Photo by Marc Fiorito

Las Vegas Chefs and Other Culinary Greats Takeover Pebble Beach

The Central Coast's annual food and wine festival is a hub for industry buzz and once-in-a-lifetime dining experiences.

While Vegas Uncork’d gets set for round 12 this May, another major foodie feast is gearing up next month—April 5–8—in California’s Pebble Beach. Pebble Beach Food and Wine is one of the county’s most elite culinary festivals and plays host to some truly outstanding and intimate soirees that are akin to Uncork’d Master Series Dinners.

For those looking to head west, there will quite a bit of Sin City star power in the kitchens. Kicking things off Thursday is a celeb chef and winemaker golf tournament on Pebble’s famed links. Look for André Bienvenu of Joe’s Stone Crab (in The Forum Shops, Chicago and Miami’s SoBe) and other talents to showcase over-the-top refreshment stations (and expect expertly crafted cocktails, given what the team from The Dorsey at The Venetian was pouring last year). Later that evening at the opening reception, Alvin Cailin (Egg Slut at The Cosmo) and Las Vegas vet and Top Chef alum John Tesar (Knife in Dallas) plate alongside names like Alex Seidel.

Lexus Chef’s Table Luncheon | Photos by Marc Fiorito/ Gamma Nine

On Friday, look for wine and caviar tastings, burgers and Beaujolais and food and wine demos alongside some seriously impressive luncheons. While they don’t have a Las Vegas presence yet, the Naomi Pomeroy (Beast in Portland) and Angie Mar (The Beatrice Inn in New York City) Lexus Chef’s Table Lunch should not be missed. Come nightfall, there are several intimate dinners (including one by the Nomad folks, who will soon have a major presence at Park MGM) as well as a more communal grilling extravaganza with Tesar and friends.

Photo by Marc Fiorito/Gamma Nine

Saturday sees more demos, tastings and the like, with a standout being Lexus’ French Connection demo with Las Vegas vet, New York City-based Daniel Boulud, and Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec in L.A.). Saturday is also Day One of the Lexus Grand Tasting. Shortly thereafter is an invite-only cocktail hour hosted by The Venetian to ensure VIPs are well lubricated before the evening’s dinners. These include a final Nomad pop-up, intimate soirees and a “Taco Takedown” hosted by The Venetian’s own Lorena Garcia (Chica).

Brian Malarkay | Photo by Marc Fiorito/Gamma Nine

Come Sunday, think “wine-down” after a Krug retrospective and the final grand tasting with Herb & Wood’s Brian Malarkey.