Chef José Andrés & Friends Present Dine-N-Dash at SLS Las Vegas

Dine-N-Dash At Umami Burger At SLS Las Vegas
Umami Burger

I love dining and drinking events like Dine-N-Dash by José Andrés that will be held at SLS Las Vegas next year. I’m a fan of sampling lots of food and drink from different restaurants and chefs.

This event stands out because VIP admission includes food and drink from all restaurants at SLS plus cooking demonstrations from José Andrés and Curtis Stone AND admission to see AWOLNATION. This should be the first show at

This should be is the first show at The Foundry which is the new concert venue at SLS Las Vegas taking over the space formerly devoted to the nightclub LIfE. It’s always cool to be the first to do something in Vegas.

Details on Dine-N-Dash are below:

World-renowned chef, author, philanthropist, and SLS Hotels Culinary Director José Andrés will host Dine-N-Dash at SLS Las Vegas on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, benefiting Andrés’ nonprofit organization, World Central Kitchen, and locally-based nonprofit organization Three Square Food Bank. Modeled after the chef’s annual Washington, D.C. restaurant crawl, Dine-N-Dash will be a culinary tour of SLS Las Vegas. Guests will enjoy signature dishes and hand-crafted beverages from all seven acclaimed restaurants, along with eclectic culinary offerings throughout the casino, “cocktail theater” by renowned mixologist Rob Floyd and a live cooking demonstration by José Andrés with special guest chef Curtis Stone (Maude, Los Angeles).

“For three years, we have been celebrating Dine-N-Dash in DC’s Penn Quarter, and I’m so excited to be bringing it to Las Vegas,” said chef José Andrés. “What’s better than enjoying food and drinks from all of the incredible restaurants at SLS Las Vegas, all for a good cause! I am so proud of the work that my team is doing at World Central Kitchen to find solutions for hunger and poverty, and I’m thrilled this event will also benefit a local charity, Three Square, as we introduce Dine-N-Dash to Las Vegas!” 

The complete SLS Las Vegas restaurant portfolio will spotlight stand-out dishes and drinks at Dine-N-Dash, offering guests a taste of its diverse culinary offerings. Menu items will include:

  • Bazaar Meat by José Andrés: Oysters Gin & Tonic, Cotton Candy Foie Gras, Kobe & Caviar, Sloppy Joe, Gazpacho Shots, Beef Tartare Sliders, Beef & Parmesan Grissini and New York Sour
  • Katsuya: Kumamoto Oysters, Lobster & Truffle Chawan-Mushi, Scallop Sashimi and White Grapefruit Cosmopolitan
  • Cleo: Basturma with Halloumi, Hummus with Tahini and Clementina cocktail
  • Ku Noodle by José Andrés: Open Sesame, Fried Wonton, Mini Duck Pancake and Sake Punch
  • Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book: Truffle Sliders, Hatch Sliders, Cheesy Tater Tots and craft beer
  • 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria:  Assorted hand-crafted pizzas and Birra Moretti
  • Northside Café: Al Pastor Tacos, Barbacoa Tacos and margarita
  • Desserts by SLS Las Vegas Culinary Director Luke Forzano and Executive Pastry Chef Oralia Perez

In addition to tastings, guests will experience a one-of-a-kind cooking demonstration from José Andrés and Curtis Stone in The Foundry, SLS’ new live-entertainment venue, as well as mixologist Rob Floyd’s inventive and high-energy “cocktail theater” at the casino’s signature Center Bar.

A VIP Dine-N-Dash experience also grants guests access to a happy hour with José Andrés and Curtis Stone in Bazaar Casino, admission to a concert by AWOLNATION in The Foundry—before those tickets go on sale to the general public, on January 8—and an exclusive after-party featuring desserts and drinks from Bazaar Meat.

“We are thrilled to showcase SLS’ culinary array in one all-encompassing event headlined by globally celebrated chefs José Andrés and Curtis Stone,” said Matt Erickson, senior vice president of restaurant operations at SLS Las Vegas. “Dine-N-Dash will be unlike any other event in Las Vegas, and we can’t wait to give guests a taste of what makes SLS so unique.”

General admission tickets start at $99, and VIP tickets start at $199.  A portion of proceeds benefits Three Square, Southern Nevada’s only food bank and a member of the Feeding America network, as well as World Central Kitchen, the nonprofit organization chaired by José Andrés that finds creative solutions to hunger and poverty worldwide. To purchase tickets, visit slsvegas.com/dinendash.

Griddle Cafe At SLS Las Vegas Out, Northside Cafe In

Griddle Cafe At SLS Las Vegas
RIP – Griddle Cafe At SLS Las Vegas

When I stayed at SLS Las Vegas in December the Griddle Cafe became my favorite restaurant. $20 was a little pricey for breakfast but the food and coffee were fantastic. Griddle Cafe is closing and will reopen as Northside Cafe which will be operated by the casino.

Griddle Cafe was the one restaurant at SLS Las Vegas that was consistently busy. This closure isn’t a reflection on the restaurant. Rather it’s a reflection on the financial state of the property as a whole. There are a lot of rumors about bad things happening at SLS Las Vegas and I don’t know what to make of them all. One thing is for sure, this won’t be the last change.

If nothing else, they’ll be keeping pressed coffee on the menu. Here’s the press release with more enough spin to make you vomit.

January 29, 2015 – SLS Las Vegas today announced the Feb. 1 opening of Northside Cafe. With breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night menus inspired by Las Vegas’ classic coffee shops, Northside Cafe will be open 24/7 and serve as a property hub for SLS guests, players and locals alike.

Northside Cafe will occupy the centrally located space formerly home to The Griddle Cafe. Jodi Hortze, Founder and Owner of The Griddle Cafe, made the decision last year to close the restaurant and operate The Griddle Cafe brand in-house. Jodi added, “The unilateral decision to close The Griddle Cafe at SLS was a difficult one, but ultimately my focus is on growing the brand in new markets, operating as I have successfully for the past 15 years on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, California. Being part of SLS was a great learning experience, one I will always have with me.”

“We experienced great success with The Griddle Cafe and wish Jodi only the best as she grows her incredible brand in new locations,” said Scott Kreeger, President and COO, SLS Las Vegas. “With Northside Cafe, we’ve created a casual 24-hour dining concept that will serve as a gathering spot for locals and guests in the heart of our property.”

Northside Cafe will serve up generous portions of delicious, home-style comfort food made to order. Breakfast favorites will be available around the clock, in addition to salads, burgers, sandwiches, authentic street tacos, pastas, steak, and seafood—along with French-press coffee, fresh juices, and quality cocktails.