Vegas Uncork’d Kickoff!

ELV note: Yesterday marked the big kickoff for Bon Appetit presents Vegas Uncork’d at the Fashion Show Mall…and also the first day tickets for this event (now in its fifth year) go on sale. Many events sell out quickly, so click here to get while the gettin’ is good.

Here are but a few of the highlights that foodies won’t want to falter in following throughout the weekend of May 5-8:

At Bellagio:

Eating Las Vegas – Get in on the Culinary Conversation with top Las Vegas food critics and Eating Las Vegas authors John Curtas, Max Jacobson and Al Mancini. Moderated by a Bon Appétit editor, the tasting trio will dish about their book covering the city’s 50 essential restaurants while guests enjoy small plates from top Bellagio restaurants on Saturday, May 7.

¡Que Viva España! with Julian Serrano at Bellagio – Take a culinary tour with acclaimed chef Julian Serrano at this Masters’ Series Luncheon as he explores the regional cuisine of Spain where Pablo Picasso spent part of his life. The elegant restaurant named for the artist is home to paintings and ceramics by Picasso that inspire the senses.  On Saturday, May 7.

At Caesars Palace:

Elegant Bistro with Francois Payard Masters’ Series Dinner – Settle into Caesars Palace’s intimate Payard Pâtisserie & Bistro for this Masters’ Series Dinner combining the very best of the legendary Chef François Payard’s sweet and savory repertoire on Thursday, May 5.

Sparkling Brunch at Restaurant Guy Savoy – Give Mom a reason to brag about you all year long by indulging her at this exclusive brunch presented by Chef Guy Savoy at the Michelin Two-Star Restaurant Guy Savoy on Sunday, May 8.

At MGM Grand:

A Night of High Spirits with Tom Colicchio at Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak – Enjoy a lively evening tasting exceptional spirits and fine wines complemented by sumptuous steak preparations—all while enjoying live music performed by dueling pianists on Thursday, May 5.

French Connection with Joël Robuchon – 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:

Run for the Roses with Michael Mina – Celebrate the Kentucky Derby with a four-course lunch and wine pairings hosted by Chef Michael Mina and Michael Mina Group Sommelier Raj Parr.  Signed copies of “Michael Mina The CookBook” and Raj Parr’s “Secrets of the Sommelier” will be available for purchase. On Saturday, May 7.

Late Night with Hubert Keller – Join Vegas Uncork’d chefs and host Chef Hubert Keller—who will also be manning the DJ booth—to enjoy Champagne, wines, savory snacks and dessert at Keller’s new Fleur restaurant at Mandalay Bay on Saturday, May 7.

Final ELV note: the Big Reveal takes place at the 6:00 mark. Lookin’ good, Rob O’Keefe (and Rick Moonen), lookin’ good.

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