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The History of the King Cake

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Alongside masks, parades and gaudy costume jewelry lies a sweet Mardi Gras tradition with a colorful history: the King Cake.

The roots of this sweet treat date back to European, pre-Christian pagan harvest celebrations, where sacrifice was a part of common tradition. At the beginning of every sacred harvest, several men gathered to eat cake that contained just one bean or coin in it. Whoever stumbled upon the trick mid-bite was chosen to be the “sacred king.” The sacred king was treated as such--up until the end of the harvest, that is. After about a year, the sacrifice took place..!

When Christianity extended its reach throughout the world, the king cake tradition was adopted and used to honor the three wise men who visited Jesus. The cake was...

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Dining Specials Offered at Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Spa this March


Blue-Chip-Dining-August-2017 Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a delicious buffet at Options on Sunday, March 17 from 3pm to 8pm for $26.99 plus tax. Enjoy traditional Irish favorites, including corned beef and cabbage, prime rib, shepherd's pie, beer-battered fish, Guinness beef stew, bangers and mash, bubble and squeak and more, plus the Sunday Southern Comfort Menu.

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Dining Specials Offered at Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Spa this February


Blue-Chip-Dining-August-2017 William B’s Steakhouse features a Valentine’s Day Special Chateaubriand Dinner for Two featuring a Caesar Salad, Chicken Consommé, Sliced Filet Mignon, Fingerling Potatoes, Sautéed Brussels Sprouts, Sauce Béarnaise and Chef Rudy’s Chocolate Duet for $120 from Wednesday, February 13 through Sunday, February 17. Reservations are required.

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Pulaski County Tips a Hat to Tippy's Owner

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Strack & Van Til Makes Healthy, Easy Meals Part of Your Daily Routine

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Meal Solutions Made Easy

What’s your New Year’s resolution? How about making your life easier with Strack & Van Til Meal Solutions?

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Dining Specials Offered at Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Spa this December


Blue-Chip-Dining-August-2017 Celebrate Christmas on Tuesday, December 25, with a lavish Christmas buffet at Options. The Christmas Buffet, for $26.99 plus tax, is served from 11 am - 8 pm and features traditional Christmas favorites, including sage-rubbed turkey with cranberry glaze, cornbread dressing, sweet potato casserole, maple-glazed ham, New York strip steaks, crab legs and more. Add one lb. crab legs for just $9.99.

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Dining Specials Offered at Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Spa this November


Blue-Chip-Dining-August-2017 Celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 22, with family and friends at Options. The Thanksgiving Buffet, for $27.99 plus tax, is served from 11 am -8 pm and features traditional Thanksgiving favorites, including oven-roasted turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, prime rib, honey-glazed ham, Peking roasted duck legs, New York strip steaks and more.

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Dining Specials Offered at Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Spa this October


Blue-Chip-Dining-August-2017 At The Game, enjoy a delicious breakfast Monday through Friday from 8 am - 11 am and try the October waffle -- the Churro Waffle -- a fluffy Belgian waffle made with cinnamon sugar batter and topped with cream cheese frosting. Visit www.bluechipcasino.com to view the entire menu. Also at The Game, try the Burger of the Month — the Cheese Curd Burger — an Angus beef patty topped with batter-fried bacon, cheese curds, cheddar cheese and jalapeno aioli and served on a brioche bun for $13.50. Enjoy it with the October Beer of the Month, Yuengling Golden Pilsner.

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Strack & Van Til and Culinary Fight Club Present Bo Jackson’s Grocery Store Blitz and Tailgate Throwdown

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On Monday, Strack & Van Til in Schererville hosted the Culinary Fight Club, featuring Bo Jackson’s Grocery Store Blitz and Tailgate Throwdown. The event promoted Bo Jackson’s Signature Food Line as chefs from around the Midwest used different Jackson products to compete in the Tailgate Throwdown.

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Fall-Themed Drinks Bring Excitement for the Season Thanks to Indiana Beverage

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William B’s Steakhouse at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa Receives Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for Third Year

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For the third year, William B’s Steakhouse at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa, Michigan City, Indiana, has received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, given by the magazine to recognize a well-curated wine list that will appeal to the most discerning wine enthusiasts. One of just a few NW Indiana restaurants to receive the award, William B’s features prime steak and seafood.

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