Where’d you graduate from?
Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Possibly that would get you somewhere on the Eater Dating site. Er, maybe not so far in the real world. But if you just want to hang out with prominent food world figures and in the process learn about ingredients, knives and celebrity chefs at this three-day event, even those with less-than-stellar grade point averages can get in. That is, if there’s still space left for the event which runs March 27 to 29.
"Food University is the collaboration among Caesars Palace, philanthropist and hospitality industry leader Larry Ruvo, Food Network co-founder the ever ebullient Robin Leach and veteran culinary entertainment producer Richard Gore," trumpets a release. Okay, okay, let's get to the lineup of "participating personalities" and chefs who will be your professors: Colman Andrews, editorial director of The Daily Meal; Jeffrey Elliott, author of "The Zwilling J.A. Henckels Complete Book of Knife Skills"; Duff Goldman, star of Food Network’s “Ace of Cakes”; Frank Pellegrino Jr., owner of Rao's; Laura Werlin, acclaimed cheese expert, author of the James Beard Award-winning "All-American Cheese and Wine Book" and a few more. For a schedule of classes, visit Food University.
The event promises three days packed with classes and epicurean experiences. "Tuition" of $1,995 per person includes nine hands-on cooking classes, three seminars, two field trips, breakfast and lunch for three days (but no dinners), special rates on Caesars Palace accommodations — and ta-dum, an "Enlightened Palate" degree. You’ll be part of the first graduating class.
If this is your kind of thing, then have at it. But that’s more than $660 per day. For that kind of money, you could travel somewhere and eat at the best restaurants and probably get just as much of an education.
You just wouldn’t have that tantalizingly named degree to hang on your wall.
For hotel accommodations, call Caesars Palace for special rates at (866) 227-5938. To purchase tickets, call (866) 840-8822 or go to www.FoodUniversityLasVegas.com.