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2016 VUBBA photos: Nobu’s $1K dinner, Palazzo, Guy Savoy, Mr. Chow on Day 1


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The $1,000 omakase dinner by chef Nobu Matsuhisa at Nobu on Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Caesars Palace.

2016 VUBBA: Saber-Off at Venetian

The saber-off ceremony led by Daniel Boulud kicking off Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at the Venetian. Launch slideshow »

The 10th anniversary of Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit was a star-studded affair Thursday through Sunday with 24 culinary events hosted by many of the world’s top chefs and mixologists.

Five extraordinary celebrity chef dinners kicked off the first day of the food-and-wine feasting with four of the events at Caesars Palace and one at Palazzo.

Top chefs Emeril Lagasse, Daniel Boulud, Guy Savoy, Nobu Matsuhisa, Michael Chow and Old Homestead owner brothers Marc and Greg Sherry hosted the once-in-a-lifetime dinners.

Here’s the Royal Robin Rundown of the Master’s Series Dinners:

2016 VUBBA: Outdoor Dinner at Palazzo

Dinner outside the Venetian for Vegas Uncork'd on Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

Dining at Palazzo

I sat opposite longtime pal supermodel and TV personality Tyra Banks at Palazzo. She and I go back to her very first day in New York City when she departed an overnight bus from Detroit to seek a modeling agent.

Emeril and Daniel were joined by fellow chefs Olivier Dubreuil, Kim Canteenwalla and David Werly to serve two dishes apiece for the three-course meal to the 300+ guests at long, family-style dining tables with gold Moet Chandon champagne goblets.

A last-minute rainstorm forced the Venetian and Palazzo F&B ace Sebastien Silvestri to move the first-time outdoor dining table on the Strip sidewalk under cover in the porte-cochere of Palazzo. Guests didn’t mind, although they grumbled about the unexpected volume of rain.

Our thanks to Tom Donoghue for his photo gallery.

The evening began with a Patron tequila reception that included large agave plants from Mexico. Jimadors demonstrated how to cut agave before it is turned into tequila. Three of the world’s best mixologists — Francesco Lafranconi, Tony Abou-Ganim and Livio Lauro — put their skills to the test and created three cocktails.

2016 VUBBA: Nobu $1K Omakase Dinner

The $1,000 omakase dinner by chef Nobu Matsuhisa at Nobu on Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Caesars Palace. Launch slideshow »

Nobu’s $1,000 omakase dinner

Inside Caesars Palace at Nobu, Japanese cuisine master chef Nobu Matsuhisa hosted an intimate, multi-course experience for 11 guests. I paid my $1,000 to watch the genius at work and enjoy the remarkable meal. It was the first time he’d prepared an omakase dinner in Las Vegas for Vegas Uncork’d, and it’s likely to never be repeated.

His contingent of chefs watched in open-mouth amazement as he worked behind the teppanyaki grill. He prepared 15 courses by hand (that’s a total of 165 dishes) standing without a break for more than four hours. He donated proceeds from the exclusive dinner to our beloved charity Keep Memory Alive.

Michael Severino of Southern Wines & Spirits presented Nobu with an autographed miniature replica of the KMA brain-shaped building by architect Frank Gehry. Nobu, who used three knives to curate the meal from start to finish, had flown over from Tokyo 11 hours earlier a 75-pound, $2,500 tuna.

Guy Savoy

Upstairs in the Augustus Tower, Guy Savoy celebrated his namesake restaurant’s 10th anniversary in addition to 10 years of Vegas Uncork’d.

He presented a five-course “Decade of Indulgence” epicurean affair including “golden” Osetra caviar, roasted turbot and smoked sabayon, his signature artichoke and black truffle soup and veal chop all perfectly paired with prestigious selections of champagne.

Mr. Chow

The first and only Las Vegas location of the internationally renowned Mr. Chow restaurant group offered an amplified and theatrical dining experience for its inaugural event at Vegas Uncork’d.

During “Dinner and a Show,” hosted by star restaurateur Michael Chow, guests enjoyed the celebrated champagne trolley, decanting of the wine, filet of sole Beijing duck, glazed prawns and walnuts, velvet chicken and the Mr. Chow noodle show.

Old Homestead

Greg and Marc Sherry called on its 140-year history as New York’s oldest steakhouse to wow guests with a highly anticipated, over-the-top dinner at their Old Homestead Las Vegas outpost at Caesars.

Guests sipped on premium vodka drinks including Casino Royale, White Peach Cosmo, Battle of Borodino and Caffe Russo while indulging in a caviar appetizer tower, citrus steamed sturgeon, grilled filet mignon and almond lemon torte.

It was just the beginning of the nonstop 96 hours of phenomenal feasts, and Day Two loomed close!

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