Mother’s Day 2018

As Mother’s Day approaches this Sunday, May 13th, our staff would like to say thank you to all the important ladies out there by sharing the most important lessons learned from their moms and what they’re doing to celebrate this year!

Here’s what they said…

“The most important thing I have learned from my mother is how to be strong, and how to be compassionate towards others. She and I have been through so much together since I was little. And seeing how she has dealt with everything life has thrown at her has truly taught me how to handle life with strength, grace and perseverance. She also taught me that strength is not always about looking strong, but about knowing when it is okay to breakdown too. It takes a strong person to show their emotions. Through it all, she has always been compassionate towards others. No matter the hard times, she always figured out a way to lend a helping hand, give a hug, or just be a listening ear. This year, my husband and I are going to make my mother a dinner of her choice, as well as dessert, and just watch movies with her. We value the close knit family time. Family always comes first.” – Stephanie Nichols, Sales Assistant

“The most important thing I’ve learned from my mother is friendship. She was the first person I looked up to growing up and I always wanted to be like her. My Mother’s Day weekend is very special this year as both my children will be graduating college. My youngest son graduates on May 12th and my oldest graduates on May 13th and the best thing about it is that my mom will be there with me to congratulate them.” – Annetta Hall, Reservation Manager


“The most important thing I’ve learned from my mother is not to stress over things that you cannot control. I’ll go over my Ma’s house on Mother’s Day with flowers, of course, and then we will go out for lunch somewhere and have a few beers.”
– Kyle Pitts, Conference Services Manager

“My mother has taught me so many things. I think the saying that sticks in my head the most that she taught me was ‘Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.’ This Mother’s Day I plan on going to my parents’ house after work and planting flowers for my mother in her garden. It’s kind of been a yearly tradition. She loves her flowers and I love gardening. Afterwards we will have a nice dinner with my father.”  – Kevin Bradstreet, Housekeeping Supervisor

“Faith, and that is all you need. I plan to eat delicious food, relax and read a book, and spend time with my family.” – Anastasia Killough, Director of Human Resources

“The most important thing that my mom taught me is how important it is to self-educate and how important family is. This year we will plant my garden on Mother’s Day with my daughter and husband.” – Jaime Wolf, Associate Director of Catering

What are your most important lessons learned? Remember to share these with mom (perhaps, over a delicious and celebratory meal)! We are still taking reservations for Mother’s Day brunch with seatings at 11am, 1pm & 3pm.

See the Menu | Make Reservations: 609-688-2600

YankeeDoodleTapRoom.com

New Spring Menu 2018

Guest written by Princeton Polly

The Yankee Doodle Tap Room has a long-standing tradition as Princeton’s destination for gastro pub dining which is now presenting its new Spring menu!  As a gastro pub-style restaurant, the Yankee Doodle Tap Room strives to provide a higher-end pub food, using local and seasonal products. Executive Chef Dontea Johnson goes all-out to “raise the bar on presentation while also keeping up with trends.”

Some new seasonal menu highlights include: Ahi Tuna Nachos (Lunch & Dinner) Ahi tuna, wonton chips, avocado, wasabi aioli, pickled cucumber, red onion, pickled ginger, sesame seeds. 

Pork Tacos (Lunch) Pulled pork, Red Dragon Cheddar, house-made giardiniera (banana peppers, onion, celery), saffron rice.

Summer Burratta Salad (Lunch & Dinner) Arugula, grilled apricots, pistachios, honey balsamic syrup.

#YDTR Burger (Lunch & Dinner) Classic Nassau burger mix, Red Dragon Cheddar, jalapeno tomato bacon jam, frizzled onions, pickle, toasted brioche roll, French fries. 

Plus, we’re bringing back our fan favorites of our House Smoked Pork Ribs (Dinner).

Crab, Corn and Avocado Salad (Lunch & Dinner).

Plantain, Saffron Rice, Black Beans (Lunch & Dinner) Fried egg, Pico de Gallo, cilantro, guacamole sour cream.

Pan Seared Scallops (Dinner) Saffron rice, eggplant, pepper, onion, citrus burr blanc.  

Last but certainly not least our Tap Room Nachos Platter (Lunch & Dinner) Pulled pork, Pico de Gallo, lettuce, Monterey Jack, black olives, pickled jalapenos, chipotle sour cream, tortilla chips.

Don’t forget to wash that down with His & Her Drinks; Brojito Bourbon, lemon, mint, simple syrup, and a splash of sour mix & Strawberry Spring Fling Stoli Strawberry, St. Germain, club soda, basil extract, muddled strawberries, simple syrup.

Or there are over 19 world beers on tap with a variety of wines and other specialty drinks.

Seasonal seating is available alfresco style on our patio in the heart of Palmer Square.  Mark your calendar for Thursday, May 3rd with our Oskar Blues Tasting while listening to Hub Kings live music from 6-8pm, then kick off the weekend with The Polish Nannies live music on Thursday, May 10th from 7-10pm.

There’s always something happening from beer tastings to live music, please check our website for the most up to date event announcements!

www.yankeedoodletaproom.com

About the Author: Polly is a Princeton girl-about-town with a weakness for wine, shopping, and Banana Whips from the bent spoon. Read more of her posts here.

Top 10 Ways to Celebrate
Summer in Princeton

  1. Summer Photoshoot
    There’s no better place for a photoshoot than Princeton, where every street has an aesthetic backdrop. Breathe in the fresh summer air while you walk downtown and flaunt your style!Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Summer in PrincetonFeatured Princeton Fashionista: Lana Jayne
  2. Design at Dohm Alley
    The alley between Starbucks and Landau is being creatively transformed and will soon be the go-to spot for enjoying art during a coffee break. Dohm Alley’s latest designs include a moon gate, sculptures, art and poetry from English Romantic Poets.Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Summer in Princeton
  3. Swimming Pool Park
    Summertime living is sweeter when you go swimming! Lather on sunscreen, put on your favorite swimsuit, carry that book you’ve always wanted to read and head over to the pool. Community Park Pool on Witherspoon Street offers swimming, lessons, waterslides, diving boards and a snack bar.Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Summer in Princeton
  4. Summer Outdoor Movies
    Bring your picnic basket, chair, blanket and love for movies under the stars! There will be outdoor movies begin playing at 8:30pm on the Palmer Square Green during these Friday nights:
    June 16th – The Iron Giant
    July 14th – The Parent Trap
    August 18th – MoanaTop 10 Ways to Celebrate Summer in Princeton
  5. Play & Energize
    Join JaZams Summer Block Party – Friday, June 16th
    Fun for all ages, includes games, crafts, live performances and so much more!
    JaZams Block Party Princeton, New JerseyThe Princeton Parket’s Energy Playground in front of JaZams is also a unique spot to sit down, eat ice cream, play board games and energize!

    Wow! The @princeton.parklet is really looking great! We can't wait to see the finished product of this alternative energy themed masterpiece! #palmersquare #princetonnj @jazamstoys

    Posted by Palmer Square – Princeton NJ on Wednesday, June 7, 2017

  6. Princeton Festival
    Throughout June, experience the arts – jazz, chamber music, a cappella and symphonic concerts; piano, organ, choral and dance recitals; world music, a piano competition, a conducting master class, lectures, and educational programs.Enjoy the Grammy-winning jazz sounds of the Peter Martin Trio at McCarter’s Berlind Theatre on Saturday, June 17th at 8pm.

    Jazz: See the Peter Martin Trio – June 17

    Enjoy the Grammy-winning jazz sounds of the Peter Martin Trio at McCarter's Berlind Theatre on Saturday, June 17th at 8 pm. Make it a date! Visit http://princetonfestival.org/event/2017-jazz/, stop by McCarter's Ticket Office, or call 609.258.2787 today. Specially priced student tickets are also available for this performance.

    Posted by The Princeton Festival on Saturday, April 15, 2017

  7. Carnival Fairs
    Nothing says summer celebration like carnival rides, funnel cake, live band performances, laughter and fireworks!Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Summer in PrincetonThe Freedom Festival is at Mercer County Park on June 24th.

    The Italian-American Festival is at Mercer County Park on September 22-24th.

  8. Live Music
    Nothing screams summer quite like ice cream, but Halo Pub doubles down on the summer vibe with outdoor live music every Saturday night!Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Summer in Princeton
    Photo by Nattydhay 
    Don’t forget about Live Music & Tastings, Thursdays on the Yankee Doodle Tap Room patio! There will also be music on Palmer Square every Saturday in July and August between 2-4pm.Live Music and Tastings Princeton New Jersey
  9. Terhune Orchards
    Whether you’re looking for fresh fruit to eat or make DIY jam, fruit picking is a fun way to welcome summertime! Pick strawberries and make your own fresh strawberry ice cream with the Terhune Orchards recipe. They also have a new winery and many opportunities for tastings.Terhune Orchards Fruit Picking Winery
  10. 26th Annual Jazzfeast
    Sunday, September 17, 12pm-6pm.
    JazzFeast is an open-air jazz festival that swings with the joy of great music and food! Spend the day listening to performances by some of the industry’s best Jazz musicians and showcasing many local food vendors.Jazz Feast Princeton New Jersey

Show us how you’re spending your summer, using the tag #SummerInnPrinceton!

A Taste of Spring:
Creative Cocktails

Spring is officially here and so is our new cocktail menu! Does the weather make you crave light and refreshing or fruity and tropical drinks? If so, Yankee Doodle Tap Room has the right mixture for you!

Princeton Cocktails

Roc N GinSpring Cocktails Princeton New Jersey

“The Roc N Gin is light, refreshing and delicious – like lemonade but with a twist,” says Virginia Fry, senior manager of Yankee Doodle Tap Room and co-creator of this cocktail.

John Ryan, bartender and cocktail connoisseur, tells the story of how Roc N Gin was created three summers ago…

“One dastardly dangerous evening, two goddesses came together in harmony and transcended their worries and creativity into conceiving this immaculate libation. The Roc N Gin, though beautiful to the taste buds, can be fallacious due to its ‘masking of its alcohol’ quality. This cocktail has been named by the two creators, Virginia Fry ‘Gin’ & Natacha ‘Roc’.” — John Ryan

How to Make: In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 oz. Gin, ½ oz. Elderflower Liquor, muddled cucumber, fresh lemonade, and Agave Nectar; shake over ice so it’s nice and cold when combined. For garnish, you’ll want to use a fresh rosemary sprig, because the herb aroma complements the refreshing lemon-cucumber flavor.

Yankee Doodle MuleYankee Doodle Tap Room Cocktail DrinksServed in an ice cold mug, Stoli Blueberri Vodka, Blue Curacao Liqueur and Appalachian’s ginger beer creates the “perfect storm of gregariousness” according to John Ryan.

Berry BonanzaSpring Cocktails PrincetonBursts of strawberry and blueberry vodka mixed with sprite lemonade are sweet, sour, and berry-licious!

Princeton Sweet TeaSpring Cocktails PrincetonIf you love tea, the Princeton Sweet Tea is a fresh lemonade iced with Absolut Citron, simple syrup, lemon, and mint – talk about refreshing!

Pomegranate SangriaSpring Cocktails PrincetonFresh pomegranate puree and fruit infusion, sangria is the perfect complement to our Sunday Brunch on the patio!

Grapefruit BasilSpring Cocktails PrincetonBubbly and aromatic with fresh ruby red grapefruit and basil, this is part of our spring mocktail series (though you may certainly add alcohol upon request to any of our drinks)!

Thirsty? If you like light and refreshing or fruity and tropical, we have the cocktail for you! Stay updated with our social media for more on recipes, tastings, and events. Also come visit us starting this week for a taste of the New Spring Lunch & Dinner Menus! Try our seasonal cocktails while you’re at it. Cheers!

Outdoor Patio Dining, Live
Music, and Beer Tastings

Do you like warm weather, live music and outdoor dining? Then we have a seat for you on the largest patio in Palmer Square! Join us for an exciting season of happenings, starting on April 14th. Relax to live music, enjoy our new spring menu, and sip on hard to find craft beers and specialty cocktails.

What to Expect?
If you love beer and learning about the unique work that goes into making it, we invite you on the journey with us! Breweries will take over the Tap Room for the evening with a variety of brews to taste for only $4 per glass. Learn about beer from their company representatives, and win awesome giveaways – glasses, coolers, t-shirts, jackets, etc. The tastings coincide with live music and outdoor patio dining, making the feel good events all the more worthwhile!

Our spring events kick off this month!

“Music is a world within itself, it is a language we all understand.”
– Stevie Wonder

“Millennials, families, children – there’s something for everyone! The music definitely adds to the patio,” says Virginia Fry, our Senior Food & Beverage Manager. “It’s super nice… You can hear the performances from the streets, enjoy a few glasses of beer, and you’ll see crowds lined up outside just to hear the music.”

Next Friday, April 14th, 4pm, join us for Lagunitas Brewing Company’s “Where’s Waldo” event to get a taste of Waldo’s Special Ale, part of their OneHitter Series. With an ABV of 11.5% that is hidden underneath a citrus and tropical hops taste, low bitterness, and sweet malt finish, it’s no wonder this brew is like finding Waldo for beer lovers, or treasure hunters.

There’s a lot to look forward to! Make sure you’re checking our social media to keep up with all the exciting happenings. See you at the Live Music Patio Dining and Beer Tasting Events in the Tap Room!

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.

Preparing for Autumn with Chef Michael LaCorte

There’s something comforting about being seated in a historic booth surrounded by carvings of diner’s past, anticipating a rich and savory meal. When enjoying your Butternut Squash Risotto, you feel the nostalgia and wonder about the mastermind behind your warm and tasty dish. A chef’s journey is one filled with selfless time, energy and love, ultimately to provide you with scrumptious food to nurture your mind, body, and soul.

Yankee Doodle Tap Room

You may wonder, how does a chef become a chef? Some say destiny, some believe in luck and happenstance. For Michael LaCorte, it was a mix of both. He worked at a hospital during high school, but with a twist of fate, his friend encouraged him take a job at a local Italian restaurant. This opportunity, along with the generous mentorship from the restaurant owner, gave him the push towards becoming a chef – and never looking back.

Nassau Inn

Nassau Inn

Fast forward to 2016 – Michael’s fourth year as our Executive Chef. The new fall menu is on the horizon, and we were given a chance to interview him about the creative process behind his menu development. When putting the fall menu items together, there were important considerations to be made. Michael believes in tradition, locality, and seasonality.

  • Tradition: Our piping hot, flaky and creamy Nassau Inn Chicken Pot Pie is the ultimate comfort food for the soul. It tastes like home and has been a guest favorite for countless years. The braised short ribs, with its succulent taste and fall-off-the-bone texture, is another long-standing tradition. Indulging in a traditional meal is very soothing after a long day. You can always depend on the Yankee Doodle Tap Room to have comfort food that will put you at ease and fill your heart with delight!

Yankee Doodle Tap Room

  • Locality: It’s important to get ingredients from the best, local places available. Just try the Apple Orchard Salad and you can taste the freshness of deliciously sweet and crisp local apples. Michael personally loves cheese, especially during autumn days. The gourmet cheese shop here in Palmer Square, Olsson’s Fine Foods, is a favorite source.

Yankee Doodle Tap Room

  • Seasonality: With auburn leaves outside and darker autumn evenings, we could use something warm, spicy and cheesy – Fiery Black Iron Chili with Wisconsin cheddar and our House Smoked Pork Chop are especially delicious this time of the year. We only use fruits and vegetables at their peak – just try our Sugar Beet & Bleu Cheese Salad, Roasted Pear Salad or Cauliflower Fritters all of which are busting with flavor. Don’t forget to leave room for dessert. If you’re in a dreamy mood, go for the mason jar Pumpkin Pie, always a crowd pleaser Crème Brûlée with spiced pumpkin or Warm Apple Cobbler, all the perfect ending to your night!

Yankee Doodle Tap Room

Autumn menu planning is an exciting mixture of divergent and convergent thinking. Michael and the chefs collaborate on creative ideas, and then finalize their plans. Before the menu is released, there’s a tasting at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room. All the new dishes are laid out on a big table for everyone to feast on. We can’t wait to try them and share the experience with you!


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.

Our Tap Room Favorites

Our resident Monday morning Tap Room crew explained their best staff moments.

159NITP-390NITPLR-151Jules, who has been working in our Tap Room for 7 years, states, “Each day brings a new challenge.” She is willing to take these challenges head on – because as a Tap Room server, you are not just a server — you are a concierge, a guide, and more. Jules explains, “Sometimes the hardest part is playing all the roles.” After all, you really have to anticipate the guest’s needs to ensure a memorable experience. “It is always nice to have those regulars come in because you are able to form a relationship with them. And then it becomes more than just eating a meal. It becomes an entire experience, which is what we want for any guest,” Jules stated.

If you’re coming to the Tap Room for breakfast, Jules recommends trying our delicious Eggs Benedict or our amazing Pecan Pancakes.

Dana, one of our newer servers has been a Tap Room staff for ten months now, but has definitely made her mark. She believes that since the beginning, it had been easy to sell the food because it is so delicious. If feels like a family here instead of a business because of how everyone supports each other. She states, “One of my favorite parts of having new guests come into the Tap Room is explaining the history, because that’s what makes our restaurant stand out from all the others in downtown Princeton.” Dana also likes how you never know who you might run into – it could be a musician, business owner, or celebrity, because the population is so diverse.

If you’re coming to the Tap Room for lunch or dinner, Dana recommends you try our Princetonian Burger. You can pair it with any of our 19 beers on draft. The best time to come in and eat it around 12PM every day.

The Tap Room staff feel at home here, and they appreciate the cooperation between different departments to make your experience great.

So come join our staff for breakfast, lunch, or even a drink on the outdoor patio. We can’t wait to see you!


About the Author: Brandon DeChirico spent the summer interning at the Nassau Inn. He is a student at Widener University studying hospitality.

A Seasonal Guide for Princeton Travel

Princeton welcomes you any time of the year. When coming to visit us here in Princeton, know what to expect depending on the season!

Traveling

If you’re coming during the autumn, expect green, auburn, and yellow crisp leaves scattered across the grass and sidewalks. Pack layers of clothing so you can enjoy the scenery outside without being bothered by the cool gushes of wind. During this season, try the Pumpkin Spiced Café at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room for freshly brewed coffee with pumpkin spice, cinnamon and whipped cream.

NITPLR-25275dbcef064f8137cae44c553a78e7431                                                              Image source

When winter is here, make sure to keep warm under a big coat. Occasionally, the snow may drizzle. It’s the perfect weather to wear knit hats, mittens and hold hands while staring into the effervescent lights spread jubilantly around Princeton. Join in on the holiday cheer at Palmer Square, where you are sure to bump into carolers or even the big man himself!

Winter Wonderland - outsideSpring is cherry blossom season. Many trees are in bloom here. You don’t want to miss out on the flower filled tree lined streets. Take a walk around the University, Cherry Valley Road, and Washington Ave. This is a good time to bring out the capris, cardigans, blazers, and light jackets for the evenings. Cherry-Blossoms1

Image source

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

218

The moment summer arrives is when Princeton feels particularly like an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. In his novel, This Side of Paradise, his writing exemplifies the beauty of Princeton and the special place he had for it in his heart, not failing to mention the Nassau Inn! Summer is time to begin again—so strip away from all the layers, and pack light clothing.

Happy travels!


About the Author: Lily 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.

6 Reasons to Book Your Winter Wedding at the Nassau Inn

Winter wedding 2

Spring and summer weddings get a lot of love, but there’s nothing more heart-warming and wonderfully romantic than the beauty and magic of a winter wedding here at the Nassau Inn. Our inviting atmosphere, vibrant festive feel, and year-round charm are just a few great reasons why the colder months have become more popular than ever with our brides.

If you’re considering a winter wedding in the heart of downtown Princeton, allow us to further illustrate why the Nassau Inn is the perfect frame for your winter wedding dream.

Save Money

Our spectacular deals on our winter wedding packages will save you lots of money. Plus, winter tends to be a less busy time of year for vendors, therefore you might be able to score significant discounts on everything from the photographer to the DJ.

Winter wedding 4

Flexibility

Popular dates during the traditional wedding months sometimes book up years in advance. You’ll find it much easier to get your dream Saturday date in in the winter. It’s even easier to book if you decide to get married mid-week.

KMP010811-481

Accommodations

Our stunning colonial features, surrounding attractions, and all the luxuries you’d expect from a modern hotel makes us one seriously stylish venue for your winter wedding. Boasting 13 beautiful banquet areas and 188 guest rooms, we can accommodate parties large and small, from 10 wedding guests to 200.

winter wedding 1

Photos

Our property is always picturesque, but during the winter months it is utterly stunning. You and your guests will depart your wedding experience with numerous and inspiring snapshots of a perfect and unforgettable day.

Picture 004

Planning

Our dedicated wedding coordinators are on hand to help create a day that is as individual, exciting and memorable as you have always hoped – helping you plan every detail to perfection, from the dining to the first dance.

winter wedding 3

Menu

Winter wedding menus are all about warming, comfort foods. Celebrate your day with a celebration of sensational seasonal flavors. Whatever you can imagine, our expert culinary team are happy to create a menu that reflects your wishes, making your special day as tasty as it is beautiful.

Exterior

To schedule a tour, or for more information,  please contact us at sales@nassauinn.com or (609) 921-7500.