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Epicurean Charitable Foundation - Las Vegas

Dear Friends, Supporters and Students,

We are very excited for our 13th annual M.E.N.U.S. (Mentoring & Educating Nevada’s Upcoming Students) event this Friday, Oct. 17, at MGM Grand! The night will include an exclusive poolside dine-around followed by preferred seating at a concert by three-time GRAMMY Award-winning country sensation, Zac Brown Band, inside MGM Grand Garden Arena.

We are happy to announce that his year we have partnered with GiveSmart to provide you the convenience of purchasing event tickets, bidding on silent auction items and making generous donations all through your mobile device! Using GiveSmart will allow you to conveniently bid on items in order to help us reach our fundraising goals, even if you’re unable to attend the fabulous event. To buy your tickets and take advantage of early bidding, click here now! Keep checking back to see new items because more will be added as the event draws near.

Some of our top-tier items up for auction include dinner for four at Hakkasan Restaurant with a VIP table and bottle service at the nightclub; a six-course wine pairing dinner for six and two signed cookbooks at Joël Robuchon Restaurant; and a deluxe package from the new SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino which includes a two-night stay in a luxury signature king room, dinner for two at Bazaar Meat and a VIP table at LiFE nightclub. Bids will be accepted until 11 p.m. this Friday night and all prizes will be hand-delivered to the winners by an ECF representative during the week after M.E.N.U.S.

Registration for M.E.N.U.S. will begin at 6 p.m. with VIP pre-registration starting at 5:30 p.m. for our Presenting, Platinum and Gold donors at the main entrance to MGM Grand pools. Guests will have the opportunity for a commemorative photo in front of an ECF banner and then proceed into the dine-around, split between the Producer’s Pool and the Talent Pool. Beginning at 8:30 p.m., guests will be escorted into MGM Grand Garden Arena for preferred seating at the Zac Brown Band concert. Temperatures for Friday evening are expected to be in the 60-degree range, and the dress code for M.E.N.U.S. is poolside-posh (or ‘cocktail’).

With all of the glitz and glamour of M.E.N.U.S., it is important to recognize the overall purpose of our annual event: to raise money for deserving local students. These young individuals are inspirations for us all and continue to out-shine and out-perform our highest expectations every year. This year, we were able to capture our four newest recipients on video as we SURPRISED them with a full-ride scholarship. Scroll down for the video and share with us why we continue to work hard to make M.E.N.U.S. the best it can be.

On behalf of ECF, we look forward to seeing you all at MGM Grand on Oct. 17. As always, you can stay up-to-date at or by following on, Twitter and Instagram @EpicureanLV.

All the best,

Melissa Arias
Executive Director of ECF

Jason Shkorupa  
M.E.N.U.S. 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014
MGM Grand

5:30 p.m.
VIP Red Carpet

6 p.m. Exclusive Poolside Dine-Around
Silent Auction

8:30 p.m.
Dine-Around Concludes

9 p.m.
Zac Brown Band Concert
Preferred Seating inside MGM Grand Garden Arena

11 p.m.
Silent Auction Closes

  • 35 Steaks + Martinis
  • Aureole Las Vegas
  • Baja Miguel’s
  • Canal Street Steakhouse
  • CRUSH eat, drink, love
  • Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House
  • Foundation Room
  • Gordon Ramsay Steak
  • Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar
  • Hakkasan
  • Hecho en Vegas Mexican Grill & Cantina
  • Hugo’s Cellar
  • Joël Robuchon Restaurant
  • LAVO Restaurant
  • Michael Mina PUB 1842
  • Michael Mina’s StripSteak
  • Nine Fine Irishmen
  • Portofino by Chef Michael LaPlaca
  • Prime Steakhouse
  • Public House Las Vegas
  • Sambalatte Torrefazione
  • Sensi
  • Tacos & Tequila
  • TAO Restaurant
  • TENDER Steak & Seafood
  • The Capital Grille
  • Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak
  • Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak
  • Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill
  • Zenshin Asian Restaurant

Pastries provided by:
Executive Pastry Chef Sylvain Bortolini – Bellagio
Executive Pastry Chef Christophe Feyt – Mandalay Bay
Chef Megan Romano – Chocolate & Spice Bakery

M.E.N.U.S. 2014 is presented by MGM Resorts International



Zac Brown Band– photo by Paul Mobley

The three-time GRAMMY Award-winning and multi-platinum artists, Zac Brown Band, has become one of music’s most heralded acts. The band's three platinum-selling albums, Uncaged, You Get What You Give and The Foundation have together sold more than six million copies and produced a historic series of 11 No. 1 hit singles. Last year on the road, the group performed for more than 1.3 million fans during a run of more than 70 headline dates and more than a dozen major festival appearances. The band’s most recent project is the release of The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1.

Presenting Sponsor
Platinum Sponsor
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors

Baskow & Associates


Libbey Foodservice
Nevada Beverage Company

Bronze Sponsor

Apex Linen
Boyd Gaming
Caesars Entertainment
Cashman Photo Enterprises


Coca-Cola Crown Imports
Englestad Family Foundation
Evening Call
Fifth Avenue Restaurant Group
Get Fresh Companies


Ink Drops Printing & Design
Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation
South Point Hotel Casino & Spa
State Restaurant Equipment Co.
US Foods


This past spring, ECF brought four scholarship applicants into what they thought was another step in the interview process. What they experienced, however, would change their lives forever:

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