Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 | 11:01 a.m.
The Epicurean Charitable Foundation celebrated its 11th Annual M.E.N.U.S. scholarship fundraiser with Las Vegas star chefs and the Counting Crows with frontman Adam Duritz last Friday night at the M Resort. Philanthropic leader Jim Rogers was the honoree for his dedication to education and the community.
The autumn weather was perfect at M Resort’s Villaggio Del Sol Pool and Entertainment Piazza, the site of the dine around and the concert by the Counting Crows. Duritz addressed a group of about 20 ECF scholarship recipients from the stage and said, “We’re happy to be here supporting such a great cause!” Duritz and the band happily posed for photographs with fans.
The chef and food lineup included Kerry Simon of KGB: Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers in Harrah’s serving Dungeness crab BLT sliders and breakfast cereal cupcakes; Saul Ortiz of Tacos & Tequila in the Luxor with chilorio tacos, tres leches with passion fruit and watermelon cooler cocktails.
Also, among others: Masa Takayama’s Bar Masa in Aria served sashimi and salmon oshizushi; Carla Pellegrino’s Bratalian in Henderson had penne alla vodka; Gordon Ramsay Steakhouse in the Paris featured smoked beef tartare topped with Guinness-infused mustard with seeds and lemon zest; and Beni Velazquez of downtown’s Bar + Bistro served Bristol Bay scallops.
Larry Ruvo, ECF sponsor and donor and senior managing partner of Southern Wine & Spirits, attended, and his company created specialty cocktails the M.E.N.U.S. Martini, the Hospitality, the Mentor Margarita and more. M.E.N.U.S. raises money for scholarships for students pursuing a career in the hospitality industry.
Thanks to David Becker of WireImage for his photo gallery.
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At M Resort, locals reign supreme. Anthony Marnell III opened this casino with value in mind. With affordable drinks and meals and lots of incentives to play, it's no wonder why M has been a hit since it opened its doors in March 2009.
The property is decorated with dark wood, rich colors and amber-like light fixtures. Gaming offerings include more than 1,800 slot machines and 60 table games, as well as a poker room and race and sports book.
The resort houses 390 guest rooms, including 39 luxury suites. Designed with a modern and contemporary feel, M’s rooms feature dark wood, chrome fixtures and white linens, and are accented by blue or burgundy throws and pillows. Rooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the mountains or the Strip.
M dining options include Studio B, a show kitchen buffet; "twisted farm food" at Hash House a Go Go; Baby Cakes bakery; Anthony’s Burgers & Brews, serving gourmet burgers and fries; Vig Deli; Anthony’s Prime Steak & Seafood; Marinelli’s Authentic Italian Dishes; and the Hostile Grape Wine Cellar, where guests can taste more than 160 types of wine. Plus, 32° Draft has one of the largest beer selections in the valley, with 96 different beers on tap.
The four-star awarded, 23,000-square-foot Spa Mio offers a variety of treatments and services with saunas, Jacuzzis, 16 massage and facial rooms and a full-service salon and barbershop complete with built-in ESPN in the mirrors. Locals also receive 25 percent off all regular price services.
DayDream Pool Club heads up M's adult pool party scene offering the only locals pool party in the Valley.