LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas will feature La Cucina Italiana Food & Wine Festival, a four-day event of Italian epicurean experiences, Dec. 5 - 8, 2013. The event is part of the resort's third-annual celebration of the winter holiday season on the Las Vegas Strip -- Winter in Venice.
The festival features Chef Mario Batali, who had a major role in its planning and will serve as the de facto master of ceremonies. He will be joined by a prestigious list of celebrity hosts and chefs including Buddy Valastro (star of the hit TLC TV series "Cake Boss"), Dario Cecchini (the famed singing butcher of Panzano), Wolfgang Puck (Iron Chef America, Food Fight), Roberto Caporuscio (the master pizzaiolo) and Anthony Giglio (sommelier and author).
The event is sponsored by La Cucina Italiana magazine and Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Dinner with Wolfgang | CUT, The Palazzo
$250 per person (7:00 pm - 9:00pm)
Wolfgang Puck and Dario Cecchini are preparing this intimate dinner. Guests will be able to enjoy a meal with personality. Puck and Cecchini will delight guests with lively stories and a carnivore's dream dinner featuring Cecchini's traditional Tuscan-style dishes.
Friday, December 6, 2013
"The Grand Banquet" | Grand Colonnade, The Venetian
7:00pm - 10:00pm; $500 per person
Guests are presented with the ultimate Italian feast as they sit down to a family-style dinner with recipes prepared by Mario Batali and Dario Cecchini pairing new and old world Italy.
The banquet will be Tuscan-style, on a long table in the hotel's iconic Grand Colonnade, and will include such fare as veal Carpaccio, 24-month Galardi prosciutto, risotto with white truffle, and a porchetta created by Cecchini that Chef Batali refers to as "the porchetta to end all porchettas." "The risotto," says Chef Batali, "will be the sole exception to family-style service; each portion will be served French style, by a team of elegant costumed attendants."
"This format," says Chef Batali, "will conjure meals eaten in Italy, where banquets are spread out quite literally in the middle of a street. Though something you often find in a Tuscan or Umbrian village, it is a novelty in this country, especially in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip."
"Very few people have the opportunity to attend an event that so eloquently blends the finest Italian food with extraordinary vintages from renowned Italian wine producers."
Saturday, December 7, 2013
"How to Italian" | The Palazzo Waterfall Atrium
11:00am - 2:00pm; $50 per person
Guests can enjoy "How To" demonstrations for creating authentic Italian food and drink, while sipping prosecco. A designated "marketplace" will serve as a place for guests to purchase fine Italian products throughout the afternoon. The demonstration lineup includes industry leaders and celebrity chefs that will show guest everything from how to mix like a mixologist to making the freshest cannoli:
How to Make Pizza with Neapolitan Pizzaiolo with Roberto Caporuscio, owner of famed restaurants Kesté Pizza and Vino. Caporuscio and Don Antonio by Starita, will teach guests how to prepare and cook the perfect Neapolitan pizza.
How to Bring Meat to a New Level with Dario Cecchini
The legendary Chianti "Butcher of Panzano," Dario Cecchini, will show different cuts of beef and how they're used.
How to Make the Grandest Italian Cake with Buddy Valastro
Celebrity Chef and "Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro will create a grand replica of The Venetian.
How to Make Artisanal Salumi with Mario Batali
Chef Batali will demonstrate the process of making Italian-style cured and preserved meats.
How to Taste Olive Oil
with Gourmet Cooking and Living's Italian Olive Oil of the Month Club
How to Create Avant-Garde Dishes
with Garofalo Pasta & Francine Segan, a noted food historian and author of the book Pasta Modern
How to Make Classic Pasta Shapes
with Terry Mirri, owner of Artisanal Pasta Tools
How to Recognize and Cook the Perfect Pasta
with Delverde Pasta Sommelier
How to Cook Stress Free
with Barbara Seelig-Brown, host of the PBS show Stress Free Cooking
How to Make Gelato
with l'Albero dei Gelati
How to Make Baci Perugina
with Vivien Reimbelli
How to Make a Variety of Tiramisu
with Tuscan Chef Varinia Cappelletti
How to Make Fresh Sicilian Cannoli
with A'Putia New York
How to Mix Like a Mixologist
with Francesco Lafranconi, Southern Wine and Spirits' Executive Director of Mixology and Spirits
Navigate the World of Artisanal Italian Beer
How to Make Fresh Mozzarella
Saturday, December 7, 2013
"Bella Notte" Hosted by Robin Leach | Doges Palace, The Venetian
7:00pm - 10:00pm; $150 per person
A gala will honor influential Italian-Americans who have made a significant impact on the culture of the United States. Honorees and attendees will enjoy fine Italian cuisine from visiting chefs throughout the country. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Truffle Hunt | B&B Ristorante, Carnevino and OTTO
11:00am - 2:00pm; $150 per person
Sponsored by Urbani Truffle, the Truffle Hunt will kick-off with a delicious breakfast of Cipriani-style Bellinis and Italian coffee. Participants will visit each of the restaurants for a sample of their own truffle creation and wine pairing. Three winners will receive prizes and be entered into a raffle to win a free trip to Italy for a week.
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