The Joy of Cooking – Las Vegas Style
When you think of Las Vegas you generally think of poker, black jack and slot machines. You picture huge hotels that rival Disney World. You think of neon lights and dazzling performances. But do you know that Las Vegas is also a Mecca of great cuisine? The variety of food offerings in Las Vegas is huge; you can find anything from down all-you-can-eat seafood buffets to escargot and wine angels. The number of steakhouses in Vegas rivals that of New York, and the famous chefs have opened restaurants right and left. When you go to Vegas, don’t just go to play. Go to eat.
A Culinary Smorgasbord
The Las Vegas resort hotels are full of delicious dining options, most of them created by world-renowned, if not absurdly famous, chefs. The Bellagio is home to several delicious restaurants. Although you may not have heard of their creators, you should try their food. From French and Spanish to exotic Asian cuisine, you will find whatever you’re in the mood for. The Venetian offers casual and fine dining, a steakhouse, and more. Almost every resort in Las Vegas has many different offerings, so you will certainly never get tired of the food.
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Emeril Lagasse has taken his New Orleans style of cooking to Las Vegas. With four restaurants to choose from, you’re taste buds are sure to explode. Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House offers clean Creole cuisine – it’s lighter and tastier than traditional Creole fare. Delmonico Steakhouse has a hopping bar, a lunch menu, a wine cellar, and fantastic steak. Table 10 offers a creative twist on Creole cuisine with seafood, beignets, and other market-fresh ingredients. Lagasse’s Stadium is the ultimate sports bar and restaurant. Sit in a luxury box facing an HDTV and eat and drink to your heart’s content.
Wolfgang Puck opened his restaurant Spago in Vegas in 1992. The unique cuisine blends a clean, modern approach to cooking with fresh fruits and vegetables, rich cheeses, and prime meats. You can eat lunch at the café or wait until the formal dining room opens for dinner and treat yourself to a sumptuous meal. With a menu that changes daily, you will never get tired of the food.
Mario Batali has opened two restaurants in Vegas. B&B Ristorante blends Italian comfort food with the unexpected, like Spicy Limoncello Vinaigrette. Take your pick from the largest selection of Italian wines in Las Vegas; it’s like stepping into a Tuscan vineyard. Carnevino Italian Steakhouse is a traditional steakhouse with an Italian flair. In addition to super prime beef, you can sample Batali’s handmade pasta dishes and an international wine list.
Become a Gourmet Chef
In addition to the multitude of restaurants in Las Vegas, there’s the chance for you to become a famous chef. Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts offers certificates in culinary, baking, and pastry arts as well as degrees in culinary operations, hospitality and restaurant management. Julia Child, Mario Batali, Giada DeLaurentiis, and Jeff Probst all studied at various branches of Le Cordon Bleu.
Creative Cooking School of Las Vegas is a fun place to take classes that teaches you how to make tapas, a date-night dinner for two, or California fusion cuisine. If you’re already in the restaurant industry, you can learn culinary team-building skills at the Creative Cooking School. If you just love to cook, taking a class at the school will bring you to the next stage in your own culinary adventure.
With so many options, it’s a wonder that more people don’t go to Las Vegas simply to eat. And eat, and eat, and eat. You could visit every weekend and try something new every time (although you might need to win some money in the casino to fund your eating habit). Whether you’re learning to cook or learning more about the food you already love to eat, Las Vegas is the ideal place for a gastronomic vacation.
Chef Audrey Summers loves to travel and sample new cuisine on her vacations. Audrey also contributes content for cliqstudios.com, a kitchen makeover site featuring kitchen cabinets wholesale as well as a blog with ideas for design, restoration and food preparation.