Nancy Liput of Gardnerville was the big winner of the Small Business Saturday grand prize, taking home a treasure with more than 40 prizes donated by the participating businesses. Created by the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Gardnerville with a big boost from American Express, Small Business Saturday encouraged consumers to visit their neighborhood retailers for holiday shopping.
More than 100 locals visited at least 10 of the stores in Genoa, Minden and Gardnerville to qualify for the grand prize. In addition to the grand prize, 50 American Express gift cards were also won by participants.
“I believe we really made a difference” said the Chamber’s Bill Chernock, “the foot traffic and all of the reports we got back from the businesses were very positive.”
Paula Lochridge of Main Street Gardnerville added “Many of the shoppers commented on how they couldn’t believe all of the great shops we have here in the Valley. They made some brand new discoveries and have plans on frequenting many of these businesses in the near future. We look forward to making this a bigger and better promotion next year.”
Certification courses at Western Nevada College
Western Nevada College’s career certification courses in welding, machine tool technology, and auto mechanics are coming up. The Douglas County Workforce Development Program will be hosting an orientation 2:30 pm Dec.10 at for anyone interested in advancing their career, or transitioning in to a career in these in demand occupations.
This orientation will cover the what, when and where of each course, how to apply, and financial aid options that may be available. The Workforce Development staff can be reached at 782-9825.
Zephyr Cove opens restaurant
Zephyr Cove Resort announced the reopening of Zephyr Cove Lodge Restaurant. It marks the completion of an overall renovation project that has been underway since October. The revamped restaurant opens with a new décor and a refreshed food and drink menu.
“We are so excited to welcome guests to the new and improved Zephyr Cove Restaurant,” said John Kenny, general manager for Lake Tahoe Cruises and Zephyr Cove Resort. “Our beautiful, newly renovated restaurant will be a huge hit for our guests to enjoy, especially since the holidays are right around the corner.”
Executive Chef, Jeremy Acuna has designed new breakfast, dessert, and dinner menus with options that are available all day.
Guests will delight in such selections as house made chicken pot pie and tender braised beef cheeks in wine with natural jus and fresh horseradish gremolata. Lavish desserts can be enjoyed including house made apple fritters with crème anglaise or flourless chocolate torte with sea salt caramel ice cream.
But menu changes aren’t the only ones that have taken place at Zephyr Cove Restaurant; the restaurant has been completely overhauled in order to enhance the warm and welcoming atmosphere. New paint and natural log accents have been added from floor to ceiling as well as new, distressed wood flooring. The ceiling has been refurbished with tongue and groove cedar and innovative Mason jar lighting, all of which bring the eatery back to its 150-year-old lodge roots.
In addition to the enhanced floors and ceilings, the restaurant’s bar has been completely remodeled. It’s now adorned with beautiful rustic granite stonework that is indigenous to the Lake Tahoe area. The new bar has been further augmented with flat screen TVs and a sampling of craft beers on tap.
Zephyr Cove Restaurant has received honors in advance of the grand reopening; on Nov. 12 the restaurant was named Best Restaurant at the 47th annual Soroptimist Food & Wine Tasting event in South Lake Tahoe.
Ditchkus appointed general manager
Stephen Ditchkus, a 25-year hotel and gaming industry veteran, was appointed general manager at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, a Tropicana Entertainment Inc. property.
Ditchkus most recently was chief operating officer at Lac Courte Oreilles Casino and Lodge, a 300-employee property in Hayward, Wisc., where he guided the resort to a nearly 80 percent income growth in slots, table games, food and beverage, bingo and lodging.
His casino management background provided leadership roles in Nevada, Mississippi and Louisiana. Ditchkus cites a commitment to personal customer service as key to promoting and positioning the property as a leading gaming, entertainment and dining venue in Tahoe South. His plans are designed to complement Tahoe’s outdoor appeal with the property’s indoor amenities with an emphasis on gaming.
His gaming experience began at Lake Tahoe in 1988 where he saw a future flush with possibilities in hospitality, gaming and hotel management. He pursued his career and gained first-hand experience in all phases of operations.
“Our plan is to combine the spectacular attractions of Lake Tahoe with the amenities of the property, with a focus on the gaming experience,” said Ditchkus. “It’s a great time to be back in Tahoe with the destination moving forward with all its improvements for visitors and locals, alike.”
Ditchkus is responsible for all casino and hotel management for MontBleu including its 45,000-square-foot casino, 437-room hotel, 16,000-square-foot Onsen Spa, two nightclubs, three lounges, convention center, 1,700-seat showroom, 5,200 seasonal outdoor venue, Four-Diamond Ciera Steak + Chophouse and two restaurants that provide guests with a full-blown 24/7 high-energy resort experience.
He is a native of New Jersey and graduated from Florida State University. Ditchkus and his wife Kristin have two girls Alexis, 16 and Katie, 12.