Sip and Savor with Somms and Chefs at the Bellagio

  • Richard Carleton Hacker

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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