On the heels of the 'blizzard of 2017', we turn our attention to the flowers and tree buds that will begin to pop as the first day of spring approaches. With the shift in climate from warm winters to cool springs over the past couple of years, the Easter holiday takes center stage as one of the first signs of one of our nation’s favorite seasons.
It is also the first time since Thanksgiving that the historic hotel rolls out its famous buffet in the hotel’s famous Crestview room where horse drawn carriages once ruled the space. “It is the first big event of the year that is open to the local community and not part of a private event,” says Banquet Director Kathy Obropta. “We are very fortunate to have a loyal following for many years, so we look forward to seeing faces that have graced our space for a long time. They become like an extended family to us.”
“The feedback we get from these wonderful holiday events is always great,” says long-time Director of Catering Jimmy Thornton. “I can’t tell you how many wedding and large social event customers we get as a result of their experience with us on these special days. We view it as an opportunity to show what we are all about and what we can do.
This year’s buffet will not disappoint with a selection sure to entice:
Cold Display Items
Selection of Chilled Juices, Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee and Herbal Teas
An International Cheese Display with Fresh Fruit and Water Crackers
Assorted Pates and Terrines
Chick Pea, Roasted Eggplant, Spinach and Artichoke Dips with Garden Vegetable Crudite and Pita Chips
Italian Antipasto Display
Displays House Smoked Salmon, Whitefish ad Caviar
Roasted Coconut and Vegetable Salad
Steak House and Caesar Salad Bar
Red Beets with Italian Parsley, Pine Nuts, and Red Onions
Pasta Salad with Tuscan-Style Cauliflower and Shrimp
Scallion Barlotto with Herb Roasted Chicken
Chick Pea, Zucchini, Tomato and Cilantro Salad
Assorted Breakfast Breads, Muffins, Croissants, Danish, Bagels, and Dinner Rolls
Chilled Seafood Display with Ice Carving
Oysters, Shrimp, Crab Claws with Cocktail Sauce, Remoulade Sauce, Mignonette Sauce and Lemon Wedges
Attended Omelet Stations
Whole and Egg White Omelets prepared to order featuring Diced Peppers, Ham, Onions, Tomatoes, Sliced Mushrooms, and Cheeses
Attended Pasta Station
Featuring Ziti Pasta with Plum Tomato Sauce or Scampi Sauce with Shrimp and Chicken Toppings
Attended Carving Station
Molasses Glazed Ham, Prime Rib Au Jus
Belgian Waffles with Maple Syrup
Smokehouse Bacon and Sausage
Chicken Coq Au Vin
Braised Veal Shanks with White Bean Cassoulet
Rosemary and Truffle Stuffed Leg of Lamb
Roasted Garlic Chive Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes
Assorted Cakes, Tarts, Mini Pastries, Rice Pudding, Fruit Kabobs, Raspberry Mousse, Chocolate Fondue, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Fruit Cobbler, Vanilla Ice Cream and Cookies
Children’s Mini Buffet
Chicken Nuggets, Hot Dogs, Macaroni and Cheese, French Fries, Onion Rings and Buttered Corn on the Cob
As always, there will be a special appearance by the one and only Easter Bunny in addition to one of the area’s best balloon sculptures. Seating times for the day are 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4 p.m.. Pricing for adults is $59.95 plus tax and gratuity, children 4-12 years of age is $17.95, and children under 3 are no charge.
Not to be outdone, the HAT Tavern will be offering a $34 menu including Carved
Prime Rib of Beef and Molasses Glazed Ham, their famous Raw Bar, Cold Platters and Salad Displays, Omelet Station and Dessert Display. A la carte specials for the day include the HAT Tavern Burgerdict ($10) featuring two LaFrieda sliders, English muffin, poached eggs in Béarnaise sauce, Coq Au Vin ($17), Monkfish Piccata with rice pilaf and vegetable medley ($17), Rosemary and Truffle Stuffed Leg of Lamb, Roasted Garlic Chive Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes and Vegetable Medley ($19), and Jumbo Shrimp Scampi tossed with Ziti Pasta ($17). Sides available include bacon ($2.95), sausage ($2.95) and breakfast potatoes ($2.50).
“We will appeal to the guest that wants to go out for the holiday without the formal trappings of a traditional Easter holiday,” says HAT General Manager Walter Curtis. We welcome the chance to host you if your preference is casual or formal at the hotel or tavern.”
Need a room for family or friends over the holiday weekend. Book it now at the hotel with rates starting as low as $135.00. Rates include a Full American Hot and Cold Breakfast, Free WIFI, and passes to the area’s hottest sports club - Equinox.