The Best of Wedding Music

Having trouble deciding what music is right for your wedding? Stop by the Princeton Wedding Showcase on Sunday, March 19th and hear the best of musical offerings!

“The Battle of the Band”… or DJ

  • Live bands get the crowd excited, add a touch of sophistication and are attuned to playing music according to the “feel” of the room. Plus, having a live band cover your song during the first dance is very intimate and romantic. Franklin & Alison Music plays a variety of musical genres ranging from Classical, Rock, Hip Hop, Jazz, Caribbean and Latin. Their talented musicians can play anything and will be taking requests at the wedding show!
  • We love DJs because they can easily find your favorite songs AND they make awesome MC’s who can really set the mood and keep the party fun and energetic. Every couple is different, so you’ll want to find a DJ that fits your personality at the wedding show! Sound Choice DJ is our MC for the day, so be sure to hear them throughout the day as they keep the party going! Ambient DJ, one of our house favorites, brings a photo booth with him and covers more than just music. Scratch Weddings is a specialty turntable DJ – you won’t want to miss their set!

Add a Personalized Touch

  • Your heart and soul will fall in love with Don’s Piano, who will be playing various melodic Jazz pieces at the wedding show! Piano is great for the wedding ceremony and cocktail hour because of its relaxing ambiance and touch of sentiment.
  • Looking for the ultimate Princetonian experience? Nothing says it quite like acapella music from Princeton’s very own Tiger Lilies, who will stop by the show on the 19th to serenade you!

Still deciding on your wedding music? Let us help you discover the best at the Princeton Wedding Showcase on Sunday, March 19th!  Pre-register at PrincetonWeddingShow.com.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Holiday Decorating Traditions

The count-down is officially on and Princeton is looking quite magical. The Palmer Square tree has been lit for a week and if you’re like many of us, you are probably busy with the traditional decking of the halls! To provide you some inspiration, we took a moment to ask our staff how they like to decorate and celebrate this festive season!

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Jamie Volkert, Marketing & Business Development Manager


Jamie Volkert Nassau Inn Holiday Traditions

Jamie loves to host holiday parties all season long, entertaining around 30-40 people per party. “I do an open-house on Christmas day, a holiday cookie exchange, and the New Year’s Eve kid-friendly bash, which I really like. It’s low key, the kids enjoy it, so I enjoy it!”

Growing up, her grandfather was passionate about Christmas decorating. “We would cover the house with thousands and thousands of lights, and not the multi-colored lights, but the little white ones. My pop also had the two Christmas trees side by side with the train tracks in a figure 8 underneath, it was a tradition he kept from his childhood and raised us with.” Her aunts still carry on that tradition in the house she grew up in.

“My mother was huge on Christmas, and every year it was so amazing and magical. Unfortunately she passed away, but I try to create that same magic for my kids,” she said.

Now she and her family have a tradition of chopping down their own “perfect” tree and then exchanging meaningful ornaments. “Every ornament on our tree has a story and we always share those stories as we decorate it – in fact if you ask my daughter she could tell you every one. A lot of the ornaments came from my mother, so telling the stories keeps her with us all season long.”

Lupe Bergin, In House Designer & Manager of Yankee Doodle Tap Room

Lupe Bergin Nassau Inn Holiday Traditions

“During my childhood, we would visit the tree farm and go through aisles and aisles, until finally finding a tree that our father thought was perfect! After cutting it down, we would bring it home to decorate, and string popcorn across the tree. It was really pretty! We would also eat cookies and drink hot cocoa by the tree,” said Lupe.

“For dinner, we had this amazing Cuban tradition in my family! We’d roast a pig with an apple in its mouth, and marinate it with lemon juice, olive oil, and garlic! Our family members would take turns and rotate shifts, where we’d marinate and turn the pig for 4 hours straight. It had to be watched very carefully, and we couldn’t have it too close to the fire. It was worth every hour! It was so good!!! The roast pig would have a delicious crispy skin (my favorite part), and it was tender on the inside.” She and her family would gather at the dinner table… all fourteen to sixteen of them. “There was always wine and tequila at the table,” she said. “Then at 12 o’clock, we’d go to mass.”
“We used to always have three trees, but I moved recently, so there’s a fake one outside by the overhang. Our family still gets together… The older ones have passed on, but my brother comes over, and there are children and grandchildren. For Christmas, I make tenderloins, lobster, and crab – like surf and turf! There’s still tequila and wine at the dinner table, and we still go to mass at midnight. After mass, we come home to play Scrabble and all kinds of games with the kids, who aren’t really kids anymore, but more like young adults. And, that’s it!”

Annetta Hall, Reservations Manager

Annetta Hall Nassau Inn Holiday Traditions

“I usually go visit my mother’s house in Florida, where there’s a real tree, and I spend the holidays there. Back here, we have an artificial tree, and on the side, there’s a village filled with houses that I’ve collected for years! …Since my boys were around 10 years old! Some of the decorations are long-standing pieces from when I got them 20 years ago. My favorite piece in the village is the lit house, which turns multiple colors. There’s a snow slope with little people coming down!” said Annetta, who is featured in her winning ugly sweater from Nassau Inn’s holiday party last year!

Jaime Wolf, Catering Sales Manager

Jaime Wolf Nassau Inn Holiday Traditions

“Every year, we go to the Breakfast with Santa and take pictures, go ice skating, and cut down our tree. Then at home, we put up the lights, decorate the fence, and drink hot cocoa if it’s snowing outside!” said Jaime.

“We decorate the whole house, make a nice Beef Wellington, and put up stocking for each family member – me and my husband, our 5 year old daughter, and our two dogs. Then we go to Philly for the Feast of the Seven Fishes, which is an Italian-American celebration of Christmas Eve. We also love to see the crazy lights at Hamilton’s Winter Wonderland in Kuser Park!”

Zach Strong, Front Desk Agent

Zach Strong Nassau Inn Holiday Traditions

“My family holiday traditions consist of getting the tree from the farm every year, and cutting it down. Going through the storage unit at home, and getting decorations out of the boxes. Drinking hot cocoa, and decorating the house with my family. It’s really fun!” said Zach.

Ryan Halbasch, Associate Director of Sales

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“We don’t have a tradition because every year’s something different!” said Ryan. “My wife usually does the decorations, and we like to use clear lights. We used to chop down a tree, but now we go with an artificial one because it’s not as messy!”

What are your holiday decorating traditions? Share in the comments below! We’re looking forward to our traditional Breakfast with Santa, Christmas Dinner Buffet, and exciting holiday parties. When you’re in town this magical season, be sure to visit us!


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!

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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.

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.

5 Holiday Party Planning Tips

‘Tis the season for celebrating!

Thanksgiving is on the horizon, the trees outside will soon be adorned with lights, and decorative ornaments will fill window displays. It’s the ideal time for throwing a holiday party. If you want to be the office hero and plan an awesome party sure to be hash-tagged and talked about for months, follow these 5 simple holiday planning tips!

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  1. Start early. To ensure best availability, pick a venue and book your party ahead of time. If you haven’t done so already, get off the computer and make some calls. There’s still time to book your perfect party! For next year, mark your calendars for July. Venues often like to run Christmas in July promos, offering great packages and best availabilities.
  2. Timing. A great option for companies who are busy during holiday season and those on a tight budget is to host a luncheon or celebration during off-peak hours. Venues tend to be more flexible in pricing if you have a post-holiday party in January. You may also get lucky and have upgrades thrown in!
  3. Location. Select a venue that is already festive; with the time and money you save on decorations, you’ll have more to invest on entertainment. Live music is always a crowd pleaser!
  4. Menu. The most festive of menus is the reception style which encourages mingling. For easy planning, go with venues that have inclusive packages already designed for you. Don’t forget to consider your guests’ dietary needs prior to notifying your venue and making menu choices to ensure most people can be accommodated!
  5. Give. The gift of giving will never go out of style, especially this season. Personalized take-home treats for guests can be sweet, but consider donating to a local charity in lieu of favors, and give them something to feel good about!

Holiday Party

Happy holidays! Remember to have fun and take pictures. If you are looking for a place to host a party, check out our 2016 Holiday Specials and Party Packages. Let’s get this party started!


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.

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Top 5 Cold Weather Beers

Now that it’s the cold, crisp and beautiful month of November, it’s time to savor darker, flavorful and seasonal brews.

John Ryan

John Ryan, our beer aficionado, has been with us at the Nassau Inn for over six years. He loves rich, dark beers, especially in the fall. If you’re wondering what drinks to try, he can easily find your perfect match! Here are his Top 5 Cold Weather Beers!

  1. Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale: A seasonal favorite, with subtle spiced flavors, and a crisp, refreshing aroma reminiscent of leaves and fall. If you like a darker, spiced taste, try this as a Guinness Black and Tan.Black and Tan
  2. Samuel Adams Octoberfest: Amber colored, seasonal craft beer, with a roasted malt taste and sweet notes of caramel and toffee. This American award winning beer is a huge crowd pleaser for its time of the year.Samuel Adams Octoberfest
  3. Rogue Dead Guy Ale: Colder weather calls for darker styles; if you enjoy malty lagers, then you’ll love this Maibock. It has a deep color and a strong flavor that is nutty, malty and sweet. This ale is one of Rogue’s most popular drinks.Rogue Dead Guy Ale
  4. The Shed Brewery’s Mountain Ale: An English Style Brown Ale from Vermont, great for the slopes. It has a mouthfeel like Porter, but drinks like a rough brown with just enough bitterness.The Shed Brewery’s Mountain Ale
  5. Spellbound Brewing’s Palo Santo Porter: Aged with smoked wood, this dark style Porter tastes earthy and smoky. Its mouthfeel is creamy, and at the back end, you’ll enjoy the aroma of chocolate, vanilla, anise and even hints of mint.Spellbound Brewing’s Palo Santo Porter

‘Tis the season to be warm, cozy and festive! Come and try these cold weather beers at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room. Still not sure what to try? Just ask us!


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.