A grand tasting, chefs galore, sake, cocktails, and more make this annual event.
By Susan Stapleton
January 30, 2018
UNLVino returns for the 44th year with a one-night blowout event at the Keep Memory Alive Event Center at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health near Symphony Park. Wineries, spirits purveyors, champagne, Asian fare, sakes, craft beers, and a lineup of local chefs and restaurants fill the event on Saturday, April 14, from 7 to 10 p.m.
At the heart of the event, a scholarship benefit for students of UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hospitality, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. For UNLVino, that means 50 pairings from participants such as chef Scott Conant’s Masso Osteria opening at Red Rock Resort Feb. 12, Sparrow & Wolf, Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar at Red Rock Resort, Spiedini Ristorante at the JW Marriott, Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood at Mandalay Place, Mitsuo Endo’s Raku and Sweets Raku, Paul Bartolotta’s Ristorante Bartolotta, and T-Bones Chophouse at Red Rock Resort.
The event also pays tribute to Donald Carano, co-founder of Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery and this year’s recipient of the 2018 Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence.
Students enrolled in the credited UNLVino course work alongside the chefs at this event as well.
UNLV alum and Mix 94.1 radio personality JC Fernandez of Mercedes in the Morning hosts the event that includes the grand tasting, champagne and sake pours throughout the evening, and a silent auction.
Tickets to UNLVino cost $150 online and $175 at the door, with early access passes available for $100 through Feb. 28.
For the students. By the students.
By Heidi Knapp Rinella
February 7, 2018
UNLVino, which of late has been a three-evening affair, will be consolidated into one event this year, on April 14 at the Keep Memory Alive Event Center at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. In its 44th year, the fundraiser for students in the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality at UNLV will include 50 pairing “experiences” in honor of the hotel college’s 50th anniversary, plus Champagnes, sakes, craft beers and more. Tickets are $100 through Feb. 28 and $150 afterward at unlvino.com. At the door, they’ll be $175.
UNLVino, Las Vegas’ longest running fundraiser, returns for its 44th year.
February 6, 2018
This time around, all of the elements that attendees have come to love over the years will be packed into one incredible evening featuring an all-star line-up of wineries, spirits-makers, world-class champagne, Asian flare with a refined sake list, craft beers, and award-winning chefs and restaurants.
The event takes place on Apr. 14 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Keep Memory Alive Event Center at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in downtown Las Vegas’ Symphony Park.
Combining community spirit with renowned wines and culinary spectacle, UNLVino serves as the year’s largest scholarship benefit for students of UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hospitality.
The college – one of the world’s leading hospitality schools – is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and UNLVino will mark the occasion with 50 unique pairing experiences from its roster of contributors, which currently includes Chef Scott Conant’s Masso Osteria, Brian Howard’s Sparrow + Wolf, Brian Massie’s Hearthstone, Gustav Mauler’s Spiedini Ristorante, Rick Moonen’s rm seafood, Mitsuo Endo’s Raku and Sweets Raku, Paul Bartolotta’s Ristorante Bartolotta and T-Bones Chophouse.
The event will also be supported by Strip resorts including The Venetian and The Palazzo as well as Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa, among others.
This year’s UNLVino will also serve as a tribute to a Nevada icon, as guests raise their glasses to toast the legacy of industry pioneer Donald Carano, co-founder of Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery and the recipient of the 2018 Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence.
Emceed by UNLV alum and Mix 94.1 radio personality JC Fernandez of Mercedes in the Morning, UNLVino will feature the famed Grand Tasting, champagne and sake pours throughout the evening, and a silent auction.
Tickets to UNLVino are priced at $150 online and $175 at the door, with “early access” passes available for $100 through Feb. 28. All proceeds raised from ticket sales will benefit the hospitality college.
A complete list of participating wineries, chefs, and restaurants – as well as the coveted auction packages – will be unveiled in the coming weeks on the UNLVino website.