Something old, plenty new for 12th annual Vegas Uncork’d

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today for the 12th Annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit. After being held in April for the past three years, the festival will take place over Mother’s Day weekend, May 10-13, with two dozen food, wine and cocktail events planned for six Strip resorts and The Mob Museum.

The lineup of chefs includes Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, Gordon Ramsay, Guy Savoy, Julian Serrano, Lorena Garcia, Masaharu Morimoto, Michael Mina, Nobu Matsuhisa and Stephen Hopcraft.

Friday night’s Grand Tasting will serve as the weekend’s centerpiece, with more than 50 chefs feeding 2,500 foodies at Caesars Palace’s Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis. But fans of the large outdoor dine-arounds will be happy to hear that last year’s surprise hit, the Picnic at the Park, will be returning to The Park between Monte Carlo and New York-New York on Saturday afternoon.

And The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will introduce something new, the Sunset Clambake, at its Boulevard Pool on Thursday evening.

Gordon Ramsay will host a pair of events: a Master Series dinner at his brand Hell’s Kitchen restaurant that will offer a VIP experience where select fans can meet the chef and sit at his table, and a beer tasting at his Caesars Palace Pub & Grill. And Wolfgang Puck’s steakhouse CUT will serve a steak and eggs breakfast for the first time.

Whiskey drinkers will have the opportunity to sample rare bourbons, including Pappy Van Winkle, at a special dinner at Old Homestead Steakhouse, while moonshine fans will be able to tour The Mob Museum’s brand new distillery. And kids of all ages will have the opportunity to make their own over-the-top milkshakes at The Venetian’s new Black Tap.

The weekend’s most exclusive ticket will be for the six-seat Krug Table inside the kitchen at Restaurant Guy Savoy, where you’ll be able to watch the restaurant’s namesake chef and his team prepare your meal during their Master Series tasting dinner. But the weekend’s sentimental favorite will undoubtedly be a tribute to the late restaurateur and actor Frank Pellegrino Sr., hosted by his son Frank Jr. and partner Ron Straci, at their Caesars Palace restaurant, Rao’s.

For more information, go to vegasuncorked.com.

Constructed in 1906, Bently Heritage Estate Distillery’s mill was once home to the Minden Flour Milling Company.
The Napa Valley Wine Train offers a variety of excursions, including a new murder-mystery dinner ride. Photo by David H. Collier
The sisters also created a pair of pink sweats with a satin bow as part of their new clothing line.
After a two-year absence, Smith & Wollensky opened on the Strip and still features drinks with generous hand-pours. Photo by KeyLimePhotography
Bank Atcharawan is known for his expertise on rieslings, whose fruitiness complement Thai dishes. Photo by K.M. Cannon
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David Perrico’s Pop Strings Orchestra provided the evening’s entertainment.
Former Raiders quarterback Jim Plunkett, center, chats with attendees and shakes hands with Dave Melroy during the Raiders Foundation’s second “Celebrity Swing” at TopGolf.
American artist Aaron Taylor Kuffner created the sonic kinetic sculpture “Gamelatron Perhiasan Emas di Awn Hitam” or “Golden Jewels in a Black Cloud” for the new John Hardy store at The Forum Shops. Photo by Aaron Taylor Kuffner
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