Big Bite BBQ Named Grand Champion of the 3rd Annual BBQ Blues & Brews on the Bay!

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The 2014 BBQ Blues & Brews on the Bay event is officially history!

Thousands came to The Mill Casino Hotel & RV Park this past weekend to enjoy good fun, great weather, tasty barbecue, hand-crafted beers, blues music and more!  One of the highlights of the weekend was of course the  Jim Monihan Mac ‘N Cheese Challenge and the Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned BBQ competition.  We had 31 teams who traveled from all over compete for their share of the $8450 in prize money.

It was most rewarding to see our community come together and bring donations for the 100 KCBS Meals Mission and work with the Oregon Coast Community Action to distribute the food to those in need. Thanks to all of the volunteers, vendors, competitors, entertainers, judges and most especially the patrons who came together to make this event a great success!

Congratulations to the Grand Champions of this year’s competition: Big Bite BBQ!

Grand Champion: Big Bite BBQ

Maddogs BBQ: Jim Monihan Mac ‘N Cheese Challenge winner (wearing special aprons made by Jim's wife); 1rst Ribs Category

1rst Place Chicken: Leukemia Sucks Too BBQ

1rst Place Pork: Movin the Chains (they got a perfect score!)

Reserve Grand Champions & 1rst Place Brisket: Duelin J's

People’s Choice Best Brew Winner: 7 Devils Brewing Co.

What was your favorite part of the event this year?  Tell us!

To see more photos, follow the BBQ Blues & Brews on the Bay Facebook Page.

The Mill Casino Hotel Receives TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!

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For the second year in a row, The Mill Casino Hotel has been presented with a Certificate of Excellence by  TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site! This recognition is especially meaningful to us because it is based on feedback from those who matter most – our customers!

Now in its fourth year, the award celebrates hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.

To qualify for this award, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor.

Here is a small sample of some of actual reviews our guests have left for us recently on TripAdvisor. To see all of our reviews, please visit the The Mill Casino Hotel TripAdvisor page.  We are always listening and open to your feedback.   Thank you to all of our guests who took the time to share theirs!

After a long day of driving, our room at The Mill was a wonderful retreat! So elegant and comfortable! Front desk personnel were very friendly and nice. We’d like to see something a little different for casual eating, a little break from the casino would be nice. But we’ll stay here again and again…love the sea breeze and the comfy accommodations!

We wanted a relaxing weekend with family. We enjoyed good food, comfortable room,and pleasant views. The Easter brunch was delicious, there was a short wait, but nothing too painful. Dinner the night before was delicious in the BBQ restaurant. Service was attentive and helpful.

We come to the Mill several times a year and always look forward to it and enjoy every minute. The staff is great from the bell person to the Casino Hosts. In fact we are treated better at the Mill then anywhere else we have gone. Their smoke free lounge “White Caps” is so relaxing and again great service. You can get an appetizer or full meal and just enjoy the view. We have stayed in rooms and suites and they all have been clean and comfortable. There really is nothing about the Mill that is not good. In fact I never need to bring my own pillow since they have the greatest pillows there! If you are in the area don’t miss the Mill.

Stayed here one night, Saturday, May 17, 2014. This hotel was much, much nicer than I anticipated. The first you notice upon arrival is the friendly service at the front door and frequent “hellos” and “welcome to the Mill Casino” as you enter. The lobby is gorgeous; very clean, spacious, modern woodsy/cabin motif, tastefully decorated with exposed wood beams, big wood burning fireplace and comfy couches. Check in couldn’t have been better, total price: $105.00 + taxes. Our room given was on the second floor and overlooked Coos Bay (the water) – just gorgeous. Room itself was nice, we had two queen sized beds for my husband and I plus children. The room had a refrigerator which is always a plus and coffee maker. Beds were comfy, lodgepole headboard and overall cabin look. One slight negative: plastic shower curtain and plastic shower stall. But my criticism is minor. In the morning we had a delicious breakfast. Would definitely come back!

Thank you to our exceptional staff and our wonderful guests for making this possible!

Support the 100KCBS Meals Mission by Bringing Non-Perishable Food Items to Barbecue, Blues & Brews on the Bay!

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Kansas City Barbeque Society to Donate 100,000 Meals

The Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) is coordinating a national BBQ donation effort to cook and distribute more than 100,000 meals throughout America over the next year. BBQ, Blues & Brews on the Bay in North Bend, Oregon will be participating in the 100 KCBS Meals Mission by collecting food contributions for the hungry.

The general public is invited to attend BBQ, Blues & Brews on the Bay at The Mill Casino May 23-25, 2014 and bring non-perishable food items to donate to the 100KCBS Meals Mission. BBQ, Blues & Brews on the Bay will be working with Oregon Coast Community Action to distribute the food to those in need.


With almost 20,000 members and more than 425 sanctioned BBQ events in its network, KCBS is the largest organization of BBQ enthusiasts in the world. By using its volunteers, judges, cook teams and event organizers, the nonprofit society will be providing fully cooked, world-class pork butts and other nonperishable food items to food banks and other charitable entities coast to coast, border to border.

“By the very nature of our size and collection of food enthusiasts, we have an obvious opportunity to make a difference in America’s hunger crisis,” said Carolyn Wells, executive director of KCBS. “There are more than 7,000 teams who compete at our events, and for years, they all have demonstrated a giving, charitable mentality. We simply believed it was time to organize a major effort that is a natural extension of our overall mission.”

According to recent hunger and poverty statistics, nearly 15 percent of all U.S. households, or 49 million people, struggle to put food on their table. More than 1 in 5 children in the U.S. live below the poverty line. The 100KCBS Meals Mission aims to help in this effort and give back to the community.

By April 30, 2015, KCBS will have donated more than 3,200 pork butts — the equivalent of 25,000 pounds of cooked pork, or, 100,000 meals to this effort. Currently, there are 34 registered teams that will be preparing the donation at The Mill Casino event. In addition to cooking the provided pork butts, all teams, judges and BBQ enthusiasts are encouraged to participate in this mission by bringing non-perishable items to the BBQ, Blues & Brews event.

Relive the Days of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. at The Mill Casino June 7th!

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Swingin’ with The Rat Pack
Saturday, June 7, 2014 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. (2 Performances)
Where: Salmon Room, The Mill Casino • Hotel
Tickets: $15 each. Now on Sale at Ko-Kwel Gifts

When Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. hit the stage, it was always a “swingin’ affair”!  Now you can relive the music, laughs, and hep-cat cool camaraderie of this iconic trio that defined the golden era of Las Vegas when Swingin’ with The Rat Pack hits our stage Saturday, June  7, 2014!

Starring David De Costa as Frank Sinatra, Johnny Edwards as Dean Martin and Nicholas Brooks as Sammy Davis, Jr., Swingin’ with The Rat Pack is more than just a tribute or impersonation show. The performers create an engaging blend of the hit songs of these classic Vegas crooners and timely, topical, improvisational humor that was the hallmark of these legendary performers. The show gives the audience a new opportunity to experience what is was like to spend a night with the Rat Pack in their prime.

Tickets for the 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. performances of Swingin’ with The Rat Pack are just $15 each and are on sale now at Ko-Kwel Gifts.

For more information about making The Mill Casino • Hotel & RV Park the centerpiece of your Oregon Coast getaway or for more information on all the latest attractions, events and entertainment call 800.953.4800 or visit www.themillcasino.com.

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