Executives at Bon Appetit have confirmed that they are returning to Las Vegas on May 5-8 for the fifth annual culinary festival Vegas Uncork’d. Tickets go on sale Jan. 25 for the 30-plus events. Additionally, the January issue features a guide to recommended top spots here. Bon Appetit reports: “Everything is larger than life in Vegas, including the food. From Michelin-starred French chefs to off-The-Strip gems, Sin City is more delicious than ever.”
The picks include Bellagio, Caesars Palace, The Venetian, The Palazzo, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Wynn, Encore, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and dining explorations at Sage in Aria, Mesa Grill in Caesars Palace, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand, P3 Commons at the Cosmopolitan, Noodles at Bellagio, Aburiya Raku at 5030 West Spring Mountain Road, Amber Unicorn at 2101 S. Decatur Blvd. and Encore Spa in Steve Wynn’s Encore. The January issue hits newsstands Tuesday.
And oh my goodness, might my wish actually be fulfilled already? And by Bon Appetit? For quite some time, Raku has been mostly a not-very-well-known Chinatown hideaway where Strip chefs and foodies in the know go for fantastic robatayaki cooking. But now, it's getting some serious national attention with its feature in the "Eating Las Vegas" guide, followed by this mention in Bon Appetit.
Hopefully, this means Raku will get some serious loving next May during Vegas Uncork'd weekend. And perhaps we'll see more homegrown talent get the limelight they so thoroughly deserve soon.