Dear Friends, Supporters and Students,

On behalf of our board and students, I’d like to thank everyone for helping to make M.E.N.U.S. 2016 an overwhelming success. Our annual M.E.N.U.S. (Mentoring & Educating Nevada’s Upcoming Students) event was held on Friday, September 16th, at The Beach at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, featured an exclusive poolside dine-around, silent auction and exciting entertainment. 

Nearly 800 guests attended M.E.N.U.S. to enjoy more than 50 participating restaurants and bars including: Giada Las Vegas, Lagasse’s Stadium, Libertine Social, Silverado Steak House, Trattoria Reggiano, Top of the World and more. The dine-around was complemented by a performance from the Gin Blossoms. M.E.N.U.S. 2016 honored Bill Foley, owner of Las Vegas’ first NHL team, for his contributions to the city. 

M.E.N.U.S. would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors and partners, including presenting sponsor MGM Resorts International; platinum sponsor Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits; gold sponsors Anheuser-Busch, Break Thru Beverage, Corby Hall, E&J Gallo Winery, FIJI Water, Johnson Brothers of Nevada, and Nevada Beverage Co.; and all of our valued silver and bronze sponsors, listed below.  A huge thank you to Ian Seidenberg and the Encore team, the Mandalay Bay event team, One7, Foundation Room, Cashman photo, ILEA, Baskow, the ECF board and staff and to everyone who worked so tirelessly to put the night on. I am very proud of our students for playing an active role in the execution of M.E.N.U.S. 2016. Their responsibilities included overseeing registration, coordinating the silent auction, assisting with the VIP lounge and the set up and break down of the event.

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. It is thanks to our partners and everyone who supported M.E.N.U.S. that we were able to change the trajectory of these young people’s lives.  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.


Sean DiCicco
President of Epicurean Charitable Foundation
Senior Vice President of Food at Caesars Entertainment

M.E.N.U.S. 2016

M.E.N.U.S. is ECF’s annual event that raises money to support our primary charitable endeavor of ensuring full-ride scholarships to deserving local students interested in pursuing careers in hospitality or the culinary arts. Since 2001, ECF has donated more than $1.5 million to Clark County students.

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M.E.N.U.S. 2016 Sponsors


Special Thanks Sponsors


Wines of the Month – October


Throughout October at South Point, Don Vito’s, Primarily Prime Rib and Silverado Steak House will proudly pour William Hill Estate wines for $20 per bottle. Guests can choose between the Central Coast Chardonnay and Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon. For each bottle sold, $1 will benefit local students through ECF.


Epicurean Charitable Foundation Surprises Students with Scholarships-2016


Christopher Bond

Please join us in welcoming Christopher Bond to the ECF board! Mr. Bond is Vice President of Sales & Catering for The Mirage. In his role, he is responsible for the strategic development and administration of Convention Sales, Convention Services and Catering teams. Mr. Bond is a proud UNLV hotel college graduate and is most excited to serve on the ECF board to support local students to achieve their education and career goals. 


For more information, please contact Melissa Arias at 702.932.5098, or visit the ECF website at