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Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appétit announces May 10-13 lineup

March 9, 2012 - Carla Tracy

Yesterday, I blogged about how people in Hawaii love Italy. Well, if we love Italy, we also absolutely worship Las Vegas! Often called the “9th island” because of its ties to Hawaii, Las Vegas is a draw for many reasons, and besides gaming and shows and the ultimate in indulgences, dining out is at the top of our lists.

So all of you Hawaii epicureans out there should mark your calendars for May 10 to 13, when Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit will roll out a star studded line up of chefs and events.

In fact, “Sixty restaurants, 50 chefs, 30 sommeliers, 30 events, and four extraordinary resorts come together for one incredible weekend to mark the sixth annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit,” according to a press release by publicist Clara Tsang, who by the way, was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii.

“The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas joins the program, while Bellagio, Caesars Palace, and Mandalay Bay have expanded their programming. Tickets for the event go on sale today at Vegas Uncork’d web site.

“This is a brand-new Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit,” says Adam Rapoport, Bon Appétit editor in chief. “It is taking the best of what has drawn more than 5,000 tourists to this event each year for the last five years and adding the editorial excitement and voice of the new Bon Appétit.”

“Vegas Uncork’d Presented by Bon Appétit celebrates our culinary scene in a way unique to Las Vegas,” says Cathy Tull, senior vice president of marketing, LVCVA. “It appeals to visitors drawn to top-tier epicurean experiences as well as the world-class resort atmosphere Las Vegas offers.”

New This Year:

· Master Series Dinner with Michel Richard, Thursday, May 10: Caesars Palace adds a new restaurant to its Master Series dinners—Central, helmed by renowned chef Michel Richard and his James Beard Award–winning staff.

· Follow That Food Truck, Thursday, May 10: The most sought-after food trucks from Las Vegas and surrounding areas join forces for one incredible festival. Join chefs Julian Serrano, Todd English, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and Michael Mina for live music and ice-cold beers on Bellagio’s rooftop.

· Too-Hot Tamales Live Demonstration, Friday, May 11: Hosted by Bon Appétit editor in chief Adam Rapoport, chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger prepare a four-course menu with tequila pairings at Mandalay Bay’s Border Grill.

· Paella Lunch with José Andrés, Friday, May 11: One of the restaurant industry’s most captivating personalities, José Andrés lets loose with a live demo on how to make one of Spain’s signature dishes. He’ll prepare it on a wood-fired paella grill—the only one of its kind in the U.S.—at Jaleo in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

· Gone Fishing with Costas Spiliadis, Saturday, May 12: Join chef Spiliadis at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas as he shares his secrets to selecting the highest-quality fish at the market, secrets on making fish at home, and healthful eating through the Mediterranean diet.

· The Kimchi Chronicles, Saturday, May 12: Bon Appétit’s Adam Rapoport co-hosts a Q&A lunch with renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and his wife, Marja, host of PBS’s Kimchi Chronicles, at Bellagio’s Prime.

· Kings of Cabernet, Saturday, May 12: Bellagio wine director and master sommelier Jason Smith and Bon Appétit’s Wine Insider David Lynch talk favorite Cabernets—including rare and hard-to-find bottles from Bellagio’s collection.

· Rao’s Family Affair: Italian Brunch with the Pellegrinos, Sunday, May 13: The Pellegrinos host a backyard BBQ on the patio of Rao's Las Vegas as only they can. Enjoy refreshing Italian cocktails and savory dishes offered as an exclusive preview to their soon-to-be released cookbook, Rao's on the Grill.

Returning Favorites:

· Grand Tasting, Friday, May 11: Sixty restaurants participate in this ultimate outdoor culinary experience at Caesars Palace’s Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis.

· After-Hours, the Remix, Saturday, May 12: Chef Alain Ducasse is joined by chef Hubert Keller and Mandalay Bay executive pastry chef and master chocolatier Vincent Pilon for a late-night party at Mix, the rooftop lounge at Mandalay Bay.

· VIP Saber-Off, Thursday, May 10: Caesars Palace hosts all chefs at this year’s VIP Champagne Saber-Off.

“We are so pleased to introduce the new Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit, and thrilled that the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is seeing the sixth year of what started as a very small food festival that has grown into one that is 5,000 visitors strong,” says Pamela Drucker Mann, vice president and publisher of Bon Appétit.

Bon Appétit is published by Condé Nast, a division of Advance Publications, which operates in 25 countries. In the United States, Condé Nast publishes 18 consumer magazines, two trade publications, and 27 Web sites that garner international acclaim and unparalleled consumer engagement. Please visit Bon Appetit web site.

ABOUT THE LVCVA

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 approximately 148,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and more than 10 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA mission centers on attracting ever-increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area. For more information, go to LVCVA web site; or Visit Las Vegas web site.

 
 

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