by Laurie Whitecloud, Tribal Member, Barona Band of Mission Indians
For dates, times and other details about the event, please click here to visit the Barona Powwow page.
by Laurie Whitecloud, Tribal Member, Barona Band of Mission Indians
by Maylette Garces, Executive Director of Casino Marketing
Many of you may be familiar with this amazing entertainer as her career has taken her across stage and screen. She is probably best known for her musical role in Miss Saigon, for which she won the Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Theatre World Awards. She also starred in the Broadway production of Les Misérables and brought the singing voices of Princess Jasmin and Mulan to life in the Disney classics Aladdin and Mulan. Her albums Lea in Love and By Heart have both gone platinum in the Phillipines. Some of her top hits include I Remember the Boy, I Don’t Love You Anymore, Even If, and Friend of Mine.
by Jay Bart, Director of Safety, Health and Environment
For the second consecutive year, college students with a passion for the environment and who are pursuing careers in environmental industries can apply for Barona’s scholarship for assistance with college expenses. The funds can be used for tuition, books and living expenses.
Last year, the scholarship committee selected Scott Goodman as the recipient. He’s a graduate of UCSD and is pursuing a Master of Landscape Architecture at Cal Poly Pomona. He shared with us that the scholarship selection committee seemed to have been deeply honored to present the award to him as well as the three finalists and they also had an immense pride in the culture of sustainability. And, the scholarship really helped him with his studies.
This year’s application deadline is July 15 (applications must be postmarked by July 15) and the winners will be announced on August 1, 2010. The application and more information is available at www.barona.com/about/community-relations.
Send your completed applications to:
Barona Resort & Casino
c/o Barona Sustainable Environment Scholarship Program
Scholarship Selection Committee
1932 Wildcat Canyon Road
Lakeside, CA 92040
The scholarship is part of the Barona Valley Environmental Sustainability Program on the reservation and at Barona Resort & Casino. The program includes a state-of-the-art water reclamation plant, water recovery program, landscaping and wildlife preservation, golf course turf reduction, resort conservation programs – carpooling, recycling and energy efficient practices – and community outreach to increase awareness of eco-friendly events and awards. Additionally, both the Barona Band of Mission Indians’ Tribal Government building and the hotel at Barona Resort & Casino have achieved the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification for the design and operation of high performance green buildings.
We look forward to seeing those applications come in!
by George Clark, The Waving Guy
I’m sure you are asking yourself, “What is a waving guy?” I asked myself the same question when I was offered my job at Barona. I asked, “A what?” Well, I thought it was a crazy title but it has turned out to be the greatest job in town!
You’ve probably seen me standing at the entrance of Barona Resort & Casino waving to every guest as they turn onto Founder’s Way before testing their luck at San Diego’s loosest casino. That’s me, George Clark. Some of you may know me as the Waving Guy.
After five years of working at Barona, I feel like family to both visitors and employees. So many people tell me that they feel at home each and every time they visit Barona and that my wave signifies Barona’s commitment to excellent customer service.
Before I started working as the Waving Guy, I had a long career working in various industries including contracting, public relations, security and real estate, but have finally found where I belong. My job at Barona has turned into an amazing career. Through the years Barona has proven to be an outstanding employer. Everyone that works here, including the highest authority, is friendly and approachable and makes me feel at home.
The best part about my job is meeting new people. On average, I greet about 3,000 to 4,000 guests each day. There are many visitors that stop to chat on their way in and have become some of my favorite acquaintances. Not only do I greet guests, I also answer questions about the history of Barona and often help visitors find their way when they are lost. Sometimes people even say that I am good luck and they won big at the casino because I waved to them.
I think my job is one of the most important at Barona because I create a personal experience for each visitor. I like to make eye contact with the guests to welcome them in and make them feel special. Sometimes I will reciprocate a guest’s wave or point to them to let them know that we are excited to have them here.
My position as the Waving Guy has become so significant to Barona because we are the only casino resort in the area that has a greeter at the front gate. No matter which entrance people come through, they are always acknowledged. We have six greeters that alternate around four different posts at Barona including the front and back entrances, the bus stop, garage and VIP entrance.
I believe that the idea of the Waving Guy has contributed to the casino’s reputation for warm hospitality and customer service and has made each guest’s visit unique and memorable. Rain or shine, you can count on us to be there waving to you. We’re even there during Christmas dressed in Santa suits.
I am happy that I have this opportunity to work with the people that I do. I believe that everyone should enjoy their job, and I know that I enjoy mine.
By Executive Chef Jim Phillips
Barona Casino’s Tortilla Soup has always been a winner with our guests. The recipe has been on our menu since the beginning and we always get requests for it. So, we thought Cinco de Mayo would be a great time to share it with everyone. It’s easy to make and is a great recipe to have on hand. It can be easily customized for your guests and made ahead of time so you can enjoy the fiesta while serving a great dish!
At Barona we love to celebrate Cinco de Mayo too. This year, we’re serving a variety of Mexican food specials in our restaurants. You can get a family-style Puerto Nuevo Lobster Special with rice and beans for $19.50 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at El Rancho Grande and The Plaza. And, don’t forget we’ll be pouring refreshing margaritas and cervezas plus more than a dozen tequilas beginning at 5 p.m. at the El Rancho Grande.
In honor of the holiday, we’re also offering a special price of $5.55 at the Seasons Fresh Buffet. The buffet will be available from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. for guests 18 and over and Club Barona discounts will apply.
I hope you enjoy the Tortilla Soup recipe and also have a great Cinco de Mayo! And, if there’s a special dish at Barona that you’d like to make at home, please let us know and we’ll do our best to share the recipe on another blog post.
Tortilla Soup recipe: 10 servings
¼ Cup Olive Oil
½ Cup Chopped Onion
1 Jalapeño Pepper
2 Lbs Chopped fresh Roma Tomatoes
3 Cloves Chopped Garlic
1 Tsp Ground Cumin
½ Gallon Chicken Stock
½ Bunch Cilantro
1 Tbsp Chicken Base
Salt To Taste
Pepper To Taste
In a medium sized soup pot, over medium heat add the olive oil, sauté onions, jalapeño pepper, cumin and garlic until slightly caramelized. Add tomatoes, chicken stock, chicken base and seasoning. Let it simmer for 35 minutes and then add the chopped cilantro and blend the soup until smooth.
Garnish the soup with fried tortilla strips, diced fresh avocado and shredded Monterey Jack cheese.