This was a weekend filled with excitement and great taste to be remembered forever. December 5th through 7th, 200 people from around the world enjoyed Ultimo, the ultimate culinary luxury experience, hosted by the Venetian and Robb Report. The lavish weekend centered around a grand 5-course dinner with a pairing of 10 fine wines. In its second year, the Venetian hosted a spectacular single table decorated with flowers, candelabras and golden Ultimo-branded plates.

3-Michelin star chef, Daniel Boulud, was the star of the evening and cooked two of the five courses. Two courses were made by Buddy Cake Boss Valastro and the last was prepared by famed Chef Emeril Lagasse. The evening hosted a live auction benefitting Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. One of the prizes was a stay at one of our favorite resorts in the world, Musha Cay, which topped our list of HOTELS TO VISIT BEFORE YOU DIE.

The dinner table was an impressive 168′ x 8′ wide and set at the main hall of the Venetian. 200 guests dined under the finest handcrafted colorful frescos while surrounded by the grand columns of the Venetian.

50 servers and 20 sommeliers served 1,740 glasses of wine during the grand banquet. Any time we took a sip from our glass, it was immediately refilled.

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The entire weekend experience cost patrons $6,500 to participate in the festivities, excluding flights.


The Ultimo took six months to produce. 100 bottles of Dom Perignon were served during dinner.

1,050 forks, 1,050 knifes, and 1,044 plates were used. 50 chefs prepared food at the event.

One of the grandest nights of our lives with impeccable service, we still don’t know how the Venetian was able to pull off such an incredible operation.

Our new Editor In Chief, Setorii Pond, sat in the very middle of the table. She loved the Dover Sole by Daniel Boulud.

The pictured dish below is the Dover Sole a la Polonaise – Cauliflower, croutons, mimosa, capers & Ossetra Caviar created by Daniel Boulud.

Emeril prepared the citrus carpaccio with King Crab, micro chervil, california extra virgin olive oil and three peppercorns. This was paired with Bertani “Serole” Soave DOC, Italy 2013.

Buddy Cake Boss prepared a chocolate with nutella torta paired with Urbani truffles.


Chef Daniel Boulud told us that the ultimate luxury in life is to create lifelong memories.

DLX Editor-in-Chief, Setorii Pond, & COO, Chirag Sagar, are standing with the 10-story cake designed by Buddy Cake Boss.


Check out the intricate details on the cake.

Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous star, Robin Leech, was the master of ceremonies and did a toast that went all around the table.

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The next day, brunch was hosted at DB Brasserie with Daniel Boulud. DLX CEO, David Christopher Lee and Setorii Pond are pictured below. Veuve Clicquot flowed throughout the brunch. The restaurant is the hippest of Las Vegas brunch locations.  It reminded us of Balthazar in New York City.

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After brunch, we raced Ferraris and Lamborghinis at Exotics Racing at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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Setorii is posing with one of her favorites.

Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 5.46.48 PMAfter racing, we enjoyed a massage at the Canyon Ranch Spa. It was definitely a ‘Haute Experience.’

The evening continued with a fabulous reception featuring wine and food pairings of Venetian’s hottest restaurants. It was hosted at the Waterfall Atrium and Gardens.

We feasted on New York steak from Cut by Wolfgang Puck.

If you like truffles, you would have been in heaven. It was a truffle-lover’s paradise.

With decadent desserts stretching along the granite countertops, the sweet-tooth within everyone was insatiable.


Ferrari was also one of the sponsors of the evening.

After the reception, we were escorted up to the exclusive Paiza Club high-roller’s lounge for an exclusive tasting of Richard Hennessy.

The chandelier was out of control.

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The decor of the lounge reminded us of private clubs in Shanghai. It was very comfortable.

Richard Hennessy is a blend of the Grands Siecles, an assemblage of over 100 eaux-de-vie matured to the fullest. It is extremely rare. The crystal decanter is designed by Baccarat.

A bottle of Richard Hennessy costs approximately $2,800. Cheers to that!

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It’s always great to make new friends and create memories to last a lifetime.

Our new friends invited us up to their suite to enjoy more champagne.

The CEO of Destination Luxury, David Christopher Lee, finally headed back to the room after an incredible night. He is pictured with Enzo, the DLX mascot.  Enzo is a teacup Yorkshire Terrier.

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The next day, we had brunch at Emeril Lagasse’s famed Delmonico’s Steakhouse. We were served two drinks – a glass of Dom Perignon and one of the most unique cocktails we have ever had in our lives.

The cocktail is made with Grey Goose VX (cognac infused vodka) with a dash of sherry.

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You eat the truffle covered with parmesan and pair it with the most savory concoction. We were surprised it didn’t taste stronger than a martini

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Cheers to a fabulous weekend. We loved meeting our new friends from all over the world.





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