Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Poker Room Giveaways, Gift Cards, Food Drive Champs, Eagles & Ag, More

Eileen points out a Hidden Mickey
Hidden Mickey Contest Winding Down:  Just a few days left to get in on our Hidden Mickey Contest for $100 in Dining Credit for CV Steak. You're entered once for each Hidden Mickey (Mouse Ear Christmas Decoration) you find in our indoor Christmas decorations. There are 9 total, just jot down the locations and send us an email by clicking here. The deadline is noon on Tuesday, December 23 and we'll announce the winner in our December 24 Blog.

Eagles and Agriculture Registration Open:
  • Registration is now open for Eagles and Agriculture, a very popular annual event geared
    Angry eagle takes on much larger cow on the fly!
    around the annual visit to our area by Eagles and other species who find plentiful winter food during the calving season. Produced by a large committee of enthusiasts under the umbrella of the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce, most, if not all of the Eagles and Ag events sell out every year. So, this would be a good time to dive into the details for events like the Owl Prowl, the Ranch Tour, Friday Dinner and more. The event is headquartered at the Carson Valley Inn.
  • Also on the same weekend is our Annual Carson Valley Inn Clay Shooting Outing which also draws a large crowd. The evening activities for these two events are on different nights, so it all fits in. 
  • The two groups have been visiting the CVI on the same weekend for almost 20 years and it's the same thing every year on Saturday morning: the Sporting Clays folks depart with their expensive shotguns to protect the world from flying clay targets (fake birds) . . . and the Eagles and Ag enthusiasts leave with their expensive cameras to "shoot" live birds in a totally harmless manner.
  • These two events combine to make this our second busiest weekend in February. The busiest weekend? Super Bowl, of course!!  

Poker Room Anniversary This Friday, But . . . As we mentioned in last week's blog, we're celebrating the 10th Anniversary of our Poker Room this Friday with cash giveaways, free cake and champagne, and a free 10th Anniversary Commemorative Poker Chip/Card Protector while they last for all who play in our poker room on Friday. Rather than feeling guilty about fudging a little, and certainly rather than getting caught on a technicality by an astute reader or player, here is our full disclosure: Today (December 17) is our actual 10th anniversary. Kurt Hildebrand, editor of The Record Courier, remembers how our 2004 opening was right after a meeting he had attended where everyone talked about how poker was the hip new thing and that it should be on the front page. Then reporter Jo Rafferty wrote the article about our grand opening and Kurt remembers placing the article on the front page along with a photo of a huge stack of chips. So, with Kurt's help, we dug out the article about our grand opening which ran on December 9, 2004. Were you here on the day we opened? Let us know in the comments section below.

What do you get Pat for Christmas? Who is Pat, you ask? He or she may be your husband or wife, aunt or uncle, best friend, coworker, anyone for whom you are considering a Christmas gift. Back to the question at hand: what the heck are you going to get Pat for Christmas? How about the versatility and flexibility of a Carson Valley Inn Gift Card! If Pat is a local, the CVI Gift Card can be used in Katie's, CV Steak or Job's Perk. If Pat visits you from out of the area, the CVI Gift Card can be used for accommodations in our hotel, motor Lodge or RV Park. And wherever Pat is from, he or she can use their gift card for a round of drinks for you and friends at any of the CVI bars . . . or even for gas at the Carson Valley Market. If Pat is heading north to Carson City or Reno, he or she can also stop by Bodines Casino and use the CVI Gift Card in Bodines Restaurant or either of Bodines bars. Sound like this might solve one or more of your gift dilemmas? You can buy Carson Valley Inn Gift Cards in person at the Hotel Front Desk or by calling them at 775-783-6670. We do make it easy by providing an envelope and nice greeting card to go with the electronic gift card; all you do is personalize it with your own note!

Holiday Dining at the Inn – A quick Summary:
  • Christmas Day: Regular menus plus Christmas Day Dinner Specials in Katie's (Specials 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.) and CV Steak (serving from 4:30 p.m.).
  • Christmas Dinner to Go for 8 – 12 people: Order by December 23 through the Katie's supervisor, pick up Christmas Day 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • New Year's Eve: Regular menus plus New Year's Eve Dinner Specials in Katie's (Specials from 4 p.m.) and CV Steak (serving from 4:30 p.m.). 
KTVN Crew with the Food Drive Championship Belt 
Food Drive & Blood Drive Big Success: What a day last Friday as the 22nd Annual KTVN CH 2 Share Your Christmas Food Drive Carson Valley Inn location yielded a whopping 153,986 pounds of food and $48,287 in cash for the Carson Valley Community Food Closet! We easily retained our Food Collection Championship by well exceeding the combined total food collected by the Reno and Carson City locations! Thanks to the hundreds of volunteers and the thousands of donations that made this possible! During the Food Drive, the United Blood Services Blood Drive brought in a higher-than-expected 49 units of blood which will help ensure sufficient blood supplies going into the Christmas and New Year weeks, an always challenging time to attract donors.  Thanks to all who donated!
As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News:
  • A Toys for Tots donation box is near our Hotel Desk.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret: George Pickard appears tonight, Atomika is here Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights, NFL Football has the spotlight Sunday and Monday nights and Steve Lord entertains Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Ladies Night Giveaways: Tonight's Hot Seat winners will receive a Chocolate Shoppe Christmas Gift Basket and the first 150 ladies to check in tonight will receive special white chocolate peppermint.
  • Christmas Day Poker: Our Poker Room will open at 4 p.m. on Christmas Day and we will have our usual Thursday night Hold'em tournament!
  • Jackpot Update:
    • The Penny Progressive Jackpot was over $61,000 when we checked late yesterday afternoon. 
    • The Pro PK'em Progressive is $4,362 for this weekend's NFL games.
  • This Week's Game-On Fridays special in CV Steak is a repeat of one of our most popular: Braised Buffalo Short Ribs - one and a half pounds of American Bison short ribs braised and slow cooked, finished with natural pan sauce and served with tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato - au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato . . . all for $29.00! 
Comments?? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit "0" when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning! 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

KTVN Food Drive Friday, Mike's Horses, Sharkey's Casino, Christmas Dining, More

Mike's Horses and Sharkey's: Tiz Midnight, with jockey Victor Espinoza aboard,  won the $200,000 Bayakoa Stakes at Los Alamitos last Saturday for owner Mike Pegram and trainer Bob Baffert . . . that's two weeks in a row with one of Mike's horses in the winner's circle! And in the middle of those two weekends, Mike and the local community were the winners of another sort when the lack of other bidders landed the now-closed Sharkey's Casino in Gardnerville in Mike's hands. Watch for extensive renovations, a refreshed look inside and out, a fun business plan and a solid employer on the main corner in Gardnerville! When? March of 2015 if all goes well . . . and we'll keep you updated on the progress and the employment possibilities in this weekly blog! Back to Mike's horses - a couple more are running this weekend at Los Alamitos . . . we'll keep you "posted."

KTVN Channel 2 Share Your Christmas Community Food DriveThe Carson Valley's largest food drive is this Friday right outside the Carson Valley Inn at the entrance to our RV resort where you can drive-by and donate food and/or money anytime between 6 AM and 6 PM. The KTVN crew and hundreds of volunteers will be here rain or shine. Even though it looks like the "shine" part may be minimal this year, please come by and donate anyway . . . Possible inclement weather this Friday doesn't change the need to help feed our community's hungry over the coming year!
  • Here are some last-minute tips for making donations at other locations which will wind up at the food drive this Friday - but remember, we would also like to see you this Friday!
    • You can buy a bag of groceries valued at over $25 at Raley's for $10 and here's a bonus: the register receipt from Raley's clearly shows the $10 is a tax-deductible donation.
    • The Towns of Minden and Gardnerville are both collecting food this week on your regular trash days. Check the details in the carsonvalleytimes.com article at this link.
    • If your trash is picked up by Douglas Disposal, they also have a program going on this week and details are on their website.
  • As for our KTVN On-Air crew and the question we posed last week:  Chloe Beardsley enjoys
    coaching basketball and working with animals, Adam Varahachaikol enjoys cooking and traveling to San Francisco, and Arianna Bennett harbors a healthy obsession with Lake Tahoe!
  • Blood Drive Also Friday: If you are able, please donate at the United Blood Services Bloodmobile this Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the site of the Food Drive. To schedule an appointment or find out more, click here

Hidden Mickey Decorations Drawing Interest:  Our Hidden Mickey Contest for a CV Steak $100 Dining Credit is definitely drawing interest and entries. So, if you are visiting CVI, why not throw your name into the hat (up to 9 times) for this drawing? The more Hidden Mickeys (Mickey Mouse Ear Christmas Decorations) you find, the higher your chances of winning! All it takes to enter is to wander around the CVI, keep your eyes open as you look at our Christmas decorations, jot down the location of the Hidden Mickey Christmas decorations, and send us an email by clicking here. You'll be entered once for each correct location you identify before our drawing on December 23 - we'll announce the winner in our December 24 Blog.

Christmas at the Inn:  let's start with the assumption that on Christmas Day, you are either going out to eat – as in to a restaurant – or you're eating at home, whether it's your home, at a friend's house or you're going over to the relatives. If you plan to go out to eat, we have two Christmas Day dining choices: Katie's or CV Steak. Both are serving their regular menu choices at regular everyday prices on Christmas Day – plus both restaurants have Christmas Day Specials for an additional holiday touch! If you plan to eat at home or at someone else's house, you – or someone – is faced with a lot of work buying the food, prepping, cooking and tackling one heck of the cleanup project both as you go along and after everyone is finished. We have a way to minimize a lot of this work: choose one of our three Christmas Dinners to Go . . . Prime rib, turkey, or ham for 8 to 12 people! Is there a little bit of heat-up preparation? Sure, but our instructions tell you just how. Do you still have dishes to cleanup afterwards? Yep, but the overall process is a whole lot less time-consuming than doing it all yourself!  Whether you choose to go out to a restaurant or have Christmas dinner at home, we have a number of choices here at the Carson Valley Inn . . . so, consider letting us help you enjoy more time with your family and friends on Christmas Day!

Poker Room Celebrates 10 Years:  it's been just about 10 years since we started dealing live poker here at the CVI so our Poker Room is celebrating its 10th anniversary on December 19! We'll have cash drawings, free cake and champagne, and the first 100 players in the poker room on December 19 will receive a free 10th Anniversary Commemorative Poker Chip/Card Protector.

Best Sandwich Contest Crowded: The carsonvalleytimes.com "Sandwich Wars" now has over 50 sandwiches in the running including four Katie's favorites: The Big Bird, The French Dip, The Nevadan and The Monte Cristo. We are not fans of ballot box stuffing, but will gladly accept your vote for any of these four sandwiches that you feel are worthy. Thanks!

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News:
  • A Toys for Tots donation box is near our Hotel Desk.
  • December Blackjack Tournament Winners: it happens every month on the second Tuesday and last night's blackjack tournament winners were David Bailey (1st for $625), David Myers (2nd for $375) and  Richard Leigh (3rd for $250). It's just a $25 entry fee and the next monthly contest is Tuesday, January 13.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret: Paul Covarelli appears tonight, Jo Mama with Special Guest Stew Stewart is here Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights, NFL Football has the spotlight Sunday and Monday nights and George Pickard entertains Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Ladies Night Giveaways: Tonight's Hot Seat winners will receive a Costco gift basket and the first 150 ladies to check in tonight will receive a bracelet. Reminder, Ladies' Night now starts at 5:30 p.m.  To have your business featured on one of our Ladies' Nights (we do pay you for the prizes); call Stephanie at 775-783-7711.
  • Jackpot Update:
    • The Pro PK'em Progressive is $4,222 for this weekend's NFL games. That'll buy Christmas gifts for the whole family in most cases. Just a $5 play is all it takes to have a shot!
    • The Penny Progressive Jackpot was approaching $57,000 late yesterday afternoon. That will buy a new-car type Christmas present if it hits on a max-coin (90 pennies) bet! 
  • This Week's Game-On Fridays special in CV Steak is Roasted Rack of Venison with Cherry Port Sauce: A 4-bone venison rack seasoned with fresh herbs and roasted to your specs (Chef Patrick does not recommend cooking temps over medium). As always, served with tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato - au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato . . . all for $32.00! 
Do You Talk Back?! Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit "0" when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Snow Arrives, Valley Horses Do Well, Food Drive, New Community Center, More

Now That We Have Some Snow in the Area:  Keep doin' the dance 'cause it's working as we saw some significant snow in the Tahoe area this week and the ski resorts are opening more of their terrain every day (see proof on Heavenly web cams).  We had no doubt (OK, we had a little doubt), so the Carson Valley Inn's 2014/2015 Ski Packages are ready to book!  We also have a special Epic Pass Hotel Rate for those who have one of the 2014/2015 Epic Passes for the northern Nevada Vail Resorts properties which include HeavenlyKirkwood and Northstar.  Also, keep an eye open for a special ski package on the weekend after the Super Bowl . . . more to come.


California Chrome Wins Big, CVI Owner Mike Pegram's Horses Also Do Well: Horse racing had quite a local tie this past weekend from California to Kentucky to New York! Mike Pegram's colt Hoppertunity, a 2014 Kentucky Derby favorite who was scratched days before the Derby with a foot bruise, roared back with a win in the Grade 1 $500,000 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs last Friday. On Saturday, Mike's past Breeders' Cup winner Secret Circle finished 2nd in the Cigar Mile at Aqueduct Park in New York. Meanwhile, on the West Coast, Steve and Carolyn Colby's California Chrome won the Hollywood Derby at Delmar. And on Sunday, Midnight Hawk came in third in his race at Delmar. "Hawk" is owned by Mike in partnership with Chicago Blackhawks Coach Joel Quenneville, Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Kitchen, Altanta Falcons offensive line coach Mike Tice, and John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings. Oh, one more: Mike's SECRETSATMIDNIGHT won the previous Saturday, November 22 at Delmar.

It's Christmas Kickoff Weekend in the Carson Valley with plenty of visual and experiential events guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit.
The KTVN Channel 2 Share Your Christmas Community Food Drive is coming up fast on Friday, December 12 at the RV Park entrance from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.  United Blood Services is again holding a Blood Drive from 11:30 to 5:30 at the site of the Food Drive. To schedule an appointment or find out more, click here.  And if you absolutely can't make it next Friday to donate food, you can always buy a $10 bag (or a few) at the Gardnerville Raley's – all that food winds up at the Food Drive that afternoon.  As for our KTVN On-Air crew of Adam, Chloe and Arianna . . . guess which one enjoys cooking and traveling to San Francisco, which one enjoys coaching basketball and working with animals, and which one harbors a healthy obsession with Lake Tahoe?

Hidden Mickeys Can Bring You $100 Worth of Food and Beverage in CV Steak: This is a pretty simple "contest." Mixed in among the many hundreds of Christmas decorations inside the Carson Valley Inn are 9 Mickey Mouse themed Christmas ornaments. In Disney parlance, these are called Hidden Mickeys. So how does this tie to $100 Worth of Food and Beverage in CV Steak? For every correct location you identify (shoot us an email by clicking here) before the deadline, you'll be entered once into our Hidden Mickey contest. We'll hold a drawing on December 23 and the winner will be notified by email. $100 in CV Steak goes a long way . . . So why not look around and let us know where you see our Christmas Hidden Mickeys.

Reno Shuttle Going Well: The folks at Amador Stage Lines told us that the Carson Valley Airporter scheduled shuttle service between the Carson Valley and Reno is going very well. Make you plans now to use this service if you are flying out of town for Christmas or New Years.  Also a great way for out-of-town visitors to get between the Reno Airport and Carson Valley!


New Senior and Community Center: Congratulations to Douglas County on the long-anticipated opening of the Douglas County Community and Senior Center this Saturday! The Grand Opening and Open House starts at 1:00 p.m. at the impressive new facility at 1329 Waterloo Lane in Gardnerville. A great opportunity to tour the 83,000 sq. ft. building which includes a wide variety of services and state-of-the-art amenities.

Throw Down for Best Sandwich: The carsonvalleytimes.com "Sandwich Wars" started earlier this week with four Katie's favorites on the nomination round ballot: The Big Bird, The French Dip, The Nevadan and The Monte Cristo. Still plenty of time to add more of your Katie's favorites and start voting! Need a reminder on what Katie's offers? Click here to go to the lunch and dinner menu.

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News:
  • Special Poker Game Expanded: The new daytime no-limit game we covered in last week's blog quickly proved both popular and fun, so the crew in the poker room added another day and you can now jump in on this lower-risk no-limit game at 1 p.m. on both Wednesdays and Fridays! Word from the Poker Room is that the Saturday hourly High Hand Contest is also creating some extra interaction as the end of each hour closes in!
  • Ladies Night New Start Time: Ladies' Night now starts at 5:30 p.m.   Tonight's Hot Seat winners will receive a valuable Yankee Candle gift basket and the first 150 ladies to check in tonight will receive a Yankee Candle Votive. To have your business featured on one of our Ladies' Nights (we do pay you for the prizes); call Stephanie at 775-783-7711.
  • Jackpot Update:
    • The Penny Progressive Jackpot was approaching $53,000 when we checked late yesterday afternoon . . . sure starts climbing at a faster rate when it tops $50k. As a reminder, this jackpot is all at the Carson Valley Inn, so no worries about someone hitting it elsewhere!
    • The Pro PK'em Progressive is $4,096 for this weekend's NFL games. That's just about where it was when it hit for the first time last year . . . just sayin'.
  • This Week's Game-On Fridays special in CV Steak is Grilled Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast served with tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato - au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato . . . all for $28.00!
Fire Back at Us! Have questions about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit "0" when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

New Poker Tournament, Find the Mickey Ornaments, Candy Cane Lane, More

Happy Thanksgiving! A last minute reminder that both Katie's and CV Steak have traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Specials plus their regular menu items Thursday. Last we checked, CV Steak was "full" but you might check with them at 775-783-6650 for any last minute openings due to cancellations.  If you are one of the many folks who ordered our Thanksgiving Turkey to go, we appreciate your business! We hope to have information in next week's blog about our Christmas Dinner to Go program which will include your choice of Turkey, Ham or Prime Rib with all the trimmings. We'll do the cooking, you heat and serve at home and enjoy the holiday!

No Limit Hold 'em Poker for those without a Zillion Dollars:  The crew in our Poker Room has done it again – they've come up with yet another fun way for people to enjoy live poker. This one is a daytime no-limit game that gives you the thrill of pushing your entire stack of chips to the center and saying "I'm all in" without having Mr. Moneybags to your left scoff at your meager bankroll. This special no limit game starts at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and the buy-in is $20-$100. This is a "table stakes" game so no worries about Mr. Moneybags digging in to his wad of hundreds to take you out.  This special game joins the other poker room additions we mentioned in our blog on November 5 (scroll down, it's there).  We don't know if it's the free draft beer, high octane coffee, or the occasional plateful of sweets, but the staff and regulars in the CVI Poker Room sure are a friendly, jovial, and welcoming bunch!

It's All About Christmas!
  • Christmas Lights For Kids of All Ages:   Our visual and musical salute to the festive holiday season, Candy Cane Lane, will be powered up for your enjoyment starting Sunday and continuing nightly through December. Thousands of Christmas lights surround  a variety of scenes depicting traditional characters and images getting ready for and enjoying Christmas. To experience Candy Cane Lane, pull into the Carson Valley Inn parking lot at the RV Entrance – between the Carson Valley Market and the Inn's electronic sign . . .the lighted arch marks the way. Tune your car radio to 89.9 FM and enjoy the music as you do a slow drive-by to soak in the sites and get into the Christmas spirit!
  • More Christmas Inside the CVI: as the Thanksgiving weekend unfolds, the rest of our Christmas  Decorations  will be sprouting up in our  restaurants, hallways and casino.  And that takes us to something we mentioned in last week's Blog . . .
  • $100 Dining Certificate for CV Steak: There are a handful - say a half-a-dozen - of "Hidden Mickey's (Mickey Mouse shaped Christmas ornaments) sprinkled here and there inside the CVI. Look around for them and click here to send us an email letting us know where you noticed these Mickey Mouse ornaments. For each location you find during the contest, you will be entered once into a drawing on December 23 for a $100 dining certificate for CV Steak!  You don't need to slide down any chimneys to find these special decorations . . . All are in plain sight! 
  • Holiday Giveaways Ramp Up in December:  the dollar amounts associated with our Friday and Saturday night Holiday Giveaway drawings ramp up in December. For a peek at what's going on, Click Here.
  • Our Christmas Kickoff Weekend Hotel Package is a great 3-night deal on December 4 – 6 and it's not too late to make reservations now . . . a most affordable way to enjoy the many Christmas Spirit Inducing Events near the Carson Valley Inn!
  • Food Drive Almost Here: Please start gathering your food donations for the annual KTVN Channel 2 Share Your Christmas Community Food Drive on Friday, December 12 at the RV Park entrance from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Toys! A Toys for Tots donation box is near our Hotel Desk.
"Sandwich Wars" starts December 1 – another local eatery ”best of”  search contest run by our friends at www.carsonvalleytimes.com After CV Steak's Gourmet Hamburger (aka The French Disaster) made it to the finals in the Burger Wars, we had to sit out Pizza Wars . . . but the word from Publisher/Editor Joey Crandall is that a few of our Katie's Sandwiches will be on the starting block in the nomination round for Sandwich Wars. We'll have more on this in next Wednesday's CVI Blog.

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News:
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret: Just Us is here tonight through Saturday night, NFL Football has the spotlight Sunday and Monday nights and Greg Austin entertains Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Job Openings: We are looking to fill a few positions at the Carson Valley Inn including (ironically) a Human Resources Manager  . . . Click here for all the openings.
  • Ladies Night: Tonight's Hot Seat winners will receive a Thanksgiving themed gift basket from The Chocolate Shoppe and the first 150 ladies to check in tonight will receive a Fall Key Chain. To have your business featured on one of our Ladies' Nights (we do pay you for the prizes); call Stephanie at 775-783-7711.
  • Jackpot Update: The Penny Progressive Jackpot was over $48,000 last we looked on Tuesday afternoon and the Pro PK'em Progressive is $9 shy of $4,000 for this weekend's NFL games. Someone came one game short of winning the Pro PK'em Progressive this past weekend . . . brings up some thoughts we'll share in next week's blog.
  • This Week's Game-On Fridays special in CV Steak is another on our "always-sells-well" list: Braised Lamb Shank slow cooked with herbs, Cabernet and mustards . . . served with  Pearl Barley Risotto, tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato - au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato . . . all for $26.00! 
  • Reno Airport Shuttle: The Carson Valley Airporter provides scheduled shuttle service between the Carson Valley and Reno – airport and downtown. Very handy whether you are arriving at Reno International or travelling from the Valley to Reno.
Anything on Your Mind about the CVI? Have questions about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit "0" when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thanksgiving Dinner, Christmas Parties, Jackpot Update, More

 Thanksgiving Dinner: your house or our house, we have you covered either way!
  • Your House: everyone likes the aroma of Thanksgiving dinner in their home, and certainly having leftovers is another good reason to celebrate at home. However, the preparation and cooking is so time-consuming . . . So, we have a mitigation plan that can't be beat! Our Thanksgiving Dinner to Go for up to 10 People is only $84 and we do all the messy time-consuming part! Find out more by clicking here and please get your order in soon as we do have a cut-off!
  • Our House: both Katie's and CV Steak have traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Specials. And here's the best part, our specials are reasonably priced and we still serve the regular menu in both restaurants. So, no need to get gouged while you are gorging yourself when you go out for Thanksgiving Dinner - at least not here at the Carson Valley Inn. In order to pull all this off, we do make three minor adjustments on Thanksgiving day:  in CV Steak, we open at 1:30 PM instead of 4:30 PM and the Sunset Special is not available on Thanksgiving Day. In Katie's, the usual Thursday night $6.99 Roast Turkey special is not available.  And here's an important tip: if you plan to dine in CV Steak on Thanksgiving Day, please make a reservation now at 775-783-6650.

Speaking of holidays, here are a few more thoughts: Holiday Parties are big at the Carson Valley Inn. Between our convention center, the VIP Picon Room and the private dining room in CV Steak, they'll be something going on just about every night in December. While the weekend evenings are pretty much booked, we still have room on some Sunday through Thursday nights. So, whether it's your office, club, group of friends, or family we can make it quite easy for you to celebrate here at the CVI. Plus, to encourage safety, we offer a very special hotel room rate on the night of your holiday party. Want to know more? Get in touch with Carrie at 775-783-6673.

First Half of $20,000 Guaranteed Giveaway is Saturday! Here's the breakdown - $10,000 in Cash and FreePlay will be given away this Saturday - $5,000 at the CVI and another $5,000 at Bodines. Drawings are at 5, 6, 7 and 8 p.m., all $5,000 will be given away at each location, the whole process repeats on December 19 and all the details are at this link.
Toys for Tots: The Carson Valley Inn is again a collection location for the Toys for Tots program this Christmas Season. The drop-off box is near the hotel desk and we'll call to have it picked up every day if the donations come in that fast!

Airport Shuttle is Rolling! The talk is over, the web site has been tweaked, the schedules are at our hotel desk and the buses are rolling for the Carson Valley Airporter shuttle service between the Carson Valley and Reno – airport and downtown. It's convenient, affordable and waiting for you to use – whether you are arriving at Reno International or travelling from the Valley to Reno . . . . Let's jump on board and make it successful!!

CVI Christmas Decorations Going Up Very Soon: Eileen Knox, our Chief Decorating Elf and pictured here, and her minions are busy unpacking,repairing and polishing the plethora of Christmas Decorations  that will soon be spectacularly visible in our restaurants, hallways,  casino and other areas. In the process, they have crammed decorations in just about every unused or temporarily uninhabited back-of-the house nook and cranny. Just a little peak into the incredible effort that Eileen and her helpers put into bringing the Christmas Spirit to the inside of CVI. Meanwhile, our Engineering staff has just about finished the creation of Candy Cane Lane which will light up on November 30 at the latest!

Mickey Mouse's Birthday: Speaking of Eileen (and we were - just above) she is one of the biggest Disney fans in the west . . . and Mickey Mouse is the icon of Disney . . . and Micky Mouse's Birthday was yesterday (86!) . . . so, Eileen has some special "Hidden Mickey's" going up in the Christmas decorations . . . but more about that next week!

Third Party Kudos for CV Steak: Myscha Theriault is an author and avid traveler. She is currently traveling through North America with her husband and Labrador retriever and the trio recently spent a weekend in the Carson Valley. We were fortunate that they dropped by CV Steak for dinner. Myscha did a great story about her swing through the Carson Valley. Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune News Service, it has popped up in numerous places on the Internet. Here's what Myscha had to say about their dinner in CV Steak (no, the Labrador retriever did not join them for dinner). Here's the excerpt, Thanks, Myscha!!

     "If carnivorous offerings captivate your taste buds, you may want to head to CV Steak. Located in the Carson Valley Inn, it also offers a wide array of entrees for less than $30, including steak, seafood, chicken and even a few vegetarian options. Many of their starters are available at less than 10 bucks as well. Value hunters will want to check out a couple of key menu options.
     First, their sampler appetizer tray lets you test drive numerous snacks at a price of just $15. It's sized for two to share, and makes a nice start to an extended dining experience. Second, they have an early dining menu that starts at 4:30 in the afternoon and runs for one hour. For $18, you can order a three course meal from a set menu that includes options such as chicken Marsala, salmon fillets, pork medallions and more. Pretty tough to beat, especially for a fine dining experience."  

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News:
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret: George Pickard appears tonight, Jo Mama is here Thursday, Stew Stewart handles Friday & Saturday nights, NFL Football has the spotlight Sunday and Monday nights and Steve Lord entertains Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Ladies Night: Tonight's Hot Seat winners will receive a Gift Box Stack from Costco and the first 150 ladies to check in tonight will receive a Fall Candle Set. To have your business featured on one of our Ladies' Nights (we do pay you for the prizes); call Stephanie at 775-783-7711.
  • Jackpot Update: The Penny Progressive Jackpot was over $45,000 when we checked late yesterday afternoon and the Pro PK'em Progressive is $3,886 for this weekend's NFL games.
  • As Steve Martin Said, "First you get a million dollars: This Monday is the last day to get in on our Monday Millioni$er promotion. Earn just one point on Monday and you get a free $2 pull on the Aristocrat Millioni$er game near CV Steak (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.). The big jackpot is over $2.9 million and someone will eventually win it . . . just sayin!
  • What a Hoot!! The Late Nite Catechism comedy show was hilarious last Saturday night. And that's just one in a series of Comedy Catechism Classes produced by the same folks . . . stay tuned!
  • This Week's Game-On Fridays special in CV Steak is Game Mix Grill with marinated Buffalo and Elk medallions, Venison and Alligator Sausage and finished with a Brandy Cherry Demi-Glace. Served with  tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato - au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato . . . all for $29.00! We tried to get the chef to smother it all with a generous helping of Wild Turkey "for the season," but his sense of taste and food pairing outweighed our nonsense!
Two Way Street! Have questions about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit "0" when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Airport Shuttle Starts Monday, Dungeons & Dragons Is Here, Last Call for Catechism/Comedy Show, More

The World of Slots Progresses with the Times!
  • Steve Forester, original and longtime General Manager of Bodines and now Corporate Director of Slot Development for Mike Pegram's properties, recently returned from the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas. Steve's descriptions of some of the "things to come" in the video slot world were incredible and, in some cases, had us wondering whether he was embellishing a little. But we are rooted in reality here at the CVI (most of the time, anyway) so let's talk about the new stuff we either just acquired or that we will see in the next month or two.
  • Yesterday, the Dungeons and Dragons video games made their way to our floor in what wound up being an all-day installation process. Produced by Konami Gaming, this new slot theme is based on the fantasy role-playing game that has been played by over 20 million people in some form or another since it first appeared in 1974.
  • We recently we added new games from Ainsworth Game Technology including Trojan Treasure, Rich and Wild and Twice the Money.  Aruze Gaming America is also represented on our floor with their new and already popular Ultra Stack Games - Panda, Dragon and Africa.
  • On December 3, the first True 3D video slot called Sphinx will be available at CVI!  Steve shared that this game is being rolled out slowly and that the bigger casinos in Las Vegas are getting only four of them while the smaller casinos like the CVI will only get one. But. By gosh, Steve made sure that we have one coming! The game requires no 3D glasses and symbols pop from the screen and seem inches from your eyes. Sometimes a direct quote is better than anything we can make up, so here is exactly what Steve told us: "It's freaking amazing. I believe there will be some people who won't be able to play it because it will really mess with their heads."  Guess we'll find out soon!
  • Steve is seeing new vendors in the creative world of video slot development and they are bringing in fresh ideas and fascinating games that would've been tagged as pure fantasy a few years ago. Not to worry . . . as always, we will continue to have many traditional games while we follow – and stay ahead of – the developing trends to make sure that those who grew up on video games are entertained on the casino floor with the "new stuff."
So that you have it handy, here are events and happenings we covered in recent blogs – click on the highlighted text for info:
Carson Valley Airporter Shuttle to Start Nov. 17: The Carson Valley Airporter shuttle service between the Carson Valley and Reno airport is now scheduled to start on Monday, November 17 and you can make reservations now on the Carson Valley Airporter website! Just click on the "To Reno" image and, if needed, scroll down to the Leaving Carson Valley Inn section! Schedule/rate cards are available at our Hotel Desk! Joey Crandall at carsonvalleytimes.com posted this story yesterday.

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Last Call for Late Night Catechism: The Late Night Catechism show this Saturday is close to a sell-out, so get your tickets as soon as possible. Need a personal invitation? Sister Nonie speaks to you in this short video! UPDATE: SOLD OUT - Thank You!!

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News:
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret: Greg Austin appears tonight, After Dark takes the stage Thursday – Saturday nights, NFL Football has the spotlight Sunday and Monday nights and George Pickard entertains Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Ladies Night: Tonight's Hot Seat winners will receive a Gift Basket from World Market and the first 150 ladies to check in tonight will receive a Pumpkin Candle Holder (great for the Thanksgiving dinner table)!  To have your business featured on one of our Ladies' Nights (we do pay you for the prizes); call Stephanie at 775-783-7711.
  • Jackpot Update: The Penny Progressive Jackpot was over $42,000 when we checked late yesterday afternoon and the Pro PK'em Progressive is $3,798 for this weekend's NFL games. Also, click the name to check on the Megabucks or Wheel of Fortune $.25 Jackpot or $1 Jackpot or $5 Jackpot – all available at the CVI!
  • This Week's Game-On Fridays special in CV Steak is Roasted Stuffed Quail with prosciutto wild rice and port and plum glaze,  served with  tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato - au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato . . . all for $27.00!
  • Our Monthly Blackjack Tournament winners last night:  The total prize pool was $1,225.00 and the first place prize of $615.00 was won by Inga Silver. Second ($370.00) and third ($240.00) went to Mike Bigelow and Paulina Garry. The next monthly tournament is Tuesday, December 9.
Thanks Again to our Veterans!
Over 600 turned out for our Free Veteran's Day Spaghetti Feed yesterday including 5 WWII Vets. Thank you again to all who have, are, and will serve to protect all that we love about our country!

Right Back at Us! Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit "0" when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Airport Shuttle Closer, Late Nite Catechism Selling Fast, Poker Room Extras, More


Carson Valley Airporter Getting Very Close: the start of the Carson Valley Airporter shuttle service between the Carson Valley and Reno airport is still a week or two away. However, we know it's getting closer because one of the buses was here a few days ago as it ran the orientation route with all of the drivers. Our Bell Captain (Mark) and one of our Hotel Supervisors (Clarissa) couldn't resist the "Wheel of Fortune" pose next to one of the two specially marked buses that will be running the service. The rates and schedules will be on the Carson Valley Airporter website which now has preliminary information. The folks at The Amador Stage Lines folks will be back in town early next week to deliver the schedule cards which will be then available at our hotel front desk.

Halloween Meets Late Night Catechism: we know this seems like a deliberate set up, but honestly it was a coincidence. Deanna, Stephanie and Julie (l-r in picture) from our Marketing Department dressed up as Nice, Naughty and Mean Nuns for Halloween. In addition to winning the first place day-shift prize, they also gave us a great segue into the Late Night Catechism show coming up on Saturday, November 15 in our Valley Ballroom. This based-on-how-it-really-was comedy show/play is certain to bring tears of laughter and twinges of nostalgia to anyone who was taught by nuns in school, had friends who were taught by nuns in school, or has ever heard any of the "stories" involving having your hands slapped by a ruler. Hurry - tickets are selling faster than we thought! As for the rest of the employee Halloween Costume Contest Winners: Second place on day-shift went to Unique in Katie's who dressed as a Unique-a-Corn. The swing-shift costume winners: First place (tie) went to Jenny at CV Steak Bar (Oktoberfest Gal) and Bonnie in Slots (Dracula) and second place went to Jessica in Slots (Little Bo Peep)! Back to the Nice, Naughty and Mean Nuns for a second - that combination only begins to describe Sister Nonee who will be "teaching"  Late Night Catechism on November 15. More on this show in the "Interesting Tidbits" section below.

Christmas Kickoff Weekend December 4 - 6: As promised in last week's blog, we now have all the information on our website for the Christmas Kickoff Weekend, a three-night package for December 4, 5, and 6. In addition to three nights in the hotel and $100 in dining credit for our restaurants, you'll have access to a number of free Christmas Kickoff activities in Minden, Gardnerville and Genoa that weekend. From Christmas tree lightings to fireworks to Santa arrivals to the parade of lights, you'll have something to do every day and night. This is one of our best weekend values of the year and we suggest you check it out by clicking here.

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Secret Circle, California Chrome Come up Short: If you follow horse racing at all you know that Mike's horse Secret Circle ran a close second in the Breeders' Cup Sprint to Work All Week and California Chrome ran well but finished third, half a length behind winner Bayern in the Breeders' Cup Classic. Two good showings last Saturday from horses with local ownership but, unfortunately no trip to the Winner's Circle. The local crowd was solidly behind California Chrome as shown in the above video of rising hope and eventual disappointment  in our Cabaret Lounge during the Breeders' Cup Classic. Mike did have a winner on Sunday at Santa Anita when Global Hottie won the 8th race.

Poker Room Extras: the zany crew in our poker room has put together a couple of enticing extras over the next few weeks. On Tuesday and Thursday nights, a $50 cash drawing is being held for all participants in that night's tournament. All the names go into a hat (or something similar but with the tight security of a hat) and a winner is drawn 30 minutes after the end of the tournament. If you're playing in a live game at the time of the drawing, the 50 bucks is yours. If the winner is not present, the $50 rolls to the next tournament night. Here's the other extra: on Saturdays from 2 to 6 PM, whoever has the high hand of each hour (full house or better) gets a chance to spin the wheel. Regulars know that wheel prizes include 1,000 to 2,000 free INN Club points, dinners in CV Steak, and even a stop on the wheel for a cash progressive jackpot. These two extras are in addition to a whole bunch of other things going on regularly in our poker room. Click here for all the information including what's happening for our 10 Year Poker Room Anniversary on December 19!

Thanksgiving Dinner to Go: It was a big hit last year, so we're bringing it back – Thanksgiving Dinner to Go for up to 10 People is available again! We start with a sizable & plump turkey, add in all the trimmings, and pack it up in a way that makes it easy for you to pick up on Wednesday and heat it all up for Thanksgiving Day. Advance orders are a must and all the details are at this link.

Carrie Nicolaisen – Employee of the Year! This Saturday the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and The Record Courier host the Annual Community Recognition Awards . . . and our own Events, Conventions and Catering Manager Carrie Nicolaisen will be honored as the Carson Valley's Employee of the Year! Carrie has earned the respect of many people and organizations through her work in the community and on the hundreds of functions that are held at the CVI each year! 

Veteran's Day is Tuesday, November 11 and we invite all Veterans and Active Military – plus one guest – to our 4th Annual CVI Veteran's Day Spaghetti Feed in the Valley Ballroom from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.   There will be a Veteran's Day colors presentation, the National Anthem and an invocation at 11 a.m. and then lunch is served until 3 p.m.



As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News:
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret: Paul Covarelli appears tonight, Steppen Stonz takes the stage Thursday – Saturday nights, NFL Football has the spotlight Sunday and Monday nights and Greg Austin entertains Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Ladies Night: Tonight's Hot Seat winners will receive a Gift Basket from Fresh Ideas and the first 150 ladies to check in tonight will receive a Fall Candy Dish!  To have your business featured on one of our Ladies' Nights (we do pay you for the prizes); call Stephanie at 775-783-7711.
  • Jackpot Update: The Penny Progressive Jackpot was over $39,500 when we checked late yesterday afternoont and the Pro PK'em Progressive is $3,686 for this weekend's NFL games.
  • This Week's Game-On Fridays special in CV Steak is Braised Buffalo Short Ribs: one and a half pounds of American Bison short ribs braised and slow-cooked, finished with natural pan sauce and served with  tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato - au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato . . . all for $29.00! 
  • Tuesday is our Monthly Blackjack Tournament – just a $25 buy-in and you're in the hunt for the cash prizes - 50% of all entry and buy-back fees to the winner, 30% to 2nd and 20% to 3rd.  Check at the table games area (aka "The Pit") for all the details.
  • We now have more information available on the annual KTVN Channel 2 Share Your Christmas Community Food Drive on Friday, December 12 at the RV Park entrance from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • Nevada Football Coach Brian Polian was his humble yet driven self in his Blitz Luncheon presentation to over 100 alumni and fans in our Valley Ballroom on Monday. With many young players developing fast, the rest of this year and 2015 are looking good! 
  • Not that we'd ever tell on anyone, especially with Sister Nonee and the Late Night Catechism show so close . . . but Father Paul at St. Gall's thinks the stories about the nuns and the rulers and embarrassing discipline measures have been embellished over time. Those of us who know better, and dodged an eraser or two ourselves in class, will have the chance to set him straight on Tuesday when he does the invocation at our Veteran's Day Free Spaghetti Lunch! 
  • And one final thought for the week: After months of nightly nuisance, when your home phone rings today it won't be a political robo-call!
Sound Off! Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit "0" when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!