Charities Win Big at Coeur d’Alene Casino

Coeur d’Alene Casino announces winners of Local Celebrity Barbecue Cook-Off

WORLEY, Idaho (August 16, 2017) — Local celebrity chefs faced off in the name of barbecue and philanthropy on Sunday in Coeur d’Alene Casino’s Chinook Meadow. A total of $4,830 was donated to local charities.

“We are so grateful to our partner the Inlander and our wonderful sponsors for supporting a fun event that is helping worthy charities in our area,” said Laura Stensgar, executive marketing director at Coeur d’Alene Casino. “Our second annual cook off was a success with great music, delicious barbecue, craft beer and good company.”

Last year’s People’s Choice winner, Toby’s BBQ, took home first place in the cook-off. Their charity of choice is Wishing Star Foundation in Spokane, Wash. A check totaling $3,830 will be presented to the organization on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 4:30 p.m. with representatives from Coeur d’Alene Casino and Toby’s BBQ in attendance.

The 2017 People’s Choice award went to Drummin Up BBQ who’s charity of choice, Running W Ranch Therapeutic Riding Center, will receive $500.

The Inlander Local Celebrity Barbecue Duel featuring KXLY’s Mark Peterson of Good Morning Northwest and Kristi Gorenson of Newsradio 920 ended in a tie, their charities, Boys and Girls Club of Spokane and Girls on the Run of Spokane County, will each receive $250.

The event featured music from The Powers Band and was emceed by Jamie Patrick of 93.7 The Mountain. The annual cook-off would not be possible with out the help of the Inlander, TicketsWest, 93.7 The Mountain, Wallace Brewing, Spiceologist, Food Services of America and Seaboard foods.

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Since 1993, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe has operated the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel, located where sky greets Mt. Tch’mutpkwe, source of the St. Joe River, 25 miles from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.  The resort casino is among the largest employers in North Idaho employing between 1,000-1,200 depending on the season and contributing more than $33.3 million to education in the region since it opened.  Additionally, millions more have gone in support of a wide range of public projects, emergency relief, charities and programs in the Pacific Northwest. The property features 300 rooms and suites, seven distinct restaurants and lounges, 100,000 square feet of gaming space offering more than 1,600 video gaming machines, high stakes bingo and off-track betting, a 15,000 square foot luxury spa voted 1st for “Resort spas that deliver the Ahh Factor” by (2012), and Circling Raven Golf Club, an 18-hole, par 72 course acclaimed as a “Top 100” course by every major golf publication in the U.S.  Like Coeur d’Alene Casino on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.  For more information about Coeur d’Alene Casino, visit