The Las Vegas Epicurean Affair returns to The Palazzo on Thursday, May 21, 2015. The soiree, sponsored by the Nevada Restaurant Association NvRA, features many notable restaurants from around the city, along with a premier selection of libations.

Chef José Andrés will bring his culinary magic as the celebrity chef host of the event this year. Named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People” and awarded “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation, Andrés is a pioneer of Spanish tapas in the United States. He is known worldwide for his groundbreaking avant-garde cuisine as well as his commitment to advocating for food and hunger issues. VIP ticket holders will experience an exclusive meet and greet with the renowned chef, as well as enjoy tastes from one of his newest Las Vegas restaurants, Bazaar Meat at SLS.

Guests at the Las Vegas Epicurean Affair will spend the evening poolside at The Palazzo indulging in the best cuisine and cocktails offered from establishments both on and off The Strip.

“The Las Vegas Epicurean Affair is a must-attend event for anyone who wants the opportunity to taste gourmet selections from the finest chefs, all for a great cause,” said Sebastien Silvestri, vice president of food and beverage for The Venetian and The Palazzo and chairman of the board for NvRA.

Participants from previous years have included Bouchon, db Brasserie, Delmonico Steakhouse, LAVO, Mint Indian Bistro, Tao Asian Bistro, Texas de Brazil, Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio, N9NE Steakhouse, Ferraro’s, Lawry’s The Prime Rib, and STK along with many other distinguished restaurants.

“We are thrilled to present this event, which for 32 years has provided Las Vegas the opportunity to help fund the educational dreams of high school students interested in culinary careers,” said NvRA president and CEO Katherine Jacobi. “It is an amazing occasion to enjoy many of the great restaurants that have made Las Vegas a culinary destination.”

The Las Vegas Epicurean Affair is open to the public and will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2015, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at The Pools at The Palazzo. Tickets can be purchased at www.palazzo.com or any Venetian or Palazzo box office. Tickets for the event start at $100.

TAO Nightclub at The Venetian will host the Official After Party for the event, offering complimentary entry to all ticket holders.

Proceeds from the evening will fund NvRA’s educational and scholarship programs, including ProStart®, a national high school culinary skill and restaurant management program.

ABOUT NEVADA RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION

Founded in 1982, the Nevada Restaurant Association is the leading business association serving the needs of food service operators in Nevada. As an affiliate of the National Restaurant Association, and together with the NvRA Educational Foundation, the Association’s mission is to promote, protect and educate the restaurant industry, which is comprised of more than 5,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets employing more than 150,000 people.