Vegan Chef Tal Ronnen and Steve Wynn Team Up for Viva Las Vegan Event


March 2011 – On May 7, Wynn Las Vegas will debut Viva Las Vegan: a vegan cooking and tasting event as part of Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit magazine co-hosted by Tal Ronnen, a vegan culinary pioneer and New York Times best-selling author of The Conscious Cook: Delicious Meatless Recipes That Will Change the Way You Eat (William Morrow, 2009), and the award-winning chefs of Wynn Las Vegas and Encore. Wynn Las Vegas recently announced an exclusive collaboration with Ronnen, who is working closely with the resort's chefs to develop all-new vegan menus for the restaurants. With Viva Las Vegan, Wynn introduces a one-of-a-kind event to Las Vegas, offering visitors the chance to sample vegan dishes from award-winning chefs.  Guests will enjoy meat- and dairy-free cuisine that does not feel like a sacrifice, but an indulgence.  

Beginning at 12pm in Encore's Beethoven suite, guests can sample a selection of inventive, flavorful vegan creations from chefs Alex Stratta of Stratta, Jet Tila of Wazuzu, Kim Canteenwalla of Society Cafe, Mark LoRusso of Botero as well as David Walzog of Lakeside Grill and SW Steakhouse.  As each of the participating chefs demonstrate how to cook their vegan dish, their step-by-step preparations will be projected onto a large screen so guests can follow along using the ingredients provided at their stations.

Guests can take home recipes for tasty vegan specialties such as LoRusso's "Pasta and Clams" with eggless garganelle pasta, kombu broth, broccoli rabe, sweet peppers and oyster mushrooms; Canteenwalla's tomato tasting of roast tomato bisque & heirloom tomato with cashew cheese salad; Stratta's sweet roasted corn and cashew cream agnolotti with wild mushrooms; Walzog's vegan "clam" chowder with cashew cream base and smoked oyster mushrooms, and Tila's jade dumplings with spinach & shiitake mushrooms.

The fun, convivial experience is rounded out with organic cocktails from Patricia Richards, award-winning mixologist of Wynn and Encore, and vegan desserts from celebrated pastry chefs Kimberly Valdez and Jenifer Fournier of Wynn.

In 2010 Wynn Las Vegas and Encore became the first resorts on the Las Vegas Strip to offer an extensive vegan culinary program.  By partnering with Ronnen to offer new vegan menus at the resort's restaurants and hosting Viva Las Vegan, a first-of-its-kind vegan foodie event, Wynn Las Vegas remains a pioneer in the hospitality industry.

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Alisa is the founder of, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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