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In Dining

Potawatomi holds an annual "Offal Challenge" during which its chefs compete to create delicious dishes with off-cuts.

In Dining

This pig ear salad was made by the chef of Ru Yi during the 2013 competition in December.

Potawatomi reaches finals in Restaurant Association's awards


Potawatomi Bingo Casino has been recognized for its menu development initiative by the The National Restaurant Association through a nomination as a finalist for the 2014 Operator Innovations Awards.

The awards celebrate the achievements of progressive restaurant and foodservice operators who drive advancement in the food service industry.

According to the NRA, Potawatomi "uses calculated risks to push the limits of menu development and execution – going beyond sustainable, organic and underutilized local food, SOUL, to incorporate invasive species, offal and indigenous ingredients on menus throughout the property."

Examples of activities in this area include Potawatomi's efforts include annual competitions during which Potawatomi's culinary staff are challenged to prepare offal in creative and delicious ways, and a wide variety of culinary initiatives including the annual Native American Heritage Month dinner, which this past year featured Chef Lois Frank, Native culture and indigenous foods expert.

NRA award winners will be announced Saturday, May 17 at the Destination: Celebration gala during the annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago. Tickets for the gala can be purchased online.


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