Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Rodeo Headquarters, Food Drive Friday, Much More in CVI Blog

Make CVI Your Rodeo Headquarters 
The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo kicks off this Thursday and we invite you to make CVI your NRF Viewing Headquarters! Each night through December 15 we’ll be showing the live rodeo telecasts starting at 7 PM in the Cabaret Lounge and throughout the casino. During the telecasts, enjoy $2 Coors, $2 Coors Light and $2 shots of Jack Daniels! We’ll also be saddled up to bring you any of our Bar Snacks right to your seat in the Cabaret Lounge or at the Casino Bar while you enjoy the rodeo action. We’ll have our eye on the Carson Valley’s own #97 Wyatt Denny as he competes in the bareback riding event. Wyatt was the 2015 Rookie Bareback Rider of the Year and the 2015 College National Finals Rodeo Champion. This is his third year to qualify for the NFR and he is the only Nevadan on the list of 100+ NFR 2018 Contestants! 

Your Guide to Friday’s
Share Your Christmas Food Drive Here at CVI
We’re looking forward to seeing the Carson Valley community “en force” this Friday as you swing by the annual KTVN Share Your Christmas Community Food Drive! Here’s everything you need to know to plan your visit:

  • Simply pull into our RV Park entrance anytime between 6 AM and 6 PM this Friday - plenty of volunteers (over 150 throughout the day) will be on hand to accept your donations, help unload your vehicle, give a snack to your dog and then weigh, sort and box tens of thousands of pounds of food in 12 hours!
  • Cash and food donations will be accepted and everything collected at the CVI location goes directly to the Carson Valley Community Food Closet, Nonperishables are the key and here is a link to the 2018 Most Wanted Items.
  • This year’s KTVN Channel 2 crew is Arianna Bennett, Ryan Canaday and Angela Shilling. 
  • Santa will arrive by CareFlight helicopter at 9:30 AM (weather permitting) and will be here for pictures until early afternoon.
  • Two 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 this site and sign up on line!
  • Emergency vehicles light the way before dawn and at dusk
  • All toys (new and unwrapped, please) donated at the Food Drive will go to Project Santa Claus.
  • See you Friday!!
Our Military Theme Christmas Tree
While Elvis made the term “A Blue Christmas” popular to describe the Christmas blues, the Blue Christmas celebrated on Nov. 22 - Dec. 31 is for those who work as first responders such as law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs and 911 dispatchers. With this in mind, we included a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office ornament on our military themed Christmas tree in the hotel lobby. Come on in and enjoy all the Christmas decorations at the Carson Valley Inn and be sure to bring the kids for a picture in front of the tree-framed fireplace, also in the hotel lobby.

Four Modes of Transportation to Ponder
  • Magic Carpet: Anything but in this case . . . it’s good old fashioned tugging, rolling, pushing and pulling as we move out and back hundreds of slots, table games, kiosks, ATMs and other furnishings and fixtures! It’s all part of our casino re-carpeting project which continues today and tomorrow and again next Monday through Thursday. Thanks so very much for your patience and understanding during this major spiff up!
  • Sleigh: Actually, we’re not sure if a sleigh is the best idea for this one although that is the normal form of transportation for this seasonal star! Probably should go “by hoof” as you take part in the 10th Annual Gardnerville Santa Crawl on Saturday, December 22. Sharkey’s Casino will again be in the middle of the celebration and we’ll have more on the subject next week!
  • Helicopter: Will serve as Santa's Sleigh this Friday when he arrives for the Food Drive. 
  • Jets: The sights and sounds of freedom will again fill the skies of the Carson Valley on the first weekend in October 2020 when the USAF Thunderbirds return to anchor the next edition of the Aviation Roundup.
Special Days
Our Suggested "Treat" for Santa This Year
  • Friday is Bartender Appreciation Day. Or, maybe it’s Saturday? Turns out two different sites on the internet have two different opinions. So, play it safe and be nice to your bartender the rest of this week.
  • Saturday is Brownie Day. Our suggestion is to break with the cookie tradition and leave a big plate of brownies and a glass of milk for Santa in a few weeks! You can pile ‘em high for the guy in the red suit (or your family as is more likely to be the case) by stopping by the Katie’s Bakery Counter for a box of our 4’ square chocolate brownies (three for $5), cutting each one into four pieces and watching a dozen mini-brownies disappear rapidly! We won’t ask who actually devoured the brownies!
  • Sunday is Pastry Day. Between Job's Perk and Katie’s we cover all the major pastry family including bear claws, cinnamon rolls, muffins (banana, blueberry, bran and cranberry), Danish (apple, blueberry, cheese, cherry, raspberry, lemon),  fritters, long johns, and a few others that we weren’t sure of the names!
  • Monday is Lager Day. Pilsner, Ale, Lager, Beer . . . They’re all good and the “discussion” over what actually constitutes a Lager can get complex. So, at CVI the bottled Coors, Budweiser, Modelo Especial, Corona and Heineken are all lagers in our book as are the Sam Adams Boston Lager and Stella Artois we serve on draft. If you want to debate one of these with our bartender, please do so while drinking a beer of your choice!
Football and Other Sports at the Inn
  • Our Guys Picks: Three weeks left of picking winners (well, not always) and Our Guys are determined to finish with a flurry!  Greg is going with the under 38 in the Jets vs. Bills game and the Patriots -8 at the Dolphins.  Steve loves Tampa Bay +8 against the Saints and the Titans -4 vs. the Jaguars.  Mike is taking Army -7 against Navy and the Eagles +4 at the Cowboys.  Alan is rolling on the under 37½ in the Titans – Jags game and Bengals +14 at the Chargers. In order of “success rate,” here’s how Our Guys are doing thru 13 weeks: Greg is 13 & 13, Alan is 12 & 14, and both Mike and Steve are 9 & 17.  That a collective record of 43 & 61. Ugh!
  • The Progressive Pro PK'EM jackpot is now at $4,096.  Pick this week’s 15 winners or props straight up on a $5 Card (play as many as you wish) and it’s yours (any ties are split.)
  • Monday Night Football Poker Room Grid: $244 is available for this coming Monday’s Vikings/Seahawks game: That’s $61 for the first three quarters and the final score. You must be present to win and any unclaimed winnings roll to the following week. Check the details on this page. 
  • Bowl Sheet Available: Our sports book has a handy three-page Bowl Games Sheet that lists all the bowl games by date with information on the times, location, teams, television coverage and odds. Quite the handy tool for keeping track of all 39 NCAA bowl games!
  • Enjoy $2 Domestic Draft Beer during all NFL games at the CVI.
  • On The Board This Week: NCAA Football (the Army/Navy Game and all the Bowl Games), NFL Football, NBA and NCAA Basketball, NHL Hockey and Horseracing. Futures include winners of the NFL Conference Championships, the 2019 Super Bowl, the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the 2019 Stanley Cup and the 2019 NBA Championship.
This Week in the Casino
  • Ladies’ Night Wednesday: It’s happening from 5:30 to 8:30 PM with Two Free CVI Ornaments for the first 150 ladies and Shelly Camp Gift Baskets as hot seat prizes. You’ll also enjoy the usual games, raffles, a weekly drink special and free bingo for ladies playing in the pit or at slots. If you were here for the Apron Decoration contest last Wednesday, you know it was quite a hoot.  Good reminder to start digging through your closet now so you can be ready for the Ugly Sweater Contest that will be part of ladies night on Wednesday, December 19!
  • 4X Points This Wednesday:  This one’s for our daytime guests . . . . Use your INN Club card while playing and you’ll be racking up 4X Points today from 4 AM to 4 PM.
  • Rodeo Headquarters Starting Thursday: Be sure to catch the details in the article above.
  • $75,000 Holiday Giveaways Promotion Friday & Saturday:  Join us at 5, 7 and 9 PM for drawings for cash and FreePlay!
  • Point Multipliers Saturday: 4X Points on Reel Slots and Video Poker Slots all day every Saturday in December. Use your rapidly accumulating points for FreePlay, dining, Katie’s Bakery products, hotel stays and more!
  • Guaranteed FreePlay Monday: Use your card while playing and you are the guaranteed winner of $7 - $10 in FreePlay for each 250 points you earn Monday up to 1,250 points! The FreePlay downloads automatically to your account with accompanying graphics and sounds!
In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day in Katie’s – three specials served from 11 AM to 10 PM and remember we kicked in some new Italian Day Specials for December so be sure to check them out by Clicking Here!  The new Thursday special in Katie’s is Pork Vera Cruz for $6.99. Fridays and Saturdays, Katie's offers a Roasted Prime Rib and Fried Shrimp Dinner special served with baked potato, vegetable and soup or salad for $14.99 and  Katie's Sunday special is "The Chandler" Chicken Dinner including southern fried chicken with mashed potatoes and cole slaw for $5.99. Click here to check hours and specials for all seven days in Katie’s.
  • 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 Bucco slow-cooked with vegetables, wine, herbs and natural pan sauce; served with a potato cauliflower puree for $35. Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sunday's special is King Crab Legs for $28. 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.
The Rye Brothers through this Saturday
Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge
Rye Brothers tonight through Saturday, NFL Football Sunday and Monday nights and Tyler Stafford next Tuesday through Thursday.  The Rye Brothers are a “power-pop” country act, mixing contemporary country music and rock n’ roll guitar driven songs. The group is led by Paul Justin & Justin Foutz who trade off on the lead vocals and guitar licks.  Named “Reno’s Best Songwriter 2013” 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.

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 28, 2018

Christmas Abounds, New December Katie's Specials, New Carpet, More

Minden Park Gazebo Lights Up This Friday
Just Two Blocks from CVI
Christmas Kickoff Weekend!
The next three nights will be filled with Christmas Kickoff traditions within walking distance of either the Carson Valley Inn, Sharkeys Casino or both! Since many people stop in before or after these events for dinner, a cocktail or to warm up, here’s a quick rundown: Thursday evening is the Gardnerville Christmas Kickoff at Heritage Park just across the street from Sharkey’s Casino. Friday evening is the Minden Park Gazebo Lighting just two short blocks from the Carson Valley Inn. And Saturday evening is the annual Parade of Lights that connects our two properties as it traverses south on Highway 395 from Heritage Park to Esmeralda Street in downtown Minden. And if you’re near Genoa on Friday or Saturday, be sure to check this link for information on the Town of Genoa’s Friday evening festivities and Saturday morning Breakfast with Santa.

Disney and Christmas Combine at CVI
Disney and Christmas Collide
 in CVI Hotel Lobby
  • Today is French Toast Day. No need to mess up your kitchen because Katie's serves French Toast (4 slices from our house-baked demi loaves) or Super French Toast (add in 2 eggs any style and 3 slices of bacon or 3 sausage links). Either way, we own the cleanup!
  • Saturday is Eat a Red Apple Day. It's great in concept, but practically speaking we suggest a slice of apple pie in Katie's or take-home a whole apple pie from Katie's Bakery Counter. Alternatively, order the Apple Bread Pudding for dessert in CV Steak.  Granted you’d have to consume a bunch of bread pudding to get a full apple equivalent, but “tis the season!”
  • Sunday is Fritters Day. The most popular fritter is an Apple fritter and, as luck would have it, we make ‘em right here in our Bakery and sell ‘em in Job’s Perk. Not a fritter fan – grab an Apple Danish!
  • Monday is Walt Disney Day. Can't make it to Disneyland or Disney World on Monday? No problem, just come by the Carson Valley Inn and check out the Disney-themed Christmas tree in the hotel lobby! Look carefully – lots of subtle Disney touches in addition to the obvious!
  • Tuesday is Dice Day. If you like to watch them roll perhaps you'd like to learn a little more about the game Craps? Our giant craps slot just inside the casino entrance is perfect: you can watch, play without others looking at you, or study the many help screens!
Apron Contest Highlights Tonight’s
Ladies’ Night Fun & Prizes!
We're Giving Away 150 of These Tonight
  • We’re expanding your fun and prizes for Ladies’ Night today from 530 to 8:30 PM! We’ll start with a Free Hallmark “Snow One Like You” Figurine for the first 150 ladies and All Wrapped Up Gift Baskets as hot seat prizes. You’ll also enjoy the usual games, raffles, a weekly drink special and free bingo for ladies playing in the pit or at slots.  And remember those aprons we handed out earlier this month? Wear yours tonight and you qualify for prizes in two different ways:
  • The Participation Trophy Approach: Everyone who wears one of the CVI Aprons we distributed, and has done even the slightest modicum of decorating (stains count!), will have their name entered “into the drum” for drawings for prizes including Cash & FreePlay up to $500.
  • The Winners Approach: Our panel of unflappable judges will pick the top five best decorated Aprons for prizes including Cash, FreePlay & Gift Baskets. 

KTVN's Jamie Hays Interview with Food Closet Chairman Don McRoberts
Share Your Christmas Food Drive Almost Here!
Thinking about what to donate at the upcoming KTVN Share Your Christmas Food Drive? Here’s a link to the 2018 Most Wanted Items. Can’t decide which way to go? We asked Sarah Sanchez, Director of the Carson Valley Community Food Closet (recipient of all CVI location donations) for the “top five.”  She came back with these six: Jelly, Soup, Canned Fruits and Veggies, Heat and Eats (chili, ravioli, etc.), Boxed Mixes (rice-a-roni type items) and Baking Items (flour, sugar, baking soda, etc.).  You’ll notice that perishables are not on the long or short list . . . those are purchased by the Food Closet all year from the Northern Nevada Food Bank . . . so money is also a welcome donation! We’ll see you here on Friday, December 7 in our west parking lot from 6 AM to 6 PM!

Some New Katie’s Daily Specials in December
Katie’s is one of the best dining values in Carson Valley and as December roles in this Saturday, a few changes in our daily specials will continue this tradition! Remember, this is the lineup starting Saturday so mark your favorites and be sure to join us!
  • Monday’s new December special is Chicken Pot Pie with a flakey crust for $6.99 served from 11 AM to 10 PM.
  • Tuesdays in December you can enjoy our Chicken Taco and Beef Burrito with enchilada sauce, cheese, rice and beans for $6.99 from 11 AM to 10 PM.
  • Wednesday will continue as Italian Day in Katie's with three new Italian specials starting December 5: Tortellini in Cream Sauce with mushrooms, peas & ham for $5.99; Chicken Piccata for $6.99 and Chicken Alfredo in Parmesan cream sauce for $6.99 from 11 AM to 10 PM.
  • Thursdays, Katie's will start serving a Pork Vera Cruz: pork cutlets grilled & topped with piquant mild tomato sauce Azteca style for $6.99 from 11 AM to 10 PM.
  • Fridays and Saturdays, Katie's will continue to offer a Roasted Prime Rib and Fried Shrimp Dinner special served with baked potato, vegetable and soup or salad for $14.99 from 4 to 10 PM.
  • Katie's popular Sunday special will also continue with "The Chandler" Chicken Dinner including southern fried chicken with mashed potatoes and cole slaw for $5.99 from 2 to 10 PM.
Pardon Our Carpet Fuzz
Starting next week we will begin re-carpeting our casino, a project we have scheduled on Monday through Thursday over the next two weeks. During this time, slots will be moved around to accommodate the process and your favorite slot or table game may be unavailable for a few hours. Of special note: the front casino entrance will be closed off from 4 AM to noon this coming Monday to facilitate this project. Please don’t interpret that to mean we are closed . . . . It’s all part of our ongoing process of renewing, refreshing, refurbishing and remodeling the CVI! 
Football and Other Sports at the Inn
  • Our Guys Picks!  Another pathetic (sorry, but the word fits) week for "Our Guys."  Greg went 2 & 0 and the other three were a collective 0 & 6.  According to one of the quartet, “We are thankful there are only four weeks left of this abhorrent exercise of awful hypothesizing!”  So, without further ado here are the Week 12 picks: Greg will take UCF -3 against Memphis and the Jets +9 ½ at the Titans.  Steve is sticking with betting against the Saints which has been a loser the past three weeks . . . give him the Cowboys +8 and the over 53 in the same game.  Mike sticks to the college route taking the Texas Longhorns +7 ½ vs. Oklahoma and Boise St. -2 ½ against the Fresno Bulldogs. Alan loves the Raiders +15 against the Chiefs and Appalachian St. -17 ½ against Louisiana Lafayette.
  • The Progressive Pro PK'EM jackpot is inching close to four thousand dollars as $3,973 is in the pot for whoever picks this week’s 15 winners or props straight up on a $5 Card (play as many as you wish). Any ties are split.
  • Monday Night Football Poker Room Grid:  $330 is available for this coming Monday’s Redskins/Eagles game: That’s $82 and change for the first three quarters and the final score. You must be present to win and any unclaimed winnings roll to the following week. Check the details on this page. 
  • Enjoy $2 Domestic Draft Beer during all NFL games at the CVI.
  • On The Board This Week: NCAA and NFL Football, NBA and NCAA Basketball, NHL Hockey and Horseracing. Futures include winners of the NFL Conference Championships, the 2019 Super Bowl, the 2019 NCAA Football Championship, the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the 2019 Stanley Cup and the 2019 NBA Championship.
This Week in the Casino
  • Ladies’ Night Wednesday: See the article above.
  • Poker Room Drawings Friday: You have an entry in the drum for every poker tournament you entered during November. Drawings are at 6, 7 and 8 PM for cash and more! This promotion continues in December and all the details are in our Poker Room.
  • $75,000 Holiday Giveaways Promotion Drawings Friday:  Join us at 6 & 8 PM for the November Grand Prize Drawings (more on December 22) for cash and FreePlay!
  • $75,000 Holiday Giveaways Promotion Saturday:  Join us at 5, 7 and 9 PM for drawings for cash and FreePlay!
  • Point Multipliers Saturday: 4X Points on Reel Slots and Video Poker Slots all day every Saturday in December. Use your rapidly accumulating points for FreePlay, dining, Katie’s Bakery products, hotel stays and more!
  • Ladies Only Poker Tournament Sunday:  It’s the first Sunday of the month . . . Time for the ladies to gather for the monthly Ladies Only Poker Tournament starting at 4 PM.
  • Guaranteed FreePlay Monday: Use your card while playing and you are the guaranteed winner of $7 - $10 in FreePlay for each 250 points you earn Monday up to 1,250 points! The FreePlay downloads automatically to your account with accompanying graphics and sounds!
In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day in Katie’s – three specials served from 11 AM to 10 PM! The Friday and Saturday night special in Katie’s is Roasted Prime Rib & Fried Shrimp for $14.99 served from 4 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 is Elk Tenderloin Tips sautéed with mushrooms and cabernet demi, served over peppered pappardelle pasta for $28. Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sunday's special is King Crab Legs for $28. 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.
Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge
Jeff Campbell tonight, After Dark Band Thursday - Saturday, NFL Football Sunday and Monday nights and Steve Lord next Tuesday.  Jeff Campbell is a vocalist,  impassioned  songwriter  and  lifelong  musician . . .  an emotional,  evocative  poet  with  a  rock  lover’s  heart! The high energy of the After Dark Band will have you up and dancing and singing along with the guys in this award-winning band from the Gold Country and Hwy 88 corridor. With a great variety of rock and roll, country, blues and R & B, their “must not miss” show is filled with the songs you know and love and the energy of the group creates a party just waiting for you to join in. Steve Lord, a guitarist with dynamic vocals, is man of a thousand songs presenting an evening of oldies, country, pop, blues, jazz, soul and rock 'n' roll.

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 21, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving, Craft Fair Here this Weekend, Share Your Christmas Coming, More

Happy Thanksgiving
We join you in giving thanks for all that we enjoy by living and doing business in the incredible Carson Valley! If you were fortunate enough to order one of our Turkey Dinners to Go prior to us selling out, we’ll see you just inside the hotel entrance on Thanksgiving Day at your assigned pickup time between 10 AM and 1 PM. If you have a reservation in CV Steak, enjoy your dinner and thanks for "filling us up" on Thursday! If you’re planning to have Thanksgiving Dinner in Katie’s or at the Jackpot Café in Sharkey’s, you can choose from our regular menu or our traditional Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Special with all the trimmings for $14.99.  Katie's and Jackpot Café seating is on a first-come basis. Whatever your plans on Thanksgiving Day, please stay safe!

And Then There’s Black Friday
No, the headline is not a lead-in to some off-the-wall, have-to-be-here-at-4 AM promotion we are doing the day after Thanksgiving. We’ll leave it at this: as darkness descends this Friday the skies will definitely not be “black” around the Carson Valley Inn. . . Just drive by our property and you’ll see what we mean!

But First, Free Pumpkin Pie Today
We make this one pretty easy: start by using your INN Club card while playing today. As soon as you earn 50 points today, swing by one of our casino kiosks and swipe your card for a pumpkin pie certificate. Then, before you leave today, stop by Job’s Perk to pick up your pumpkin pie. It’s frozen when we give it to you . . . thaw it out for dinner tomorrow or keep it in the freezer for another holiday season pumpkin pie emergency!

Shenanigans and Antics Coming Soon from this Trio!
And Jumping Ahead Two Weeks to
Share Your Christmas
The annual KTVN Share Your Christmas Food Drive is coming up on Friday, December 7 in our west parking lot along Highway 395. Yesterday we received the above picture from KTVN which is their “reveal” of the crew we’ll be living with from 6 AM to 6 PM that day:  Ryan Canaday on the left, Angela Schilling in the center and Arianna Bennett on the right. With Zac Mooney as the Minden location producer, there’s no telling what antics will happen as all four have “been here before” and have a history of unusual spontaneous antics! Reminder: all food and cash donated on December 7 serves our locals through the Carson Valley Community Food Closet!

And Then Back to This Weekend
for 
Kandy Kane Craft Fair 
Lots of different Christmas crafts will be available during the Kandy Kane Craft Fair in our Valley Ballroom this Friday (9 AM to 6 PM), Saturday (9 AM to 6 PM) and Sunday (10 AM to 4 PM).  Admission is free and you’ll have the opportunity to purchase items such as ornaments, lamps, holiday treats, jewelry, scarves, purses, sports items, quilts and much more.  Stock up on gifts and seasonal decorations in one convenient location!

Some Special Days of Note
Cake Day - We Have You Covered
  • 35 Years Ago Today was the official groundbreaking for the Carson Valley Inn on Monday, November 21, 1983. Then Governor Dick Bryant was on hand as was former Governor Bob List and a host of local dignitaries.
  • Today is Tie One On Day which you already knew about if you read our blog two weeks ago. Good reminder to decorate your CVI Apron and wear it to Ladies Night next Wednesday, November 28 for our Apron Decoration Contest! And none of this will make sense if you did NOT read our Blog of November 7, 2018!
  • Friday is Espresso Day. As Mark Helprin put it, “The voodoo priest and all his powders were as nothing compared to espresso, cappuccino, and mocha, which are stronger than all the religions of the world combined, and perhaps stronger than the human soul itself.”  However you interpret this, we can help you enjoy your espresso the way you like it in Job’s Perk open daily from 6 AM! And since Friday is also Eat a Cranberry Day, order a Cranberry Muffin in Job’s Perk to go along with your espresso drink of choice! 
  • Monday is Cake Day.  We’ll tempt you with these choices which are all available at the Katie’s Bakery Counter: Chocolate Fudge Cake, Carrot Cake and Pumpkin Cheesecake. These and our many other house-made cakes and pies are a much easier and faster solution to dessert than making it yourself!
Football and Other Sports at the Inn
  • Our Guys Picks were a week of perfection and imperfections.  The amazing Alan went 2 & 0 last week, the other three guys were a pathetic 0 & 6.  These losers couldn’t pick a winner in a one horse race!  Yet, they will keep throwing darts in hopes of hitting the board.  This week Mr. Perfect will look to continue his roll with the Lions +4½ against the Bears and the Redskins +7 ½ at the Cowboys.  Greg looks to restart his winning ways with the Patriots -9½ at the hapless Jets and the Seahwaks +3 ½ at the Panthers.  Steve is taking the Falcons +13 at the Saints and the over 60 in this same NFC East showdown.  Mike is picking two of the biggest rivalry games in college football, the Michigan Wolverines -4 at Ohio St. and Washington St. -3 in the Apple Cup against Washington. 
  • The Progressive Pro PK'EM jackpot has risen to $3,843 for whoever pick this week’s 15 winners or props straight up on a $5 Cards (play as many as you wish). Any ties are split.
  • Monday Night Football Poker Room Grid:  Only one of the $60 squares was claimed earlier this week so it’s +$180 for a total of $320 for this coming Monday’s Titans/Texans game: $80 the first three quarters and $80 for the final score. You must be present to win and any unclaimed winnings roll to the following week. Check the details on this page. 
  • Enjoy $2 Domestic Draft Beer during all NFL games at the CVI.
  • On The Board This Week: NCAA and NFL Football, NBA and NCAA Basketball, NHL Hockey, the Sunday Canadian Football League 106th Grey Cup pitting the Ottawa Redblacks against the Calgary Stampeders and Horseracing. Futures include winners of the NFL Conference Championships, the 2019 Super Bowl, the 2019 NCAA Football Championship, the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the 2019 Stanley Cup and the 2019 NBA Championship.
This Week in the Casino
  • Ladies’ Night is Off This Week due to our Free Pumpkin Pie Giveaway (see article above).
  • $75,000 Holiday Giveaways Promotion Friday and Saturday:  Join us at 5, 7 and 9 PM both nights for drawings for cash and FreePlay!
  • Point Multipliers Saturday: 4X Points on Reel Slots and Video Poker Slots all day every Saturday in November. Use your rapidly accumulating points for FreePlay, dining, Katie’s Bakery products, hotel stays and more!
  • Your Rewards Monday: INN Club members can swipe at the casino kiosk once on Monday for Your Reward. Could be FreePlay, a Free Food offer, a Free Multiplier or a Free Gift!
  • November Scratcher Drawings Tuesday at 6 & 8 PM: Be sure to use your INN Club card whenever playing in the casino and you may just qualify for our monthly scratcher drawings!
In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each served from 11 AM to 10 PM! The Friday and Saturday night special in Katie’s is Roasted Prime Rib & Fried Shrimp for $14.99 served from 4 PM.
  • This Friday's special in CV Steak is 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 King Crab Legs for $28. 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.
Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge
John Palmore tonight, Lakeside Thursday - Saturday, NFL Football Sunday and Monday nights and Jeff Campbell next Tuesday and Wednesday.
John Palmore is an accomplished singer and keyboardist who has worked with Jackie Wilson, Mary Wells, ZZ Hill, Wilson Pickett, Joe Simon, Percy Sledge, The Platters and other "name" artists. Lakeside is Jhan Hansen, Curt Lee and Jonathan Barton combining for a wide variety of music from rhythm and blues, to country to good old rock ‘n roll! Jeff Campbell is a vocalist,  impassioned  songwriter  and  lifelong  musician . . .  an emotional,  evocative  poet  with  a  rock  lover’s  heart!

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 14, 2018

Thanksgiving Dining, Rooms Remodeled, Winter Clays Weekend, More

Thanksgiving at the Inn
Thanksgiving Day dinner specials and regular menu items will be offered in CV Steak and Katie's Country Kitchen at the Carson Valley Inn on Thursday, November 22.   We are also  taking orders for a pre-cooked Thanksgiving Dinner to Go for up to ten.
  • Thanksgiving Dinner in CV Steak: We’re open for dinner on Thanksgiving Day from 2:00 p.m. with two featured Thanksgiving dinner specials.  The Wood-Roasted Diestel Tom Turkey is served with giblet pan gravy, sage apple herbed bread stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes with pecans and spiced maple sauce, fresh vegetables and Grand Marnier cranberry relish for $26.  The Garlic Studded Prime Rib of Beef is served with creamed apple horseradish sauce and choice of double-stuffed baked potato, au gratin potatoes or giant baked potato for $29. There are still a few openings so be sure to make your CV Steak Thanksgiving Day Reservations today by calling 775-783-6650. 
  • Thanksgiving Dinner in Katie's Country Kitchen: Our 24-hour restaurant is offering a Roasted Tom Turkey traditional Thanksgiving Dinner from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.  This special is served with giblet gravy, herbed bread stuffing, mashed potatoes, glazed sweet potatoes, fresh vegetable, cranberry sauce, choice of fresh garden green salad or corn and cheddar cheese chowder, bakery-fresh bread and pumpkin pie – all for $14.99 ($7.99 for children under 10).  Katie's seating is on a first-come basis.
  • Thanksgiving Dinner in Your Own Home: We'll help you out big-time with our Thanksgiving Dinner to Go for up to Ten - perfect for those who prefer to enjoy Thanksgiving in a home environment yet want to minimize the shopping, preparation time and stress. This bountiful meal features a fully-cooked 18 - 20 pound turkey and all the trimmings for just $89.00 plus tax. HURRY as orders may be placed only until noon on this coming Monday, November 19 or until sold out (strong nudge intended!)

A Refreshing New Look and Feel - Plus More Functionality!
106 Down, 43 to Go
If it seems like you're constantly seeing, feeling or sensing something new around the CVI it's probably ‘cause it's true! Sometimes these changes make our blog with a short article . . . like our recently installed new carpeting in the Valley Ballroom and the major makeover in the Poker Room. Sometimes they happen so quickly we miss them ourselves . . . like the new HD A/V Screen/System for those many lunch and seminar presentations in our convention rooms.  Anyway, we recently completed the remodeling of 106 of our hotel rooms. Highlights include new carpet, bedding, bed skirting,  lamps (brighter lighting), larger 43 inch HDTVs, and a plethora of USB ports . . . plus new wallpaper, paint, artwork, chairs, tables and improved bath grab bars. According to Matt Carter our Director of Hotel Operations,  “I think this remodel gives our guests a much brighter, colorful and uplifting atmosphere!”  While this project was going on, our IT folks tore into the walls every few rooms and put in a large network of transmitters that now give upgraded Wi-Fi service – with increased bandwidth – in every hotel room . . . upload and download speeds that rival what some folks have at home! What about the remaining 43 rooms and suites you ask? It's on the schedule for late winter when we finish up this project.

Winter Sporting Clays Weekend
It's actually a pretty long weekend starting on Thursday evening, February 21 with a reception reuniting old friends, meeting new friends and generally celebrating the camaraderie developed over the last 32 years of this February gathering. Stacks of clay targets get most of the laughs over the next two days as the group visits Walker River Resort on Friday and then the private Carson Valley Clays Club on Saturday. The weekend package also includes lunch both days and a Saturday banquet with lots of prizes, a few surprises and plenty of stories (you should have been here the year the clays were coming out at mach 2, upside down and on fire!). Sound interesting? Get all the details at this link and be sure to sign up early as this event does sell out!

Mark Your Calendars Now
More Details Next Week
  • Free Pumpkin Pie Next Wednesday: Earn just 50 points next Wednesday and a free pie is yours!
  • Kandy Kane Craft Fair Thanksgiving Weekend: Christmas Crafts and much more next Friday through Sunday in the Valley Ballroom.
  • Share Your Christmas Food Drive December 7:  Check next week to find out about our 2018 KTVN Crew, hours and more. 

Football and Other Sports at the Inn
  • Our Guys Picks!  Another 3 & 5 performance for the Guys last week.  It’s like Ground Hog Day in which the same thing keeps happening over and over.  Yet there is no quit in the Guys and they will keep the picks coming.  Steve is going with the Eagles +8 at the Saints and the Panthers -3½ at Detroit.  Alan loves Da’Bears -2 ½ against the Vikings and over 63½ in the Monday Night blockbuster – Chiefs vs. Rams game (this is the highest total in NFL history).  Mike is taking the under 51½ of the Miami – V-Tech game and G-Tech -6½ at Virginia.  Greg’s “lock of the year” is the Arizona Wildcats +10 at Washington St. and Syracuse +10 against Notre Dame.   
  • The Progressive Pro PK'EM jackpot bumped up to $3,741 - pick this week’s 15 winners or props straight up on a $5 Cards (play as many as you wish), and it’s yours with any ties split.
  • Monday Night Football Poker Room Grid:  Two squares were claimed this past Monday so it’s +$80 for $240 total for this coming Monday’s Cheifs/Rams game. “The Grid” pays $60 the first three quarters and $60 for the final score . . . but ya’ gotta’ be present to win and any unclaimed winnings roll to the following week. Check the details on this page. 
  • Enjoy $2 Domestic Draft Beer during all NFL games at the CVI.
  • NASCAR Championship to be Decided Sunday:  Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. will battle for the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Championship in the Ford EcoBoost 400 this Sunday. The race is scheduled to start at 11:30 AM and we'll be showing the action in our Cabaret Lounge/Casino Bar area.
  • On The Board! This week you can bet NCAA and NFL Football, NBA and NCAA Basketball, NHL Hockey, the Sunday Canadian Football League Division Finals, the Sunday NASCAR Ford EcoBoost 400 and Horseracing. Futures include winners of the NFL Conference Championships, the 2019 Super Bowl, the 2019 NCAA Football Championship, the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the 2019 Stanley Cup and the 2019 NBA Championship.

Chocolate Turkeys Getting Ready for CVI Ladies' Night
This Week in the Casino
A Free One for the First 150 Ladies Tonight
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight - Plus a Special Note:  Join us from 5:30 to 8:30 PM with a Free Chocolate Turkey from the Chocolate Shoppe for the first 150 ladies and Chocolate Shoppe Gift Baskets as hot seat prizes. Why chocolate? Two reasons: it's our most popular Ladies' Night giveaway and it's the last chance for us to distribute chocolate before Thanksgiving . . . we're taking a break from Ladies' Night next week so we can give away a free pumpkin pie to everyone who earns 50 points or more anytime next Wednesday. Also on the Ladies' Night docket tonight: games, raffles, a weekly drink special and free bingo for ladies playing in the pit or at slots.  Now for the special note to our Ladies' Night regulars: if you did not get a free apron last Wednesday, and you still want to get in on the Apron Decoration Contest on Wednesday, November 28, just find Julie, Deanna or Kim tonight and give them this secret word: "NORPA." They had a few aprons left as of this morning and they'll be glad to help you out while their secret stash lasts (warning: it's a small stash.)
  • $75,000 Holiday Giveaways Promotion Friday and Saturday:  Join us at 5, 7 and 9 PM both nights for drawings for cash and FreePlay!
  • Point Multipliers Saturday: 4X Points on Reel Slots and Video Poker Slots all day every Saturday in November. Use your rapidly accumulating points for FreePlay, dining, Katie’s Bakery products, hotel stays and more!
  • Your Rewards Monday: INN Club members can swipe at the casino kiosk once on Monday for Your Reward. Could be FreePlay, a Free Food offer, a Free Multiplier or a Free Gift!

In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each served from 11 AM to 10 PM! The Friday and Saturday night special in Katie’s is Roasted Prime Rib & Fried Shrimp for $14.99 served from 4 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 our popular Grilled Elk Medallions with a Brandy Cherry Demi for $30.. Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sunday's special is King Crab Legs for $28. 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.

Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge
Hans Eberbach tonight, Arizona Jones Thursday - Saturday, NFL Football Sunday and Monday nights and John Palmore next Tuesday and Wednesday. Vocalist and songwriter Hans Eberbach sings for the band Joy & Madness, an evolution of vintage soul sound with modern classic pop sensibilities. He also fronts his own band HANS! and the HOT MESS a band that represents his original singer/songwriter/electronic soul work. In a scene so often dominated by technology and gimmicks, Arizona Jones prefers to do it the old fashioned way - live and personal. They put their rockin' spin on classic R&B hits from the 60's and 70's and perform top songs from Aerosmith and Amy Winehouse to Wilson Pickett and ZZ Top . . . and many artists in between.  Musical director for the late "LOUIS ARMSTRONG," John Palmore is an accomplished singer and keyboardist who has worked with Jackie Wilson, Mary Wells, ZZ Hill, Wilson Pickett, Joe Simon, Percy Sledge, The Platters and other "name" artists.

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!