Wildhorse culinary staff serving at Oregon Governor Kate Brown 's inaugural gala

Wilhorse Chef Jeff Sommer picks fresh ingredients in garden.Photo courtesy: Wildhorse Resort & Casino

Wildhorse was invited to represent Eastern Oregon at an event featuring foods from seven regions of the state

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Wildhorse Resort & Casino

There is a rush of excitement behind the scenes at Wildhorse Resort & Casino as the culinary staff prepares to amuse the palates of 1000 guests at Governor Kate Brown’s inaugural gala on January 18 in Portland.

Wildhorse was invited to represent Eastern Oregon at an event that will feature Oregon foods from seven regions of the state.

Guests attending the gala will include the Governor’s top supporters, elected officials, and industry and community leaders.

Wilhorse Chef Jason Nowaski slices Hill Meat bacon. Photo courtesy: Wildhorse Resort & Casino

Executive Chef Jeff Sommer is planning three hearty hors d’oeuvres that reflect the local flavor and cuisine at Plateau, the resort’s fine dining restaurant. The presentation at the gala will likely feature a bacon and bleu cheese appetizer, braised lamb shoulder in Pendleton Whisky sauce, and huckleberry cheesecake.

Staying true to the Eastern Oregon theme, the bacon is sourced from Hill Meat Company in Pendleton and the lamb is raised at the Upper Dry Creek Ranch in Weston.

The culinary team will have quite a task to accomplish in the final hours before the event. The food will be meticulously prepared in the kitchen at Wildhorse Resort then quickly delivered to the venue in Portland where it will be warmed and plated on environmentally friendly bamboo plates.

Sommers and his crew will deliver about 1200 hors d’oeuvres to the Governor’s guests. The culinary team then quickly resets to prepare and serve dinner to 450 additional guests at the resort’s Rivers Event Center.

About Wildhorse Resort & Casino:

Centrally situated between Boise, Spokane and Portland, Wildhorse Resort & Casino is a premier destination for family getaways, business meetings and large conventions. The resort features a 24-hour casino, hotel, RV Park, seven restaurants, a five-screen Cineplex, 18-hole championship golf course, travel plaza (for commercial trucks and private vehicles) and a tribal museum. Expanded in 2011, there is no destination experience like it in the Pacific Northwest. Wildhorse offers over 1200 slots, all your favorite table games, live keno, bingo and live entertainment Thursday-Saturday. Wildhorse is located just off I-84 at exit 216, four miles east of Pendleton, OR.

Wildhorse is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

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