Las Vegas has been hit hard by the current economic downturn, but the city is still plowing ahead with its annual "Vegas Uncorked" event May 7-10. Four of the best hotel properties are collaborating on a spectacular food and wine weekend.
Common Threads - a local non-profit dedicated to teaching inner-city kids about ethnic foods and cooking - was started by chef Art Smith several years ago, and the annual fundraiser, called the World Festival, has slowly attracted a major who's who of the culinary world over the past few years.
If you're one of those gastronomes who laughs in the face of superstition, then the folks at Blue 13 have just the ticket this Friday the 13th. They're holding a "Seven Deadly Sins" dinner, with each course inspired by one of the sins (greed, sloth, envy, etc.). The $77 dinner starts at 7 p.m.
Cameron Hughes isn't a household name - yet - but his wines are remarkable, because he doesn't even own a winery. He's one of the few people buying wine on the bulk market, and then branding his own namesake label. His latest effort: The Flying Winemaker.
Everyone jumps on the chocolate bandwagon this time of year, in anticipation of Valentine's Day. But at Eno - a chocolate/cheese/wine lounge inside the Hotel Intercontinental on Michigan Avenue - the staff is pumped up about chocolate yearround.