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Epicurean Charitable Foundation - Las Vegas

Dear Friends, Supporters and Students,

We are very excited for our annual M.E.N.U.S. (Mentoring & Educating Nevada’s Upcoming Students) event Friday, September 16th, at Mandalay Bay! The night will include an exclusive poolside dine-around on the golden sandy beach of Mandalay Bay with exciting entertainment throughout the night. Please check out below for more information.

We have once again 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. Bids will be accepted until 10:30 p.m. Friday September 16th.

Registration for M.E.N.U.S. will begin at 8 p.m. with VIP pre-registration starting at 7:30 p.m. for our Presenting, Platinum and Gold donors at the main entrance to Mandalay Bay pools. Guests will have the opportunity for a commemorative photo in front of an ECF banner and then can stop by our shoe valet to check your shoes at the door and slip into flip flops prior to entering the exclusive dine-around. The dress code for M.E.N.U.S. is beach-chic, so swap your suits for your sandals! At the conclusion of the evening, VIP guests are invited to attend the official M.E.N.U.S. after party at Foundation Room.

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 Mandalay Bay on September 16th. As always, you can stay up-to-date at or by following on, Twitter and Instagram @EpicureanLV.

All the best,

Melissa Arias

Melissa Arias

Melissa Arias  

Pre-bidding is now open for select silent auction items available at M.E.N.U.S.! More items will be added every day. M.E.N.U.S. will feature more than 30 of the top restaurants and bars in the city, live entertainment and more. Click HERE to purchase tickets or click HERE to bid on silent auction items – you don’t need to be at the event to bid!

Prizes include dozens of high-end items and amenities, including:


Welcome to Las Vegas! MGM Staycation

2 night stay at the MGM Grand, Grand King or Queen Room, 2 show tickets to KA, and $100 certificate to Grand Wok .
*Expires June 21, 2017. Reservations must be booked at least 48 hours before arrival. Certificate is based upon availability, blackout dates, and other restrictions may apply.

Donated by MGM Grand Las Vegas

Starting bid: $200


Luxury Lake Weekend-Tahoe

2 night stay in a King Garden View Room at Beach Retreat & Lodge, Lake Tahoe, CA and dinner for two-excluding alcoholic beverages-at The Boathouse on the Pier or The Tavern.
*Expires July 12, 2017. Not available on Holidays and Black Out dates - not redeemable for cash. Boathouse on the Pier is seasonal. Other restrictions may apply.

Donated by Beach Retreat & Lodge

Starting bid: $100


Private Dinner with Chef Rick Giffen

Dinner, champagne, and wine pairings for 8 - 10 cooked at your home by Executive Chef Rick Giffen from The Top of the World at Stratosphere. Summer dates and holidays excluded.
*Please see actual certificates for any applicable restrictions.

Donated by Stratosphere Las Vegas

Starting bid: $300



M.E.N.U.S. 2016


Friday, September 16, 2016
The Beach at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

7:30 p.m.
VIP Red Carpet and Welcome Reception

8 p.m.
Exclusive Poolside Dine-Around

10:30 p.m.
Silent Auction Closes

11:00 p.m.
Dine-Around Concludes
Official VIP After Party at Foundation Room

2016 Sponsors
  • BLT Steak at Bally's
  • Border Grill at Mandalay Bay
  • Casa Fuente at Caesars Palace Capital Grille
  • Crossroads Restaurant & Bar at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay
  • Delmonico Steakhouse
  • DW Bistro
  • Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay
  • Fiamma at MGM Grand
  • Giada Vegas at Cromwell
  • Gordon Ramsey BurGR at Planet Hollywood
  • Hugo's Cellar at Four Queens Hotel
  • Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo
  • Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay
  • Nine Fine Irishmen at New York-New York
  • Rivea at Mandalay Bay
  • Sambalatte Torrefazione
  • Silverado Steak House at South Point Hotel
  • Shake Shack at New York New York Hotel & Casino and Downtown Summerlin
  • Smith & Wollensky Las Vegas
  • STRIPSTEAK at Mandalay Bay
  • T&T at Luxor
  • The Barrymore
  • The Dapper Doughnut
  • The Mansion
  • Trattoria Reggiano at The Venetian
  • Top of the World at Stratosphere Casino Hotel
  • Zenshin Asian Restaurant at South Point Hotel

Honoring Bill Foley


For more information, please contact Melissa Arias at 702.932.5098, [email protected] or visit the ECF website at

Upcoming ECF Events  We hope you'll join us at MENUS on Friday, Sept. 30 at M Resort.  The evening will culminate in a private concert by Lifehouse.  For sponsorship and event information please contact Elizabeth Muto at 702.932.5098 or via email at
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