Press Release – August 05, 2010
Mt. Hood Resorts
CHEFS AND FOODIES GO WILD ABOUT GAMEThe Resort at The Mountain celebrates Nicky USA’s 10th Annual Wild About Game Festival
WELCHES (Mt. Hood), Ore. – (Aug. 5, 2010) – The Resort at The Mountain (The Resort), a premier golf, spa and ski destination located in the western highlands of Mt. Hood, is pleased to offer the “Wild About Game” package in celebration of Nicky USA’s 10th Annual Wild About Game Festival taking place onSunday, September 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This year’s annual “Wild About Game” event celebrates ten of the region’s best award-winning chefs in an “Iron Chef” style cooking competition and also features educational food demonstrations, wine tastings and culinary seminars. Pacific Northwest chefs will square off using various game birds and meats from local family farms and ranches in a friendly cooking competition.
Chefs will use their creative talents to improvise a dish featuring a “secret ingredient” – anything from Nicky Farms quail to buffalo – to impress the panel of culinary judges. This year’s judges include Philippe Boulot of the Heathman Restaurant and Bar, Vitaly Paley of Paley’s Place and Jonathon Sundstrom of Lark in Seattle. The festival will also feature food and wine pairings at the culinary marketplace and cooking demonstrations by last year’s cook-off chefs David Kreifels of Laurelhurst Market, Phil Oswalt of the Multnomah Athletic, Morgan Brownlow of Tails & Trotters and Keith Balzor of Silvies Valley Ranch.
“We’re excited to be the host for this great event once again,” said Frank Casarez, general manager of The Resort. “Food enthusiasts learn about and sample delicious ways to prepare a variety of game, while chefs see the cooking competition as an opportunity to showcase their creative talents in dish invention.”
In honor of the event’s tenth anniversary, special guests include meat guru Bruce Aidells and his award-winning wife Nancy Oaks, who will be signing copies of their cookbooks. The Resort’s Executive Chef Paul Bosch will also prepare a Wild Game Dinner Buffet at 5:30 p.m.
For guests who would like to stay the night, The Resort is offering the “Wild About Game” package, which includes two passes to the culinary marketplace complete with cooking demonstrations and dinner for two at the Wild Game Dinner Buffet, in addition to overnight accommodations at The Resort on Sunday, September 19.
Admission to the “Wild About Game” marketplace is $25 per person and reservations for the Wild Game Dinner Buffet are $55 per person. Tickets to attend both the culinary marketplace and dinner are $75 per person. Tickets are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com. The Resort’s “Wild About Game” package starts at $229 for two people and includes admission to the marketplace, dinner for two and overnight accommodations after the event. For more information or reservations, visit http://www.TheResort.com.
About The Resort at The Mountain
The Resort at The Mountain is located at 68010 E. Fairway Avenue in Welches, Ore., at the western base of Mt. Hood. The Resort has something for everyone with activities including golf, spa, skiing, fly fishing, croquet and tennis, along with 18,000 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet space. In 2009, The Resort completed a $14 million renovation and expansion to offer high-end accommodations and public areas that are ideal for both corporate meetings and leisure travelers. The Resort is a member of Stash Hotel Rewards™, a point-based rewards program that allows guests at independent hotels to quickly earn free stays at participating properties. For reservations, call toll-free (877) 439-6774. Contact The Resort at The Mountain directly at (503) 622-3101 or visit http://www.TheResort.com.
About Nicky USA
Founded in 1990, Nicky USA is the Northwest’s leading distributor and processor of game birds and meats. The Portland-based company has forged relationships with local and international ranchers, as well as James Beard Award-winning chefs in an effort to make wild and farm-raised game a mainstay of specialty markets and fine restaurants. Nicky USA recently launched a specialty line of products called Nicky Farms, featuring Northwest raised rabbit, quail, elk, fallow venison, and American bison. Nicky Farms also has a line of specialty sausages that combine Northwest ingredients such as an elk sausage with wild huckleberries and Pinot Noir. Nicky USA hosts Wild About Game: an annual Iron Chef-style cooking competition and festival promoting sustainably raised game birds and meats. For more information, call Nicky USA at 503-234-4263 or visit www.nickyusa.com. Follow NickyUSA on Twitter and Facebook.