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Counter Intelligence: Food & Wine Weekend, Wine Spectator, G2E

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The Food & Wine Top Chefs All-Star Tasting hosted by Gail Simmons at Aria on Oct. 22, 2011. Aria President William McBeath, Simmons and Chef Shawn McClain are pictured here.
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Hot off the grill! The Third Annual Food & Wine All-Star Weekend returns to the Strip on Oct. 5, and it’s bigger than ever. MGM Resorts has now confirmed our earlier Vegas Deluxe reports that original host properties the Bellagio and Aria will be joined at this year’s three-day event by chefs and restaurants at Mandalay Bay, Mirage and MGM Grand.

Food writer, culinary expert and “Top Chef” judge Gail Simmons will welcome star chefs Shawn McClain, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Julian Serrano, Michael Mina, Masa Takayama and Rick Moonen. The Mirage’s tropical pool will host the All-Star Tasting, and Aria presents a one-of-a-kind lunch at Shawn’s Sage, where six world-renowned chefs will team to create an unforgettable meal.

To experience a sustainable farm-to-table approach, executive chefs Roy Ellamar of Sensi at the Bellagio and Brett Smith of Zolo Grill, an award-winning Southwestern restaurant in Boulder, Colo., will transform the Grand Patio at the Bellagio into a farmhouse and prepare a lunch featuring seasonal ingredients harvested from their favorite farms. For more info, check out MGMResorts.com/foodandwine/.

2011 Food & Wine and Top Chefs All-Star Weekend

WINE SPECTATOR AWARDS: Congratulations to Caesars Palace restaurants Guy Savoy and Old Homestead for being honored in Wine Spectator’s 2012 Restaurant Wine List Awards. Restaurant Guy Savoy has successfully renewed its coveted Grand Award ( 1,500+ wines), and Old Homestead is a proud first-time recipient of the Award of Excellence (100+ wines).

MIX AT THE HOTEL: Savor your last taste of summer atop The Hotel at Mandalay Bay at Alain Ducasse’s Mix through Sept. 21 with its decadent and refreshing three-course menu created by executive chef Bruno Riou. The taste treats include savory and sweet chicken and coconut Thai soup; succulent seared duck foie gras served with dates and lemon confit; an “Au Curry” roasted Maine lobster on a bed of coconut basmati rice; juicy and slightly glazed “NE3” pork belly enhanced by a spicy “mangavocado” salad; the Candy Bar, a multi-layered creation of thin wafers, chocolate and hazelnut, topped with chocolate; and sweet and satisfying cheesecake with berry compote and buttermilk sorbet.

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MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY: TV chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken’s Border Grill at Mandalay Bay will celebrate Mexican Independence Day with cocktail and dining specials from Sept. 10-16.

G2E AT THE VENETIAN: Food, Beverage & Hospitality executives travel from around the world to the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) from Oct. 1-4 at the Venetian’s Expo & Convention Center. G2E is the world’s premier casino-entertainment event with a marketplace showcasing food, beverage and hospitality products and services, including new lines of cocktail server, nightclub and waitress outfits. It has become so popular with delegates that there will be two uniform fashion shows this year on Oct. 3. G2E is reporting its best exhibit sales since 2009, with more than 400 companies exhibiting in 259,000 square feet of space.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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