Las Vegas has already hosted a season of Bravo’s top-rated Top Chef, and on Nov. 5-7, one of the show’s judges, Gail Simmons, returns to host the inaugural Food & Wine All-Star Weekend.
Some of the foodie-friendly reality show’s former contestants—including Fabio Viviani, Carla Hall, Jennifer Carroll, Hosea Rosenberg and Stephen Hopcraft—will join in the festivities. Meantime, Food & Wine Best New Chef Vinny Dotolo joins Top Chef masters (and local restaurateurs) Rick Moonen (RM Seafood) and Hubert Keller (Burger Bar, Fleur de Lys) for three days of cooking demonstrations, dinners and workshops at Bellagio, Aria and Vdara.
It all starts Nov. 5, with a “first course” kickoff party at Bar Vdara, 8-10 p.m., before things move to Deuce Lounge at Aria where the culinary heavyweights trade their cookware for cards and host blackjack tables.
The following day includes a Luxe Lunch (sold-out) and a poolside All-Star Tasting at Aria that night. Things come to a close Sunday as Bellagio’s Fountains Brunch hosts a special Champagne & Caviar edition. Tickets are $50-$125, check MGMResorts.com/foodandwine.