Saturday, October 3, 2009

Wynn Las Vegas shows off its Award winning Chefs at Taste of Wynn

Wynn Las Vegas unveiled Taste of Wynn, a distinctive culinary boutique filled with gourmet ingredients, cooking tools, gifts and tabletop accessories personally selected by the star chefs at Wynn Las Vegas and Encore. Located on the Encore Esplanade, the retail store allow guests to experience the award-winning restaurants in a new way--by taking the tastiest parts home with them.

At SW Steakhouse, diners can cut their decadent beef dishes with specially made Shun steak knives. Chef David Walzog says, "they are without question the sharpest, sexiest-designed steak knives I've seen." Visitors of Taste of Wynn can also purchase the gnocchi paddle favored by two-star Michelin award-winning Chef Alessadro Stratta of ALEX and STRATTA restaurants. Stratta first learned to make gnocchi using the back of a fork, but his discovery of the gnocchi paddle rendered that process somewhat obsolete.

James Beard Foundation award-winning Chef Paul Bartolotta introduced the Botegga Del Vino glassware he uses at home and for reserve wine pours at his restaurant, Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare to Taste of Wynn customers. "For some reason, everything in this glassware tastes just a little bit better," Bartolotta says.

SWITCH is home to Chef Rene Lenger's one-of-a-kind seafood tower, served on an ornate art deco piece that mirrors the restaurant's theatrical atmosphere. The custom-designed seafood tower can be used as a striking culinary centerpiece at any dinner or cocktail reception. SWITCH also boasts a large bourbon selection that includes Switch Private Label Bourbon that is, according to Lenger, "one of the most memorable aspects of the restaurant." Spirits aficionados can now purchase the Switch Private Label Bourbon to sip as they please.

James Beard award-winning Executive Pastry Chef Frederic Robert promises y0ur sweet-tooth satisfaction with Wynn's truffles. A box of chocolate is a tried-and-true gift for a loved one, but these truffles stand out for their fine ingredients and signature Wynn packaging. Robert also recommends that Taste of Wynn shoppers try the bag of individually wrapped bonbon-shaped caramels.

Meanwhile at Sinatra, Chef Theo Schoenegger uses the Lario slicer--"the Rolls Royce of prosciutto slicers"--to obtain perfect hand-cranked slices of prosciutto, salami and other charcuterie. For Schoenegger, "It's the only way to slice prosciutto."

Diners at Botero rave about Chef Mark LoRusso's signature ketchup, available for purchase at Taste of Wynn. The ketchup's complex flavors are crafted from a secret recipe, and LoRusso promises: "After one taste, you will never buy another bottle of ketchup from the grocery store again."

The new Taste of Wynn boutique allows shoppers to taste the magic of Wynn and Encore restaurants at home, long after the last bite's been savored.

Wynn and Encore really keep the bar raised high in a city that has some of the best culinary talent in the world.

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