Epicurean Affair-A Poolside Evening of Edible & Imbibable Delights
The Palazzo Pools Thursday night was the site of such a festive epicurean affair even the pending rain clouds gave revelers a break: not a drop was felt in the cool evening air as hundreds of eager foodies sampled tantalizing tastings from some of Las Vegas’ most popular restaurants and world famous chefs. With over 50 culinary participants it was impossible to sample everything: wise folk started with their favorite chefs, then meandered throughout the varied levels of pools, spas, and patios.
Some of the signature restaurants represented at the annual affair sponsored by the Nevada Restaurant Association were; Origin of India, Gilley’s , Carmine’s, China Poblano, Pernod, Ferraro’s Italian, Bazaar Meat, Ku Noodle, Lagasse’s Stadium, Texas de Brazil, Envy Steakhouse Bouchon, Delmonico’s Steakhouse, Urban Turban, LAVO, Strip House, Buddy V, Table 10, Sushisamba, Firefly, Oscar’s Steakhouse, Marche Bacchus, Z India, Yardbird, DB Brasserie, N9NE Steakhouse and NOVE Italiano. Southern Wine & Spirits, Kendall Jackson, Grey Goose Vodka, Woodford Reserve Kentucky Whiskey and Stella Artois booths offered adult refreshment samples to the milling and enthusiastic throngs.
Z India Executive Chef Vijay Deokar took a moment to chat about the entrée he’d prepared especially for the gala occasion. “I took the lovely Italian food, and the Portuguese, and combined it with versatile spices and food from India. I came here to America from India in December to showcase my country’s food. I would like to make a difference with Indian fusion cuisine. European food and food from India are really good together.”
Deokar mentioned that he was fond of the foods of Goa, an Indian state on the shore of the Arabian Sea whose food and culture was heavily influenced by four hundred years of Portuguese colonialism. “For the dessert, I used rose petals which is a combination of Oriental and Indian food. I like the Asian fusion because it is more on the spicy side,” said Deokar.
Z India’s founder Raj Singh Vegas has been catering Indian cuisine to Las Vegas casinos and conventions since 2007 through his restaurants Royal India, known formerly as Gaylord’s India Restaurant in the Rio Hotel & Casino and India Masala Bar & Grill.
Chef José Andrés brought his culinary magic as the celebrity chef host of the event this year. Named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People” and awarded “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation, Andrés is a pioneer of Spanish tapas in the United States.