STAR-STUDDED 11TH ANNUAL VEGAS UNCORK’D WAS THE PIECE DE RESISTANCE OF THE STRIP

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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CADILLAC DRIVING EXPERIENCE AT SPRING MOUNTAIN, LAS VEGAS

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

As the leading luxury brand of General Motors, Cadillac is no stranger to showcasing their cars in creative and exciting ways. From test-drive events to roadshows, there has never been a shortage of opportunities to get up-close and personal with some of Cadillac’s outstanding creations. New for 2017 is the “Truth + Dare” Driving Experience, which is making its way across the US over the next 12 months. With driving events, demonstrations and a multitude of experts on hand to answer your every question, this veritable feast of automotive indulgence is guaranteed to satisfy the lust of even the most committed petrol-head. And we were lucky enough to join in.

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The Top 10 High-Rise Condos in Las Vegas

Posted by VEGASGIANT on Jan 26, 2018 8:37:42 AM

Photo: Vdara Hotel & Spa

Las Vegas is one of the hottest real estate markets in the country right now. Prices are rising based on growing demand and low inventory, especially with high-rise condos. As you can see, there is no shortage of options for those who prefer a vertical lifestyle.

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Why 2018 will be a Great Year for Las Vegas

Posted by VEGASGIANT on Jan 5, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Photo: Park MGM

 

Las Vegas is always changing and 2018 promises to be landmark year for new openings throughout the city. Let's get up to speed on the exciting additions Sin City will see in the upcoming months.

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CHICA MAKES ITS GRAND ENTRANCE AT THE VENETIAN LAS VEGAS

Posted by VEGASGIANT on Dec 12, 2017 4:32:58 PM

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TOP 10 SPAS IN LAS VEGAS THAT YOU MUST VISIT AT LEAST ONCE IN YOUR LIFETIME

Posted by VEGASGIANT on Dec 12, 2017 4:23:57 PM

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Where to Celebrate the Holidays in Las Vegas

Posted by VEGASGIANT on Dec 11, 2017 1:22:31 PM

Photo: Holiday in the Park/Brenton Ho

It feels like winter holiday celebrations are right around every corner in Las Vegas. More than ever, there's plenty of seasonal fun to enjoy throughout the valley. 

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Hot New Additions at Bally's Grand Bazaar Shops

Posted by VEGASGIANT on Dec 30, 2016 1:02:28 PM

The Grand Bazaar Shops is proving to be a hot retail destination, with a prime address in front of the Bally's hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip. It continues to evolve, recently adding a few big food-and-drink outlets worthy of your attention.

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Things to do in Las Vegas in December

Posted by VEGASGIANT on Dec 16, 2016 11:00:00 AM

The holiday season is upon us, and the bright lights and hustle and bustle of Las Vegas is filled with plenty of festive cheer. As the temperatures cool and little kids get excited about all the trinkets to be stuffed in their stockings, the Vegas is coming alive. 

Take a look at some of the things to do in Las Vegas this month. 
 

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Where to Watch the Fireworks on New Year's Eve in Las Vegas

Posted by VEGASGIANT on Dec 2, 2016 5:00:04 PM

By Rob Kachelriess

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New Year's Eve is an absolutely gorgeous spectacle in Las Vegas. The entire Strip shuts down to traffic as people fill the streets and watch fireworks shoot from the rooftops of seven casinos at the stroke of midnight. Just pick the right place to catch all the action.

 

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