Guide to Celebrating
the Season of Thankfulness

Happy Fall! The autumn leaves are gleaming in ember-red, toasty brown, and amber yellow. You can smell the crisp cool air, feel the warmth of an oven baking, and hear the rustling of leaves around you. During this wonderful time of year, you may find yourself in reflection of: “What am I grateful for?” and “How can I say ‘thank you’ to all the special people in my life?” If you are looking for ways to express your gratitude and show sincere appreciation, Nassau Inn and Palmer Square are here to help you get ready for the season of thankfulness!

Saturday, November 11
1:00pm

So you know your main courses for the holidays… but what about the side dishes? Join Terra Momo’s most talented on their Inside Scoop to Side Dishes Workshop to learn the art of the side dish with in-depth cooking demonstrations, including: sausage and pear focaccia, homemade green bean casserole, and apple pumpkin crisp! Click here to RSVP.

Sunday, November 12
11:00am

Kitchen Kaper’s Carving the Bird Workshop will teach you to carve your main dish like an expert just in time for the holidays! A Wusthof knife professional will demonstrate the proper carving technique with a delicious turkey provided by the Yankee Doodle Tap Room! Click here to RSVP.

Saturday, November 18
2:00pm

Check out the hottest trends in mixology when it comes to a new favorite holiday cocktail that is sure to impress your guests at your next holiday party! Learn the art of crafting the perfect seasonal cocktail at the Holiday Mixology Workshop at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room. Click here to RSVP.

Sunday, November 19
Time: TBD

Join the Cheesy Holiday Fun Workshop at Olsson’s Fine Foods for cheesy demonstrations as they go over best practices for easy, make-ahead appetizers! Click here to RSVP.

Thursday, November 23
12:00pm, 2:00pm, & 4:00pm

‘Tis the season to spend quality time with loved ones and FEAST. Join family and friends for a traditional Thanksgiving Buffet styled meal at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room. Click here to view the Thanksgiving Menu. Call 609-688-2600 to RSVP.

Friday, November 24
5:00pm

On Christmas Eve, come to the Palmer Square Green to see the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. The 65-foot Norwegian Spruce is adorned with over 32,000 lights and will be lit with the help of Santa Claus. Plus, there will be a traditional celebration featuring music by Holiday Brass, Princeton High School Choir …and a special performance by American Repertory Ballet’s Nutcracker and Clara.

Sunday, December 10
9:00am & 12:00pm

Join us at the Nassau Inn when the Big Man comes back to town for the second annual Breakfast with Santa! Enjoy a traditional, yet upscale breakfast buffet, children’s activities, one on one time with Santa PLUS a professional family photo taken (includes a digital copy), meet & greet with Santa that includes sing-alongs, and a special treat from Santa!Breakfast Menu here. | Click here for Breakfast Tickets.
Brunch Menu here. | Click here for Brunch Tickets.

We also welcome you to celebrate your Holiday Party at the most magical place in Princeton! Complimentary champagne toast and holiday favor with every Dinner or Lunch booked.Click here to view the Holiday Party Menu. Call 609-921-7500 to book your Nassau Inn Holiday Party!

Thursday, December 14
5:00 – 6:00pm

Join special guest speakers and enjoy live music during the Annual Menorah Lighting! The ceremony will take place at the North Plaza on Hulfish Street in front of Mediterra restaurant. More details TBD.

There is so much holiday splendor to enjoy during this season of thankfulness! A trip to Princeton will give you inspiration on wonderful ways to show appreciation to your dearest ones – whether that’s through spending quality time together, enjoying delicious meals, or attending festive events! Be sure to visit NassauInn.com/events and PalmerSquare.com/events to stay updated on everything that’s going on in town, and see you around!

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.

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!

Holidays at Nassau Inn 2016

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

Ryan Halbasch, Nassau Inn Happy Holidays!

“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!

Yankee Doodle Tap Room Chefs

Left to right: Manuel, Jermaine, Edward

chef
“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.