELL’S KITCHEN season 15 finalist Kristin Barone and newly-crowned winner Ariel Malone brought the heat.

Emmy Award-winning celebrity chef and New York Times best-selling author Giada De Laurentiis made her Vegas Uncork’d event debut with “Brunch at GIADA: An Italian Inspired Feast,” at her wildly popular restaurant at The Cromwell. Guests at the brunch we also pleasantly surprised by the presence of Tyra Banks, who was there to support her good friend.

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April 2016

Vegas Uncork’d Kicks Off with the Saber Off

Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit kicked on Thursday with Daniel Boulud performing the ceremonial sabe off at the Doge’s Palace Piazza at the Venetian. Chefs including Guy Savoy, François Payard andEmeril Lagasse were on hand when Boulud sabered the magnum of Mionetto Prosecco to kick off the weekend of festivities at Caesars Palace, The Cromwell, The Venetian and The Palazzo.

A custom six-tier Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit cake created by Cake Boss Buddy Valastro also helped kick off the 10th anniversary of the event.

Lagasse, Savoy, Gordon Ramsay, Boulud, Nobu Matsuhisa and Brian Malarkey are among the chefs hosting events through the weekend. Giada De Laurentiis hosts brunch at her first and only namesake restaurant at The Cromwell, a first for the 10-year-old event.

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2016 Vegas Uncork’d photos: Dining outside Palazzo, $1,000 Nobu dinner

The nearly 100 celebrity chefs here for the 10th annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit celebrate with tonight’s Grand Tasting at Garden of the Gods pool oasis at Caesars Palace.

Then TV uber-food stars Giada de Laurentiis and Gordon Ramsay host the after-party at Drai’s Nightclub atop the Cromwell. Our VUBBA preview posted Thursday includes the full Royal Robin Rundown of VUBBA’s events today, Saturday and Sunday.

Venetian F&B director Sebastien Silvestri didn’t let Thursday’s rainstorm interrupt his planned Strip-front dinner by Daniel Boulud and Emeril Lagasse (check out the photograph of them with supermodel and TV personality Tyra Banks).

As the weather forecast and overhead clouds darkened, he shut down the Palazzo porte-cochere and set up tables for more than 300 guests hosted by Bon Appetit’s Editor in Chief Adam Rapoport.

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Day Two of Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit

Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit day two introduced one new event, one fan favorite and the premiere event of the entire weekend, The Grand Tasting at Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace.

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa brought back the popular “Sushi Making and Sake Tasting” event, where he taught guests his original “Nobu Style” way of making sushi, while paired with premium sake.

Prior to the Grand Tasting, chefs from Caesars Palace, The Cromwell and more gathered for a pre-event Grand Toast on the terrace of MR CHOW. Caesars Palace Regional President, Gary Selesner, and The Cromwell Regional President, Eileen Moore, both led the toast and congratulated the chefs on what was sure to be, another successful Grand Tasting.

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April 2016

Day One of Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit Kicks Off with Lavish Master Series Dinners at Caesars Palace

“It was an evening of celebration as the 10th annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit kicked off with four exceptional Master Series dinners at Caesars Palace.” Michael Politz, publisher of Food and Beverage Magazine.

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa hosted a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience at his Ultimate Omakase dinner at Nobu Restaurant & Lounge. Omakase means, “from the heart,” in Japanese and that’s truly what last night’s experience was. The intimate 12 person, $1,000 per ticket meal was fully curated by Nobu himself as he hand cut and served each piece of sushi.

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2016 Vegas Uncork’d: $1,000 Nobu dinner, outdoor dining, Container Park

It’s an incredible kickoff for the 10th anniversary Vegas Uncork’d four-day food festival of superstar chefs, and it started at lunchtime today with the sabering of a magnum of Mionetto Prosecco.

Celebrated chef Daniel Boulud raise the sword at the forecourt of the Venetian with fellow chefs Emeril Lagasse, Guy Savoy, Francois Payard, Frank Pellegrino Jr., Kim Canteenwalla, Olivier Dubreuil and the Too Hot Tamales, Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger.

Editor in Chief Adam Rapoport and publisher Pamela Drucker Mann represented Bon Appetit magazine. Cathy Tull, our VP of marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, also attended. Adam talked with me in March about this year’s rundown of spectacular events.

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