Black & White Gala

Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT) cooked up a lavish celebration honoring Giada De Laurentiis, lauded as the dance company’s “Woman of the Year” at its 34th annual Black & White Ball. About 500 patrons attend the fundraiser at Wynn Las Vegas, nearly all donning finery in chic shades of caviar and fresh cream. De Laurentiis, an Emmy-award winning chef, restaurateur and philanthropist, was resplendent in a black, off-the-shoulder gown. In addition to being the evening’s honoree, she also helped raise an impressive — and event record — $220,000 after spontaneously adding an evening of her cooking to the live auction.

That offer set off a bidding war between the Jenkins (Tom Jenkin, a top executive with Caesars Entertainment and his wife, Trish) and the Roys (Switch founder Rob Roy and his wife, Stella, who co-chaired the gala dinner.(The menu was a particularly elegant ensemble of salad, short ribs, lobster and a duet of s’more mousse brownies and a light-as-air crème fraiche raspberry vacherin for dessert).

Other surprises throughout the night included an unbilled appearance by Jewel (who sang an enchantingly lilting version of “Somewhere over the Rainbow”) and a spirited performance titled “Cheese, Please!” by NBT’s Future Dance Scholars (in mini toques and white chef jackets). Representatives from luxury jeweler Nirav Modi, the event’s sponsor, presented De Laurentiis with a pair of diamond earrings while she was at the podium.

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Guests at the eighth anniversary celebration gathered under the boughs of “Absinthe’s” Electric Oak art installation, which has 120,000 LED leaves that change color to music.
The meal included ladybug cake pops.
Wanda English Blair, director of marketing for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, left, and Luxury publisher Blue Ash, center, with performers from “Legends in Concert.”
Those attending the Grand Tasting sipped wine and sampled delectables from food stations manned in part by UNLV students, who received college credit.
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Photo by Wagyumafia
“Everybody and their mother right now wants pastel, the muted blush tones, ivories, whites,” said Teryl Soren of English Garden Florist. Photo by Getty Images
Joshua J. Fine Jewelry’s oval cut 4.76 carat pink diamond with half moon cut 2.38 carat side diamonds are set in a platinum ring from MJ Christensen Diamonds.