Inside Food & Wine's All Star Weekend
LAS VEGAS (MainStreet) -- Some of the world's greatest chefs descended on the red carpet at Aria Las Vegas on Oct. 21 to celebrate the Food & Wine All Star Weekend, and TravelsinTaste was invited not just to savor the weekend, but -- with a select group of food and travel writers -- to exclusive, interactive and behind-the-scenes experiences with such notable chefs and restaurateurs as Masa Takayama, Sirio Maccioni, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Michael Mina and more.
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The weekend began for us with an intimate cocktail party in one of Aria's AAA Five Diamond Sky Suites with specially made limoncello flights by Sirio Ristorante Executive Chef Vincenzo Scarmiglia. For those not inclined to alcohol, Jean Georges Steakhouse's Mixologist Darren West created homemade syrups and sodas. Sirio Maccioni, one of the world's most celebrated restaurateurs, regaled guests with stories of his famous Le Cirque.
Immediately afterward, chef/creator Masa Takayama prepared our group's private dinner at Aria's Bar Masa. The maestro himself prepared and served a seven-course tasting menu complete with wine pairings, including toro tartare with caviar and uni risotto with white truffle. Pairings included an exclusive sake, Matsunoi "Wishing Well" Tokubetsu Junmai from Niigata.
|Sam Talbot, Anthony Giglio, Angelo Sosa, Gail Simmons, Hosea Rosenberg and Stephanie Izard gather Oct. 21 for the magazine's All Star Weekend in Las Vegas.|
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