New Openings, Celebrity Chefs, and Latin Flavor at Vegas Uncork’d 2104

The Vegas Strip gambles on the Latin restaurant trend that’s spreading across U.S.

Celebrity chefs were in top form at this year’s Vegas Uncork’d this past weekend, from the extravagant culinary events, the new restaurant opening galas, to the announcements of much anticipated restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip. I attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for chef Daniel Boulud’s DB Brasserie in the Venetian and got hard hat tour of Giada’s first restaurant, Giada, located inside Vegas’ first boutique hotel, the Cromwell, where guests will enjoy daily pasta specials and an antipasto station “that feels like being at my own home,” said the namesake chef.  Giada, the restaurant, opens on June 3rd.   

The Night Market: East Meets West event featured chefs like Thomas Keller, Mario Batali, and Boulud alongside their eastern comrades, Tetsuya Wakuda, Simon To, and Justin Quek, all serving Asian street food in the increasingly popular Asian night market genre which just arrived to L.A. in the last year with the 626 Night Market. At the Grand Tasting Las Vegas’ Latin flavors got a boost from chef Morimoto, who hand delivered his famous yellow tail tacos to attendees, and our own Two Hot Tamales, chefs Mary Sue Millikin and Sue Feniger , who were showing off the Baja flavors that will be on the menu at their second Border Grill in Vegas, which will open this Fall inside Caesar’s Palace

“Latin flavors are becoming more a part of the fabric of International flavors and there was a gap to fill here at Caesar’s, said Millikin.“There’s China Poblano and Bobby [Flay] has his Southwestern thing with Mesa Grill. “ The new Border Grill will have a ceviche bar with some inspirations from a recent day trip they took to Tijuana. There will be hand-pressed tortillas in the forum shops at Caesar’s Palace too. Leave it to a pair of Angelenos to bring a little spice to Vegas Uncork’d.