Haute Event: Las Vegas Epicurean Affair

Last night, the Palazzo hosted the Las Vegas Epicurean Affair, presented by the Nevada Restaurant Association. Nearly 75 renowned restaurants and beverage purveyors dazzled approximately 1,300 guests with stands snaking around the Pools at the Palazzo. Long known as the premier tasting event for Las Vegas locals, this year’s Las Vegas Epicurean Affair did not disappoint. From the moment guests entered the elegant poolside setting, which was the quintessential venue for this highly anticipated evening, bites from world-class chefs tempted palates.

Valentino featured exquisite roasted, suckling pig, as well as guanciale-wrapped escargot. The scent of truffles wafted from Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro‘s Dungeness crab cocktail atop a truffled gaufrette. First Food & Bar showed its commitment to sourcing local ingredients by presenting dishes made with produce from nearby Olsen farms — produce that Chef Sammy DeMarco grew himself and created into dishes specifically for the evening.

Powerhouse restaurants brought their A game with signature dishes. Nobu‘s stellar black miso cod was a favorite, as was Restaurant Guy Savoy‘s black truffle artichoke soup with mushroom brioche. Bradley Ogden‘s quintessential butterscotch pudding is always a delightful finish.

Laguna Champagne Bar took over the center bar with oversized champagne bottle ice sculptures flanking each side as they served their popular Flower Eclipse Champagne cocktail. Executive Chef Luciano Pellegrini of Valentino and Executive Chef Tom Maloney of AquaKnox along with other participating chefs, gathered here at the end of the evening to toast a wonderful event.

Popular off-Strip restaurants were prominent as well, with dishes such as seared ahi tuna from Marche Bacchus French Bistro & Wine Market and mini cupcakes from The Cupcakery. Hash House a Go-Go’s signature watermelon cooler was a refreshing hit among revelers.

Live deejays kept the crowd moving while inflatable acts on the pool kept crowds entertained. Nearly every notable foodie in town made an appearance, sipping on cocktails, wine and Champagne provided by Southern Wine & Spirits and Wirtz Beverage of Nevada.

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