An epicurean extravaganza awaits attendees of the third annual Ultimo, a Weekend of Excellence, in Las Vegas. Taking place at the Venetian and the Palazzo Las Vegas from December 17 through 20, the event will be hosted by 15 award-winning chefs including Jérôme Bocuse, Thomas Keller, and Daniel Boulud.
The event kicks off with a cooking competition where up-and-coming chefs vie for a chance to represent the United States in 2017 at the Bocuse d’Or, the biennial world chef championship. Following the competition, culinary connoisseurs have the opportunity to sample a series of plates inspired by the four classical elements: Spread over four evenings, the thematic dinners include an earth-inspired menu of wild game and Urbani truffles; a fire-focused meal of wood-baked pizza and meats roasted over an open flame; a water-themed seafood spread served in gondolas on the Venetian’s miniaturized take on the Grand Canal in Venice; and, the most lavish of all, an air-inspired feast beginning with a Champagne and caviar reception in the Venetian’s resplendent Grand Colonnade room and culminating with a meal prepared by chefs Thomas Keller, Philip Tessier, Shaun Hergatt, and Ming Tsai.
When the truffle farewell brunch on December 20 finally brings the festival to a close, attendees will not only take home memories of these mouthwatering meals, but also some well-earned bragging rights—ensuring that just this once, what happens in Vegas doesn’t have to stay in Vegas. Tickets to the Ultimo events range from $150 to $1,000. (venetian.com; palazzo.com)