The United Way of Southeastern Connecticut hosted its annual Campaign Coordinator Appreciation Breakfast at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 19th at the Norwich Inn and Spa. It’s sponsored by Foxwoods Resort and Casino. The breakfast honored employee campaign coordinators all over New London County who support United Way at the workplace.
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Chairman Rodney Butler, acting CEO of Foxwoods, and chairman of the United Way Board, will start the event by acknowledging a room full of “amazing and caring” people. He will thank every employee campaign coordinator and thank all present for being part of the United Way team.
Guy Fieri, celebrity chef author and host of Food Network’s top-ranked show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, celebrated the second anniversary of Guy Fieri’s Foxwoods Kitchen+Bar at Foxwoods Resort Casino on October 4th.
The 9,800 square foot venue accomodates up to 375 people with a 258 seat restaurant and 36 seat rectangular bar. Guy’s features custom millwork, a wood bar top, large wood ceiling beams and large custom chandeliers creating a rustic and comfortable feel. Signature dishes include Guy’s famous Trash Can Nachos where every chip in the mountain has something on it and the outragiously delicious Prime Time American Kobe Burger.
“On behalf of Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and entire Foxwoods team I would like to express how proud we are of this incredible partnership with Guy, the most recognized culinary talent in the world,” said Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Chairman Rodney Butler. “As our partnership continues to grow, we are pleased to announce that Guy will be the face of our Shop, Dine and Win promotion coming up this November. From November 14 through December 22you will have the opportunity to win $10,000 in Tanger Outlets gift cards.”
Alexis Ann, editor & publisher, presented an apron to commemorating earlier days and featuring Guy and Felix Rappaport, the late President & CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino. “I met Felix nine years ago, he was a big Vegas boss, and he saw something in me and my company, that we are going to be something big,” said Guy. Fast forward, Felix asked Guy to open his restaurant in Foxwoods.
“It is one of the best relationships we have with all of our locations. This relationship with Foxwoods has been amazing.”
“What do you like most about your job?” Alexis Ann asked. “Making people happy”.
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On Thursday, October 25, as the final speaker in the 2018 Program Series – Musings on Museums – the Friends of Fort Trumbull State Park announce that Captain (Ret.) Wes Pulver will be the presenter. In 2015, Captain Pulver was appointed as the Executive Director of The National Coast Guard Museum Association, Inc. (NCGMA).
Captain Pulver, a 1987 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy, holds a Master of Engineering degree in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University. From 2010-2015, he was the Coast Guard Chief of Congressional Affairs. From 2012-2015, he was also the Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Barque EAGLE. Captain Pulver, who has had 28 years of distinguished service to the USCG, is honored to now lend his talents to making the National Coast Guard Museum a reality. He has said, “I am proud to be involved with a project of such importance. Bringing the story of our Coast Guard and its 225 years of service to a National audience strengthens the bond of our citizens, and strengthens the Coast Guard for generations to come.”
The National Coast Guard Museum will honor the heroism of the men and women who answered the call to always be ready, as in the Coast Guard motto: Semper Paratus. Permanent and revolving multimedia exhibits will tell compelling stories of the past, the present and the future as they evoke the Coast Guard’s critical role and mission in maritime security, safety, protection of natural resources, and national defense. The museum will use interactive and modern technology to engage the public, veterans and present Coast Guard men and women as they serve our nation now and into the future.
The National Coast Guard Museum Association, Inc. is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the United States Coast Guard history and tradition. For more information or to make a donation, contact the National Coast Guard Museum Association at 860.443.4200 or visit www.coastguardmuseum.org, and follow @USCGMuseum on Facebook and Twitter.
The presentation is at 7 pm in the Conference Center at Fort Trumbull State Park, 90 Walbach St., New London.
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by Alexis Ann
My friend’s Grandmom Millie dispensed some great advice to those lucky to have spent time with her. “The older you get, the quicker it goes” was one that we now-grown-up kids say, “Boy, if that isn’t true?!” She also said, “Tomorrow is promised to no one,” and her follow-up was (long before Nike) “If you want to do or buy something, and you will not hurt anyone or mortgage your future, what are you waiting for? Put it off and put it off and then, for whatever reason, it’s too late.
So with that, my friends, guys included, let me offer this to you: Treat yourself to an hour, or three, or a day at the Norwich Inn at Foxwoods. And let me assure you right up front: There is not a reason in the world for you to feel nervous or intimidated about going to a “big, fancy spa” at a casino. Is it like your neighborhood salon, or day spa or The Y? Well, yes and no.
While your eyes will widen at the sights in this multi-million dollar facility, and yes, some of the amenities are an upgrade to other smaller places, the reality is that no matter the service(s) you will enjoy, all of the folks are very pleasant, knowledgeable and helpful and within minutes, you will feel right at home. Check that. Better. Most of the place is quiet, save the pool maybe, and the soothing music will help to relax you. And to put your mind at ease, most of the questions you might have are answered on the Spa’s website and should something be missing, one of the staff will easily and discreetly allay your concern. Where do I go, what do I do, how should I tip? Easily answered. Now, let me tell you a little bit about the place.
The Salon, Pool, Locker rooms, Treatment rooms, and Fitness Center are all connected on the Ninth Floor of The Grand Pequot Hotel. Leaving the elevators, your olfactory sense will begin to lead you to The Salon. “I’ve arrived,” you might think, and boy have you ever. Greeted at the Reception desk, your appointment(s) will be confirmed and if early, you might browse the many retail selections or just relax in the waiting room. There are too many individual services to describe but suffice to say that there are guests receiving manicures, pedicures, facials, makeup applications and of course, hair cutting, coloring, perming, and styling. On my visit, I had a wonderful hair trimming and blow dry (coloring? Moi?!!) But the real treat was the Hydra Facial. Does it feel great AND make you feel and look younger? Red carpet and paparazzi await your exit. But seriously, there were a bunch of girls there for Bachelorette weekend getting Manis and Pedis and a couple of them asked about my treatment and I told them that they had to include this on their list.
Next up was lunch. Yep, Room Service by the pool or, weather permitting, outside! How cool is that? And, though I eshewed it because I had done my crossfit training at dawn (in my dreams,) the Fitness Center has every state-of-the-art machine or device you could ask for. And if you can spare another hour or so, you must get a massage. Pick one, any one, but get one. You might fall asleep but hey, that is not a bad thing. And prior to that, after you have changed and put on slippers and comfy robe provided, I recommend spending some time in the Steamroom and Whirlpool. Both will relax and get you warmed up and loose before your Massage Therapist gets hold of you. He or she will definitely notice your efforts to pretreat yourself. And ahh, there is nothing like the smell of eucalyptus, good for whatever ails you.
And the best part? Any or all of this — use of the Pool, Fitness Center and Locker Room facilities are included for you with any Salon or Spa service. Seriously. That is just unbelievable but true. How can you not try to make time to get there? As Millie would say, “What are you waiting for?”
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by Alexis Ann
If you are looking for a touch of Italy, Caputo Trattoria at Foxwoods Resort Casino will surely satisfy your palate. Located on the Restaurant Level of the Grand Pequot Tower, Caputo offers wide ranging selections which might remind one of Milan and Lake Como to the North, Tuscany and Rome, as well as the Amalfi Coast. And while the choices are modest in number, it is evident that a more intense focus is given to the ingredients and preparation, guaranteeing that one can surely find at least one choice from any course which will moisten the palate.
Luckily for my five lady friends and me, we did not have to make those decisions when we were guests at Caputo on a recent night. Linda Blais, Karen Roman, Kathy Zezulka, Peg Russell, Barb Dean and I had the great pleasure of being hosted by Executive Chef Gary Lamothe and Chef James Turck, as all of the pressure was removed while these gentlemen made all the decisions for us. We had no idea what was about to happen but OMGs were heard from beginning to end.
For starters, we had the Trattoria Salad ($12) and the Caesar salad ($14.) Nothing special there, you say? Peg would beg to argue. How about cherry tomatoes with skin removed on the House specialty? Or individual Baby Romaine leaves dressed on the Caesar? Maybe the Beef Carpaccio ($16) with pickled shallots and capers that Linda raved about, perhaps. Or….wait… Meatballs in Sunday Gravy ($12.) (Shhhh, Kathy said it is better than Nonna’s?) Have we got your interest? Then let me tell you about the Signature Caputo Pie ($49.) The base is Chicken Parm!! Created by Gary and Jim especially for the Trattoria, freshly ground chicken is shaped into a large pizza-sized pie and frozen (hold on!). When ordered, it is removed from the freezer, floured, breaded and deep-fried. When done, the pie is topped with freshly grated Parmesan and Mozzarella, Marinara and then…..wait for it….hot honey!! We lost Karen for a bit here but she alighted from Cloud 9 after a few minutes. And don’t worry that you will have to worry that every one else at your table will be wanting to taste some of yours. They will, but this serves two to eight people!
OK, so you want some (all homemade) Pasta? Check. Our outstanding servers Kerri Marshall and Alex Phillips smiled extra around this time as they knew what was coming and awaited our reactions. Karen tried the Baked Manicotti ($18/26) and started to do that floating thing again, but we held her down. Kathy tried the Three Cheese Tortellini ($19/29) remarking how light the generous portion was. But if we were not beaming yet, here came the Tableside Cacio E Pepe ($19/29.) Trust me, this was no relation to Wile E Coyote. Fresh spaghetti is prepared in a pan, then freshly seasoned — the Cacio E Pepe. Now hold on for this: A gazillion dollar wheel of Parmesan appears and unbelievably, its center has been rounded out. But of course, that is where the pasta now goes! Spun and twirled while the spaghetti grabs on to the perfect amount of cheese. Barb was the most honored oned for this dish. When is the next flight for Rome leaving?
Both the Chicken Milanese ($28) and Veal Piccata ($32) were outstanding, but Linda raved about the Whole-Roasted Branzino (Chilean Sea Bass $32.) Prepared tableside, it was flaky and moist. Served on a bed of Tuscan couscous and topped with a fricassee of summer vegetables would have been enough, but the Salsa Verde was the perfect complement.
It must be added that we were treated to delicious glasses of wines which paired well with each dish. Caputo also offers some Italian beers and others which you are not likely to find at your local tavern.
And lastly, while we all loved the Tiramisu and Chocolate Chip Cannolis for Dessert, you will not believe the Tiramisu Cotton Candy which is a compliment of the staff. Oh yes, and the homemade Limoncello was a wonderful drink.
And if you want to get a jump-start on “Spaghetti Wednesday”, try to visit Caputo on Trattoria Tuesday. For just $32 per person, one can enjoy a prix fixe menu starting with The Trattoria Salad, the Meatballs and Sausage in Sunday Gravy along with a Bread Basket. For an entree, one choice is made from a selection of three different Pasta dishes — Baked Manicotti, Rigatoni Bolognese and Ricotta Ravioli or Chicken Milanese, Seafood Fra Diavolo. And then save room for a choice of the Tiramisu or Chocolate Chip Cannolis. Icing on the cake so to speak.
Caputo Trattoria is open for Lunch from Noon -4 pm on Monday through Friday. Dinner is served from 4 pm-10 pm on Monday-Thursday, until 11 pm on Friday, from Noon – 11 on Saturday and from Noon – 10 on Sunday. For reservations, one can call 860.312.2788.
The Opioid Action Team of the Health Improvement Collaborative of Southeastern Connecticut will host an Overdose Awareness and Prevention Event on Friday, August 31st from 10-2. The event, titled “A Time to Remember…a Time to Act,” will be held in Williams Park in New London and will commemorate International Overdose Awareness Day.
In addition to public remembrance of community members lost to overdose, the event will feature distribution of free overdose reversal kits, safe disposal of unused medications, and information from services providers.
Jennifer Muggeo, supervisor for special projects from Ledge Light Health District, noted the broad collaboration behind the event. “We are grateful for the contributions of numerous community partners. The Medicine Shoppe will be on hand to prescribe and dispense naloxone kits and, thanks to the generous support of the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, we are able to assure that everyone who comes to the event can receive a naloxone kit at no out-of-pocket expense. The NL CARES Recovery Navigators and twenty treatment providers and community organizations will participate to share information and support. This is a true community effort.”
Carol Jones, director of medical case management for Alliance for Living – a co-sponsor of the event, agreed. “This is a meaningful way to honor lives lost from overdose as well as to educate our community on how to prevent more deaths from occurring.”
“I’m proud to say New London is a leader in addressing this public health crisis. The Opioid Action Team, through collaboration, coordination and communication, is truly making a difference,” said New London Mayor Michael Passero.
Organizations scheduled to participate include:
- Alliance for Living,
- Beacon Health Options,
- Catholic Charities,
- City of New London,
- Community Speaks Out,
- Connecticut Addiction Medicine,
- Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery,
- Hartford Dispensary,
- Lawrence and Memorial Hospital,
- Narcotics Anonymous,
- Natchaug Hospital,
- New London Community and Campus Coalition,
- Reliance Health,
- Safe Futures,
- Sound Community Services,
- Stonington Institute,
- The Connection
- The Medicine Shoppe, and
- United Community and Family Services.
For more information, contact Jennifer Muggeo at 860.912.1429 or firstname.lastname@example.org.