A Flavor for Every Mood

Looking for something energy boosting, comforting, or relaxing and enjoyable? Explore our tips to eating for all your moods!

Energize Your Day!
Whether you’re doing morning yoga with Lululemon, taking a nature walk, or shopping around downtown Princeton, you’ll want to feel good and energized for the day. Chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. These nourishments will give you a boost of energy to kick-start the morning and recharge you with mental clarity, physical energy, and a happier mood.

“The Chia Bowl is my favorite way to start the day,” claims our executive Chef, Michael LaCorte. “I love the delicious berries and house-made overnight oats soaked in almond milk. It’s nutty, soft textured, and there’s a refreshing burst of flavor from our season’s finest berries. I also recommend our healthy and delicious Overnight Oats and Breakfast Smoothie Bowls.”

Relax and Unwind
After a cold winter, a little sunshine can do a lot for your serotonin levels and boost your mood. Let the outdoor breeze and live acoustics carry you away as you unwind to seasonal dishes on the Yankee Doodle Tap Room patio.

“The Ginger Crusted Salmon is one of my favorite entrée dishes, because it’s fresh and cooked to perfection. Ginger gives the perfect complementing flavor. It’s delicious and refreshing,” says our Chef.

Burrata Cheese with Heirloom Tomatoes is seasonal, creamy, and mint basil pesto really brightens up the flavor. It’s my favorite appetizer!” says Chef LaCorte.

Take a Little Comfort
We all have certain dishes that make us feel good. You don’t need an excuse to want to feel comforted, and there’s nothing better than a little rice and bean for the soul.Plaintain, Saffron Rice & Black Beans was inspired by Latin and Cuban dishes, which are traditionally served with plantains, rice, and beans,” says Chef LaCorte. Our chefs have added a twist to the oozing dish with a perfectly cooked yolk, Pico de Gallo, and a dollop of guacamole sour cream on top.

You also can’t go wrong with House Smoked Spare Ribs that has a zesty orange flavor and smokiness reminiscent of summer.

End on a Happy Note!
There’s just something about dessert that makes you smile. Could it be that it contains high levels of endorphins, minerals, and antioxidants that take the blues away? Or is it just that they taste so good?

Lemon Curd, Blueberry Compote in a Mason Jar“Lemons are blueberries are a classic combination,” says Chef LaCorte. “A match made in heaven.”

“The Greek Honey Cake is adapted from Middle Eastern tradition. It’s similar to baklava but is more cake than phyllo,” explains Chef LaCorte. “You’ll love tasting the layers inside, filled with orange, honey, and nuts. A fresh scoop of Bent Spoon’s cinnamon ice cream makes the perfect complementing taste.”

Our new menus for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert, and cocktails launched last week. Taste the flavors of energy, relaxation, comfort, and happiness this spring!

YDTR Chefs’ Favorite
Thanksgiving Dishes

It’s Thanksgiving week, and the beginning of Princeton’s most festive time of year. We are especially thankful for our dedicated chefs and the guests they look forward to serving every Thanksgiving at the Inn. Before all the hustle and bustle, they share their favorite Thanksgiving traditions, dishes and tips with you! Enjoy!

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Left to right: Manuel, Jermaine, Edward

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“I have three kids at home, four sisters, two brothers – it’s a big family, and I’m extremely thankful for them. We’re a close bunch and see each other almost every day. Thanksgiving is nice, because I get to come home to my family, eat delicious home-cooked meals, and go bowling. A few of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes include roast turkey, beef, stuffed chicken, and sweet potato,” said Manuel Torres, our Sous Chef of 27 years.

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“I love being home with family, conversing, and having a good time with one another,” said Jermaine Turner, our Chef of 7 years. “I also make an awesome baked macaroni… I add evaporated milk, egg, salt, pepper, sharp cheese, mild cheese to roux, and let it slow cook at 325 degrees for 45 minutes, covered. Then I cook it for another ten minutes uncovered. It tastes like h-e-a-v-e-n.”

Eddie Popp Nassau Inn Chef“I’m thankful for the good health of my family,” said Edward Popp, our Banquet Cook of 8 years. “My mom also doesn’t let me cook on Thanksgiving, so it’s nice to come home to the traditional holiday dishes. You know – turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. I love her cooking!”

Chef Michael LaCorte Nassau Inn“On Thanksgiving, I like to watch football, spend time with family, and enjoy a late night turkey sandwich with stuffing, lettuce, and mayonnaise on a crusty Italian bread!” said Michael LaCorte, our Executive Chef of 4 years.

Steven Fitch Nassau Inn Chef“My favorite thing is waking up and watching football. I’m a big fan of the Detroit Lions,” said Steven Fitch, our Sous Chef of 4 years. “I cook for family, and we have the traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn, and my favorite – biscuits. I love gravy piled on top of everything!” Steve also makes home-made mashed potatoes, and the recipe is very simple and delicious. “I add butter, sour cream, salt, and pepper.” For his turkey, he adds a lot of butter, and a dash of rosemary and thyme, before roasting it in the oven.

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We hope you enjoyed meeting our chefs, who will be serving Yankee Doodle Tap Room’s traditional Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday! The #YDTR wishes you a great Thanksgiving filled with food, love, family and friends!


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.

 

YDTR Staff Picks: Favorite Thanksgiving Traditions

Can you believe Thanksgiving is only a week away? During this special time of the year, we are extremely thankful for our staff—many of whom will be serving on Thanksgiving!

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From left to right: Josh, Matthew, Fabio, and Colleen

Meet our Yankee Doodle Tap Room crew, who are excited to share their Thanksgiving traditions with you!

Giving to others.
“Oh jeez, I can’t remember the last time I celebrated since I’m usually working!” said Colleen Kasian, Food & Beverage Supervisor at our Tap Room of 1 year and 2 months. During Thanksgiving, she makes the holiday experience special for guests at our YDTR Thanksgiving Buffet. From her past memories of the holiday, she recalls dinner with her mom’s side of the family. They would drive to her grandmother’s house. “It’s a big family. My mom’s the youngest of her siblings. We’d have the traditional Thanksgiving turkey, and my favorite—the stuffing!”

Feasting.
Matthew Hendricks, our server, really likes to feast on Thanksgiving. “And I mean FEAST,” he said. It is tradition for his family to do arts & crafts, drink wine, and enjoy turkey, mashed potatoes and their family’s favorite stuffing. “It has a delightful crunchy top, but is soft on the inside, and with some gravy… oh man!” They would always have an amazing dessert table filled with delicious sweets. “Apple pie, pecan pie, cookies, vanilla ice cream… My grandma is a bit of a chocoholic.” He likes to hang out with the younger kids at their table and also hear the older people reminisce about old days and current events. Matthew’s favorite part about the holiday is falling asleep on the couch after being stuffed with food and wine while football plays on TV.

Time with Family.
“My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is being with family,” said Josh Jean-Charles our bus boy. He loves the simple and sweet enjoyment of spending time together, eating, and then cozily falling asleep.

Post-eating Siesta.
“Eat ‘til I sleep!” said Fabio Salvador, our server & bartender of 9 months.

Watching Football and the Parade.
“My favorite tradition is watching football and the parade at my parent’s house,” said Rayne Lewis, our Food & Beverage Manager who’s been with us for 12 years.

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Prepping the Day Before.
“My favorite tradition is prepping with my sister. The day before Thanksgiving, we clean the house, turn up the music, put up decorations, and prepare food while our mom is at work,” said Julie Heise, our breakfast and lunch server of 7 years. She feels very happy to be able to spend the holidays being productive with her sister, whom she almost lost to leukemia on several occasions. “Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s relaxing to be surrounded by good company, and I get to enjoy my mom’s chestnut stuffing. It’s amazing. She boils the chestnuts hot and gets the meat out. I really need to figure out what it is she does! She makes a vegetarian version just for me. I’m also really excited about the holidays because my brother, who’s a veteran, is coming home for Thanksgiving this year!”

Julie and her family

Julie (bottom right) and her family

What’s your story on favorite holiday traditions? Share with us, and tag #YDTR! Our kitchen staff will share their favorite holiday dishes in the next post. Stay tuned!


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.

Meeting Planning 101

In-person meetings provide an invaluable opportunity for colleagues to collaborate and build relationships. Let us help you create a meaningful experience in one of Nassau Inn’s thirteen versatile meeting rooms!

New to meeting planning? Nassau Inn’s Conference Service Manager, Kyle Pitts, has been with us for 5 years and shares his top 5 meeting planning tips to get you started. Follow his advice and you will look like you have been meeting planning for years!

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  1. One of the first people you will be in touch with when you call to plan your meeting is your Conference Service or Catering Sales Manager. This person is your lifeline. They will guide you through the planning process from start to finish. Make sure to share all the details and concerns you have up-front, and ask lots of questions.
  2. Determining your headcount can be tricky when you first begin to plan, however, a good estimate is essential to ensure you have the proper room size. If you have a few people you are unsure of, it is best to include them in the count so that the room selected is the right size for your maximum number of guests. Keep in mind, your final guarantee is not due until closer to the event and you will be able to adjust your numbers by up to 30%.
  3. Don’t let hunger interrupt your team’s focus. Our EMP package provides meals as well as a morning and afternoon break with snacks. People are more productive and energetic when fueled with healthy meals and snacks! Be sure to ask your guests if they have any dietary restrictions before you provide your final head count. We can always accommodate allergies and special requests.
  4. Do you have a presentation? Will you be bringing a Mac or PC laptop? Let us know these details so we can ensure you a successful audio visual presentation. It’s always a good idea to do a practice test before the meeting should your schedule allow.
  5. Room set up can be one of the most confusing aspects of planning! This should be determined based on what style meeting you are conducting and is one of the first questions you will need to answer when booking a room. The U-shaped set up is great for small-medium size meetings with projector presentations, and allows for interaction amongst colleagues.
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    Classroom style works well for larger team meetings and lecture presentations. A pod set up is also great for larger group meetings that will eventually break down into smaller team huddles. If you are unsure what setup to go with, your sales manager can offer advice based on your meeting needs.Nassau Inn ConferencesNassau Inn Conferences

If you plan on hosting your guests overnight, stay tuned for our group room block 101 blog post coming soon!


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.

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.

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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.

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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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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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.

Making the Most of Your Wedding Room Block

We interviewed Jaime Wolf, catering sales manager at the Nassau Inn, who has been with us for 10 years! This is her version of Wedding Room Block Planning 101 for you.

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  1. Tell your guests to save the wedding date and start reserving their overnight rooms before wedding invites are sent out. This way you won’t run into trouble if rooms are not available later on.
  2. If you are wondering what to pack for gift bags, some essentials include: water, Advil/Tylenol, a snack, and an itinerary (timeline for the weekend, breakfast arrangements, rehearsal dinner, transportation plans, etc.).
  3. Frequently Asked Question: “Can guests check in early?”
    Answer: It depends – but it’s safer to assume you can’t. Weekends, especially in towns like Princeton, can be busy and time may be needed for previous guests to check out and rooms to be cleaned.
  4. If you have a large room block, it is considered thoughtful to have a breakfast the next morning to say thank you to all of your guests! We have great breakfast packages and offer discounts for all in house weddings! Be sure to ask your Catering Manager for details.
  5. Encourage your guests to make time to explore. Princeton is a great place to stay and this is the perfect opportunity for them to make it a mini vacation or getaway. Site seeing, downtown shopping, dining and bar hopping are just a few of the reasons you need more than a day to take it all in!

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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.