A quarter century and many accolades later, Jaleo marks a milestone
In celebration of Jaleo Washington, D.C.’s, 25th anniversary, diners at the Las Vegas location on April 5 will be treated to a toast of cava, the Spanish sparkling wine. Throughout the entire month, however, José Andrés’ Strip spot will celebrate with the Hora de Porron from 5 to 6 p.m. daily in the lounge and bar. That’s when staff will pass a traditional glass porron or wine pitcher filled with Clara cocktail, a blend of beer and house-made rosemary lemonade.
The anniversary marks a milestone in the career of a man widely recognized for his philanthropic and culinary achievements. Andrés was named Outstanding Chef in the 2011 James Beard Award and one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2012.
He founded World Central Kitchen after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and the non-profit organization has been involved in disaster relief in Puerto Rico and elsewhere.
Andrés came to the U.S. in 1991, reportedly with $48 in his pocket (less than half of the price of the current tasting menu at the Las Vegas Jaleo) and was just 23 when the original Jaleo opened. The chef, who became a U.S. citizen in 2013, now has more than two dozen restaurants and a food truck.
“I hope Jaleo will continue to be a place of inclusion, bringing people together one tapa at a time, for the next 25 years and more.”