Last month the Las Vegas Epicurean Affair returned to The Palazzo and once again the soiree, sponsored by the Nevada Restaurant Association NvRA, featured many notable restaurants from around the city, along with a premier selection of libations. More than just a great night out, the annual event benefits high school students interested in starting a career in our industry, as proceeds go to funding the Association’s Education Foundation scholarships.

Andrea Davis, a high school student from Carson City High School, was a 2014 scholarship recipient, and used the money to attend Johnson and Wales University to pursue her passion for Culinary Arts. Andrea was also the recipient of the Student of the Year Award at the State ProStart Competition due to her extraordinary commitment to the program. Not only did Andrea motivate her team members to excel in the competition, she was an advocate for the program in her community, promoting the Culinary Arts with a passion.

With the help of the scholarship fund, Andrea will be able to gain the education she needs for a career in the food industry. The Nevada Restaurant Association works actively with the restaurant community to provide chef mentors in classrooms, teacher development seminars, and scholarships to eligible students throughout the year, promoting education for the future leaders of our industry.

ProStart is a nationwide, two-year high school program that unites the classroom and industry to develop the best and brightest talent into tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice leaders. In Nevada, this program reaches more than 2600 students in over 30 public high schools. From culinary techniques to management skills, ProStart’s industry-driven curriculum provides real-life experience opportunities and builds practical skills and a foundation that will last a lifetime.