the grand tasting at vegas uncork’d 2015

The Grand Tasting, Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Vegas uncork'd

I had the absolute privilege of being invited to the sparkling 9th Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit last month. A long weekend in the entertainment capital packed with some of the worlds biggest food personalities, their food and phenomenal drinks. What could be better than that?

The Grand Tasting, Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Vegas uncork'd

My itinerary was filled with amazing events across the resorts of Aria, Bellagio, Caesars Palace and MGM Grand that had me sipping champagne and mingling with culinary masters, top sommeliers and mixologists.

The Grand Tasting, Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Vegas uncork'd

The Grand Tasting, Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Vegas uncork'd

I’ve got quite a few tales to tell about this incredible foodie weekend so I”ll break them up into bites sized chunks.

The Grand Tasting, Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Vegas uncork'd

The Grand Tasting on the Friday night at the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace is the biggest event of the weekend and showcases the food of all the top restaurants in Vegas, including those of the mega stars like Gordon Ramsay, Guy Savoy, Wolfgnag Puck, Jullian Serrano, Emeril Lagasse and many more.

The Grand Tasting, Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Vegas uncork'd

It’s a glamorous affair that kicks off with all the chefs on the red carpet to meet the media and follows with a walk around tasting where guests can sample delicious bites from all the restaurants.

The Grand Tasting, Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Vegas uncork'd

The Grand Tasting, Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Vegas uncork'd

I ate so many wonderful things I wouldn’t be able to mention them all here, but some stand out bites were the Chicarrone – made from pork belly, caramel and black pepper and served on the Julian Serrano stand. Basically pig crack.

The Grand Tasting, Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Vegas uncork'd

An unusual dish of cured salmon on freshly made naan bread straight out a portable tandoor oven with harissa and raita is definitely something I will try and recreate. Delectable tastes from Nobu, a juicy burger from Gordon Ramsay, duck tongue and a deep fried oreo cookie thrown in the mix. It really was a whirlwind of taste sensations and textures. Sadly I couldn’t try it all.

The Grand Tasting, Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Vegas uncork'd

The Grand Tasting, Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Vegas uncork'd

The Grand Tasting, Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Vegas uncork'd

The Grand Tasting, Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Vegas uncork'd

The Grand Tasting, Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Vegas uncork'd

The Grand Tasting, Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Vegas uncork'd

The Grand Tasting, Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Vegas uncork'd

The Grand Tasting, Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Vegas uncork'd

The Grand Tasting, Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Vegas uncork'd

The Grand Tasting, Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Vegas uncork'd

The Grand Tasting, Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Vegas uncork'd

The Grand Tasting, Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Vegas uncork'd

The Grand Tasting, Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Vegas uncork'd

The Grand Tasting, Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Vegas uncork'd

The Grand Tasting, Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Vegas uncork'd

The Grand Tasting, Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Vegas uncork'd

The Grand Tasting, Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Vegas uncork'd

The Grand Tasting, Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Vegas uncork'd

The Grand Tasting, Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Vegas uncork'd

The Grand Tasting, Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Vegas uncork'd

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The Grand Tasting, Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Vegas uncork'd

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7 Responses to the grand tasting at vegas uncork’d 2015

  1. Lori May 13, 2015 at 6:25 pm #

    Beautiful photo’s Sam and some stunning ones of the chefs! x

  2. lynne hoareau May 13, 2015 at 7:46 pm #

    Wow, stunning photo’s ! What an honour to have been invited there…. As a subscriber to your blog and from what I have seen, you deserved it. Congratulations 🙂

  3. Ilana Sharlin Stone May 13, 2015 at 8:46 pm #

    Well done Sam and beautiful photographs, especially the one of Mary Sue and Susan!!!! Looks like an amazing event.

  4. evthomas May 13, 2015 at 9:06 pm #

    What an amazing experience, and fabulous pictures.

  5. Sam May 14, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    Thanks Ilana, it was so lovely to meet them and chat about you. They have said I can mail them for their Peruvian cervihce recipe which is exactly what I am going to do. The served it with crispy plantains which sadly we cant get. S x

  6. Sam May 14, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    Thanks Lynne, it really was a fabulous experience and to eat food of such a high calibre.

  7. Sam May 14, 2015 at 11:20 am #

    Thanks Lolly pops, what a thrill to be amongst all those chefs 🙂

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