Dining & Food

Sushi Chef with Ties to Iron Chef Takes Over at Umi Sushi & Oyster Bar

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Chef Kiyokuni Ikeda at Pechanga

TEMECULA, Calif. – (June 24, 2015) – Kiyokuni Ikeda, a self-taught sushi chef who dropped out of high school to aid his ailing father, has landed the top job at Umi Sushi & Oyster Bar at Pechanga Resort & Casino. After spending nearly 15 years working at prestigious sushi restaurants in Philadelphia such as Zama and Morimoto (of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto fame), Ikeda is happy to call Southern California home.

Though they lived in Tokyo, Chef Ikeda’s parents ran a successful coffee and soba noodle shop in Nagano Prefecture, Japan, more than two hours away. He helped in the shop occasionally as a child, but he recalls one singular moment when food opened his eyes to another world.

“When I was 10 years old, I tried an Egg McMuffin. It was kind of a shock to me, in a good way,” Chef Ikeda explained. “The texture and flavor were so different from anything I’d ever eaten before. English muffins weren’t something you could find at the market, and in Japan, or at least in my family, we never cooked eggs that way.”  Read More

Chili Champ Crowned at Pechanga – Get the Recipe!

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Chef Marlene Moore

TEMECULA, Calif. — (June 9, 2015) – A new chili champion has been crowned by the people the annual Pechanga Microbrew Festival and Chili Cookoff at Pechanga Resort & Casino. Temptations Food Court chef, Marlene Moore, tantalized the sold-out crowd with her “Temptation” Hearty Southern Style Chili. She edged out seven other Pechanga chefs’ chili varieties which included Texas-style chili with trio of meat, steak chili mac, and black bean chili con carne, with poblano rajas, crispy pork and shishito peppers.

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Chef Marlene’s Award Winning Southern-style Chili

With 219 votes out of a total of 914 from  style=”line-height: 1.714285714; font-size: 1rem;”>Microbrew Festival attendees, Chef Moore, originally from Trinidad and Tobago, unseated Chef Damian Stanley of Umi Sushi & Oyster Bar who had held the chili throne for two years. Stanley received third place with 153 votes. Kelsey’s chef, Ronnel Capacia, came in a close second with 155 votes. Now in its seventh year, 1,695 people came to enjoy brews, chili and music at the 2015 Pechanga Microbrew Festival, making it the most well-attended to date. Proceeds from the event benefited Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley. 

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World-Acclaimed Pastry Chef Takes Over Sweet Department

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Jean-Jacques Granet Takes Over Pastry Department

 

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CRAFT BEERS, CHILI COOKOFF TAKE OVER THIS JUNE

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Pechanga Microbrew Fest June 6, 2015

TEMECULA, Calif. – (May 15, 2015) – This June, microbreweries, craft beer makers and brew pubs from throughout Southern California and beyond descend on Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula for one special afternoon.

The 7th Annual Pechanga Microbrew Festival and Chili Cookoff happens Saturday, June 6 from 1:00p.m. to 5:00p.m. inside the Pechanga Grand Ballroom.
Microbrew Festival tickets are $50. Guests receive a two ounce souvenir glass to sample unlimited beer tastings. Designated driver tickets are available for $30. Both ticket levels let attendees taste all chili and other gourmet food samples, take in live music by two bands including iconic bassist Lee Rocker of The Stray Cats, and an extensive silent auction. Guests must be 21 or older to attend. Guests must be 21 or older. For tickets or more information, visit www.Pechanga.com or call (877) 711-2946.  Read More

Thanks for 7 Best of Dining Awards!

Casino Player BestofDiningLogoUse 2015TEMECULA, Calif. – (March 16, 2015) – It’s not a secret people love to eat. According to Casino Player magazine’s “Best of Dining” readers’ , people love to eat when they come to Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula. The magazine’s March issue illustrates that Pechanga Resort & Casino received seven “Best Of” nods from the national publication. With hundreds of casino resorts from which to choose around the country, the magazine segments the regions in which properties are grouped. Pechanga Resort & Casino lies within the Native Southwest region.

The categories for which Pechanga Resort & Casino took home the top prizes include:

*Casino with Best Variety of Restaurants
*Best Italian – Paisano’s Italian Ristorante
*Best Desserts – Blends Coffee & Wine Bar
*Best Place to Celebrate – Great Oak Steakhouse
*Best After Hours Spot – Pechanga overall
*Best Overall Entertainment
*Best Comedy Club – Comedy Club at Pechanga  Read More

Sip Wine & Savor Chocolate While Helping a Good Cause This February

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People Enjoying Wine Fest

TEMECULA, Calif. – (Jan. 8, 2015) – Chocolate and wine come together at Pechanga Resort & Casino for the annual Chocolate Decadence and Pechanga Wine Festival set for Friday, February 27 and Saturday, February 28.

Hundreds of wine varieties, sweet and savory chocolate confections, food samples from acclaimed Pechanga Resort & Casino restaurants, live music, silent auction and helping out a good cause are all on the agenda for the two days inside the Pechanga Resort & Casino Grand Ballroom in Temecula, Calif.

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Jade Chocolate Cups at Chocolate Decadence

Chocolate Decadence on Friday, February 27 features more than 30 wine varietals that have been shown to masterfully partner with chocolate and other sweet desserts. The event runs from 7:00p.m. to 10:00p.m. and is $50 per person.

The 7th annual Pechanga Wine Festival goes from 1:00p.m. to 5:00p.m. on Saturday, February 28. Tickets for this unforgettable event are $65.

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Sea Bass Bites

Combo tickets for entry into both events are available for $100. Designated driver tickets are $30 Chocolate Decadence and $35 for the Wine Festival. Both let attendees taste all the delectable desserts, food and take in live music, entertainment and extensive silent auction. Pechanga Club members will also get 25-percent off the ticket price. Guests must be 21 or older to attend either event. For tickets or more information, visit the Pechanga Box Office, call (877) 711-2946 or visit www.Pechanga.com/Entertainment. Proceeds from both events benefit Habitat for Humanity Inland ValleyRead More

A Present for You! Christmas Dining Specials at Pechanga

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Extraordinary Christmas Dining at Pechanga

TEMECULA, Calif. (Dec. 4, 2014) – The perfect gift for everyone on your Christmas list is at one of seven specialty dining options at Pechanga Resort & Casino this holiday season. Whether “naughty” or “nice,” everyone deserves a delicious and specially prepared holiday meal on Dec. 25. From casual to upscale dining and everything in between, Pechanga will help you host the perfect Christmas meal for families, large groups or even a romantic dinner for two. The globally-inspired Pechanga Buffet, the AAA Four Diamond Great Oak Steakhouse, Paisano’s Italian, Kelsey’s Bar and Grill, Umi Sushi and Oyster Bar and Journey’s End at Journey at Pechanga golf course feature delectable choices for diners to make this a memorable and delicious Christmas. Read More

Handmade Gingerbread Houses Now on the Market at Pechanga

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Gingerbread Houses at Pechanga

TEMECULA, Calif. – (Dec. 2, 2014) – While Southern California home sales have dipped to a three-year low according to CoreLogic®, the market for sweet pads big enough for the gingerbread man and his family is heating up at one southland resort. This holiday season, Pechanga Resort & Casino’s in-house bakery team is preparing, building and decorating hand-crafted gingerbread houses and offering them to prospective buyers. These homes come fully loaded and turnkey for gift giving or for those with a hankering for an abode on which to satisfy a sweet tooth.

Those looking for a brand new gingerbread home can find them in an easily accessed location at the 24-hour Caffe Cocoa inside the popular Temptations Food Walk at Pechanga, at Blends Coffee & Wine Bar just inside the Pechanga Hotel Lobby and at the Pechanga Coffee Cart by the Motorcoach Entrance. These homes feature amenities such as hand-drawn insulation (icing) and real curb appeal with colorful holiday sweet treats lining the outside. If buyers are careful transporting the homes, no insurance is required, property tax is waived and goodwill equity can be earned by giving one of the Pechanga gingerbread homes to someone else. These handmade gingerbread houses come in two different floor plans. The 12-inch by six inch house, the larger of the two models sell for $50 and the 10-inch by six inch house sells for $35. They will be on the market until Christmas or until all units have been snapped up by buyers.

Pechanga Announces $285 Million Hotel Addition

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Pechanga Unveils Plans for New Hotel, Spa, Pools

Pechanga Indian Reservation, Calif, November 10, 2014 – The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians today unveiled plans to add a new luxury four-diamond hotel wing, a luxury spa, new ballroom and meeting space, a resort-style pool complex, two restaurants, and related improvements to the award-winning Pechanga Resort & Casino.

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Pechanga New Hotel Conceptual View

“Almost 20 years ago we started our journey toward self-sufficiency,” said Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro. “It’s a journey that has allowed us to provide for our people and the community, improving the quality of life along the way. To continue our viability and enable our competitiveness, we announce the next leg of our journey. As our region grows and matures, we must do so as well to position ourselves for the next 20 years. We believe this project will take us there.”
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Kick Off Holiday Fun with Big Prizes, Giveaways & More

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Stuff YOU Can Win at Pechanga!

TEMECULA, Calif. (Nov. 1, 2014) – This holiday season, club card members at Pechanga Resort & Casino will get some help with their holiday shopping. With Black Friday Giveaways, Veteran’s Day prizes, $100 in EasyPlay money every week and increased member points for everyday play, it pays to be a member! Anyone can become a Pechanga Club Card Member to be eligible for all the holiday prizes just by inserting the club card into a slot machine or by presenting it at any table game prior to play. With headlining entertainment, gaming promotions, holiday giveaways and resort specials, Pechanga is the place to be this November.  Read More