Hot Off The Press Release: Food University launches at Caesars Palace

18 Dec


Food University at Caesars Palace is announcing a new date for its inaugural class: March 27-29, 2013. The event is designed to transform fun-loving foodies from across the country from spectators into competition-ready chefs in 72 hours. In addition to the new date – Food University is also unveiling its much-anticipated schedule of classes.


Food University is the collaboration among Caesars Palace, philanthropist and hospitality industry leader Larry Ruvo, Food Network co-founder Robin Leach and veteran culinary entertainment producer Richard Gore. Food University’s culinary faculty will include James Beard Award-winning Chef Alex Stratta; acclaimed cheese expert Laura Werlin, author of the James Beard Award-winning “All-American Cheese and Wine Book”; chef and TV personality Claudine Pepin and Colman Andrews, editorial director, The Daily Meal. Chef Bradford Thompson, founder of Bellyful Consulting and James Beard Award-winning chef, will serve as Food University’s culinary director. Other high-profile chefs will be unveiled in coming weeks, along with some special guest appearances.


Food University’s schedule will comprise of three days packed with classes on topics ranging from wine and cheese pairing to classic Italian to mixology. Unlike any other food festival or culinary event, Food University offers food lovers a chance to rub elbows with top chefs, sommeliers, mixologists, cheese experts, fine food purveyors and even farmers—who will serve as Food U “faculty.” These “scholars” will not merely eat, drink and learn in the presence of lauded chefs; indeed, they will enthusiastically don their chef whites and dedicate themselves to expanding their knowledge on the finer points of creating exceptional cuisine from celebrity chef “professors.”


Student volunteers from the University of Nevada Las Vegas’ prestigious hospitality school will assist with back-of-house preparations. Proceeds from Food University “admissions” will go to Keep Memory Alive, dedicated to finding cures for brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and ALS.


In addition to the dynamic three-day schedule covering every essential cooking technique, there will be private, VIP “field seminars” Including to the Southern Wine and Spirits Hospitality Mixology program with Mixologist Francesco LaFranconi, normally available only to hotel and restaurant executives.


The first Food University session will accommodate up to 80 culinary scholars.


The inaugural event will culminate in a festive—and well-deserved—ceremony for Food U’s first graduating class. They will receive the coveted Food University “Enlightened Palate” diploma. In addition, each student enrolled for the first classes will receive a private VIP invitation for a never-before-seen prestigious wineries tour in Napa Valley previously off-limits to the public.


Sponsors for the inaugural Food University Las Vegas at Caesars Palace are cookware manufacturer Fagor America and The Daily Meal, Spanfeller Media Group’s (SMG) mega food site, which will be the digital media sponsor of the event. The Daily Meal’s own Anne Dolce will attend events, including teaching a class titled “The Essentials in Cooking.” Now with more than 7.2 million unique visitors monthly, The Daily Meal will provide its community with everything they need to know about Food University Las Vegas by integrating editorial, video and campaign coverage throughout the site and across social media platforms.


“Tuition” is $1,995 per person for the three day sessions and includes all food and beverages, course instruction. For those needing hotel accommodations, please call Caesars Palace for special rates at (866) 227-5938. In the spirit of the holiday season, gift certificates will also be available by emailing For more information visit or, to purchase tickets, call (866) 840-8822.


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