Vegas Uncork’d

Vegas Uncork’d by “Bon Appétit” is a long weekend packed with culinary events, celebrity chefs and, of course, lots and lots of food. Bellagio, Caesars Palace, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas  and Mandalay Bay host more than 25 food events May 10 – 13, which are unique, insider culinary experiences.

“We really wanted every event to be focused, have a point and to be an experience that diners can’t get the other 364 days a year,” says Adam Rapoport, editor-in-chief of “Bon Appétit” magazine.

The Vegas Uncork'd Grand Tasting.

These creative experiences include master series dinners with celebrity chefs like Bobby Flay and Michel Richard, a paella lunch with chef José Andrés and a wine lesson with master sommeliers.

“Yes, you can go to Jaleo in The Cosmopolitan, but this will be the one day a year that José [Andrés] will be making paella at his amazing giant wood burning oven,” says Rapoport.

A new event added this year is “Follow that Food Truck,” a chance to experience some of Vegas’ finest food trucks, all in one location, mixed with a few renowned chefs including Julian Serrano, Michael Mina, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Todd English. The food truck lineup includes Sin City Wings, Lola D’s Kitchen, Fatt Daddy’s Ice Cream, Grouchy Johns Coffee, Snowono Shaved Ice and more. More than 14 food trucks will be participating in the event.

Also new this year is the “Kings of Cabernet” event, which invites you to taste and talk about Cabernet Sauvignon. Jason Smith, director of wine at the Bellagio and Master Sommelier, guides you through a well-mapped journey into the big red. Taking place in Jasmine restaurant at Bellagio, the views of the Fountains at Bellagio set the backdrop for this exciting wine event.

Brush up on your French because Chef Alain Ducasse is giving pointers on how to host a good party. This sit-down dinner is a five-course tasting menu with wine pairings and  a signed copy of this celebrity chef’s new cookbook.

Because it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday, bring mom to an Uncork’d brunch. Guy Savoy, Charlie Palmer and Rao’s are all hosting brunches, so take mom to something special like a Guy Savoy Champagne brunch or Steak & Eggs with Charlie Palmer.

If you’re attending multiple events in a weekend, here are a few tips on how to survive without going into a food coma.

  1. Stay hydrated. Vegas is a dry desert climate and if you mix that with drinking alcohol, you could easily become dehydrated, especially if outdoors.
  2. Don’t fill up on the bread, as they say. Try things that are new and different for you and skip foods you can have anytime, anywhere.
  3. During some of the larger events, there tends to be a line for popular food stations. If you get there a little early, hit those stations first.
  4. Pace yourself. “Maybe you don’t want to be drinking  eight glasses of wine at 3 p.m. when you have a dinner at 6 p.m,” says Rapoport.

While you may think going to food events every day for four days could be your dream come true, it’s not all about gorging yourself. The great thing about Vegas Uncork’d is you get unique interactive experiences.

“It’s not eating all day, every day, it’s eating strategically and getting insider access to the country’s best chefs,” says Rapoport.

Enjoy the weekend and bon appétit!

To see a complete calendar of events for Vegas Uncork’d by “Bon Appétit,” click here.