Sam & Harry's Celebrates the World's Finest Beef at the Akaushi Wine Dinner

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Executive Chef Joshua Humphrey of Sam & Harry's Schaumburg, IL restaurant, creates five-course dinner featuring beef with lineage going back 30 generations.

Executive Chef Joshua Humphrey of Sam & Harry's Schaumburg, IL restaurant, creates five-course dinner featuring beef with lineage going back 30 generations.

In what will be an extremely memorable evening for beef lovers, or anyone who loves outstanding cuisine, Sam & Harry's Restaurant of the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center, will host an Akaushi Wine Dinner on Thursday, January 24, at 6:30 p.m.

Executive chef Joshua Humphrey and his culinary team have created a special five-course menu with paired wines, showcasing Akaushi Beef from Arrowhead Specialty Meats. This Akaushi beef is the only 100%, all-natural source-verified kobe/wagyu beef available in the United States. John Telge, vice president of sales and marketing at Arrowhead, will be in attendance to talk with guests and chef Humphrey will answer questions about the menu. The Akaushi dinner at this Schaumburg luxury hotel is $110 per guest, plus tax and gratuity.

"You only need one look at a cut of this beef to recognize its superiority. Any dish using Akaushi beef is going to be an exceptional one," said chef Humphrey. "My culinary staff and I are extremely excited to be working with a product of this quality."

The Akaushi feast that chef Humphrey has created includes the following courses and wines:

First Course
Grilled Akaushi Sirloin and Red Pepper Soup
Finished with Citrus Crème Fraiche
Frei Brothers Pinot Noir

Second Course
Broiled Akaushi Burger
Topped with Melted Cambozola on a Buttered Brioche Roll
Bonterra Syrah

Third Course
Akaushi Andouille Sausage with Chayote Slaw and Three Mustards
Whole Grain Creole, Truffled Honey Dijon, Roasted Onion and English Ale Mustard
Ojai Chardonnay

Fourth Course
Akaushi Tenderloin with Foie Gras Butter and Pinot Noir Demi
Paired with Butter-Poached Maine Lobster and Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes
Stonestreet Merlot

Fifth Course
Sangria-Poached Pear and Almond Tart with Spiced Crème Anglaise
Sandeman 20-year Tawny

In Japan, cattle breeds are divided into dairy cattle and Wagyu. All Wagyu cattle are indigenous to Japan and have been genetically improved for over 90 years. Wagyu are further divided into four breeds, one of which is Akaushi, the only free-grazing cattle found in Japan. Less than a dozen of these cattle were brought to the United States in 1994 by HeartBrand Ranch, located in Texas. Since then, the Texas herd has grown to 5,000. Because of the excellent working relationship between HeartBrand Ranch and the Japan Association of Akaushi, each member of the herd can have its lineage traced back 30 generations. Arrowhead Specialty Meats is one of the few companies that can offer restaurants this outstanding product.

For reservations to the Akaushi Wine Dinner, please call (847) 303-4050. Sam & Harry's is located at 1551 Thoreau Dr. in the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the hotel offers numerous weekend getaway packages in Schaumburg, IL for those looking for an evening of more than just dinner. For more information on Sam & Harry's, please visit

About Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center:
Be amazed by a Schaumburg, IL hotel boasting a contemporary design that is expressive, yet functional at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center. Situated 25 miles from Downtown, this Northwest Chicago, Illinois hotel blends futuristic architecture with a heightened appreciation for the surrounding natural wetlands. Designed by the renowned John Portman & Associates, the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center and Hotel creates a setting that provides an exceptional gathering place. Over 148,000 square feet of technologically enhanced meeting space is perfect for a variety events ranging from sizeable corporate conventions to intimate wedding receptions. Indulge in delightful dining at Sam & Harry's, serving sizzling steaks and the freshest seafood. Conveniently located, this Schaumburg Illinois Hotel is near Woodfield Mall, offering world-class shopping and upscale dining. Experience true luxury at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center, where the heartland meets the 21st century. For more information or to make a reservation, call 847-303-4100 or visit


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