Taking a bite out of Las Vegas
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Vegas Uncork’d — an annual four-day food, wine and spirits festival presented by Bon Appetit, now in its eleventh year — saw some of the world’s top culinary talent showcase their signature dishes. But foodies can experience signature dishes from celebrity chefs in flagship restaurants year-round, thanks to the city’s sizzling culinary scene.
1) Las Vegas has arguably more celebrity chefs and world-class restaurants than any other city in the world, and Vegas Uncork’d 2017, which took place in April, showcased the latest and greatest.
2) The Grand Tasting — the festival’s signature event — showcased dishes prepared by more than 50 award-winning chefs in the five-acre Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.
3) Kicking off The Grand Tasting was multi-Michelin star chef and television personality Gordon Ramsay, who announced plans for a Hell’s Kitchen at Caesars Palace. The new restaurant, slated to open this winter, will seat nearly 300 guests and feature signature dishes from the TV show.
4) Get a bird’s eye view of the Strip from the New York-New York skyline to the Bellagio fountains and lights of the Luxor pyramid on the Vegas Nights tour from Maverick Helicopter Tours.
5) During Vegas Uncork’d, guests joined television personality and celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis for brunch at her first and only namesake restaurant at The Cromwell Las Vegas. GIADA’s brunch menu highlights her California-inspired Italian cuisine, such as muffuletta and salmon cake benedict.
6) The Neon Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas neon signs. The outdoor exhibition space, known as the Boneyard, features more than 200 signs, seven of which have been restored.
7) During Vegas Uncork’d, Picnic in the Park featured MGM Resorts’ most notable chefs, including Alain Ducasse, Charlie Palmer and Julian Serrano, who served up signature dishes in The Park against a backdrop of Bliss Dance, a 40-foot-tall sculpture by artist Marco Cochrane.
8) Picnic in the Park featured creative twists on classic picnic dishes and champagne by Veuve Clicquot, plus giant Jenga, cornhole and croquet in a groovy picnic setting. Located on the Strip between Monte Carlo and New York-New York, The Park is a new outdoor dining and entertainment district.
9) Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro hosted ‘Sweet Escape: An Evening of Buddy, Beignets, Bonbons & Booze,’ dedicated to the sweet side of life —featuring chefs of The Venetian and The Palazzo. The poolside reception featured a live performance from trio Simply Three and a special appearance by Top Chef Masters’ Lorena Garcia, who opened her flagship restaurant Chica this Mother’s Day at The Venetian.
10) At more than 167 metres tall, the High Roller at LINQ Las Vegas isn’t your county fair Ferris wheel. Hop on for a 30-minute revolution in one of the High Roller’s 28 air-conditioned compartments with a full bar, just in time for happy hour.
11) Canadian media strike a pose at Picnic in the Park during Vegas Uncork’d 2017.
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Vawn Himmelsbach has been writing about travel for more than a decade for media outlets such as CBC.ca, Metro News, Flare, Sweet Travel, PlanetEye Traveler and Hotelier, among others. She is co-founder of Chic Savvy Travels, a travel website for women, has contributed to a guidebook on China, and has been published in a book of non-fiction, called Emails from India. She has spent more than three years working and traveling abroad in Asia and Latin America.
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