Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Versatile Gift Cards, Christmas Dining at the Inn, Cupcakes and More

CVI Gift Cards – Now Even More Versatile!
The single biggest request we get this time of year, whether by email, phone call, in-person inquiry or through our social media concerns gift cards. They really are a quite versatile gift so here’s a quick primer on how it all works:
  • How Our Gift Cards Can Be Used:
    • Dining in Katie's Country Kitchen, CV Steak and Job's Perk at the Carson Valley Inn.
    • Cakes, Pies, Brownies, Cookies and More at the Katie's Bakery Counter.
    • Dining in Bodines Restaurant.
    • Dining in the Jackpot Cafe at Sharkey's Casino.
    • Dining in Betsy's Big Kitchen at Slot World Casino
    • At all the bars in all four properties.
    • Accommodations in the Carson Valley Inn Hotel, Motor Lodge or RV Resort.
    • Merchandise and gas at the Carson Valley Market (redeem inside).
  • How You Can Buy or Reload a Gift Card:
    • In person: At the hotel front desk at the Carson Valley Inn or at the Guest Services counter at Bodines Casino, Sharkey’s Casino and Slot World Casino.
    • By phone: Call the CVI Hotel Front Desk at 775-783-6670.
  • And in Case You Were Wondering:
    • Our Gift Cards do not expire.
    • Gift Cards must be redeemed in person.
    • If you don’t use the full amount on one visit, the remaining balance stays on the card.
    • You can always check your balance by clicking here.
Christmas Dining at the Inn
Good news: both CV Steak and Katie's are serving their regular menus plus holiday specials on Christmas Day, Monday, December 25!  
  • We recommend reservations for CV Steak (775-783-6650) on Christmas Day and on any holiday. Christmas specials in CV Steak include Garlic-Studded Slow-Roasted Prime Rib of Beef served with your choice of giant baked potato, garlic mashed potatoes, twice-baked potato or au gratin potatoes for $29; and Stuffed Fillet of Sole, stuffed with crab, shrimp and scallops and served with béarnaise and wild rice pilaf for $28. Both CV Steak Christmas Day specials include vegetable, tableside-tossed house salad and fresh-baked sourdough baguette with creamery butter.  The Sunset Special will not be available on Christmas Day.
  • Katie's is offering a Traditional Roasted Turkey Dinner  from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Day with giblet gravy, sage stuffing, fresh mashed potatoes, glazed yams, green beans amandine, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, soup or fresh garden green salad, fresh bread and creamery butter all for $14.99.  Katie’s will not be serving the December Monday Chicken Schnitzel Special on Christmas Day.

Our Favorite Shot from Last Friday's Food Drive:
The KTVN Crew Waiting to Go Live from our Roof
Thank You for Two Successful Community Support Events
What a generous and gracious show of community support at the Carson Valley Inn and Slot World last weekend!
  • Final numbers for the KTVN Channel 2 Share Your Christmas Community Food Drive last Friday at the Carson Valley Inn are $58,341.00 in cash and checks and 262,469 pounds of food between donations dropped off that day and contributions made by community members through the Raley’s annual program. All this food and money went to the Carson Valley Community Food Closet.
  • On Saturday, the Holiday with A Hero event at Slot World resulted in $10,000 being raised for this incredible Carson City program of providing holiday shopping sprees for low-income children with a first responder or community leader. This money was raised by a combination of proceeds for the day in Betsy's Big Kitchen plus additional contributions from attendees and a “let’s round it up” amount from Slot World.

Our Usual Tidbits - Of Course All Food!
Cupcakes - A New Batch Every Day
at Katie's Bakery Counter
  • Today is National Cocoa Day:  Why not stop by Job’s Perk and order one of our Hot Chocolate Drinks. We start with whole or nonfat milk, add three generous helpings of a special chocolate sauce made with just cocoa, vanilla and sugar. We heat it up using the milk steamer on our espresso machine and serve it with or without whipped cream. A great way to warm up on a cold day!
  • Friday is National Cupcake Day:  While the cupcakes pictured above were for a special kid’s party, the holiday-themed decorations seem to be more prevalent than not on the cupcakes for sale at the Katie’s Bakery Counter every day. Stop by and enjoy one for $1.99, three for $5 or place a special order!
  • Saturday is National Chocolate Covered Anything Day: The possibilities are not endless here at the CVI, but we do offer chocolate covered Long Johns in Job's Perk plus a variety of chocolate laced or covered items in Katie’s and a few chocolate deesserts in CV Steak. Our favorite? The CV Steak Profiterole au Chocolat; three puff pastries filled with vanilla ice cream and topped with a warm chocolate sauce – yum! 
On the Sports Front
  • Our Guys Picks: A nice week for the guys picking four winners out of six plays.  This week Alan takes the suddenly hot 49’ers –2 against the Titans and Arkansas St. –3½ vs. Middle Tennessee St. (they have a football team?). Mike loves the Texans +11½ at Jacksonville and Troy –6½ versus North Texas.  Greg reluctantly takes the Steelers +2 ½ against the Patriots and the over of 46½ in the Chiefs – Chargers game.
  • Enjoy $2 Draft Beer during all Televised Pro and College (including Bowl Games) football games at the CVI - and our staff will bring your bar bites order to you right at your seat.
  • The Progressive Pro PK'EM is at $4,133 this week. The parlay cards are just $5 each!
  • NFL hats, tee shirts, Budweiser merchandise and other prizes are given away in drawings during Monday Night Football at the CVI. Also, three tickets are distributed each week for the Ultimate Tailgate Party package which will be given away during the Monday Night Football game on December 18.
  • Monday Night Football Grid in our poker room every week – we start with four $40 prizes each week and add in any unclaimed prizes from the previous week. Only two people claimed squares last week so this coming Monday we’re giving away $70 for each of the first three quarters and the final score! Earn entries during live poker games this week ‘til all squares are claimed.
  • Place Your Bet: Place your bets on Pro Football, NCAA Bowl Games, NHL Hockey, Pro and College Basketball and Horse Racing. Futures on the board include winners for the 2018 Super Bowl (yes the Eagles moved a little), 2018 NCAA Basketball and Football Championships, 2018 NBA Championship and 2018 NHL Stanley Cup.
  • Sports and Race Betting: You can place and collect sports bets any time the Sports Book is open at the Carson Valley Inn or Bodines Casino. At Sharkey’s and Slot World, all sports betting is done at Guest Services. A winning sports bet placed at any of our four casinos can be cashed at any of our four casinos.  Horse Race bets can only be placed or cashed when the Race and Sports Book is open at the CVI or Bodines Casino.  
In the Casino
  • Penny Progressive:  The jackpot is now over $96,000 – Remember, this Progressive can only be won at one of our four  properties; the Carson Valley Inn, Bodines Casino,  Sharkey’s Casino and Slot World.
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight:  Join us 5:30 to 8:30 PM tonight with the second of three free Christmas Ornaments for the first 150 ladies and World Market Gift Baskets as hot seat prizes. Also tonight: games, drink specials, FREE Bingo and your last opportunity to earn entries for the December 27 drawing for $500 in New Year Cash.
  • VIP Gifts Thursday: free VIP Gift Giveaways at 2, 4, 6 and 8 PM! Be sure to use your INN Club card while playing to qualify for these hot seat drawings.
  • Friday Giveaway Drawings and More: Join us at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 PM for a guaranteed $10,000 in Cash and Free Play this Friday between the CVI and Sharkey’s. Then stick around and stack up your stash as INN Club members earn 5X Points Friday from 8 PM to midnight.
  • 4X Points Saturday: That’s quadruple the benefits for your play all day this Saturday.
  • Here’s a Handy Page with all our Current Casino Promotions!

Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge:
Tyler Stafford tonight the Greg Austin Band Thursday thru Saturday, NFL Football on Sunday and Monday and Steve Lord Tuesday and Wednesday.  Tyler Stafford’s songs often draw comparisons to songwriters such as John Mayer and Paul Simon delivered with a candor and immediacy reminiscent of John Lennon. Greg Austin is a down home, straightforward and to-the-point-of-the-heart singer, songwriter and musician. His first CD of original songs was aptly titled "Greg Austin" features 10 of his best originals to date. Greg entered his song "On Her Mind Again" in the TouchTunes Breakout Band 2014 Contest. His song was chosen along with almost 500 others to be included on 60,000 TouchTunes jukeboxes Nationwide. With a commanding stage presence, a great country voice and top-notch songwriting to back it up, Greg Austin is sure to have a winning formula for success in the Country Music Industry. A guitarist with dynamic vocals, Steve Lord is a main stage West Coast performer. A man of a thousand songs, Steve presents an evening of oldies, country, pop, blues, jazz, soul and rock 'n' roll.

In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each served from 11 AM to 10 PM!
  • Thursday’s special in CV Steak is the CV Steak Mix Grill, a combination of our Filet Mignon, a Dijon and molasses Marinated Pork Tenderloin Medallion and Herb Marinated Lamb Chop for $26. This Friday it's Syrah Braised Bison Osso Buco; a cross cut of the shank, cooked in vegetables, wine and herbs and served with a potato Cauliflower puree for $32. Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. These specials are served with fresh vegetable, choice of rice or potato – au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked – tableside tossed salad and warm demi-loaf of bread.
  • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’sCV Steak and Jobs Perk at the CVI . . . or our nearby sister property restaurants, the Jackpot Café at Sharkey's Casino, Bodines Restaurant at Bodines Casino and Betsy’s Big Kitchen at Slot World Casino.
Planning a Stay at the CVI? You will always get the best rate by booking directly with the Carson Valley Inn either online or by calling our Reservation Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983. 
Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or 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 6, 2017

Food Drive Info, Santa Crawl, Brownie Sundaes, Pastries, New Slots, More

 
Scene from the 2016 Food Drive
Share Your Christmas Food Drive Friday
Now in its 25th year, The KTVN Share Your Christmas Community Food Drive has been happening at the Carson Valley Inn since 1999 which was the first year the event was expanded outside of Reno and Carson City  The major source of funds and food for the Carson Valley Community Food Closet, the Food Drive will fill our west lot and RV Park entrance with activity from 6 AM to 6 PM this Friday. Some pertinent info:
  • Well over 150 volunteers will be working throughout the day to unload, weigh, sort and box tens of thousands of pounds of food which then all go to the Food Closet’s off-site warehouse.
  • This year’s KTVN Channel 2 crew is Arianna Bennett, Ryan Canaday and “Ky the Traffic Guy” Sisson. 
  • Santa will arrive by CareFlight helicopter at 9:30 a.m. and will be here for pictures until early afternoon.
  • Two United Blood Services Bloodmobiles will be accepting donations from 11:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call 800-696-4484 or visit www.BloodHero.com (Sponsor code: Share).
  • Emergency vehicles light the way before dawn and at dusk and the National Guard boomboxmobile (our term, not theirs) will pump out holiday music during the day.
  • All unwrapped toys donated at the Food Drive will go to Project Santa Claus.
  • Stop by anytime between 6 AM and 6 PM to drop off your donation – no matter how big or small!

Three Santas Crawled Up to Sharkey’s Silver Dollar Bar . . .
We’re not saying that this did or didn’t happen during last year’s Santa Crawl in downtown Gardnerville. And we really don’t have any control over what people do when they don Santa Claus outfits. But we do know that if past years are any indication, there will be plenty of seasonal merriment and Santa impersonators this Friday when participants in the Ninth Annual Gardnerville Santa Crawl pass in front of, next to, behind and through Sharkey’s Casino!  Before you start calling us out on the headline, remember, it’s all in fun as part of the season that includes a 38-year old song titled “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer,” so let’s not take things too seriously! And this event is for two good local causes: Austin's House & the Carson Valley Community Food Closet, both of which can use the seasonal assistance! Bring a $10.00 donation to the JT Basque Bar & Dining Room, Battle Born Wine, Overland Restaurant & Pub, Buckaroos, The French Bar or Nevada Ugly and you’ll receive a participation ticket. You can then enjoy drink specials from 7 to 10 PM Friday at any or all of the participating businesses. Sharkey’s drink special is a Jägermeister concoction including Jaeger Spice and Apple Cider with or without Whipped Cream for just $1.  There are also raffle prizes and a Best Costume Contest. More details are on this Facebook Page.

Lucky Boy and Lucky Girl at CVI
Already very popular at our other three properties, a bank of Fu Nan Fu Nu™ video slots appeared on the CVI casino floor this week near the giant Roulette game. Featuring traditional Chinese art and sounds, “Fu Nan” (Lucky Boy) and “Fu Nu” (Lucky Girl) offer 243 ways to win.  Also added this week, housed in the Big Red cabinet near Katie’s entrance: a bank of the classic Colossal Diamonds 3-reel, 1-line games with a top award of $6,000. These slots are so big and so simple that even us blog writers can see and understand what’s happening! Really want to be a lucky boy or lucky girl? Take a shot at our Penny Progressive:  The jackpot is now over $89,000 and, when it hits, it can only be won at one of our four properties; the Carson Valley Inn, Bodines Casino,  Sharkey’s Casino and Slot World.

Our Usual Tidbits of Info
Stuffed Fudge Brownie Sundae
  • Friday, December 8 is Brownie Day. The supposed textbook says the best way to celebrate Brownie Day is to “hunker down over a big ol’ slice of brownie and indulge in this favorite.” We say: our 4’ square chocolate brownies make a great base for the Stuffed Fudge Brownie Sundae in Katie’s . . . or take ‘em home from the Katie’s Bakery Counter for $1.99 each or three for $5.
  • Saturday, December 9 is Pastry Day. Without getting into the technicalities of what is or isn’t an actual pastry, we invite you to stop in Job’s Perk where you can select from this list of offerings produced by our in-house bakery: Donuts (old-fashioned or classic glazed), Long Johns, Cinnamon Rolls, Bear Claws, Danish, Apple Fritters and four kinds of Muffins: blueberry, banana nut, bran and pumpkin.
  • Saturday is also Holiday with a Hero Day at our sister property Slot World Casino on Hwy 50 E in Carson City. All Betsy’s Big Kitchen revenue from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday will be donated to this incredible holiday shopping spree program.  First responders and emergency equipment will be on hand for conversations and photo opportunities.
  • Monday, December 11 is International Mountain Day. We’ll put our Sierra range up with the world’s best and the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce offers an incredible high resolution image of the Eastern Sierra as viewed from the Carson Valley. Major peaks are labeled with their names and elevations and major passes and canyons are identified. Photographed by Roger Van Alyne and designed and produced by Grafx8 Media, it’s available in four standard sizes and ready for framing. Get all the details here.

Now That’s a Candy Cane!

The sign above marks the way to Candy Cane Lane, our musical and visual celebration of Christmas “performing” nightly in our West parking lot through December 31. Drive through before or after dinner, cocktails, or gaming at the CVI . . . and tune your car radio to 89.9 FM for the accompanying music.

On the Sports Front
  • Our Guys Picks:  Our trio bounced back into the respectability column last week picking a collective 4 out of 6. This week, Mike is taking Army +3½ against Navy and the Raiders +4 at the Chiefs. Greg follows Mike’s lead with Army +3½ and the Vikings -3 at Carolina. Alan looks to maintain his season lead with the Eagles +2 at the Rams and  over 46 in the Redskins-Chargers game.
  • Enjoy $2 Draft Beer during all Televised Pro and College football games at the CVI - and our staff will bring your bar bites order to you right at your seat.
  • The Progressive Pro PK'EM is at $4,046 this week. The parlay cards are just $5 each!
  • NFL hats, tee shirts, Budweiser merchandise and other prizes are given away in drawings during Monday Night Football at the CVI. Also, three tickets are distributed each week for the Ultimate Tailgate Party package which will be given away during the Monday Night Football game on December 18.
  • Monday Night Football Grid in our poker room every week – we start with four $40 prizes each week and add in any unclaimed prizes from the previous week. Three people claimed squares last week for $144 each so this coming Monday we’re giving away $76 for each of the first three quarters and the final score! Earn entries during live poker games this week ‘til all squares are claimed.
  • Place Your Bet: Place your bets on Pro Football, the Army-Navy Game and all NCAA Bowl Games, NHL Hockey, Pro and College Basketball, and Horse Racing. Futures on the board include winners for the 2018 Super Bowl, 2018 NCAA Basketball and Football Championships, 2018 NBA Championship and 2018 NHL Stanley Cup.
  • Sports and Race Betting: You can place and collect sports bets any time the Sports Book is open at the Carson Valley Inn or Bodines Casino. At Sharkey’s and Slot World, all sports betting is done at Guest Services. A winning sports bet placed at any of our four casinos can be cashed at any of our four casinos.  Horse Race bets can only be placed or cashed when the Race and Sports Book is open at the CVI or Bodines Casino. 
In the Casino
  • Penny Progressive:  The jackpot is now over $89,000 – Remember, this Progressive can only be won at one of our four  properties; the Carson Valley Inn, Bodines Casino,  Sharkey’s Casino and Slot World.
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight:  Join us 5:30 to 8:30 PM tonight with the first of three free Christmas Ornaments for the first 150 ladies and Shelly Camp Gift Baskets as hot seat prizes. Also tonight: games, drink specials, FREE Bingo and your last opportunity to earn entries for the December 27 drawing for $500 in New Year Cash.
  • VIP Gifts Thursday:  Free VIP Gift Giveaways at 2, 4, 6 and 8 PM! Be sure to use your INN Club card while playing to qualify for these hot seat drawings.
  • Friday Giveaway Drawings and More:  Join us at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 PM for a guaranteed $10,000 in Cash and Free Play this Friday between the CVI and Sharkey’s. Then stick around and stack up your stash as INN Club members earn 5X Points Friday from 8 PM to midnight.
  • 4X Points Saturday:  That’s quadruple the benefits for your play all day this Saturday.
  • Blackjack Tournament Tuesday:  This is our last monthly tournament for 2017 so don’t miss out on this opportunity to have a lot of fun and, if you play your cards right, wind up with some extra holiday cash. The buy-in is just $25 and all entry fees and rebuys go to the prize fund which is paid out to the top three finishers. Want to know more? Check with any of our dealers or supervisors in the pit.
  • Here’s a Handy Page with all our Current Casino Promotions!

Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge:
Kid and Lisa tonight the Terra Bella Thursday thru Saturday, NFL Football on Sunday and Monday and the Tyler Stafford Tuesday and Wednesday.  Kid & Lisa are a musical power couple that spans a wide range of popular genres, from soul to blues to pop to standards and beyond. Kid is known as the guitarist for world-renowned Blues band Rick Estrin & The Nightcats . Lisa Leuschner Andersen was a finalist on American Idol in 2004.  Featuring Joseph and Martina Costa, Terra Bella's country sound is largely based around the unique blend of their voices and each one's ability to tell a story. Simple, beautiful, edgy songs about real life with lyrics that fans can instantly connect to while keeping in the mind the main goal, to make music that will stand the test of time. For years they have toured up and down the West Coast playing clubs, rodeos and opening for national acts such as Lee Brice, Gary Allan, Montgomery Gentry, Thomas Rhett and many more. Tyler Stafford’s songs often draw comparisons to songwriters such as John Mayer and Paul Simon delivered with a candor and immediacy reminiscent of John Lennon.

In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each served from 11 AM to 10 PM!
  • Thursday’s special in CV Steak is the CV Steak Mix Grill, a combination of our Filet Mignon, a Dijon and molasses Marinated Pork Tenderloin Medallion and Herb Marinated Lamb Chop for $26. This Friday, Roasted Rack of Venison with Cherry Brandy Demi for $32. Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. These specials are served with fresh vegetable, choice of rice or potato – au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked – tableside tossed salad and warm demi-loaf of bread.
  • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’sCV Steak and Jobs Perk at the CVI . . . or our nearby sister property restaurants, the Jackpot Café at Sharkey's Casino, Bodines Restaurant at Bodines Casino and Betsy’s Big Kitchen at Slot World Casino.

Planning a Stay at the CVI? You will always get the best rate by booking directly with the Carson Valley Inn either online or by calling our Reservation Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983. 

Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or 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 29, 2017

What Would You Do with $83,000, Picture Yourself in This Scene, Christmas Kickoff Weekend Events, More

Put Your Family in This Picture!
Many of us who work at CVI and walk through the hotel lobby regularly are now allowing extra time  . . . Turns out we are having a blast taking pictures of our guests in front of this display. They all start the same: mom is taking a picture of dad and the kids and then they swap. As soon as we come up and say “let us take a picture of all of you,” they can’t wait to jump in and huddle together in front of the fireplace. Not only are we happy to see all the smiles, but we get to experience all the latest smartphone technology! As you take pictures of or with the various Christmas decoration displays inside the Carson Valley Inn please consider making us part of your social media posts by checking in or tagging us #carsonvalleyinn so we can see and maybe share your posts.Thanks . . . and Merry Christmas!

Share Your Christmas Food Drive in Two Weeks!
In the video above, KTVN's Arianna Bennett and Ryan Canaday introduce Ky Sisson, their third CVI location broadcast partner for the 2017 KTVN Share Your Christmas Community Food Drive on December 8. You can make your drive-through food or cash donation for the Carson Valley Community Food Closet. from 6 AM to 6 PM at our RV Park Entrance. See you then!

What Would You Do 
With A $83,000 Jackpot Win?
Rather than manufacture our own hype, we asked about a dozen Penny Progressive players over the last few days what they would do with the money if they won. While a few answers are unprintable (in a fun way!), the rest ran the gamut and included comments such as “Pay off my bills and take the next day off”, “Buy my dream car”, “Invest for a while then buy a truck and RV”, “Pay off my house”, and “Divide it up between my four grown sons and let them decide how to spend it on their kids. Two of the people we asked have won our Penny Progressive before. When asked what she would do if she won it again, one of them said “I don’t think lightning will hit twice, I’m playing it for the memories!”  What would you do? Somebody will get to make that decision as this jackpot can (and eventually will) only be won at one of our four properties; the Carson Valley Inn, Bodines Casino, Sharkey’s Casino or Slot World.  

Our Usual Tidbits of Info
Ready to Dip in a Glass of Milk!
  • Today is Electronic Greetings Day.  Since you are undoubtedly reading this on some type of electronic device, consider this as our “Happy Electronics Day” greeting!
  • Friday is Bartender Appreciation Day. We asked a half dozen of our bartenders what they would like on bartender appreciation day. Funny thing is, they all were very positive and said they feel appreciated every day. They even like hearing your stories if they aren’t too busy!
  • Monday is Cookie Day.  With all due respect to those of our readers whose grandmothers makes the best darn cookies in the world, we do have a backup plan: large Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Oatmeal Raisin and Sugar Cookies are baked daily at the CVI and are available at the Katie’s Bakery Counter for $1.50 each or 6 for $6.

Parade of Lights This Saturday Just a Few Blocks from the CVI
Christmas Kickoff Weekend
  • Gardnerville Christmas Kickoff, Thursday, November 30: This seasonally themed evening in Heritage Park is just a block from Sharkey’s Casino  and includes musical performances by All About Dance Kids & Joyful Noise Children's Choir, Christmas carolers, a musical light show, horse-drawn wagon rides,  photo opportunities with Santa and a Fireworks Finale sponsored by Sharkey’s Casino and Beall’s. Be sure to swing by Sharkey’s where we’ll be ready with hot chocolate (and other hot drinks) to go . . . or for a sit-down meal before or after the festivities.
  • Town of Minden Gazebo Lighting, Friday, December 1: Minden kicks off the holidays with the lighting of the historic downtown Minden Gazebo, music from the DHS Jazz Band and fire pits with S’mores. Kids who bring a canned food item or a donation for the Carson Valley Food Closet receive a goodie bag and a chance to help Santa light the Gazebo! If you wind up parking at or near the CVI, stop by before or after to warm up or see our Christmas decorations.
  • Town of Genoa Christmas Tree Lighting, Friday, December 1:  Christmas caroling, Genoa tree lighting and "Jolly Old St. Nick,"  of course!
  • Parade of Lights, Saturday, December 2: The Carson Valley Chamber’s 22nd Annual Parade of Lights anchors our local Christmas weekend with a steady parade of brightly lit floats traversing Highway 395 from Eddy St. in Gardnerville (very close to Sharkey’s Casino) to Minden Park, just two blocks from the Carson Valley Inn! Come on out and help our community honor this year’s grand marshal Kurt Hildebrand, long-time editor of The Record Courier!
  • What Time for All of the Above? Please click the links for more information.
  • Candy Cane Lane Ties it All Together: Our ideal scenario has you coming to the Carson Valley Inn for food, gaming, entertainment or any combination thereof after you go to one or all of the above events. You can arrive and leave the CVI in the Christmas spirit by pulling through Candy Cane Lane, our outdoor drive-thru Christmas light display! Tune your car radio to 89.9 FM for the accompanying Music.
On the Sports Front
  • A Few Words About Sports Tickets:   Now that the smoke has (mostly) cleared on the opening of Slot World, here’s a handy summary on how sports betting works at our four properties:  We are not affiliated with any of the chain sports books; we set our own odds and we determine the hours. So, you can place and collect sports bets any time the Sports Book is open at the Carson Valley Inn or Bodines Casino. At Sharkey’s and Slot World, all sports betting and winning ticket collecting is done at Guest Services. A winning sports bet placed at any of our four casinos can be cashed at any of our four casinos.  Horse Race bets can only be placed or cashed when the Race and Sports Book is open at the CVI or Bodines Casino.
  • Our Guys Picks:  Our Guys Picks: Another keep-your-real-job week of picks for the Guys with one win out of six. If you’re following the trend and betting opposite Our Guys picks, you’re making a lot of money! This week Greg takes Stanford + 3½ against USC and the Vikings +3 at the Falcons. Mike likes Wisconsin +6 against Ohio St. and the Eagles –6 at Seattle. Alan is going with Atlanta -3 vs. the Vikings and over 38½ on the Broncos-Dolphins game.
  • Enjoy $2 Draft Beer during all Televised Pro and College football games at the CVI - and our staff will bring your bar bites order to you right at your seat.
  • The Progressive Pro PK'EM is at $3,923 this week. The parlay cards are just $5 each!
  • NFL hats, tee shirts, Budweiser merchandise and other prizes are given away in drawings during Monday Night Football at the CVI. Also, three tickets are distributed each week for the Ultimate Tailgate Party package which will be given away during the Monday Night Football game on December 18.
  • Monday Night Football Grid in our poker room every week – we start with four $40 prizes each week and add in any unclaimed prizes from the previous week. Three people claimed squares last week for $144 each so this coming Monday we’re giving away $76 for each of the first three quarters and the final score! Earn entries during live poker games this week ‘til all squares are claimed.
  • Place Your Bet: Place your bets on Pro and College Football, NHL Hockey, Pro and College Basketball, and Horse Racing. Futures on the board include winners for the 2018 Super Bowl, 2018 NCAA Basketball and Football Championships, 2018 NBA Championship and 2018 NHL Stanley Cup.
In the Casino
First 150 Ladies Get One of These Tonight!
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight:  Join us 5:30 to 8:30 PM tonight with a free Arm Rest Organizer for the first 150 ladies and Wine Country Gift Baskets as hot seat prizes. Also tonight: games, drink specials, FREE Bingo and your last opportunity to earn entries for tonight’s 8 PM drawing for a Free Designer Wallet and Handbag.
  • VIP Gifts Thursday: free VIP Gift Giveaways at 2, 4, 6 and 8 PM! Be sure to use your INN Club card while playing to qualify for these hot seat drawings.
  • Friday Giveaway Drawings and More: Join us at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 PM for a guaranteed $10,000 in Cash and Free Play this Friday between the CVI and Sharkey’s. Then stick around and stack up tour stash as INN Club members earn 5X Points Friday from 8 PM to midnight.
  • 4X Points Saturday: That’s quadruple the benefits for your play all day this Saturday.
  • Ladies’ Only Poker Tournament Sunday:  Ladies, the cards start flying at 4 PM in the Poker Room and we invite any and all of you to come in at 3 PM for our refresher course. Guys, you’re welcome to watch the poker action but don’t end up stuffed in the corner like the one guy who decided to offer some advice at last month’s Ladies’ Only Tournament!
  • Here’s a Handy Page with all our Current Casino Promotions!
Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge:
Patrick Major tonight the Buddy Emmer Band Thursday thru Saturday, NFL Football on Sunday and Monday and the Kid and Lisa Wednesday. Patrick Major’s style includes his own mix of original guitar and vocals combined with rock classics from the last four decades. A longtime favorite on the West Coast and Northern Nevada circuit the Buddy Emmer Band’s versatile style includes everything from blues to jazz, rock to reggae and top 40. Whatever your taste in tunes they will be sure to please! Kid & Lisa are a musical power couple that spans a wide range of popular genres, from soul to blues to pop to standards and beyond. Kid is known as the guitarist for world-renowned Blues band Rick Estrin & The Nightcats . Lisa Leuschner Andersen was a finalist on American Idol in 2004.
In Our Restaurants

  • Wednesday is Italian Day in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each served from 11 AM to 10 PM!
  • Thursday’s special in CV Steak is the CV Steak Mix Grill, a combination of our Filet Mignon, a Dijon and molasses Marinated Pork Tenderloin Medallion and Herb Marinated Lamb Chop for $26. This Friday, it's Beer Braised Wild Boar Shanks, two boar shanks braised and slow cooked in beer, tomato, mustard and fresh herbs for $27. Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. These specials are served with fresh vegetable, choice of rice or potato – au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked – tableside tossed salad and warm demi-loaf of bread.
  • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’sCV Steak and Jobs Perk at the CVI . . . or our nearby sister property restaurants, the Jackpot Café at Sharkey's Casino, Bodines Restaurant at Bodines Casino and Betsy’s Big Kitchen at Slot World Casino.
Planning a Stay at the CVI? You will always get the best rate by booking directly with the Carson Valley Inn either online or by calling our Reservation Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983. 
Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or 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 22, 2017

Thanksgiving Week Fun at the Carson Valley Inn, Slot World Reopens

Lead Baker Tracy Miller
Stacking Just Some of the Pie Boxes
for Thanksgiving Dinners to Go
Thanksgiving Week at the Inn
Patriotic Theme Tree
A Small Sample of  Our
Many Christmas Decorations
  • Free Pumpkin Pie Today! Earn just 50 points today (Wednesday) and then go to the casino kiosk and print your certificate for a Free Pumpkin Pie! Continue to enjoy the rest of your visit and remember to stop by Job’s Perk before you leave today and exchange that certificate for a free Pumpkin Pie. Thaw it out for dessert tomorrow or keep it frozen for the next holiday or a pumpkin pie emergency!
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight:  Join us 5:30 to 8:30 PM tonight with a free Chocolate Shoppe Cranberry Pistachio Treat for the first 150 ladies and Chocolate Shoppe Thanksgiving Baskets as hot seat prizes. Also tonight: games, drink specials, FREE Bingo and your opportunity to earn entries for the November 29 drawing for a Free Designer Wallet and Handbag.
  • If you ordered one of our Thanksgiving Turkey Dinners to Go before we sold out be sure to pick it up Thanksgiving Day just inside the hotel entrance between 10 AM and 1 PM at the time designated when you ordered. It's all boxed and ready to go and we'll even have folks available to carry the turkey and fixings to your car.
  • Thanksgiving Dinner: If you’re joining us for Thanksgiving Dinner tomorrow, Katie’s will get you seated as quickly as possible whether you’re partaking in our Thanksgiving Specials or dining off our regular menu. If you have Thanksgiving reservations in CV Steak we’ll look to seeing you at the time of your reservation. 
  • Poker Room Special Opening Time Thursday: Poker players, after spending the first part of the day with your families come on in when our Poker Room opens at its special starting time of 4 PM on Thanksgiving Day. 
  • VIP Gifts Thursday: We’ll be doing our regular Thursday VIP Gift Giveaways at 2, 4, 6 and 8 PM with a Free 43” TV for someone this week! Be sure to use your INN Club card while playing to qualify for these hot seat drawings
  • Shop Here Friday thru Sunday: While you’re here over Thanksgiving Weekend, stop by the 18th Annual Kandy Kane Holiday Craft Fair in our Valley Ballroom Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Lots of holiday decorations, gifts, crafts and much more - admission is free!
  • Candy Cane Lane Illuminates Friday: Our outdoor drive-thru Christmas light display powers up for the season this Friday at dusk and will continue nightly through December 31.  Thousands of Christmas lights highlight a variety of scenes (some moving) depicting traditional characters and images getting ready for and enjoying Christmas. Crank up your car radio as accompanying music can be heard by tuning to 89.9 FM.
  • Christmas Starts To Show Throughout the CVI: Our elves have been busy putting up the Christmas decorations inside the Carson Valley Inn and you’ll see even more activity after the Thanksgiving weekend as they scurry around to put on the final touches.
  • Friday Harvest Giveaways Drawings: Join us at 5, 7 & 9 PM for up to $10,000 in Cash and Free Play on the final Friday night of this November promotion!
  • 5X Points Saturday: That’s five times the benefits for your play all day this Saturday – a perfect day to pad your account with the points you’ll need for your next dinner out in CV Steak!
  • Harvest Giveaways Finale Saturday Night: Join us for drawings at 6 and 8 PM as we have plenty of cash and Free Play to distribute.
  • A $78,000 Christmas Bonus? Any of our readers would take it! Our Penny Progressive Jackpot now exceeds that amount and it can (and eventually will) only be won at one of our four properties; the Carson Valley Inn, Bodines Casino, Sharkey’s Casino or Slot World.   

A Slow Moment During the 2016 Food Drive
Share Your Christmas Food Drive in Two Weeks!
Just two weeks until the KTVN Share Your Christmas Community Food Drive at our RV Park Entrance. This weekend is a good time to buy a few extra items to add to your drive-through donation on Friday, December 8 from 6 AM to 6 PM. See you then!

Slot World Joins the Family
Slot World Casino on Hwy 50 East in Carson City reopens at 8 AM today as part of our “family” that also includes Bodines Casino in Carson City, the Carson Valley Inn in Minden and Sharkey’s Casino in Gardnerville. Slot World underwent a complete transformation over the last 6 – 7 weeks with just about everything demolished and rebuilt from the air handling equipment, to the floors, walls, ceiling, restrooms, casino, kitchen, restaurant and everything in between!  Colorful lighting is evident throughout the casino bringing life and energy. A large bar in the center of the casino provides a gathering place to meet friends, enjoy a cocktail or watch sports on one of the many HDTV flat-screens. “Betsy’s Big Kitchen” is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. serving breakfast, lunch and dinner choices plus weekend dinner specials. Come on down and check it out . . . and be sure to follow, like and share the Slot World Facebook page.

Check Out These Interesting Tidbits
  • Our owner Mike Pegram has a horse scheduled to run in the $500,000 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs Friday – check with the crew at our Race and Sports Book for more information.
  • Remember the boisterous Bunko for Breast Cancer event held in our Valley Ballroom last month? The evening of costumes, revelry and bunco play raised over $22,500 for the efforts of the Carson Tahoe Cancer Resource Center bringing the total to over a quarter of a million dollars raised by our community through this GE sponsored event over the last 14 years.
  • Sunday is National Cake Day and we innocently thought this would be a good opportunity to feature one of the many cakes made in our bakery. We went down to the bakery yesterday morning we were politely told by our bakers in unison that unless it was about a pie this week, they didn’t have time for us. After bringing our cake level up to par on Monday, they started concentrating on baking the pumpkin pies necessary to handle all of the Thanksgiving specials served in Katie’s, the many pumpkin pie orders placed in advance by our customers at our Katie’s bakery counter, and the double-digit dozens of pies needed to complete the Turkey Dinners to Go we will be distributing on Thursday morning.
  • Tuesday is National French Toast Day and with the opening of Betsy’s Big Kitchen at Slot World we now have four locations at which you can enjoy French toast on Tuesday morning – or any morning. Joining Betsy’s (Texas toast base) are Katie’s (our own baked bread) at the Carson Valley Inn, the Jackpot Café at Sharkey’s Casino (brioche bread) and the restaurant in Bodine’s Casino (Texas toast base).
Sports Related – All of It
  • Our Guys Picks: It can’t get any worse for Greg going 1 & 5 the past three weeks.  He will continue to ride the Cleveland Browns (2 – 8 against the spread) and take them +8 ½ at the Bengals and the Arizona Wildcats as a pick’em at ASU.  Now on to the winning picks! Mike will take Bama –4 ½ at Auburn and the Washington State Cougars +9 at Washington.  Alan will continue his hot streak with the Chargers as a pick’em at the Cowboys and the Giants +7 ½ at the Redskins.  After 11 weeks, both Mike and Alan (the Sportsbook guys) are 13 & 9 and Greg (the Sales guy) is 7 & 15.
  • Enjoy $2 Draft Beer during all Televised Pro and College football games at the CVI - and our staff will bring your bar bites order to you right at your seat.
  • The Progressive Pro PK'EM is at $3776 this week. The parlay cards are just $5 each - pick all 15 Pro Propositions and the jackpot is yours!!
  • NFL hats, tee shirts, Budweiser merchandise and other prizes are given away in drawings during Monday Night Football at the CVI. Also, three tickets are distributed each week for the Ultimate Tailgate Party package which will be given away during the Monday Night Football game on December 18.
  • Monday Night Football Grid in our poker room every week – we start with four $40 prizes each week and add in any unclaimed prizes from the previous week. There’s been a scarcity of winners present lately so this coming Monday we’re giving away $144 for each of the first three quarters and the final score . . . that’s over $575! Earn entries during live poker games this week ‘til all squares are claimed.
  • Place Your Bet: Place your bets on Pro and College Football, NHL Hockey, Pro and College Basketball, and Horse Racing. Futures on the board include winners for the 2018 Super Bowl, 2018 NCAA Basketball and Football Championships, 2018 NBA Championship and 2018 NHL Stanley Cup.
  • Sports tickets can be cashed-in at Guest Services when the Sports Book is closed. Horse Race tickets can be cashed only when the Race and Sports Book is open. Winning sports bets placed at any of our three casinos (CVI, Bodines, Sharkey’s and Slot World) can be cashed at any of the four locations. 

Entertainment and Shenanigans in the Cabaret Lounge
Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge
Denver Saunders tonight, The Kid and Nic Show Thursday thru Saturday, NFL Football on Sunday and Monday and Patrick Major Wednesday. Vocalist/guitarist Denver Saunders will have you dancing, laughing and even singing along. Kirk and Nicole Tracy have been performing together since 1977. Their Kid and Nic Show keeps the crowd dancing, singing and laughing along as they perform pop, rock, dance, oldies, current and classic country, 80's hits, Latin, funk, swing, blues, jazz and reggae. The show also features some fun "theme" medleys of songs from movies such as Grease, The Blues Brothers and Animal House. Patrick Major’s style includes his own mix of original guitar and vocals combined with rock classics from the last four decades.

In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each served from 11 AM to 10 PM!
  • Tonight’s special in CV Steak is the CV Steak Mix Grill, a combination of our Filet Mignon, a Dijon and molasses Marinated Pork Tenderloin Medallion and Herb Marinated Lamb Chop for $26. This Friday, it's Alligator Tenderloin Medallions: three sautéed medallions with a garlic caper wine sauce for $28. Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. These specials are served with fresh vegetable, choice of rice or potato – au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked – tableside tossed salad and warm demi-loaf of bread.
  • Holiday Full Disclosure:  We’re not big fans of negatives in this blog, but just so ya know, neither the CV Steak Sunset Special nor the usual Katie’s Pork Loin Special will be offered this Thursday due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
  • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’sCV Steak and Jobs Perk at the CVI . . . or our nearby sister property restaurants, the Jackpot Café at Sharkey's Casino and the Bodines Restaurant at Bodines Casino. 
Planning a Stay at the CVI? You will always get the best rate by booking directly with the Carson Valley Inn either online or by calling our Reservation Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983. 

Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or 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!