Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Celebrity Chef Todd English and JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery Collaborate at Bellagio’s Epicurean Epicenter Dinner

Bellagio’s Tuscany Kitchen hosts exclusive wine dinner Saturday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m.
It’s time again for one of Las Vegas’s Premier events.  Bellagio Resort’s Epicurean Epicenter series unites the modern Mediterranean cuisine of renowned celebrity chef Todd English of Bellagio’s Olives with the classic wines of JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery Saturday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m. in Tuscany Kitchen.
 Chef English will prepare an exquisite four-course dinner, explaining every aspect of menu creation to guests from ingredient selection to technique and flavor profile. Each course will be served with fine wines from JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, paired by Master Sommelier Joseph Spellman and Bellagio Director of Wine and Master Sommelier Jason Smith.
Chef Todd English
Tickets are priced at $175 per person, all-inclusive, and available for purchase online at Bellagio's Epicurean Epicenter webpage or by calling Bellagio Concierge at 866-406-7117.
Guests will have a  culinary experience of a life time with a palate pleasing menu featuring  Poached Merus Crab Leg accompanied by micro insalata, bĂ©arnaise sauce and candied lemons and paired with the delicate notes of Landmark Overlook Chardonnay.

The second course, cleverly titled “Duck Duck Goose,” features the tasty meat in various forms including seared duck breast with leg confit and foie gras tortellini. JUSTIN Winery’s Justification, a balanced and complex red wine featuring aromas of both fruit and spice, will complement this decadent course. The culinary experience continues on with Osso Buco and parmesan polenta, garlicky spinach walnut gremolata paired with JUSTIN’s Isosceles and Isosceles Reserve red wine blends. The sweet finale presents a Peanut Butter Falling Cake with milk chocolate ice cream and caramel sauce paired with JUSTIN’s Obtuse, a port-style dessert wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon.
Master Sommelier , Jason Smith
This in an event no to be missed by any lover  of fine food and wine. The partnership of the culinary expertise of Todd English and JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery’s world-class Bordeaux-style blends and single varietals once again creates the type of exclusive experience for which Bellagio’s Epicurean Epicenter series is known

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Life is Beautiful Festival Names Top Chefs to Culinary Advisory Board Chefs to Help Create Festival’s Culinary Program

 In an effort to develop a truly unique and inspiring festival, Life is Beautiful  Festival (L.I.B) has named ten innovative chefs to a Culinary Advisory Board to provide creative direction and programming for the culinary portion of the two day music, food and arts festival planned for Downtown Las Vegas this fall.
“It’s an incredible honor to be associated with this highly respected and innovative group of chefs. Together, we will be creating a culinary program for Life is Beautiful that completely reinvents the way people experience food, wine, beer and spirits in a festival environment,” stated Rehan Choudhry, CEO of Aurelian Marketing Group that is co-producing L.I.B..
The committee will be chaired by Bruce & Eric Bromberg of Blue Ribbon Restaurants in New York and Las Vegas and include some of the leading chefs in the country today, including:
·       Kim Canteenwalla, Honey Salt, Las Vegas, NV
·       Scott Conant, Scarpetta, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Toronto & Las Vegas and D.O.C.G. Enoteca    Las Vegas
·       Chris Cosentino, Incanto Restaurant and Boccalone Salumeria, San Francisco, CA
·       Hubert Keller, Fleur de lys & Burger Bar, San Francisco and Fleur by Hubert Keller & Burger Bar, Las Vegas
·       Donald Link, Herbsaint, Cochon & Cochon Butcher, New Orleans, LA
·       Michael Mina, Mina Group, San Francisco, CA
·       Rick Moonen, rm seafood, Las Vegas, NV
·       Jet Tila, Los Angeles, CA
·       Jonathan Waxman, Barbuto, New York, NY
 "I am extremely honored to be chairing the Culinary Advisory Board and bringing together such an amazing and forward thinking group of chefs and taste makers for one massive party right in the heart of Las Vegas," stated Bruce Bromberg, chef and co-owner of the Blue Ribbon Restaurant Group.
The culinary area of the Life is Beautiful Festival tentatively plans to feature up to 80 chefs in a Moroccan inspired bazaar of food and merchandise stalls as well as various demonstrations and competitions and a garden for wine, beer and spirits.  The Festival also plans to offer exclusive dining experiences prepared by a top chef or a collaboration of chefs, winemakers and mixologists.
Life is Beautiful Festival plans to attract tens of thousands of people per day to Downtown Las Vegas for the first annual festival. L.I.B. is being developed by Aurelian Marketing Group in partnership with Another Planet Entertainment, MAKTUB Marketing and Downtown Project. Additional Festival information including dates, tickets and details on the music, culinary and arts programs will be released at a later date. Visit www.lifeisbeautifulfestival.com and sign up to receive information via email