Haute Event: Day One of Food & Wine All-Star Weekend Kicks Off at Aria

Joel Robuchon. Photo: Brenton Ho
Joel Robuchon. Photo: Brenton Ho

Culinary superstars took over Aria on Friday night for the Fourth Annual Food & Wine All-Star Weekend sold out “First Course” kick-off event.

View Bar was brimming with award-winning chefs, sommeliers and mixologists including Aria’s Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Masa Takayama, Julian Serrano, Shawn McClain, Sirio Maccioni, Mauro Maccioni, Anthony Amaroso, Craig Schoettler and Kim Wood; MGM Grand chefs Joël Robuchon, Steve Benjamin, Claude Le-Tohic, Heather Zheng, Scott Irestone, Steve Barr, Vincenzo Scarmiglia, Heath Cicerelli, Ho Chee Boon and Anthony Schutz; and Bellagio’s Akira Back, Jason Smith, Hiew Gun Khong, Ricardo Murcia and Patrick Lee.

Shawn McClain’s Sage served up Kushi oyster with aged tequila Mignonette and tobacco pearls, crispy Meyer lemon risotto with whipped triple crème, braised veal cheeks with bone marrow flan and smoked polenta and absinthe macaroons for dessert.

Julian Serrano’s eponymous restaurant served Bomba, a spicy meatball made with veal and pork tenderloin, Rabo de Toro, created with oxtail, Iberian pork and creamy mashed potatoes and coca vegetarian, a Spanish pizza with aioli, tomato, onion and pisto.

Masa Takayama wowed the crowd with his sushi canape made with truffles, tuna toro caviar and oyster shooters soaked in cucumber cilantro vinaigrette.

Champagne glasses were filled with 2004 Moet & Chamdon, 2004 Veuve Cliquot Rose and 2004 Dom Perignon. Guests could also try a selection of Aria’s cocktails, including “A Vegas Sunset,” mixed with Grey Goose Cherry Noir, house made grenadine and orange, or a martini created with Bombay Sapphire, Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth and house orange bitters.

Food & Wine All-Star Weekend festivities continue on Saturday withthe  Burger Bash at MGM Grand’s Pool, Syrah that Will Change Your Life at Jasmine in Bellagio, Far Niente Dinner with Michael Mina at Bellagio’s Grand Patio and Six-Course Bliss with Joël Robuchon at his eponymous MGM Grand restaurant. The event concludes on Sunday with a brunch at Jasmine, hosted by Bellagio’s Asian chefs.

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