‘Vegas Uncork’d’

Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit returned to town for the 13th year with 25 drinking and dining events held at 10 Strip resorts and The Mob Museum. It launched on May 9 when Blue Ribbon’s Bruce Bromberg, flanked by several dozen of the town’s top chefs, used a saber to uncork a bottle of Champagne in front of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’ Boulevard Pool. The events concluded three days later with a pair of Sunday brunches at Rao’s in Caesars Palace and Chica in The Venetian.
The Grand Tasting returned to Caesars Palace’s Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis. The weekend’s other big outdoor event was a Picnic in the
Park held at The Park adjacent to Toshiba Plaza where celebrity chefs prepared small bites for attendees.
Giada De Laurentiis hosted a dinner at her eponymous Cromwell restaurant and an Aperitivo Hour at Pronto by Giada. Rock star Jon Bon Jovi attended and joined her in a frosé made with son Jesse’s wine. Nobu Matsuhisa prepared nigiri sushi for fans at a Master Series lunch. And Gordon Ramsay revealed the three ingredients he can’t live without at a dinner at his Caesars Palace Pub & Grill (olive oil, citrus fruits for zesting and chili peppers).

Luxury is owned by the family of Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson. Las Vegas Sands operates The Venetian.
Photos by L.E. Baskow, Bill Hughes and K.M. Cannon
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
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