Tickets On Sale Now For The Eighth Annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit

Bon Appétit hosts the 7th annual Vegas Uncork'd on Saturday, May 11, 2013, in Las Vegas. (David Becker for Bon Appétit)

Bon Appétit hosts the 7th annual Vegas Uncork’d on Saturday, May 11, 2013, in Las Vegas. (David Becker for Bon Appétit)

The country’s leading culinary festival, Vegas Uncork’d byBon Appetitpresented by Chase Sapphire Preferred®, features an extraordinary lineup of star-studded chefs, sommeliers and mixologists from ARIA, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, MGM Grand and The Venetian, May 8-11. The four-day celebration offers rare access for food lovers to interact and rub shoulders with their favorite big-named chefs. This year’s program will be hosted by celebrity chefs Bobby Flay, Buddy Valastro, Daniel Boulud, Giada De Laurentiis, Joel Robuchon, Julian Serrano, Guy Savoy, Mario Batali,Pierre Gagnaire, Masayoshi Takayama, Michael Mina, Nobu Matsuhisa, Royden Ellamar, Shawn McClain, Thomas Keller and more.

Bon Appétit hosts the 7th annual Vegas Uncork'd on Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Las Vegas. (Isaac Brekken for Bon Appétit)

Bon Appétit hosts the 7th annual Vegas Uncork’d on Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Las Vegas. (Isaac Brekken for Bon Appétit)

“Four days in the Las Vegas sun celebrating 70 of the world’s best chefs, 20 of the most talented Master Sommeliers and 50 amazing events is my perfect weekend,” says Bon Appetit editor in chief Adam Rapoport. “Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit, entering its eighth year, is not to be missed.”

“Las Vegas continues to redefine the essence of epicurean excellence by offering the most comprehensive collection of distinguished chefs, Master Sommeliers and celebrated restaurants in the world,” said Cathy Tull, senior vice president of marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “This year we are thrilled to welcome additional resorts, chefs and unique, one-of-a-kind experiences to Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit, as it provides our guests with unparalleled access to legendary chefs and sommeliers in truly intimate settings, while showcasing Las Vegas as the culinary mecca it has become.”

Chase Sapphire Preferred, a premier rewards credit card for people who are passionate about travel and dining, is the presenting sponsor of this year’s Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit. Chase Sapphire cardholders will enjoy reserved tickets to coveted events and have exclusive access to interactive experiences with chefs, including an intimate meet-and-greet with Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and learn what it takes to create Japanese specialties.

Chef Michael Mina cooks poolside presented by Bon Appétit as they host the 7th annual Vegas Uncork'd on Friday, May 10, 2013, in Las Vegas. (Isaac Brekken for Bon Appétit)

Chef Michael Mina cooks poolside presented by Bon Appétit as they host the 7th annual Vegas Uncork’d on Friday, May 10, 2013, in Las Vegas. (Isaac Brekken for Bon Appétit)

New and notable this year:

  • Krug Chef’s Table at Master Series Dinner: Dinnertime Decadence with Guy Savoy,Thursday, May 8: Experience exclusive like never before and be one of six at the Chef’s table – the only portal into renowned chef Guy Savoy’s den at Caesars Palace. At the only Krug Chef’s Table in the U.S., guests will sip luxurious Krug Champagne and dine on a special menu prepared by the Michelin-starred chef himself.
  • The Night Market: East Meets West, Thursday, May 8: Join top chefs from The Venetian such as Mario Batali, Thomas Keller, Buddy Valastro and Justin Quek, as well as the outstanding chefs from Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands as they bring the true night market experience to you with an array of Asian-inspired dishes and drinks.
  • Second Annual Chase Sapphire Preferred Grill Challenge, Thursday, May 8: Two Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts students will get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete with two world-class chefs, including Buddy Valastro, from the hit television series Cake Boss. The teams will battle it out during The Night Market at The Venetian for a $20,000 scholarship, courtesy of Chase Sapphire Preferred.
  • A Twist on Dinner: The Perfect Pairing of Shawn McClain and Pierre Gagnaire, Thursday, May 8: Join Mandarin Oriental’s Pierre Gagnaire, a Michelin three-star chef, and ARIA award-winning chef Shawn McClain as they put their signature fresh-flavor twists on a unique dinner featuring thought-provoking wine pairings.
  • Sushi & Sake with Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Friday, May 9: Culinary master and sushi connoisseur Nobu Matsuhisa shows lucky attendees how to roll sushi and sip the best of sakes at Caesars Palace. Discover his inventive “Nobu Style” that fuses classic sushi-making techniques with unexpected ingredients.
  • The Perfect Pairing: Art & Wine, Friday, May 9: Soak up fine works of art while sipping an array of wine in this high-culture pairing from Bellagio’s Master Sommelier and Wine Director Jason Smith and Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art Executive Director Tarissa Tiberti. Light bites from Picasso will be served.
  • Michael Mina’s Poolside Pig Roast & Beer Garden, Friday, May 9: Michael Mina hosts a full-on outdoor shindig complete with succulent whole roasted pig, barbecue favorites, and a bevy of ice-cold beers. Chill outside to the sound of upbeat live music and savor special dishes fromMichael Mina’s PUB 1842 at MGM Grand.
  • Legendary Lunch with Le Cirque, Saturday, May 10: Enjoy fabulous views of The Fountains of Bellagio during this extraordinary luncheon at AAA Five Diamond Award-winning restaurant Le Cirque. Executive Chef Paul Lee will create a spectacular four-course meal perfectly paired with wines hand selected by Flower’s Winery Master Sommelier Larry Stone.
  • Fire & Ice: A Flame-Grilled Feast Over Cool Cocktails, Saturday, May 10: Royden Ellamar, Executive Chef of Sensi at Bellagio, will heighten senses as he explores the ancient methods of cooking meat with live fire, ash and smoke while Master Mixologist Ricardo Murcia cools things down with creative cocktails incorporating ice and fire by the pool at Bellagio. Prime beef and game will get charred by white oak embers while a whole lamb roasts over pecan logs. Farmers’ market vegetables will cook in the ashes of a smoldering fire pit and a bespoke ice smoking chamber will be filled with seafood and wisps of orange wood smoke.
  • Mother’s Day Weekend Brunch, Saturday, May 10: Brush elbows with all-star chefs includingShawn McClain and Masa Takayama at this chic day party at ARIA where guests will dine on a bountiful brunch paired with world-class wines.
Bon Appétit hosts the 7th annual Vegas Uncork'd on Saturday, May 11, 2013, in Las Vegas. (Isaac Brekken for Bon Appétit)

Bon Appétit hosts the 7th annual Vegas Uncork’d on Saturday, May 11, 2013, in Las Vegas. (Isaac Brekken for Bon Appétit)

Returning favorites include:

  • Grand Tasting, Friday, May 9: Enjoy a staggering variety of signature dishes prepared by the world’s most celebrated chefs. The dramatic five-acre Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace will feature more than 50 award-winning chefs and more than 100 of the best wines and spirits from around the world. The after party will be held at the newly opened FIZZ Las Vegas where guests can indulge on the best of champagnes and mingle with celebrity chefs all while enjoying the colored photography from the private collection of the lounge’s creative director David Furnish and Sir Elton John.
  • When in France: A Joel Robuchon Dinner, Saturday, May 10: Named France’s Chef of the Century by the esteemed Gault Millau restaurant guide and the most starred chef in the world, Joel Robuchon hosts two private dinners with one-of-a-kind, six-course menu and wine pairing at his namesake MGM Grand restaurant for a night to be remembered.

Tickets on sale today at VegasUncorked.com.