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Dine with Las Vegas chefs around a campfire or in a fancy French kitchen

Dine with Las Vegas chefs around a campfire or in a fancy French kitchen
Whiskey in the Wilderness brings local chefs and guests together around the campfire in an intimate setting, far from the bustle of the Strip. (Jose Salinas / Whiskey in the Wilderness)

Two noteworthy events in Las Vegas next month will find some of the city’s top culinary talent cooking for guests over campfires or in the fancy French kitchen of the late Michelin-starred chef Joël Robuchon.

A few tickets remain for Whiskey in the Wilderness, an annual live-fire cookout March 3 that this year brings 15 of Vegas’ best chefs and a dozen of the city’s top bartenders together for an afternoon of whiskey cocktails and open-air cooking. The event takes place at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, west of Las Vegas near Red Rock Canyon.

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Highlights of the chef lineup include John Courtney of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Dan Krohmer of Other Mama, Roy Ellamar of Harvest at the Bellagio, Shaun King of Momofuku Las Vegas, Chris Decker of Metro Pizza and Brian Howard of Sparrow + Wolf.

Whiskey in the Wilderness on March 3 will feature 15 chefs and bartenders.
Whiskey in the Wilderness on March 3 will feature 15 chefs and bartenders. (Jose Salinas / Whiskey in the Wilderness)

Now in its third year, the pop-up event was created to allow guests, chefs and mix masters to interact in a casual, outdoor setting far from the trappings of linens, thin-stemmed wine glasses and amuse-bouches.

Courtney says chefs like the event because they get to cook with colleagues in a remote desert setting. For guests, the draw is the opportunity to meet the chefs and sample their cooking for far less than the price of visiting each chef’s restaurant individually.

“We limit attendance to 200, so the ratio of chefs to guests is ideal for conversation,” said event organizer Justin Hall, a former chef at the Kitchen at Atomic. “We didn’t want this to be another event celebrating big-name chefs who don’t live here. The whole idea is to show off the talented chefs and bartenders who do.”

Tickets cost $135. The event will be held 1 to 4 p.m. March 3, and tickets must be purchased in advance. Info: Whiskey in the Wilderness

There will be a culinary tribute to dishes inspired by the late chef Joël Robuchon at his namesake L'Atelier at the MGM Grand.
There will be a culinary tribute to dishes inspired by the late chef Joël Robuchon at his namesake L'Atelier at the MGM Grand. (Jeff Green Photography / MGM Resorts International)

You don’t have to know how to build a fire, love whiskey or speak French to attend an exclusive one-of-a-kind dinner honoring the late Michelin-starred chef Joël Robuchon in Las Vegas on March 7, you just have to pack a thick wallet and adore fancy French cuisine.

A limited number of seats are still available for a seven-course dinner prepared by several of Robuchon’s culinary protégés, who plan to honor the chef by cooking several of his most popular dishes at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Las Vegas.

The famous chef and restaurateur operated more than a dozen restaurants across the globe, including two at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Joël Robuchon and L’Atelier.

The menu for the $250 per-person fixed-price dinner includes pan-fried sea bass with lemongrass foam and stewed leeks, crispy langoustine fritters with basil pesto, and classic châteaubriand prepared “Rossini-style” with foie gras and port. A wine pairing option will also be available.

“Mr. Robuchon prepared unforgettable meals for countless visitors to his restaurants, and as a team who learned from him, we are honored to toast to his legacy by re-creating his signature dishes for our own guests,” said L’Atelier executive chef Jimmy Lisnard.

Robuchon died in August at age 73. His restaurants held a record 32 Michelin Guide stars at their zenith (31 when he died), the most of any chef in the world. Reservations are required.

Info: L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand, (702) 891-7358

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