Sunday, May 18, 2008

VINO LAS VEGAS slips and strolls through Bon Appetit's Vegas Uncorked Grand Tasting

Bon Appetit Magazine named Las Vegas one of the top five
restaurant cities in the U.S and Travelocity ranked the city second among the world's top gourmet destinations. It is only natural that Bon Appetit once again, chose Las Vegas as home for one of their most exciting culinary events of the year.

Vino Las Vegas is based in this world-renowned entertainment and culinary destination city. Bon Appetit came to town with their Vegas Uncorked for a four day celebration of culinary excellence so we had to stop in for several of these events.

The Grand Tasting sip and stroll was like walking through a culinary Disney world. We walked
into the event took our glasses and paused at the sight before us. We saw legends like Guy Savoy,Wolfgang Puck, Todd English, and Daniel Boulud serving up their best to the guests.

One of our first stops was RM seafood to sample seafood from
Chef / Author Rick Moonen. Having been at the Francois Payard
Master Series Dinner the night before, we had to stop by for
another taste of his luscious creations. Guy Savoy is a culinary
icon and also present at this prestigious culinary event.

Emeril Lagssee's presence was in the house as well with Table 10's executive Chef Jean Paul Labadie serving his newest creations from the latest Emeril restaurant located in the Palazzo Hotel and Casino.

Many of the Bon Appetit staff was on hand as well. Executive Chef Cat Cora was present along with Editor-in-Chief Barbara Fairchild.

There was much more to enjoy. Every isle we explored brought us names like B&B Ristorante, Joes Seafood and Stone Crab, David Burke, Mesa Grill, Bistro Zinc, Spago, Border Grill, Bradley
Ogden, Aureole,L'Atelier De Joel Robuchon, Alize and so many more.

Just these names alone can give a "foodie" sensory overload.One of the best parts of this event was most of the "big"names were present to represent their restaurant in person.
These culinary stars were very approachable and available for book signings or just to stop by
and say how much you enjoy their creations.

We had the opportunity to speak with colleagues and others in the field that attend many events throughout the year. Almost everyone agreed nowhere in the world could you stand under one
roof and enjoy food of this quality except in Las Vegas. This great city has perhaps the largest collection of "celebrity" chefs and renown restaurants found anywhere in the world. There are
more Master Sommeliers in Las Vegas than any other city.

Las Vegas has been on the world stage in many capacities over its short but colorful history. But
now with AAA Five Diamond Award winners and recently the prestigious Michelin Guide awarding the only three star rating to Joel Robuchon at the MGM Grand for Las Vegas and Los Angeles, lets Las Vegas take its right full place among the world's best culinary cities.

Take a slip and stroll with Elaine and Scott of Vino Las Vegas as we talk to a few Chefs, winemakers and sample some culinary creations we will not soon forget.

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