The event hosted by Food & Wine’s Gail Simmons reunites a line-up of celebrity chef superstars, sommeliers and mixologists, for an educational and memorable epicurean experience. Culinary events running over the weekend include presentations by some of the most talented chefs including Bravo’s Top Chefs Stephanie Izard, Angelo Sosa, Hosea Rosenberg, Yigit Pura and Sam Talbot. Chefs at ARIA and Bellagio Las Vegas include Shawn McClain, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Julian Serrano, Michael Mina, Masa Takayama and Sirio Maccioni.

“ARIA and Bellagio are ideal settings for the FOOD & WINE All-Star Weekend as both resorts represent the city’s finest in food and beverage offerings through extraordinary chef talent, unparalleled hospitality and award-winning restaurant design. Our partnership with FOOD & WINE brings talented teams of culinary professionals together as they collaborate and create an incredible line-up of first-class experiences for our guests.” says Bill Hornbuckle, Chief Marketing Officer of MGM Resorts International.

Events scheduled for the 2011 Food & Wine All-Star Weekend include:

Friday, October 21
8 p.m. – 11 p.m.: First Course: Kick-off party hosted by Gail Simmons at ARIA View Bar featuring a star-studded lineup of celebrity chefs and alumni from Top Chef.

11 p.m. – 1 a.m.: Second Course: The Deuce Lounge at ARIA Resort Casino will be the setting for a fun after-party as each chef hosts blackjack at a gaming table.

Saturday, October 22
Noon – 2 p.m.: A New American Lunch: FOOD & WINE Contributor and Wine Expert Anthony Giglio and Top Chef cheftestant Stephanie Izard co-host this exciting sit-down luncheon at ARIA’s Sage.

Luxe Lunch: Hosted in Bellagio’s Tuscany Kitchen, this extraordinary lunch is part cooking demonstration, part three-course luncheon and part wine tasting. This event will be hosted by Gail Simmons with Top Chef’s Season 5 winner Hosea Rosenberg providing a cooking demo and Bellagio Master Sommelier and Director of Wine Jason Smith pairing each course with complementary wine.

8 p.m. – 11 p.m.: All-Star Tasting: The main event takes place poolside at ARIA and will feature host Gail Simmons, Bravo’s Top Chef cheftestants Yigit Pura, Stephanie Izard, Hosea Rosenberg, Angelo Sossa and Sam Talbot in addition to the signature restaurants of ARIA: Jean Georges Steakhouse, Sirio Ristorante, Julian Serrano, BARMASA and Sage.

Sunday, October 23
11 a.m.: Champagne & Caviar Brunch: Hosted by FOOD & WINE Contributing Editor and Wine Expert Anthony Giglio, Jasmine at Bellagio will make guests’ champagne wishes and caviar dreams come true at this buffet brunch set against the backdrop of the breathtaking Bellagio Fountains. Featuring a specialty Bloody Mary Bar created by Bellagio Master Mixologist Matt Myers and brunch favorites from Top Chef Season 5 winner Hosea Rosenberg.

The centerpiece of CityCenter Las Vegas, the stunning AAA Five Diamond ARIA Resort and Casino features an unprecedented combination of entertainment & gaming options, unique culinary offerings from the world’s most talented chefs, innovative nightlife and spa offerings, and 150,000 square feet of gaming complete with high-end players, exclusive salons offer high-limit slot and table games in private environments

Overlooking the world famous Las Vegas Strip, the Five Diamond Award-winning Bellagio offers guests an  unparalleled Vegas experience complete with a wide selection of award-winning restaurants including two AAA Five Diamond eateries,  Via Bellagio luxury shopping promenade, a world-class art gallery, the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, a luxurious spa and salon and an elegant Las Vegas casino featuring a variety of slots, table games, and Race & Sports Book, and an World Poker Tour sanctioned Poker Room.


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