Time Worn and Treasured – JOEL ROBUCHON on KNPR

Joël Robuchon’s coming to Vegas in 2005, was, according to then-Gourmet magazine’s then-editor Ruth Reichl “…the single most important event in American gastronomy in the past 50 years.” ELV obviously agreed and devoted two commentaries/reviews (on Sept. 22 and 29, 2005) to his restaurants, that you can listen to by clicking here and here, if you want to hear about the event in the mellifluous, sonorous, sententious and senatorial tones for which he was known.

Time Worn and Treasured – ROSEMARY’S on KNPR

Since ELV and News 88.9 FM KNPR-Nevada Public Radio are no longer going steady, our staff thought it time to haul out some time worn and treasured tunes, some golden oldies, some musty, dusty discs if you desire, to give you a taste and some sounds of the way we were in our humble burg, way back in the day.

Here is our script and the audio from our very first review of Rosemary’s, right after it opened in August, 1999. Click on the Real Audio link to listen to the mellifluous tones of ELV – for which he was known — and try not to get a major case of the warm fuzzies.

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8125 W. Sahara Ave.

Las Vegas, NV 89117

Phone: 869-2251

Fax: 869-2283

Restaurant critics get asked lots of questions such as: How many times a week do you eat out? Or how does one become a restaurant critic? And finally, there’s always: How do you stay so thin? If you’re truly interested, the answers are: six times a week, it’s a long story and I have the metabolism of a hummingbird. But the most asked of all is: What’s your favorite restaurant that’s not on the Strip? For years I’ve had to hedge my bets on that one, but now the answer is easy, if you’re looking for fine dining off the Strip, look no farther than Rosemary’s on West Sahara Avenue.

Rosemary’s gives westsiders something to finally cheer about when it comes to the finer things in life–we’re talking serious gastronomy folks–the only sensual pleasure you can’t live without, and when it comes to pleasing the senses, Michael and Wendy Jordan have created a top-shelf experience that gives every celebrity chef in town a run for their money. That run will save you some in the process because Rosemary’s delivers the goods at prices that won’t have you groaning when the bill arrives. For a hundred bucks, a couple can experience a complex array of tasty dishes that are big on both flavor and lots of ingredients.

Jordan’s grilled eggplant and roasted pepper sandwich on house-made olive bread is better than anything at Olives and is further proof that the best vegetarian food is never found in vegetarian restaurants. Everything from sweetbreads to roasted halibut is given the star treatment here and Jordan does his mentor Emeril Lagasse proud with plenty of homages to southern cooking.

If I have a criticism, it’s only that the elaborate components in each of the recipes don’t always highlight the flavors as they should, a minor flaw to be sure and one that is completely forgiven with one bite of Rosemary’s crispy skin striped bass or grilled quail on risotto. Food this sophisticated has been a long time coming to the neighborhoods of Las Vegas. Lovers of fine food should be glad that Rosemary’s is finally here.


Grandma Schroader’s Sour Beans – The Shocking Truth – on KNPR

Here is the link, and here is the script for our Thanksgiving 2010 commentary this morning on News 88.9 fm – KNPR – Nevada Public Radio:

Grandma Schroader’s Sour Beans – Another Beanie Reveal

Here’s some food for thought…

Over the years, fifteen to be exact, I’ve done a number of Thanksgiving commentaries praising everyone from the Pilgrims to my dear, departed dad. I love Thanksgiving for many reasons, but most of all because it is the only incorruptible American holiday. No matter how hard they try, American business (aside from pumpkin and turkey farmers), have been unable to commercialize this most American, and non-denominational of Holidays.

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