Thursday, May 9, 2013 | 4:07 p.m.
2013 Vegas Uncork'd Saber Off at Hakkasan Las Vegas
If it’s French, it can be called champagne. If it’s sparkling wine in Italy, it’s called prosecco. Either way, it’s bubbly, and the 7th annual epicurean extravaganza Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit kicked off this afternoon with the traditional saber off.
Star chef Michael Mina led his colleagues Mary Sue Milliken of Mandalay Bay, Guy Savoy and Francois Payard from Caesars Palace and Julian Serrano and Jean-Georges Vongerichten of Bellagio and Aria to the afternoon ceremony outside Hakkasan Las Vegas by MGM Grand’s gold statue lions.
Michael sabered off a custom bottle of Mionetto prosecco. Check back for our VUBBA coverage — reports, photos and videos — from today through Sunday. Full details: VegasUncorked.com.
Also in attendance: Bon Appetit Editor Adam Rapoport and Cathy Tull, Senior VP of marking at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Our thanks to Erik Kabik for his photo gallery from the saber off and Christopher Rauschnot @24kMedia on Twitter for his video posted on YouTube.
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MGM Grand, a AAA Four Diamond resort, offers 5,044 rooms and suites.
MGM Grand features KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.
The resort offers signature restaurants by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes Five Star restaurant, Joël Robuchon.
As part of its ongoing “Grand Renovation,” MGM Grand has remodeled all rooms and suites in its main tower and is adding several new experiences to its lineup including Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub, a new upscale dining/nightlife concept (coming in April 2013).
MGM Grand also features a state-of-the-art, non-smoking conference center, the Grand Spa, Cristophe Salon, "CSI: The Experience" and an inviting pool complex featuring the tantalizing daylife of Wet Republic.
Upscale accommodations include The Mansion, an exclusive hotel within the hotel; the luxurious two-story SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand; and The Signature at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel located adjacent to the main resort.