ROHNERT PARK, Calif. – Sonoma County’s Graton Resort & Casino, the 200-room, 65-acre resort with a full-service gaming experience, today announced the debut of its new chef-inspired dim sum menu at Boathouse Asian Eatery. The Boathouse – created by partners Catherine Do, Hans Mogensen and Executive Chef Tu Do and one of Graton’s four upscale, full-service restaurants – introduces the new menu by Master Dim Sum Chef Pit-fun Li this week ahead of a formal launch on Sunday, Dec. 1. A full dim sum menu is available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Prices range from $6.50 to $8.50 for many of the most popular dishes. Media are invited to experience the new menu and meet the team.
“Dim sum has been among our most requested cuisines, so we’re excited to bring this amazing experience to our guests,” said Do. “We’re delighted to have Chef Pitt Li on board for this special launch as he creates dishes that emphasize the use of natural ingredients which brings out the classic dim sum flavor profile without using MSG.”
The Boathouse and Dim Sum
Dim sum is prepared as small bite-sized portions of food, served in steamer baskets or on small plates. The cuisine is commonly viewed as Cantonese, although other varieties exist. Among Chef Pit’s signature dishes are the House-Roasted Duck and Shao Lung Bao (soup dumplings). Shao Lung Bao are prepared using just the right amount of broth and the traditional dumpling “pinch” to secure them in place before they hit the steamer.
Sample dim sum menu dishes available at the Boathouse Asian Eatery
- Har gow dumplings, with dough made from scratch
- Shrimp & pork shumai
- Noodle roll in Chinese donut
- Char sui pork pastry: an Asian meat pie made with a flaky, crusty dough and savory sweet BBQ pork filling
- Hong Kong daikon cake: a classic dim sum dish
- Egg custard bao: a soft bao dessert with a creamy sweet egg custard center
About Master Dim Sum Chef Pit-fun Li
Born in Hong Kong, Chef Pit began his culinary career as an apprentice under Master Dim Sum Chef Han Rong Li at the Guangzhou Restaurant Group in China when he was just 17 years old. He then joined the East Ocean Gourmet Group, where he served as head chef for their dim sum department. During his tenure, East Ocean Gourmet Group was featured in media outlets including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal as serving some the best classic Cantonese cuisine in Hong Kong.
Graton Resort & Casino
Since its debut in 2013, Graton Resort & Casino has welcomed more than 10 million guests through its doors. In addition to its 3,000 slot and video poker machines, Graton’s full-service gaming experience also includes more than 130 table games and live poker.
A popular destination for meeting, events and banquets, the resort features a customizable, 20,000 sq. ft., multi-use special events center. It’s not all business at Graton, however. The Spa & Salon offers 10,000 sq. ft. of high-quality treatments and services. The 1,200 sq. ft. health club offers cardiovascular and strength-training equipment, while the 148,000-gallon swimming pool features such amenities as a bar, pool-side dining, cabanas and lounge chairs.
Graton Resort & Casino offers guests several dining options at multiple price points. These include: 630 Park Steakhouse (fine-dining steak and seafood, with an extensive wine list); Tony’s of North Beach (recently awarded “Best Pizzeria in America” by Forbes); Daily Grill (classic, fresh American fare); Boathouse Asian Eatery and a collection of quick-serve restaurants in the Marketplace. These eight casual spots serve everything from burritos to burgers to noodle soups.
Guests can get a good night’s sleep in one of 200 upscale hotel rooms and suites. The 515 sq. ft. rooms, designed with modern and contemporary décor, include either one king or two double beds and 320-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets.
Guests can also enjoy a range of entertainment options at the resort, which hosts more than 50 entertainment events in The Ballroom each year. From local artists to some of the biggest names in music and entertainment, guests regularly fill The Ballroom to see such recent acts as comedian Ken Jeong, Boyz II Men and LeAnn Rimes. Nelly and REO Speedwagon are among the entertainers slated to perform in early 2020. The 360-degree, high-energy Sky bar hosts a live DJ on Friday and Saturday nights, while 630 Park Steakhouse and G Bar both feature live entertainment seven days a week.
About Graton Resort & Casino
Located in Sonoma County, Graton Resort & Casino has a commanding presence amongst rolling hills of Northern California’s wine country. Owned and operated by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, Graton Resort & Casino features table games, the latest slot machines, upscale and casual dining, plus multiple entertainment options. 200 hotel rooms and suites offer guests modern, contemporary décor and amenities including 320-thread-count Egyptian cotton linens and upscale amenities. Owned by the Graton Economic Development Authority, the Resort & Casino employs a full-time staff of nearly 2,000, making it one of Sonoma County’s largest private employers. For more information, please visit www.gratonresortcasino.com.