I read this announcement about The Rez Kitchen Tour and I actually got giddy. This combines my unhealthy obsession to cooking shows (ala Top Chef, Hell’s Kitchen, Iron Chef), my addiction to recipes, and my love of sampling new food and wraps it into one great weekend.
Okay, admittedly there will probably be no Chef Ramsey yelling throughout this as its a happy friendly event, but its still in the running to be my new favorite event. The only thing that they could have done to improve this line up is to have Padma & Tom Colicchio escort me personally.
The Rez Kitchen Tour, October 1-2!
The food, flavors and traditions of Oregon’s nine federally-recognized Tribes will be showcased on Friday and Saturday, October 1-2, when teams of talented chefs representing Oregon’s tribal casinos will gather at The Mill Casino • Hotel for the Rez Kitchen Tour, a two-day culinary competition showcasing. (In Indian Country, the word “Rez” is often used to refer to an Indian Reservation.)
The Rez Kitchen Tour event features live cooking demonstrations, a juried Chef’s Competition, People’s Choice Awards, traditional native music, vendor booths, and free samples of delicious artfully prepared dishes inspired by thousands of years of tradition. An admission fee of $5 or 2 canned goods is requested, with 100% of the proceeds going to the South Coast Food Share program.
Throughout the event, guests can enjoy traditional Native American music as they visit various vendor booths. Recipes and informational pamphlets will be available.
Friday: “cheftestants” will take center stage, when their entrées featuring two traditional food staples of the local area – huckleberries and salmon will be judged on “Best Use of Traditional Ingredients” and “Best overall” by a panel of local and regional chefs and food experts.
Saturday: Things heat up as the “cheftestants” serve up their delectable dishes in competition for the coveted People’s Choice Award and watch Live cooking demonstrations on the Main Stage.
A variety of door prizes will be given away including hotel packages, gift cards & more!
The Mill Casino • Hotel & RV Park is located on the waterfront in North Bend, Oregon, making it an ideal base location for exploring the North Bend/Coos Bay/Charleston area including Oregon Dunes, Shore Acres State Park and activities such as fishing, crabbing, clamming, whale watching, boating, golfing and strolling along the boardwalk. For more information, visit www.themillcasino.com or call 541.756.8800 or 800.953.4800.