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 “Lil” Bill, Party Pit Master
Everyone around here calls me “Lil” Bill (my dad is also named Bill and he works here at Barona too) and if you’ve been to Barona Casino recently on a Friday night, you’ve probably seen me in the middle of Barona’s Party Pit action on the microphone giving away prizes, spinning upbeat music and pumping up the dealers and players.
For those of you not familiar with the Party Pit, it’s the place to be to win great prizes, have a great time and play your favorite table games. We have different themes each week ranging from pajama night to preppy to 70s disco night. You’ll find all the Party Pit staff dressed up in costumes that play up the theme. Our players are also encouraged to dress up in costumes and may be rewarded with $25 in myfreeplay coupons if they do. If you sign up for Club Barona while visiting the Party Pit we’ll give you an additional $20 in myfreeplay. In case you missed our popular video about the Party Pit on YouTube, you can click on the screen below to view it.
I’ve worked at Barona Casino for nearly 16 years and being master of the Party Pit is one of my favorite jobs so far. One of the things I like best is the energy that is generated by the players and dealers. The Party Pit crowd is young, attractive and looking to have a good time. All night long we play great music and giveaway lucky charms, promo chips and free bets.
I have the lucky assignment to randomly select players to spin our prize wheel and give away up to $100 in myfreeplay. The best part is each of the winner’s fellow tablemates receive the same prize amount…so it creates a friendly and fun atmosphere at the Party Pit. We also have hilarious contests for our players to participate in such as who can eat ice cream or hot dogs the fastest on any given night. It’s just another fun way to give our players more chances to win.
And, I’ll let you in on a little secret. While you’re in the Party Pit, bring your mobile phone and follow us on Twitter @BaronaCasino to get the Party Pit Password, an exclusive passcode. Share the code with the dealers and you will have an opportunity to win double the amount on the prize wheel! Throughout the night, we also randomly select winners that reply to live stream Party Pit contests on Facebook.
I hope you’ll stop by and say “hi” at Party Pit. Here’s a list of the upcoming Party Pit themes:
We’re always looking for new ideas to keep it fresh and exciting, so if you have any suggestions, please let us know!
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 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.
By Max Rubin, curator of Barona’s Blackjack Hall of Fame
At the Blackjack Hall of Fame we honor those who have shown the public how to master the game of blackjack. We also proudly present the world’s largest public display of devices (some legal and most not) that were all once used to exploit all sorts of casino games including blackjack.
In weeks to come, I’m going to show you how to play a perfect game of blackjack and then tell you some amazing tales of casino prestidigitation and show you photos along with descriptions and the history of some of the most amazing gear ever assembled that helped those who played on “the dark side” to liberate chips from casinos.
For example, you’ll learn how Hall of Famers such as Frank Schipani once won a casino in France simply by keeping track of all the cards dealt from a six deck shoe and making big bets when the good cards were coming his way; how Keith Taft invented the first personal computer back in 1971, which he strapped to his belly, and then typed in all of the cards with his toes and then ran wires to red, green and amber LED lights hidden in his eye glasses so that he could see colored signals which told him when to bet and where to cut the cards and you’ll even learn how I was (and still am) barred from playing blackjack on an entire continent!
Along with stories of casino adventures and piracy, I’ll also throw the doors open to you on this blog so that you can “Ask Max” any question about any gambling subject and then I’ll gladly give you a clever, sketchy, humorous or snarky answer, depending on how clever, sketchy, humorous or snarky your question might be.
I look forward to hearing from you!