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Destination Vegas: Bellagio's BBQ & Beer For The 4th of July

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Bellagio's Tuscany Kitchen set up for last year's BBQ Demo Lunch (Photo courtesy the Bellagio)
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It's just a few hours by car or practically the blink of an eye by plane--Las Vegas has long been one of Angelenos' favorite escapes for a night or two (or more for the brave) of great food, drink, gambling, and entertainment. LAist is taking a look at some of the great reasons to be lured to the Nevada desert for some sun and fun in Sin City. First up: A 4th of July Weekend BBQ & Beer event at the Bellagio.

The Bellagio Hotel has launched a series of events called the Epicurean Epicenter, each offering a distinct culinary experience for the Vegas visitor. Nothing says 4th of July like BBQ and beer, and that's exactly what is on deck for a three-course lunch on Saturday, July 2 called Bellagio's BBQ Secrets (and Beer Too!).

Held in Tuscany Kitchen Saturday, July 2 at noon, guests will enjoy a three-course demonstration lunch created by Bellagio Executive Chef Edmund Wong, with each dish paired with a select beer. Representing the patchwork of American cooking and regional flavors, Wong's menu seems a nod to culinary patriotism.

Appetizer
Grilled Flatbread, Olive Tapenade and Buttermilk Biscuits with Country Gravy.

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1st Course
Maine Lobster “Bake,” Fancy Zucchini, Fingerling Potatoes and Burrata Blossoms, drizzled in Roasted Corn Vinaigrette

2nd Course
Crispy Chicken and Waffles, Maple Butter Boneless Pork Ribs, Jalapeno and Citrus Vinaigrette Prime Dry Aged Rib Eye, Goat Cheese and Apricot 'Souffle,' served with family-style sides of English Peas and Carrots, Truffle Macaroni, Pickled Beets & Cucumbers, Grilled Stone Fruit and Tomatoes.

Dessert
Blueberry Pie and 32 Degrees Treats

The beer pairings are designed to complement the flavors of the dishes, and provide refreshment for the summer heat. Bellagio Director of Wine and Master Sommelier Jason Smith along with Bellagio Master Mixologist Matt Myers have selected Bellagio Fountains “Shandy,” Stella Artois, New Belgium “Somersault Ale,” and a trio of Hitachino Nest brews such as Red Rice Ale, Real Ginger Brew and Commemorative Ale 2011 for the savory courses, and, naturally, a Root Beer Float for dessert.

The meal, including pairings, is $95 per person. Don't worry, you'll be too full to worry about dinner, and you can always win your ticket price back on the tables. It's Vegas, baby, Vegas! We'll see you in Vegas for the Fourth!