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Any Maui food lovers heading to Las Vegas this weekend?

October 3, 2012 - Carla Tracy

We hear food lovers from all over the globe will take over The Strip Oct. 5 to 7 to celebrate the year’s premier culinary event, the FOOD & WINE All-Star Weekend.

After two successful years at Aria Resort & Casino and Bellagio Resort & Casino, this year’s roster of resorts will expand to include MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and The Mirage Hotel & Casino.

“From established culinary masters to rising stars, FOOD & WINE All-Star Weekend showcases the best and brightest of the industry in what has become one of the world’s top epicurean destinations,” says MGM Resorts International’s Chief Marketing Officer, Bill Hornbuckle. “Not only will we provide access to supreme culinary talents but our world-class resorts will ensure that each guest has a truly memorable experience.”

Kicking things offf Friday will be host Gail Simmons of FOOD & WINE magazine who will lead the talented line-up of celebrity chefs distinguished sommeliers and sophisticated mixologists.

“Marking our third year in Las Vegas, we are thrilled to showcase acclaimed masters of the culinary world, along with our own Gail Simmons at FOOD & WINE's All-Star Weekend,” says Christina Grdovic, FOOD & WINE’s vice president and publisher.

The weekend will set the stage with a wide array of events from lavish, multi-course meals to intimate cooking demonstrations. Some highlights are:

· The Mirage Pool’s All-Star Tasting will feature celebrity chefs Rick Moonen, Laurent Tourondel in a gastronomic gala.

· Aria’s stable of powerhouse chefs Masa Takayama, Shawn McClain, Jean-Philippe Maury, Michael Mina, Julian Serrano and Jean-Georges Vongerichten will create a one-of-a-kind meal served in the alluring ambiance of Sage.

· Bellagio will transform its Grand Patio into a farmhouse as executive chefs Roy Ellamar of Sensi and Brett Smith of Zolo Grill, an award-winning southwestern restaurant in Boulder, CO, serve a lunch featuring seasonal ingredients harvested from their favorite farms.

· Chef of the Century Joël Robuchon’s MGM Grand restaurant, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon , will do an intricate cooking demo and cook an outrageous lunch with wine pairings.

· At Mandalay Bay, celebrity chef Charlie Palmer of Aureole will guide an interactive cooking demonstration highlighting seasonal fall fare.

Tickets start at $50. For more information, visit mgm website.


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