Feast on food and wine this month at The Venetian and The Palazzo

Foodies have reason to rejoice this month as The Venetian and The Palazzo celebrate “Cibo Vino” throughout August. “Cibo” is the Italian word for food — and amazing food and wine are at the center of dozens of events at the resorts, which include chef demonstrations, tastings and unique dinner opportunities.

The events are part of the larger Carnevale celebration, a three-month festival that runs through Sept. 9 and features nightly parades, a light show and other activities and entertainment.

Along with some special events and dinners with celebrity chefs, Cibo Vino is also offering weekly events that are free and open to the public.

Every Tuesday in August, wine lovers can indulge in a complimentary wine tasting in the Waterfall & Atrium Gardens at The Palazzo from 5 – 6 p.m. The tasting features wines from Banfi, St. Michelle Wines Estates, Folio and Joe Bastianich and is hosted by certified sommeliers.

On Wednesdays, a variety of chefs from The Venetian and The Palazzo’s restaurants showcase their expertise in cheese, fruit, sugar and ice carving with complimentary demonstrations from 5 – 6 p.m. in the Waterfall & Atrium Gardens.

The weekly festivities continue with Samba Roll Thursdays. SushiSamba’s Executive Sushi Chef John Um demonstrates the art of sushi making and sashimi cutting.  Enjoy a complimentary tasting of sushi rolls paired with sake tastings. The event runs from 5 – 6 p.m. in the Waterfall & Atrium Gardens.

For those who really take their food and wine seriously, Cibo Vino offers some special opportunites to meet some of the icons of the food industry as well as to indulge in some amazing cuisine.

Fans can attend a meet and greet with celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse at his sport bar, Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo.  Lagasse will sign autographs and take photos with fans Wednesday, Aug. 15 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

For those who also want to indulge in some of Lagasse’s food, his restaurant Delmonico Steakhouse hosts a special dinner Aug. 24 at 6:30 p.m. The five-course meal is priced at $175 and will be created by Chef de Cuisine Ronnie Rainwater, paired with wines by Master Sommelier Kevin Vogt from the restaurant’s Wine Spectator Grand Award list. Some of the items on the menu include charred octopus and rabbit fricassee.

Wine lovers won’t want to miss Vino Hop with Michael Mondavi on Friday, Aug. 17 from 6 – 8 p.m. A grand wine tasting with renowned winemaker Mondavi will feature several top-shelf wines including a 2008 Palacios Remondo la Montesa, 2007 Isabel Mondavi Pinot Noir and 2010 Oberon Cabernet among others. Mondavi, known for his veteran career of vineyard operations, has been recognized as a recipient of the “Who’s Who in Food and Wine” by the James Beard Foundation. Tickets are $25 per person.

Maybe you want to learn how to make gourmet cuisine for yourself. Aspiring chefs can attend a pasta making class with James Beard Award Winning Chef Luciano Pellegrini. Pellegrini will host the complimentary class while guests sip on Prosecco. The event will be held at Valentino restaurant at The Venetian on Aug. 18 from 3 – 5 p.m.

Chef Sammy D

Night owls are invited to get toasted with Chef Sammy D at First Food & Bar at The Palazzo Aug. 24 from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. The chef will host a party featuring a live DJ, cocktails and American cuisine.

One of the most unique opportunities during Cibo Vino is a dinner hosted by renowned chef Thomas Keller. Keller  is the only American-born chef to hold multiple three star ratings by the Michelin Guide, having received a total of seven stars in the 2011 editions.  He will host an intimate dining experience at his award-winning Bouchon Las Vegas restaurant, with just 25 seats available. The evening begins with a canapé reception and an opportunity to interact with Keller. During the seated dinner, each chef de cuisine will craft a course paired with wines matched by Bouchon’s sommelier team. This event is priced at $195 (tax and gratuity are extra) and includes an autographed copy of the Bouchon cookbook. Some of the menu items include sweet carrot soup, cured duck breast, foie gras, and a flight of desserts.

Cibo Vino winds down with the Carnival of Cuisine event on Aug. 25 from noon – 4 p.m. The fifth annual food festival, held in The Venetian Ballroom, features award-winning cuisine from the restaurants of The Venetian and The Palazzo. Guests will enjoy cooking demonstrations, tastings from more than 15 eateries including five James Beard Award winners and specialty drinks.  Participating restaurants include: B&B Ristorante, Bouchon, Café Presse, Carnevino,  Delmonico Steakhouse, Grand Lux Café, Lagasse’s Stadium, Lavo, Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro, Otto Enoteca Pizzeria, Pinot Brasserie, Public House, Sushisamba, Sweet Surrender, Table 10, Tao, Valentino, Sweet Surrender, Zine Noodles Dim Sum and The Venetian and The Palazzo catering department.  General Admission tickets are $60. VIP tickets, which include an early entry at noon and a special gift, are $85.  A portion of every ticket price will benefit Three Square, Southern Nevada’s food bank.


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