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Foodies, You've Got Some Eating (And Drinking) To Do

February 19, 2013 at 7:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

We know. It's almost too exciting.

Now that you've finally worked off all that extra weight from the holidays, we have one question: Who's hungry?

Vegas has quite the lineup for foodies ahead, from the 7th annual Vegas Uncork'd to Caesars Palace's Food University where your culinary skills can get a boost from hands-on classes with celebrity chefs.

A few things of special note include previews of Hakkasan and PUB 1842 at MGM Grand as part of Vegas Uncork'd -- it will likely be the first chance for the public to try food from both yet-to-open joints. Hakkasan is scheduled to host a kick-off party ($150) for Vegas Uncork'd on May 9 (it's exact opening date is still unknown). And, while Michael Mina's PUB 1842 won't open until sometime after Uncork'd, it will preview dishes poolside at MGM on May 10.

Here's a complete rundown of what's happening in the Vegas food world over the next few months. Tickets have already gone on sale in most cases so don't delay if something smells good.

Bellagio's "A Master Sommelier's Classroom" Starts February 20

Bellagio, the only resort in the world with three Master Sommeliers (they have 17 in total), will host "A Master Sommelier’s Wine Classroom," a series of 90-minute seminars in which guests learn about the world of wine from the aforementioned sommeliers.

Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 20, classes will be held the third Wednesday of every month at Michael Mina Bellagio. Tickets are priced at $80 per person/per class (or $200 for a three-class pack) and may be purchased on Bellagio’s Epicurean Epicenter website or by calling at 866-406-7117. You can see the full schedule of topics here.

Las Vegas Restaurant Week Returns March 8-15

Restaurant week is a favorite in cities across the country, and Vegas is no different. Participating restaurants will craft their own multi-course, prix fixe menu offered at price points ranging from $20.13 to $50.13, with a fixed portion of the proceeds benefiting Three Square and the fight against hunger in Southern Nevada.

On Thursday, you can find an updated list of Restaurant Week participants and menu details. Despite the recent press/controversy surrounding taking pictures at the dinner table, diners are encouraged to follow @threesquarelv and tweet photos of their Restaurant Week meals on social media using the hash tags #LVRW2013 and #helpoutdineoutlv.

Epicurean Epicenter Hits Bellagio March 9

Bellagio's on-going Epicurean Epicenter cooking series sets its next date as March 9. Head there to see celebrity chef Todd English in action. And, to enjoy tastings of Justin Winery, a "Californian Bordeaux-style wine." One of the many courses will include "Duck Duck Goose, a seared duck breast with confit leg ragu and foie gras tortellini which will perfectly accentuate the elegant, yet herbal structure of the 2010 JUSTIFICATION Paso Robles."

Tickets are $175 and can be purchased on Bellagio's website or by calling Bellagio Concierge at 866-406-7117.

Food University at Caesars Palace Begins March 27

Tickets are now on sale for the three-day Food University at Caesars Palace. Set for March 27–29, it will feature 12 hands-on classes, three off-site “field trips,” a mixology seminar, six meals and an education from celebrity chefs including Duff Goldman of Ace of Cakes and Hell's Kitchen winner Christina Wilson.

The price of tuition? $1,995 per person. That will get you all of what's referenced above. More detailed information can be found here. Special rates on Caesars Palace accommodations (tuition does not include room and board!) are also being offered.

UNLVino Pops Onto The Vegas Scene April 18-21

The 39th annual UNLVino wine festival will pour some out for grape lovers (and then some!) April 18-21. Guests are invited to partake in four signature events include Bubble-Licious, Sake Fever, the Grand Tasting and BAR-b-q. More details are below. Purchase tickets at UNLVtickets.com. Funds raised through UNLVino will benefit students of UNLV’s Hotel College.

●Bubble-Licious (Venetian, April 18 from 7-10 p.m.): Chef Thomas Keller "will be recognized for his achievements at Bubble-Licious – an evening of exquisite champagnes, sparkling wines and exotic champagne cocktails under the stars." ($125 in advance, $150 at door)

●Sake Fever (The Mirage Pool, April 19 from 7-10 p.m.): Chef Masaharu Morimoto, known as the star of Iron Chef, "will be honored at Sake Fever, an elegant celebration authentic and precisely crafted Asian beverages and cuisine." ($100 in advance; $125 at door)

●Grand Tasting (Paris Las Vegas, April 20 from 7-10 p.m.): Elizabeth Blau of the off-Strip dining sensation Honey Salt "will receive the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence at UNLVino’s 39th annual Grand Tasting at Paris Las Vegas, which will feature an array of international wines, specialty beers and spirits, complemented with cuisine by a selection of the city’s favorite restaurants and the talented students of UNLV’s Hotel College." ($125 in advance; $150 at door)

●BAR-b-q (Keep Memory Alive Events Center at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, April 21 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.): A graduate of UNLV’s Hotel College, Scott Sibella is President and Chief Operating Officer of MGM Grand. He will be honored at UNLVino’s first ever BAR-b-q, a tasting event "all about the BAR." ($100 in advance; $125 at door)

Vegas Uncork'd Kicks Off May 9

Bellagio, Caesars Palace, MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay will co-host the seventh annual Vegas Uncork'd May 9-12. The weekend will be packed with intimate dinners, luncheons, tastings, and demonstrations from some of the world's best chefs, including Gordon Ramsay, Nobu Matsuhisa, Joël Robuchon, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and more.

Tickets are already on sale for the majority of events. (Each is sold separately.) New and notable additions this year include:

Kick-Off Party at Hakkasan (MGM Grand, May 9): Michelin-starred Chef Ho and his team will serve small bites and signature drinks. ($150)

Joël Robuchon Cooking & Wine Demo (MGM Grand, May 10): Joël Robuchon, France's "Chef of the Century" and the most starred chef in the world, will host a working brunch. ($195)

Tea Time (Mandalay Bay, May 10): Having afternoon tea in Vegas may seem weird, but it's further proof you can do anything you want in Sin City. Enjoy Mandalay Bay’s take on afternoon tea with panoramic views of Mandalay Bay Beach. Chef Charlie Palmer will brew up the tea and dish out snacks. ($115)

Farm Fresh to Tempting Table with Jean-Georges Vongerichten (Bellagio, May 11): Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten gets down to the roots of cooking with a menu of farm-fresh dishe. ($185)

The Beer Garden (Mandalay Bay, May 11): Join acclaimed chef Hubert Keller, Chef Laurent Pillard, and certified cicerone Sarah Johnson for an Authentic Beer Garden at Mandalay Bay complete with an Alsatian Brasserie menu, remarkable beer selection and live music to set the stage. ($175)

Bellagio’s Block Party: Cured, Smoked, Braised, Grilled and Toasted (Bellagio, May 11): Craft beers, sake, wine and spirits will complement live music and party-fare from five chefs at the Bellagio. ($165)

To see returning events from last year as well as a complete listing of events, check out the schedule. Vegas Uncork’d air packages and hotels can be found at LasVegas.com.

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