Last Minute Vegas: Mother's Day Extravaganza


This Mother’s Day weekend (May 8-11), Las Vegas is hosting Vegas Uncork’d: A Bon Appétit Epicurean Experience. The four-day event provides tickets to a variety of gastronomic events throughout the long weekend. Kicking things off the weekend is the Masters’ Series Dinner at Caesars Palace where guests can rub elbows with celebrated chefs such as Guy Savoy and François Payard, among others.

Those with a sweet tooth can indulge in a “Sweet Decadence” culinary workshop at the Bellagio during which Executive Pastry Chef Jean-Philippe Maury and Bon Appétit Editor-in-Chief Barbara Fairchild create a lineup of delectable chocolate desserts. A sure way to impress mom is with tickets to “A Tale of Five Chefs” at the Bellagio with Julian Serrano, Todd English, Michael Mina, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Jean-Philippe Maury. Night owls can hold’em or fold’em with chefs and vintners at the Midnight Poker tournament at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

For a memorable Saturday afternoon, guests can attend the Wynn Star Chef Luncheon Series and meet chefs Alex Stratta, Paul Bartolotta, Daniel Boulud, David Walzog and Richard Chen. The perfect ending to a weekend of bonding with mom is at one of the Wynn’s two simultaneous Mother’s Day brunches at Tableau with chef Mark LoRusso and The Country Club with chef Rene Lenger.

In addition to being a food-lover’s paradise, Las Vegas offers the best in entertainment, spas and shopping. Entertainment options abound this spring, including Cher, the newest Caesars Palace headliner; Broadway hit “Jersey Boys” at The Palazzo; and five different Cirque du Soleil productions. Spas are taken to a whole new level in Las Vegas. Just 17 miles off the Las Vegas Strip, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Lake Las Vegas features a variety of lavish Prada Beauty treatments that moms won’t soon forget. Celebrity colorist Michael Boychuk has recently unveiled Color: a Michael Boychuk Salon at Caesars Palace and equally as renowned Beverly Hills celebrity colorist, Kim Vo has opened a new salon at The Mirage, offering the latest in hair trends and treatments as well as manicures, pedicures, hair extensions and personalized makeup services.

For guests who want to treat their mothers to the ultimate extravagance, shopping is essential. The Wynn Esplanade includes the west coast’s only Manolo Blahnik store as well as dozens of other luxurious shops such as Cartier, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Oscar de la Renta and more.