Sip and Savor with Somms and Chefs at the Bellagio

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    There can be no more colorful setting for savoring Louis Roederer vintage champagne paired with executive chef Paul Lee’s French cuisine than at Le Cirque. Photo courtesy of MGMresorts, Inc.
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    Bellagio executive chef Edmund Wong gets into the spirit of his food during a previous event that brought barbeque and beer to new levels at the Tuscany Kitchen, where guests interact with the chef. Photo courtesy of MGMresorts, Inc.
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    Bellagio executive chef Edmund Wong gets into the spirit of his food during a previous event that brought barbeque and beer to new levels at the interactive Tuscany Kitchen. Photo courtesy of MGMresorts, Inc.
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    Guests can get a close-up encounter with Bellagio executive chef Edmund Wong, shown here preparing a barbeque dinner in the state-of-the-art Tuscany Kitchen. Photo courtesy of MGMresorts, Inc.
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    The Bellagio’s Jasmine restaurant is the setting for the October 5, 2013 Syrah tasting with Bellagio’s Director of Wine, Jason Smith, MS. Photo courtesy of MGMresorts, Inc.
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    Jason Smith, MS, Bellagio’s director of wine, oversees wine events at the resort. Photo by Richard Carleton Hacker
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    Bellagio is home to a record 17 sommeliers and is the only resort known to have three master sommeliers. Participating in the executive chef's Culinary Classroom programs are (l. to r.) Sanae Halprin, head sommelier at Sensi, Jason Smith, MS, Bellagio’s director of wine, and Robert Smith, MS, master sommelier at Picasso. Photo courtesy of MGMresorts, Inc.
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    Bellagio’s state-of-the-art Tuscany Kitchen is designed to showcase the many talents of the resort’s chefs in various food and wine pairing demonstrations for guests. Photo courtesy of MGMresorts, Inc.
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If you’ve always wanted to taste and evaluate wines with some of the world’s top sommeliers, or to savor perfectly prepared food and wine pairings by some of the greatest master chefs, the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas is literally bringing these tasteful experiences to your table in its state-of-the-art Tuscany Kitchen and resort restaurants. In its newly expanded culinary events, you’ll learn the secrets of creating the perfect meal by sitting tableside in front of executive chef Edmund Wong and watching him as he prepares gourmet delicacies. You’ll also be able to sip and swirl alongside Jason Smith, master sommelier—the Bellagio’s director of wine—and his supporting team of 16 certified sommeliers.

This interactive series of palate-pleasing seminars runs through November. Tickets for each event are priced individually, are all-inclusive, and may by purchased by calling the Bellagio Concierge or visiting the hotel’s website (866.406.7117, www.bellagio.com).

August 28: Chicken and the Chef
This two-hour hands-on dining-learning experience is held in the Bellagio’s Tuscany demonstration kitchen with Wong, who will show diners how to create a memorable poultry entrée as part of a three-course dinner. ($95 per person)

October 5: Syrah That Will Change Your Life
The Bellagio’s lakeside Chinese restaurant Jasmine offers an elegant setting in which to explore the mysteries of Syrah wines in a tasting seminar led by Smith. ($95 per person)

October 26: Louis Roederer Champagne and Le Cirque
There can be no better setting for exquisite Champagne served with the finest French cuisine than Le Cirque. Here, executive chef Paul Lee will offer a multiple-course dinner that will include sea-urchin panna cotta with kombu gelée, cauliflower cream, and citrus caviar, as well as Parmesan royale made with Santa Barbara spotted prawns and shellfish nage, to name just two of the dishes. To complement such delicacies, Louis Roederer Champagnes will include Cristal vintages from 1993, 1996, and 2002, plus Chateau Pichon Lalande 2003. The dinner will conclude with Ramos Pinto 20-year-old tawny port. $325 per person)

November 16: Kistler Vineyards and Michael Mina Bellagio
Watch up close and personal as Benjamin Jenkins, executive chef at Michael Mina Bellagio, matches his culinary skills with the superb Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs of Kistler Vineyards, which Robert Parker once compared to those of Burgundy’s Côte d’Or. Also on hand to explain the nuances of Kistler’s 2012 Les Noisetiers Chardonnay, 2011 McCrea Vineyard Chardonnay, and 2010 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir will be Smith. ($245 per person)

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