Food & Wine All-Star Weekend

The highly anticipated 2012 FOOD & WINE All-Star Weekend Oct. 5-7 is auctioning off the Ultimate Foodie Getaway package on, the leading destination for online charity auctions, valued at $7,500 with all proceeds benefitting The Public Education Foundation. World-renowned celebrity chefs including Masa Takayama, Jean Georges Vongerichten, Joel Robuchon, Hubert Keller, Rick Moonen and Michael Mina plus the weekend’s host FOOD & WINE’s Gail Simmons, have come together to create an elite culinary experience for the highest bidder to indulge in during the third annual epicurean weekend.

The winner and a guest will enjoy luxurious accommodations in a world-class resort, admission to the weekend’s culinary events, exclusive one-on-one time with celebrity chef superstars and the opportunity to taste the finest array of wine and cuisine. Additionally, an “All-Star Kitchen” will enhance the package, featuring treasured culinary items the participating chefs love to use in their kitchens such as cookbooks, a chef’s jacket and more.

The auction’s beneficiary is The Public Education Foundation. The Foundation is a nonprofit Nevada organization dedicated to cultivating innovative strategies to improve public schools, including the expansion of arts education. For more information about the auction or to begin bidding on the Ultimate Foodie Getaway package, visit <>  through September 25.

The Ultimate Foodie Getaway package includes (for two guests only):

World-class Accommodations
Enjoy a luxurious three-night, four-day stay in extravagant accommodations with VIP check-in and an in-room amenity at the property of your choice: ARIA, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay or The Mirage

Elite Travel Services
Experience lavish treatment with limo transportation to/from your choice hotel

Food and Wine All-Star Weekend itinerary:
Friday, Oct. 5
Choose between Afternoon Tea at Joel Robuchon Restaurant featuring Gail Simmons or Tequila Tasting Happy Hour at Diego
·         Meet with culinary expert Gail Simmons while tasting French desserts and sipping on the finest tea selection at Joël Robuchon Restaurant at MGM Grand. Experience includes a photo opportunity
·         Enjoy more than 15 types of mouth-watering tequilas with a chance to meet Food Network’s Chopped winner, Diego Executive Chef Christina Oliverez. Experience includes a photo opportunity

Poolside All-Star Tasting
·         Taste the first-class restaurants and featured dishes by MGM Resorts International’s All-Star lineup of best eats in Las Vegas. Indulge in savory treats alongside The Mirage’s tropical pool paradise

Autographed Red Carpet Photo
·         Savor this incredible experience with a personalized autographed red carpet photo including all the Food & Wine All-Star Weekend celebrity chefs

Sweet Strip Viewing
·         Enjoy the best night sky view of the Vegas strip from the rooftop lounge at miX at Mandalay Bay. miX Executive Chef Bruno Riou, Executive Pastry Chef Orady Ditgnavong and Master Chocolatier Vincent Pilon will create signature cocktails and custom desserts sure to make for a memorable night

Saturday, Oct. 6
Choose between Four Farms, Three Chefs, Two Brothers and One Table or All-Star Lunch at Sage
·         Experience an enticing luncheon at Bellagio’s Grand Patio featuring an outstanding menu with seasonal ingredients harvested from select farms and perfectly paired with an array of the finest wines. Culinary expert Gail Simmons will host this authentic farm-style epicurean experience
·         Be a part of an extraordinary lunch menu inspired by top culinary chefs Shawn McClain, Masa Takayama, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Michael Mina and Julian Serrano at Sage at ARIA. For an afternoon sweet tooth delight, World Pastry Champion Jean-Philippe Maury will masterfully prepare a sample of mouth-watering desserts

Choose between One-on-One culinary experiences with Chef Michael Mina or
Chef Masa Takayama
·         Delight in an exclusive wine and cocktail tasting experience paired with delicious small bites prepared by Chef Michael Mina at AMERICAN FISH at ARIA
·         Learn from Master Sushi Chef Masa Takayama as he shows the intricate skills it takes to roll sushi with this exclusive class at barMASA at ARIA

Surfside Soiree
Relax while enjoying live music, cocktails and signature recipes next to the gently crashing waves of the Mandalay Bay Beach. With dishes served by property taste crafters, it will be a memorable community-style American Classic night along on the Beach

Sunday, Oct. 7
Choose between a Four-Course Brunch & Champagne Tasting at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon or Jasmine Dreams of Dim Sum & Champagne at Bellagio
·         Take pleasure in a four-course gourmet brunch prepared by Executive Chefs Claude Le-Tohic and Steve Benjamin at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon inside MGM Grand. Every taste bud will be satisfied, as each new course is perfectly paired with a variety of champagnes
·         Experience a luxurious brunch hosted by Gail Simmons and Bellagio Director of Wine Jason Smith at the AAA Five Diamond Bellagio. Enjoy a blend of modern and traditional dim sum paired with champagne while overlooking the beautiful backdrop of the Fountains of Bellagio

Choose between Top Chef Masters Dinner at Border Grill or rm seafood dinner with signed cookbook by Chef Rick Moonen at Mandalay Bay

    • Enjoy modern Mexican food in a vibrant setting at Border Grill, an urban cantina from Chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken. With this Chef’s Tasting Menu for two, guests will enjoy a menu of authentic cuisine, consisting of signature Border Grill dishes and cocktails

·         Experience Celebrity Chef Rick Moonen’s state-of-the-art sustainable seafood restaurant offering a pristine raw bar, delectable sushi selections and contemporary cocktails. Chef Moonen will greet the winner and present a personalized cookbook at dinner