It’s about wine! (Food & Wine, that is)

The Grand Tasting.

It sounds like a banquet fit for a king — and in many ways, it is.

Start with star chefs and restaurateurs from Aria and Bellagio such as Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Julian Serrano, Michael Mina, Masa Takayama and Sirio Maccioni. Sprinkle in guest chefs like “Top Chef” Winner Stephanie Izard and Executive Chef of Twist, Pierre Gagnaire. Finally, take all those culinary greats and put them in one place, accessible to you, for one night only.

Last year's Champagne & Caviar brunch at Jasmine in Bellagio.

Last year's Champagne & Caviar brunch at Jasmine in Bellagio.

The Grand Tasting, part of the Food & Wine All-Star Weekend, can’t get much better. Set around the lush landscape of the Aria pool, the evening event is fun, full of food and though there are All-Star events in other cities, no one does it better than Vegas.

Events for the Food & Wine All-Star Weekend start Friday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. with a cocktail party hosted by Gail Simmons. Highlights from the weekend include a lunch with Chef Shawn McClain of Sage restaurant in Aria. Special guest Stephanie Izard will also be cooking for the event. Both chefs are from Chicago, where Izard’s restaurant, The Girl & the Goat, is one of the most popular places in town.

There is also a Luxe Lunch at Tuscany Kitchen in Bellagio. This unique culinary experience invites guests to interact with chefs as they provide a cooking demonstration of the courses being served. Top Chef winner Hosea Rosenberg will be cooking tasty dishes and Bellagio Master Sommelier and Director of Wine Jason Smith will be pairing wines.

If you like the luncheon at Tuscany Kitchen, make sure you come back for a full dinner on Nov. 5. A four-course meal prepared by Julian Serrano (also participating in Food & Wine All-Star Weekend) will be paired with sensational wines from the Arujo Estate.

Sunday, Oct 23, the Champagne & Caviar brunch is a feast worth attending. Located in Jasmine, the Chinese restaurant at Bellagio, the brunch is truly remarkable. A Bloody Mary bar, carved ice sculptures and chocolate fountains are just some of the things you’ll experience at this meal. Jasmine also has a great view of the Fountains at Bellagio, which put on a show choreographed to music every 30 minutes.

Food & Wine All-Star Weekend is a great foodie getaway. Don’t miss this exciting culinary event! To purchase tickets go here.