Courtesy Tulalip Resort Casino
Culinary artistry from Taste of Tulalip 2012

'Taste of Tulalip' A Must-See, Must-Eat Event for Foodies

ICTMN Staff
9/29/13

Between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia is a AAA Four Diamond resort that not only features 192,000 square feet of gaming but also offers luxury accommodations, a rejuvenating spa, a variety of entertainment options and a culinary scene worth traveling to experience.

Each year, Tulalip Resort Casino sells out the opening dinner to its award-winning food and wine aficionado event, Taste of Tulalip. The turnout for the fifth anniversary of the culinary celebration, this November 8 and 9, will be no different. Among the top talent selected by Tulalip Resort’s Executive Chef Perry Mascitti and Sommelier Tommy Thompson to be featured at Taste of Tulalip is honorary wine maker Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery in Woodinville, Washington. Special guest Emilio Lopez of El Salvador, a sixth generation specialty coffee producer, will oversee the Dillanos Coffee Roasters espresso bar, serving guests samples of a special Taste of Tulalip Fifth Anniversary Blend. Other celebrity talent and rising stars will be announced in coming weeks. Past famed culinary appearances have included Carla Hall, host of ABC TV’s The Chew, Marcus Samelsson, author and Bravo’s top chef master, wine legend Marc Mondavi, and Thirsty Girl Leslie Sbrocco, among others.

Taste of Tulalip will showcase wines from Washington, Oregon, California and France. Visit tasteoftulalip.com/Winery. (Courtesy Tulalip Resort Casino)

The food-focused gathering kicks off November 8, with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception, followed by the celebration dinner, a multicourse repast focused on dishes inspired by Native American tradition, paired with a global offering of rare, top wines. The limited tickets to the celebration dinner are priced at $175.

Saturday’s sold-out “All Access” pass holders ($295) get early entrance to the Grand Taste, a VIP seminar featuring a celebrity cooking demo and Q&A, a private Magnum Party with wine and indigenous food pairings, and two in-depth Reserve Tasting forums.

The Grand Taste (tickets still available!), spanning four hours, features lavish food stations as well as over 100 wines from Washington State, California and Oregon, and craft beer. Priced at $95, it includes a Rock ‘n’ Roll Cooking Challenge done Iron Chef style with celebrity judges looking for the best from both regional and Tulalip chefs, and sommelier teams.

Guests can purchase the weekend’s wine offerings, available in limited quantities at the Taste of Tulalip retail wine shop, and book and bottle signings will be available for those looking to personalize their purchases. For tickets, visit TasteOfTulalip.com.

Beyond the two-day epicurean extravaganza, Tulalip Resort Casino is a destination resort in Tulalip, Washington. It has ensured its place on the Condé Nast Traveler Gold and Traveler Top 100 Resorts lists, as well as Preferred Hotel & Resorts membership.

The resort features six dining venues, including the AAA Four Diamond Tulalip Bay Restaurant, particularly acclaimed for its fresh seafood fare. Tulalip Bay will debut a new steakhouse menu this fall. It also showcases the intimate Canoes Cabaret; a 3,000-seat amphitheater. Nearby, find the Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve.

An elegant table in the wine room of Tulalip Bay restaurant. (Courtesy Tulalip Resort Casino)Among other culinary delights, this September, the resort opened its new hotel bar, Destination Lounge, as well as The Draft Sports Bar & Grill, complete with several large screen HDTVs and multizoned audio for a full immersion sports-watching experience. Draft serves up classic American fare.

“Consider yourself drafted!” says Lisa Severn, director of food and beverage. “That’s how you will feel when you experience Tulalip Resort Casino’s newest venue with its large custom collage paintings, celebrating our Northwest teams and legends. The Draft feels like an urban pub, infused with new technology that reaches beyond the expectations of a common sports bar.  We can’t wait to welcome guests in, so they can bask in the complete experience.”

In October, the resort will debut the Lobby Bar and its new Asian restaurant, Journeys East.

While the gourmet scene is top notch at Tulalip Resort Casino, the gaming destination also indulges other senses. The 14,000-square-foot T Spa offers Native-inspired treatments that nurture the body and mind, combining natural elements like a metaphorical journey through the Tulalip Tribe’s homeland and a hot stone massage or oxygenation facial, pine and lavender scrub, a soothing mountain pine footbath treatment, and more. T Spa offers a signature five-hour Canoe Puller package, which begins with a re-energizing body ritual, followed by a mud bath, deep tissue bolus massage, skin resonance vitamin infusion facial, Native Stone Ritual For Feet and lunch.

Tulalip Resort Casino is conveniently located 30 miles north of Seattle in Quil Ceda Village, a commercial area that offers a diverse shopping experience from Seattle Premium Outlets to small and charming boutique shops.
For more information about the distinctive resort experience, visit TulalipResort.com.

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