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From Las Vegas Food & Wine Festival to Uncork'd, Vegas is full of high-dollar food fests. Though still steep, tickets to the upcoming Epicurean Affair, presented by the Nevada Restaurant Association, almost seem like a deal at $100.
The event heads back to the Palazzo pool area for a sixth year featuring an evening full of food, drinks and even more food on Thursday, May 21. Past experience tells us the high quality and three-hour time frame will make this a worthwhile culinary investment.
This year’s event features Chef Jose Andres of SLS and China Poblano fame as the celebrity chef host. The tapas king will be on hand for a meet and greet with the VIP ticket holders ($175) who can enter an hour early at 6 p.m.
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With a career spanning more than 30 years, Bernstein will analyze the fight for fans, and will also answer some of their questions, too. Bernstein, who will be ringside Saturday, May 2 for one of the most anticipated fights in years, will go on-air with Yahoo! Sports Radio’s Ken Thomson at Lagasse's, too. Bernstein will chat with Thomson at 7:30 p.m. with the Q&A set for 8 p.m. sharp.
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This weekend is all about Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao and the Kentucky Derby for sports fans in Las Vegas. Before we get to the fight and the big race, the NFL will begin its draft of college players into the league this Thursday, April 30.
Football is the most popular sport to bet on and the NFL draft makes for entertaining television. If there's one thing we've learned over the year, it's that sportsbooks are always open to doing something (anything) related to football. Enter the NFL Draft which isn't more than a television show without any legal US gambling (you can wager on the NFL draft online, but not in Nevada casinos.)
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Chances are, you’ve probably seen the gondola rides at Venetian. If not, experienced one. But have you ever wondered about what it takes to be a gondolier?
During the rides, guests are transported through Venetian’s Grand Canal Shoppes and experience the scenic ambiance of a faux Venice. The gondolas float through a quarter-mile indoor canal. There's also an outdoor ride that showcases views of The Strip.
On Friday, April 3, Venetian began selecting new gondoliers to join its staff, and invited the media along to view the first portion of the audition: the jump test. That's when candidates jump in the water -- outside at 8 a.m. in 52-degree weather, btw -- and prove they can swim back to the gondola, pull themselves in, and regain control of the boat, all in a specific amount of time. No biggie, right?
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Oenophiles, rejoice! UNLVino, the mac daddy event for all things pressed out of a grape will be back April 16-18 for another fine year.
The first day of the three-day schedule is Bubblelicious, taking place in Venetian's Doge's Palace Plaza. The theme is obviously all things bubbly, so everything from Champagne to Prosecco will be poured, alongside with bites from various Venetian|Palazzo restaurants.
At this event, the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence will be bestowed upon Chef Daniel Boulud, and local singer Chadwick Johnson will perform as guests walk around trying as many sparkling wines as they'd like. Keep an eye out for some special bottles being poured as last year's event had some limited amounts of Beau Joie, Perrier-Jouët, and Armand de Brignac (Ace of Spades)!
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If you've ever thought about suing over resort fees, a Southern California man may be your new hero.
The Associated Press is reporting Benjamin Brin has filed a class action suit against Venetian and Palazzo for failing to cite resort fees until after his June 2014 reservation was booked. While it isn't in extra large print nor included as part of the "starting from" costs, the websites for both hotels do list the fees. At least, they do now. The suit reportedly states that, until a warning letter and a site redesign late last year, the fee was not mentioned at all until after a reservation was submitted. (Venetian|Palazzo fans, feel free to weigh in on that one below.)
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An interesting trend for some higher-end shopping areas around the country are "bottle it yourself" stores. Most sell different flavors of oil and vinegar and sometimes alcohol, but too many are dressed-up, get-rich-quick schemes that buy a couple industrial barrels of the base ingredient and inject artificial lab-grown "aromas" into them. This is very similar to the way certain vodka brands have every meme flavor under the sun (lol at bacon, maple, cotton candy, and bourbon flavored vodka) and generally has the same effect. However, it would appear these are all pale imitations of other enterprises like VOM FASS.
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The tour, entitled Symphony of the Goddess - Master Quest, celebrates the 28-year-old video game franchise. This sounds both nerdy and quite interesting, at the same time. During the production, The Las Vegas Philharmonic will perform orchestral arrangements of music from a variety of games from The Legend of Zelda universe. There will also be video content from the classic game, as well as the most recent addition to the series, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (which is available for Nintendo 3DS).
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Though the now classic tunes of Frank Sinatra used to bring out showgoers in droves, times have changed. What was popular then and still respected now isn’t likely to garner the same numbers. The Venetian|Palazzo’s latest gamble, "Frank - The Man. The Music," is just that. It’s (pretty much) the man and his music. Of course, we’re not talking just any music, but rather the iconic hits of musical legend Frank Sinatra. His heyday was decades ago, but execs are betting his legacy is strong enough to bring in enough ticket sales to cover the cost of that 32-piece orchestra.
The Las Vegas Sun reports the show, which takes place in the expansive 1,733-seat Palazzo Theatre, will have to sell approximately 600 seats nightly to turn a profit. Though the Vegas crowds these days tend to skew toward more modern shows and nightclubs, hopefully there will be enough interest in this high-class tribute show because it really does deserve to be seen.
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Over the course of many years of writing about Las Vegas entertainment, this VegasChatter writer has often been asked something akin to, “where can I find a good Frank Sinatra act?” Since the legend passed in 1998, the best we can hope for is a solid tribute act. As with most tribute acts, there is a wide variety of quality, degree of physical and vocal similarity and, of course, overall production value.
Matt Goss at Caesars Palace was sort of like the second coming of Sinatra on the Strip in that his voice could mimic Sinatra’s well and he has the good looks and swagger similar to Ol’ Blue Eyes. Steve Wynn produced a dance-centric “Sinatra: Dance With Me” back in 2011 featuring a live orchestra. “Shades of Sinatra,” last at the Clarion, was a well-received show that lived up to its title.
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It's time for the fifth annual VegasChatter Awards! Today, we begin bringing you the best and worst of the year. All of our picks are based on what we've personally experienced in Vegas over 2014 -- the good, the bad and the mind-boggling.
2014 was a year filled with great restaurant openings. A whole new crop have shown their colors and, based on what we've tasted, we couldn't just limit it to just two nods. The Vegas Strip has seen the debut of new celebrity chefs while, off Las Vegas Boulevard, some serious chefs have cast out into the wild blue yonder to make a name for themselves. There are many that have made their mark, but here are the ones that did so most indelibly: