Food-stravaganza: Bon Appétit’s Vegas Uncork’d

Glam'd-up grub and tony sips: It's a Sin City chef-packed spectacular.

Isaac Brekken for Bon Appétit

GET TO TALKING ABOUT LAS VEGAS... with a friend who is going or just got back and your initial discussion will generally swirl around a quintet of topics: the hotels, the casinos, the shows, the nature, and the food. We're not saying that the two of you won't leap into another area from the first five discussion points, because Sin City has much to offer on other fronts, too. But visitors do have a way of gravitating to those topics, at least to begin with, and the matter of meals out does have a way of dominating the conversation. "Where did you eat?" "What did you eat?" "Who's the chef there now?" can reign, but maybe no more so than during Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appétit. On the food festival front, it is one of the biggies, in Nevada or elsewhere, and the fact that it happens close to the Strip, and all of those already-celebrated restaurants, makes it an undeniable draw for foodies from around the Western United States (and well beyond). What's on the dining docket for the 2016 affair, which just happens to be the tenth anniversary for the popular sup-and-sip shebang? Oh, plenty, but the thing you'll want to do immediately is clear your calendar. Best circle...

APRIL 28 THROUGH MAY 1, and book your stay in the Caesars Palace/The Cromwell/The Venetian/The Palazzo nexus, for that's where all the stove-close action is going down. The headliners for 2016 can pretty much out-headline anything/anyone, with Emeril Lagasse, Giada de Laurentiis, Michael Chow, Gordon Ramsay, Guy Savoy, Nobu Matsuhisa, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten making cuisine-delicious cameos. Special events, like the making of sushi (and the tasting of sake) at Nobu and an "Italian-inspired feast" brunch at GIADA are part of the busy, bite-brimful schedule, as are the Master Series happenings, cocktail-oriented soirees, and a comfort food-themed shindig at Downtown Container Park. (This is, it should be noted, the first time Vegas Uncork'd has headed downtown.) Does this fit your foodie-slash-Vegas daydreams? Are you the person who, when chatting up a pal making for McCarran, has to go over all of the glorious grub to be found at eateries new and vintage along the Strip and beyond? Then put some spin on your palate (in the way a roulette wheel packs power as it goes 'round) and make an eat-oriented Sin City trip even more foodie, as if that's possible. Wait, it so is.

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