Photos: Epicurean Charitable Foundation MENUS Raises $400,000 to Benefit Future Leaders of Hospitality


ECF’s M.E.N.U.S. Benefits Future Leaders of Hospitality

The Epicurean Charitable Foundation (ECF) held its signature annual fundraising event M.E.N.U.S. (Mentoring & Educating Nevada’s Upcoming Students) last night at Mandalay Bay Beach, raising more than $400,000 to benefit local students pursuing college degrees in the hospitality or culinary arts profession.
More than 26 of the city’s finest restaurants and chefs showcased freshly-prepared bites, complemented by a vast selection of premium beverages and spirits. Guests kicked off their shoes and danced in the surf as rock band the Gin Blossoms serenaded the crowd with hits such as “Hey Jealousy,” “Miss Disarray,” and “Follow You Down.”
Fabulous silent auction packages were up for bid including private dinners with world-class chefs, vacations to Lake Tahoe, Florida, Napa, Hollywood and Dallas, staycations, show tickets and more. Owner of Las Vegas’ first NHL team, Bill Foley, was honored for his contributions to the city and Mayor Carolyn Goodman declared Sept. 16 as “Epicurean Charitable Foundation Day” in Las Vegas in recognition of the foundation’s commitment to the future of the food & beverage industry.
“It’s an honor to be involved in these students’ lives and watch them develop and grow into professional young adults, with the knowledge and experience to become the leaders of tomorrow,” said Melissa Arias, ECF’s executive director. “The proceeds from M.E.N.U.S. allow us to continue supporting these students and I’m always inspired by the generosity and compassion of this city.”
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ECF board and students. Credit Cashman Photo

ECF MENUS. Credit Cashman Photo

Gin Blossoms perform at ECF MENUS. Credit Cashman Photo

Pouring cocktails at ECF MENUS. Credit Cashman Photo

About Epicurean Charitable Foundation of Las Vegas
Founded in 2001 and comprised of 25 of Las Vegas’ top food & beverage and hospitality executives, Epicurean Charitable Foundation (ECF) is dedicated to providing scholarships and unique mentorship opportunities to deserving local students passionate about pursuing a career in hospitality or culinary arts. To support the mission, ECF holds a grand annual fundraiser, known as M.E.N.U.S. (Mentoring and Educating Nevada’s Upcoming Students), featuring an exclusive dine-around, live entertainment and elaborate amenities. For more information, call 702.932.5098, visit or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @EpicureanLV.

Pleasure Cove Marina Named No. 1 Family-Friendly Spot for Fishing and Boating

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Forever Resorts’ Pleasure Cove Resort


Forever Resorts’ Picturesque Marina Tops’s List

The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s (RBFF)  website,, has named Forever Resorts’ Pleasure Cove Resort and Marina the nation’s No. 1 Family-Friendly Spot for Fishing and Boating. The destination, located on Lake Berryessa near Napa, Calif., topped the organization’s list of 100 of the best places to boat and fish in the United States.

Anglers from around the United States cast their votes and named these parks the locations of the best fishing spots. Destinations that made the list demonstrated some or all of the following qualities:

  • Family-friendly location within an hour’s drive of a major city or town, so they are easily accessible.
  • Offer public body of water that is known for having plenty of common fish species such as bass, crappy, bluegill and trout.
  • Part of a park that also offers amenities families need like parking, restrooms, playgrounds, picnic areas or campgrounds.
  • Plenty of places to cast a line, like a fishing pier, or has boat ramps to allow you to reach other areas on your boat.
  • Recommended by other anglers.

Nestled between the Blue Ridge and Cedar Roughs, just 45 minutes from Napa Valley, Lake Berryessa is an ideal location for your Forever Houseboat getaway. Mild temperatures in the summer make it perfect for water sports, fishing, camping, wildlife viewing or just simply sitting back and releasing the cares of the everyday.

Round out the Forever Houseboat vacation with a watercraft rental from Pleasure Cove Marina. Ski boats and deck cruisers are the perfect compliment for sightseeing excursions, pulling water skis and tubes, or grabbing the catch of the day at dawn. Personal watercraft and boat slip rentals, as well as a convenience store, are also features of Pleasure Cove Marina.

In addition to houseboats for rent, Pleasure Cove Marina offers both tent and RV campsites, as well as cabins that sleep two, four, eight and 10 people. Picnicking, horseback riding and hiking are other activities that may be enjoyed nearby.

For more information about Pleasure Cove Marina, go to or call (877) 386-4383 for cabin or campsite rentals and (800) 255-5561 for houseboat rentals.

Forever Resorts is an exceptional collection of destinations providing hospitality services throughout the world. The company focuses on properties with access to nature and one-of-a-kind surroundings for vacations, including houseboating adventures. For 30 years, Forever Resorts has provided custom-built rental houseboats for use at numerous lake and national park destinations across the United States. Houseboats are manufactured in a variety of sizes and amenities and contain environmental features such as energy-efficient or LED lighting, low-flow water fixtures, zero water discharge into the surrounding body of water, carbon-monoxide reduction through the use of SafeCO™ generators and the most fuel-efficient engines available, along with solar-enhanced electric systems. Boats also include carpeting and cabinet tops made from recycled materials. All Forever Houseboats in the fleet are National Marine Manufacturing Association certified and built to ABYC and U.S. Coast Guard specifications. For more information, go to, or follow on Twitter @ForeverResorts.