If you’ve never been to Vegas Uncork’d, you’re missing one of the culinary events of the year. More than 75 chefs take part in 30-plus events over Mother’s Day weekend to show off the culinary skills of the city. And this year promises to be the best yet.
This morning, 19 chefs from the Bellagio, Caesars Palace, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Las Vegas kicked off the event with a series of sculptural interpretations of the event decked out in pastries, chocolates and sugars.
Bon Appétit sponsors the four-day fete. This year, look for several new events, such as Eating Las Vegas, a culinary conversation with Las Vegas’ top food critics John Curtas, Max Jacobson and Al Mancini at the Bellagio. While they dish on the 50 essential restaurants from their book, “Eating Las Vegas,” you can dine on small plates from top Bellagio restaurants on Saturday, May 7.
During ¡Que Viva España! with Julian Serrano at Bellagio, you can go on a culinary journey through Spain on Friday, May 7.
During Elegant Bistro with Francois Payard Masters’ Series Dinner, dine on Chef François Payard’s sweet and savory repertoire on Thursday, May 5, at Caesars Palace.
Or check out the Sparkling Brunch at Restaurant Guy Savoy on Mother’s Day.
Over at MGM Grand, chef Tom Colicchio hosts an evening tasting spirits and fine wines complemented by sumptuous steak preparations—all while enjoying live music performed by dueling pianists on Thursday, May 5 at his own Craftsteak.
Rub elbows with the Chef of the Century at Las Vegas’ only Michelin Three-Star restaurant, Joël Robuchon, during this imaginative Masters’ Series Luncheon on Saturday, May 7.
At Mandalay Bay, chef Michael Mina hosts the Run for the Roses, a Kentucky Derby celebration with a four-course lunch and wine pairings on Saturday, May 7, Signed copies of “Michael Mina The CookBook” and Raj Parr’s “Secrets of the Sommelier” will be available for purchase.
Join Vegas Uncork’d chefs and host Chef Hubert Keller — who will also be manning the deejay booth — to enjoy Champagne, wines, savory snacks and dessert at Keller’s new Fleur restaurant at Mandalay Bay on Saturday, May 7.
Steve Wynn joins the Sinatra family to host an exclusive, wine-lavished evening celebrating the inaugural release of “Come Fly with Me” — the 2007 Sinatra Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, on Thursday, May 5. Chef Theo Schoenegger salutes Ol’ Blue Eyes with “Sinatra — HIS Way” — a menu of the legendary entertainer’s favorite dishes, created in collaboration with the Sinatra family.
Go vegetarian with Viva Las Vegan, where celebrity chef Tal Ronnen has created vegan meals for the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres. He shares his Wynn and Encore creations during a tasting on Saturday, May 7.
Also expect to find favorites such as the Masters’ Series Dinners by Bradley Ogden and Guy Savoy on Thursday, May 5; Better by the Bay featuring chefs Alain Ducasse, Charlie Palmer and Rick Moonen at Mandalay Bay Beach on Saturday, May 7; Wine Immersion at Bellagio on Saturday, May 7; and the Celebrity Chef Blackjack Tournament at Wynn and Encore on Friday, May 6.
But if you can only choose one thing to attend, make it the Garden of the Gods Grand Tasting on Friday, May 6, at Caesars Palace where all the chefs show off their culinary skills.
For tickets, visit http://www.vegasuncorked.com. Remember, some of these events sell out fast.