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Restaurant Week brings deals on meals for a great cause

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A woman holds he 1-year-old daughter as she picks up a bag of food at Sunrise Baptist Church, 1780 Betty Lane, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012.

Restaurant Week Helps Feed the Hungry

Chef Paul Del Favero prepares the ancho chili crusted sea scallop salad, one of the first course options on Mesa Grill's Las Vegas Restaurant Week dinner menu, at Mesa Grill inside Caesars Palace on Friday, August 24, 2012. Las Vegas Restaurant Week begins on Monday, August 27. Launch slideshow »

A first-ever partnership with a Strip buffet helps kick off the seventh annual Restaurant Week fundraiser tonight as Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace hosts a formal five-course dinner. The buffet is one of 12 Caesars Entertainment restaurants that will help Three Square food bank raise money through Aug. 30.

Restaurant Week officially begins Friday, with dozens of celebrity chefs and restaurateurs preparing special menus at discount prices. The event gives locals and tourists the opportunity to taste prix-fixe menus for a good cause. Discounted menus start at $20.13 and go up to $50.13, with the restaurants donating $4, $5 or $6 of each meal they sell.

Three Square feeds nearly 100,000 men, women and children every month in the Las Vegas Valley. Since 2006, the charity has provided more than 2.1 million meals to those in need thanks to Restaurant Week events. Three Square organizers say the real need is three times more than they are able to serve, despite providing nearly 18 million meals to nearly 600 program partners including schools and nonprofit and faith-based organizations.

Caesars Entertainment celebrity chefs taking part include Bobby Flay at Mesa Grll, Gordon Ramsay at Pub & Grill, Kerry Simon at KGB, Steve Martorano at Cafe Martorano, Francois Payard at Patisserie and Frank Pellegrino at Rao’s.

Celebrity chef Shawn McClain’s new Five50 Pizza Bar at Aria has a three-course menu for $20.13; Andrea's at Encore will offer four three-course menus; Michael Mina will offer a three-course dinner for $50.13 at his Bellagio restaurant; and the three-course gourmet lunch at Eiffel Tower restaurant atop Paris Las Vegas will be $30.13 — with no extra charge for sensational views of the valley.

Find the full list of contributing chefs and restaurants and their different menus and tastes at HelpOutDineOutLV.org.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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