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Bellagio’s Epicurean Epicenter - Preparing an Unforgettable 2013

By Stephan Martin

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When someone receives 13 consecutive AAA Five Diamond Awards, amazing food is a given. Having reached that type of unparalleled dining prestige, Bellagio has taken it a step further by creating unique dining experiences.  Bellagio is not wasting anytime placing the bar high to begin the year with its 2013 Epicurean Epicenter Series, featuring Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Inglenook Wines.

The dining experiences alone provide an intimate and one-of-a-kind behind the scenes at the creativity and genius of these world-class chefs, but getting to enjoy these moments in the Tuscany Kitchen inside of Bellagio really enhances the event. The Tuscany Kitchen is a state-of-the-art demo kitchen that has three cameras that capture all of the chefs handy work and that is relayed to the plasma screens throughout the dining area, allowing you to get an up-close look at the craftsmanship that goes into the exquisite dishes you are about to eat.

Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten of Prime Steakhouse

The 2013 series kicks off on January 26 with James Beard award-winning Chef Jean-Georges menu along with Inglenook wines, as paired by Managing Director Philippe Bascaules, Owner Francis Ford Coppola and Bellagio’s Director of Wine Jason Smith. Chef Vongerichten will be preparing seven special dishes unique for this exceptional occasion including; chipotle-cured salmon, seared Maine scallops and crème fraîche fritters – the crispy Wagyu beef short ribs with crunchy polenta and a red wine smoked chili glaze before finishing the finishing the night with a gorgonzola fondue.

If you are lucky enough to attend this event you will be on hand as Inglenook Vineyard allows guests a taste of the legendary estate’s first vintage released since 1964. To pair with Chef Jean-Georges menu, guests will be treated to five wines from the legendary Inglenook estate. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in Tuscany Kitchen and tickets are priced at $350, all-inclusive. 

Tuscany Kitchen

February will feature a four day culinary festival as the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse of China, the exclusive retreat of Chinese royalty and world leaders will host these dining experiences from February 13through the 16. This is only the second time the prestigious Diaoyutai State Guesthouse has ventured to the United States. Typically reserved for royalty, heads of state and other world leaders, the cuisine of Diaoyutai State Guesthouse of Beijing will be showcased in celebration of Chinese New Year.

Bellagio’s Tuscany Kitchen will play host to the three-day culinary event, offering exclusive prix fixe dinner menus to the public Thursday, February 14 through Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. The eight course meal, featuring a collection of historic dishes modernized from ancient menus, will be prepared and served by the Diaoyutai culinary team, dressed in traditional Chinese attire and led by Executive Chef Hao Baoli, who has hosted more than 1,000 world leaders in his decades at the Guesthouse. From décor and tradition to dishes showcasing rare and exotic ingredients, the Guesthouse experience will be transported to the luxurious Bellagio.

To ensure the finest level of dining, the Diaoyutai team will fully execute what it calls the “Four Beauties” in every meal: food, service, tableware and environment. Guests also will enjoy traditional presentations, including Diaoyutai’s Dragon Bearded Noodle ritual and extraordinary fruit carvings. Finally, celebratory décor will complement the elegance of Bellagio with Chinese tradition to create an ideal setting to enjoy this special cuisine. Tableware will be shipped from Beijing to Bellagio specifically for the event, with the end result capturing the essence and spirit of the Diaoyutai in breathtaking effect. The four-day event begins at 6:30 p.m. nightly in Tuscany Kitchen and tickets are $500 per person, all-inclusive.

March does not slow down for the Bellagio as acclaimed celebrity chef Todd English of Todd English’s Olives will be creating a unique menu to pair with the exceptionally hand-crafted Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc of Justin Winery. Hosted by Master Sommelier and Director of Wine Jason Smith, this spectacular dinner is certain to be a memorable evening. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in Tuscany Kitchen and tickets are $175 per person, all-inclusive.

If you have not had a chance to visit Sensi and enjoy the creations of Executive Chef Roy Ellamar, June 8 will be the time to experience his sustainable cuisine that will be paired with the wine of ZD Winery. Chef Roy was a huge hit with last year at Epicurean Epicenter Series and he will not only prepare amazing food using sustainable ingredients, but he will keep you entertained the entire evening. Hosted by Master Sommelier and Director of Wine Jason Smith this dinner will enlighten and inspire guests.  The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in Tuscany Kitchen and tickets are $150 per person, all-inclusive.

The perfect event for the Fourth of July weekend, Bellagio Executive Chef Edmund Wong will be preparing his popular BBQ and Beer event for the fourth consecutive year on July 6. This event kicks off at noon in Tuscany Kitchen and tickets are $85 per person, all-inclusive. If you have always wanted to do a beer pairing as opposed to a wine pairing dinner, this is the perfect event for you.

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from this amazing host of award-winning chefs, as each event takes you into the culinary world of the Bellagio. For more information and to reserve seats to these special events visit Bellagio's Epicurean Epicenter webpage or call the Bellagio Concierge at 866-406-7117.  All offers are subject to availability and guests must be at least 21 years of age to attend.

Published on Jan 18, 2013

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