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Sebastien Silvestri, Daniel Boulud, Friend Valastro, Robin Leach and Emeril Lagasse go to the 2014 Ultimo Grand Banquet on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, at the Venetian.
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2014 Ultimo Grand Banquet
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DB Brasserie Grand Opening at Venetian
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2014 UNLVino: Bubble-Licious at Venetian
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Editor’s Note: As Robin Leach ends his standard summer getaway under the Tuscan sun in Italy and moves onto Croatia, many of our Strip characters have stepped forward in his absence to pen their words of wisdom.
We continue today with the Venetian and Palazzo Vice President of Food & & Drink Sebastien Silvestri and Shane Scheel, who brought the brand-new musical feeling “For the Record: Baz” to Light at Mandalay Bay. Here’s Sebastien:
Years earlier, Las Vegas’ primary source of income was its gambling establishments. As competitors from other location gaming markets grew, Las Vegas was pushed to transform itself to maintain its stature as the Home entertainment Capital of the World. The city sought brand-new ways to bring in tourism and enhance its earnings.
Never ever prior to had Las Vegas seen luxury properties like the Venetian and Bellagio with such a high investment in food-and-beverage programs. Bellagio produced exceptional restaurants backed by a few of the best chefs worldwide, from Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Todd English to Michael Mina and Julian Serrano. I had the pleasure of being part of the enjoyment as the general manager at one of Bellagio’s dining facilities early in my profession.
While the video gaming profits at Bellagio did not surpass its nongaming earnings, the resort set records for the greatest earnings ever produced by a casino resort worldwide. This made everybody in Las Vegas realize the value and effect a world-class food-and-beverage program could have on a gambling establishment resort.
Nowadays, you can not remain in the casino-resort business without taking your food-and-beverage program seriously. Las Vegas ended up being a breeding place for incredible destination dining establishments. New and old buildings raised the culinary bar by bringing well known chefs to the market, giving them the opportunity to create distinct areas and menus.
I have actually seen firsthand at the Venetian and Palazzo the difference an elevated focus on food-and-beverage can make. Our team put amazing efforts to bring in well-known chefs, such as Mario Batali and Daniel Boulud, who were new to the marketplace.
Our company, Las Vegas Sands Corp., took it a step additionally and worked together with these acclaimed chefs to produce outstanding dining experiences that are commonly approachable. We are remaining to see that gambling establishment visitors, while they anticipate the best, are not thinking about a 3- to 4-hour fine-dining experience.
So visitors at our buildings will certainly discover more casual restaurants like DB Brasserie and B&B Ristorante that showcase the culinary excellence of the finest chefs on the planet, but in a more familiar and friendly environment. That is a trend that will remain to grow in casino resorts.
For hotels throughout the nation, a 70-percent occupancy rate is considered fairly successful. However, buildings on the Strip are regularly 90 percent full. Las Vegas brought in more than 40 million tourists in 2014 alone! This makes the decision fairly clear for restaurateurs wanting to extend their culinary success to brand-new markets.
Having a restaurant in a resort that is constantly complete is a substantial advantage. In addition, gambling establishment resorts host extravagant conventions at world-class locations such as the Sands Expo Convention Center, which create amazing profits for the restaurants on top of tourist invest.
Due to all these factors, it makes it easier for us as a home at the Venetian and Palazzo to convince the very best chefs worldwide to establish location dining establishments in Las Vegas.
The relationship in between gambling establishment resorts and restaurants is finally beginning to come cycle. The video gaming industry just recently announced that its most important exhibition, the Worldwide Video gaming Exposition, will include a whole section devoted to the “Integrated Resort Experience” at the convention right here from Sept. 28-Oct. 1.
This marks a vital expansion of the video gaming market worldwide, not simply in Las Vegas, as gambling establishment resorts are completely embracing nongaming profits as an essential part of their company model and acknowledging how an exceptional food-and-beverage program can positively affect a gambling establishment’s bottom line.
Even overseas, a remarkable food-and-beverage program can make all the distinction for a gambling establishment. Marina Bay Sands in Singapore has totally accepted this approach by rounding up the world’s finest chefs like Gordon Ramsay, David Myers, Wolfgang Puck and more. The home’s casino remains to reap the economic take advantage of boasting its amazing collection of restaurants.
By incorporating all of these various markets into G2E, never ever prior to have casinos’ top decision-makers, food-and-beverage executives and hospitality specialists had this grand stage to maximize their mutually advantageous companies. The Integrated Resort Experience would start to shape the direction of dining establishments and casinos for many years to come.
Within the Integrated Resort Experience, I will certainly curate a culinary competition among a few of Las Vegas’ leading striving chefs who call the Venetian and Palazzo home. Each round, the chefs will participate in a mystery basket obstacle and will certainly need to use every innovative impulse to prepare a wonderful meal for our world-renowned chef judges: Daniel Boulud and Pal Valastro. The Food Network’s Steak Shapiro will certainly be on hand to host the festivities.
Today, food and beverage makes up a substantial part of the bottom line for the majority of Las Vegas commercial properties. That would have been unimaginable 20 years ago! With the intro of the Integrated Resort Experience at G2E, gambling establishment resorts worldwide make certain to follow in Las Vegas’ steps. All-in-all, this implies we can look forward to much more amazing dining-and-drinking experiences in our preferred casinos for many years to come.
Have a look at our other guest column today from Shane Scheel, developer of the brand-new musical sensation “For the Record: Baz” at Light in Mandalay Bay. On Monday, as Robin moves onto Croatia, our guest writers are vocalist Sherry Gordy from the popular Motown household and daring DJ Ben Harris, who opens nightly at the Mirage for headliner Terry Fator.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & & Famous” fame has actually been a journalist for more than 50 years and has invested the past 15 years providing readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum play ground.
Follow Robin Leach on Twitter at Twitter.com/ Robin_Leach.
Follow Las Vegas Sun Home entertainment + Luxury Senior Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/ VDLXEditorDon.
Palazzo Resort Hotel and Casino
With top lodgings, first-rate entertainment, high-end shopping and a slew of acclaimed chefs, the Palazzo has actually placed itself as one of the most luxurious resorts on the Strip.
More than 3,000 all-suite rooms start at 740 square feet and are decorated in a contemporary, yet classic, Italian design. Each room showcases a sleeping location, with a king or more queens, and a sunken living room location with floor to ceiling windows.
A cathedral ceiling tops the Palazzo gambling establishment, while a second 80-foot dome brings natural light to the property’s lobby. The 105,000 square foot gambling establishment showcases more than 2,000 slots and 80 table games however does not have the stale odor of cigarettes, as the commercial property is LEED certified with smoking cigarettes off limitations in most of the Palazzo– including HALF of the gambling establishment floor.
Dining at the Palazzo is amongst the best of the Strip, beginning with Wolfgang Puck’s CUT. Chef Simon To serves up authentic Chinese cuisine at Zine, while Sushisamba combines Brazilian and Peruvian flavors with Japanese methods. At LAVO, club-goers can dine on Mediterranean dishes before heading upstairs to the bath house-inspired club.
3325 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109
Venetian Resort Hotel Casino
In the spirit of Venice, The Venetian is a little piece of charming Italy right here in Las Vegas. The Venetian is an “all-suite” hotel, with spaces accentuated with plush linens and Italian marble. The 4,027 suites are divided into 2 towers: The 36-story Venetian Tower that offers visitors a taste of elegant Las Vegas and the Venezia suites, which ensure 12 floors of high-end beauty. The leading 5 floors are the hotel’s highest level of luxury with its personal gain access to, concierge lounge, upgraded features and even a dedicated staff.
Home entertainment at the Venetian includes programs such as Tim and Faith – Soul2Soul, featuring Tim McGraw and Faith Hillside, and Rock of Ages.
The flagship of Venetian night life is TAO, an ultra-hip nightclub situated within TAO Asian Restaurant. V Bar is The Venetian’s incredibly smooth ultra lounge, made by the owners of New York City’s club Lotus and Los Angeles’ incredibly swank Sundown Room.
The Venetian functions 19 restaurants consisting of Thomas Keller’s acclaimed French dining establishment Bouchon, Mario Batali’s B&B Ristorante, Aquaknox for fresh seafood and the 42,000 square foot TAO Asian Bistro. There’s also the food court inside the Canal Shoppes for those trying to find a fast bite.
Visitors can float along The Grand Canal Shops in an authentic Italian gondola ride and pass stores like Burberry and Kenneth Cole along the method. And if you haven’t captured a real celeb, on the street in Vegas, you can head over to Madame Tussauds to check out a wax version.
3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109