Tao, located inside the Venetian in Las Vegas, combines restaurant, nightclub, and pool venues for both day and night business and revenue. Tao participates in giving back to the community by hosting special events to benefit non-profits. Taste of Tao was held outside, at night, in a part of this venue known as Tao Beach.
Corporate Executive Chef, Ralph Scamardella, created Tao's menu which includes cuisine from China, Japan, and Thailand. The cuisine includes a selection of foods from land, sea, and air. For this Taste of Tao event guests had the opportunity to participate in a fundraising event to benefit Three Square Food Bank while enjoying a variety of Asian cuisine items and Asian alcoholic beverages.
Special Vip Access was offered to guests who were willing to pay and additional amount for each event ticket. A portion of all ticket sales will benefit Three Square Food Bank, which also receives donations of food from Tao throughout the year which helps provide food for people in need in Las Vegas.
As guests enter TAO, the can't miss the 20' tall Buddha which overlooks the center of the restaurant. Outside, there's a 40-ft-long terrace which overlooks the Las Vegas Strip.
Guests were welcomed to the poolside venue by models in Asian-themed fashions and then were either served appetizers or selected to participate by watching cooking demonstrations of a particular cuisine as chefs prepared the menu items.
In the Chinese cuisine cooking area, Peking Duck , roast pork, and pork potstickers were a hit.
A special Japan section featured chefs preparing Sushi, Sashimi, along with sampling of Sake and Japanese beers and wines. In front of the Japanese cuisine, guests were entertained by Firedancer acrobatic performers.
Thai food offerings included Chicken Satay, Chilean Sea Bass Satay,and a variety of tasting cups with curry and vegetables and curry with chicken.
Entertainment in the center of the TAO Beach pool included two acrobats and one twirling a fire baton. This flame dancer also performed upside down.
Feng Shui expert fortune teller, Peter Lung, owner of World of Feng Shui with locations in Las Vegas and Honolulu, was providing complimentary mini-readings to guests . He also gave guests a gift of three coins tied with red thread, while supplies lasted.
The instructions with the three coins were to stick the three coins tied with thread onto important files, invoice books, doorknobs, fax machine, and even a computer to increase business.
Jen, created a personalized, Japanese caligraphy rock for each guest to take home.One Love Agency also booked make-up artist, Natasha, to create Asian-themed temporary airbrushed tattoos for guests.Pauline Chan of Vancouver, BC had Natasha airbrush a dragon on her back.This is the Chinese Year of the Dragon.
Tao is open for business seven days a week and the regular Tao nightclub business is open until 5AM on Thurs, Fri, and Sat evenings.