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The Eighth Annual Vegas Uncork’d Will Hit the Strip This May

The Eighth Annual Vegas Uncork’d Will Hit the Strip This May


Every spring for the last eight years, we have waited with anticipation for Bon Appétit's Vegas Uncork’d Festival. Fortunately, this year’s wait has almost come to an end. This year, Uncork’d will run from May 8 to 11, so mark your calendars and plan to attend this four-day Las Vegas culinary celebration.

The star-studded Festival always features an extraordinary lineup of celebrity chefs, sommeliers, and mixologists putting their skills on display at some of the Strip’s biggest hotels and resorts. Venues this year include ARIA, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, MGM Grand, and The Venetian. Celebrity chefs in attendance will include Bobby Flay, Buddy Valastro, Daniel Boulud, Giada De Laurentiis, Joёl Robuchon, Julian Serrano, Guy Savoy, Mario Batali, Pierre Gagnaire, Masayoshi Takayama, Michael Mina, Nobu Matsuhisa, Royden Ellamar, Shawn McClain, Thomas Keller, and more.

In a press release earlier this year, Bon Appétit Editor-in-Chief Adam Rapoport stated Vegas Uncork’d 2014 will be “Four days in the Las Vegas sun celebrating 70 of the world’s best chefs, 20 of the most talented Master Sommeliers, and 50 amazing events.”

Cathy Tull, Senior Vice President of Marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, stated, “Las Vegas continues to redefine the essence of epicurean excellence by offering the most comprehensive collection of distinguished chefs, Master Sommeliers and celebrated restaurants in the world," adding that the Festival will feature "unparalleled access to legendary chefs and sommeliers in truly intimate settings, while showcasing Las Vegas as the culinary mecca it has become.”

Events this year include unique dining experiences including a Master Series Dinner with Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis at Flay’s Mesa Grill, and the Chase Sapphire Preferred Grill Challenge, which will feature two Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts students competing against famous chefs, including “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro, for a chance to win $20,000. You can find a full events list on the official Vegas Uncork’d website.

We enjoy the four days of Vegas Uncork’d every year — you can be busy all day and night enjoying the best the world has to offer on the plate and in the glass. You can book your ticket to these world-class culinary events today at VegasUncorked.com.

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May 11 set for Las Vegas culinary event celebrating talents of off-Strip chefs

The date is set and the chefs announced for the second Vegas Unstripped by Locals, a one-night culinary event that showcases Las Vegas’ top independent chefs.

Sixteen off-Strip chefs are to participate in the dine-around event, scheduled for 8:30 p.m. May 11 in the downtown Las Vegas Arts District. The date coincides with Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit, another popular annual food and wine festival that takes place at resorts along the Strip.

“Uncork’d brings a lot of attention to the Strip’s restaurants and celebrity chefs, but it overlooks many of Vegas’ talented chefs who helped make those restaurants successful, then left to strike out on their own,” said Eric Gladstone, the founder of Unstripped.

“We created Vegas Unstripped to celebrate those chefs and their off-Strip restaurants. It’s a way to help locals and visitors in town for Uncork’d discover that our city’s culinary talent extends way beyond the Strip.”

Participating chefs include Jamie Tran (the Black Sheep), Jason Olson and Mike Plourde (Paid in Full), Khai Vu (District One, Mordeo), Sheridan Su (Fat Choy, Flock & Fowl), Chris Decker (Metro Pizza, Lulu’s Bread & Breakfast), Gina Marinelli (La Strega), Ralph Perazzo (bBd’s), Saipin Chutima (Lotus of Siam), Yuri Szarzewski (Partage), James Trees (Esther’s Kitchen), Brian Howard (Sparrow & Wolf) and Oscar Amador (EDO).

Each chef is asked to serve two dishes, one from their restaurant’s current menu and another that will be exclusive to the event.

“I’m sure Lotus of Siam will do something interesting, and I plan to do a play on Hong Kong dim sum,” said Sheridan Su, a current James Beard Award nominee who once helmed popular Strip kitchens such as Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand, Wazuzu at Wynn and the now-closed Comme Ça at the Cosmopolitan Resort before striking out on his own in 2011.

“The local culinary scene has exploded in the last ten years,” Su said. “We used to be cheap buffets and free cocktails. The next wave was celebrity chefs and their hotel restaurants.

“People didn’t usually leave the security of a high-paying Strip job to do their own thing, but as diners have become more sophisticated about food, they want interesting new restaurants.

“Now, a lot of talented chefs are opening independent restaurants and turning out food and beverages as good as anywhere in the world.”


Vegas Uncork’d launches with Saber-off at Park MGM

Bon Apetit’s Uncork’d food festival on the Strip launched Thursday afternoon with the Saber-Off at The Park promenade at the newly re-minted Park MGM.

The Saber scene

Bon Apetit’s Uncork’d food festival on the Strip launched Thursday afternoon with the Saber-Off at The Park promenade at the newly re-minted Park MGM. A toast to MGM Grand Chef Masaharu Morimoto for his perseverance under high heat and uncooperative props. Assigned with the traditional task of cutting the cork off a bottle of Prosecco, Morimoto made a series of passes (at one point turning to Border Grill’s Susan Feniger for direction) before finally blowing off the top.

The ever-present Mark Shunock, the Golden Knights’ in-arena co-host, served as emcee. More than 20 star chefs took part in the event, including Guy Savoy, Shawn McClain, Timon Balloo and Stephen Hopcraft. Also in the mix: Adam Rapoport, editor-in-chief of Bon Apetit Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Chief Marketing Officer Cathy Tull Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Master Sommelier and Director of Wine Education Joseph Phillips and The Park Executive Director Anthony Olheiser.

After Morimoto salvaged the photo op, I asked Rapoport what is Las Vegas’s next food frontier.

“We know that the big question is about off-the-Strip options … We know that the game on-Strip is going to be topnotch, with the best and biggest names in the world,” Rapoport said. “But how do you continue to develop the restaurants and the talent off the Strip enough so that when visitors come to Vegas, they are compelled to go check out the city beyond where they are staying?”

As Rapoport noted, national media coverage of the Vegas culinary scene remains focused on the Strip.

“That’s where everyone is staying, that’s where the visitors are, that’s where the money is,” he said. “But there is obviously great talent off-Strip as well.”

This is a good topic of conversation the next time I dine at Esther’s Kitchen, in the heart of the Arts District …

On the topic of dining out …

The restaurant nation chain Buca di Beppo links Robert Earl to the revival of “Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding,” which returns to that restaurant’s outpost at Bally’s in June. Earl owned Planet Hollywood hotel-casino when “Tony N’ Tina’s” performed on the hotel’s mezzanine level about a decade ago.

Earl loved the show, not surprisingly, that he’s been a fan of dinner theater his entire career — Earl’s first company, President Entertainment, specialized in themed restaurants.

When “Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding” original producers Raphael Berko and Jeff Gitlin sought a venue to relaunch on the Strip, they turned to the obvious — Buca at Bally’s with its large dining room and menu filled with Italian. Earl is a willing partner, and if this concept works we might see “Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding” playing Buca restaurants across the country.

A Winnipeg rocker

The celebrity connections between VegasVille and Winnipeg are scant. But one famous artist from Winnipeg: Neil Young, who most recently played Las Vegas at The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in 2015.

Widespread update

I’ve mentioned the possibility of Widespread Panic playing The Park Theater this summer. Not so.

I now expect — read, expect — the band to instead headline the theater in October. No announcement and no tickets up yet, but I’ve got Ticketmaster bookmarked for such needs …


Where Las Vegas Showgirls Eat (Also, Limo Drivers, Pit Bosses, and Bookies)

Las Vegas enjoys one of the most enviable concentrations of culinary talent in the world, as well as an exploding ethnic scene. But celebrity chef spots are not usually an everyday kind of thing, and when local Las Vegans are off duty, they avoid the Strip like a quarantine zone. So we wondered, whenthey're not recommending restaurants in the casinos, where do the folks workingthere love to eat?

PIT BOSS
Jennifer Perez, Assistant Shift Manager, The Palms Casino Resort: "Bootlegger Bistro. I go once a week. It's a great place tohang out and let loose after work. The atmosphere is an old Vegas-y feel. I always get the cappellini pomodoro, and the pomodoro salad."

SHOE SHINE
Michael Curry, Goodfellows Shoe Shine at Venetian Las Vegas: "Hot N Juicy Crawfish. I like the atmosphere with the old jukebox, people get up and dance. It's a fun place to be while having a meal. My favorite dish is the hot n juicy shrimp."

SHOWGIRL
Kelly Hamilton, Jubilee!: "My favorite off-Strip local place to eat is Naked Fish Sushi. I am a strict no-dairy vegetarian and I dance two shows a night, so Idon't get done until after midnight. Naked Fish is great because it's openuntil 2 a.m. every night! My favorite items include the sautéed mushroomappetizer and the tofu salad--with no bonito fish flakes, of course! The tofusalad is very big and the dressing is great, and they make the cucumber sushirolls with the rice on the outside for me especially."

BOOKMAKER
Johnny Avello, Executive Director Race & Sport, Wynn Resort: "I go to a place in Henderson called Tuscany Grill. That's the kind of place you'll see from my industry, guys talking about race andsports. The owner's name is Lou the Shoe, he's a horse player. Great Italian food: the fried mozzarella, the fried calamari, the freshCaprese. I'm also excited about the Italian American Club. Jimmy Gerard, he owned Fellini's, he's taking over the kitchen there.

LIMO DRIVER
Julia Amaya: "My favorite place is a Mexican restaurant called DonaMaria's. It looks like an old seedy place, but [there's] genuinely great people and greatfood. It's the type of restaurant that is extremely authentic--they make thebest pork posole out there. It's been a family-owned business for years. Myspouse's kids grew up there, and it's the same family, the same waiters andwaitresses. It's not far away, it's not hard to get to."

FLORIST
Andres Garcia, executive director of Horticulture at Bellagio Resort & Casino: "My favorite off-Strip "local" place to eat is a restaurant called Las Pupusas. It reminds me of my home back in El Salvador where I grew up , and offers the most authentic Salvadorian experience I've been able to find in the valley. The menu is full of traditional dishes including Pechuga de Pollo (grilled chicken breast), Salpicon (eye-round beef), and the very first menu on the item, the national dish of El Salvador, the pupusas. Definitely the pupusas.
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Sampling the food of these chefs, and being in close proximity to them, did not come cheaply. Fans of Di Laurentiis paid $400 (all figures in US dollars) for their experience. A multi-course lunch with Ramsay along with recipe cards and a commemorative photo cost $425. Champagne brunch and a lesson in truffle-making with uber-pastry chef Christina Tosi cost $250. But these and other events sold out, and latecomers could only add their names to waiting lists online and cross their fingers for cancellations.

The most popular and signature event during Vegas Uncork’d was the Grand Tasting ($260), which drew more than 2,500 people to the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace. There, from 7 to 10 p.m. on the festival’s Friday night, revellers grazed at the stations of more than 50 Las Vegas-based chefs and their restaurants, washing down their fare with free-flowing wine, beer and cocktails.

Guests attend the 13th annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit Grand Tasting event presented by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority at Caesars Palace on May 10, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Ethan Miller / Getty Images for Vegas Uncork’

“It’s a living catalogue of gastronomy tonight,” said Savoy, who went back and forth that night between his restaurant and its poolside station at the Grand Tasting. For the tasting’s masses, Savoy had taken one of his most iconic dishes — artichoke and black truffle soup with toasted mushroom brioche — and made it smaller and portable.

Savoy said he looks forward to the social side of Vegas Uncork’d and of the Grand Tasting in particular. “It’s a good way to meet other chefs, The ambience, it’s really warm. Nobu (Matsuhisa, the famed Japanese chef) is a friend. Gordon Ramsay is like my son. All the chefs are like a family.”


Las Vegas Uncork'd

Las Vegas Uncork'd (also referred to as Vegas Uncork'd and Vegas Uncorked) was an annual culinary and wine event in Las Vegas, Nevada. The concept was developed by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, their advertising agency R&R Partners and Las Vegas resort partners who originally considered a number of magazine partners such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine and Gourmet. Bon Appétit was selected as the magazine partner after a review with each magazine. Ώ] The event was launched in 2007 by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Bon Appétit magazine led by Editor-in-Chief Barbara Fairchild and co-creator and Executive Director Rob O'Keefe who led the first five years of development of what Eater.com called "the world's most innovative culinary event". Las Vegas resort partners over the years included Bellagio, Caesars Palace and Wynn Las Vegas, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Venetian, Las Vegas and The Palazzo and each year the event featured more than 80 celebrated chefs and over 25 events occurring over a spectacular four-day weekend.

Signature events over the years have included a poolside Grand Tasting ΐ] Α] presenting nearly 60 restaurants and more than 100 wines an intimate interview of Wolfgang Puck by Bon Appétit Editor-in-Chief Barbara Fairchild an after-hours blackjack tournament Masters' Series dinners a late-night sake tasting and celebration of contemporary Tokyo's hip, urban culture an interactive luncheon allowing guests to, with the guidance of top-tier chefs, prepare their own lunch wine immersion seminars and a gala Fashion Feast, which paired haute cuisine with contemporary fashion.

Participating chefs have included:

News coverage for the event has ranged from the CBS Early Show Β] to coverage in Le Point Γ] to culinary blogs such as Eater.com. Δ]

According to a spokesperson for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, after running for 13 years, the culinary event would not be returning to the Strip. Ε]


Tickets For One Of The World's Best Food Festivals Go On Sale Today

Last year in this column I wrote about why I think the annual “Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit,” food and wine festival may be the nation’s best. Well, it’s that time again. Tickets go on sale at noon today, January 23.

Having covered food, wine, spirits and celebrity chefs for more than a decade, I have been to more than my fair share of such festivals, major and minor, at resorts and in cities across the country. Some of these are aimed more at the trade and paparazzi then the public, some are disorganized and there are so many now that they often have trouble attracting top chefs. I can’t tell you how many press releases I get for events anchored by “celebrity chefs” that I have never heard of.

None of this is the case in Las Vegas for Uncork’d. Of all the consumer-oriented events I have been to, only Pebble Beach Food & Wine compares in quality, and that’s a great choice if you want to do a food festival and also play golf. But Vegas is easier to get to, less expensive and has all the things Las Vegas has to offer beyond the festival itself - including great golf - and several of America’s best restaurants.

Here is what is new for 2013:

- Joël Robuchon Is Back: After missing last year’s event, the “Chef of the Century,” the single most Michelin starred chef in history - whose global fine dining flagship is here in Las Vegas - is back. Robuchon will host a Cooking & Wine Demo brunch at MGM Grand.

- Jean-Georges Vongerichten hosts Master Series Luncheon: His 3-star Jean-Georges is New York’s top French restaurant, he has other acclaimed eateries worldwide, and this year he will host a “Farm Fresh to Tempting Table” lunch with a menu of farm-fresh dishes accompanied by flavorful libations at the Bellagio.

Uncork'd gets the best A-list chefs in the world: Wolfgang Puck? Yep, he's a regular. Photo: . [+] Wikipedia

- Beer Garden: Mandalay Bay chef Hubert Keller, chef Laurent Pillard, and certified cicerone Sarah Johnson will create a pop up Beer Garden with Alsatian Brasserie menu, extensive beer selection, and live music.

- Bellagio’s Block Party: Chef Michael Mina will be the host, assisted by an all-star cast including Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Todd English, and Julian Serrano, as they present cuisine that is “Cured, Smoked, Braised, Grilled and Toasted,” all in the great outdoors, accompanied by craft beers, sakes, wines and spirits.

These are just a few of the many additions for 2013, and lots of old favorites will return, most notably the Grand Tasting, with more than 100 of the best wines and spirits from around the world, poolside at the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace.

“Vegas Uncork’d has everything that’s great about Las Vegas - incredible chefs, amazing food, and luxury resorts,” said Adam Rapoport, Bon Appétit editor in chief. “It’s four days packed with intimate dinners, luncheons, wine and food tastings, cooking demonstrations and more. In its seventh year, it is the weekend for food lovers.”

Without rehashing my last piece, here in a nutshell are the things that make this particular event so great and so much fun for traveling food lovers:

- It’s user friendly: Instead of being spread out all over the city, like many urban festivals, everything is at adjacent or nearby casino resorts. Most events last year were in Bellagio, Cosmopolitan or Caesar’s Palace, all literally next to each other.

Gordon Ramsay has opened three Vegas restaurants since his steakhouse Grand Opening at Uncork'd last . [+] year. Photo: Wikipedia

- Crème de la Crème: Some festivals run short on A-list food personalities - not in Vegas, home to more of the best known people in the industry than any city on earth. The top three living Michelin-star holders all have marquee restaurants here, as does a Who’s Who of the cooking world. The most recognizable faces in cooking have routinely been at Uncork’d: Wolfgang Puck, Gordon Ramsay, Joël Robuchon, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Nobu Matsuhisa, Guy Savoy, Alain Ducasse, Michael Mina, Todd English, Bobby Flay, Charlie Palmer, François Payard, Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Feniger and so on and so on.

- Restaurants, Not Classrooms: Many festivals opt for impersonal seminar-style lectures and tastings. Uncork’d does most events restaurant-style in the chef’s actual restaurant, so instead of hearing Bobby Flay speak from a lectern while getting assed plates, you have a special multi-course dinner hosted by Flay in his Mesa Grill private dining room, with each course explained in detail for a small group of guests. Even with record-breaking attendance last year, Uncork’d handled this efficiently and every lunch, brunch, and Master Series dinner had strictly limited seating - but there were plenty to choose from. Also, each event is co-hosted by an editor or expert from Bon Appétit magazine.

- Great Galas: Most food festivals throw their biggest events as cocktail parties in convention-like ballrooms that are overcrowded. I’ve gone to many of these, always for the food, yet found it was a hassle to actually get anything to eat. The two big galas last year were both outdoors and efficient, with an enormous number of food stations and offerings relative to the crowd, giving easy access to lots of samples by a top slate of the city’s best restaurants and chefs.

Bobby Flay is always a crowd favorite - I went to his wonderful Master Series dinner at Mesa Grill . [+] in Caesar's last year. Photo: Wikipedia

- A la Carte: Many festivals sell tickets as packages, so you pay even for what you are not interested in. At Uncork’d they sell tickets separately for every event, so you can do as little or as much as you want to. Want to make your vacation about Vegas and just do one Master Series Dinner as a highlight? Fine. Want to immerse yourself in the festival and try to hit one seminar, lunch and dinner after another, every day? Fine. You can go to exactly what you want, though by show time almost everything sells out, so decide early.

- Great Lodging: All the host resorts are fun, exciting and have a variety of lodging at various price points and levels of luxury. I wrote recently in this column about the brand new luxury Nobu Hotel at Caesar’s opening February 4, which will undoubtedly be one of the top choices for the festival. Some people prefer the Bellagio to the Cosmopolitan, some Caesars to the Bellagio, and there are loyal fans of each - but you can stay at any of them. Or you can stay somewhere else entirely. Vegas has no shortage of excellent luxury properties to choose from, each loaded with pools, bars, entertainment and dining, many of them very convenient to this event.

Uncork’d is always held over Mother’s Day weekend, May 9-12 this year, a great present for the mother or wife on your list. Tickets go on sale today at noon!


Everything You Missed at Vegas Uncork’d

A cavalcade of the top chefs in Las Vegas helped the 12th iteration of Vegas Uncorked by Bon Appétit took over the Strip over the weekend. Dozens of events at the Venetian and Palazzo, Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Caesars Palace, and The Park gave visitors a chance to explore the city and its restaurants and lounges in a completely different way.

Of course, the big event, the Grand Tasting, kicked off with at the Garden of the Gods with nearly 100 restaurants showcasing their fare.

Gordon Ramsay at Vegas Uncork’d Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit

Gordon Ramsay, who opened his fifth restaurant in January, says he wants to give other chefs a shot at feeding his diners. “ I just negotiated my wait list. We have a huge wait list at my restaurant, Hell’s Kitchen, and I just negotiated my wait list to help with reservations earlier in the week,” he says on the red carpet. “I don’t want all those people to wait to make a reservation when they can get it in my. friends’ restaurants.”

He also says he thinks women make the best chefs, citing Christina Wilson, who won season 10 of Hell’s Kitchen and appeared as a sous chef on the show, Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen executive chef Jennifer Murphy, and Michelle Tribble, who won season 17 of Hell’s Kitchen and the head chef job at Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen, as some of the best in his kitchens.

Executive chef and partner Timon Balloo says that bringing his Miami restaurant to the Venetian has been a true learning experience, and he’s discovered how to be more “Vegas.” He opened windows onto the resort’s restaurant row and brought in entertainment. Of course, brunch brings in conventioneers, and he plans to add a buffet to his daily experience.

Buddy Valastro at Vegas Uncork’d Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit

Cake Boss Buddy Valastro felt humbled to be at Vegas Uncork’d with the likes of big-name chefs. “I mean, look, I’m standing in Morimoto, who’s a real chef. I’m a baker, but I’m a really good home cook. And the inspiration behind my cooking was really to try to bring the food of the culinary rock stars in my life, meaning my mom, my grandma, my wife, my dad, and let people feel like they’re eating at my house.”

On the fifth anniversary of the restaurant, he plans to bring vegetarian meatballs to his restaurant at the Palazzo.

Elizabeth Blau, the restaurateur behind Buddy V’s Ristorante, Honey Salt, and Andiron at Downtown Summerlin, has a new cookbook coming out soon. It explores how she came up with the menu at Honey Slat at Rampart Commons.

Michael Mina practically beamed when asked about his renovated eponymous restaurant at the Bellagio. “You have to come in,” he says.

Graham Elliott, the white-glasses-wearing MasterChef judge who has a restaurant at MGM Cotai in Macau, showcased an octopus dish at Picnic in the Park. When asked whether he might open a Vegas restaurant, his “people” said, “You never know.”

Shawn McClain, who has Sage and Five50 Pizza at Aria, says business is still a little rough at Mandalay Bay, where he has Libertine Social, but the resort stands behind the restaurants there. Sage might get a little more casual, but that’s just an idea.

Mike Minor, the executive chef at Border Grill at Mandalay Bay, says his Mexican-barbecue mashup opens at the resort on June 4.

From left: Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority chief marketing officer Cathy Tull, Gordon Ramsay's U.S. restaurants executive chef Christina Wilson, Rao's co-owner Frank Pellegrino Jr., Rao's head chef Dino Gatto, Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar and Guy Fieri's El Burro Borracho owner Guy Fieri, Gordon Ramsay Hell's Kitchen head chef Michelle Tribble, Martorano's Italian Restaurant owner and chef Steve Martorano, Old Homestead Steakhouse co-owner Marc Sherry, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill owner and chef Gordon Ramsay, Border Grill co-owner and chef Susan Feniger, Nobu owner and chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Giada owner and chef Giada De Laurentiis, Restaurant Guy Savoy owner and chef Guy Savoy, Old Homestead Steakhouse co-owner Greg Sherry, Bon Appetit editor in chief Adam Rapoport, and Food Innovative Group chief business officer Craig Kostelic attend the 12th annual Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit Grand Tasting event. Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit

Best dish at the Grand Tasting? As always, the black truffle and artichoke soup with toasted brioche on the side at Restaurant Guy Savoy. Savoy was spotted hugging Giada De Laurentiis on the red carpet. Hugs galore also happened between Elliot and Guy Fieri on the red carpet.


CBRE Group, Inc. Named One of the World's Most Ethical Companies for Eighth Consecutive Year

CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBRE) has been recognized as one of the 2021 World’s Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. This is the eighth year in a row CBRE has achieved this recognition, and it is one of only four 2021 honorees in the real estate industry.

"This award is a testament to our employees around the world who stayed true to CBRE’s RISE values, even as they overcame the challenges of 2020. As a professional services firm, we are all about our people, whose integrity and commitment to ethical conduct served us well as we all rallied to support colleagues and communities in need, while continuing to deliver world-class solutions for our clients," said Elizabeth Atlee, SVP, chief ethics & compliance officer.

Companies are evaluated on more than 200 variables related to culture, environmental and social practices, ethics and compliance activities, governance, diversity and initiatives to support a strong value chain. In 2021, 135 honorees were recognized spanning 22 countries and 47 industries.

"While addressing the tough challenges of 2020, we saw companies – above all other institutions – lead on earning the trust of stakeholders through resilience and a commitment to ethics and integrity," said Ethisphere CEO Timothy Erblich. "The World’s Most Ethical Companies honorees continue to demonstrate an unwavering commitment to the highest values and positively impacting the communities they serve. Congratulations to everyone at CBRE for earning the World’s Most Ethical Companies designation."

Earlier this year CBRE was the top real estate company on Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies list for the third consecutive year.


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