By Dianne R. Davis
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Photos by Dianne R. Davis or Burt Davis unless otherwise indicated.

There was more food to taste than you could wish for at the 32nd annual Epicurean Affair sponsored by the Nevada Restaurant Association on May 21st at The Palazzo.

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Photo credit: Erik Kabik/Kabik Photography Group

2015 NvRA Epicurean Affair at Palazzo
Photo credit: Erik Kabik/Kabik Photography Group

Close to 2,000 attendees enjoyed the beautiful night air as they sampled the culinary delights and spirits offered at pool side booths. The restaurants were among the best in Las Vegas. Proceeds from the event are used by the Nevada Restaurant Association to fund scholarships for high school students interested in careers in the culinary arts.

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The crowd became denser as the evening wore on

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It is a win win event. Scholarship money comes in and the attendees enjoy a delicious event that truly lives up to the hype.  Representatives from close to 75 of Las Vegas top restaurants, clubs and beverage purveyors were on hand with seemingly unlimited supplies of samples of their faire.

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Chef Jose Andre seemed to enjoying himself at this five star event

James Beard award-winning Chef Jose Andrea , this year’s celebrity chef, mixed and mingled with VICP ticket holders at a special pre-opening gathering.   This personable larger than life figure has five restaurants in Vegas, one of his newest being the Bazaar Meat at SLS Las Vegas. 

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Texas De Brazil offered samples of their Flank Steak and mashed potatoes

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At DB Brasserie we tasted poached shrimp in sauce

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The Cannolis from Carlos Bakery were delicious

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Carmine's served Eggplant Parmesan

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Some of the restaurants serving up small plates of their signature dishes included  Origin of India, Gilley’s, Carmine’s, China Poblano, Pernod, Ferraro’s Italian, Bazaar Meat, Ku Noodle, Lagasse’s Stadium, Texas de Brazil, Envy Steakhouse, Bouchon, Delmonico’s Steakhouse, Urban Turban, LAVO, Strip House, Buddy V, Table 10, Sushisamba, Firefly, Oscar’s Steakhouse, Marche Bacchus, Z  India, Yardbird, DB Brasserie, N9NE Steakhouse and NOVE Italiano.

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Shots of the coconut rum drink

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Another booze shot

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Fiji offered bottles of water

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Numerous spirits companies were available to help the guests quench their thirst. There was even a booth passing out hangover prevention beverages.

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Guests were entertained by the Johnny Mercy at the main pool as well as Dream Entertainment DJs and Water Beauties synchronized swimmers

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Attendees thoroughly enjoyed themselves and many attended the after party at TAO nightclub

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It was  nearly impossible to sample all the food at this event. The pictures give you an idea of some of the other foods that patrons were able to sample. We recommend that you decide which food is a must taste because there is simply more good food than you'll be able to manage.

The Epicurean Affair should be put on the list of must attend events for anyone that loves good cuisine and spirits.