Celebrity chefs whip up SLS special

July 19, 2016 3:03 AM


It is going to be a foodies’ delight and it is not too early to start making plans to be in town Sept. 15-18 for the Las Vegas Food & Wine Festival featuring celebrity chefs from all over the world.

If you attend you can expect to feast on a huge selection of delicious cuisine from renowned chefs and sample award-winning spirits, indulging your inner food cravings.

Held at SLS Las Vegas and produced by Barcelona Enterprises, an impact marketing company, proceeds from the Festival will benefit Operation Smile, a nonprofit medical service organization that provides free cleft lip and palate surgery to children worldwide.

Headlining the event will be Chef José Andrés, named as one of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People” and awarded “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation. A pioneer of Spanish tapas in the United States, he is also known for his groundbreaking avant-garde cuisine and his award-winning group of 23 restaurants plus a food truck located throughout the country and in Mexico City, including Bazaar Meat at the SLS Las Vegas.

Additional headlining chefs include Charlie Palmer, Saipin Chutina, Frank Pellegrino, Jr., Brad Kilgore, and Francois Payard. Some of these talented individuals will further display their expertise by performing exciting, live demonstrations of culinary art, a truly extraordinary feast for all.

And definitely save room for dessert, especially with Francois Payard at the show. As a third-generation French pastry chef, Payard carries a substantial degree of passion and talent for sweets, opening up eminent bakeries, chocolatiers, and patisseries from the United States all the way to London.

Tickets for the event are now on sale. General Admission is $50 for each day, while VIP is $100 per day. After-Party tickets are available for Friday and Saturday dates as well as Cabana tickets, which include ten VIP passes, two bottles of vodka, and a private cabana attendant.

Tickets include a special tasting of world-class wines, beers, spirits, and delicious food, while helping raise money for a meaningful purpose. It is a win-win deal.

So, if this all sounds too delicious to pass up, you should purchase your tickets as soon as possible. Last year the Festival was sold out within two weeks of tickets going on sale.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit VegasFoodandWine.com.

POKEMON PLUS: Don’t know what to do after capturing all those strange imaginary creatures in the Pokemon Go game? Stop by db Brasserie at The Venetian. Just in time for National Tequila Day, July 24, they have rolled out the Pikachu’s Bolt, a specialty cocktail made with Tequila, orange juice, Grenadine syrup and a splash of sparkling wine.

However, you cannot buy this delightful sounding drink, you must earn it. If you show your server that you have a Mew, Mewtwo, Articuno, Zapdos or Moltres, and you purchase another cocktail, the Bolt is yours for free.

IT’S A FACT: Since opening in 2012 and 2013, Ohio’s four casinos have generated more than $1 billion in tax revenue for education, law enforcement and more, according to the American Gaming Association.

See you around town.