What and who is new at this year’s indulgent installment of Vegas Uncork’d? Daniel Boulud, for one, who gets the party started with the traditional Champagne bottle sabering at his new Vegas headquarters, the Venetian. It’s the resort’s first turn with Uncork’d, too, and Thursday’s Night Market event (May 8, 8 p.m., $140) at Venetian’s Doge’s Palace promises to be one of the weekend’s highlights. Boulud’s fellow Venetian celeb chefs Mario Batali, Thomas Keller and Buddy Valastro will be there, serving up Asian-inspired dishes and drinks, as will a couple renowned chefs with no Vegas ties—Justin Quek and Tetsuya Wakuda.
Giada De Laurentiis’ restaurant at the Cromwell isn’t open yet, but she’s teaming up with Bobby Flay for a sold-out Master Series Dinner. Don’t fret ... maybe you can catch Giada at the Grand Tasting (May 9, 7:30 p.m., $225) at Caesars Palace. Other interesting, still-available tickets include Michael Mina’s Pig Roast and Beer Garden (May 9, 12:30 p.m., $125), and Chef’s Counter (May 10, 6 p.m., $175), where all-stars Shawn McClain, Julian Serrano, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and others share their take on buffet-style dining at Aria.
Vegas Uncork'd May 8-11, event ticket prices vary. Aria, Caesars Palace, Venetian, MGM Grand & Bellagio, vegasuncorked.com.