Katherine's at CasaBlanca sure to amaze

December 08, 2015 3:02 AM


We have heard nothing but good things about Katherine’s restaurant at the CasaBlanca Resort in near-by Mesquite, a little over an hour drive, north on Interstate 15. Friends tell us the classy eatery is an experience to remember with tableside presentations for several items, including Caesar Salad, Hot Spinach Salad, Cherries Jubilee, Bananas Foster (a favorite) and Café Diablo. There is also an extensive wine collection.

We checked out the menu and saw a nice selection of steak, seafood and Italian dishes, including appetizers of Steamed Clams or Mussels, Calamari Fritti, Maryland Crab Cakes, Oysters Rockefeller, Escargot and more. We also hear the Lobster Bisque is divine.

The steaks, all USDA dry-aged prime beef from Stock Yards in Chicago, are sure to satisfy the most discerning palate. Offerings include Filet Mignon, New York Strip, Bone-In Rib-eye plus Prime Rib, Bone-In Pork Chop and Colorado Lamb Chops. Our mouth is watering.

Other entrees include Chicken Marsala, Shrimp Oreganata, Seafood Diablo, Cioppino, Veal Francaise, Veal Picatta and more. Plus, they are currently offering fresh Florida Stone Crab. That alone is reason enough to head to Katherine’s. (Are you listening, Ron?)

IT’S A CINCH! The National Finals Rodeo opened at the Thomas & Mack Center last week and continues through Saturday. The riding, roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing event is offering $8.8 million in prizes this year, up almost $2.5 million over last year. That’s a lot of oats.

In addition to the usual NFR events at TMC, the inaugural CINCH Boyd Gaming Chute-Out will take place at the Orleans Arena on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 2-4 p.m. each day. And, to make the event even more exciting, Boyd sportsbooks are taking bets on each of the Chute-Out’s three days of competition.

The Chute-Out “is truly ‘A New Way to Rodeo,’” said Chris Gibase, senior VP and chief marketing officer of Boyd Gaming. “Over three days, we will be bringing rodeo fans right into the action in ways they’ve never seen before. You can turn a hunch into a big win at our sportsbooks, take a shot at a life-changing prize in the $300,000 American Cowboy Chute-Out contest, or follow all of the action as it happens through the Chute-Out app, featuring rodeo’s first-ever automated Day Sheet.”

That’s right there is an app, which is available for download at BoydChuteOut.com, where you can also get more information on the Chute-Out and details about the contest. Current odds for any of the rodeo events are available at Boyd sportsbooks at The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast, Sam’s Town, California and Fremont.

WE END today’s column on a sad note. Our mother-in-law, Anna Mulvaney, 92, passed away Saturday morning. For the past few years Anna lived at Idle Acre Convalescent Hospital in El Monte, California. She was a woman of few words, and could sometimes be a bit ornery, but that didn’t bother the staff. They treated her with love and respect, and gave her excellent care, usually managing to coax her into doing whatever it was they needed her to do.

We admired Anna, she had spunk, a lot of it, and we will miss her. Rest in peace, Anna, you earned it.

See you around town.

Eileen DiRocco is the owner and publisher of GamingToday, the bible for gaming news “you can bet on.” Contact Eileen at EileenDiRocco@GamingToday.com.

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