The annual Las Vegas Educational Experience hosted by Caesars Entertainment brought together over 200 meeting planners and 100 Caesars sales employees this year. A weekend of nonstop dining, dancing and entertainment escalated to a lavish reception and after party held at the 2,900-room Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.
The night began with drinks in one of the hotel’s beautiful ballrooms, where immaculately dressed men held out shiny baubles and asked planners to “ice” themselves. Planners exuded elegance as they walked around with a glimmering bracelet in one hand and a glass of fine sparkling champagne in the other.
The doors to the massive Versailles ballroom were then opened for dinner. The impressive space was dressed up with flowing black and white draping, deep red roses on every table and shimmering crystals everywhere. The centerpieces sparkled with rows of crystals surrounding white candles. Bling on the table, bling on the bar, bling on the planners; it was everywhere!
Dinner was equally impressive. A savory aroma filled the room as the black tie staff brought out the first of four courses–a Napoleon lobster salad with fennel slaw, herbed parmesan tuile, heirloom tomatoes and champagne vinaigrette. Being a paired dinner, our hosts poured a wonderful Ferrari-Carano Sonoma Fume Blanc between bites.
Courses two and three were the fish and beef dishes. They were both delicate and delicious, but nothing compared to the grand finale. Dessert was a triumph with a beautiful foundation display of chocolate and berries, martini glasses filled with raspberry and white chocolate parfait, black currant and chocolate lollipops, and a raspberry/bitter chocolate tartlet. The finishing touch was a glass of sweet red wine and a chocolate Eiffel Tower, standing atop this decadent dessert plate.
Jordan Clark, Caesars’ vp of sales, was our fun and engaging host of the event. Promising a night full of exciting entertainment, he has a way of building up the anticipation and keeping the crowd enthralled while refusing to reveal the performers’ names until they made their way on stage.
The early 90s, chart-topping Aussie pop group, Human Nature, started off the evenings festivities. Typically, the group has audiences tapping their feet and clapping along to Motown classics nightly at the Imperial Palace Las Vegas. Although they were only able to squeeze a few numbers in, they served as the perfect opener, pumping up the audience and leading the way for Nathan Burton who was up next.
Burton’s amazing comedy magic routine had everyone laughing one minute and gasping for air the next. He slid a piece of steel through his beautiful assistant. Then he elevated a foot off of the ground. His show wows audiences daily at the Flamingo Las Vegas Casino & Hotel.
Victor Trevino Jr. stormed the stage next with his unbelievably cool Elvis Presley impersonation. He’s a member of the cast of Legends in Concert, playing at Harrah’s Las Vegas. The women swooned over “Blue Suede Shoes” and they looked like they were ready to pull out their poodle skirts and do the twist during “Jailhouse Rock.” He raised one eyebrow in true Elvis spirit and gave a quick, “Thank you, thank you very much,” as he made his way off stage. The crowd roared.
Then it was time to welcome George Wallace. Wallace gave the group a snippet of his show, headlining nightly at the Flamingo. He poked fun at a few attendees and shared a few of his favorite “I be thinkin’” jokes, which had everyone vigorously laughing out loud. He works the audience supremely well as he cracks jokes, especially about the effect the media has on people.
Wallace finished off his act with one of his best-known bits: People Say Stupid Things, where he pointed out the foolishness behind many popularly used phrases and dialogue cliches. Wallace has been coined the new Mr. Vegas, and Caesars showed attendees how easy it is to bring the magic of his comedy to your next group event.
Before the final act, it was announced that the highly-regarded production of Jersey Boys is set to headline at Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino starting in early 2012.
Local dance band Envy gave the night’s final performance. They first lulled the audience into a state of repose with classics and then suddenly broke out into some of today’s most popular songs. Shakira, Pitbull and the Black Eyed Peas were among a few of the artists they covered during the course of the night. The crowd jumped out of their seats, kicked off their heels and danced the night away.
VEGAS MEETS VERSAILLES
Their minds set on finishing off the weekend with a bang, our hosts with Caesars’ Entertainment walked the crowd over to the hotel’s rooftop venue–Chateau Nightclub & Gardens. One of the best views in Vegas, groups can take in the sights and sounds of the Strip from right under the massive metal base of the Eiffel Tower.
The garden area of the 22,000-sf space is reminiscent of a lush garden in Versailles. Everyone danced until dawn as a fire breather and a troop of half human/half animal characters took over the club, bringing the night’s excitement to a scintillating climax. Total meeting space at Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino is 140,000 sf.