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Chef Dan Catanio to Present Dish at the 10th Annual Oyster Cloyster Festival

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We are very proud to announce that our very own Chef Dan Catanio will be sharing his culinary genius at the 10th Annual Oyster Cloyster Festival in The Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport. This years festival features a Chef’s Competition.

The Oyster Cloyster Festival is an elegant evening of fine food surrounded by talented musicians creating merriment throughout the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s captivating exhibits. The event is a fundraiser for the Aquarium Science program at Oregon Coast Community College.

This year is “The Year of the Oyster” and Chef Dan plans to make: Smoked Oyster wild Mushroom Sushi Roll & Baked, Huckleberry glazed Bacon wrapped Oyster, on a bed of wild Oregon Mushroom Ragout….Served with Warm Saki

To purchase tickets or to learn more about this annual fundraiser, visit or “Like” their Facebook Page!

Rockin’ Wild West New Year’s Eve Party at The Mill Casino

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All Day, All Night Wild West New Year’s Eve Party to Feature Line Dancing Lessons, Trick Ropin’, Costume & Dance Contests and The Brick House Band

Attention city slickers, it’s time to saddle up and get ready to ride into 2011, cowboy-style as The Mill Casino • Hotel ushers in 2011 with an all day/ all night Rockin’ Wild West New Year’s Eve Party on Friday, Dec. 31.

The party starts on Friday at High Noon right on the casino floor where guests of The Mill Casino will be treated to triple points, line dancing lessons, trick roping demonstration and the chance to wrangle gift cards and other prizes for having the slickest boot scootin’ moves and snappiest bib and tucker (aka Wild West duds).

Come evening, The Mill will be giving guests a number of ways to celebrate the arrival of 2011. The hot ticket of the night is sure to be the Boots and Boogie dance party in the Salmon Room featuring The Brick House band, a midnight champagne toast and a bodacious balloon drop, Wild West party favors as well as the chance to win gift cards in dance and costume contests.

Tickets for The Mill’s 9 p.m. Boots and Boogie dance party are on sale now at Ko-Kwel Gifts for just $27 per person, with a $3 discount for members of the casino’s player’s club, The Millionaire$ Club.

In addition to the Salmon Room’s Boots and Boogie party, guests can groove for free to Hookah Stew inside Warehouse 101, while those playing slots and table games on the casino floor will be treated to cowboy beads, rockin’ western tunes and a midnight “cow-fetti” countdown.

For those who want to feast before – or after – the big shindig, The Saw Blade will be offering a $24.95 New Year’s Eve all you can eat Seafood Buffet from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 31, followed by a $19.95 New Year’s Day Champagne brunch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Along with the dance parties, costume contests and great dining deals, The Mill also will be giving casino players the chance to win big. Along with awarding triple points to Millionaire$ Club members from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 31st, they will be holding $100 Hot Seat Drawings on Saturday, Jan. 1 and Sunday, Jan. 2.

For Ticket Information, Call 800.953.4800 or 541.756.8800.

Halloween Fun (and a Little Mischief) at The Mill Casino

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Looking for some good times to get into for Halloween?  The Mill Casino will be a hot spot all weekend! Check out some of the events happening:

In the Casino:
Random Drawings October 30 & 31 11 am to 11 pm. Just play table games or slots using your Millionaire$ Club card; and you could take home a share of $2,500 in cash and points if your seat is randomly selected! You could also win up to $500 in our scary drawings. Bonus for Costumes! If you are wearing a costume, you will win again!!

Get your Monster Mash on at The Bay Area Chamber of Commerce 2nd Annual Halloween Monster Bash on Saturday, October 30, 2010 in The Salmon Room West! All guests (21 and older) are welcome to attend this event! Enjoy a No-Host Bar and a Costume Contest with Fabulous Prizes.

Tickets are $10.00 for Chamber Members and $15.00 for Non-Chamber Members and are available through KoKwel Gifts located at The Mill Casino. Call 800.953.4800 or 541.756.8800 for info.

Live Music at Warehouse 101 with  Hookah Stew October 29, 2010 – October 30, 2010 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Known for their wide musical range and frenetic performances, Hookah Stew has become a well known buzz band on the West Coast music scene.

The Portland, Oregon trio reunited after a long hiatus in 2007, and within months were on the road with a mission to rock every city in their path.

$100,000 Zoom Ball, Winners Party, Halloween Random Drawings and More

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Our Casino the place with non-stop casino action and entertainment with over 700 slots (see our October Big Winners Gallery on Facebook), Vegas style table games and the Millionaire$ Club.  If you are not a member of the Millionaire$ Club, don’t miss out on any more special perks and discounts!  Signing up is free and easy. Members earn cash back, invitations to special player’s only events and complimentary food and beverage and many many other perks.

Here are a few Casino events happening in the final days of October.  To see our most current list of Casino events; visit the Promotions Page:

Winners Party: Feeling lucky? You will probably will if you come to our Winners Party on Monday October 25, 2010. Ten lucky party goers are guaranteed to each walk away a winner, each with a share of $7,500 guaranteed! ONE will also have a chance to win $75,000 in cash!

There’s FREE food–door prizes, too!
Doors open at 4 pm; Buffet at 4:00 pm. Entries must be in barrel at 6:40 pm and the Drawing starts at 6:45 pm

$100,000 Zoom Ball through October 25- Score a chance to instantly win $100,000 or a share of $12,000 instant cash prizes. Just push the button to pick six balls. Get all six orange balls to win $100,000.
Random Drawings October 30 & 31 11 am to 11 pm. Take home a share of $2,500 in cash and points! Win up to $500 in our scary drawings. Just play table games or slots using your Millionaire$ Club card.
If your seat is randomly selected, you win a creepy gift complete with cash or points. If you are wearing a costume, win again!!

We Invite You to Experience Chowder Bounty through March 1, 2011 at The Mill Casino

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Here on the Oregon Coast, we love our Chowder.  In fact, we love it so much  The Coos Bay – North Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau has launched the first ever Chowder Bounty; a unique experience for visitors where they sample world famous Oregon Coast Clam Chowder at local participating restaurants, then vote for their favorite.

The Mill Casino is proud to be a participating hotel with Chowder Bounty through March 1, 2010. This package includes two $25 gift certificates that can be used at any of our dining venues or at participating Chowder Bounty restaurants in the area. A two-night stay is required for this package; rates begin at $110 plus tax.

And by the way; we hope you will try the Clam Chowder at The Plank House during your stay. It is supremely delicious- and we think you will agree!

To book this special stay, call reservations at 800-953-4800, ext. 3.

Just Another Beautiful Autumn Day in Coos Bay

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What a fantastic day it was today on the Oregon Coast! It’s a balmy 70 degrees out, no wind, and the sky and waters couldn’t be clearer. Fall is in full swing.

A few lucky guests who were out on the dock this afternoon got to see the end-for-end turning of a ship headed for the Oregon Chip Terminal, just south of the Hotel. Click here to see the rest of photos in Facebook of this enormous ship!

The 2010 Cranberry Harvest RV Jamboree is Now History….

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We were sad to say good bye to new friends over the weekend as we wrapped up the 2010 Cranberry Harvest RV Jamboree.  The event kicked off October 6 and included Canoe Rides, Entertainment, Pet Paparazzi photos, a traditional Salmon Bake dinner and so much more.

Thanks everyone for such a great weekend and fond memories!  Can’t wait to see you in June 2011 for our next RV Jamboree (date to be announced)!  Here are some fun photos from some of the highlights from this year’s event:

Congrats to Rebel; "Most Adorable" in the "Pooch Paparazzi"- one of our favorite events!

Razcal (pictured here with his person) won "Best Dressed" in the competition

Lucinda, Amy and four adventurous RV guests listen to instructions from the KoKwel Canoe crew.

The Coquille Tribe’s display of a traditional dugout river canoe, and a few various paddle designs.

Conditions on Coos Bay were absolutely perfect for canoe excursions on Friday afternoon, with tranquil water and a warm gentle breeze. Even the fish were jumping, as if to say “the water is fine, come on in.”

RV Jamboree guests also went on an excursion to the southern end of Coos Bay, where they got to see the annual cranberry harvest at Coquille Cranberries, plus an excellent presentation by the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology.

The Mill Casino Culinary Team Picks Up 3 Awards at The Rez Kitchen Tour!

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The Rez Kitchen Tour took place last weekend at The Mill Casino and featured 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.

In addition to the public events, members of the Food and Beverage and Purchasing Departments of Oregon’s Tribal Casinos met for a Round Table Discussion that focused on increasing the utilization of eco-friendly and sustainable products and foodstuffs produced by Tribal members and Tribal-owned businesses.

Our hats off to everyone who participated in the event- and a special thank you to Events Manager, Vickie Strandridge (see Vickie in the KCBY 11 video below) and Chef Dan Catanio and his culinary team for their outstanding work- The Mill Casino team won three awards:

  • 2nd Place Judges Award
  • Best overall Peoples Choice Award, for taste.
  • Best Booth Display – People’s Choice for taste.

Additional info (added 10/11)

We are proud to report that South Coast Food Share received  $230 cash and 10 big boxes of canned/dry food for as a result of the Rez Kitchen Tour event.  Here are the results:

Friday Winners:
Fourth Place – Chinook Winds – Executive Chef Jack Strong and Sous Chef Chuck Keltner
Third Place – Wildhorse – Executive Chef Brian von Eggers
Second Place – The Mill Casino – Executive Chef Dan Catanio and Banquet Chef Sam Chan
First Place – Spirit Mountain Team #2 – Chef D Cuisine Jake Johnson & Sous Chef Manuel Diaz

Best Use of Traditional Food award to Spirit Mountain Team 2 – Chef D Cuisine Jake Johnson & Sous Chef Manuel Diaz

People’s Choice Awards – the attending Public on Saturday voted for their favorite overall food and best decorated booth.
The winners were:
Best Overall Food – The Mill Casino
Best Decorated Booth – The Mill Casino

We had 7 Casino Chef teams participating, listed below in the order they were judged:
Three Rivers – Executive Chef Bradley Reynolds
Spirit Mountain Team 2 – Chef D Cuisine Jake Johnson & Sous Chef Manuel Diaz
Seven Feathers – Executive Chef Alan Freeman
Wildhorse – Executive Chef Brian von Eggers
Spirit Mountain Team 1 – Lead Chef Carl Hoover and Sous Chef Raymond Nelson
The Mill Casino – Executive Chef Dan Catanio and Banquet Chef Sam Chan
Chinook Winds – Executive Chef Jack Strong and Sous Chef Chuck Keltner

Competition was stiff and the prepared dishes were all superb.

Judges on Friday were
Erica Rush – KCBY Television Station News Reporter
Executive Chef and Director of the Culinary Institute Shawn Hanlin
Executive Chef and Owner of Sfzio restaurant in Eugene – Rocky Masselli

Friday Competition – Focus was on traditional Northwest Food
1 dish was to include Salmon
Huckleberry was to be incorporated into a dish
1 dish was Chef’s Choice

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