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One of the absolute biggest food and wine events of the year was held in Las Vegas May 9-12. Las Vegas has numerous food events throughout the year, but VEGAS UNCORK’D BY BON APPETIT has the title of the granddaddy of them all. Going for a solid 4 days, with over 50 chefs and countless venues, one cannot possible pass up the opportunity to try at least one of the events.

Starting on May 9 the first events unfolded. Chefs included Alan Ji from Mott 32 and Angelo Auriana from Factory Kitchen, both of which recently opened in The Venetian; Christina Tosi from Milk Bar; along with world famous names such as Guy Fieri, Gordon Ramsay, Guy Savoy, Julian Serrano, Giada De Laurentiis, and the list goes on and on. Some of the best events were Mott 32 Dim Sum Brunch, Think Italian: the Art of Italian Eating and Drinking, an Evening of Steak and Scotch with Greg and Marc Sherry, and to beat them all, on Friday night The Grand Tasting, held poolside at Caesars Palace. Here over 2,500 people drank, sampled, tasted and said hi to numerous chef friends from years past. This event runs $260 per person with some of the very best restaurants in the city with which to taste and experience the very best they serve. 

Escape to Giada’s Italy sold out early, and Behind the Scenes with the Master Chefs of France was on a waiting list. Chef Steve Martorano hosted a superb Italian event, Yo Cuz! An Italian Afternoon with Steve Martorano. Saturday we picked up with Picnic at the Park at $199, featured in the area in front of Park MGM. I attended this event last year, and it was so much fun I had to return. The Master Series with Gordon Ramsay was a little pricey at $425, Absinthe the Show with a feast of drinks and appetizers beforehand was also on for Saturday at $240 and a great bet. Tour the Night Market with Chef Timon Balloo went from 8-11 at Sugarcane, for $100. To finish up on Sunday two restaurants were hosting brunches, one at Chica and one at Rao’s. For details and to purchase tickets for next year, save this link: