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On the plate: October's dining events you dont want to miss

M.E.N.U.S. fundraiser

Oct. 4. The Epicurean Charitable Foundation holds its grand annual fundraiser, M.E.N.U.S. (Mentoring & Educating Nevada’s Upcoming Students) to support its educational initiatives. The event will feature a cocktail reception followed by a private performance of “PRiSM” by the Jabbawockeez at 7 p.m. and a dine-around at Luxor’s pool after the show. Participating chefs and restaurants include Gordon Ramsay’s BURGR, Poppy Den by Chef Angelo Sosa, KGB by Chef Kerry Simon, Bradley Ogden’s Hops & Harvest, and more. 6p-midnight, Luxor hotel-casino, ecflv.squarespace.com

 

Food & Wine All-Star Weekend

Oct 4-6. Meet and dine with some of the most celebrated chefs in the world, including Joël Robuchon, Michael Mina, Shawn McClain and more. Hosted at Aria Resort & Casino, Bellagio and MGM Grand, the event will have highlights such as “Six-Course Bliss with Chef Joël Robuchon,” “Afterhours with Shawn McClain,” and also feature burger bashes, champagne tastings, cooking demonstrations and more. Ticket prices vary, mgmresorts.com/foodandwine

 

Cheers to Chocolate

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Oct. 19. Easter Seals Nevada, which serves more than 8,000 Nevadans with disabilities annually, hosts this fundraising event featuring more than 20 different wines provided by Total Wine & More and chocolate by Vosges Haut Chocolate, Pinkbox Doughnuts CupKates and others. Live music by Earl Turner and a special appearance by Pia Zadora. Silent auction features fine jewelry, show tickets and more. “Cheers to Chocolate” will help fund Easter Seals Nevada’s “Make the First Five Count,” a program that works to identify early developmental delays in children under 5 years of age and strives to start vital therapies during the critical early years. $40-$45, 7-9p, Tivoli Village, cheerstochocolate.com

 

Viva Las Vegan Food Festival

Nov. 2-3. This celebration of the vegan lifestyle will feature food, ethical clothing vendors, children’s activities, cruelty-free cosmetics, health and beauty products, presentations, poets, live entertainment, vegan beer, speakers, food-tasting, workshops, cooking demonstrations and more. 9a-4p Nov. 2, Boulder Plaza in the 18b Arts District; 2p-5p Nov. 3, Clark County Library/Jewel Box Theater, vivalasveg@yahoo.com

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