Masselow's Restaurant Receives Esteemed AAA Four Diamond Award for 2011

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SPOKANE, Wash., Jan. 12, 2011 /CNW/ -- Masselow's Restaurant at Northern Quest Resort & Casino has been awarded the prestigious Four Diamond Restaurant Award from AAA for 2011. Receiving the AAA Four Diamond Award less than a year after opening is a reflection of Masselow's exceptional quality and service.

Masselow's opened along with a $200 million hotel expansion in January of 2010. Modeled after the caves on the Kalispel Reservation, the restaurant offers guests an earthy, traditional ambiance. Servers greet patrons in the Kalispel's native Salish language while offering a gift from the Kalispel people in the form of a amuse bouche.

"During the early development of the menu it was imperative that we understood the culinary influences of the tribe," says Scott Miller, executive sous chef at Northern Quest Resort & Casino. "Only then were we able to represent the communal, seasonal and natural beauty of the regional cuisine. Based in a tradition of excellence, our service and culinary teams are truly honored to be counted amongst the Northwest's finest experiences in finer dining."

Chief Masselow was the Tribe's leader, who was pressured by the U.S. Government to move the Tribe away from their native homeland to a distant reservation. Under his steady and peaceful leadership, the besieged Tribe stayed together. Masselow retired in 1912, two years before the Tribe received its reservation through an executive order by President Woodrow Wilson.

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    About Northern Quest Resort & Casino
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You've got to see this place! As the only tribally-owned Four Diamond resort in the Inland Northwest and one of 27 lodgings and six restaurants in the entire state to receive this recognition, Northern Quest Resort & Casino welcomes visitors with a contemporary urban setting and 250 luxurious guest rooms and suites. Be pampered in the upscale spa and salon. Satisfy your hunger at one of 14 restaurants offering everything from burgers to fine dining. Cheer on your favorite team on the largest HDTV screen (measuring 30 X 10 feet) east of the Cascades. Or try your luck with true Las Vegas-style gaming, enjoy world-class entertainment. You can even schedule your next event, professional or personal, with our event and banquet services. Discover more about Northern Quest Resort & Casino at www.northernquest.com

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    About the Kalispel Tribe of Indians
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Once one of the poorest Native American tribes in the U.S., the Kalispel Tribe of Indians is now one of the top ten private employers in the region. The historically humble and hospitable Tribe operates Northern Quest Resort & Casino, the region's premier destination resort. Tribal health and social service programs, supported by the Resort, have increased the quality and life expectancy for Tribal members and surrounding communities near the Tribe's reservation along the Pend Oreille River. The Tribe also has a number of other business enterprises, provides a total of 2,000 jobs, and has donated over $5 million to regional non-profit organizations. Find out more about the Kalispel Tribe's rich cultural history and their progression at www.kalispeltribe.com.

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SOURCE Northern Quest Resort

For further information: Anna Haugen, Marketing and Communications Coordinator of Northern Quest Resort & Casino, +1-509-481-6168, ahaugen@northernquest.com Web Site: http://www.northernquest.com http://www.kalispeltribe.com

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