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Sandia Casino’s Council Room cooks up a beer dinner

A view of the gaming floor at Sandia Resort & Casino. (Courtesy of Sandia Resort & Casino)

A view of the gaming floor at Sandia Resort & Casino. (Courtesy of Sandia Resort & Casino)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Winning big at area casinos is always a good way to start or end your day, but sometimes its nice to stop and savor what these casinos have to offer off the gaming floor.

On Wednesday, June 25, Sandia Resort & Casino is giving you the opportunity to do just that. It is offering a four-course beer dinner inside its casual but classy The Council Room Restaurant & Bar.

The event is presented by Council Room chef Steve Trujillo and Alaskan Brewing Company in celebration of the beginning of summer.

The dinner begins with fire-roasted red peppers, melted leeks, cream-cheese crostini and kalamata olives paired with Alaskan Amber. It will be followed by beer-battered jumbo white Mexican shrimp on frisee with chipolte soy dressing paired with Alaskan Icy Bay IPA.

A New York strip steak entree with fried oyster and chocolate bacon will be paired with Alaskan Oatmeal Stout. The grand finale will consist of raspberry cheese tart, caramel and housemade vanilla bean ice cream paired with Alaskan limited edition Smoked Porter.

The beer dinner begins at 7 p.m. and is $39 per person. Reservations are required. Call 796-7500 to reserve your spot.

If you cannot attend the beer dinner, the Council Room is always a great place to visit. It offers a restaurant area where you can sit and enjoy a good meal and offers a spacious bar area where you can enjoy a cold beer and tasty appetizers or entrees. I highly suggest the hot wings. They are a favorite of mine. I also enjoy The Council Room’s mountain of nachos. If you order the nachos, be sure to invite a friend because the portion is more than plentiful.

Sandia also rewards its guests for patronizing its eateries. All Peak Rewards Club members get 10 times the points for every dollar spent in a cash or credit transaction for food and beverage purchases, with the exception of alcohol purchases. Guests must present their player’s card during the transaction to earn points.

If you’re not a member, sign up and receive $25 free slot play or $25 in table games free play as well as three times the points on the day you sign up.

ISLETA RESORT & CASINO: Mark June 29 on your calendar because that is when Isleta is holding its “Rapid Rollover” event. Every 30 minutes a name will be drawn for $1,000 cash from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. If the prize is not claimed within seven minutes, the drawing amount rolls over every hour.

The promotion might be on June 29, but it always pays to play at Isleta. Any day you play your favorite slot machine, table games, bingo or poker and you earn 100 points, you can swipe your Eagle’s Players Club card at any promotional kiosk to win instant cash or drawing entries.

Isleta loves its seniors and has reserved Wednesdays to thank them for their patronage. All Isleta Eagle Club members age 50 and over can swipe their cards daily from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at any promotional kiosk for a seat in the free slot tournament that takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be 25 guaranteed winners on Wednesdays. Also, seniors can enter to win $250 at 4 p.m. every Wednesday with their slot tournament entry.

Seniors who head over to Isleta’s sister casino Palace West will be able to take part in $50 hourly drawings from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. All seniors also will receive $5 in free slot play from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Be part of “Summertime Bingo” from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 21. A $10 All You Can Play pays $1,000. The $2 Summertime game pays $1,000. There also will be four $250 cash drawings for a total of $1,000 to be given away.

As a reminder, the bingo hall will be closed on June 28.

SKY CITY CASINO HOTEL: Make the scenic drive to Sky City and enjoy the Table Game Spin every day in June and July. Sky City table games are giving patrons a chance to win $100 to $1,000 cash every day this month and next month. Carded patrons playing selected table games from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. will have a chance to spin and win at 10:30 p.m.

Seniors age 50 and older who make the drive on Fridays to Sky City receive $20 in free play when they earn 400 points. Seniors also can enter the $100 cash drawings held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Friday. Hungry seniors also receive $4 off their breakfast or lunch off the menu or at the buffet.

For more promotions and Sky City information, visit