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Rivers Casino’s acclaimed chefs will offer a series of holiday cooking classes as well as a special Thanksgiving buffet featuring traditional favorites.

DES PLAINES, IL (October 25, 2013) – Rivers Casino will be offering two free holiday cooking demonstrations to make your holiday celebrations not only stress-free but also delicious. Cooking amazing feasts to share with family and friends is one of the many joys of the holidays but, with that, comes stress. The Rivers Casino culinary team of award winning chefs will demonstrate their professional pointers and share a few of their secrets that will make sure your holiday celebrations go smoothly. Mark your calendars now so you do not miss these free cooking demonstrations that will not only be fun and informative, but, will also allow you to sample delicious food items.

THANKSGIVING COOKING DEMONSTRATION – Join Rivers Casino’s very own Chef Jason Herling on Monday, November 25th at 7:00pm in Cube as he demonstrates easy tips that will make your Thanksgiving dinner even better.  Chef Jason will show you how to prepare his favorite Thanksgiving turkey, stuffing and roasted garlic mashed potatoes. Chef Jason will also talk about frying vs. roasting your turkey, the importance of basting, how to make gravy from turkey stock, peeled vs. unpeeled potatoes and the best ingredients to use in stuffing. 

HOLIDAY PASTRIES DEMONSTRATION – On December 16, at 7:00pm in Cube, Rivers Casino’s Executive Pastry Chef Bernardo Silva demonstrates his delicious secrets to making the perfect holiday desserts. Chef Bernado will share simple tips for making flawless holiday cookies including: the proper way to roll out cookie dough, the importance of resting the dough before cutting out shapes, his secret recipe for royal icing and fun and easy ways to decorate beautiful cookies.  Chef Bernardo will also demonstrate how to make his famous Yule Log and provide easy to follow tips for guests to follow at home including: how to make vanilla roulades, how to assemble your very own Yule Log, easy steps to make meringue mushrooms and different ways to decorate your Yule Log. 

Additionally, join Rivers Casino for a special Thanksgiving feast in Canopy Buffet from 11:00am to 10:00pm on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 28th . The Thanksgiving buffet will feature freshly prepared cuisine, including traditional favorites such as herb roasted turkey with cranberry sauce, rosemary rubbed prime rib of beef, candied pecans & marshmallows on sweet potato mash, savory herb stuffing and mini pumpkin pies. The price for this special feast is $32 per person. 


About Rivers Casino:

Rivers Casino is the newest gaming destination in the State of Illinois. The state-of-art 147,000 sq. ft. facility has over 1,000 of the newest slots and nearly 50 exciting table games.  Rivers boasts seven dining options offering guests several food and beverage options as well as entertainment.  With easy access from the North, South, East and West of Chicagoland, Rivers Casino is mere minutes away.  For more information, visit  Must be 21. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537).

Jill Katz