Sunday, June 27, 2010



On Wednesday June 23, 2010, Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood, inside Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada, hosted an evening with Top Chef Master Marcus Samuelsson. With Chef Rick Moonen as his sous chef, the two combined their talents in efforts to raise money for Three Square.

Three Square is a non-profit organization dedicated to feeding the hungry in Southern Nevada, where 48% of children in the Clark County School District receive free and reduced-price meals. Three Square organizes programs such as BackPack for Kids, Kids Cafe® and Summer Lunch League that make sure these children have food when they are not in school.

An Evening with Award Winning Chef Marcus Samuelsson was a complete success! Samuelsson and Moonen, from dinner to cookbooks to auctioned items, were able to exceed expectations and raise a total of $15,000 for Three Square. For every dollar raised is 3 meals served to hungry men, women and children in Southern Nevada, that’s 45,000 meals.

The evening started with a cooking demonstration by Samuelsson co-hosted by Moonen given to a sold out house of 110 excited guests. Followed by cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, cookbook signing and chance for guest to meet and take pictures with the chefs.

Once guest were comfortably seated in the dining room, Moonen introduced them to Julie Murray, President & CEO of Three Square. She presented to both Samuelsson and Moonen Gold Star Awards from the Three Square organization.

Moving on to the main event, Samuelsson and Moonen have prepared to amaze the guests with a 5-course tasting menu paired with wines & beer. Palates were treated to some of the most delectable dishes, starting with Buratta Mozzarella & Chilled Maine Lobster Salad, Marcus’ show winning Foie Gras Ganache, Homemade Orecchiette & Rabbit Confit, Moonen’s Smoked Arctic Char and finished off with a scrumptious Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bar with Dippin Dots; all in all a 5 star meal.

The night was finished off with a live auction hosted by none other than Robin Leach! Items auctioned ranged from a three night stay at Mandalay Bay, dinner for 8 at the chef’s table at First Food & Bar donated by Chef Sam “Sammy D” DeMarco, to a full week of working and training with Chef Moonen and his team at RM Seafood!

On behalf of Chef Rick Moonen, we would like to thank Chef Marcus Samuelsson and his team, Three Square and all of its supporters, the staff of RM Seafood, and last but not least each and every guest in attendance for making it all possible and an evening not to be forgotten.

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Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood
(702) 632-9300


  1. This is wonderful! I has given me great ideas (on a much smaller scale) to work with charities in my hometown. Thanks Chefs!!!

  2. Would have loved to have been there! My recent trip back to Vegas to visit my family did not coincide with this event, but please continue to host these fund raisers!!

    Wonderful work for Three Square!