More than 3,500 guests enjoyed dishes by over 50 of Las Vegas’ top chefs and sampled more than 130 wines on April 14 at the UNLVino celebration of food and wine.

Organizers took a few chances this year by changing the format for the 44th annual fundraiser to a single event at a non-resort location.

So instead of wandering a casino pool or sterile hotel banquet facility, guests explored the Keep Memory Alive Events Center’s stunning Frank Gehry-designed main hall (bathed in dramatic red light) and its open outdoor plaza in the sightlines of both the World Market Center and The Smith Center’s Reynold’s Hall.

Several culinary luminaries were honored over the course of the evening, including the late Paul Bocuse and longtime supporter Robin Leach, currently recovering from a stroke.

The true focus of the evening, however, was the students of UNLV’s hospitality college. All funds raised through tickets and the silent auction will go to scholarships. And more than 200 students earned college credit for working the event.


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