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Snoqualmie Casino's culinary innovations dazzled at Taste America Seattle this month, impressing guests at both a cocktail party and gala dinner.<p></p>
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Foodies hit the jackpot on Snoqualmie Casino's culinary innovations

In a region known for fine dining and excellent cuisine, it’s no surprise that the Snoqualmie Casino culinary team is continually innovating and refining its menus to provide guests with an experience to remember.

In early summer, Snoqualmie Casino’s signature restaurant, Vista Prime Steaks & Seafood, started offering guests fresh produce and herbs from the casino’s own organic vegetable garden. In fact, the sun-ripened sweet heirloom tomatoes and pea shoots grown at the casino were essential ingredients in Vista Prime Steak & Seafood’s entry into the James Beard Blended Burger Project in July. The burger, made from a combination of dry-aged Washington prime beef and chanterelle mushrooms, earned a top 10 rating among over 400 burger entries in the nation.

In early October, Snoqualmie Casino participated in Taste America Seattle, part of the overall Taste America program that brings James Beard Foundation dinners to exciting culinary destinations around the country.

The first stop was Raising the Bar, a cocktail party held in downtown Seattle at the chic and contemporary Block 41. Guests dined on exquisite bites and sipped exotic cocktails created by the best rising culinary stars from the Pacific Northwest. The Snoqualmie team created a delicious avocado geoduck fritter accompanied by red spring onion, dashi, rayu and kinome. Chefs Jack Wynne and Justin Lee attended and served their innovative course to influencers, bloggers and media stars.

The second day of Taste America was held at the five-star Fairmont Olympic Hotel, a perfect setting for their upscale tasting reception and gala dinner. This time, chefs Jack and Justin brought their “A” game with a sumptuous plate of braised beef cheek balanced by a charred sweet corn sorbet, black garlic and fall onion. The evening was immaculate, held amongst delicate chandeliers and ornate early 20th century walls. Snoqualmie Casino’s chefs wowed their guests with unique culinary concepts and flavor palates as foodies rejoiced, indulging in seconds and thirds.

Snoqualmie Casino’s chefs are always striving to elevate the dining experience at all of their signature restaurants. Most recently, a Washington Ribeye Steak Flight was launched at Vista Prime Steaks & Seafood inside the casino. Guests who visit the restaurant can now taste the difference between cuts of grass-fed, ultra-Wagyu and 45-day dry-aged ribeye, or they can simply enjoy the largest selection of ultra-premium steak from eight Pacific Northwest ranches.

Reservations can be made at www.snocasino.com.

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