Your Insider’s Las Vegas Dining Guide

by Matthew Wexler
Monday Apr 22, 2013

Las Vegas is uncorking a decadent weekend of events that celebrates the city’s now well-established culinary scene with an endless buffet of tastings, Master Series dinners, cooking demonstrations and more.

Recently named one of the country’s top five restaurant cities by Bon Appétit, this four-day extravaganza (May 9-12) will pull out all the stops as celebrity chefs slice and dice their way through one-of-a-kind multi-course menus, and other industry professionals shake up specialty cocktails and present vintage wines from around the globe.

EDGE offers you an inside peek at Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit with our exclusive recommendations to plan your bacchanalian weekend along with what’s on the hot plate for Vegas’s next course of new restaurants, and chefs who hope to make their mark on an increasingly discerning clientele.

What Not to Miss

The challenge at any food festival (especially one that features Michelin star chefs and award-winning wines) is to plan an itinerary that includes a variety of experiences without bursting the seam in your pants on the first night.

Of the seven deadly sins, gluttony ranks number two (right below our favorite - lust), but this is Vegas and the number seven has quite a different connotation. Here are our seven lucky picks to plan the ultimate weekend feast. Antacids not included.

1. Master Series Dinner with Michel Richard Gourmand
What better way to kick off a weekend of culinary extravagance than with the pioneer of French-California cuisine, Michel Richard? With two James Beard Awards under his belt, Richard’s Central in Washington D.C. has received rave reviews and the Las Vegas outpost is the first-ever restaurant helmed by a James Beard Award-winning chef to be open 24 hours a day. You’ll be able to experience Richard’s contemporary cuisine through an exclusive menu planned just for this series.
Central - Caesars Palace, 7 p.m., May 9, $160

2. Market Fresh Mixology
Finally...the farm-to-table movement has moved from the plate to the cocktail! Join Hawaiin-born chef Royden Ellamar as he shares locally inspired dishes paired with cocktails inspired by Sensi’s four quadrants: herbs, bitters, sake and citrus.
Sensi - Bellagio, 2 p.m., May 10, $110

From Feast to Flowing Champagne

3. The Grand Tasting - Caesars Palace
Go big or go home. The five-acre Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace serves as the stunning backdrop for this bacchanalian sunset feast. Roam the grounds like a Roman general and take part in delectable bites from more than 50 award-winning chefs along with over 100 wine and spirits from around the world.
Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis - Caesars Palace, 7: 30 p.m., May 10, $225

4. Vodka & Caviar Social
Твоё здоровье! (Your Health!) Chef Brian Thomas Massie and team gather in the stunning Red Square at Mandalay Bay for a Russian-style late night feast of caviar and vodka. Whether you’re drinking it straight up, on the rocks or in a classic martini, this pure and clear libation is the perfect pairing to a selection of the world’s finest caviar.
Red Square - Mandalay Bay, 10 p.m., May 10, $160

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