Best of the Best
Impossible Foods makes fantastically delicious meat, fish and dairy foods, comprised totally from plants. They hope to transform the global food system by 2050 to feed 9 billion people. The first Impossible Burger was launched in NYC last year, and now is at Andrea’s in Encore Hotel. Founded in 2011 in Redwood City, CA, with a staff of 150, Pat Brown wanted to produce meat and dairy from plants which would have a much lower environmental footprint. He got a team together of top chefs, farmers, scientists and flavor experts and started working on a “meat” that is exactly like beef. He scored a victory and made it in the form of a hamburger for his first go round. Impossible Foods will be expanding into other areas of food production, mimicking the qualities of pork and poultry. Animal agriculture requires a huge amount of land water and energy. Impossible burger products uses only 25% of the water, 5% of the land and 13% of the greenhouse gases as raising beef. The beef product is composed of water, textured wheat protein, coconut oil, potato protein, natural flavors, 2% or less of leghemoglobin soy, yeast extract, salt, soy protein isolate, konjac gum, xanthan gum, thiamin vitamin B1, zinc, niacin, vitamin B6, riboflavin vitamin B2, vitamin B12 and soy wheat. The proteins from the wheat and potatoes give the burger its familiar chew and just as much protein as one made from beef. Xanthan and konjac binds everything together enabling them to shape the burgers into patties and meatballs. Coconut oil allows it to be perfectly moist and juicy. Andrea’s is a hip Asian dining spot in a stylish setting at the Encore. Being the first restaurant in Las Vegas to serve this burger, Impossible Foods hopes to be in 1,800 restaurants by the end of 2017.
Standard and Pour is the newest Sunday brunch spot to be. With a terrific view over the whole city, and the most amazing bloody Mary bar that I believe I have ever seen, my brunch on a recent Sunday was the highlight of the week. It opened as the last restaurant of Kerry Simon, who teamed up with Titan Brands, owner of the Hussong’s Cantina chain. Manager Ed Tracy and his assistant Chelsea Anderson were so accommodating. Located on the 2nd floor the elevator whisks you up and you can relax in a side room while waiting for a table. With unlimited mimosas or bloody Mary’s for $24, for super drinkers this is a great deal. We started with beer pancakes with bourbon sauce, and a giant sized English muffin smothered with eggs and bacon, big enough for two. They serve a 2-lb muffin, filled with poppy seeds and lots of goodies, which I couldn’t resist. The smooth risotto is great, and the mac/cheese is the kind that doesn’t run, a great plus. The roasted beet salad, which is being featured on more and more menus across town, is marvelous. They also have fondues with spinach and artichokes, mini burgers, kimchi tacos and spicy shrimp. Hours are Mon-Sat 4-10, Sunday is 10-3. Located at 11261 S. Eastern, be sure to call for reservations. 702-629-5523 standardandpourlv.com
Chef’s Food Fest at the Aquarius in Laughlin on June 8
This 30th annual event sponsored by the Laughlin Chamber of Commerce is sold out every year, so buy your tickets early for a fantastic price of $75. Held last year in the Aquarius Pavilion, all the local casinos, along with the Stratosphere from Las Vegas, created signature dishes. There is an award for four categories with last year’s winners as follows: Harrah’s was recognized for Best Desserts; Colorado Belle/Edgewater received the Best Epicurean Experience; Avi Resort & Casino was honored for Best Creative-Based booth design; and Nevada Beverage was voted the Most Flavorful and Fun Presentation by a Liquor Distributor. All proceeds go to the River Fund, Inc., a local not-for-profit organization that helps with local causes. You never know what each chef will create and how many ways they can display their beautiful art. The tables are decorated, ice sculptures created, some servers dress in theme costumes, and plenty of cold beer and creative drinks are served, most in take home glasses or copper mugs. From lobster and crab legs, to duck, Mexican food, Italian dishes that are mouthwatering, salads in taco cups, to unique desserts one could eat for hours and then wish they had squeezed in just one more for a midnight snack, there are simply way too many offerings to even try half of the bountiful spread. There is a great auction every year with restaurant and show tickets and sightseeing events. Stay overnight or for the full weekend, Laughlin has plenty to do. Seating is for 550 persons. Buy your tickets now! Email JMazzeo@LaughlinChamber.com to purchase.