Not for the craps, the pool parties, night life, or an extreme bachelor / bachelorette bash. Not for the tall plastic slushy drinks, street acts, peep shows or the photo (88)wedding chapel.  We went to Vegas for the food.

It is an understatement to say eating has transitioned in Vegas. 

In the past, a buffet would provide a quick fill between activities.  In the past ten years or so, the food scene has exploded with savvy restaurateurs and famous chefs opening multiple venues in the conglomerate blocks that comprise Vegas.

One such place, the Venetian, was our destination for a foodie tour as a peep into the culinary world.  Under those ever-blue skies, we six and Riley, our guide, navigated on foot past canals and gondoliers, high end shops and a myriad of dining venues for palate-pleasers.
Featuring five stops, each with several samplings of food and drink at pre-planned destinations, our tour lasted approximately three hours. 

Our Culinary Mystery Tour-Palazzo Itinerary:
photo (84)1: Table 10
photo (80)photo (82)After seating us immediately on a large round next to the open kitchen, our  waiter served Lagasse Lemonade, a house libation with Southern Comfort, Captain Morgan and pomegranate.  A presentation of bacon-wrapped dates, grizzini (prosciutto wrapped bread sticks), shrimp New Orleans and too-die-for candied and cayenned bacon testified this is an Emeril Lagasse property. Conversation highlights? Vodka infusions- ginger, nutmeg and pepper.

2: SushiSamba
photo (87)Samir, our gracious Brazilian hostess, brought Shochu, fermented rice wine with cucumber garnish for us to sip with a Wagu beef gyozo photo (85)photo (86)on pumpkin puree. We moved on to delicious cold sake with spicy tuna
and summer shrimp roll with peanut curry bites. 

We gave a thumbs up for color and bold flavors.

3: Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio
This chef’s name is everywhere, too, yet his style truly permeates each dish, beginning with the house sausages: fragrant Brats cooked in beer,
Kielbasa with traditional mustard and Andouille chicken with violet mustard. 
photo (90)photo (89)Next were Maryland Jumbo Blue Crab Cakes with red pepper puree and herbed fennel salad.  To follow, the signature Puck pizza with roasted chicken, mozzarella and pesto in a sourdough crust.  Yum.

Our hostess shared a fun tale about the Pinot Noir she poured.
photo (91)Adult sons, who declined to carry on family winemaking and photo (98)fled abroad, discovered their passion for wine in Europe and returned home, begging to be a part of their heritage.

Irony became the name for this Monterey County winery.

4: Canaletto
photo (93)photo (94)photo (92)We talked about what makes the “perfect pairing” here. 
Red wine, Quattro Stagioni/ 4 Seasons  pizza, bruschetta and cheese plate with crostini and fruit were shared on the patio. 
In true Italian style, house Limoncello was served at the end.  Cin-Cin! 

5: Delmonico Steak House
As we approached our last stop, we were guided into another of Emeril Lagasse’s  establishments.  Here Rene, Dominic and George served us a chocolate vodka milkshake with bitters and decadent banana cream pie. 

photo (96)photo (95)We were sated. 

The Walking Gourmet: Culinary Mystery Tour – Palazzo $199.95.

The tour includes guide, food, and beverage at five eateries; other Vegas venues available.

Phone: 702-682-6800 
email : info@thewalkinggourmet.com.
Online reservations: http://www.webreserv.com