By Don Chareunsy
If you think you’re getting a reprieve from fine dining after last week’s 2012 Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit, think again, as the Celebrity Chef Tour that benefits the James Beard Foundation visits Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas at 6 p.m. Tuesday for a meal boasting a menu by chefs Bruce and Eric Bromberg (Blue Ribbon), Clayton Arakawa (Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Resort Hawaii) and Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto).
Cocktail hour -- is there an hour that is not cocktail hour? -- features the hors d’oeuvres oyster tempura with spinach and sesame sauce, ahi poisson cru with coconut, lime and chili pepper and foie gras wontons with pineapple-jalapeno dipping sauce with wine and beers, including Segura Viudas Cava’s Reserva Heredad and Brut Rose, Spottswoode’s Sauvignon Blanc 2011 and Stella Artois’ Hoegaarden Leffe Blonde.
Dinner is family style and five entrees: lobster salad (grilled lobster, cranberry, pear, cucumber and mizuna poppyseed dressing) paired with Chateau St. Michelle’s “Eroica” Riesling; Toshi Special, a seasonal sushi and sashimi platter with Blue Ribbon Sake; Blue Ribbon’s fried chicken served with Mexican honey, slow-roast pork ribs with black vinegar glaze and oxtail fried rice with bone marrow omelet with Domaine Serene’s “Evenstad Reserve” Pinot Noir; shoyu- and sake-braised Hawaiian pork belly with spiced chicharones and wilted greens with miso butter with Chase Cellars’ Hayne Vineyard Zinfandel; and grilled strip steak and local vegetables with Rodney Strong’s Symmetry Red Meritage.
And if there’s room for dessert -- there’s always room for dessert! -- all eyes and mouths are on ginger bread pudding with ginger ice cream and caramel sauce, with Chateau Ste Michelle’s Late Harvest Riesling. Dinner sponsors are the American Humane Association, Chase Family Cellars, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Creekstone Farms, Domaine Serene, Forever Cheese, Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Leidy’s, Rain Crow Ranch, Rodney Strong Vineyards, Hawaiian Hog Incorporated, Springer Mountain Farms, Wusthof, Mercedes-Benz, Stella Artois and Visa Signature.
All-inclusive tickets for the dinner, which includes an opportunity to interact with the award-winning chefs, are $140 for Visa Signature cardholders and $150 for non-cardholders. Tickets are still available for Tuesday night’s event and may be purchased at CelebrityChefTour.com.
Don Chareunsy is editor of VegasDeLuxe.com and arts and entertainment editor of LasVegasSun.com.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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