92 ;e Costco Connection NOVEMBER 2016
Your own plane service
I didn’t see this one coming at all: One program
on Costco.com lets you ;y like a rock star, professional athlete, head of state or the business magnate
you know yourself to be.
Wheels Up, a membership-based private aviation company, o;ers Costco members guaranteed
private flights for individuals,
Citation Excel/XLS aircra; provide world-class service and safety
while transporting you in style to
just about any destination in the
United States, Canada and
Mexico, letting you and your family, friends or business associates
travel with speed, convenience
“Wheels Up members also have access to the
Wheels Down program,” says company founder
Kenny Dichter. “;is is the ultimate lifestyle, events
unique partner bene;ts and insider access to
exclusive experiences throughout the
worlds of sports, business, culture and
The Michelangelo of beef
;ere’s beef, there’s really good
beef and then there’s wagyu,
which is really in its own
Wagyu, which translates
to “Japanese cow,” is the
highest-grade premium beef
imported from Japan.
“Wagyu is di;erent from
any other beef because of
its abundant amount of marbling, tenderness and
rich ;avor,” says Mike Dorpat, a Costco.com buyer.
“It literally melts in your mouth.”
Costco’s supply—rib eyes, strip loins and ten-
derloins—comes from the prefectures of Kagoshima,
Kumamoto and Miyazaki. ;e legendary practices
of raising premium-quality cattle in Japan, which
have been handed down through
generations, include regularly mas-
saging the cattle with oil and feeding
them special foods to stimulate the
;e Japanese beef grading scale
has 12 di;erent categories of beef
quality, with the A5 rating the very
best. Only a certain amount is
imported each year.
Costco.com offers A5 Wagyu
beef at a considerable value over the
usual market price. Says Dorpat, “If
you want to serve something special
to your guests, serve our imported
Japanese wagyu. You will blow them away.”
Giant cheese wheel
Want to kick o; your wagyu dinner with an
impressive starter? Costco.com carries a 72-pound
wheel of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
;e massive Kirkland Signature™ Whole Wheel
Parmigiano-Reggiano is produced in Parma and
Reggio Emilia in Italy, provinces known for cheese
making, and aged for a minimum of 24 months to
create a savory, rich, full ;avor.
Shredded or grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
transforms any pasta, soup or salad into an exquisite
gourmet experience. Parmigiano-Reggiano can also
be eaten solo or sliced with nuts, ;gs, jams, dried
fruits or fresh pears and strawberries.
Hosts o;en scoop out the center and ;ll it with
pasta, which enrobes the pasta in the ;avor and texture of the cheese.
A complete wheel is available on Costco.com
A world of “wow”
Costco.com delights with the unexpected
I ALWAYS get a kick out of
the unusual items my friends
and family have found
throughout the years while
shopping in Costco warehouses and on Costco.com.
From caskets, 93-inch teddy
bears and 5-pound Hershey’s
milk chocolate bars to a barrel
of Jack Daniel’s whiskey, it
never ceases to amaze me
how Costco keeps the “
treasure hunt” fresh and exciting.
With that in mind, I
thought I’d dig a little deeper
on Costco.com to see what
“wow” items I could ;nd this
holiday season—in addition
to the thousands of everyday
values. Here are just a few I
BY CHRISTINA GUERRERO
ZANET TI S. P. A.