Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The 3rd Annual Carnival of Cuisine at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas provides guests many culinary delights from the Venetian and Palazzo's best.

We have had the pleasure of attending all of the previous Carnival of Cuisine events the the luxurious Venetian Resort . Even though this carnival of culinary all stars is held in the spacious Venetian Ballroom the event also brings in the Chefs and restaurants of the Palazzo Resort as well. These two properties have a well deserved reputation for world class eateries , bringing them all together at the same time and in one place is a foodies dream.

1,750 members of the The Venetian and The Palazzo’s Loyalty Program that celebrates achievements, lifestyle, dreams, and desire for the finer things in life all came together with over 20 restaurants from both of these lovely properties.

VIP access started at 12:00 high and a procession of guests entered the lavishly decorated ballroom while listening to live music from the stage and began searching out their favorite dinning venue's area.

FIRST Food + Bar and the lively Chef Sam DeMarco added to the Carnival atmosphere, complete with a Vienna Beef hot dog umbrella to show off their hot dogs with mango salsa and chorizo chili which was a crowd favorite all afternoon long.

Chef Thomas Keller's Bouchon was well represented by the Bouchon Bakery which featured an all-dessert station, featuring assorted flavors of macaroons, cookies and pastries to satisfy any one's sweet tooth.

Sushi Samba has always been one of our personal favorites and did not disappoint us with their own style, showing off Japanese and South American fare.

Cafe Pressse and Sweet surrender just kept all of us going with cappuccino and decadent desert as we walked from "station" to "station" enjoying some of the best food on the strip.

Speaking about some of some of the best food one can imagine , we found Multiple James Beard Award winner Chef Luciano Pelligrini of Valentino himself cooking away for guests that lined up across the ballroom to see him in action. Where else can you see that ?

Many young and talented Chefs Like Carnevino , B&B and San Marco's Executive Chef Zack Allen was impressing the guests all afternoon along with his skill and delicious dishes the Mario Batali restaurants are known for so well.

Celebrity Chefs are no stranger to these two Resorts. Chef Wolfgang Puck and his staff were well represented with Postrio Bar and Grill which features seafood , steaks , fresh pastas and his signature wood-oven baked pizzas.

If its fine dining you like , WolfgangPucks CUT is located in the Palazzo. His very innovative menu that features USDA Prime , Nebraska corn-fed 35 day dry aged steaks and even Japanese Wagyu Beef is sure to please anyone who walks into the door of this classy dining venue.

If a mouthwatering dishes from South of the Border is calling you palate, Dos Caminos was on hand to show off true Mexican cuisine with a modern twist .

The Venetian and Palazzo also showed off The Grand Lux Cafe , Lagasse Stadium Bar , Book and Bam , Morels French Steak House , Canaletto with dishes from Chef Gianpaolo Putzu , LAVO , and Pinot Brasserie with cuisine from Master Chef Joachim Splichal featured a classic French escargot with beurre blanc sauce.

Live cooking demonstrations by Venetian and Palazzo chefs taking place every hour, gave diners a chance to watch and learn from world-class culinary talent while surrounded by amazing dishes .

Attending this 3rd Carnival of Cuisine , enjoying creations from the great Chefs of the Venetian / Palazzo , sipping cocktails from Ketel One, Patron and Absolut and even getting an education really showed how unique these two Resorts are located right in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip. We have no doubt that the 4th Carnival of Cuisine next year will be even better.

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