TasteTulalip21. The diversity and quality of the wines that are poured. Tulalip purchases all of these wines from the producers and then has most of them available for sale in an on-site wine shop. Local Washington and Oregon plus California and International wines are offered with the focus changing each year to keep it fresh. This year it is France and Spain!

2. The chefs led by Executive Chef Perry Mascitti are super creative. Every year they go the distance to serve creative dishes presented beautifully and uniquely. They incorporate ALL the chefs to engage attendees, showcasing and sharing their graciousness and talent.

3. Beautiful and classy environment. The hotel is luxurious is a Northwest way. It isn’t over-stated and there is top quality through-out including a wonderful mix color and texture, from authentic art details to conversation focused sitting areas, care is taken to present a “feeling” environment that is both exciting and comforting simultaneously.

4. This could be number 1 through 10. The staff and management at the Tulalip Resort and Casino are well trained and exceed expectations in terms of warm, authentic and professional customer service. Being cared for is the fabulous outcome of all their hard work.

5. Feeling like you are million miles away from home; and yet its only 35 minutes from where I live! When I go there, I feel like I am far away from home. Its a local vacation – or is that a stay cation No matter what you call it, its a “cation” worth taking over and over.

6. Entertainment and Celebrity sightings. Every year they bring it. Last year it was Marcus Samuelsson, Leslie Sbrocco and Carla Hall.

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Elbow rubbing with Marcus Samueslsson

This year once again they bring back alum Carla Hall; co-host of the “Chew” and previous competitor from Top Chef. Leslie Sbrocco has been spotted the past few years. New this year they present Chef Lois Frank of the Kiowa Nation; a food anthropologist and historian, writer and photographer who has covered Native American communities for more than 25 years. Way to bring it home Tulalip!

7 and 8. Tulalip Sommelier and wine buyer Tommy Thompson has carefully selected over 120 wineries and breweries for the event. Tommy has grown the wine program at Tulalip to world-class status garnering a Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence- one of only 16 in the state. He makes it look so easy and yet it is all hard work and incredible knowledge and relationships that make it all happen. Way to go Tommy, here is to you!

9. Special wine collaboration each year with special bottling and art. Artist is Jason Gobin and winemaker is Bob Betz, MW (truly a Master and the nicest guy you’ll ever meet..). Say no more – where do I purchase this bottle??

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Clos de Betz Bourdeaux Blend

10. Lisa Severn. Director of Food and Beverage and creative mind behind this team of experts.

11. The Rock and Roll Challenge – wait I was supposed to stop at 10. I’ll be there all day today and of course I’ll report back after the fact with 10 more reasons. Gotta go get ready!

More details?  Go to Taste of Tulalip.