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!

How to Make the Most
of Your Princeton Visit

When in Princeton, there is so much to see, taste, and experience as you walk across streets lined with bookstores, cafés, shops, and the beautiful University campus. With so much art, culture, history, theater, and delicious food in your surroundings, you’ll want to take it all in and create memories worth cherishing.

Best Things to Do in Princeton New Jersey
Photo Credit: Han of Harmony

Best Things to Do in Princeton New Jersey

Day 1:
Check into your room, and get comfortable.

Best Things to Do in Princeton New Jersey

Check VisitPrinceton.org, PalmerSquare.com, and our event calendar for festivals and events – there’s always something going on!

Best Things to Do in Princeton New Jersey

Take a stroll around Princeton University.

Best Things to Do in Princeton New Jersey
Photo Credit: Denise Applewhite

Best Things to Do in Princeton New Jersey

Visit the Princeton University Art Museum and Fountain of Freedom.

Best Things to Do in Princeton New Jersey

Shop in downtown Princeton.

Best Things to Do in Princeton New Jersey

Enjoy world class dining within walking distance.

World Class Dining | Princeton, New Jersey
Featuring: Agricola Eatery, Teresa Caffe, and Mediterra

Or stay in and dine at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Yankee Doodle Tap Room | Restaurant and Bar | Pub Grub | Princeton, New Jersey

Take in a show!

Watch Movies, Fine Theater, Shows and Performances | Best of Princeton, New Jersey

Fine theater, dance, music, comedy, Hollywood films, and latest movie showings – there’s something for everyone! Find showings at McCarter Theatre, Princeton Summer Theatre, and Princeton Garden Theater.

Experience Princeton nightlife.

Nightlife Princeton, New Jersey
Photo Credit: R Birkel

There’s nothing quite like taking a stroll in downtown Princeton and eating ice cream, followed by enjoyable late night conversations over cocktails and music at one of Princeton’s iconic taverns.


Check out: Small World Coffee, Halo Pub, Triumph Brewing Company, Alchemist & Barrister, Ivy Inn, and Yankee Doodle Tap Room.

Day 2:
Wake up with Lululemon’s complimentary morning yoga.

Lululemon Yoga | Princeton, New Jersey

Eat brunch in the Yankee Doodle Tap Room.

Explore Princeton with the Princeton Tour Company.

Visit Princeton New Jersey | Princeton Tour Company
You will have newfound love for this beautiful town. The Princeton Tour Company’s Shameless Name Dropping tour is packed with enthusiastic, informative, and entertaining knowledge about the history and people of Princeton – F. Scott Fitzgerald, T.S. Eliot, Albert Einstein, etc.

Canoe or Kayak at the D & R Canal or Lake Carnegie.
Tip: carry a waterproof camera or GoPro to capture the laughter and splash-filled memories.Canoeing and Kayaking | Princeton, New Jersey

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Make great memories, explore, and enjoy! Use social media tags #NassauInn and #YDTR to share your adventures with us. We look forward to welcoming you!

Photo & Video Recap of the
2017 Wedding Showcase

On March 19th, we welcomed spring with our second annual Princeton Wedding Showcase. It was a unique and interactive experience for all, with an attendance of over 30 vendors and 200+ guests. A special thank you goes out to Kyo Morishima Photography for providing awesome engagement photos to our couples at the show, and sharing wedding inspiration in their Unique and Simple Wedding Ideas post!

We’re already looking forward to next year’s show. But before we start planning for 2018, let’s take a moment to enjoy a photo and video recap of the 2017 Princeton Wedding Showcase!

Getting Ready – Featuring our Special Edition Snapchat GeoFilter

Cosmo Bleu Salon’s Complimentary Hair & Makeup Trials

Live Model Fashion Show featuring Bridal Suite Boutique and Brooks Brothers

Cocktail hour with a touch of sentiment from Don’s Piano

Don's Piano #nassaubride #nassaugroom #princetonlove #princeton #wedding #babygrandpiano

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Listen to the music!

Princeton Wedding Showcase!

Posted by Nassau Inn on Sunday, March 19, 2017

Franklin & Alison Music give us their Uptown Funk!

Menu Tastings

PU Tigerlilies guest star in two acapella performances for the ultimate Princetonian experience

Posted by Nassau Inn on Sunday, March 19, 2017

Listen to their acapella performance!

Brillman’s Rental Barn

Viburnum Designs

NEW Nassau Inn wedding linen & china on display with gorgeous Floral & Designs by Petal Pushers.

A taste of  Chez Alice, our local Palmer Square partner!

Thomas Sweets Truffle Bar

Some eat, some dance, and some take over Ambient DJ’s Photo Booth!

Be inspired by Grit + Polish, an innovative nail salon in downtown Princeton!

Grab a treat! More cake and tastings from Caketeria

The 2017 Princeton Wedding Showcase was filled with a ton of complimentary fun, and there was something for everyone to take home. Those who completed the scavenger hunt to door prizes won from giveaways such as Nassau Inn’s Princeton Get-Away, honeymoon airfare for two, $500 shopping spree from Hamilton Jewelers, and more. This was our best (and sweetest) event yet, and we couldn’t have done it without you!

Thank you to our staff, sponsors, vendors and participants for making the event a success! Wishing all engaged couples a happy and prosperous life!

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 are sponsors of our 2nd annual Princeton Wedding Showcase and one of our favorite photographers to work with! Be sure to check them out at the showcase on March 19th, as they will be providing complimentary photos. Don’t forget to pre-register for the event! 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 19th, join us for our Princeton Wedding Showcase! To take advantage of complimentary engagement photos by Kyo Morishima Photography, pre-registration is required.

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 …

10 happily ever after

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!

The Best of Princeton

  • 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!

The Best of Princeton - Paint PartyKathleen Maguire Morolda, Susan Wright, Cranbury Paint Station Gallery

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

Nassau Inn Weddings

Kyo Morishima Photography

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.

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!

Yankee Doodle Tap Room Chefs

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.

Jermaine Turner Nassau Inn Chefs
“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.

YDTR Chefs

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!

YDTR Staff

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.

Rayne Lewis

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.