Valentino Las Vegas to Host Taste America Event Featuring James Beard Award-Winning Chef

Valentino Las Vegas announced today the restaurant is hosting a six-course dinner with wine pairings prepared by James Beard Foundation award-winning chef Luciano Pellegrini during Taste America Las Vegas on Friday, Oct. 24, 2008.

The evening is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. with a cocktail reception, immediately followed by a seated dinner at 8 p.m. Valentino’s Taste America menu is $350 per person including wine, tax and gratuity, and consists of:

  • Fresh Australian Spanner Crab Cakes with Porcini Salad and White Truffle
  • Quail Meatloaf on Polenta and White Truffle
  • Fontina-Stuffed Bucatini with Crescenza Sauce and White Truffle
  • Buffalo Medallion with White Wine Demi-Glace and White Truffle
  • Hot and Cold Cheese Soups with Mixed Fruit
  • Dessert

The annual James Beard Foundation Taste America is a national celebration of food, the arts of the table and American cuisine. This year brings some of America’s greatest chefs – winners of the JBF regional Best Chef Awards and other JBF award winners – to Las Vegas. The JBF Taste America Las Vegas (October 24-26, 2008) will include signature dinners at the best restaurants in the finest hotels on the Strip, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, panel discussions, and a gala dinner prepared by JBF regional award winners.

Valentino Las Vegas is located inside the Venetian Las Vegas at 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South. For reservations, please call 702-414-3000 or visit

Valentino Las Vegas offers a world-class dining experience yielding culinary delights paired with an award-winning wine cellar. Restaurant Proprietor Piero Selvaggio’s passion for food and wine are conveyed by the talents of James Beard Foundation award-winning executive chef Luciano Pellegrini and presented as an opulent dining experience in an exquisite setting under the management of General Manager Carlo Cannuscio. Established in 1999 inside The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino on the world famous Las Vegas Strip, Valentino Las Vegas joins Selvaggio’s list of splendid Italian restaurants, which also includes his flagship of more than 35 years Valentino in Santa Monica, Calif.