• 07-MAY-2018

VEGAS UNCORK’D BY BON APPÉTIT ADDS NEW EVENTS TO FOUR-DAY FESTIVAL LINEUP, MAY 10 – 13

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LAS VEGAS – The country’s leading food, wine and spirits festival, Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit adds four new events to the 12th annual star-studded culinary soiree, May 10 – 13. Chef Michael Mina will take guests on an unforgettable epicurean adventure at his Bellagio namesake during an afternoon of expertly crafted cocktails and delicious bites, and Modern Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim will host a special evening at Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay where guests can indulge in one of the world's most revered food and drink pairings, vodka and caviar. Additionally, Black Tap chef and owner Joe Isidori invites attendees to create their very own Vegas Uncork’d CrazyShake™, and Grand Tasting guests can feel like a true VIP with the new “Top Shelf” experience.
 
New events include:
  • An Afternoon Social with Michael Mina, Bellagio, Friday, May 11: Join award-winning Chef Michael Mina at his Bellagio namesake for an afternoon of delectable hors d'oeuvres and specialty cocktails curated by mixologist Craig Schoettler.  While chatting with Chef Mina, enjoy a four-course cocktail tasting each paired with mouthwatering bites.
  • Top Shelf: The Grand Tasting, Caesars Palace, Friday, May 11: For the first time, guests can take advantage of a prestigious Top Shelf experience at The Grand Tasting. Lucky event attendees will have a chance to sample the best bar program Vegas has to offer with four dedicated top shelf bars showcasing premium wine, cocktails, and beer.
  • Burgers & Beats at Black Tap with Chef/Owner Joe Isidori, The Venetian, Saturday, May 12: Kick it late night at Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer for a night of burgers, beats, and of course, shakes. Join Chef/Owner Joe Isidori and chow down on Black Tap’s award-winning craft burgers, and for one-time-only, create your very own CrazyShake™ milkshake from a curated list of specialty “Vegas Uncork’d” ingredients.
  • Vodka & Caviar Happy Hour with Modern Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim, Mandalay Bay, Saturday, May 12: Join Modern Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim and indulge in one of the world's most revered food and drink pairings, vodka and caviar. You’ll discover the different types of caviar available today through a selection of sustainable, farm-raised sturgeon and taste why different styles of vodka produce different pairings.
With only a few weeks before the 12th annual epicurean affair kicks off, limited tickets remain to select top-tier events at Caesars Palace, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, The Cromwell, MGM Resorts’ The Park, The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas. Those who haven’t purchased tickets still have the opportunity to mix and mingle with world-renowned chefs, master sommeliers and cutting-edge mixologists such as Giada De Laurentiis, Gordon Ramsay, Guy Fieri, Guy Savoy, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Julian Serrano, Lorena Garcia, Masaharu Morimoto, Michael Mina, Nobu Matsuhisa, Stephen Hopcraft and more.
 
Purchase tickets now at vegasuncorked.com.
 
Available events include:
 
Caesars Palace
  • Master Series: An Anniversary Celebration with Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Thursday, May 10: Join legendary Japanese Chef Nobu Matsuhisa to celebrate five successful years of one of the largest Nobu restaurants in the world, located inside the very first Nobu Hotel. Chef Nobu has used his travels around the globe to create both authentic and inventive Japanese-fusion cuisine. Lucky guests will get to indulge in an array of Nobu signature dishes and taste a wide variety of unique specialty items in an intimate seated dinner experience with Chef Nobu. Visit the specially-designed ice bar to indulge in Nobu Caviar and premium Belvedere Vodka; experience fresh-shucked oysters, coupled with Dom Pérignon Champagne; taste your way through a variety of traditional sushi; and sample some of the finest Japanese A5 Wagyu beef. Exclusive Hokusetsu Sake, Japanese beer, and favorite Nobu signature cocktails will be available all evening.
  • Master Series: Gordon Ramsay HELL’S KITCHEN, 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.
  • Master Series: Rao's Remembers Frank Sr., 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.
  • Tacos, Tequila & Salsa Fiesta with Susan Feniger, 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!
  • Top Shelf: The Grand Tasting, Friday, May 11: For the first time, guests can take advantage of a prestigious Top Shelf experience at The Grand Tasting. Lucky event attendees will have a chance to sample the best bar program Vegas has to offer with four dedicated top shelf bars showcasing premium wine, cocktails, and beer. Along with these sensational sips, guests will sample light bites from the chefs of Caesars Palace. Hosted at the Bacchus Pool, you'll spend the evening indulging and mingling with Caesar and Cleopatra while relaxing in the VIP cabanas.
  • The Grand Tasting, 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.
  • Master Series: Gordon Ramsay Pub Reception & Beer Tasting, 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 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Big Dog’s Brewing Company and more., guests will be treated to a variety of different styles to sample, along with small bites, interactive games 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: The World's Best, An Epicurean Affair with Guy Savoy, 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.
  • Master Series: Women's Power Lunch, 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.
  • Rao's Italian Brunch with The Rao's Family, 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.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
  • Sunset Clambake at The Cosmopolitan, 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 Cromwell
  • Brunch at GIADA: A Toast to Mother's Day, Saturday, May 12: Join chef Giada De Laurentiis and her family, including her daughter Jade, 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.
MGM Resorts International
  • An Afternoon Social with Michael Mina, Friday, May 11: Join award-winning Chef Michael Mina at his Bellagio namesake for an afternoon of expertly crafted cocktails. Guests will snack on delicious passed hors d'oeuvres and enjoy a specially curated cocktail menu from mixologist Craig Schoettler while chatting with Michael. Then they'll sit for a four-course cocktail tasting each paired with mouthwatering bites.
  • Picnic at The Park with Masaharu Morimoto, the Voltaggio Brothers, Graham Elliot, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Michael Mina, Julian Serrano, Shawn McClain, Roy Ellamar & More, 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, the Voltaggio Brothers, Graham Elliot, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, 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.
  • Vodka & Caviar Happy Hour with Modern Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim, Saturday, May 12: Join Modern Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim and indulge in one of the world's most revered food and drink pairings, vodka and caviar. Learn all about this decadent luxury and discover why vodka is caviar’s perfect companion. You’ll discover the different types of caviar available today through a selection of sustainable, farm-raised sturgeon and taste why different styles of vodka produce different pairings.  Not all vodkas are created the same. A beautiful mother of pearl spoon delivers the caviar pearls followed by an icy sip of frozen vodka to reveal one of life's greatest pleasures! 
The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas
  • A CUT Above the Rest: The Ultimate Steak & Eggs Breakfast at CUT by Wolfgang Puck, 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.
  • Burgers & Beats at Black Tap with Chef/Owner Joe Isidori, Saturday, May 12: Kick it late night at Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer for a night of burgers, beats, and of course, shakes. Join Chef/Owner Joe Isidori and chow down on Black Tap’s award-winning craft burgers, and for one-time-only, create your very own CrazyShake™ milkshake. With a curated list of specialty “Vegas Uncork’d” ingredients, guests can let their imagination and taste buds go wild with a custom shake. For those ready to show their talents, there’ll be a lip-sync battle to wow the crowds with your favorite 80s pop and 90s hip hop, including special prizes! Attendees will sample mouthwatering snacks, burgers, and signature cocktails with a live DJ spinning tunes to keep the vibes pumping.
  • Chica “Mom-Mosa Brunch” with Chef Lorena Garcia, 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.
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