A Look Back at Day One of Vegas Uncork’d

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The ninth annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit, presented by Chase Sapphire Preferred, began with a splash as some of the biggest names in the culinary world united in Las Vegas. Joined by more than 20 other iconic chefs, including Emeril Lagasse, Michael Mina and Guy Savoy, chef Julian Serrano did the honors of traditionally sabering a bottle of Mionetto Prosecco on the patio of his newest restaurant, Lago at Bellagio, as the resort’s famed Fountains of Bellagio danced in the background.

Attendees were transported to Paris with master chocolatier chef François Payard’s esteemed pastries at Payard Patisserie & Bistro at Caesars Palace. The award-winning French pâtisserie treated guests to a selection of sweet and savory canapés, chocolate risotto balls with parmesan cheese, foie gras with chocolate ganache, toasted brioche and quince chutney, as well as beef roulade with chocolate and cranberry apple chutney while sipping on delightful wine pairings.

Steak connoisseurs rejoiced at chefs Greg and Marc Sherry’s culinary creations at The Old Homestead Steakhouse at Caesars Palace. Guests indulged the steakhouse-style dishes including an Angus beef filet trio, A5 wagyu striploin, dry aged New York and decadent bourbon & donuts. Diners were also treated to an exclusive and rare bourbon pairing featuring Michter’s US*1 Toasted Barrel Finished Bourbon, Michter’s US*1 Kentucky Straight Rye Single Barrel Whiskey, Michter’s US*1 Kentucky Straight Whiskey and Michter’s US*1 American Whiskey.

Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse served an intimate multi-course dinner during The New Orleans Fish House Experience with Emeril Lagasse at Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House at MGM Grand. Foodies savored revamped versions of Lagasse’s trademark “New New Orleans” style of cooking with market fresh fish and shellfish creations such as charred grilled Maine lobster stew and seared yellowfin tuna alongside award-winning wine pairings.

A-list celebrity chefs including Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Julian Serrano, Michael Mina and Shawn McClain came together for an all-star feast at The Buffet at Aria to put their gourmet spin on self-service style dining. Diners sipped champagne while sampling dozens of award-winning specialties including Julian Serrano’s Spanish tortillas, Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s smoked kurabota pork rack with ancho chili glaze and escargot from Michael Mina.

Over at the new Border Grill inside Caesars Palace, chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger spiced things up with a fabulous fiesta, fueled by tequila and tacos during their Master Series Dinner. Foodies embraced savory Mexican fare including oysters on the half shell, a variety of ceviche, grilled fish tacos and seafood cocktails while sipping free flowing and award-winning margaritas from the interactive drink station.

Acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten created an exclusive dinner at the lakeside patio of Prime Steakhouse, offering guests a spectacular view of the famed Fountains of Bellagio. Guests were treated to an elegant four-course dinner showcasing various cuts of beef which included A5 Japanese wagyu beef Carpaccio and prime dry aged rib-eye, served by Jean-Georges Vongerichten himself and perfectly paired with premier wines.

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