Meet the Chef – Nino LoCascio

If you’ve eaten in the Yankee Doodle Tap Room within the past 11 months, then you’ve experienced the culinary delights of Chef Nino LoCascio. Not only are his dishes delicious, but they’re visually beautiful – they have to be since we ‘eat with our eyes first.’

Trained at The Restaurant School of Philadelphia at Walnut Hill College, Chef Nino’s always had an interest in creating food people enjoy eating, a trait he inherited from his parents who owned and operated a bakery in Northern, NJ – where he’s from.

After graduating, Chef Nino went to work in establishments in Philadelphia as well as NJ where he perfected his craft. And now, his resume resembles a “who’s who’ in the culinary world. His dishes have appeared in restaurants, hotels, and country clubs where celebrities like Donald Trump and famous athletes often dined. He even opened his own restaurant named Nino’s Trattoria, which he later sold and ultimately led him to the Tap Room where he’s been satisfying the bellies of our patrons. Here, he leads a team of talented cooks who cater to guests every need.

(Pictured L-R) Back row: German Inoteye, Manual Torres, Chef Nino LoCascio, Michael Rabenowitz. Front row: Edward Popp, Susan Carson

“The best part about doing what I do is seeing the reaction from people after enjoying a meal I created,” said the Chef.

In addition to helming the kitchen, Chef Nino likes to participate in community events. He’s hosted tasting nights where he’s won over attendees with his charm and good bites.

Although Chef Nino spends a lot of time developing menus and plating great food, he does enjoy life outside of the kitchen as well. In his spare time, he likes spending time with his Italian family with whom he’s very close; he enjoys being outdoors – fishing and hunting, spending time at the beach, having a BBQ and/or cocktails with friends; he’s also a big traveler – going to Sicily as often as he can!

Whether he’s preparing savory or sweet dishes (he’s also a trained pastry chef), Chef Nino’s goal is simple: prepare delicious meals using fresh ingredients in interesting ways. If you haven’t tried one of the Chef’s meals, we invite you to come in! And if you have, we invite you to return! Ask your server to meet the man behind your meal – you’ll be glad you did.

By: Lauren Scarpa

The Social Media Powerhouse

Are you Following, Friending, Tweeting, Checking-in, Pinning, Adding, Blogging, or Circling? If you’re signed up on any form of social media platform, you sure are… Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Foursquare, Pinterest, LinkdIn, Blogs, Google+, oh my!

Who really thought that our dependency on technology and its capabilities would be where it is today? Over the past 5 years alone, social media’s grasp on the public exploded. What was once a way to keep in touch with family and friends has now become a powerhouse of branding and recognition.

Just how powerful is social media? Well, ordinary people become huge celebrities (Justin Beiber), products launch with overwhelming success (iPad, iPhone, heck… any new Apple product), important causes receive recognition (Susan G. Komen, ASPCA), newsworthy topics spread like wildfire (Alec Baldin/Words with Friends, Kevin Smith/Southwest Airlines), new recipes revolutionize the blogosphere (Pioneer Woman).

According to the Pew Research Center, 66% of adults are using some form of social media and those numbers continue to rise. Raise your hand if your mom or dad is on Facebook! In comparison, Internet Initiatives, states that 77% of companies use social media as an integral part of their sales and marketing. Numbers don’t lie and neither do results.

The impact is greater than anyone ever expected and people are figuring out how to use it to the best advantage, especially with the potential to captivate audiences not previously reached. It’s introduced us to brands we may not have heard of but now love!

One brand that enraptured me through social media is Lululemon Athletica. Lucky for me, it’s conveniently located right on Nassau Street, a mere 5 minute walk from the Nassau Inn; unlucky for my wallet though.

Anyone else have a similar story? Do tell!

Bottom line, make social media work for you and remember to participate! Share links and posts, retweet, check in, and most of all, comment! Feedback provides the platform for improvement.

It doesn’t matter if you’re new to the social media world or a seasoned veteran, there’s something in it for everyone. The best part about using social media is that it benefits you, the customers.

If you follow your favorite stores, restaurants, or brands, you are capable of finding out about:
Upcoming sales – Who doesn’t love a good sale?
Specials or promotions – Yankee Doodle Tap Room lunch and dinner specials!
Entertainment – Favorite musician coming to town or an art exhibit coming to a venue near you.
New trends – Tablets vs. computers or smart phones vs. smarter phones.

Oh, and don’t forget to follow the Nassau Inn (@Nassauinn) on Facebook and Twitter. We have a lot of new updates coming regarding construction, plus the Yankee Doodle Tap Room has exciting activities and specials coming that you won’t want to miss out on!

Are you Following?

(See what I did there?) See you in the social media world!

By: Lauren Scarpa