With a nod to the past and eyes set squarely on the future, on April 18, 2020, the long-running UNLVino will transform into the EVOLUTION Las Vegas Food & Wine Experience; a multi-sensory festival with a focus on immersive activations designed around the best chefs, winemakers, brew masters and distillers in the world (Pictured: Bobby Flay).
A joint collaboration between Caesars Entertainment and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada, this inaugural event will be held at the new CAESARS FORUM Convention Center, located adjacent to the High Roller Observation Wheel and The LINQ Promenade. EVOLUTION will honor legendary Chef, Bobby Flay, with the Dom Perignon Award of Excellence, and will feature interactive experiences unlike any festival before it, uniting sight, sound and taste to put the attendee at the center of the action.
Award-winning chef, restaurateur, and media personality, Bobby Flay, has built a name for himself among the widening ranks of celebrity chefs. Known for his unique and innovative style of cooking, the Iron Chef has received five Daytime Emmy Awards for shows like Boy Meets Grill, Grill It! with Bobby Flay, and Barbecue Addiction, and was the first chef ever to be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015. With his Southwestern-style Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace and fast-casual concept, Bobby’s Burger Palace, Flay is no stranger to the Las Vegas culinary scene.
Bringing together the shining stars of Las Vegas’ culinary scene with acclaimed chefs and beverage experts from around the globe, EVOLUTION will feature engaging cooking demonstrations, tastes from local chefs and restaurants, immersive wine, beer & cocktail tastings, live music and much more. And, as with UNLVino before it, a portion of the proceeds will fund scholarships for students of the UNLV William F. Harrah College of Hospitality, one of the top hospitality management programs in the nation. As part of the prestigious program, 40 students will help organize and produce the high-profile event through a fully immersive, upper division course.
“I am honored to participate and be recognized at the inaugural EVOLUTION festival,” said Bobby Flay. “Las Vegas offers the most incredible array of restaurants, and chefs in the world. With EVOLUTION, we can support the education of the students, showcase the best in culinary and celebrate the dynamic Las Vegas food scene.”
“Caesars Entertainment has long been at the forefront of the culinary scene in Las Vegas with world-renowned chefs like EVOLUTION honoree, Bobby Flay,” said Caesars Palace Regional President, Gary Selesner. “Partnering with greats like Bobby and many other renowned chefs has cemented our role as a leader in the hospitality industry. By hosting this newly reimagined event, it’s an incredible way to bring together the culinary leaders of the Las Vegas while providing scholarship opportunities to the young talent of tomorrow.”
“The students and staff at UNLV’s Harrah College of Hospitality are honored to be a part of this event each year. The hands-on experience our students receive producing this large, high-profile event is something they cannot get anywhere else, and the legacy they leave for other students through funding scholarships is incredibly rewarding. These scholarships are a critical part of the ongoing success of the college, and with the support that EVOLUTION provides, students are granted the opportunity to pursue higher education and a career in the hospitality industry,” said College of Hospitality Dean Stowe Shoemaker.