Thursday, May 6, 2010

Michele and I are Getting Uncork'd in Las Vegas

Thanks to some clever marketing, the thought of someone using the food as an excuse to go to Las Vegas seems like the punch line to one of those "what happens in..." commercials, but thanks to Vegas Uncork'd, that's exactly why we're here.

Held May 6-9, at six different resorts over the four-day Mother's Day weekend, Vegas Uncork'd is becoming one of the country's top food and wine events. As you probably know from reading about my prev
ious trips, I'm a huge fan of Las Vegas in general, and the city's food in particular, so I jumped at the chance to cover the event.

There are over 30 events planned, including a Grand Tasting at Caesars Palace, where 50 of the city's top restaurants and chefs will show off their offerings to an estimated 5,000 foodies.

As usual, I will be collecting recipes, taking photos, and will post a recap upon my return. Charlie Trotter, Bradley Ogden, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, and Cat Cora are just some of the chefs I hope to speak with, and if things work out, win money from.

In addition to updates here, if you want to follow along on Twitter, I'll be providing play-by-play, or rather bite-by-bite coverage over the course of the weekend. Stay tuned!

We're Huge in Estonia! Who Knew?

I'm always tickled when I hear from fans in far off places, like Annika in
Estonia. Apparently, our recipe videos are quite popular there, although I'm sure the mustache has a lot to do with that.

Annika reports the country's biggest fan is her boyfriend, Rigmor, who's celebrating his 30th birthday tomorrow. Happy birthday! You sure look a lot older in the picture. Enjoy!


Anonymous said...

You are big in Estonia? Oh, I thought I'm the only Estonian watching you, after all there's only 1,4 million of us :)
All Estonians, report yourself!

Mark said...

Hey Chief John!

My name is Mark I live in Ireland I look at your blog almost everyday for the last year or so must have made about 40 of your dishes at this stage! Anyway just wanted to say great job with this site. I've recommended you to friends and family as well!

Best Regards,

Mark (PS I'm not a leprechaun!)

red | hongyi said...

Man. I wish I could say I'm from Luxembourg or something. But I'm Malaysian, then I went to Australia, and now I'm in the Netherlands. Hehe. And I'm an avid fan :) i really want to impress my mum when she comes over next week, so i've been checking out ur blog A LOT!

Gilbert ratchet said...

Hola Chef John,
Suppose I send you Belgian chocolate, would you make something out of it for the website?
let me know, cheers.

My Happy Tastebuds said...

Hi Chef John,

I've recently discovered your website through YouTube! I love your videos, you have some really great recipes! I'm an aspiring foodie who's looking to go to culinary school. Any advice? You can email me at or check out my blog!

Anonymous said...

dear chef John
i am a big fan of your videos too.
so entertaining.
love from Japan

Jack Parker said...

A very Happy Birthday to you, Rigmor! And hello to Annika!

Also, hello to Mark in Ireland! I lived in Galway for awhile. Absolutely beautiful...

Hope you're enjoying Vegas, Chef. Can't wait to see all the pictures of that food you're enjoying! I've been working 10-12 hours a day so the only thing I've been cooking lately is a bowl of cereal. GADS!

Anna said...

Hello from Romania!
You're on my short-short list of food blog feeds.
Your recipes are delicious, reliable and very well explained.

Rita said...

yay, chef! greetings from germany!

have a great time in vegas.

Arudhi said...

Hello Chef John, greetings from Japan!

I really love your videos and I`m learning a lot from them. The only thing is just I can`t find fish menu in your recipe category.
But other than that, your videos are awesome! :)))

Have a nice weekend!

Chef John said...

Thanks! Check Seafood category

The Culinary Chase said...

Hi Chef John! My husband & I have always wanted to go to Las Vegas but was too difficult logistically when we lived in Asia. Now that we're back on this side of the globe, perhaps we can now plan a trip there. May have to send you an email to get the low down from you as to where to eat etc. Cheers!

Anonymous said...

I really love your blog. Las Vegas is also one of my really favorite spots due to the cuisine and nightlife for vacations. Keep up the great work with your articles and please stop by my health blog sometime. The web address is

Lynsey James March said...

Well I'm just in Arizona, but amazed at all the comments from around the world! Have a great time in Vegas, I'll mark this on my calender for next year.

Lorraine Cook said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your site!! Everything from the way you speak to what you say, info you give, sense of humor and choice of recipes just comes together perfectly. You're a very entertaining, knowledgeable chef. To see that there are people from all over the world, who speak different languages, eat different food and have different beliefs who can all gather here, get along and forget about the world's troubles for a bit while we learn/drool/laugh is a pretty good testament to your talents!! Peace...

Arudhi said... come I skipped the "seafood" category!
Thanks, Chef!

Anonymous said...

I recently disvovered your blog and I really love it, great recepies and videos :) Just tried the cheese sandwich yesterday and it was awesome...can´t wait to try more recepies :)

Maria, from Iceland

Chef John said...

Thanks to everyone for the very kind and inspiring words.

Jess said...

I am making mashed potatoes your style! :)

Great videos, great recipes, great food.

Btw, would you recommend me some simple dishes to cook with a multi-cooker? I don't have a kitchen (bad side to living in a hostel) and would like to have something easily prepared in under 30 mins...

Julie in MO said...

I love Chef John! Don't worry Michelle, it is a love of appreciation and joy in learning some very good cooking points from a man who obviously loves to cook. The sound of his voice as he says, "Enjoy!" sends me into the kitchen with anticipation of doing the recipe I just watched with his video. Oh yes, I occasionally get recipes from other sites. But, I am a loyal Chef John devotee and always check him out first. Please keep those videos coming CJ, because we love them and you!