The most misunderstood product in the beef world—if not the entire world of fine dining—is probably Kobe beef. I don’t want to bore the hell out of you with yet another explanation of why, when you see Kobe on a menu, it’s most likely a lie. Suffice it to say that the term has lost all meaning in the U.S. Even the highest-quality Japanese purebred wagyu steak being offered at a high-end Las Vegas steakhouse probably doesn’t conform to the standards required in Japan to certify beef is Kobe, meaning from gelded bulls or virgin of the Tajima breed that are born in Japan’s Hyogo prefecture. Historically, the only local spots offering Kobe certified authentic by Japan’s Kobe Beef Marketing & Distribution Promotion Association were SW Steakhouse in Wynn and Jean-Georges Steakhouse in Aria. Chef José Andrés now adds his carnivorous temple Bazaar Meat in SLS (855-761-7757) to that short list. The prized meat is offered grilled on an ishyaki stone at your table and in a miniature airbread “sandwich” on the specials menu. If you decide to check it out, be sure to ask to see the cow’s birth certificate, complete with its family tree and nose print.
Despite what Gordon Ramsay may say when he’s hyping his TV show MasterChef, the most prestigious cooking competition in the world is actually the Bocuse d’Or. The biennial event held in Lyon, France, pits national teams from around the world against each other before a live audience. The next international competition is set for 2017. But on December 17, the top contenders to represent the Stars and Stripes will battle it out at the Venetian. Competing for the honor are Gerald Ford (executive sous chef at New York’s Westchester Country Club), Brian Lockwood (chef de cuisine at Manhattan’s NoMad Hotel), Angus McIntosh (sous chef at Colorado’s famed Broadmoor) and (Mathew Peters, executive sous chef at Thomas Keller’s three-Michelin-star restaurant Per Se). “Ment-Or” chefs Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller and Jérôme Bocuse (son of the event’s namesake, Paul Bocuse) will host. Tickets for the event, which kicks off at 9 a.m. and runs just over four-and-a-half hours, are $25 for general admission and $40 for VIP.
Finally, Zarkana star Briana Rossi will perform with her band Breezy & the Summer Rentals on November 28 at Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar (4480 Paradise Rd., 702-364-5300). Rossi and company will play two sets—midnight and 1 a.m.—and will be joined by special guests Dena Massaro Williams and Eric Plante. Of course, if you’re reading this column you probably want to know about food and drink. Well, you can fill your belly with selections from the late-night Mezzanotte menu, which features many of the restaurant’s favorite antipasti, pastas, risottos and pizzas, as well as meat and fish dishes at 25 percent off the regular price. And Wirtz Beverage Nevada will have complimentary pours of Glenfiddich 14 Scotch.