Quick Bites: Din Tai Fung has a date, Sambalatte celebrates and more

The Sambalatte coffee shop in Boca Park.

Delivering With Dignity is partnering with 10 Rotary clubs in Las Vegas and North Las Vegas to deliver nearly 1,300 fully prepared meals to needy, homebound residents on Tuesday, Rotary Food Heroes Day. The mobilization effort is funded by an $8,000 grant from Rotary International, leading to the two organizations collaborating to identify nonprofit partners that are addressing critical food needs created by the pandemic. Sixty-four Rotary volunteers will pick up meals at four local restaurants and deliver them directly to local residents who are unable to meet their food needs without leaving their homes. Since Delivering With Dignity’s inception on March 23, more than 3,000 volunteers have delivered over 158,000 meals across Southern Nevada. 

Aria announced an opening date, October 19, for the highly anticipated Las Vegas debut of Taiwanese dumpling house Din Tai Fung. The celebrated restaurant specializing in xiao long bao will open at the former site of the Aria Café just off the main casino floor near the Lift Bar, and will operate daily from 4-11 p.m.

MGM Resorts also announced today it will reopen its last shuttered Strip property, Park MGM, on September 30. NoMad Las Vegas will also reopen at that time, and the entire resort complex will be a nonsmoking facility. Among the food and beverage outlets returning to duty are Eataly Las Vegas, Bavette’s Steakhouse and Primrose.

Challah bread at Burnt Offerings.

Challah bread at Burnt Offerings.

Las Vegas-based chef Luke Palladino recently launched the Core 5 Minute Cooking Challenge on Instagram, a fundraising challenge to benefit Children of Restaurant Employees (CORE), a national nonprofit dedicated to assisting food-and-beverage employees with children with financial relief to combat health crises, injuries or natural disasters. Palladino posted a five-minute cooking demo video while donating $5 to CORE and challenged his celebrity chef friends to do the same in the coming weeks and pass the challenge along. All chefs, professional or otherwise, are encouraged to participate.

Sambalatte is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month with two unique farm-to-cup coffee blends—Sambo Poesia, made with beans from Brazil and Honduras, and Espresso Urbano, a blend from Congo, Honduras and Brazil. Both locations, at Boca Park and at Jones and the Beltway, are offering different drink selections and specials every week in September, culminating in half-price coffee all day on National Coffee Day, September 29.

Burnt Offerings on West Sahara is ready for the Jewish New Year and High Holidays with an elevated yet traditional holiday menu by executive chef Jennifer Eckmann. Among the special dishes are black and white chocolate challah rounds, gefilte fish, crab-apple poached chicken breast and roasted potatoes in orange-cardamom butter. The restaurant is also offering custom private micro-events with customizable menu options and catering to help normalize the season.

Vegas Golden Knights fan favorite Ryan Reaves’ 7Five Brewing Company officially launched its latest beer, the Shiver Giver IPA, last week with an Instagram promotion featuring seven Las Vegans and their stories of “Shiver Giver Moments.” 7Five beers are brewed and available at Able Baker on Main Street in Downtown Las Vegas.

Edgar Sanchez has joined the team at Sahara Las Vegas as the general manager of Bazaar Meat by José Andrés. Sanchez formerly served as manager in training at Jaleo and senior beverage manager at China Poblano. He also worked at the north Strip resort during its SLS days as senior F&B manager.


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