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There isn’t much that excites this writer than the prospect of finding a great new steak. That steak may be located on the Vegas Strip in a fancy steakhouse or in Downtown Vegas at a regular restaurant that may be as famous for their chicken parmigiana as their steak.
Even before Heritage Steakhad a name, my excitement was high for a new restaurant from Tom Colicchio. Then, Colicchio tweeted with us and things got a little swoony. Eager as I was to try Heritage Steak, it took me a while to get to The Mirage. But, a couple of beers into a conversation and a check of the OpenTable app and I had a reservation. Turns out that was a good thing:
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The renovated Kokomo's space continues to feature views of the resort's verdant atrium, but its entrance has been changed, moving from off the lobby to off the casino floor. Kokomo's lobby bar is still there, dubbed now just Lobby Bar, but it no longer allows entry into the restaurant. A solid black wall blocks it completely from view. Heritage Steak offers another bar of its own, located close to Japonais where its entrance can now be found.
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Now, two months later, the resort is feeling a bit more confident about discussing the expected launch of Heritage Steak:
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The Mirage is down two restaurants these days with the closure of BB King's back in November and Kokomo's just this past weekend. There's still no announced plans for the former, but the latter, just-off-the-lobby eatery has already been claimed by celebrity chef Tom Colicchio.
The new experience will be a steakhouse (Colicchio's second in Vegas after Craftsteak at MGM Grand), but had been unnamed. Today, that changed when the resort announced the coming venture as Tom Colicchio's Heritage Steak. Look for it to make its debut this summer.
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The finale of Top Chef Masters aired last week closing the chapter on a season filmed in Las Vegas and based in the kitchens of The Cosmopolitan. Our favorite horse came home with the win, but we won't spoil it for those still behind on the DVR. What we will reveal is that the final dishes were judged by a panel of food critics and the hometown rep was Vegas' own John Curtas, co-author of the book on Vegas and lover of the white suit.
Curtas was seated at the end of the critic table, but made sure he made his way into the frame. Never shy in sharing his impressions, but oddly this time not until after leaning over to pick his neighbor's brain. Bravo cameras shot to the the unshaven food critic in frames of gruff and smug before he offered his opinion of a Top Chef Masters finalist dish: "It is embarassingly bad. He should have brought his A game.".
This morning, some of Vegas' top chefs got up and headed to the mall. Seriously.
The Fashion Show Mall served as the backdrop for the official launch of the 5th annual Vegas Uncork'd weekend. (No, we don't know why the Fashion Show, but thought it could have been an awesome quickfire challenge. Make a delicious gourmet meal from the first five things you can grab at the food court - go! But, we digress.)
Vegas' premier foodie event, hosted by Bon Appetit, will run May 5-8 and this year will see some new events added to the jam-packed, four-day schedule. No surprise here, but Vegas' top food critics who just so happen to have a new book out will host a discussion on the city's top restos (as found in their - hey, what a coincidence! - new book).
The countdown is on for the Season Six premiere of Top Chef: Las Vegas. We’re setting our Tivo to Bravo TV on Wednesday, August 19th, 9 p.m. ET/PT for all the tasty Sin City fun and to see if any of our Stalking Top Chef sightings ever panned out.
Just in case there's a few of you out there who aren't familiar with Top Chef, here’s how it works: Week after week, "cheftestants" show off their culinary chops over a progression of quickfire tests and elimination challenges. Losing chefs are whittled down and told to pack up their knives and go home.
Last man (or woman) standing will receive some serious swag: $100,000 furnished by the makers of the Glad family of products, $100,000 of merch provided by Macy's, a feature in Food & Wine magazine, a showcase at the Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and will earn the title of "Top Chef."
Craftsteak has always been a “must stop” for carnivores on the Strip, but with owner Tom Colicchio’s rising fame on Top Chef, armchair foodies are descending upon the dark hued restaurant in droves hoping to catch a glimpse of the celebrity chef.
Dining at Craftsteak is typically a spendy affair. It’s a true steak destination, offering expertly prepared cuts of beef, roasted to grilled, from lean to marble to the melt-in-your-mouth super marble (Wagyu and A5).
In an effort to make meat more recession-friendly, Craftsteak just unrolled a new Halfsteak menu during the week. Portions are notoriously huge at Craftsteak, so bring your appetite, but don’t worry about breaking the bank.
The filming for Top Chef Season 6: Las Vegas has officially ended, with the show throwing a wrap party at Blush inside The Wynn on Saturday night. But that doesn't mean chatter about the upcoming season is over.
Norm Clarke reports that while the M Resort was an official host site for the filming, the scenes for the M resort were actually shot on a soundstage in an industrial park.
"They built a replica of the (M) restaurant at an industrial park," a spy told me Sunday, a day after Bravo wrapped filming. "That added more space between the ovens, etc. so it would be easier to get around. More control over the shoot also," the spy added.
And we imagine that the soundstage was necessary for the elimination rounds and the fake pantry/storage room that they always have the cheftestants sweating out the elimination rounds in.
Rumors have been circulating for a few weeks on foodie fanatic blogs that Season 6 of "Top Chef" will be filming at the new M Resort, the one we told you about yesterday that laid off 100 workers last week. Indeed, we even heard from a very inside source of our own that the popular show's sixth season would be filming here.
But our attempts to verify what would seem to be a very simple little fact have been weirdly unsatisfying. First of all, we totally don’t buy the PR rep for M who claimed total ignorance as to whether or not the show was filming there. If you’ve ever been at a Vegas hotel when they’re shooting a movie or reality show or, heck – even a local newscast – on site, you’ll see at least one PR type standing there, cell phone to ear, babysitting the crew. No one gets to film at a property unless they’ve cleared it with the PR people. It’s house rules.
Mystifyingly, we were told by the PR person to “just call the main number and ask the operator” if the show was filming on site. Huh? The operator would know and you don’t? Again, we don’t buy it.