Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tanya Tucker Tickets on Sale, Mike Tice Charity Golf Tournament, Much More

Concert Updates:
Tanya Tucker Tickets Are On Sale Now: Before all of today's country superstars, Tanya Tucker blazed an eclectic new trail for female country artists when "Delta Dawn" became a Top 10 country hit in 1972. A year later at 14, Tanya topped the Billboard country chart with her first of many #1 hits "What's Your Mama's Name." At 15 she was on the cover of Rolling Stone with the prophetic headline, "Hi, I'm Tanya Tucker, I'm 15, You're Gonna Hear From Me." Tucker's path through the country world is highlighted in this interview from Rolling Stone published late last year after the unveiling of the Tanya Tucker Exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville on November 13, 2014.

Tickets are also on sale for these upcoming TJ's Corral concerts:
  • Gary Allan June 4: Just two weeks until Gary Allan takes the stage in TJ's Corral. Catch up on some of Gary's music videos (including him telling the background on some of the songs he's written) and fan club comments on hiswebsite.
  • The Davisson Brothers Band and Loving Mary Band June 12: Plan to kickoff Carson Valley Days weekend with these two upcoming country acts and be able to say you remember when they played in the Carson Valley!
  • Rodney Atkins June 27:  The Academy of Country Music's Top New Male Vocalist of 2006, Rodney's 2006 album If You're Going Through Hell produced four #1 country hits!
Feed Me Seymor: Our annual Food Truck Festival is this Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. in the back parking lot and TJ's Corral.  What better way to put it than pirating a few phrases from Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bill Chernock as he described the event in one of his updates to the Chamber membership last week: May 23rd is the date, and like the swallows to Capistrano and the buzzards to Hinckley, Ohio, the 23rd is the date that the food trucks shall return to the Carson Valley Inn. A flock of the four wheeled eateries will gather next to TJ's Corral, accompanied by additional beverage service and free music from the 'Blues Monsters' . . . even stuff for the kids to do. Just a reminder, white shirts show stains.

Mike Tice Charity Golf Tournament! If you've spent much time around the Carson Valley Inn, or read our blog or know anything about the local Boys and Girls Club, you certainly know about the Mike Tice Annual Golf Tournament.  There is golf, merriment, and a couple of nights of serious fundraising that have produced over a quarter of a million dollars for the Boys and Girls Club of Western Nevada, Carson Valley Branch over the last four years.  What started out as just Coach Tice and his friends has slowly welcomed in others who are willing and able to help in this incredible fundraising event.  This year promises to take on even more "lair" as Mike was head coach Jack del Rio's first addition to the Oakland Raiders staff for 2015 as Offensive Line Coach. There are two ways you can jump on board for this year's long weekend of frivolity and fundraising: Tickets are available for the Crawfish Feed in TJ's Corral on Saturday evening, June 20. Just $40.00 includes beer, Crawfish and accompaniments, music by “Decades” and the always entertaining and sometimes colorful comments by "Coach." For tickets, contact Jeri Johnson at 775-771-6432 or 775-783-7037.  For those willing to pony up a little more for the B & G Club, there are still a few spots available in the golf tournament on Sunday, June 21 at the Golf Club at Genoa Lakes. Click Here for Sponsorship Information. Proceeds stay right here in our community and benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Nevada, Carson Valley Branch!

Wear Your PJs to Sharkey's on Thursday! This is not one of those trick headlines to get you to read something that is only mildly related (not that we wouldn't do that!). We really do expect to see people wearing pajamas in Sharkey's Casino Thursday afternoon as they participate in the first 2015 Thirsty Third Thursday Wine Walk sponsored and produced by our friends at Main Street Gardnerville.  Be sure to register starting at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at either Big Daddy's Bicycle Shop near the Minden-Gardnerville line or at the Town of Gardnerville office across the street and two blocks south of Sharkey's. The two in the picture? That's Shannon Crabtree & Paula Lochridge in the "old" Sharkey's 2+ years ago

The Seafood Linguini in CV Steak received "Top Four" support in the nomination round of Pasta Wars, another of the Food Wars polls by carsonvalleytimes.com. The final round of voting starts Monday morning, May 25 and continues through Friday, May 29. For those who haven't had this popular CV Steak entrée, let us tell you about it: Our chef starts a fresh sauté for each order by browning lobster, shrimp and scallops. He completes the sauté by mixing in a lemon butter cream sauce with fresh dill, diced tomatoes and capers – and serves it over freshly cooked linguini pasta. By the time this entrée arrives hot at your table, you will have already enjoyed a basket of freshly baked and still warm sourdough bread and our house salad which some consider a meal in itself: we start with mixed greens (romaine and iceberg) and add artichoke hearts, croutons, Parmesan cheese and grape tomatoes. Each salad is tossed tableside with our special house dressing which is best described as a creamy Italian herb dressing (shown "on the side" in the photo - always an option). Want to vote for this tasty and filling dinner? Click here after the polls open on Monday morning, May 25th

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Douglas County Is Healthiest in Nevada: At least that's what we read on the internet earlier this week. Seems 24/7 Wall St. developed the list of the Healthiest County in Each of the 50 States. While we are not surprised that Douglas County won for Nevada, we sure don't understand why, with all of the beauty and spectacular scenery around here, "they" had to use a picture of Las Vegas! A more representative shot could have been the picture above that Bonnie Klein posted on the Douglas County Exposures, a local Public Group on Facebook.
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: The first 150 ladies to sign up tonight receive the third set of two May spa products.  Also enjoy hot seat drawings for Patriotic Themed Chocolate Shoppe Gift Baskets, ladies-only drink specials and more.
  • Elk Medallions Friday in CV Steak:  Our Friday Game Special this week is Grilled Elk Medallions with a Brandy Cherry Demi - two 3 oz. elk tenderloin medallions grilled and finished with demi and sundried cherries; served with fresh vegetable, choice of potato (au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked) and tableside tossed salad all for $30.00.  
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: Jonathan "JB" Barton is here tonight, Nancy Barker, Curt Lee & Friends entertain Thursday, Stew Stewart covers Friday and Saturday nights, The Blues Monsters make a one-night appearance on Sunday and George Pickard takes the stage Monday through Wednesday nights.  You can also watch and bet the NBA Playoff games, NHL Stanley Cup games, Major League Baseball games, NASCAR, Indianapolis 500 and horseracing.
  • Because We Want To Make Sure You Know:
    • Today is Be a Millionaire Day and the theory is that you are to use visualization techniques to see yourself surrounded by luxury, free of monetary concerns, and living your life on your terms.  We have a less-mentally-challenging suggestion: Megabucks - Why be a millionaire when you can be a ten millionaire!
    • Saturday is Turtle Day – a perfect opportunity to corner our entertainment manager, Stew Stewart, and ask him how he got "The Turtle" moniker stuck in the middle of his name. Happened shortly after he got involved with our owner Mike Pegram in 2010 and we can't seem to get anyone to tell us the straight story. Oh, and be sure to wish Stew Happy Turtle Day!
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, May 13, 2015

Jets, Golf, Pizza, Whiskey & Concerts

Concert Updates:
  • Gary Allen Concert June 4: tickets continue to move briskly for this concert and, if our pool of available tickets were a gas tank, we'd be running kinda low. With just three weeks to go we suggest you get your tickets soon!
  • The Davisson Brothers Band and Loving Mary Band Concert June 12: this one is on the Friday of Carson Valley Days weekend and we know you'll be pleased with these two young country acts. It's quite affordable at just $22.50 - make your plans now to attend!
  • Rodney Atkins Concert June 27:  Funny thing happened last week – we found out that Rodney Atkins tickets were going on sale a few hours after our blog was already posted on Wednesday morning at 7 AM. So, we updated the blog which quickly stirred up ticket sales. So, if you missed that exciting news, here's a reminder: RodneyAtkins tickets are now on sale!
  • For complete list of the remaining 2015 concerts in TJ's Corral, click here. And do check back from time-to-time as we are working on a few more.
Jets, Golf, Pizza and Whiskey (sounds like one heck of a weekend!):
  • Today is Top Gun Day! That action-packed Tom Cruise movie was released in 1986 – that's 29 years ago - and what better segue into the modern day military jet excitement produced by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds!!  The team's power-packed F-16s will be performing on August 22 and 23 at the AviationRoundup at the very nearby Minden Tahoe Airport. The weekend is sure to be a sellout in our Hotel and Motor Lodge, so we suggest you make your reservations soon!
  • This Thursday is Golf Day and we'll take the opportunity to remind our readers the Carson Valley Inn is one of northern Nevada's premier group golf headquarters. We've built an incredibly positive reputation and our hotel is a magnet for golfers participating in area tournaments, group outings and more. We offer a variety of group golf packages that include receptions, dinners, hotel rooms and golf. Want to know more? Call Greg at 775-783-6615.
  • Friday is Pizza Party Day which provides yet another segue – this time into one of the specialties at Bodine's Casino! 
    This is definitely not a "throw a prepackaged pizza into the oven" operation. Bodine's old-fashioned pizza oven maintains a stone surface temperature of 450° and an internal temperature of nearly 600°. Each pizza is hand tossed after your order is placed, loaded with the ingredients you request, rotated during the cooking process and served piping hot! Pizza is served daily in Bodine's restaurant and bars from 11 AM to 10 PM (a little later on weekends). And here's two inside scoops: First, there is a Bodines Pizza Hotline, 775-283-4005, which you can call to place your order and have it ready when you arrive. Second, on Fridays and Saturdays from 8:30 p.m. to midnight all 16" pizzas are half off PLUS pitchers of beer and pitchers of margaritas are just $5! But back to the Pizzas: We asked Ryan (pictured)"Just how popular are they?" According to Ryan: "I've made over 100 of them myself on a busy night and our guests just keep on coming back!"
  • Saturday is World Whisky Day so we went up to the CV Steak Bar earlier this week and said to Russell "See how many bottles of
    whiskey you can get on that table in one minute – GO!" We figure he'd come up with about 6 or 8 but it was closer to 15 or 16 by the time he stopped to catch his breath. We snapped this quick picture without a stylist to help Russell look anymore "GQ" than he already does and without any special lighting or attention to how the bottles were arranged. Anyway, since this Saturday is
    World Whisky Day, stop by the CV Steak Bar and try a few that may be new to you. If you're local, be sure to have a designated driver! As for the two spellings we used - whiskey and whisky - we do know the technical difference but, among friends, just enjoy!
Speaking of Whiskey and Other Spirits! We're getting pretty excited about the Bently Distillery project that had its official groundbreaking earlier this week. It's within a few hundred yards of the CVI and will definitely add a first-class attraction about a three minute walk from our casino entrance. Kudos to our friends and neighbors at Bently Enterprises for this undertaking and for the grand opening earlier this week of their corporate headquarters in the totally refurbished Farmer's Bank Building in "downtown" Minden (6-7 minute walk from CVI).

Prefer Wine to Spirits?  No problem because the first 2015 Thirsty Third Thursday Wine Walk in Gardnerville is coming up on May 21 and Sharkey's Casino is participating! Be sure to register at the start of the wine walk at either the Town of Gardnerville Office or Big Daddy's Bike Shop.

Pasta Anyone? Our friends at carsonvalleytimes.com are at it again with another one of their Food Wars. This time it's Pasta Wars and a couple of the pasta dishes in both Katie's and CV Steak are in the nomination round. How about taking a look and, if you have enjoyed them, please cast your vote!

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Meanwhile, In Our Back Parking Lot: you never know what you're going to see inside a casino or even in a casino parking lot. Take a look at the video and make your own judgment. This was just sitting in our back parking lot last Tuesday and, try as we may, no one knew why it was there. The first speculation came from an older and pensive-looking chap who softly suggested that it was something from a remake of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (if you don't get it, you probably didn't relate to the Top Gun blurb either)!  Anyway, turns out it belonged to a gentleman who was giving a presentation to the Minden Rotary Club in our convention center on Tuesday. It's actually called a Vertical Axis Small Wind Turbine. He was enjoying himself until one of the Rotary members walked in and kiddingly said within earshot of the speaker "who's trailer is that out back? It's surrounded by 15 people with signs that say 'no solar power in Carson Valley!'"

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: The first 150 ladies to sign up tonight receive the second set of two May spa products.  Also enjoy hot seat drawings for Bath & Body Works Baskets ladies-only drink specials and more.
  • Mike's Horses: Some weeks are not worth mentioning. Mike ran three horses at Santa Anita last weekend and . . . just reread the first sentence!
  • Blackjack Tournament Winners: We had another fun Monthly Blackjack Tournament last night. Dave Baily was the winner followed by Malcolm Treasure  in second and Gary Hitt in third  The next tournament? Tuesday evening, June 9 and, as always, just a $25 buy-in!
  • Grilled Duck Breast Friday in CV Steak:   Our Friday Game Special this week is Grilled Duck Breast, a Maple Leaf Farms 9 oz. duck breast marinated with fresh herbs, grilled to medium rare-medium doneness with natural duck jus, 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.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: Steve Lord is here tonight, Melissa Drew and her band entertain Thursday thru Saturday, and Jonathan "JB" Barton takes the stage Sunday through Wednesday nights. You can also watch and bet the NBA Playoff games, NHL Stanley Cup games, Major League Baseball games, NASCAR, Indianapolis 500, horseracing – including the Preakness Stakes.
  • Because We Want To Make Sure You Know:
    • Our Food Truck Festival is Saturday, May 23 with offerings from a variety of  food trucks plus beverages, free live entertainment, and a giant inflatable obstacle course for the kids. 
    • World War II Bomber Rides will be available at the Minden-Tahoe Airport, located just five minutes from the Carson Valley Inn, on Monday through Wednesday, June 1 – 3.
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, May 6, 2015

Many Thanks, Great Derby Weekend, How to Keep Tabs on Us, More

Gary Allan's Latest - Hangover Tonight . . . we love the catchy sound!
Thank You. . .
. . . Thank You to the happy multitude of fans who supported our Merle Haggard concert on Friday night. He put on quite a show and we really appreciate all those who helped make this concert a big success. Next up is Gary Allan on Thursday, June 4 and a quick check of our ticket sales on Tuesday night shows that we have sold over 65% of the tickets. If you're thinking of catching this concert, we suggest you get your tickets now before our radio promotion starts and the event moves towards a certain sellout.
. . . Many Thanks to the literally thousands who have stopped by Sharkey's Casino to see what's new. We had a festive ribbon-cutting and Grand Opening last Friday and the place had been really hopping since! The Silver Dollar Bar has a multitude of beers on tap and a Bar Bites Menu.  The Jackpot Café is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., the casino has over 200 slots and videos, and the Sports Book is taking action of all major sports. And thanks also to Paul Nelson and Jeff Voss from KTVN Channel 2 News in Reno for their excellent MoneyWatch coverage of the ribbon-cutting.
. . . Thanks also to the dozens of people who are visiting on our Mother's Day Hotel Package this weekend. It's still not too late to join Inn – call 775-783-6629 or click here for more information.

CONCERT UPDATE: Tickets for the June 27 Rodney Atkins Concert are now on sale!

Mike's Horses: 'twas a fairly decent week for some of Mike Pegram's horses last week. Started Thursday when Air Pocket finished third in a race at Santa Anita Park. On Saturday, Mike had two horses in preliminary races at Churchill Downs. Still Standing won the eighth race and Gimme Da Lute finished third in the fifth race. The big kudos for the weekend go to Bob Baffert, Mike's longtime friend and trainer of all of Mike's horses (check this article from the Princeton Daily Clarion). Bob's horses finished first (American Pharoah) and third (Dortmund) in the Kentucky Derby and 7 of his 10 horses finished "in the money" at Churchill Downs over Derby Weekend making for quite a two-day showing! Looking ahead to the coming weekend, and remember that things can and do change, Mike's Govenor Charlie and Secretsatmidnight are on the schedule for Friday at Santa Anita Park. And yes, that's the correct spelling: Govenor.

How Do I Find Out What’s Happening? We often get asked the best way to keep up with what's happening at the Carson Valley Inn, Sharkey's Casino, and Bodines Casino. Here's what we recommend:
  • We try to announce the latest information in this blog which is updated every Wednesday morning at about 7 AM. This is a great place to check for new concerts, tickets going on sale for concerts, reminders about events or promotions we've mentioned earlier and other news. The direct link to the latest blog posting is: carsonvalleyinn.blogspot.com/. When things are happening fast, we try to post pictures and other tidbits on our social media – mainly our Facebook pages and Twitter account. This was definitely the case during last week's Merle Haggard concert and the ribbon-cutting at Sharkey's. We have six different Facebook pages and hope that you will like and follow all of them:  Carson Valley Inn, Bodines Casino, Sharkey’s Casino, Katie's, CV Steak and TJ's Corral.
  • All three properties have web sites which are kept up to date and you can access them at these links:  Carson Valley Inn, Sharkey's Casino and Bodines Casino.
  • For information on events in the Carson Valley, we suggest you check the Carson Valley Visitors Authority web site calendar.
Mother's Day Dining at the Inn
A quick reminder of the Mother's Day dining specials at the Carson Valley Inn this Sunday: Both restaurants are serving the regular menu items plus specials. CV Steak is open for dinner on Mother's Day from 4:30 p.m. with two Mother's Day Dinner Specials: Alaskan Halibut Oscar with asparagus, crab and Béarnaise sauce for $32.00 and Slow Roasted Prime Rib of Beef Au Jus for $29.00.  For CV Steak reservations, call 775-783-6650.  The Sunset Menu is not available on Mother's Day. Katie's Mother's Day Dinner Specials are Pan Seared Fillet of Sole and Creamy Lemon Shrimp Pasta, both for $11.99. Katie's "The Chandler" dinner special will not be served on Mother's Day.

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: The first 150 ladies to sign up tonight receive the first set of two May spa products.  Also enjoy hot seat drawings for Delasant Skin Care baskets, ladies-only drink specials and more.
  • Some History of the JT: A neighbor of Sharkey's Casino and popular visiting spot for CVI hotel guests, the JT Bar & Restaurant is a focal point of Carson Valley history. Sheila Gardner captured the spirit of the JT in her story in carsonvalleytimes.com after a presentation by the Lekumberry family to a full house at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center last Sunday. 
  • Tournament News: Congrats to "Yvette 13" for winning our Monthly Ladies Poker Tournament last Sunday. And a reminder to our blackjack players that our Monthly Blackjack Tournament is this coming Tuesday evening in the pit area with all buy-ins and re-buys going to the prize fund!
  • Venison Friday in CV Steak:  Our Friday Game Special this week is Roasted Rack of Venison with Cherry Port Demi. This is a 4-bone venison rack served with fresh vegetable, choice of potato (au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked) and tableside tossed salad all for $32.00.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: Phil Prunier is here tonight, The Vegas Road Show entertains Thursday thru Saturday and Steve Lord takes the stage Sunday through Wednesday nights. You can also watch and bet the NBA Playoff games, NHL Stanley Cup games, Major League Baseball games, horseracing and this week's big NASCAR race which is on Saturday due to Mother's Day – The SpongeBob SquarePants 400!
  • We Thought You Should Know: It seems that this Friday is No Socks Day and Saturday is Lost Sock Memorial Day. How do these two even exist and why are they just one day apart? Ever wonder what's on TV in the wee hours of the morning? Or, ever wonder what goes on in our casino in the wee hours of the morning? Sunday night is your chance to check it all out while you celebrate Stay Up All Night Night! Oh, and we'll admit it . . . we blatantly stole the eyes graphic above from the same page to which the previous link will take you. And since you'll be punchy from no sleep, swing right into Eat What You Want Day on Monday by gorging on some of the especially tasty dishes in Katie's or the Jackpot Café!
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, April 29, 2015

Sharkey's Ribbon Cutting, Merle Haggard Concert, Mike's Horses, More


Okie from Muskogee was one of Merle Haggard's biggest hits and it was definitely a song that spoke to the era of the Vietnam conflict. What better way to warm up for Merle's Friday concert than catching this version from . . .  well, let's just say "a few years ago." While still five weeks away, the Gary Allan Concert tickets are selling quite well, so please don't miss out! Check our webpage for information on all the 2015concerts scheduled so far for TJ's Corral.

Plenty Happening at the Carson Valley Inn This Week!
Friday's Merle Haggard sold-out concert is definitely the biggest event happening at the Carson Valley Inn this weekend. But, there's plenty more including:
  • The Grand Prize drawings in our $50,000 Cash and FreePlay Giveaway promotion are this Thursday at 6 and 8 PM.
  • Our new Friday & Saturday B.B.Q. Platter dinner special in Katie's starts this weekend: smoked BBQ beef brisket and a BBQ chicken breast served with mashed potatoes, vegetable, corn bread, smoky BBQ sauce and cole slaw for $10.99.
  • We have a Free Sharkey's Grand Opening T-Shirt (while they last) for all Inn Club members who earn 25 points on Monday.
  • Our Cinco de Mayo Celebration on Tuesday includes 5X Points all day; Drawings at noon, 2 PM, 4 PM, and 6 PM for up to $5,000; $3.99 Beef Burrito or Chicken Enchilada in Katie's and $4.99 for Two Beef Tacos at the casino bars.
  • A slightly unorthodox guide to sports this week at the CVI:
    • Watch It Here, Bet It Here: The Kentucky Derby will be shown throughout the casino this Saturday afternoon. While Mike doesn't have a horse running in the Derby this year, he does have three horses scheduled to run this weekend: Air Pocket Thursday at Santa Anita, Five Palms Friday at Churchill Downs and Gimme Da Lute Saturday at Churchill Downs. Remember, in horse racing things can and do change right up to post time!
    • Watch It Here, Can't Bet It Here:The NFL Draft will keep the talking heads busy this weekend - watch it ad nauseam at the CVI, but no bets taken!
    • Bet It Here, Can't Watch It Here: the Pacquiao vs Mayweather Fight is drawing sports book action now with Mayweather a heavy favorite . . . but we will not be showing the fight.
Sharkey's Ribbon Cutting Friday
Antique Slot at
Entrance to Jackpot Cafe
The casino, Silver Dollar Bar, sports book and Jackpot Café restaurant are all fully operational so it's Sharkey's Casino this Friday at noon. Owner Mike Pegram will be there along with representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, Douglas County, Town of Gardnerville, Main Street Gardnerville and, you we hope!  We mentioned last week that we would include a few tidbits about Sharkey's from time to time:
time to celebrate with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and official grand reopening of
  • The large picture behind the Guest Services counter is Merle Haggard, Sharkey Begovich and Stu Carnall.
  • Some of the pictures and memorabilia in Sharkey's are actually "on loan" from local residents who offered them for display to help us depict the historic character of Sharkey's. If you have something that might also help tell the Sharkey's story, get in touch with one of the Managers on Duty.
  • Finishing exterior touches still to come for Sharkey's include two large murals celebrating the "World Famous Gardnerville" and the completion of the display boxes on the front of the building telling more about the Silver Dollar Bar, the Jackpot Café and antique slots.
  • What's on the menu at Sharkey's? Click here and read all about it!
  • In next week's blog, we may even share why the Guest Services sign is spelled Guest Service's!
Mother's Day at the Inn
Mother's Day is one of the biggest dining out days of the year . . .and between Katie's and CV Steak we provide ample availability right here at the Carson Valley Inn!
  • CV Steak is open for dinner on Mother's Day from 4:30 p.m. offering a selection of steaks,
    chops, seafood, chicken, pasta dishes and more.  In addition to all regular CV Steak menu options, there are two Mother's Day dinner specials: Alaskan Halibut Oscar with asparagus, crab and Béarnaise sauce for $32.00 and Slow Roasted Prime Rib of Beef Au Jus – a 12 ounce cut served with creamy horseradish sauce for $29.00.  Both specials are served with a choice of au gratin, baked or double-stuffed baked potato plus seasonal fresh vegetable and table-side tossed house salad.  For CV Steak reservations, call 775-783-6650.  The Sunset Menu is not available on Mother's Day.
  • Katie's is open 24 hours and is serving a Traditional Eggs Benedict special from 7 to 11 a.m. on Mother's Day and two dinner specials from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Eggs Benedict includes toasted English muffin, grilled Canadian bacon, two poached eggs, Hollandaise sauce and hash browns for $5.99. Katie's Mother Day dinner specials are Pan Seared Fillet of Sole with herbed rice pilaf and seasonal vegetables and Creamy Lemon Shrimp Pasta with shaved asparagus and garlic bread. Both dinner specials are $11.99 and include choice of soup or salad and Katie's dinner bread. Katie's "The Chandler" dinner special will not be served on Mother's Day.
  • Last Reminder: Our Mother's Day Weekend Hotel Package is still available with hotel accommodations for Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9 plus $80 in food certificates for any of our restaurants.
As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: The first 150 ladies to sign up tonight receive the last set of three April kitchen utensils.  Also enjoy hot seat drawings for Yankee Candle Gift Sets, ladies-only drink specials, a ladies-only slot tournament and more.
  • Lamb Shank in CV Steak:  Our Friday Game Special this week is Braised Lamb Shank with Chimichurri and Pearl Barley Risotto - a lamb shank braised and slow cooked with herbs, Cabernet and mustards and served with a pearl barley risotto and tableside-tossed salad for $28.00.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: George Pickard is here tonight, The Nighthawks make a one-night appearance on Thursday, the John Dawson Band entertains Friday and Saturday, and Phil Prunier takes the stage Sunday through Wednesday nights.
  • We Thought You Should Know: This Thursday is Oatmeal Cookie Day and we just happen to sell these tasty sweets at the Bakery Counter in Katie's! Sunday is Two Different Colored Shoes Day – come on, admit it, you've always wanted an excuse to do it for a day! Monday is Firefighters Day - and we salute and thank the men and women of the East Fork Fireand Paramedic Districts who are ALWAYS there for us when we need them!
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, April 22, 2015

Sharkey's Reopens This Week, Much More

First Two TJ's Corral Concerts Feature 3 of Top 100 Country Songs of all Time
About this time last year Rolling Stone Magazine assembled a list of the Top 100Country Songs of All-Time. Two of these will be performed in TJ's Corral on Friday, May 1 by Merle Haggard: #8 'Mama Tried' (1968) and #65 'Okie from Muskogee' (1969). Gary Allan brings #81 to TJ's on Thursday, June 4 with 'Songs About Rain' (2003). Thanks to your overwhelming support, the Merle Haggard concert is sold out. However, tickets still remain for the Gary Allan Concert so don't miss out! Check our webpage for information on all the 2015 concerts scheduled so far for TJ's Corral.

Sharkey's to Open This Week!
If everything goes right we should have Sharkey's Casino reopened sometime this Thursday or Friday (much less vague than in the past weeks) with the Jackpot Café restaurant to follow fairly soon (still a little vague, huh!). As soon as the doors are open to the public, we will update this blog posting and also put the word out on our Facebook and Twitter accounts so that everyone knows!

We're really excited about the rebirth of Sharkey's Casino and hope you will share in our enthusiasm after you see all the work that has been accomplished.  Here are some things to look for:
  • The brick walls you will see inside were covered with other materials but now reflect some of
    Original Sharkey's Table
    the history of the building.
  • Most of lighting fixtures from Sharkey's were reused, but with a lot of cleaning and polishing.
  • Some of the old bar and restaurant stools were refurbished and others are new. Can you tell which are which?
  • The counter-top in the Jackpot Café was built from old tables that were found around Sharkey's.  Some of the more decorative tables were thoroughly cleaned and shined and are in use in the Silver Dollar Bar area and in the Jackpot Café main dining area.  
As you visit Sharkey's Casino in the coming week, here are some things to ponder:
Looking from Bar to Counter Area
  • The Silver Dollar Bar has a few hundred inlaid silver dollars. . . Any idea how many?
  • As many of you know, the bulk of Sharkey's memorabilia was sold at auction a few years back by the folks who bought the casino from Sharkey's family. We actually bought back a few of the signs that were sold at that auction. Look around and see if you can figure out which fit this category.
  • If you enter from the south door, that's the parking area where the Aladdin Flower Shop/Pyrenees Hotel used to be, you'll see some charring on the brick. What past event caused this charring?
Some of the many behind-the-scenes improvements you will not be able to see:
  • The plumbing, electrical, heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems are all new.
  • The building has undergone structural seismic stabilization. There was probably a simpler way to say this, but the three-word quasi alliteration rolled off of the architect's tongue so smoothly we just had to use it!
  • The refrigeration unit for the many beers on tap at the Silver Dollar Bar is in a most unusual yet near-to-the-bar location . . . can you guess where?
There's more to tell you about, and more to see  . . . So check back each Wednesday as we post our new blog. Or, better yet, stop by Sharkey's Casino and check it out!

$5.99 Chicken Fried Steak & Eggs is Camera Shy! Katie's $5.99 Chicken Fried Steak & Eggs is in the final round of Breakfast Wars, another food roundup by carsonvalleytimes.com. The finalists were invited to a photo shoot and . . . well our stellar special declined because, no matter which angle you point the camera, there's just no way to make a chicken fried steak look glamourous in a picture! So, let's try this description: The Chicken Fried Steak is a hearty portion, the Biscuits are made fresh, the Gravy is as tasty as it gets and the Two Eggs are served the way you order them. It tastes fantastic, it fills you up and it's one heck of a bargain . . . . but it just won't sit still long enough for a picture! Nevertheless, this hearty special would sure appreciate your vote by 6 p.m. this Thursday, April 23!

Upcoming Events
  • The Sertoma Music & Craft Fair is this Saturday and Sunday, April 25 & 26 in and around
    TJ's Corral here at the Carson Valley Inn. The food, fun, music and crafts for the whole family run from 10 AM to 5 PM each day and admission is free! This annual fundraiser benefits many Carson Valley non-profit organizations and activities.
  • Mother's Day is less than three weeks away and we guess there's a few of you who still haven't made your plans. So, just a quick reminder about our Mother's Day Weekend Package that includes hotel accommodations for Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9 plus $80 in food certificates for any of our restaurants!
  • Our Food Truck Festival is coming up on Saturday, May 23 with a variety of offerings from different food trucks plus beverages, free live entertainment, and a giant inflatable obstacle course for the kids. We're adding new trucks as the event gets closer, so check this page for the latest information.
  • World War II Bomber Rides will be available at the Minden-Tahoe Airport, located just five minutes from the Carson Valley Inn, on Monday through Wednesday, June 1 – 3. Click here for more information on this incredible display of World War II aircraft by the Collings Foundation.
As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: The first 150 ladies to sign up tonight receive the third set of three April kitchen utensils.  Also enjoy hot seat drawings for Earth Day themed baskets from Heartstrings Gallery and Gifts, ladies-only drink specials, a ladies-only slot tournament and more.
  • Roasted Stuffed Quail in CV Steak:  Our Friday Game Special this week is Roasted Stuffed Quail with prosciutto, wild rice and plum port glaze . . . Served with tableside-tossed salad and  vegetable for $28.00.
  • Mike's Horses Last Weekend: Whiskey Ticket won the Illinois Derby at Hawthorne Race Course and Chasintheaces  posted a third place finish at Santa Anita.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: Jonathon "JB" Barton is here tonight, Midnight Express entertains Thursday thru Saturday, and George Pickard takes the stage Sunday through Wednesday nights. You can also catch the NBA Playoff games, NHL Stanley Cup matches, horse racing and Major League Baseball!
  • We Thought You Should Know: Today is both Earth Day and Jelly Bean Day – how does that make sense? Tuesday is Prime Rib Day . . . but you can celebrate it this this Friday or Saturday night in Katie's when we feature a half-pound of slow-roasted prime rib of beef with au jus, twice-baked potato, creamed horseradish sauce and choice of soup or salad for $9.99.  Hungrier? Step up to a ¾-pound cut for $12.99 or a full pound cut for $15.99.
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, April 15, 2015

Tanya Tucker Concert Announced, Davisson Brothers Tickets on Sale, Sharkey's Next Week? and More

Tanya Tucker Coming to TJ's Corral July 3!
Only 13 when her provocative "Delta Dawn" caused a nationwide stir and became a Top 10 country hit, Tanya Tucker has built one of the most successful and compelling careers in music. Considered one of the very few females of the "outlaw" country movement, she holds a Grammy award, two Country Music Association awards, Two Academy of Country Music awards, and three CMT Awards. 23 of her albums have landed in the country Top 40 chart since her 1972 debut, and she has amassed 10 #1 country singles, 33 that have reached the Top 5, and 41 in the Top 10.  Catch her live in TJ's Corral on Friday, July 3!
Davisson Brothers Tickets on Sale:
Loving Mary to open for Davisson Brothers
In other CVI Concert News, Loving Mary will bring their mix of Rock, Country and a touch of Alternative to the TJ's Corral stage on June 12 to open for the The Davisson Brothers. The two groups of young country artists will combine for quite an entertaining start to the Carson Valley Days weekend and tickets are on sale now for just $22.50! Click here for the full lineup of all the concerts scheduled so far for TJ's corral.

Silver Dollar Bar
Taking Shape at Sharkey's
Sharkey's Could Open Next Week!  Talk about a frenzy of last-minute activity and finishing touches . . . well, it's all coming together and, if things keep progressing in a positive manner, Sharkey's Casino should be reopened by the end of next week! We'll be serving a bunch of cold draft beers on tap at the Silver Dollar Bar, have over 200 slots fired up, the Sports Book will be taking bets and our Guest Services folks will be churning out Sharkey's Player Club cards. Within a week after the casino opens, the Jackpot Café restaurant will start serving and, after getting a peek at the menu, we know you're going to be pleased with the variety and value of this additional eatery in the core of Gardnerville.

Plenty of Sports Book Action This Week:
  • The NBA regular season winds up today and the playoffs start on Saturday when 16 teams vie for the 2015 championship. Current favorites are the Cavaliers and Warriors who are both posted as 8-5 odds in our sports book.
  • In the NHL, the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs starts tonight and the odds-makers have the Blackhawks (4-1) and the Rangers (5-1) as the favorites.
  • Major League Baseball games are also on the board every day and, with over a week of activity to draw upon, the action is starting to pick up, especially with our West Coast teams. Who is favored to win the World Series? The Dodgers at 5-1 followed by the Nationals at 7-1.
  • What about the Super Bowl 2015? Try the Seahawks at 5-1 and the Patriots at 6-1.
  • About odds: All odds shown above were as of Tuesday afternoon and they can and will change at any time so be sure to check the board at our Race & Sports Book.
  • Don't think you have the "skills" to bet sports?  Sometimes luck is just as successful so take advantage of today being Take a Wild Guess Day and, who knows, your SWAG may just best the experts!
Really Big Tent Next to TJ's Corral:  No, the circus is not coming to the Carson Valley Inn this week. Produced under the umbrella of the Nevada Commission on Tourism, and with incredible assistance from the Carson Valley Visitors Authority, the TravelNevada 2015 Rural Roundup brings over 250 people from Nevada's tourism industry to the Carson Valley through midday Friday. There are activities this afternoon in Genoa, this evening at the new Douglas County Community and Senior Center and then all day Thursday plus Friday morning here at the Carson Valley Inn. With the large number of people and functions, we brought in a 3,200+ sq. ft. tent to accommodate some events.

Tournament Winners:
Free Roll Poker Tournament Winners: Joe "13" ($575) and Fizze ($425) captured the top two spots in our Free Roll Tournament last Saturday as four full tables of qualifiers played for a piece of the $2000 in cash prizes which went in increments to the top-ten finishers. The participants also enjoy a deli spread, cake, beverages, souvenir hat and a great time! Please come down any time and enjoy the zany group of customers and employees who make our poker room simply the best in the area . . . whether you're a regular, a newcomer to our area, or just visiting while staying at the CVI.


The April CVI Blackjack Tournament on Tuesday night brought a $1,600+ prize fund consisting of all the fees and re-buys . . . and happy faces on the top three finishers: Richard Leigh ($800 for first), Richard Trott ($500 for second) and Teresa Sexton ($325 for third). Our next monthly Blackjack Tournament is Tuesday, May 12!

New Collegiate Boxing Champs Were Here at CVI: Congrats to University of Nevada-Reno for winning the men's national team title at the National Collegiate Boxing Association national championships in Sunrise, FL last Sunday. Four members of the Nevada Boxing Club won individual titles . . . and three of the four started their 2014/15 training here at the CVI in Exhibition matches in TJ's Corral last September. Kudos to Jarred Santo (132 pounds), JJ Mariano (139 pounds), Johnny Aguilar (156 pounds) and Garrett Felling (185 pounds). We are currently coordinating with the Nevada Boxing Club to bring back the exhibition boxing event in September of 2015 and will certainly let you know in our weekly blog as soon as we finalize the date.

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night: We're taking tonight off due to 5X points today from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. as the finale of our Fifth Anniversary Celebration.
  • Grilled Elk Medallions in CV Steak:  Our Friday Game Special this week is Grilled Elk Medallions with a Brandy Cherry Demi; two 3 oz. elk tenderloin medallions grilled and finished with the demi and sundried cherries. Served with tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato - au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato . . . all for $30.00.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: Steve Lord is here tonight, Karaoke with Anthony Janssen will bring plenty of audience performance opportunities on Thursday, The Blues Monsters entertain Friday and Saturday, and Greg Austin takes the stage Sunday through Wednesday.
  • We Thought You Should Know: Thursday is Eggs Benedict Day – a perfect time to try a full or half order of Eggs Benedict in Katie's! Thursday is also Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day . . . if you do so; let us know how it went over with your boss!
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, April 8, 2015

Gary Allan Tickets On Sale, Sharkey's Casino Update, CVI 5th Anniversary, Much More

Gary Allan Concert Tickets On Sale!

We were going to take a week off from mentioning anything about the Aviation Roundup on August 22 and 23 featuring the USAF Thunderbirds . . . But in viewing Gary Allan's top-10 hit Watching Airplanes (video above) . . . Well, the two subjects just tied together. Anyway, tickets for the June 4 Gary Allan concert in TJ's Corral are on sale and we hope you'll plan to attend! As for the other concerts we covered last week: the Merle Haggard concert on May 1 is sold out – Thank You to all who bought tickets as your support of our concerts helps us bring in more artists to the incredible mountain-view setting of TJ's Corral.  A list of  our six concerts lined up so far are at this link. In addition to the two concerts mentioned above, you can click through to information on  The Davisson Brothers Band (June 12), Rodney Atkins  (June 27), 38 Special  (July 23) and Mo Bandy and TG Sheppard (August 8).

The Outside Sign Shows Up Again - Now Inside in a Most Unusual Location!
When Is Sharkey's Going to Open?! 
This is the most common question we hear these days at the Carson Valley Inn. The way things have been progressing in the last week, we are unofficially projecting we will be open before the end of April - a purposely vague projection because we will open as soon as we're ready! Some more things still have fall into place, but the rapid progress gives us cause for optimism.
In the next few days, you'll see more visible outside progress as some of the signage starts
One of the Many Chalk Witticisms
Over the Counter in Sharkey's Restaurant
going up and the paving begins on the lot immediately adjacent to the building. Inside, carpeting will start being installed as soon as it arrives later this week or early next week. The bar is just about completed and the booths for the restaurant have all arrived . . . But there's much more still to do over the next couple of weeks. There's that small matter of all the slots and videos to be delivered, installed and connected. There are many more decorative and memorabilia-related items to go up on the walls and in the nooks and crannies.
The coordinated efforts of the many trades and subcontractors will soon give way to a well-choreographed "step over each other gingerly" performance by the various vendors whose products and services bring us down the home stretch towards the finish line of opening.
So why haven't we been touting all of the features of Sharkey's and profusely blabbing about how great it will be? The answer is simple: if you have never had the honor of watching Mike Pegram and his architect, Larry Henry, do a project like this, you just simply can't appreciate how much time, thought and creativity goes into taking advantage of every opportunity to make improvements along the way. What we might've announced as something "really cool" a couple of weeks ago has now been tweaked into an approach that even better preserves the history of the location, the legacy of Sharkey Begovich or the customer experience. So, just take our word that the final product will be unique, comfortable and an exceptional "no corners cut" addition to the core corner of Gardnerville!

5 Years Already??? Yep, it's actually been over 5 years since Mike Pegram and his partners bought the Carson Valley Inn. The first few months were a frenzy of remodeling, refurbishing, refreshing and rejuvenation . . . so we had the grand opening of the casino in April of 2010. Next week, we are celebrating our 5th Anniversary under Mike's ownership so please join us on Tuesday, April 14 for double points from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., free cake and champagne in the casino from 1 to 2 p.m. and again from 7 to 8 p.m., and free anniversary t-shirts distributed randomly throughout the day while they last. Then come back on Wednesday, April 15 for five times points from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: Our resident entertainment manager Stew Stewart has been lining up some new acts for our Cabaret Lounge and two of them are performing this weekend.
  • Jonathan "JB" Barton finishes up his four-day stint tonight.
  • The Kool Shifters Band is in for one night Thursday with a great mix of music from the 60's, 70's, 80's, country, blues and swing. 
  • River Road takes the stage on Friday and Saturday nights entertaining with their diverse backgrounds in country, pop, rock, R&B and jazz.
  • Steve Lord handles the early week gig Sunday through Wednesday.
  • And just a little peek ahead: on Thursday, April 16 we will be featuring Karaoke with Anthony Janssen.
Breakfast Wars: Joey Crandall, the man behind carsonvalleytimes.com is at it again with another Food War – this time it's Breakfast Wars and two popular Katie's favorites are on the nomination ballot: Our Giant Ham Steak & Eggs and our Chicken Fried Steak & Eggs. These hard-to-beat specials are worthy of your vote by 5 p.m. this Friday, April 10. Sure we are biased, but your positive comments have been numerous! 

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Mike's Horses: Horse racing – not for the faint of heart . . . Mike had four horses scheduled to run at Santa Anita last weekend. One scratched, two finished out of the money, and one took first place. The light at the end of the tunnel? The winner's name was Gimme The Lute!!
  • Best of Nevada: Voting ends April 17 so please indulge us this last request to give us your consideration in the Best Casino, Best Hotel and Best Restaurant (CV Steak) categories in the Nevada Magazine Best of Nevada poll.
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: The first 150 ladies to sign up tonight receive the second set of three April kitchen utensils.  Also enjoy hot seat drawings for gift baskets from the Blue Cow, ladies-only drink specials, a ladies-only slot tournament and more.
  • Field Set for Free Roll Poker Tournament: The action starts Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and a full field of 40 will compete for $2,000 after qualifying in February and March. Just one of the many special games and promotions in our Poker Room!
  • The April CVI Blackjack Tournament is Tuesday, April 14 with all entry fees and re-buys going to the prize fund. Sign-ups are from 5 to 6 p.m. and the tournament starts at 6:00 p.m. The tournament is open to all INN Club members and the prize pool is distributed to the top three finishers.
  • Braised Buffalo Short Ribs in CV Steak:  Our Friday Game Special this week is Braised Buffalo Short Ribs; one and a half pounds of American Bison short ribs braised and slow cooked finished with natural pan sauce, served 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 Thought You Should Know: Thursday is Name Yourself Day – apparently the one day of the year you can change your name for the day. Friday is Golfer’s Day when we celebrate, not the game itself, but the men and women who play it . . . including the few thousand golfers who stay at the CVI each season while playing our area courses and taking advantage of our group packages or special events like the upcoming Spring Stag. Sunday is Walk On Your Wild Side Day - a chance to do something no one would ever expect you to (like read all the way to the end of our weekly blog).
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!