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Taste of Tulalip
November 14, 2014$95
TULALIP, Wash. – Tulalip Resort Casino is gearing up for a weekend of revelry to celebrate the sixth anniversary of Taste of Tulalip, its award-winning food and wine aficionado event Nov. 14-15.
Executive chef Perry Mascitti and wine director Tom Thompson are calling on renowned chef and winemaker friends from around the country to join them as headliners for this tasting gala. Joining the culinary couplet will be Ming Tsai, a James Beard victor and Emmy award winning host; one of the most entertaining wine and spirit authorities on the planet – Anthony Giglio; honorary winemaker and Woodinville Wine Cellars grape maestro, Sean Boyd; KCPQ Fox 13 news anchor and “Western Washington Man of the Year” Bill Wixey; television host/voice about town Kaci Aitchison; and honorary artist Joe Gobin, master designer and educator.
The two-day gathering, with a focus on food, wine and tradition, begins with a Friday night wine and passed hors d’oeuvres reception, followed by the Celebration Dinner. It is priced at $175. Tickets are limited, and this event is always a sell-out.
On Saturday “All Access” pass holders ($295) will enjoy early entrance to the unforgettable Grand Taste; a VIP seminar featuring a celebrity cooking demo, table talk and Q & A session on the Viking Kitchen Stage; a private Magnum Party where they’ll be treated to a high level wine and indigenous food pairings; and a special bonus this year – two in-depth Reserve Tasting forums.
The weekend’s highlight is the Grand Taste, spanning four hours and features food stations, more than 100 wines from Washington, Oregon and California as well as craft beer. It is priced at $95 and 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.
Boyd joined the award-winning Woodinville Wine Cellars family in 2002. While growing up in California, Boyd was surrounded by gourmet food, fine wines and journalism (his father is a professional wine critic). He began cultivating his craft at an early age. After working for a wine shop, Sean left home at age 20 to learn the art of enology. His travels led him to prominent viticulture areas such as Australia, Portugal, Spain and New Zealand, where he studied under master vintners and developed his signature style.
Tsai is a pioneer and innovator in East-West cuisine and the chef/owner of Blue Ginger in Wellesley, Mass., and Blue Dragon in Boston. He hosts and executive produces the Emmy-nominated public television show, Simply Ming. He is the author of five cookbooks: Blue Ginger: East Meets West Cooking with Ming Tsai, Simply Ming, Ming’s Master Recipes, Simply Ming One-Pot Meal, and Simply Ming In Your Kitchen.
All of the weekend’s wine offerings will be available in limited quantities for purchase in the Taste of Tulalip retail wine shop. There will also be book and bottle signings for those looking to personalize their purchases.
Tulalip Resort Casino has received the AAA Four Diamond award and earn a spot on Condé Nast Traveler Gold and Traveler Top 100 Resorts lists. The property includes 192,000 square feet of gaming, a luxury hotel featuring 370 guest rooms and suites, 30,000 square feet of meeting, convention and wedding space; the full-service T Spa; and 6 dining venues, including the AAA Four Diamond Tulalip Bay Restaurant.
It also showcases the intimate Canoes Cabaret; a 3,000-seat amphitheater. Nearby, find the Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve, Cabela’s; and Seattle Premium Outlets, featuring more than 110 name brand retail discount shops.
The resort casino is between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. just off Interstate 5 at exit 200. It is an enterprise of the Tulalip Tribes. For reservations please call (866) 716-7162.