Food/Wine

45th Annual UNLVino

April 11-13, 2019

Las Vegas is sipping red…and white

UNLVino, proudly sponsored by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada since the event’s inception, returns for its 45th year as Las Vegas’ longest running wine and food festival. Benefitting the students of UNLV’s Harrah College of Hospitality, this highly anticipated event returns for three incredible nights.

Bubble-Licous

Thursday, April 11 | 7 – 10 PM at Keep Memory Alive Center

Tickets: $125 in advance | $150 at door

Guests will delight in unique champagne and sparkling wine selections while reveling in bites from a variety of Las Vegas restaurants.

Sake Fever

Friday, April 12 | 7 – 10 PM at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa’s Pool

Tickets: $75 in advance | $100 at door

Featuring a wide variety of sakes, Japanese spirits and cocktails, as well as Asian-inspired restaurants, Sake Fever has also become known for its annual carving of a 300-lb. fresh tuna, provided by Naked Fish’s Sushi & Grill. 

Grand Tasting

Saturday, April 13 | 7 – 10 PM at The Mirage Event Center

Tickets: $125 in advance | $150 at door

Wine and food enthusiasts will indulge in a premium selection of wine, spirits, craft beer and other beverages as well as exceptional entertainment. Guests will also enjoy cuisine prepared by the Hospitality College students in addition to an extensive group of prestigious restaurants and chefs throughout Las Vegas.

Television star and restaurateur Lisa Vanderpump to open first Las Vegas venue serving cocktails, food and wine; set to open early 2019

Lisa Vanderpump and Caesars Palace will partner to open Vanderpump Cocktail Garden, set to debut early 2019. Bringing a taste of Los Angeles to Las Vegas, the cocktail garden will take a page from Vanderpump’s highly successful restaurants and lounges, Villa Blanca, SUR, Pump and Tom Tom.

“I have always loved Las Vegas –it has always been a dream of mine to see our brand in lights at the iconic Caesars Palace,” said Lisa Vanderpump. “Vanderpump Cocktail Garden will combine the sexy atmosphere of our other establishments injected with the Vegas energy that brings millions of guests who visit year after year.”

“Caesars Palace has a long history of working with notable names; from renowned chefs to legendary music icons—we’re proud to now partner with Lisa Vanderpump to bring her first venture to Las Vegas,” said Caesars Palace regional president, Gary Selesner. “We look forward to Vanderpump bringing Los Angeles flair combined with the extravagance of the Strip.”

Marrying natural elements with industrial touches, Vanderpump Cocktail Garden will have an indoor patio welcoming guests upon arrival, transporting them to an al fresco-style garden with towering trees and romantic lighting. Inside, the romantic elements continue, including Lisa’s signature touches of pink, with contrasting masculine details. The lounge area will feature booths as well as a full bar that focuses on craft cocktails, Vanderpump branded Sangria and Rosé as well as a carefully selected wine list. Small bites will be available to be shared or perfectly paired with libations.

Vanderpump Cocktail Garden is sure to be a Vegas hotspot, perfect for a casual gathering or for a big night out. Guests may even run into their favorite stars, including Lisa or cast members from her hit reality shows. The design inspiration for the space comes from Lisa, husband Ken Todd and creative director Nick Alain, who collaborated on their newest LA hit, Tom Tom. Vanderpump will be located in between The Colosseum and the entrance to The Forum Shops.

Tickets are on sale now for Vegas Uncork’d May 9-12

The 13th annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit culinary festival will be back on the Las Vegas Strip May 9-12 with another talented lineup of celebrity chefs, restaurateurs, sommeliers and mixologists. Resort partners represented this year include Caesars Entertainment, the Cosmopolitan, MGM Resorts International and Wynn Las Vegas.

The 13th annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit culinary festival will be back on the Las Vegas Strip May 9-12 with another talented lineup of celebrity chefs, restaurateurs, sommeliers and mixologists. Resort partners represented this year include Caesars Entertainment, the Cosmopolitan, MGM Resorts International and Wynn Las Vegas.

This year’s “headlining” food figures include Roy Choi of Park MGM’s Best Friend; Christina Tosi of the Cosmopolitan’s Milk Bar; Gordon Ramsay and Guy Fieri, who operate several restaurants with Caesars; Lisa Vanderpump, the TV personality and restaurateur who will be opening a bar and lounge at Caesars Palace this spring; Masaharu Morimoto of Morimoto at MGM Grand; Guy Savoy of Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace; Julian Serrano, chef of restaurants at Aria and Bellagio; and Nobu Matsuhisa, the name behind the Nobu restaurant and Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace.

Popular annual components of Vegas Uncork’d such as the Grand Tasting at Caesars Palace and Picnic at The Park adjacent to T-Mobile Arena will return this year, while several new and notable events include Roses and Rosé with Vanderpump, the return of a celebrity poker tournament at Wynn, an interactive Chinese cooking demonstration at Wynn’s five-star Wing Lei restaurant, a celebration of the cuisine of the Amalfi Coast at Costa di Mare and a roof deck pool part at NoMad at Park MGM hosted by restaurateur Will Guidara.

2019 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

From March 1 to April 23, discover the beauty and celebrate the bounty of California with unforgettable cuisine, beverages and events.

For events taking place in Disney California Adventure Park, valid theme park admission is required. Additional fees for seminars and events may be required, and space at the events is limited. Full payment is due at time of booking, and there are no cancellations, exchanges or refunds. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcohol and to participate in some events; valid photo ID required. Subject to restrictions and change or cancellation without notice.

PAST EVENTS

The 8th Annual LA Food & Wine Festival Once Again Took Over LA.

By S.P.

AUGUST 22-26, 2018

Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, produced by Coastal Luxury Management and presented with founding partners FOOD & WINE and Lexus, celebrated its 8th Anniversary from August 22-26. Master sommeliers, local chefs, and the food world’s biggest culinary stars once again gathered as the best of the Los Angeles culinary scene took over the City of Angels for the unprecedented four-night and five-day extravaganza. Here are some of the Highlights: Ultimate Bites of L.A. Hosted by Alvin Cailin & Antonia Lofaso.

Heat on the Street: Taco Takedown

Replaced the traditional Night Market in Downtown Los Angeles with an all-new Heat on the Street on Grand Avenue, hosted by Robert Irvine, Susan Feniger, Mary Sue Milliken, and Aarón Sánchez. This “Friday Fiesta” brought all the nuanced flavors of Latin cuisines to the plate, serving ceviche, tacos, carne asada, nopalitos, and more, with perfectly paired cervezas, tequila, and delectable wine.

Some other events included: LIVE on Grand with Curtis Stone, Tiffani Thiessen, and Special Guest DJ Questlove, Lexus Grand Tastings, Exclusive Luncheons and Dinners.

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY HONORS CHEF MING TSAI AT CALIFORNIA SPIRIT 33 GOURMET GARDEN PARTY, WITH HOST CHEF JAVIER PLASCENCIA

By S.P.

The American Cancer Society’s California Spirit 33 gourmet garden party honored Chef Ming Tsai with the 2018 Impact Award for his inspiring work in the fight against cancer through his leadership in the national non-profit Family Reach on Sunday, July 15 at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City. The event was hosted by Chef Javier Plascencia, celebrated chef, author, TV personality noted for his signature interpretation of the cuisine of Baja California. Chef Jason Fullilove, owner of Barbara Jean LA presided as Culinary Chair for the event. Honorary chairs Sherry Lansing (Paramount Pictures, STOP CANCER, Stand Up 2 Cancer) and Phil Rosenthal (15-time Emmy Award-winning “Everyone Loves Raymond,” “Spanglish,” “I’ll have What Phil’s Having” and second season of “Somebody Feel Phil” on Netflix) welcomed the crowd and Andrew Firestone (Principal at StonePark Capital) presided over the live auction. The event was attended by Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill, Chicago P.D.), Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue), Samantha Harris (Entertainment Tonight, Dancing with the Stars, Camila Banus (Days of Our Lives), among others.

The event featured a performance by Band From TV, a powerhouse of well-known and acclaimed actors including Greg Grunberg, Adrian Pasdar, Jack Coleman, and Scott Grimes. Guests enjoyed offerings from LA’s top restaurants including 71 Above, Barbara Jean LA, The Bel-Air, BOA, Fig & Olive, Frida Mexican Cuisine, Guerilla Tacos, Kato, Life Energy Food, Maple Block Meat Co, McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams, Panini Kabob Grill, Prawn Coastal, Takami Sushi & Robata, Sweet Lady Jane, The Wallace, Wolfgang Puck Catering, and Wood & Vine. Libations were poured by Ammunition Wine, Codigo 1530 Tequila, Danone Waters of America, Drake’s Organic Vodka & Rum, Golden Road Brewing, Hilltop Coffee, Lillet, Kikori Whiskey, Moraga Bel Air, Malibu Vineyards, and The Ojai Vineyard.

Corporate and individual sponsors include, at the Master Chef level ($25,000)—Centric Capital Advisors, Ellie Kanner and David Zuckerman. Chef de Cuisine sponsors ($10,000) include Cedars Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, Sam and Peggy Grossman, Sherry Lansing, New York Film Academy Foundation, and Phil & Monica Rosenthal. Supporters at the Sous Chef level ($5,000) are Amalfi Estates, Heyler Realty, Lynn Both & Kent Kresa, SoCalGas, and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. Media sponsors included KTLA-TV, Variety, Angeleno, The Hollywood Reporter, and KJAZZ Radio. California Spirit raised $________ for the Society’s groundbreaking research, free patient and caregiver services, and early detection and prevention education programs.

Chef Masaharu Morimoto Kicks Off Las Vegas' Most Anticipated Culinary Extravaganza at The Park, 2018 Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appétit

By S.P.

The 12th annual Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appétit, presented by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits of Nevada, began with a pop as some of the biggest names in the culinary world united in Las Vegas for a weekend of festivities at Bellagio, Caesars Palace, The Cromwell, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay, MGM Resorts' The Park, The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas. Joined by more than 20 legendary chefs including Guy Savoy, Shawn McClain ,Timon Balloo and Stephen Hopcraft, chef Masaharu Morimoto ceremoniously sabered a bottle of Prosecco at The Park, MGM Resorts International's outdoor dining and entertainment district.

Joined by Mark Shunock, In-Arena Host of the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights, Cathy Tull, Chief Marketing Officer for Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Joseph Phillips, Master Sommelier and Director of Wine Education for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and Anthony Olheiser, Executive Director of MGM Resorts International’s The Park, Adam Rapoport, Editor in Chief of Bon Appétit, raised a toast, welcoming the group and thanking the chefs for their continued support of Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit over the years. For the first time ever, the ceremonial saber off was open to the public, and attendees enjoyed small bites and cocktails from The Park restaurants as well as a variety of interactive games, including shooting hoops with members of Las Vegas’ newest professional sports team, the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces.

Recognized as one of the country’s top food, wine and spirits festivals, the star-studded weekend welcomed returning favorites such as Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, Gordon Ramsay, Guy Savoy, Julian Serrano, Lorena Garcia, Masaharu Morimoto, Michael Mina, Nobu Matsuhisa and Stephen Hopcraft among others.

The Grand Tasting

By S.P.

The Grand Tasting, Friday, May 11: The Grand Tasting is the signature event of Vegas Uncork’d, where over 2,500 food enthusiasts enjoyed a tantalizing variety of signature dishes prepared by some of the world’s most renowned chefs. The dramatic five-acre Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace featured more than 50 award-winning chefs and over 100 of the best wines and spirits from around the world.

Picnic at The Park

By S.P.

Picnic at The Park with Masaharu Morimoto, the Voltaggio Brothers, Graham Elliot, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Michael Mina, Julian Serrano, Shawn McClain, Roy Ellamar & More, took place Saturday, May 12. Guests enjoyed the second annual Picnic at The Park, Vegas style! Featuring live music and some of MGM Resorts' most notable chefs including Masaharu Morimoto, the Voltaggio Brothers, Graham Elliot, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Michael Mina, Julian Serrano, Shawn McClain, and Roy Ellamar, Picnic at The Park offered creative twists on classic al fresco dining perfectly paired with wine curated by Master Sommelier Jason Smith, cocktails by Mixologist Craig Schoettler and a variety of beer. Located on the Las Vegas Strip, this outdoor dining and entertainment district provided an ideal backdrop for you to enjoy a fun, interactive afternoon picnicking with celebrated chefs.