Posted by VEGASGIANT on Jan 26, 2018 4:23:33 PM

Imagine Coachella for the culinary world, where once a year, renowned culinary wizards from around the world fly to Sin City for one of the nation’s most anticipated food events, Vegas Uncork’d hosted by Bon Appetit. Top Michelin Star chefs like Alain Ducasse, Wolfgang Puck, and Julian Serano all participate. Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feninger led the charge this year and were given their own personal sabers to recognize the occasion. The festivities were held by multiple Five-star properties; MGM Grand, Ceaser’s Palace, Cosmopolitan and the Venetian and The Palazzo properties.

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Buddy V.

Many different events make up the weekend of festivities. Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feninger created a cooking demo at Ceasar’s Palace, where they shared their exquisite recipes and also showcased how to take the perfect food porn picture.

Gordon Ramsay with Hell’s Kitchen winners Christina Wilson and Meghan Gill, and Ramsay’s Pub & Grill at the Grand Tasting.
Photo Credit: Jeff Ragazzo/ Kabik Photo Group

Another experience featured was José Andrés “Dining like a Spaniard” at The Cosmopolitan. Chef Andrés cooked over a fire pit while sharing some of his favorite stories behind some unique items on the menu like his paella and chicken.

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Jose Andres cooking over the fire.

While at the Libertine Social event, we interviewed their modern mixologist, Tony Abou-Ganim, about their cocktail program.

“The Libertine Social focuses on classic cocktail preparation featuring premium spirits, seasonal, fresh fruits and juices and refined technique while honing in on details such as ice, water, glassware, and garnishes. We aim the program to be approachable and fun while educating our guests on lesser-known cocktails and techniques. Above all, we emphasize the importance of hospitality with our bar staff. As Dale DeGroff once said, ‘I don’t go to bars I go to bartenders!’ The overall goal is for guests to leave happier than they came in.

The Libertine Social.

Libertine Social has two bar concepts – the Main Bar and Arcade Bar. The Main Bar celebrates lesser-known classics such as the Queen’s Park Swizzle.(add in a description of the swizzle) It also features our own original twist on classics like the Milano Fizz and the ZigZag bottled cocktail. In addition to showcasing retro cocktails like the Lemon Drop and one of my classics, The Cable Car which I created in 1996, the Arcade Bar showcases pre-prohibition cocktails while celebrating the bars and bartenders who created the original recipes of these oftentimes forgotten cocktails” – Tony Abou-Ganim.

It was a decadent experience indeed. The following afternoon, we went to an intimate lunch experience with chef Nobu Ho at his restaurant.

He shared his background story with us and curated an exquisite sushi pairing. The master chef had a crew of ten staff who sliced and diced sushi for our experience.
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Nobu Ho outside of his restaurant.

Following the Nobu lunch, our team lavishly enjoyed the pristine weather with the “Picnic in the Park” experience with Alain Ducasse, Charlier Palmer, Michael Mina, Julian Serrano, Tom Colicchio, Shawn McClain, Rick Moonen, Roy Ellamar, Akira Back, Bryce Shuman, David Werly, and more. Located between the Monte Carlo and New York-New York, we enjoyed sipping Veuve Cliquot and relishing in the variety of dishes from the chefs at the park.

We enjoyed sipping Veuve Cliquot in their garden.

View last year’s Vegas Uncork’d festivities here.

Article courtesy of Destination Luxury

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Posted by VEGASGIANT on Jan 26, 2018 3:59:05 PM

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Posted by VEGASGIANT on Dec 22, 2017 11:42:07 AM

Photo: Masters of Illusion/Ethan Miller

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Posted by VEGASGIANT on Nov 23, 2016 3:14:34 PM

By Rob Kachelriess

Photo: Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken/Steve Hill


Las Vegas has plenty of great restaurants to serve up a warm turkey dinner for the Thanksgiving holiday. However, there are a few places that are putting a fun twist on the holiday. You just have to know where to look.


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Posted by VEGASGIANT on Nov 16, 2016 11:17:02 AM

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Posted by VEGASGIANT on Oct 14, 2016 12:18:24 PM

Photo: Michael Mina at Bellagio


Michael Mina may not be the most famous chef in the world, but he is one of the most highly regarded culinary figures in Las Vegas. His empire includes four restaurants on the Strip. Each one is dramatically different, but they all stand as stellar examples of food preparation and service.


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Things to Do in Las Vegas: October 2016. It’s a Boo Fest!

Posted by VEGASGIANT on Oct 11, 2016 9:44:59 AM

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Top Restaurants in Las Vegas for Fine Dining – Part 1

Posted by VEGASGIANT on Sep 30, 2016 1:20:03 PM


With over 41 million tourists visiting every year, it should come as no surprise that Las Vegas is home to thousands of restaurants of all styles and flavors. In fact, there are more celebrity chef-owned top restaurants in Las Vegas than any other city in the world. Here, you can be certain that no matter your palate, you'll enjoy some of the best tastes the world has to offer.

Just check out this sweet sampling of our favorite Top Restaurants in Las Vegas for Fine Dining - the first in a series of our favorite fine dining restaurants in Las Vegas.


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