Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Eight Annual Odyssey Las Vegas Food , Wine and Art event and VINO LAS VEGAS takes you there

We learned about the work of Odyssey
Las Vegas several years ago. Founders
Mark and Virginia Martino have done a
magnificent job with this organization.
To really know what Odyssey is about
you only need to look as far as their own words " celebrating the journey of fine living "

That in a few words is what Odyssey is about and helping people
at the same time. We have attended several of their events in the past
so we knew what to expect but as usual, it exceeded our expectations.

We traveled a short distance north
of Las Vegas to the Las Vegas Paiute
Golf Resort to attend the "Crab Broker Celebrity Chef Golf Tournament " and the "Bourbon Street BBQ , Grand Tasting and Live Auction "

Most importantly the funds raised this year were to benefit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and The Odyssey Foundation's Scholarship Program for Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts right here in Las Vegas.

If you are a "foodie" this was the place to be. Joe's Stone Crab was in the house as well as the Crab Broker to provide all of us with seafood we can only dream of. Wine
Importer and Distributor Vin Sauvage
provided fine wines from around the world to complement the delicious food.

And that was only outside. When we walked into the resort , guests had
the opportunity to bid in a Silent Auction , enjoy more food , live music and even dancing.

Odyssey recognized Honorees at each event all weekend. The Paiute Golf event honored Uzi Ofier an Odyssey Benevolence Master. Over the last 38 years Uzi Ofier has been successful in family and business. He has always thought of others and gave back to his community. We was the force in building temple Or Badmidbar Synagogue all from donations.

The Odysey Master's Series Dinner was a black tie event held at the Bellagio Resort and Casino.
Ten Chefs from Las Vegas prepared a culinary experience for all to enjoy. Guests also witnessed the unveiling of an original art piece by Odyssey's Artist-in-Residence , Barbara Reynolds.

Brad Friedmutter -Skyline Master , Roger Peltyn- Skyline Master and Greg and Dana Lee were all honored for their philanthropic work.

Food, Wine and the Arts…
To Benefit National Center for Missing &
Exploited Children and The Odyssey Foundation’s
Scholarship Program for Le Cordon Bleu College
of Culinary Arts Las Vegas


Hors d’oeuvres

Presented by
Chef Edmund Wong, Bellagio Resort
Chef James McParland, Le Cordon Bleu
Chef Matt Thompson, Mon Ami Gabi
Chef Tina Redus, Le Cordon Bleu

Francois Montant Brut Non Vintage

Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay

O’Brien Estate Napa Valley, CA, 2005

Event Founders
Mark V. and Virginia Martino
distinguished guests of honor
Brad Friedmutter
Roger Peltyn (in memorium)

First Course

Chef Matt Thompson, Mon Ami Gabi
Chef Tina Redus, Le Cordon Bleu

Salmon & Lobster Rillette Toasted Baguette

Paired with: Sartori Pinot Grigio

Second Course

Chef Tim Beres, Joes Stone Crab
Chef Ryan Carson, Le Cordon Bleu

Moroccan Spiced Albacore Tuna
Preserved Lemon, Black Olives & Cous Cous
Paired with: Talley Oliver’s Vineyard Chardonnay,
Talley Vineyards, Arroyo Grande CA, 2006

Third Course

Chef Patrick Lee, Noodles
Chef Chanh Boupha, Le Cordon Bleu

Five Spiced Roasted Pork Belly & Chicken Potsticker
Pan Fried Dumpling, Sweet & Sour
Sliced Belly with Hoisin Sauce
Paired with: Selene Chesler Cabernet Franc,
Selene Wines, Napa Valley, 2003


Chef Edmund Wong, Bellgio
James McParland, Le Cordon Bleu

Braised Prime Short Rib Fava Bean, Wild Mushrooms, Sweet Potato Puree, Red Wine Butter
Paired with: Renteira Brenda’s Cabernet, Stag’s Leap District, Renteria Vineyards Napa Valley, 2000


Chef Sarah Kosikowski, Michael Mina
Chef Gary Brant, Le Cordon Bleu

“Chocolate Pudding”

Red Velvet Cake, Beet Chips
Dentelle, Cocoa Nib Ice Cream
Paired with: R.L.Buller Rare Calliope Tokay, Australia, Non Vintage
Bellagio Blend Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee
and Deluxe Teas

Odyssey and their corporate partners once again hosted a world class weekend to benefit two very important organizations and did a commendable job. Join Elaine and Scott Harris of VINO LAS VEGAS as we introduce you to this wonderful group of people who "celebrate the journey of fine living " and give back to their community.

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Elaine and Scott

Elaine and Scott
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