The Avi Resort & Casino won two awards “Best Use of Secret Ingredient” and “Best Booth” awards at the Laughlin Nevada Chamber of Commerce’s 32nd annual Chefs Food Fest. The secret ingredient this year was passion fruit. This is the third year for a secret ingredient since its introduction in 2017 and the first year for a “Best Use of Secret Ingredient” award.

Taking home the first award for “Best Use of Secret Ingredient” was a team effort on the part of chefs James Hope and Felix Rodriguez. Together they developed the winning recipe “Passion Fruit Glazed Pork Loin”. James created a grilled pineapple, strawberry, melon, and passion fruit salsa that topped the pork loin that had been marinated by Felix in coconut milk, lime, brown sugar and soy sauce marinate. They experimented with many different versions of pork loin before they came across the winning recipe.

James Hope has been with the Avi for eight years, while Felix Rodriguez has been at the Avi four years. Combined they have over fifty years of cooking experience.

The overall theme of the event was “Flavors of the Islands” which was represented in the Avi’s booth decorations. The Avi’s booth created an island feel with exotic flowers, tropical fruit and sea shells cascading down the palm fronds covered tables. Food at the front of the booth was situated so the decorations at the front table and back table complimented the food the guests were being served. It is no wonder that with this attention to detail that the Avi took home the award for “Best Booth”.

About Avi Resort & Casino:

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The Avi Resort & Casino is located off the banks of the pristine Colorado River in the beautiful desert oasis of Laughlin, NV. A proud entity of the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe, the Avi is nestled on the Nevada, Arizona and California border.

The Avi offers guests a vast selection of entertainment options. Our Vegas style casino offers some of the top slot machines, 18 table games, Poker Room, William Hill Race & Sport Book, live Bingo, Keno and much more. Guest have access to our relaxing beach and pool, along with our stadium style movie theaters. We have it all at the Avi Resort & Casino.