Rocky, Slap Shot Headline Silver Screen Film Festival April 14 at Tarrytown Music Festival

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The Silver Screen Sports Film Festival has been revamped to a single-day celebration of two iconic sports movies – Slap Shot​ and Rocky – on Saturday, April 14th at Westchester’s Tarrytown Music Hall (13 Main Street, Tarrytown, NY 10591)​. Both classics will be followed by a special Question & Answer session following the screening.

Slap Shot’s The Hanson Brothers and Burt Young, who portrayed Rocky’s beloved Paulie character, will be featured following the screenings at 12:15 pm and 7:45 pm, respectively. Tickets are priced starting at $30, and limited VIP session tickets with the artists which consist of photo-opportunities, autographs and light food and drinks are also available.

Previously scheduled screenings of three additional classics – Major League (Corbin Bernsen), Caddyshack (Michael O’Keefe/Cindy Morgan) and Rudy (Rudy Ruettiger) –  have been postponed until later dates this year which are to be determined.

For tickets and information you may email silverscreensports@jobumediagroup.com or call 833-844-5628. To purchase tickets you may also visit www.tarrytownmusichall.org or call TicketForce at 877-840-0457.

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Westchester’s intense passion for sports and immense pride in the community has sparked Jobu Media Group, which will present the film festival, to utilize the platform to fundraise for an important cause. With that in mind, it was a natural fit to utilize the platform to fundraise for an important local cause. In Westchester County, 200,000 people are at risk of hunger or facing food insecurity, and 33 percent of those at risk are children, and 50 percent are senior citizens. The Food Bank for Westchester is the primary provider of food to soup kitchens and food pantries in the county. They partner with these outlets to get food directly to people who are hungry and serve over 300 community partners -including food pantries, soup kitchens, child and day-care centers, and shelters. Silver Screen Sports Film Festival​ is fundraising for the Food Bank to reach a goal of $15,000. Upon checkout online of ticket-sales there is an option to make a donation large or small, starting at $5. Raffles and other ways to donate over the course of the April 14-15 weekend extravaganza are also on the site.

For 30 years, Food Bank for Westchester has led the fight against hunger in Westchester County, serving over 300 frontline programs that provide food directly to the 200,000 county residents who are hungry or food insecure. Food Bank for Westchester supplies 95 percent of all food distributed annually across the region’s food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and daycare and residential programs – delivering over 8.4 million pounds of food and 7.5 million meals to people in 2017. Food Bank for Westchester’s collaboration with major retailers and corporations, and its expertise in food procurement, storage, and distribution, turns every monetary donation into fresh food provided for the community.

Here is the full schedule for the Silver Screen Sports Film Festival followed by event profiles:

Saturday April 14

1st Film- Slap Shot

Film: 12:30-2:35 pm

Q and A with Hanson Brothers : 2:35- 3:05 pm

VIP Session: 3:05-3:50 pm

2nd Film- Rocky

Film rocky-7:45 – 9:45 pm

Q and A with Burt Young: 9:45-10:15 pm

VIP 10:15-11 pm

Slap Shot

After show Q&A with all three Hanson Brothers

Slap Shot, starring Paul Newman, is the quintessential hockey movie. This 1977 cult classic follows the raucous escapades of the Chiefs and their trio of star players – The Hanson Brothers.  Come relive every slash, cross-check and high stick with Dave Hanson, Jeff Carlson and Steve Carlson. Immediately following the screening all three Hanson Brothers will be participating in a thirty minute Q and A session..

Rocky

After show Q&A with Burt Young

Rocky stands as the most celebrated sports movie of all time.  This 1976 powerhouse was written and directed by Sylvester Stallone.  This film epitomizes the American Dream and truly transcends boxing. Rocky remains one of the most inspirational characters, franchises and tales in the history of film.  The film also includes standout performances from Burgess Meredith, Carl Weathers, Talia Shire and, of course, “Uncle Paulie” Burt Young.

Dave Hanson

Born in Cumberland, WI, Dave grew up on the West Side of St. Paul, MN. He was a three sport athlete, playing football, baseball and hockey at Humboldt H.S. He was recently named as one of the St. Paul High School Athletic Conference’s all-time best 100 athletes. Played Junior A Hockey for the St. Paul Vulcans and briefly at the University of Minnesota under the 1980 Olympic Gold Medal USA Hockey coach Herb Brooks. Played 10 years of professional hockey, with teams such as the NHL Detroit Red Wings & Minnesota North Stars, plus, the WHA New England Whalers, Minnesota Fighting Saints & Birmingham Bulls.

Currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA. where he manages the Island Sports Center and coaches AAA travel hockey teams for the Pittsburgh Hornets. Got his role as Jack Hanson when Jack Carlson could not appear in the movie with his two other real life brothers, Steve and Jeff. Dave was originally scheduled to play Dave “Killer” Carlson.

Steve and Jeff Carlson

Steven Edward Carlson (born August 26, 1955) is a retired American ice hockey forward and a former minor league hockey coach. He is the brother of Jack Carlson, a former NHL hockey player.

Carlson was born in Virginia, Minnesota. He appeared in the movie Slap Shot as one of the Hanson Brothers. Carlson played in the World Hockey Association with the New England Whalers, Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Fighting Saints and in the National Hockey League for the Los Angeles Kings, scoring nine goals for the Kings. While playing for the Edmonton Oilers in the WHA, he was the roommate of Wayne Gretzky during his rookie season. Carlson and Al McLeod are the only players to ever be on a team with Gordie Howe and on a team with Wayne Gretzky.

Since retiring from hockey, Carlson runs a power skating school in Northern California. Carlson, his brother Jeff and Dave Hanson also make numerous public appearances, primarily at hockey-related events and charities, as their Hanson Brothers characters. The trio also appeared in two sequels to Slap Shot, Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice, 2002 and Slap Shot 3: The Junior League, 2008.

Jeff Carlson was born on July 20, 1953 in Virginia, Minnesota, USA. Carlson played in 7 games in the World Hockey Association with the Minnesota Fighting Saints.

Over a 10 year span, he also played in the United States Hockey League (USHL), the North American Hockey League (NAHL), the Southern Hockey League (SHL), the Pacific Hockey League (PHL), the American Hockey League (AHL), and the International Hockey League (IHL)

Burt Young

Burly, talented character actor who has remained consistently busy playing “rough at the edge” type characters, often on the wrong side of the law. Young was born on April 30 1940 in New York City, the son of a high school shop teacher. He is of Italian descent. Young received his dramatic arts training under legendary acting coach Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio.

Young first gathered notice playing tough thugs in such films as The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight (1971), Across 110th Street (1972), Chinatown (1974) and The Gambler (1974). Fiery director Sam Peckinpah cast Young as the getaway driver / assassin, “Mac”, in The Killer Elite (1975), and Young came to the attention of newcomer Sylvester Stallone, who cast him as future brother-in-law ‘Paulie’ in the 1976 sleeper hit Rocky (1976). The talented Young was nominated for an Oscar, and has gone on to reprise the role in all five “Rocky” sequels to date! Peckinpah re-hired him to play renegade trucker “Pigpen” in the moderately successful Convoy (1978) (watch for “Pigpen’s” Mack truck where the writing on the door states “Paulie Hauling”!).

Young has also appeared in numerous other major productions, including Once Upon a Time in America (1984), The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984), Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989), Mickey Blue Eyes (1999) and The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002).

April Laughs Cascade at Empire City Casino

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Tom Shillue, who has appeared on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in the show’s “Rag Time Gals” barbershop quartet skits, and the off-Broadway actor and radio host Aaron Berg will headline the April installments of Wednesday Comedy Nights at Empire City Casino on April 11th and April 25th, respectively, in the casino’s Good Time Room.

Massachusetts native and FOX News Radio host, Tom Shillue, brings his stand-up routine to Empire City on April 11th. During his college days, Shillue was in a barbershop a cappella group at both Emerson College and the University of Massachusetts. He parlayed his experience into multiple appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, singing such songs as Shaggy’s “It Wasn’t Me” and Justin Timberlake’s “Sexy Back” alongside the NBC host. Shillue has also toured nationally with comedian Jim Gaffigan, and recently published a book, Mean Dads for a Better America, where he reminisces about his childhood, family, and the traditional values he cherishes.

The featured performer on the 11th is New York-based Jourdain Fisher, who has been doing stand-up since he was a teenager. Fisher has performed at various festivals across the country including the New York Comedy Festival, the Laughing Skull Festival, and Laugh Your Asheville Off. He was a back-to-back winner of the Ultimate Comic Challenge, a finalist in the Carolina’s Funniest Competition and a Regional Showcase Finalist for Stand-Up NBC in New York. Another Massachusetts native, Andy Ostroff, completes the lineup as host of the laughfest.

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New York City product Aaron Berg leads the laugh brigade on April 25th. Berg made his Comedy Central debut on This Is Not Happening in 2016, and returned to the channel to appear on Roast Battle Season 2 a year later. The accomplished stand-up has also appeared on AXS TV’s Live at Gotham, and has performed live at the Boston Comedy Festival, the New York Comedy Festival, and the nationally-televised Winnipeg Comedy Festival on CBC. His two albums, Comedy Coltrane and Unscripted, are available on iTunes and can be heard on Raw Dog on Sirius XM Radio. Berg has also performed in several off-Broadway plays including Underbelly Diaries and Jeremy Levy’s one-act play, 21 Days.

Vineland, New Jersey product Geno Bisconte joins Berg as the featured performer on the 25th. A comic, writer and actor, Bisconte is known for his roles in Amazon’s 2017 original series, Crashing, as well as the hit series, Gotham Comedy Live. Behind-the-scenes, he has written for the Comedy Central Roasts of both Rob Lowe in 2016 and Charlie Sheen in 2011. The 21-year-old up-and-coming comic, Lev Fer, is the MC of the night.

Doors for both comedy shows open at 7:00 p.m., with performances beginning at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are sold at the door the night of each show. Admission is $5 for Empire Club members and $25 for non-members; non-members can stop by any promotions booth prior to the show and join the Empire Club for free. Elite Club and President’s Club members gain free admission. All attendees receive a complimentary drink ticket.

About Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway:

Empire City Casino is one of the largest entertainment and gaming destinations in the northeast. Featuring 5,300 of the hottest slots, electronic three card poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat and sic bo, Empire City Casino also offers guests year-round harness racing and International simulcasting, live entertainment including the best party, tribute and Latin bands, comedy, New York’s hottest DJ’s, and more. A plethora of dining options will satisfy even the most discerning palate with Italian cuisine at Nonno’s Trattoria; Dan Rooney’s, a high-energy sports bar; Alley 810, a craft cocktail lounge with retro bowling lanes; and convenient delicious options at the International Food Court or Lil’ Cocina. Visit Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway located at 810 Yonkers Avenue (off I-87 at Central Avenue) Yonkers, NY, Westchester County, open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Visit www.empirecitycasino.com or call 914.968.4200 for information.

Million Dollar Dreams at Empire City Casino: Theresa P. Hits Record $2.9 Million Jackpot on Wheel of Fortune

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Theresa P. of Ossining, NY is Empire City Casino’s newest multi-millionaire, having hit a record-breaking $2,919,162.81 Wheel of Fortune® slots jackpot on Sunday, March 11, 2018. Theresa joins the company of millionaires Howard G. of Long Island, NY who won $1,473,503 in October 2015, and Linda H. of Thornwood, NY who took home a “nearly there” million-dollar jackpot of $961,411 in November 2016.
 
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Life-changer for Theresa P.

Placing a $20 wager on the $10 denomination IGT Wheel of Fortune Triple Stars® slot machine, Theresa claimed the life-changing jackpot and eclipsed Howard G.’s record win by a whopping $1.4-million, nearly double the previous record held by the Long Island resident. Theresa now holds the record for winning the highest-ever jackpot at any of New York State’s regulated casinos.
 
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Howard G. hit previous record

It took only eight spins that lucky Sunday to hit the jackpot. Theresa and her husband, who have been frequenting Empire City since the casino opened in 2006, recently retired and plan to use their winnings to really enjoy life.

 
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Linda H. was third highest for nearly a million, all three on Wheel of Fortune

Empire City’s millionaires aren’t the only ones with something to celebrate; each of the three highest jackpots at the casino were won on a Wheel of Fortune-themed slot machine. Furthermore, six of the top 10 jackpots won at Empire City were also on Wheel of Fortune slots.

 
The IGT Wheel of Fortune Triple Stars slot machine that turned Theresa into a millionaire ballooned past the $2.9-million mark on March 4, 2018, and has had guests visiting from far and wide to try their luck. The progressive jackpot was not the typical Wide Area Progressive – this particular jackpot could only be won on one of two Wheel of Fortune Triple Stars games at Empire City Casino.
 
Empire City boasts the sixth largest casino floor in the country including Las Vegas and Indian casinos nationwide. More than 8-million visitors a year try their luck on the casino’s nearly 5,300 slots and electronic table games, hoping to join the ranks of Theresa, Howard and Linda.
 
“When our players are happy, we’re happy,” said Ryan Munroe, Empire’s director of gaming operations. “Empire City is such an important part of the region so whether we are making millionaires, generating funds for New York schools, or supporting local charities and nonprofits, we are grateful that we can touch and change lives.”
 
More than 65 six-figure jackpots have been won at Empire City to date and there are currently ten other six-figure jackpots still available to win at the casino, ranging from $112,000 to another millionaire-making jackpot of $1,000,332.66 (as of March 16th) on another Wheel of Fortune slot machine. New players should be sure to sign up for the free Empire Club at any Promotions Booth to earn perks, including free play and food offers, while they play.
 
According to the New York State Lottery, there’s no shortage of wins at Empire City. Customers took home their share of $731-million in credits won in the month of February 2018.
 
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About Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway:
Empire City Casino is one of the largest entertainment and gaming destinations in the northeast. Featuring 5,300 of the hottest slots, electronic three card poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat and sic bo, Empire City Casino also offers guests year-round harness racing and International simulcasting, live entertainment including the best party, tribute and Latin bands, comedy, New York’s hottest DJ’s, and more. A plethora of dining options will satisfy even the most discerning palate with Italian cuisine at Nonno’s Trattoria; Dan Rooney’s, a high-energy sports bar; Alley 810, a craft cocktail lounge with retro bowling lanes; and convenient delicious options at the International Food Court or Lil’ Cocina. Visit Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway located at 810 Yonkers Avenue (off I-87 at Central Avenue) Yonkers, NY, Westchester County, open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Visit www.empirecitycasino.com or call 914.968.4200 for information.
 
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LPGA Teams with Diamond Resorts for Tournament of Champions; 2019 Season-Opener to be televised on Golf Channel, NBC

The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and Diamond Resorts™ announced on Wednesday (March 21) that the 2019 LPGA Tour season will begin with the inaugural Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, to be held from Jan. 17-20, 2019, at Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort Orlando in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Winners from the last two LPGA seasons, along with numerous celebrities and fan favorites, will gather in Central Florida to compete for a $1.2 million purse and celebrate the beginning of another season of world-class competition.
This new event also kicks off the LPGA season on network television. The Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions will air on Golf Channel on Thursday and Friday, and then move to NBC on Saturday and Sunday, preceded by an hour-long Golf Channel lead-in.
“We are so excited to join Diamond Resorts, Golf Channel and NBC to deliver a truly spectacular Tournament of Champions,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “This will be an experience like none other on our Tour, and it will be revered as a great reward for LPGA players who play well enough to make it into the winner’s circle every year!”
The Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions will include LPGA winners from the previous two seasons, with winners from 2017 and 2018 invited to the inaugural event. The field will also include 45 celebrity participants and 10 amateurs, who will be paired with LPGA players for all four tournament days. The LPGA players will compete for a $1.2 million purse, while the celebrities will play for a $500,000 purse.
“We are thrilled to sponsor the prestigious Tournament of Champions and are excited for this opportunity to continue furthering our relationship with the LPGA and their fantastic field of players,” said Mike Flaskey, Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Resorts. “Diamond Resorts is known for delivering incredible vacation experiences and this tournament will be like none other, with unmatched hospitality, a unique playing format, and a week of exciting events and concerts.”
All 2018 LPGA tournament winners will receive a TUMI Voyageur Calais Leather Backpack and an invitation to get their #BagsPacked for the trip to the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions. Winners will also receive a week-long stay at any Diamond Resorts-managedproperty.
So far in 2018, four players have already earned invitations to the 2019 Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions field – Brittany Lincicome (Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, as well as the same event in 2017), Jin Young Ko (ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, along with the 2017 KEB Hana Bank LPGA Championship), Jessica Korda (Honda LPGA Thailand) and Michelle Wie (HSBC Women’s World Championship). They will be joined by the remaining 2018 winners, as well as 2017 champions Shanshan Feng, Brooke Henderson, Ha Na Jang, Eun Hee Ji, Ariya Jutanugarn, Danielle Kang, Cristie Kerr, In-Kyung Kim, Sei Young Kim, Katherine Kirk, Mi Hyang Lee, Mirim Lee, Stacy Lewis, Haru Nomura, Anna Nordqvist, Inbee Park, Sung Hyun Park, So Yeon Ryu, Lexi Thompson and Amy Yang.
In addition to winners from the previous two years, a number of sponsor exemptions will be selected by Diamond Resorts from all LPGA Tour winners. LPGA professionals will play 72 holes of stroke play with no cut, while the amateurs will compete using a Modified Stableford scoring format.
Diamond Resorts has had a close relationship with the LPGA for several years as a sponsor of Brittany Lincicome and by inviting players to compete in the former Diamond Resorts Invitational™. Past celebrity fields have included sports Hall of Famers, All-Stars and superstars from all major sports including Brian Urlacher, Marcus Allen, John Smoltz, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine; recent World Series champions Justin Verlander and Brian McCann; and entertainment celebrities Lee Brice, Larry the Cable Guy, Willie Robertson, Chris Harrison and Alfonso Ribeiro.
The tournament site, Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort Orlando, is unique to Central Florida for its varying elevation, abundant wildlife and protected wetlands. It was originally built in 1992 and designed by Tom Fazio.
 
The Tournament of Champions, an elite limited-field event, was previously played at various sites in the southeastern part of the United States from 1994 to 2007. Its most recent venue was Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Magnolia Grove Golf Course in Mobile, Ala.
 
About the LPGA
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950 and headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla., the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 countries. With a vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while the Symetra Tour, the official development and qualifying tour of the LPGA, consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. Additionally, LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management.
The LPGA demonstrates its dedication to the development of the game through The LPGA Foundation. Since 1991, this charitable organization has been committed to empowering and supporting girls and women through developmental and humanitarian golf initiatives, such as LPGA*USGA Girls Golf.
Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via www.LPGA.com. Join the social conversation atwww.facebook.com/lpgawww.twitter.com/lpga and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo, and on Instagram at @lpga_tour.
About Diamond Resorts
Diamond Resorts offers destinations, events and experiences to help members make a habit of breaking from the routine. From unforgettable getaways to exclusive concert series to VIP receptions and dinners, members turn to Diamond to recharge, reconnect and remind each other what matters most. Our focus on quality resorts, customer service and flexibility means members can return to a favorite resort, book a cruise to explore new countries or attend a once-in-a-lifetime event with the same level of confidence and anticipation. With access to a world of entertainment and activities, a Diamond membership ensures that people are always looking forward to vacation.
To learn more about Diamond Resorts, visit DiamondResorts.com or follow @DiamondResorts on TwitterFacebook and Instagram. To learn more about the tournament, visit DiamondLPGA.com or follow #DiamondLPGA.

March Madness Deals at Dan Rooney’s Sports Pub at Empire City Casino throughout Tourney

It’s tournament time and Dan Rooney’s Sports Pub at Empire City Casino (Yonkers, NY) is the place to watch all of the hoops madness on 40 large-screen televisions with beer and food specialties adding to the excitement. From the cascade of “First Round” games (March 15-16) and the Sweet 16 (March 22-23), to the Elite Eight (March 24-25) and Final Four (March 31) games, all the way through the National Championship Game on Monday, April 2, Dan Rooney’s will be offering specials on Bud & Bud Light drafts, chicken wings, pigs in the blanket, and fried ravioli, all priced at $5 per order. Follow your bracket pool picks and root for your favorite college teams with a perfect view from every angle. DAN ROONEY'S BARTENDER POURS IT ON.JPG
For more information on Empire City Casino’s dining options, visit empirecitycasino.com.
(Note that the offers are valid only during NCAA championship games, and are not valid for take-out orders).
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About Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway:
Empire City Casino is one of the largest entertainment and gaming destinations in the northeast. Featuring 5,300 of the hottest slots, electronic three card poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat and sic bo, Empire City Casino also offers guests year-round harness racing and International simulcasting, live entertainment including the best party, tribute and Latin bands, comedy, New York’s hottest DJ’s, and more. A plethora of dining options will satisfy even the most discerning palate with Italian cuisine at Nonno’s Trattoria; Dan Rooney’s, a high-energy sports bar; Alley 810, a craft cocktail lounge with retro bowling lanes; and convenient delicious options at the International Food Court or Lil’ Cocina. Visit Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway located at 810 Yonkers Avenue (off I-87 at Central Avenue) Yonkers, NY, Westchester County, open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Visit www.empirecitycasino.com or call 914.968.4200 for information.

 

Soft Shell Crabs Arrive at Grand Central Oyster Bar

By John Cirillo
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Grand Central Oyster Bar executive chef Sandy Ingber is renowned for reeling in the “first catch” of the season for a wide-variety of specialties from the sea, and none is more popular among seafood aficionados than the arrival of soft shell crabs. And so, fresh in from Florida is the delightful delicacy on the menu as a daily entrée for lunch and dinner, priced at $38.95 (based on availability).
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Chef Ingber, the renowned “Bishop of Bivalves” and first catch authority, will prepare the soft shells traditionally sautéed in garlic herb butter.
Soft shell-lovers will also adore these recipes from time to time from the Oyster Bar’s world famous kitchen:  Sautéed Soft Shell Crabs with Tasso and Roasted Corn provides a tasty Cajun twist; Sautéed Soft Shell Crabs with Macadamia Nut Crust and Pomegranate Beurre Blanc  bring a distinctive crunchy flair, and both recipes will entice soft shell zealots for a stop “below sea level” at Grand Central Terminal.
SOFT SHELLS ARRIVE   (1).jpgIngber reports that the Grand Central Oyster Bar will prepare soft shells daily in the customary pan fry, but also has 100 different recipes to offer throughout the season:  from fried to sautéed to grilled, including a wide variety of different sauces.  Additional recipes include: Jerked Soft Shell Crabs over Field Greens with Passion Fruit Poppy Dressing and Mango Salsa and Hearts of Palm. 
For reservations at the Grand Central Oyster Bar, open for lunch and dinner every day from 1130 AM to last reservation at 9:30 PM, except Sundays, call 212-490-6650.
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March Roars in with Laughs with Wednesday Comedy Nights at Empire City Casino

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March roars in with laughter at Empire City Casino with a duo of Wednesday Comedy Nights headlined by Netflix’s Monroe Martin on March 14th and Comedy Central’s Mark Normand on March 28th in the popular Good Time Room.

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The laugh madness begins on March 14th as rising star Monroe Martin takes center stage. The funnyman from Philly, now a resident of Brooklyn, has appeared on a variety of top television shows since popping onto the comic scene just four years ago after making it to the top 10 in the 8th season NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Since then, Martin has performed on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and has made cameos in Netflix’s Masters of None and Comedy Central’s House Party. Martin claims to draw from his experiences bouncing from one dysfunctional family to another, taking an honest, open approach to storytelling, effortlessly turning his childhood of hard-knock experiences into comedy gold. He will be joined by a pair of local comedians at the Empire City microphone – Brooklyn native Crystian Ramirez as the featured performer and Bronx-born Menuhin Hart as host of the evening.

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As the 2013 winner of Caroline’s on Broadway’s March Madness competition, it’s only fitting that New York-based stand-up comic Mark Normand headline the show on March 28th. Born and raised in New Orleans, Normand headed to New York after college to conquer the comedy club scene. He has performed in many festivals across North America in Seattle, Boston, Vancouver and Montreal, and toured as comedienne Amy Schumer’s opening act for several years. His first hour-long special, Amy Schumer Presents Mark Normand: Don’t Be Yourself, debuted on Comedy Central in May 2017. Joining Normand is featured performer Joe Praino, the comic, actor, podcast host and sports enthusiast who is returning to his home county of Westchester, having been raised in the hamlet of Katonah, NY, and MC Joe Iavarone, who isn’t afraid to get a little physical on-stage with a sporadic handstand now-and-then.
Doors for both comedy shows open at 7:00 p.m., with performances beginning at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are sold at the door the night of each show. Admission is $5 for Empire Club members and $25 for non-members; non-members can stop by any promotions booth prior to the show and join the Empire Club for free. Elite Club and President’s Club members gain free admission. All attendees receive a complimentary drink ticket.
After the show, guests can try their luck on the casino’s IGT Wheel of Fortune Triple Stars® slot machine, which is quickly approaching the $2.9-million mark – nearly double the current record of $1,473,503 won at the casino by Howard G. of Suffolk County, Long Island in October 2015. Available only at Empire City Casino, the life-changing jackpot can be hit on one of only two machines, playing a $20 wager on the $10 denomination machine. Winning the jackpot would break the record for the highest-ever jackpot at any of New York State’s regulated casinos.
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About Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway:
Empire City Casino is one of the largest entertainment and gaming destinations in the northeast. Featuring 5,300 of the hottest slots, electronic three card poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat and sic bo, Empire City Casino also offers guests year-round harness racing and International simulcasting, live entertainment including the best party, tribute and Latin bands, comedy, New York’s hottest DJ’s, and more. A plethora of dining options will satisfy even the most discerning palate with Italian cuisine at Nonno’s Trattoria; Dan Rooney’s, a high-energy sports bar; Alley 810, a craft cocktail lounge with retro bowling lanes; and convenient delicious options at the International Food Court or Lil’ Cocina. Visit Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway located at 810 Yonkers Avenue (off I-87 at Central Avenue) Yonkers, NY, Westchester County, open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Visit www.empirecitycasino.com or call 914.968.4200 for information.