If you have an all-time favorite Top Chef contestant, if you’ve ever wanted to saber a bottle of champagne, or if the name “Jean-Georges Vongerichten” rolls off your tongue with ease, you need to be in Las Vegas next weekend to finish off your foodie bucket list.
October 5–7 marks the third-annual Food & Wine All-Star Weekend, a Gail Simmons–hosted event that unites some of the world’s best chefs in the kitchens of ARIA Resort & Casino, MGM Grand, Bellagio and Mandalay Bay. The three-day celebration is packed with meaty events, including an all-star lunch at Sage prepared by Shawn McClain, Masa Takayama, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Michael Mina, Julian Serrano and Jean-Philippe Maury; a tequila tasting at Diego with Chopped champion (and Diego executive chef) Christina Olivarez; a wine pairing featuring rare Ghost Horse cabernets at Craftsteak; and Sashimi and sabered champagne flights at BARMASA. The list goes on and on.
It’s rare to see so much culinary star wattage in one square mile — even in Las Vegas — so we recommend you pack your appetites and head for the lights. Finding a transcendent meal on the Strip has never been less of a gamble.