Saturday, October 4, 2008

Vegas Uncork’d: Dinner Gala

While the guests were registering their presence, getting their assigned table and mingling about, drinks and hors-d’oeuvres were being served.

Local food critic (and lawyer) John Curtas emceed the event.

I was assigned a number to one of the dining tables at the gala.

Before each course was served, the chef gave a cooking demonstration of the dish, which kept the interest level high.

hot & cold blue fin toro, yuzu “au poivre”, asian greens

2007 pazo san mauro albarino, rias baixas, spain

michael mina

alaskan king crab, morel velouté, sweet peas spuma, spring pea tendrils

2005 selbach oster riesling kabinett, mosel, germany

todd english

roasted côtelette of quail, ragoût of green lentils du puy, lavender mustard, aged balsamic vinegar

2004 finca monasterio rioja, spain

julian serrano

beef tenderloin, grilled foie gras dumplings, miso-mustard butter

2005 gramercy cellars syrah, walla walla valley, washington

jean-georges vongerichten

sweet taste of bellagio

2002 château de fargues, sauternes, france

jean philippe maury

An adjacent room opened up and all sorts of desserts were waiting to be eaten. Talk about kids in a candy shop!

Although the Bon Appetit conference ended on Saturday night for me with that dinner gala, my vacation continued on into Sunday and Monday. At this point, a time to pause and ponder over what transpired those past three days in the merry month of May 2008 at Caesar’s, Bellagio, Wynn, et al.