Hi Alex!!! *waves*
I attended CGW#1 but missed out on the pre-workshop gathering, so I'd really like to make it out to this one.
I remember there seemed to be a lot of room available at the Venetian... there was this awesome little sorbetto/gelati place that had dairy-free options. heheh. (Coconut sorbetto rocks!)
That's all I have for my 2 cents. I'll check back later to see when/where is recommended and decided upon!