The celebrity chef-filled weekend will include events featuring Bravo’s Top Chef cheftestants Fabio Viviani , Carla Hall , Jennifer Carroll , Hosea Rosenberg and Stephen Hopcraft , Top Chef Masters Rick Moonen and Hubert Keller and FOOD & WINE Best New Chef Vinny Dotolo . These unparalleled culinary experiences will include:
Friday, November 5
8 – 10 p.m. – First Course: Kick-off party hosted by Gail Simmons, Anthony Giglio and Fabio Viviani at Bar Vdara , featuring a star-studded lineup of celebrity chefs and Top Chef Alumni and music from DJ Bree Cohen aka DJ88.
10 p.m. – midnight – Deuce After Dark: After-party featuring Gail Simmons chefs Shawn McClain, Julian Serrano, Rick Moonen, Jean-Philippe Maury, Fabio Viviani, Carla
Hall, Jennifer Carroll, Hosea Rosenberg, Vinny Dotolo and Stephen Hopcraft each hosting their own blackjack tables at ARIA’s Deuce Lounge .
Saturday, November 6
Noon – 2 p.m. – Luxe Lunch: Guests will enjoy a three-course lunch, prepared before them by Bellagio chefs Marc St. Jacques of MICHAEL MINA and Pastry Chef Philippe Angibeau of Le Cirque as well as Top Chef fan favorite Fabio Viviani. Hosted at Bellagio’s Tuscany Kitchen by Gail Simmons and Bellagio Director of Wine, Jason Smith , M.S. who will pair each course with a complementary wine.
8 – 10 p.m. – All-Star Tasting poolside at ARIA featuring Bravo’s Top Cheftestants and showcasing the signature restaurants of ARIA: Jean Georges
Steakhouse , AMERICAN FISH , Sirio Ristorante , Julian Serrano , Bar Masa and Sage. Many of ARIA’s award-winning chefs and restaurateurs will be in attendance including Masa Takayama, Shawn McClain , Jean-Philippe Maury and Sirio Maccioni . Featuring music by DJ 88.
Sunday, November 7
11:30 a.m. – Champagne & Caviar Brunch: The weekend will come to a close with a lavish brunch set against the backdrop of the breathtaking Fountains of Bellagio, featuring guest host Anthony Giglio, who will present a specialty Bloody Mary Bar and Fabio Viviani who will put a modern spin on the classic egg sandwich.
Sponsors and partners for the festival include Alexia, Fiji, Kerrygold, Nicolas Feuillatte, Patron and Stella Artois.