Barbecue Trio, Tuscany Kitchen, Bellagio

For a more upscale version of fire-kissed meat, join Bellagio executive chef Edmund Wong in the Epicurean Epicenter. This cooking demonstration and three-course, beer-paired meal features three types of barbecue: Chinese char siu pork, kielbasa from Olympia Provisions and spice-rubbed beef tenderloin. Summery sides include blue-cheese and smoked-almond coleslaw and biscuits with honey butter.

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