Member Spotlight: Casino Del Sol Resort is an oasis in the desert for locals to stay and play

Casino Del Sol Resort 2011Only 20 minutes from Tucson’s downtown, Casino Del Sol Resort provides an oasis of food, comfort and entertainment. If you haven’t been lately, you may have missed the beautiful new hotel, spa and pool as well as recent changes to the award winning restaurants. An enterprise of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Casino Del Sol Resort reinvests the majority of profits directly back into  nearby communities. “We create local jobs and opportunities,” comments CMO, Steve Neely. “the Pascua Yaqui Tribe is very proud of what we have built here.” CDSG-4308-FinalIn addition to using profits to build nearby community health centers, nutrition programs, recreation centers and Head Start programs for younger children, Casino Del Sol Resort has an impressive record of charitable giving in the Tucson area. The resort has made contributions to well over 60 Tucson nonprofits. Organizations supported include fellow Local First Arizona members Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, Reid Park Zoological Society, Tucson Museum of Art, Children's Museum Tucson and many others. Neely points out that the Pascua Yaqui Tribe has a very long history in the Tucson area. “They are the original locals,” he states. “This is where their grandparents lived and where their children go to school. Unlike other companies our size might, we aren’t going to pack up and move. This is our home.” Casino Del Sol Resort and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe cares deeply about seeing the local community prosper and succeed. “The community’s success is our success,” says Neely.

CDSR-Cocktails(0552)Neely and Property Mixologist, Aaron DeFeo are both enthusiastic about participating in the upcoming SAVOR Food + Wine Festival on February 7th. Chef Erik Savin, of Casino Del Sol Resort’s Forbes Four Star Award Winning PY Steakhouse, will be presenting a Grgich Hills Chocolate Truffle Pop paired with Grgich Hills Cabernet & Chardonnay. Casino Del Sol Resort’s newest restaurant, Ume, will be featuring a Mango Sushi Roll & Dragon Sushi Roll along with Momokawa Junmai Ginjo Sake. Mixologist DeFeo has something special planned as well. “We’ll be showcasing botanical cocktails to fit in with the botanical theme at the gardens,” comments DeFeo. “I want to demonstrate to people how the flash infusions of fresh herbs and botanicals affects the flavors of the cocktails.” DeFeo comments that they use local ingredients wherever they can in many of the cocktails he creates. He feels it creates a very special experience for both locals and visitors. “It’s good for out of town guests to really get a taste of Tucson by trying these products.” Casino Del Sol Resort also features a “Drink Local Happy Hour” with half off Arizona spirits, beer and wine.

Whether it’s an overnight spa staycation with your valentine at the 4 diamond hotel, a great day of golfing, a casino night out for gaming or live concerts at the AVA Amphitheater, with plenty of amenities including, eight restaurants and six bars and cocktail lounges, Casino Del Sol Resort is a great place for locals to play.