Michelin-Starred Chefs Julian Serrano and Danny Lledó Partner for Wine Pairing Dinner at Bellagio September 8-9
Reservations now available for curated menu at resort’s iconic Picasso restaurant
LAS VEGAS, NV (August 22, 2023) – Picasso Executive Chef Julian Serrano will collaborate with international award-winning Chef Danny Lledó of Washington DC’s Xiquet for a luxurious five-course epicurean journey September 8-9 at Bellagio. The talented culinary pros will unite to create a menu focused on seasonality, creativity and presentation while delivering the world-class hospitality for which they are both known.
“As we get ready to celebrate Bellagio’s 25th anniversary in October, I can’t help but reflect on all the incredible memories that have been made at Picasso,” said Chef Serrano. “Our incredible culinary team has crafted amazing experiences for guests throughout the years and I’m excited to continue that momentum with this once-in-a-lifetime event with Chef Lledó.”
Chef Lledó said, “Bellagio is recognized for having best-in-class culinary events. I had an amazing partnership experience with the resort last year which makes me even more excited to return for this two-night collaboration with Chef Serrano. We can’t wait for guests to join us.”
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The evening’s special menu is priced at $195 per person, all-inclusive with an additional classic wine pairing option for $150 per person or a premium wine pairing for $300 per person. Reservations are required and now available with seatings available from 5:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. To book, call Picasso at (702) 693-8105 or visit Picasso’s website.
The esteemed duo will greet guests throughout the evening in Picasso’s stunning dining room and outdoor patio, situated lakeside with picturesque views of Bellagio’s iconic Fountains. The dinner experience reflects an exquisite menu of culinary art:
Roasted Langoustine Salad
romesco, citrus dijon vinaigrette
spanish cider beurre blanc, garlic puree, salmon roe, fines herbes, salsify chips
Arrós del Cranc
blue crab, opal seaweed, old bay tuille, Alicante rice
*Tournedos of Colorado Lamb
lamb loin, petite squash, sauce choron
opera cake, variations of orange
For more information or to book a reservation, visit Bellagio online.
Inspired by the beautiful villages of Europe, the AAA Five Diamond Bellagio Resort & Casino overlooks a Mediterranean-blue, 8 ½-acre lake in which fountains perform a magnificent aquatic ballet. Award-winning dining including its newest addition The Mayfair Supper Club, a world-class art gallery, the exquisite Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, the stunning performance of “O” by Cirque du Soleil, a sumptuous spa and salon and exclusive luxury shopping all work together to compose the symphony that is Bellagio. Bellagio is operated by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit bellagio.com, call toll free at (888) 987-6667 or find us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
About Chef Julian Serrano
Award-winning chef Julian Serrano is widely regarded as one of the finest culinary talents in the nation. His distinguished career includes two prestigious James Beard Foundation Awards for Best Chef Southwest in 2002 and Best Chef California in 1998. In 1998, Serrano brought his memorable Mediterranean-French cooking to Bellagio in Las Vegas as executive chef of Picasso. The Michelin two-star restaurant has been a consistent recipient of the AAA Five Diamond Award from 2002 to 2023 and has received the coveted Grand Award from Wine Spectator magazine for its extensive wine list. Picasso’s menu is inspired by the regional cuisine of France and Spain, where Picasso spent much of his life. Serrano then turned his unerring eye to the cuisine of his native Spain as executive chef of his eponymous restaurant, Julian Serrano, at ARIA Resort & Casino, which opened in 2009. Here, Serrano satisfied a long-held ambition to share the secrets of his own Spanish cuisine. Featured on the restaurant’s multiple à la carte menus is an ensemble of Serrano’s signature creations including traditional and innovative renditions of tapas, paellas, seafood and more. In 2010, Esquire magazine named Julian Serrano one of the Best New Restaurants of the year. The restaurant also received the Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine in 2011. Serrano announced a new concept at Bellagio in 2015, Lago by Julian Serrano. This was the chef’s first Italian restaurant and explores a new take on social dining. The restaurant’s menu celebrates Chef Serrano’s creativity and signature flavors along with boasting spectacular views of the resort’s iconic fountains on the Las Vegas Strip.
About Chef Danny Lledó
International award-winning Chef Danny Lledó is the owner of MICHELIN-starred Xiquet by Danny Lledó. His cooking is strongly influenced by his Mediterranean heritage; his sought-after tasting menu experience showcases modern Spanish cuisine and innovative preparations of the traditional cuisine of Valencia, ignited by a wood-fire kitchen using the finest products sourced both locally and internationally.
Chef Danny is proud to continue the family tradition of culinary excellence, following in the footsteps of his father, who is an accomplished chef from Dénia, Spain. He honed his restaurant skills working at top Spanish restaurants for José Andrés’ Think Food Group, Taberna del Alabardero, and Botin (known as the world’s oldest restaurant). Currently the most awarded paella chef in America, Lledó has accumulated eleven paella honors, six of which were first place awards.
Xiquet (chee-KETT) has been recognized with a MICHELIN Star, the Guide’s Sommelier of The Year Award, AAA’s Five Diamonds, a RAMMY for Washington DC’s Best Formal Dining Restaurant of the Year and Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. Now known as one of the best fine dining restaurants in the city for its modern Spanish cuisine, Xiquet showcases the finest products from around the world served with warm, Mediterranean hospitality in an intimate top-floor dining room overlooking the Glover Park neighborhood of Washington, DC. Visit www.xiquetdl.com for reservations and further details.
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