Fans can grab a first taste at UNLVino in April

By Bradley Martin
March 8, 2018

Announced by the Forum Shops at Caesars all the way back in May of 2017, the generous construction timetable for The Slanted Door’s highly anticipated move to the Strip might still be a little optimistic.

Overseen by owner and executive chef Charles Phan, the 2014 recipient of the James Beard outstanding restaurant of the year had been promising a summer expansion from its San Francisco home. Moving into a spacious footprint across from Border Grill and Joe’s Stone Crab, fans had been hoping and expecting the restaurant to begin serving early in the season.

The Forum Shops is now updating, “this store is expected to open as of 10/1/2018.” Mall owners Simon Property Group were extremely accurate in their estimation for an opening date for The Otheroom lounge and restaurant last year.

The 8,200-square-foot space will feature windows facing Las Vegas Boulevard and Phan revealed to OpenTable, members of his staff will be relocating to Las Vegas to create “cutting edge” Vietnamese dishes, possibly including restaurant favorites such as caramelized pork belly, “organic chicken claypot,” “Shaking Beef” and a “wood oven roasted whole branzino.”

For an early preview of the award-winning menu, Phan and his team will be taking part in the 44th Annual UNLVino event, on Saturday, April 14, at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

 

Source: https://vegas.eater.com/2018/3/8/17094688/slanted-door-update-las-vegas

By Al Mancini
March 7, 2018

The culinary lineup has been announced for this year’s UNLVino celebration.

Unlike recent years, this year’s event will take place on one evening and will not be at a casino. UNLVino is set for 7-11 p.m. April 14 at the Keep Memory Alive Event Center at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health on Bonneville Avenue.

Among the culinary stars who have committed to appear are Burger Bar’s Hubert Keller, Scott Conant of Masso Osteria, Gustav Mauler of Spiedini, Brian Howard of Sparrow + Wolf, Zenshin’s Terrence Fong, Charles Phan of The Slanted Door and the two-time James Beard Award-winning Paul Bartolotta, who no longer has a restaurant in Las Vegas. Other participating restaurants include RM Seafood, Momofuku, Aburiya Raku, Chica, Makers & Finders Coffee, Soho Sushi Burrito, District One, Culinary Dropout, Kaiseki Yuzu, Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar, Libertine Social and Lotus of Siam. The Venetian, The Palazzo, Palms, Delano, The Cosmopolitan and Aria are also on board. As always, top wine, champagne, sake and spirits companies will provide beverages.

Michael Severino of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, which has been sponsoring UNLVino since it began 44 years ago, says the format is a return to its roots.

“In 1974, the first one was done in the warehouse of Southern Wine on Wynn Road,” he says. “Robert Mondavi showed up, and it was for the students. So this is kind of a retro event.”

Severino notes that in addition to raising money for scholarships, students who organize UNLVino earn college credit for their work. Over the years, he’s seen many return to the event in a professional capacity.

“If you look at the restaurants participating, a lot are graduates. I can’t tell you the number of times participants have told me ‘I worked UNLVino (in school).’ ”

Tickets are $100 through Friday at unlvtickets.com. The advance price rises to $150 on Saturday, and $175 the day of the event.

Source: https://www.reviewjournal.com/entertainment/food/lineup-of-chefs-restaurants-announced-for-annual-unlvino/

By Christine McKellar
February 16, 2018

UNLVino, Las Vegas’ longest running fundraiser, returns for its 44th year. 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 Saturday, April 14, 2018, from 7 p.m. until 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. Abiding by UNLVino’s founding tradition as an event “by the students, for the students,” chefs and restaurants will work alongside students enrolled in the credited UNLVino course, giving these future hospitality professionals unprecedented hands-on experience serving, observing, and networking alongside industry leaders. 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 February 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. http://unlvino.com/

Source: http://www.vegasonlyentertainment.com/the-imbibery-and-distillery/unlvino-fundraiser-celebrates-44-years-of-spirits-and-culinary-craft/

UNLVINO RETURNS FOR ONE NIGHT IN APRIL

Posted on February 8, 2018

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.

https://vegas.eater.com/2018/1/30/16949232/unlvino-april-las-vegas-events-2018

UNLVINO TO HOST 1-DAY EVENT THIS YEAR

Posted on February 4, 2018

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.

Uncork’d dates set

Tickets also are on sale for the 12th annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit, May 10-13. It will include two dozen food, wine and cocktail events at six Strip resorts and The Mob Museum, with chefs including Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, Gordon Ramsay, Guy Savoy, Julian Serrano, Lorena Garcia, Masaharu Morimoto, Michael Mina and Nobu Matsuhisa. |Tickets range from $100 to $6,450; visit vegasuncorked.com.

Conant to open soon

Scott Conant’s new Masso Osteria at Red Rock Resort will host a private preview Tuesday, but the official opening isn’t set. Fans may want to keep their eyes open to see if they take any customers on Valentine’s Day or soon after.

Surviving ‘Chopped’

Jamaal Taherzadeh, executive chef of Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay, won his “Chopped” episode, titled “Better Duck Next Time.” It will be re-broadcast on the Food Network at 8 p.m. Tuesday and 3 a.m. Feb. 14.

Openings, closings

A second valley Giordano’s has opened, at 8730 W. Charleston Blvd. in Boca Park.

The Grand Wok and Sushi Bar at MGM Grand will close Monday.

Romantic settings

OpenTable diners have chosen the 100 most romantic restaurants in America, and three from Nevada made the list: Hugo’s Cellar at the Four Queens and Katherine’s Steakhouse at the CasaBlanca Resort in Mesquite were included, as was the national Melting Pot chain, which has an outlet in Boca Park.

Sightings

NASCAR driver Bubba WallaceBackstreet Boys’ Nick Carter and MMA fighters Cain Velasquez and Daniel Cormier on separate evenings at Topgolf at MGM Grand. Oakland Raiders star Marshawn Lynch at Virgil’s Real Barbecue in The Linq Promenade. “Real Housewives of Orange County” star Vicki Gunvalson at Lavo at Palazzo. Comedian Mamrie Hartat Tao at The Venetian. Former NFL player Charles Godfrey and actor Macaulay Culkin on separate evenings at Beauty & Essex at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Have an item for Kitchen Confidante? Email hrinella@reviewjournal.com or amancini@reviewjournal.com.

Source: https://www.reviewjournal.com/entertainment/food/unlvino-to-host-1-day-event-this-year/

44TH ANNUAL UNLVINO RETURNS IN APRIL

Posted on January 6, 2018

UNLVino, Las Vegas’ longest running fundraiser, returns for its 44th year.

Tracy Granville-Abbott
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.

https://www.ktnv.com/positivelylv/dining-and-entertainment/44th-annual-unlvino-returns-in-april