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Foxwoods Resort Casino Names Christina Clifton as Vice President of Food and Beverage

MASHANTUCKET, CT. August 30, 2017 - Foxwoods® Resort Casino, the premier resort destination in the Northeast, today announced that Christina Clifton has joined the team as Vice President of Food and Beverage. Clifton brings over two decades of culinary expertise in the luxury hotel and casino industries to the resort.

“Christina’s vast knowledge of the food and beverage industry specific to resort casinos is exactly what we’re looking for to continue growing our culinary footprint here at Foxwoods,” said Felix Rappaport, President & CEO of Foxwoods. “Her creativity and keen attention to detail will prove invaluable when elevating all aspects of our food and beverage offerings, and we look forward to even more unparalleled dining experiences under her leadership.”

With an extensive understanding of wine, mixology and the culinary arts, Clifton has held multiple leadership roles throughout her career. Most recently, she was the founder and CEO of FishFork, LLC where she oversaw the development of all projects and openings for Sugar Factory American Brasserie.

Prior to developing her own business, Clifton was the Vice President of Food and Beverage at the ARIA Resort and Casino from 2009 to 2012, the Vice President of Food and Beverage at the Mirage Resort and Casino from 2003 to 2009 and the Director of Food and Beverage for Four Seasons Hotel locations in Washington D.C., San Francisco, California and Austin, Texas from 1990 to 2003.

As Foxwoods’ Vice President of Food and Beverage, Clifton will be responsible for the overall leadership in design, implementation and execution of the resort’s food and beverage operational standards and procedures. Her responsibilities will include developing new food and beverage concepts, selecting food and beverage products, developing new menus and ensuring the highest level of guest satisfaction in relation to restaurants, catering, banquets and room service.

“I am both humbled and excited to join the stellar leadership team at Foxwoods Resort Casino,” said Clifton. “Home to some of the finest restaurants and chefs the industry has to offer, I look forward to leveraging my experience within luxury hotels and casinos to further develop and solidify Foxwoods as a leader in culinary hospitality.”

About Foxwoods Resort Casino

Since 1992, Foxwoods Resort Casino has offered guests The Wonder Of It All as the premier resort destination in the Northeast. As the largest resort casino in North America, Foxwoods offers a vast array of gaming in seven casinos; AAA Four-Diamond hotels, restaurants from gourmet to quick service, world-renowned spas, award-winning golf, state-of-the-art theaters, exclusive retailers and free-to-play online casino games at FoxwoodsONLINE.com. Foxwoods is owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and was the first full-service casino built on tribal land, pioneering a nationwide movement that now includes more than 400 gaming properties owned and operated by over 200 tribes across the U.S. For more information on Foxwoods and the property’s 25th anniversary celebrations, visit foxwoods.com.

Megan Gaffney

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