M.E.N.U.S. 2023 Photo Gallery
Get ready for a sinfully wicked evening at MENUS 2023: Enchanted Forest. Guests at our annual event are requested to wear black attire only (check out our website for inspiration) and will be treated to dine alfresco at an upscale dine around with curiosities around every corner. A theme carried through the by a kaleidoscope of delectable dishes from 30 local restaurants, posh drinks made to sparkle up your night, décor, and music. The evening will feature an extravagant silent auction, dine-around, exciting entertainment, chic VIP area, and private after party.

ECF is proud to support our local hospitality community and promises our Las Vegas family a fulfilling experience, all for a good cause- ensuring full-ride scholarship awards to deserving Clark County students. M.E.N.U.S. 2023: Enchanted Forest is an evening for anyone 21+ that loves food, beverage, and our beloved city of Las Vegas.



Cynthia Kiser Murphey


Cynthia Kiser Murphey is General Manager for Palms Casino Resort (“Palms”) in Las Vegas, an entity of the San Manuel Gaming & Hospitality Authority and the first casino resort to be owned and operated by a Native American tribe in Las Vegas.

As General Manager, Cynthia oversees operations for gaming, hospitality, and food and beverage for the 766-room casino resort and for Palms Place condominiums. Having undergone a $600M renovation in 2019, Palms features an impressive collection of modern guestrooms, famous themed suites, expansive pool area and the iconic Ghostbar ultra lounge and Pearl Concert Theater. Cynthia and the San Manuel team have also re-introduced nostalgic guest favorites, including the award-winning Scotch 80 Prime steakhouse: Vetri Cucina from renowned Chef Marc Vetri and celebrated Chef Michael Symon’s Mabel’s Barbecue.

From an early age, Cynthia knew she wanted to be in the hospitality industry. She grew up in Kansas City and moved to Las Vegas to study hotel management in the “Entertainment Capital of the World.” Cynthia began her career in gaming and hospitality in Las Vegas upon graduating from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her long tenure on the Las Vegas Strip included multiple leadership positions at MGM Resorts International, including Senior Vice President of Human Resources, followed by 12 years as President and Chief Operating Officer of New York-New York Hotel & Casino. In this role, she oversaw operations and refurbishments for the 2,000-room on-Strip property. As one of the first female presidents on the Las Vegas Strip, Cynthia led the resort’s activations establishing an indoor and outdoor entertainment multi-use destination.

During her tenure at MGM, Cynthia successfully opened three megaresorts, including the world’s largest hotel, as a key member of the senior leadership team. Additionally, she launched and led community relations efforts to reshape public opinion on gaming in Michigan and Massachusetts, which helped the organization attain regulatory approval in both jurisdictions.

Developing people, strengthening communities and creating an exceptional guest service experience are hallmarks of her career. Today, Cynthia and Palms team members activate the Tribe’s spirit of giving through Palms Cares, the property’s philanthropic and volunteer program. While at MGM, Cynthia founded one of the gaming industry’s first diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, which trained and certified more than 40,000 “Diversity Champions.” She has mentored hundreds employees, including women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ+ community, guiding their journey from entry- and mid-level positions into industry leadership roles. She also served as founding sponsor of the Veterans’ employee network group.

Cynthia holds a bachelor’s degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management and a master’s degree in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she was also part-time faculty and adjunct professor. She is involved in a number of charitable and professional organizations and was named one of 25 "People to Watch" by Global Gaming Business magazine and honored with a lifetime achievement award from Las Vegas Magazine. She is proud to have served over 20 years as a Trustee to the UNITE HERE National Fund, which provides excellent health benefits for hospitality industry employees.

Cynthia values her time with her family in the outdoors where she enjoys hiking, skiing, and walking with her family’s Dobermans.

Entertainment by The Sully Band

The Sully Band debuted on the Billboard R&B chart at #3 and was up for Grammy consideration last year for their album, Let’s Straighten It Out! They are a 10-piece beast of a band, playing covers and originals at clubs, festivals and venues like Southern California’s legendary Belly-Up Tavern to Austin’s illustrious Antone’s Nightclub.

Fronted by San Diego radio & TV personality and financial expert, Robert “Sully” Sullivan and anchored by Grammy Award-winning slayer of the bass, James East (Eric Clapton, Elton John, Michael Jackson, and many others), The Sully Band is composed of seasoned, accomplished players who hail from diverse locales like Japan, Panama, and the island of Lemon Grove. The horn section features sax-flute-harp-man Tripp Sprague (Kenny Loggins, The Little River Band, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, The Four Tops) and trumpet and flugelhorn player Steve Dillard (The Righteous Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd).

They earned the title “Best Live Band” at the San Diego Music Awards in 2020 and their very first single, “Best Damn Fool,” garnered critical acclaim after its release at KAABOO Del Mar (Sept 2018), followed by “Green Dress,” “Never Gonna Give Up” and a cover of the timeless soul classic, “Try A Little Tenderness.”

M.E.N.U.S. 2023 Highlight Reel

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