Dining’s Not a Gamble in Vegas

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epicurean escapes

One of Las Vegas’ most buzzed-about culinary experiences is Bellagio’s Epicurean Epicenter Series, where guests get to watch talented chefs whip up some of their signature creations and popular dishes, then enjoy them with some of the world’s finest wines. Most of these events take place at the property’s Tuscany Kitchen, a state-of-the-art demo kitchen outfitted with plasma screens and cameras overlooking the prep stations and stove tops. To date, the likes of Julian Serrano and Edmund Wong have graced Tuscany Kitchen with grand dishes; prices vary depending on the chef and the winery, but run anywhere from $88 to $325 pp.

“The events we present showcase the award-winning culinary program at Bellagio and put a twist on the top-notch experiences guests have become accustomed to at the resort,” says Ana Marie Mormando, v.p. of food & beverage at Bellagio. “We have brought together the finest chefs and wine labels in the world, providing our guests with once-in-a-lifetime experiences that will entertain and enrich their culinary appetites.”

The events at Bellagio also include Art & Wine: A Perfect Pairing, taking place the second Wednesday of every month, in which the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art director Tarissa Tiberti and one of the hotel’s three master sommeliers host a mind-and-palate experience of art appreciation—most recently, the gallery’s “Claude Monet: Impressions of Light” exhibit—and pairings from the hotel’s wine cellar. Each 2-hour pairing costs $38 for non-members of the BGFA.

Wine is obviously a focal point at Bellagio. Besides its three master sommeliers, the property—which has won 11 consecutive AAA five diamond awards—has an additional 14 sommeliers, as well as more than 5,000 wine selections available to guests. Room rates start at $149 per night.

The Venetian, meanwhile, just opened the Bourbon Room, inspired by the club in the Broadway hit—and now movie—“Rock of Ages.” The venue brings to Las Vegas an ‘80s experience and almost 30 different bourbons, including a couple made exclusively for the Bourbon Room, with several flights paired with funky snacks like bacon jerky. It’s just a taste of bigger things to come, since The Venetian is bringing “Rock of Ages” to its own stage in December. And how’s this for a brave trip back to the 1980s: the Bourbon Room even stocks Bartles & Jaymes wine coolers. C’mon—you know you loved them.

Room rates at The Venetian start at $149 per night.

a couple of debuts

Next month, chef Masa Takayama will introduce the first teppan concept, Tetsu, to his culinary repertoire. Located at ARIA Resort & Casino within Masa’s Japanese restaurant, barMASA (it will replace Shaboo), Tetsu will feature four blackjack-style tables and two communal teppan grill tables seating 20 and 19 persons. Teppanyaki chefs will oversee the evening’s culinary entertainment—prepping, cooking and plating orders specific to each guest’s request—and guests will be able to hand select the proteins of their entree—specifying the exact cut, portion size and preparation style they desire—from a produce table that will display the evening’s meats, seafood and vegetables.

We’re sure you’ve heard all the buzz about the 180-room Nobu Hotel that is set to open this fall inside Caesars Palace Las Vegas—we ourselves can’t wait to take a peek. But the other delight is that chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s first restaurant on the Strip will also make its debut, and that means the chef’s first foray into in-room dining (room service just got a whole lot sexier).

getting there

Clients flying from New York or New Jersey can enjoy nonstops with Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Virgin America and JetBlue Airways from JFK or with United from Newark. United also offers nonstops from Houston, while Delta, US Airways and other airlines have nonstops from LAX.

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contact information

ARIA Resort & Casino: (866) 359-7757; arialasvegas.com
Bellagio: (888) 987-6667; bellagio.com
Caesars Palace Las Vegas: caesarstravelagents.com/home.aspx
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas: (800) 819-5053; fourseasons.com
Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas: (888) 881-9578; mandarinoriental.com
The Venetian: (866) 659-9643; venetian.com
Wynn Las Vegas: (888) 320-7123; wynnlasvegas.com