Top 5 Cheese and
Wine/Liquor Pairings

“Cheese is fulfilling to eat and full of flavor. It’s never boring,” says Rudie Smit, who owns Olsson’s Fine Foods with his wife, Jennifer. “All cheeses are different and the ongoing discovery process is truly fascinating. Learning about cheese is like uncovering a book full of stories – there’s a story behind the person who made the cheese, how they first made it and how the flavors developed over time,” he says. Hear all about these stories AND enjoy his gourmet cheese at the Princeton Wedding Showcase in March! In the meantime, learn the top 5 ways to pair cheese with wine/liquor with Rudie’s pro tips!

  1. Creamier cheeses love the subtle flavor of sparkling white wine. Délice de Bourgogne, a French triple cream cheese, goes well with champagne. This is Rudie’s favorite pairing.
  2. Red wine goes with harder cheeses such as Gouda, Manchego and Goat Milk Cheese. Carménère wine from Chile is fruity, not bitter nor tart, which pairs best with earthy and nutty cheeses.
  3. Malt Whiskey goes with 5 Year Aged Gouda. Rudie and his folks call it “Candy Cheese” because of its sweetness, butterscotch-caramel flavor and crunchy texture.
  4. Cheese with beer is a classic pairing that goes way back in Europe and has many variations… Here are a few!Rudie’s tips on pairing cheese with beer:
    • Stouts and porters go with smoked cheese.
    • Lagers go better with younger cheeses such as cheddar.
    • Crisp beer, just like white wine, goes with creamier cheeses.
  5. Delice de Jura is a pasteurized milk cheese. When melted, you can serve it on a spoon or spread it on crusty bread. This cheese pairs best with fruity red or white wine and is a great choice for weddings and parties, especially in the spring.

If this made you hungry, then it’s time to head over to Olsson’s Fine Foods and satisfy your cheese cravings! This gourmet cheese shop is only a walk away from our doorsteps, and we’re partnered together in various ways. Olsson’s specialty imported cheeses are available on our corporate, social and wedding menu packages. Cheese and entertaining also go hand-in-hand. If you’re newly engaged, don’t miss out on a chance to taste Olsson’s Gourmet Cheese at our Princeton Wedding Showcase on Sunday, March 19th! Pre-register for the event here. See you there!


About the AuthorLily Lee is the Marketing Assistant at the historical Nassau Inn. She graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Communications, minor in Digital Information & Media, and a passion for English and creative writing.

Tips for Great Engagement
Photos by Kyo Morishima Photography

Kyo and Janna are a husband-and-wife team who run Kyo Morishima Photography, a relaxed, documentary-style wedding photography studio based in central New Jersey. They were sponsors of our 2nd annual Princeton Wedding Showcase and one of our favorite photographers to work with! Here are their tips for great engagement photos.

  • Visit your happy place!
    Think of a place to go or an activity to do together that you makes you smile and feel happy. For instance, if you love being with your dog, go for a walk with your dog! Or if you love coffee, go to one of your favorite cafes. Or if you love playing games together, have a Jenga match!
  • Dress to make yourself happy
    Don’t worry too much about what type of clothes to wear. There are a few simple guidelines you should keep in mind: mid-tone, plain colors or very simple patterns look best; very dark or light colors or bold, big patterns can be challenging in photographs. But other than that, the important thing is to wear clothes that make YOU feel like you look great and are comfortable!
  • Cloudy, snowy, or misty weather can be just as beautiful as clear skies
    Don’t worry too much about the weather or the time of year. It’s possible to take great photos in most types of weather and at any time of year. But do check with your photographer about his or her policy regarding rescheduling the photo shoot if the weather is TOTALLY uncooperative (like, if it’s raining cats and dogs).
  • Schedule your photo session when the light is prettiest
    The best light for photos is very early in the day when the sun is rising, or late in the afternoon when the sun is setting. We often schedule engagement sessions to begin about two hours before sunset time.
  • Expect that it’ll take a bit of time to relax
    In the beginning of the photo shoot, you’ll probably feel a little stiff and weird. After all, you’re probably not used to being followed around by a photographer (unless you’re a professional model). That’s completely natural. Go with the flow and keep focusing on each other. Treat the photo session like a fun date.
  • Find a photographer with whom you connect
    It’s definitely important that you feel a rapport with your photographer. That’s one of the things you should pay attention to when you first meet each other. Do you have a good feeling about him or her? Can you have a conversation? Do you *like* him or her? If you connect with each other, that will have a big impact on how the pictures turn out. When you get along with your photographer, it will make it so much easier to relax in front of the camera.

On Sunday March 18th, join us for our 2018 Princeton Wedding Showcase!

Mary & Tim’s Wedding
April 2016

Love happens.
After meeting for the first time, and feeling an instant connection, Mary & Tim’s love for each other blossomed over the years. Here’s their story!Nassau Inn Wedding

“Tim and I have an interesting story- how much time do you have!” Mary says. “Tim is originally from Sydney, Australia and I’m from Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. We met in 2008 whilst I was traveling in Sydney for the summer before I started college. We instantly connected and became friends- and every year after that Tim came to New Jersey for various amounts of time: traveling, holidays, semester abroad, and then lastly in 2014 for a year when he got a job as the youth minister for St. David the King Catholic Church in Princeton. During that time was when we fell in love with Princeton. It’s charming and beautiful; every season in Princeton is magical. Walking around the town was our favourite thing to do. We especially loved the fall foliage and walking through the town looking at all the trees change colors, but when we saw the cherry blossom trees in spring, we knew we needed to get married in Princeton – so we chose the 15th of April, and the Nassau Inn was the perfect fit!”

“Mary and Tim are an adorable, laughable and lovable couple,” says Jaime Wolf, Catering Sales Manager. “They’re smiley, outgoing and so in love! It was a lot of fun being around them!”

“We loved every second of our wedding at the Nassau Inn. Everything was spectacular and made our day so special in a way we couldn’t have even imagined!” Mary says.

And now… a glimpse at Mary and Tim’s #BestDayEver!

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Beautiful wedding pictures courtesy of Melanie Reyes Photography!


About the AuthorLily Lee is the Marketing Assistant at the historical Nassau Inn. She graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Communications, minor in Digital Information & Media, and a passion for English and creative writing.

10 Things We Learned at the 2016 Princeton Wedding Showcase

Fall in love with Princeton!

On Sunday, March 19th, 2017, Nassau Inn will host a second annual Princeton Wedding Showcase! Experience a Princeton wedding through many interactive activities including a complimentary engagement photo shoot, live model fashion show, hair & makeup trials, live music entertainment, dancing, photo booths, groom’s corner, decoration and rental inspiration, food tastings, door prizes, giveaways, and much more!

Get a taste of what you’ll experience this year, with our compilation of 10 Things We Learned at the 2016 Princeton Wedding Showcase!

1. White weddings never go out of style

2. Overcast weather is actually the best light for photos!

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3. Rustic is not synonymous with barn wedding. You can have the rustic look with the elegance and convenience of a ball room.

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4. No matter what your fashion sense, all gowns blend seamlessly with the versatile settings of the Inn.

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5. Having a wedding downtown means having all the shopping and services you could possibly need at your finger-tips. On your wedding day the salon will come to you, no need to go anywhere!

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6. Stains in your gown can set rather quickly. Plan ahead and designate a person to take your gown to be preserved while you are on your honeymoon. Our seamstress also preserves gowns!

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7. Re-purposed wine barrels, crates, suitcases and more make for great wedding props and décor.

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8. You can rent anything you need to bring your vision to life. From sequin table cloths to vintage furniture, it’s all just a call away.

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9. Every man should own at least one good suit. What better keepsake of your special day than a custom tailored suit instead of a tuxedo!

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10. Your Happily Ever After Begins Here …

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We look forward to learning new things with you at the 2017 Princeton Wedding Showcase! Don’t forget to pre-register online to guarantee your engagement photo.

Visit PrincetonWeddingShow.com for all the details! See you there!

Sunday, March 19th, 2017.

Get Ready to Paint!

Kathleen Maguire Morolda - Princeton Paint Party

Art is a gateway to human connection, believes Kathleen Maguire Morolda, owner of Cranbury Station Gallery. “Isn’t it fascinating how strangers can find a common bond through art?” she questions. The action of painting can bring happiness to our souls, and help us unwind through creativity. “It’s no wonder our painting events are so popular,” she says.

Nassau Inn has partnered with Cranbury Station Gallery in more ways than one; no matter the occasion, there’s a paint package for you!

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  • Paint & Sip: Simply choose one of our reception package menus to accompany your party and select a private room suitable for all of your guests. There are 13 rooms to choose from accommodating groups as small as 4 and up to 200. Cranbury Station Gallery will bring the party to us — including paint, brushes, canvas, and step-to-step instructions.
  • Pre-Wedding Events: Not only are these parties a fun way for guests to get to know each other before the big day, but they are also ideal for showers and bachelorette parties! Top off a lunch or dinner package with a painting event, and you’ll create an unforgettable Princeton memory everyone can take home as a souvenir!
  • Team Building: Paint parties offer a way for corporate groups to de-stress after a productive day of meetings, and provide the perfect ambiance to let their inner creativity shine.
  • Princeton Travelers: Check the Cranbury Station Gallery calendar for their public paint events so you can get in on the fun—only steps away from our doors!

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Meet Kathleen Maguire Morolda, the owner, artist and mastermind behind Cranbury Station Gallery’s Paint Party. She and Susan Wright, Gallery & Production Manager, enjoy helping you create art that you can bring home, frame and hang on the wall, or gift to someone you love.

Express yourself through art. Pick up the brush & let your creativity flow!


About the AuthorLily Lee is the Marketing Assistant at the historical Nassau Inn. She graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Communications, minor in Digital Information & Media, and a passion for English and creative writing.

 

Nassau Inn’s Year of New Traditions & New beginnings!

2016 was our year of new traditions and new beginnings! Here’s a glance at our year in review. We hope to be part of your 2017 traditions!

Royalty takes over our Ballroom! – March

Two hundred and twenty five princesses and queens dressed to the nines took over our ballroom as part of the WPST Princess Brunch. A fabulous time was had by all, complete with two famous princess meet & greets, games and entertainment, dessert tasting and princess hair styling. Save the date for the next princess brunch on March 5th – Tune into WPST for more details.

Guests Experience a Princeton Wedding at a Showcase unlike any other! – March

Nassau Inn and Hamilton Jewelers presented a truly interactive showcase unlike any other at the inaugural Princeton Wedding Showcase. The live model fashion show allowed brides to interact with the models and ask questions, dance lessons, food tastings, hair and makeup trials, floral displays and engagement photo shoots were just some of activities guests were encouraged to take part in. With over 30 vendors and 200+ guests, it was a great first annual showcase!
Save the Date for 2017! Sunday, March 19!

The Yankee Doodle Tap Room Gets a Face-Lift – April

The Yankee Doodle Tap Room received a face-lift. Enjoy all the historical features in our brightened atmosphere. Now taking reservations online!

Lori Rabon Named Vice President of Palmer Square Management – May

Nassau Inn’s General Manager of over 20 years Lori Rabon was named Vice President of Palmer Square Properties! Rabon still holds her position as General Manager of the Nassau Inn. She was honored at the Toast to Tourism awards ceremony this September when she received the Salute to Service Award from the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, for all she has contributed to tourism in this region!

NFL football players make an appearance at JaZams Summer Block Party – June

Jason Garret, a Princeton University Alumni, accompanied by several Dallas Cowboy players and coaches, took the opportunity to meet local fans at the JaZams summer Block party. They were in town for his annual Starfish Charities PLAY IT SMART Football Camp and Leadership Forum held at Princeton University, Nassau Inn is a sponsor of the camp.

Nassau Inn’s #BestDayEver Wedding Packaged Introduced – July

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This all-inclusive package makes planning your dream wedding effortless, with customized floral centerpieces (from Kristin Rockhill), valet parking, upgraded rental linens and chairs, and many more offerings including preferred pricing with our favorite vendors (such as Kyo Morishima!), this package IS your dream wedding handed to you and all for under $200 per person.

Breakfast with Santa – December

You could hear the bells ringing as Santa made his way down the halls. He serenaded the crowd filled with children of all ages as he played the ukulele. From his grand entrance right up until his exit the children were mesmerized by our special guest. The day was magical for all who attended and guest not only got to meet with Santa but also received a special gift (donated by Hamilton Jewelers). Author Simone Mets, was on hand signing her book A Very Christmas that was given to each child. Both seatings were sold out so book early next year because Santa will be back!

It has been a great year at the Nassau Inn! We loved making new friends and sharing traditions with you! Happy New Year from our family to yours, we look forward to seeing you in 2017!  


About the AuthorLily Lee is the Marketing Assistant at the historical Nassau Inn. She graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Communications, minor in Digital Information & Media, and a passion for English and creative writing.

“Twas the Night
Before Christmas”

Lori Rabon is the Vice President of Palmer Square. She has been at the Inn for over thirty years and has been Nassau Inn’s General Manager for the last twenty years. She is married, the mother of 5 children and will celebrate Christmas this year with her new grandson! Here’s a glimpse at Lori Rabon’s holiday traditions, as told by her daughter, Loren Shelton.

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Lori reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas” to her family

“Growing up, Christmas with the family was always our favorite day! As the oldest child of 5 and one of 10 cousins, Christmas was as chaotic as it was a blast!” said Loren. “On Christmas Eve, we always put on our Sunday’s best and went to church for the 5 o’ clock mass. This was the mass that included the children’s Christmas Play. Being in our family, which had so many children, there was always a family member acting! And you bet, our family was always the most obnoxious singers when it came to ‘Go Tell It on the Mountain!’

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After church, the entire family would head back to Nanny and Poppy’s house for dinner. Nanny always made her famous beef bourguignon. When we were done eating, each child got to open ONE present under the tree. We would all try to figure out which was the one gift we wanted the most and asked for. When finished opening gifts, we’d all race to the car because we had to get home and get to bed before Santa Claus came!

Loren’s grandfather during present time!

Once we got home, there was no going to bed just yet. Mom had other plans for us. We would all get into our Christmas pajamas and find our spot on the couch next to mom. She read us “Twas the night before Christmas.” When we were younger, this wasn’t always our favorite, in fact, we thought it was kind of silly. Who reads to their 15 year old kid?! However, after all this time, this is still a tradition, and a favorite at that! My sister and I have moved away and live with our significant others, my brothers are now in their twenties, but every year, no matter what our plans are, we go to moms for the reading of ‘Twas the night before Christmas.’

Christmas morning, we wake up at or now drive to moms (in our matching pajamas still, of course!) where we open our stockings, and then one present at a time in order of youngest to oldest, followed by breakfast with Nanny and Poppy. After breakfast we all go to Nanny and Poppy’s house and open our other stockings there and then our gifts. Before Christmas day dinner, the family gathers around and sings Christmas carols. Nanny spends hours in the kitchen making a delicious dinner for the entire family and we spend hours at the dinner table thanking God for our loved ones and spending quality time together.

Loren and family

While some of our traditions may seem a little childish to some, I can’t put into words how thankful I am for these special memories.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight…


 About the Author: Loren Shelton is a server at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room, and Lori Rabon’s daughter. Every year, Loren relives her favorite childhood memory with her mother’s reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’.

Mariela Blanco’s
Family Holiday

For over 23 years, Mariela Blanco has been an intricate part of the Nassau Inn family. As the Director of Sales, she a supporter of working in a close-knit team environment and building upon the longevity of the staff. To Mariela, family and tradition go hand in hand – whether that be her work family or immediate family.

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Mariela, her son & daughter

Her “family first” mentality runs in her Uruguayan blood where she is originally from, and while most of her family is from South America, she moved to the United States with her parents and sister many years back. She dedicates the holidays to celebrating with her family every year and instilling those same family values in her children.

After attending church as a family, they celebrate the holidays at Mariela’s house for her specialty cocktail reception full of festive foods, champagne and wine!

It is tradition for her family members to go around the table with celebratory recognition towards each other’s’ accomplishments. “We’re big on giving cheers to everyone’s successes. I’m very proud of my daughter and son!” she said. Her son is a sophomore at Montclair State University and her daughter will be attending college next year. She recently performed in her last Nutcracker which she has been dancing in for years. They end the night with a gift exchange.

Mariela and Family

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Nassau Inn EOC Family: Nick Ballas (Director of Rooms), Frank O’Reilly (Director of Operations), Lori Rabon (General Manager & Palmer Square Vice President), Mariela Blanco (Director of Sales)

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Mariela moved to the shore recently, and her decorations are a fun holiday beach theme!

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Mariela and her daughter, Daniela, with their two beloved dogs, Sophia & Buddy!

Cheers to the holidays. Wishing you lots of joy and peace!


About the AuthorLily Lee is the Marketing Assistant at the historical Nassau Inn. She graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Communications, minor in Digital Information & Media, and a passion for English and creative writing.

Nassau Inn’s Traditional
Chocolate Chip Cookies

Courtesy of our Chefs – Here’s the insider recipe for the Nassau Inn’s Traditional Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Nassau Inn Traditional Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup butter (room temperature)
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup brown sugar
½ tsp. salt
1 tbsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. vanilla
3 eggs
3 2/5 all-purpose flour
1/3 cup oatmeal
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 cup chocolate chips
½ cup walnut pieces

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375ºF.

In a mixing bowl, cream butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar on low speed. Add salt, cinnamon, vanilla, and whole eggs. Mix until smooth. Add ½ of the flour to mixture, with all the baking powder, mix until smooth, then add remaining flour to batter, repeat. Finally, add remaining ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Remove from mixing bowl, and scoop onto a lightly greased baking sheet.

Bake in 375ºF oven for 14-18 minutes, or until they’re ready.

Tip: chill the cookie dough (for as little as 30 minutes, and up to several days) for more flavor and texture.

Gift idea: bake for friends & family. Make cookies into fun shapes using cookie cutters. Wrap cookies in treat bags to share the love.

Happy Holidays! Nassau Inn Traditional Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Hope you enjoyed our Nassau Inn cookie recipe. Now, get baking!


About the AuthorLily Lee is the Marketing Assistant at the historical Nassau Inn. She graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Communications, minor in Digital Information & Media, and a passion for English and creative writing.

Nicole & Christine’s Wedding
August 22nd, 2015

Nicole and Christine are sweethearts who go a long way back. “We definitely don’t have a typical love story,” Nicole said. “We attended the same small grade school and high school, and had a lot of mutual friends and activities during that time, so we were in each other’s lives for almost 20 years before we became a couple.

We were both cast in an alumni summer theater production at our old high school. We were friendly with each other, but not quite friends until we volunteered to work on the costume committee together. Several costuming weekends (and a few drinks) later, we were inseparable. We quickly realized we both wanted our relationship to turn into something more. Christine proposed during a trip to Disney World, and shortly after, we decided to hold our wedding at the beautiful Nassau Inn.

Aside from being an overall wonderful town, Princeton has always been a special place for us. We both grew up taking day trips to the shops and restaurants in Palmer Square with our respective families, and since we got together, we’ve loved coming down here for date nights. Nassau Inn was the first wedding venue we toured, and as soon as we stepped inside and met with Melissa, we knew we didn’t have to look any further.

Our friends and family still tell us what a great time they had at our wedding. Thank you for helping us make our big day so special!”

Not only are Nicole and Christine an extremely sweet and vibrant couple, but they are also an inspiration to Melissa Dill, our Sales & Catering Manager. “Nicole and Christine are great people, and made working here so wonderful! They’re the reason why I’m here,” said Melissa.

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Catch a glimpse at Nicole and Christine’s wedding day!


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Photographs by: Hurricane Productions


About the AuthorLily Lee is the Marketing Assistant at the historical Nassau Inn. She graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Communications, minor in Digital Information & Media, and a passion for English and creative writing.