LAS VEGAS: Mother’s Day Weekend at Vegas Uncork’d

New-Years-Eve_uncorkedWant to treat your mother (or your children’s mother) to a tasty getaway? Head to Vegas May 8-11th for the annual Vegas Uncork’d celebration and enjoy wine and food from some of the best vintners and chefs.

This year’s Vegas Uncork’d, sponsored by Bon Appetit magazine, takes place at various locations on the Strip. You have your choice of 23 events held at Aria, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, MGM Grand and the Venetian with celebrity chefs Joel Robuchon, Guy Savoy, Nobu Matsuhisa, Francois Payard, Bobby Flay and others tantalizing your tongue with delectable delights.

One of the big draws is the Master Series dinners, with a focus on a particular type of food. There are five of these, all being held on Thursday May 8th at Caesars Palace. They include Dinnertime Decadence with Guy Savoy, French Elegance with Francois Payard, Rao’s Italian Feast with the Pellegrino Family, The Great American Steakhouse at the Old Homestead, and Global Gourmand with Nobu Matsuhisa. Prices range from $175 to $315 per person.

Want something a bit less structure or alcohol-centered? No problem. There is a Mix Master showcase at the Lobby Bar at Aria, where you can watch master bartenders whip up some wicked cocktails, and then you get to step in and compete to create a drink to be featured on their menu. Price $100. (Friday May 9th, 1 pm) There is also The Perfect Pairing: Art and Wine at Picasso at the Bellagio, where you will be able to go wine tasting amongst the famous works of art. $80 per person. (Friday May 9th, 2:30 – 4 pm). Or maybe you’d like to go to Sommalier Feud: Guys vs Gals, where the action is based on the TV game show Family Feud, in which you will be in on the action providing the “survey says” answers and enjoying passed cocktails, appetizers, and a blind tasting of a mystery wine along with the contestants. $85 per person. (Saturday May 10th, 2:30-4 pm)

Another fun experience will be the Night Market and Grill Challenge at the Doge’s Palace in the Venetian. You will get to experience the taste treats of an Asian night market and then watch as studens of Las Vegas’ Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts pair up with famous chefs in a culinary showdown that will reward them with tuition money. (Thursday May 8th, 8-11 pm)

The crème de la crème of Vegas Uncork’d just might be the When in France: Joel Robuchon Dinner. Described as a “one-of-a-kind, six-course menu and wine pairing hosted by Chef Joël Robuchon and the restaurant’s Master Sommeliers,” you will not only enjoy great food by one of the world’s leading chefs, but will take home signed menus, Joël Robuchon’s book, and some special treats, all for the price of $775/person. (Saturday May 10th, 6-10pm)

A full listing of all events can be found here.

Vegas Uncork’d
May 8 – 11th
Various Strip hotels
Varies, tickets available here

LAS VEGAS: New Eateries by Fieri, Batali & Bastianich, Valastro…and more

Sin City is known for its wealth of Michelin-star and celebrity chefs—Hubert Keller, Guy Savoy, Bobby Flay, Bradley Odgen, Michael Mina, Joel Rubuchon, to name a few—and that list keeps growing, which makes Vegas a formidable contender for Top 5 American foodie destinations. New and anticipated openings abound, with some of the more mouth-watering additions being:

  • Cake Boss Buddy Valastro will be opening an Italian-American restaurant, Buddy V’s, this fall at the Palazzo. Taking over the space that previously housed First Food & Bar, the restaurant will serve Italian comfort food, serving dishes based on family recipes. Expect hearty fare like linguini and clams, steak pizzolo, and Sunday gravy, along with some traditional (and delish) desserts.
  • Following in the footsteps of Hubert Keller (Burger Bar, Mandalay Place), Gordon Ramsey (BurGR, Planet Hollywood), Kerry Simon (Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers, Harrahs), and Michael Mina (Pub 1842, MGM Grand), Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich have joined forces to open B&B Burger Bar at the Venetian in November. The team effort will feature a beer-driven beverage menu and suds primarily from SoCal and Nevada, of which you can partake indoors with 20 hi-def TVs turned to sporting events or outdoors on their 2,000-square foot patio.
  • The Linq, a new venue under construction by Caeser’s Entertainment on the Strip (adjacent to The Flamingo), is dedicated to going big. The main feature of this open-air entertainment district is the High Roller Observation Wheel (the world’s tallest), but not to be outdone is big personality Guy Fieri. The celebrity chef will open Guy’s Original Kitchen and Bar later this fall at the entrance to the Linq.
  • Noted LA chef Sam Marvin has opened his 12,500 square foot restaurant/butcher shop Echo & Rig Steakhouse & Butcher Shop in Tivoli Village.  This is not your traditional steak house with dark overstuffed leather banquettes and low lighting; the two-story renovated space features full glass frontage, exhibition kitchen, outdoor seating, and offers “nose to tail” dining options.

Las Vegas: Tom Colicchio Opens Heritage Steak at The Mirage


The Mirage is upping the celebrity chef ante this week with the opening of Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak. Currently this mid-Strip hotel is devoid of big-name chefs, but the opening of Colicchio’s new digs on August 19th rings in a new era. (Also on tap to grace restaurant row at Mirage is Masaharu Morimoto, who will be opening a contemporary Japanese restaurant in the Spring appropriately called…Morimoto.)

Heritage Steak features open-fire grilling, utilizing charcoal and wood-burning ovens. The restaurant will serve meat that is “antibiotic-free raised by purveyors committed to time-honored farming practices and heritage breeds.”

Heritage Steak
The Mirage
3400 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas

Hours: Daily 5 pm to 10:30 pm