As a former member of the local resort food & beverage scene I still keep an eye on its latest happenings and developments. When you spend as much time as I did making a living there it sort of gets in your blood and won't let go. Yes, and who doesn't mind talking about fine food and beverage and sampling the same. I certainly do.
The Epicurean Foundation was founded by Rino Armeni a few years ago to advance culinary education in town and to raise money it holds an annual dinner and the proceeds from that go to scholarships. Currently it supports twelve local high school students either at UNLV or the Culinary Institute of America. Besides financial aid, it also offers the students professional and ethical guidance and mentors appropriate work experiences. Very noble cause.
It just held its sixth anniversary dinner at the Stirling Club at Turnberry Place. The award-winning chefs who were honored this year are Alessandro Stratta from Alex at Wynn Las Vegas and Julian Serrano from Picasso at the Bellagio. Big names in the chef business. I don't know how involved they were in the event's menu planning, but to give you a glimpse of the evening's flavor, the reception featured crusted tuna, assorted fois gras and caviar appetizers. That's a nice start to any kind of gourmet dinner.