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Vegas Uncork’d 2011 Begins Today!

“…poultry is for the cook what canvas is for the painter.” – Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

In honor of Vegas Uncork’d beginning today, ELV thought a few tasty snaps of the other-worldly guineahen (aka pintade) — served to him at and by Guy Savoy last year — were in order. In keeping with tradition, we will be dining avec Mon. Savoy again this year — tonight as a matter of fact — and are licking our chops in anticipation.

Whether he will serve us another gallina farona (the Italian name – “pharaoh’s hen”) is unknown (and we’d be perfectly happy if he did), but in honor of last year’s meal, and to celebrate the fifth year of Vegas’ most celebratory gourmet food festival, here are a few fun food facts about this obscure-yet-tasty bird:

> Waverly Root (writing in the 1970s) described it as the most flavorful of all barnyard fowl.

> Their tiny heads resemble those of vultures.

> It’s slightly darker white meat, retains a hint of wild gaminess and has often been compared to pheasant.

> Although domesticated, they enjoy roosting in the top most branches of the tallest trees, and are shot down from such elevated perches as sport by farmers in Southwestern France.

> They are the noisiest of all domesticated fowl, probably because the plumage from male to female is almost identical, and they need to keep yakking to distinguish themselves.

> Thomas Jefferson raised them, and was particularly fond of their flesh.

> Because the first ones were imported from North Africa, the Romans considered them a rare and exotic delicacy.

> They got their name from the Portuguese, who started importing them to France from Guinea in West Africa (which it controlled), in the 16th Century.

All this research has given ELV a hankerin’ for a dinner most fowl tonight…but whatever Restaurant Guy Savoy is serving, we’re sure it will be spectacular.

RESTAURANT GUY SAVOY

In Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino

3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South

Las Vegas, NV 89109

702.731.7286

www.guysavoy.com

2 Responses to Vegas Uncork’d 2011 Begins Today!

  • I’ll be down the hall at Payard tonight. Let the party begin!

  • Ticket will call is at Caesars Palace Forum Tower room 5606. You must go there first. I called and checked yesterday, and there will not be a person with a clipboard at the door saying you can go in by looking at your ID. You must get your tix in advance to enter an event.
    TRH

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