UNLVino isn’t taking place until the end of April, but UNLV culinary students are already prepping for the Hotel College’s largest fundraiser of the year and the best opportunity for students to showcase their culinary skills before the Las Vegas hospitality community.

This Thursday, March 14 at 3 p.m., students in the UNLVino Management Class will present for peers and professors more than 30 dishes in a recipe testing session to be considered for UNLVino’s main event, The Grand Tasting, which will welcome thousands of guests to Paris Las Vegas Saturday, April 20.

Donning white UNLV chef jackets, each student chef will explain their dishes to the class, which range from ceviche, sliders and beef satay to Asian duck salad, and more. After sampling the food, attending students and faculty will vote on whether the dish will be served at The Grand Tasting.

The tasting event also will feature a presentation from one of Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada’s resident sommeliers on pairing recommendations to accompany the dishes.


  • UNLV Hospitality Students; 25 student managers enrolled in UNLVino Management class, including nine culinary students who will be preparing the food
  • Professor Jean Hertzman, Ph.D., CCE, Assistant Dean of Operations
  • Professor Mohsen Azizsoltani, MS, MEA, CHE, UNLV Event Director
  • Chef Mark Sandoval, UNLVino Culinary Coordinator

Thursday, March 14
3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Frank and Estella Beam Hall: BEH 226
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy. 89154

Media can park in vendor areas located in front of the Student Union and Flora Dungan Humanities building; parking passes must be requested in advance. Metered parking also is available.

Media are invited to shoot b-roll and photography of the recipe tasting sessions; interview students, faculty and Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada representatives; and participate in the tasting and voting process. Interested media should contact Kara Rutkin (krutkin@kirvindoak.com; 702.690.1618) or Rachel Feinberg (rfeinberg@kirvindoak.com; 702.612.1693) with inquiries.

UNLVino tickets are on-sale now at UNLVtickets.com

UNLVino was cofounded in 1974 by the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration and Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada, the two organizations which continue to sponsor it today. In its 38 years, UNLVino has raised millions of dollars for the scholarship program, which has aided UNLV students who have pursued careers in the hospitality industry around the world. UNLVino is differentiated through unparalleled, hands-on student experiences at all levels of event planning, execution and promotion, as well as the impactful funds raised each year – all testaments to the celebratory weekend’s broader purpose – scholarship.

This year’s UNLVino has expanded to include four world-class events April 18-21: Bubble-Licious at The Venetian, Sake Fever at The Mirage, the Grand Tasting at Paris Las Vegas, and Bar-b-q at the Keep Memory Alive Events Center at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. The main event and a Las Vegas tradition, UNLVino’s Grand Tasting will transform Paris’ Champagne Ballroom into an epicurean paradise, featuring an incredible collection of international wines, specialty beers and craft cocktails complemented with cuisine prepared by UNLV’s talented culinary students and a selection of Las Vegas’ favorite restaurants.

For more information, visit UNLVino.com or call 877.413.VINO; tickets are available at UNLVTickets.com.