Do you find yourself dreaming of a weekend filled with gourmet food, fine wine and cocktails, luxurious spa treatments, and concerts on the beach? As the CEO of a busy website and mother to an even busier toddler I find myself daydreaming about those very things more than I'd care to admit. But tomorrow all these things - and more - will come true as I head to Las Vegas to stay and play at the swanky Mandalay Bay (jingle intended)! And, you can too, as it's all part of Mandalay Bay's Wine & Spirits Weekend! See details below on how to enter to win a food and wine filled trip!
Here's what's in store...
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino's property-wide culinary extravaganza celebrates the best in the world of food, wine and spirits. Throughout the three-day affair, guests will have opportunities to savor meals from master chefs as well as experience exclusive wine and cocktail tastings. As one of these guests, I'll be waking up in my luxury suite at THEHotel Tower (soon to be renamed Delano) and keeping myself busy all weekend long with a variety of gourmet activities.
Tomorrow evening we head to STRIP STEAK, a modern twist on the classic steakhouse created by celebrity chef Michael Mina, where we'll enjoy a tasting with Chef Mina himself and Executive Chef Doug Bell. Then, we'll imbibe in a tasting of their extensive Scotch program. We'll end the evening at Minus5 Ice Lounge (named for its frosty temperature of -5° Celsius/23° Fahrenheit) where we'll further our imbibification.
On Saturday, the day begins with lunch at Fleur by Hubert Keller where we'll dine with Chef Keller, one of Food & Wine's Ten Best Chefs in America, followed by a restaurant and kitchen tour. Afterward, we'll meet Mandalay Bay Executive Pastry Chef and Master Chocolatier Vincent Pilon who I'm sure has something delectable in mind for us! Before heading to a private dinner with Wine Director Christophe Tassan, it's off to clink glasses with Master Mixologists Armando Rosario of eyecandy sound lounge & bar and Duggan McDonnell of miX Lounge.
The fabulous evening will end at Moorea Beach Club where we'll enjoy a concert with Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw. The concert is one of many in the Beach Concert Series where music lovers are invited to bring their blankets, sit on the beach, and listen to the recording industry's biggest touring acts (concerts on the Beach are general admission, but cabanas can be booked in advance).
On Sunday, it's brunch at Border Grill, featuring modern Mexican cuisine, followed by an exciting exhibit and back of the house tour of Shark Reef Aquarium. We'll end the glorious weekend with a series of spa treatments at the luxurious Spa Mandalay!
For tickets, please visit mandalaybay.com/vino or call 877-305-3136.
Enter the Mandalay Bay Sweepstakes to win a food and wine filled weekend!
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino is a unique destination resort set on 120 lush acres on the Las Vegas Strip. The resort offers three distinct hotel experiences: Mandalay Bay, a AAA Four Diamond award-winning hotel, with 3,211 luxurious rooms and suites reflecting a modern tropical ambiance; THEhotel, a stand-alone, AAA Four Diamond all-suite hotel featuring 1,117 sophisticated suites; and Four Seasons Hotel, a AAA Five Diamond hotel-within-a-hotel, offering 424 rooms and suites. Mandalay Bay boasts an 11-acre tropical pool paradise, featuring real sand, a wave pool and the only climate-controlled, poolside gaming in the city. Other property highlights include world-class entertainment at the 12,000-seat Mandalay Bay Events Center, award-winning dining by celebrity chefs and restaurateurs, Shark Reef Aquarium and the 1.7-million-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Mandalay Bay’s offerings also include BATHHOUSE Spa, House of Blues Concert Hall and restaurant, and The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, a collection of unique boutiques and restaurants. In 2013, Mandalay Bay will become home to a resident Cirque du Soleil production based on the music and choreography of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Mandalay Bay is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International™ (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit mandalaybay.com or call toll free at (877) 632-7800 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.
*Editorial Disclaimer: Foodista.com's travel expenses and are being hosted by Mandalay Bay, please check back for full coverage of this event throughout the weekend.