Salted Caramel Budino at D.O.C.G.

We mourned when the gloriously talented Vita Shanley took treats such as baci di dama-little chocolate filled hazelnut confections-off her cookie plate.

She has atoned for it with this creation: silken vanilla cream topped with a thick layer of buttery caramel, expertly balanced by a sprinkle of sea salt to tease even the most jaded palate.

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Wow, time sure flies. Food & Wine magazine’s All-Star Weekend is already upon us this year, Oct. 21-23 at Aria and the Bellagio. Last year, the food at the main event, the All-Star Tasting ($150, 877-318-2472), was incredible, featuring dishes from star chefs such as Shawn McClain of Sage, who prepared cauliflower panna cotta with a tiny Dungeness crab cake and 48-hour beef belly on smoked potato purée. Sven Mede of American Fish served ocean water-poached Ruby Red shrimp.

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