Artisan Cheese & Cracker Selectionvia costco.com
If a 72-lb wheel of cheese seems more likely to end up as a family heirloom than on your dinner plate, consider the more modest portions found in this cheese and cracker selection. Made up of high-quality samples of American and international products, this selection pack includes five different cheeses, two meats and artisan crackers. (This is the secret code behind Costco’s prices.)
Japanese Wagyu New York Strip Loin Roastvia costco.com
Literally translated, “Wagyu” simply means Japanese cow. But behind that simple term is a cut of beef widely regarded as the most tender, most flavorful steak in the world. Japanese cattle ranchers pass down the secrets of care and feeding from one generation to the next, and all Wagyu meat is strictly graded on a 12 point scale before reaching the market. The Wagyu cuts sold at Costco are A5, the highest rating possible.
Of course, very few steaks of this quality hit the market each year, and that means that the cost is dramatically different from a standard steak. At over $90 per pound, this is a gourmet treat best left for special occasions. But serving your guests a Wagyu steak is a rare and wonderful experience. So tune up your grill and break out the fine china, and you’ll have the centerpiece of a dinner that will leave your friends talking for years to come.