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Spring 2014

Jay Leno Performs in Niagara Falls


Seneca Allegany Casino Celebrates 10 Years

STIR Redefines Nightlife

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Contents Years of Seneca 6 Ten Allegany Casino Entertainment 12 Spring at Seneca Casinos Casinos 16 Seneca Gets Social the Community 17 Supportingfrom 357 Feet Up

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‘Day-One Employees’ Reflect on a Decade of Success

The Western Door: Chef Profile, Recipe, New Menu

Niagara 26 Seneca Casino’s Transformation New High-Energy 27 STIR:Feature Bar Opens New Slot Machines at Seneca Casinos



Hole-by-Hole Guide to Seneca Hickory Stick Golf

Casinos 44 Seneca Entertainment Profiles


Native America Interview Series with President Snyder


Learn How to Play Craps

Roots Artists Guild: 60 Native Discover the Haudenosaunee Publisher Rev Publising Inc.

Creative Director Ashley Calla

President & CEO Dan Pasco

Senior Graphic Designer Tina Lanzillotta

VP of Sales & Marketing Nicole Guerin

Graphic Designer Tabitha MacDonald

Sales Representatives Gail Cerrone

IT/Web Developer Justin Soungie

Editor Megan Pasche

ContributinG Writers Tony Astran

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Welcome Welcome to the Spring 2014 issue of Seneca Today magazine. I am proud to be part of an extraordinary team at Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel in Salamanca, N.Y., which is celebrating 10 years this May. Inside this issue, you will read about some of the team members who have been with us since “Day One,” as well as a look-back at our property’s history. We have come a long way since beginning as a temporary facility with a buffet, to now having a world-class casino resort with restaurants, entertainment, 413 Four Diamond hotel rooms, and so much more. Our 10th anniversary is not the only milestone worth celebrating at the Seneca Casinos throughout Western New York. Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls just completed a $26 million transformation of the main gaming floor, with STIR – a luxurious new high-energy feature bar and lounge – serving as quite the finishing touch. This issue of Seneca Today will touch upon these stunning changes, and more coverage and photos will be coming in the Summer 2014 issue. With warmer weather on the way, there are plenty of ways to make our amenities part of your entertainment plans. Enjoy a round of golf at Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course before heading to the nearby Seneca Niagara Events Center for blockbuster entertainment from acts such as Rob Thomas, Jay Leno, or Paul Anka. When enjoying the nightlife, concerts, and attractions in downtown Buffalo, stop in at Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino for convenient fun – and sample the best local foods at Buffalo Savors Grill. And when you’re with us at Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel, take a quick break to enjoy nature’s beauty with miles of hiking trails nearby. Throughout our ten years of success, we have prided ourselves on providing superior guest service, luxurious amenities, and memorable experiences. We thank you for being a part of our journey and look forward to the next 10 years and beyond. Sincerely, Gus Tsivikis General Manager Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel

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Ten YearS of

August 18, 2002 The Nation-State Gaming Compact is signed into law, granting the Seneca Nation of Indians the exclusive right to operate Class III casinos in Western New York.

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may 1, 2004 Seneca Allegany Casino opens $71 million, 48,000 square-foot temporary facility with 1,700 slot machines, 20 table games, and Thunder Mountain Buffet. Rickey Armstrong, Sr., then-president of the Seneca Nation of Indians, pulls the first slot machine lever.

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December 28, 2006 Permanent 68,300 square-foot gaming floor opens.

October 29, 2005

March 30, 2007

Ground is broken for a $160 million master project for an 11-story hotel, permanent gaming floor, space for three new restaurants (Western Door, Patria, and The Seneca CafĂŠ), an indoor pool, and The Spa & Salon. The first beam for the hotel is put in place on January 27, 2006, and the final beam is topped on June 20, 2006.

The new hotel tower opens, creating 212 hotel rooms for guests.

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March 14, 2008 The former temporary casino structure undergoes a $40 million makeover, creating the Seneca Allegany Events Center and nearby meeting rooms. The Blues Brothers Band, featuring Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi, is the first to perform in the venue in front of a sold-out crowd.

February 21, 2012 Final beam lowered for expanded hotel tower. Construction work kicked into full gear during the month of December 2011.

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October 24, 2012 Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel celebrated opening of $48 million expanded hotel tower, adding more than 30 jobs and 201 additional rooms.

2014 Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel and its more than 1,000 team members celebrate 10 years and beyond! The casino resort today includes 2,000 slot machines, 33 table games, seven dining locations, and 413 hotel rooms. More than 3 million people visit the destination annually.

2009 through 2014 Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel earns the Four Diamond Award from AAA, one of the most-trusted names in the travel industry. It is one of only three properties in Western New York to receive the honor (with Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel being another recipient) – part of an elite group of only 3.8 percent of the 59,000 AAA Diamond Rated establishments throughout North America and the Caribbean.

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great entertainment is in full bloom at Seneca Casinos! The best entertainers in the world can be found week after week in Western New York at Seneca Casinos. Whether it’s rock and roll, comedy, country, or timeless tunes, you can enjoy a premier performance with up to 2,400 of your fellow casino-goers at a Seneca Events Center in Niagara Falls or Salamanca. No view is further than 100 feet from the stage, and it gets even closer – 40 feet – inside the intimate 440-seat Bear’s Den Showroom at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel. Be on the lookout for an announcement this spring about our exciting summer concert series! Last year, we welcomed top acts such as Jeff Dunham, B.B. King, ALABAMA, Huey Lewis and the News, Smokey Robinson, Jackson Browne, The Go-Go’s, and more to our Events Centers. Who will be part of the Seneca lineup for 2014? Stay tuned! 12 Seneca Today

spring Entertainment at Seneca Casinos Bear’s Den Showroom at Seneca Niagara Casino

Seneca Niagara Events Center

(All shows 8 pm)

(All shows 8 PM)

March 27 – Legendary female-fronted rock band Heart April 5 – World-class comedy with the unmistakable Jay Leno April 19 – Longtime singer-songwriter Paul Anka May 10 – Rob Thomas of rock-pop band Matchbox Twenty May 24 – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame doo-wop singer Dion

Seneca Allegany Events Center (All shows 7 pm unless noted)

March 28 – Energetic rock with The Unpredictable Todd Rundgren April 11 – Jon Anderson of classic rock band Yes April 12 – Goo Goo Dolls Acoustic – “The Otis Midnight Sessions” April 25 – Jim Cuddy Trio from Canadian alt-country band Blue Rodeo May 15 – An evening with Justin Hayward from The Moody Blues May 17 – Blues legend Jimmie Vaughan and The Tilt-a-Whirl Band

March 29 – Country ballad star Gary Allan April 12 – Country-rock with actor Kevin Costner & Modern West April 26 – Country music’s living legend Kenny Rogers May 7, 8 and 11 – Top showbiz family The Osmonds (1:30 PM) May 9 and 10 – Top showbiz family The Osmonds May 30 – “Married with Children” star Katey Sagal & The Forest Rangers

Tickets are available at all Seneca Casino box offices,, all Ticketmaster locations, or by phone at 800-745-3000.

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Gets social Even when you can’t physically be at one of the three Seneca Casinos, you can stay connected online through social networks. Be sure to join us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube! Each site gives you firsthand news about just-announced entertainment, promotions, and new additions at our casinos. Join a discussion with fellow fans, or simply let us know what you like about the Seneca experience. Best of all, the Seneca Casinos Facebook page has exciting sweepstakes for prizes like tickets to see some of the world’s greatest entertainers, rounds of golf at Hickory Stick Golf Course, Free Slot Play, resort credit, and hotel stays. Just fill out the entry form under the “VIP Seneca Experience” tab on our Facebook page, and you’ll be entered to win.

VIP Entertainment Experience This March, enter to be one of two winners of an exhilarating entertainment prize package. One winner will receive two tickets to see country-rock band Kevin Costner & Modern West on April 12 at Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel, and the second will receive two tickets to see Grammy Award–winning artist Rob Thomas on May 10 at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel. Plus, both winners will enjoy an overnight stay with deluxe accommodations and $150 in resort credit!

VIP Hickory Stick Experience In April, two exciting golf packages are up for grabs. Enter to win this VIP experience and enjoy a round of golf for four at Seneca Hickory Stick, Western New York’s premier golf course. Then relax with your guests during your overnight stay in two rooms at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, and continue your fun with $ 150 Free Slot Play!

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The Great Exchange The Facebook Great Exchange is back at Seneca Casinos! Become a Facebook Fan of Seneca Casinos and receive exclusive invitations to exchange your Seneca Player’s Club points for Free Slot Play on select dates this spring. Simply print the Great Exchange voucher from our Facebook page and bring it to the Player’s Club – or show it to us on your mobile device – to receive $25, $ 50, $75, or $100 in Free Slot Play!

Supporting the Community from 357 Feet Up The Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel is known for its exciting atmosphere. For some gamers, it takes guts to go all-in. But for the fifth consecutive year in late July, courage and excitement at the casino will be taken to new heights – literally. The casino will again play host to “Over the Edge,” a fundraising event to benefit Special Olympics New York. Last year, more than 100 participants, each of whom earned at least $1,000 in pledges, rappelled down the side of the 357-foot, 26-story hotel tower at Seneca Niagara Casino. You read that correctly:

More than 100 participants rappelled down the side of the 357-foot, 26-story hotel tower at Seneca Niagara Casino. For some, the thought of scaling the largest hotel tower in New York State outside of Manhattan is enough to make their hearts pump fast. But others are flat-out pumped for the opportunity. This year’s Over the Edge event aims to raise more than $150,000 for New York Special Olympics. In recent years, local celebrities have gotten into the act – including former professional hockey players, current professional lacrosse players, media personalities, and members of the Niagara Falls Fire Department. Natalie Conomos, sales manager with Seneca Gaming Corporation, gets ready to go “over the edge.”

While descending down the south face of the Niagara Falls hotel was new for Seneca Gaming Corporation team members back in 2010, helping the community has been long ingrained in the company’s culture. Over the Edge is just one of dozens of ongoing events through “Team Seneca Cares,” a program that is committed to encouraging community involvement, promoting a positive company image, and creating a unified workforce through team member participation. Members of Team Seneca Cares volunteer at more than 25 events throughout the region each year, such as runs and walks, blood drives, and neighborhood clean-ups. Visiting Niagara Falls was a first for the national coordinators of Over the Edge in 2010, but the organization had already safely conducted about 65 similar events throughout the U.S. and Canada, including places such as Hawaii and Chicago. The organization has quickly grown, having now hosted hundreds of events throughout North America, Europe, and Australia. All coordinators are fully certified for rappelling and safety. For thrill-seekers who missed the action in previous years, another opportunity to be daring for a good cause takes place on July 25, 2014. The event includes live music, raffles, games, food, silent auctions, and a special VIP tent for participants. Corporate teams are encouraged to register. Those wishing to scale the hotel tower and/or donate to the cause should visit

About Over the Edge: Over the Edge is a signature fundraising event that was launched in the U.S. in 2008. Participants from the community are invited to raise pledges for a once-in-alifetime chance to rappel down an office building. For more information, visit

About Special Olympics New York:

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Special Olympics New York provides year-round sports training and competition in 22 Olympic-style sports to children and adults with intellectual disabilities at no cost to the athletes, their families, or caregivers. Nearly 62,000 athletes train and compete with Special Olympics New York, the largest Special Olympics program in North America. For more information, visit

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Join Us For Free Music Fridays! 8pm - 12am No Cover - Drink Specials March 7th Featuring Dave Constantino with special guests Robert Parker, Jeremy Keyes, and Ray Hangen March 14th Featuring Zeis and the Muck Rackers March 21st Featuring Southtowner Also performing Dee Adams March 28th Featuring Seven Faces April 4th Featuring Dave Constantino with special guests Hugh Arthur, Jim Wynne, George Puleo Also performing Jamie Holka April 11th Featuring East Coast Haven April 18th Featuring Bruce Wojick

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Seneca Allegany Casino’s 10 yeaRS 2004-2014

‘Day-One Employees’ Reflect on a Decade of Success

In preparation for a grand opening on May 1, 2004, the Seneca Nation of Indians hired more than 900 workers to run Seneca Allegany Casino. Ten years later, a quarter of those team members are still with the casino today and are affectionately known as “Day-One Employees.” Seneca Today interviewed some of these 200+ distinguished individuals to learn about their perspectives on the casino’s growth, its legacy of outstanding customer service, and its fabric within the Salamanca, N.Y. community.

LuAnn Sim, Administrative Assistant “I’ve seen many changes throughout the 10 years here – from the processing of hundreds of new hire employees at the Bingo Hall on Broad Street and getting a one-day orientation, from a dark steel-domed complex with no hotel or Events Center, to adding a beautiful hotel, new gaming floor, and additional hotel tower with several restaurants, to becoming the world-class operation that we are today.” Dave Santana, Player Development Executive “Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel gives me an opportunity to remain close to home and raise my family on Seneca Territory. For that, I have been able to make an impact through coaching and mentoring in our community.” Dean Metzger, Culinary Executive Sous Chef “Even though we have grown so much in only 10 years, one thing has always been constant – and that is how we treat each other and our guests. Until I joined Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel, I had never had the privilege to work with such a hardworking and positive-minded team in my entire culinary career.” David Picone, Slot Operations Manager “We have built so many relationships throughout the years with our guests, and that has contributed to our success. Casinos have been added nearby in Pennsylvania and Ohio, but because of our relationships and great service, guests drive past our competition to visit us.” Marie Verolini, Housekeeping and Environmental Services Manager “With the beauty of the mountains and the recent hotel tower expansion, the overlook of the scenery is exquisite. It’s amazing to think that 10 years ago, we simply had a green steel building with a parking lot.” Doreen Reed, Warehouse Attendant “I have lived in Salamanca my entire 53 years, and I can honestly say that I think the Casino has saved our community – from the employment that it has generated to all the little places that were not here 10 years ago.”

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Chef Profile:

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Current residence:

Place of birth:


Jeff Ritter

Cuba, New York

Olean, New York

Golf, traveling, more cooking

Experience before Seneca Allegany:

Glendorn: A Lodge in the Country in Bradford, Pennsylvania – 3 ½ years

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(Jeff then joined Seneca Allegany Casino while finishing his final year of culinary school at Alfred State.)


Philosophy on cooking:

“I learned from Executive Chef Brian Mahony that people eat with their eyes. If the food is appealing to the eyes, the stomach will usually follow. I also believe in keeping it simple when it comes to cooking, and always look to bond more and more with the culinary team.”

How he became a chef:

“I had a Polish grandfather and an Italian grandmother, so our holidays were filled with long tables of food. I told my mom and dad at age six that I wanted to be a chef, and started cooking with my grandparents and my brother. By age seven, I was already learning about marinades.”

On his management style:

“I’m hands-on and show no favoritism – having a well-rounded team is very important. I want to make my team members’ jobs easier and keep things fun. But I also take my role as the room chef seriously. As Dean [Metzger, executive sous chef] taught me: ‘You can’t be a clown and run the circus, too.’”

Roasted Beet and Arugula Salad with Oregano Vinaigrette

Ingredients for oregano vinaigrette: 1 shallot, finely diced 1 jar of Dijon mustard 10 cloves of roasted garlic ½ cup white wine ½ cup vegetable oil ½ cup olive oil 2 rosemary sprigs, finely chopped 4 oz. fresh oregano, finely chopped 3 oz. balsamic vinegar 1-½ cups of buttermilk Salt and pepper (amount = to taste)

Additional ingredients for salad: 1 red beet, roasted 1 golden beet, roasted 4 oz. arugula 1 oz. shredded carrots 1 oz. pickled red onions 1 oz. toasted walnuts ½ pub roll or crouton/bruschetta bread ¼ onion ½ lemon, squeezed 1 tbsp. salt 1 tbsp. sugar 2 oz. goat cheese

In a sauté pan, sauté the shallots. When translucent, add roasted garlic cloves and Dijon mustard and cook for three minutes. Deglaze with white wine and add chopped rosemary. Place mixture into a blender and slowly add vegetable and olive oils until emulsified. Add oregano, balsamic vinegar, and season with salt and pepper. Finish with buttermilk. Next, toss the beets in oil, salt, and pepper. Roast in a 350-degree oven for 45 minutes or until soft. Begin to peel the beets and slice. Set aside for plating. Take the arugula and mix with shredded carrots, pickled red onions, toasted walnuts, and the oregano vinaigrette. [Note: To make pickled red onions, take ¼ onion at room temperature and coat with 1 tbsp. salt and 1 tbsp. sugar. Add the juice from the squeezed ½ lemon and set aside in the fridge.] Slice the roasted beets and intertwine them starting with the red and then golden. Grill or roast a piece of pub bread and brush on the goat cheese. [Recommendation: Add a touch of oil, garlic, and salt to the bread before grilling or roasting it.]

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The 2nd floor mezzanine balcony area of Seneca Niagara Casino’s main gaming floor has been transformed to become The Mezz - a new area that allows gaming for young adults ages 18 and older. Take a spin on more than 440 of the latest and greatest slot machines including Sex and the CityTM, Quest for RichesTM, Playboy Girls of CanadaTM, Tailgate PartyTM, Voodoo VixensTM, Wicked Winnings IITM and more. PLUS, get $20 in free slot play** when you join the Seneca Player’s Club.*

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Seneca Niagara Casino’s Transformation – Bolder, Fresher, Sexier and a Whole Lot More Exciting! An unmatched entertainment experience awaits guests to the area’s premier gaming and entertainment resort, as Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel has completed a sparkling transformation of its main gaming floor. Dazzling new slot areas and contemporary table game layouts and canopies, each complemented by luxurious new seating and greatly enhanced lighting, help create a distinctly energetic atmosphere across the 88,000-square-foot area. A brand-new Keno Bar has been created adjacent to the entrance to Thunder Falls Buffet, while the new floor layout features richly-colored carpeting and wider, more open walkways, which allow for easier navigation and better integration of the entire property. “Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel has set the standard for entertainment for tens of millions of visitors from throughout the northeast United States and southern Ontario,” said Cathy Walker, president and CEO, Seneca Gaming Corporation. “By re-inventing and re-energizing our main gaming floor, we can offer our guests an entirely new level of excitement here in the heart of Niagara Falls.” The brighter and more open feel in the casino goes beyond the architectural design. A major component of the renovation is an upgrade of the air quality system that can handle double the capacity of air flow, bringing abundant outside air into the casino and improving overall air quality throughout the entire property. Capping off the transformation is STIR, the exciting new high-energy feature bar with the region’s largest HD video wall, signature cocktails served by bevertainers, luxurious seating, a large dance floor, and live entertainment Thursday through Sunday. To learn more visit or download the Seneca Niagara Casino app on your mobile device.

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Get Ready to #createastir: High-Energy Feature Bar Opens at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel There is a new energy growing inside Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel… The region’s premier gaming and entertainment destination recently celebrated the grand opening of its newest sensation, STIR – the exciting new high-energy feature bar and lounge. The new hot spot will inject a decided Las Vegas feel into the region’s nightlife, and turns any ordinary night out into an event. Located in the southwest corner of the main gaming floor, STIR features a collection of sights, sounds and tastes that will thrill the senses. One look around tells you that this is not your typical gathering spot. A massive 20 foot by 40 foot high-definition video wall with open views from across the gaming floor creates a spectacular HDTV experience and focal point of excitement. Live performances, stunning visual effects and a large dance floor set the atmosphere. Guests can enjoy signature cocktails, like a “Seneca Sweetheart,” served by bevertainers. A large circular bar with lounge seats and 21 tabletop video gaming units helps create an entertainment hub within the world-class resort. Twelve low-back booths put you right in the heart of the excitement where STIR and the gaming floor meet, while eight high-back booths provide a more intimate atmosphere. “No visit to Seneca Niagara will ever be the same,” said Cathy Walker, president and CEO, Seneca Gaming Corporation. “STIR is a one-of-a-kind experience, and energy and excitement are going to be the hallmarks of an evening spent here.” The opening of STIR marks the completion of a comprehensive renovation of Seneca Niagara’s main gaming floor. In addition, The Mezz – a newly-designed balcony area with 440 slot machines that overlooks the main gaming floor – was recently unveiled and is open to guests 18 and older. STIR will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m., seven days a week. A full listing of scheduled entertainment at STIR can be found at, or download our mobile app to stay up to date on STIR events.

# c r e at e a s t i r Stay tuned for more in-depth coverage and photos of STIR and Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel’s transformed gaming floor in the Summer 2014 issue of Seneca Today magazine!

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Cash Wheel Featuring Quick Hit TM

Manufactured by Bally Technologies The wheel spins, and everybody wins in Cash Wheel Featuring Quick Hit™ from Bally! Experience all the big wheel thrills of Cash Wheel with the fast-paced Quick Hit feature – two proven player-favorites together in one hit new game. Spin the famous Cash Wheel to win big. Match three tiles for spins and multipliers. The Cash Wheel Bonus can award up to three spins of the wheel, and the exciting Free Games feature awards 12 additional plays. There are also five Quick Hit– style jackpots up for grabs. Get spinning with excitement at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel and Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel!

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off TM

Manufactured by WMS The new Ferris Bueller’s Day Off™ slot machine embraces the movie’s credo that “life moves pretty fast – if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” With eight mini-bonuses – such as “Swing Batter” and “Chez Quis” – the game takes you through nearly all of the memorable scenes from the classic ‘80s movie. Picking bonuses, spinning wheels, and taking over the parade in the Colossal Companion Spins™ feature will keep life interesting. “Take a day off” and break all the rules as you save Ferris at Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel!

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Firehouse Hounds TM

Manufactured by IGT Join a lovable, comical cast of Dalmatian firefighters with Firehouse Hounds™ from IGT! At any moment during game play, the Wildfire Feature sets the first, last, or first and last reels on fire, and the animated firehouse hounds will douse the flames with water to turn the engulfed reels completely wild. Trigger the Wildfire Free Games Bonus by hitting three fire bell symbols, and then select one of three fire poles to reveal the number of extra plays during the bonus round. The Dalmatians will then jump into action and trigger the Locking Reels Feature, turning the first and last reels wild on every bonus spin. Come set the reels ablaze and have a howling good time at Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino!

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Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory TM

Manufactured by WMS A “scrumdidilyumptious” slot adventure awaits with Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory™ by WMS! Nine unique and thrilling bonuses are drawn straight from the motion picture classic. Watch as Oompa Loompas add wilds to the reels while expanding them into the top screen for additional wins. Feel your chair move with motion effects as you take a ride on the Chocolate River Boat. Ride the Wonkavator, pick a Gobstopper, or find a Golden Ticket inside a Wonka bar for a $

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Mastering a Robert trent Jones II Masterpiece: A Hole-by-Hole Guide to Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course “What a beautiful course.” “I can’t wait to play Hickory Stick again.” “This course is challenging!” Background: Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course, Hole 3 36 Seneca Today


hese are quotes commonly heard by the team at Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course in Lewiston, N.Y. – a public course that feels like a private country club and is designed by worldrenowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones II. And while the course can be challenging for those of any skill level, golfers agree that the picturesque course has a layout that keeps them coming back for more. “From the natural hickory stick trees, to the view of the Niagara Escarpment, to the fine details such as the heather grass surrounding the bunkers, Hickory Stick has breathtaking views that add to the excitement of play,”

said Joe Bock, first assistant golf professional for Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course. “Fans of Robert Trent Jones II courses really enjoy the flow of Hickory Stick and say that the unique layout makes this a destination course. It has a ‘links’ feel, which allows players to choose from a variety of clubs on their next shots after they tee off.” Although water hazards and the tall bent heather grass can create some difficulty during play, Bock reminds golfers that a number of factors can make the course very playable for any skill level. For starters, each hole has five sets of tee boxes, which can vary the overall distance by as much as 130 yards.

“In my opinion, I would say that ball placement is the key to success – and most of our greens are typically elevated on the back end,” Bock said. “But we’ve been noted for having some of the most generous fairways in Western New York for a public course. No matter what your skill level is, you can ask questions of our player assistants throughout the course, and we also have golf pros available at the clubhouse.” A golf outing for all 18 holes typically lasts around four and a half hours, and the team at Hickory Stick will help make every minute worthwhile. Beverage carts travel frequently throughout the course, and each golf cart

also includes a cooler with ice to keep drinks cold. Player assistants will clean your clubs after your outing, and will also allow you to rent clubs for play – including the latest styles by reputable brands such as Taylor Made. Bock offers Seneca Today readers a hole-by-hole guide for playing the course, and wants them to keep the following in mind: “Be prepared for an enjoyable full day of activity when you come to Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course. This is a first-class amenity for the overall Seneca experience – especially to complement the nightlife at the nearby Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel.” Seneca Today 37

Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course, Hole 14

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Hole 1 Par 4 • Yardage: 358 to 444

Hole 2 Par 3 • Yardage: 105 to 162

Hole 3 Par 5 • Yardage: 408 to 500

Bock says: “Aim left, and let it fly. The hole shares a fairway with Hole #9 on that side. A good target for your shot is near the bunker by the 150-yard mark. There is a water hazard before the green, but there are plenty of bailout areas around it too.”

Bock says: “This shorter hole gives you a breather after Hole #1. There is a 60-foot long, skinny green – but watch the water hazard on the left. The pin location will help determine what club to hit.”

Bock says: “The challenge to this hole is that you have to carry the water in order to get the ball on the green. There’s also a 70-yard bunker on the right, but it guards against some heavy rough further to the right.”

Hole 4 Par 3 • Yardage: 130 to 192

Hole 5 Par 5 • Yardage: 485 to 584

Hole 6 Par 4 • Yardage: 288 to 380

Bock says: “There’s a huge lake in front of you, although you do have a bit of fairway to the left. An oversized bunker is around the green, but it helps give you a target area.”

Bock says: “Keep your shot to the right – there are hickory trees to the left that serve as an out-of-bounds area. The green is elevated with a dip in the middle, and it’s one of the largest greens on the course. Hit your shots straight away, and you’ll be in good shape.”

Bock says: “Fans of voted this hole as the ‘Favorite Hole #6 in Western New York.’ It’s very picturesque with a creek and heather grass right at the beginning. That creek then runs up through the middle of the hole, splitting the fairway in half. Watch the pin location on the green and be careful not to land the ball too far to the left, as it could roll down into the creek.”

Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course, Hole 9

Hole 7 Par 3 • Yardage: 150 to 216

Hole 8 Par 4 • Yardage: 304 to 396

Hole 9 Par 5 • Yardage: 472 to 572

Bock says: “This is a long par 3, and the pin location and wind will help determine how to play it. The green is the most elevated on the entire course, so you have to watch if the ball might roll down into the big bunkers that surround it.”

Bock says: “Natural preserves are on the left side of the hole, all the way up to the green – and there are spots of heather grass on the right. Watch for the long, skinny bunker that is hidden on the back side of the green. But overall, this is a short par 4.”

Bock says: “This hole offers a beautiful view of the Niagara Escarpment. There’s a slight dog-leg left – so follow the clubhouse to be safe, and remember that the fairway on the left is shared with Hole #1. Aim at the first flag, as this hole has our signature double-green that is shared with Hole #18.”

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Hole 10 Par 4 • Yardage: 308 to 410

Hole 11 Par 5 • Yardage: 505 to 630

Hole 12 Par 3 • Yardage: 110 to 208

Bock says: “This hole has an ‘hourglass’ fairway with bunkers near the middle. Don’t go too far to the left when approaching the green, as you could land in the lake or the rough, long grass.”

Bock says: “We call this hole the ‘Mini Green Monster,’ as it is the longest and one of the most challenging on the course. There is a hilly fairway, but it is wide – I recommend playing it right-to-left.”

Bock says: “This is our most challenging par 3, as it has a very-protected green. Focus on keeping your shot straight and short.”

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Hole 13 Par 4 • Yardage: 348 to 440

Hole 14 Par 4 • Yardage: 306 to 404

Hole 15 Par 4 • Yardage: 296 to 428

Bock says: “This hole features a big dog-leg right and an elevated fairway. There also is a two-tiered green that slopes from front to back. The pin location will determine what type of shot to take to the green.”

Bock says: “This picturesque hole is currently on the front of our score cards. You’ll see a pond on the left side of the hole that is shared with Hole #16. The green is one of our most sloped greens, sloping into a bowl near the front side of it. This is a shorter Par 4, but the green is what makes the hole challenging.”

Bock says: “The green is elevated, and you’ll have to pitch your shot up the hill if you miss to the right. The bunker can help you aim for your drive, and the wind direction on this hole normally helps carry your ball.”

Hole 16 Par 4 • Yardage: 258 to 342

Hole 17 Par 5 • Yardage: 472 to 556

Hole 18 Par 3 • Yardage: 114 to 152

Bock says: “This is a very short par 4, but there is a lake along the whole left side – and the green slopes toward it. This one’s what I call a ‘risk/reward’ hole, as you could potentially reach the green with a long drive.”

Bock says: “You’ll enjoy the overlook of the rest of the course on this hole. Two bunkers in the middle will frame the fairway, and you’re forced to play right due to the natural preserves – although bunkers also guard the right side of the green. With the trees, you normally have to hook your shot to get on the green – and that’s why I say Hole #17 is ‘the hole where bets are decided.’”

Bock says: “This final hole is ‘The Entertaining Hole,’ as all players have to hit their shots over the large pond. The green is the signature double-green with Hole #9, so don’t aim for the flag on the left. You’ll see the clubhouse in the background. Spectators on the patio enjoy seeing if someone can get a hole-inone – and it has happened!”

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Ann and Nancy Wilson continue to rock audiences worldwide with the band Heart, and the group comes to Seneca Niagara Events Center for a larger-than-life performance this spring! Hits like “Crazy on You,” “Magic Man,” “Barracuda,” “These Dreams,” and “Alone” endure on the airwaves and helped earn Heart a 2013 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The group has sold more than 35 million albums worldwide and their span of Top 10 albums in four decades is the longest by a female-fronted band.

Jay Leno Seneca Niagara Events Center Saturday, April 5, 8 PM Tickets start at $50

Even in the midst of being host of “The Tonight Show” for 22 years, Jay Leno averaged more than 150 standup comedy gigs a year – and Seneca Niagara Events Center becomes the latest venue added to his accomplished resume this spring. He now returns to his roots full-time and will deliver the laughs with his quick wit, hysterical monologues, and unmistakable voice. Leno also is a voice-over talent for many animated shows and films, a New York Times best-selling author, and a car aficionado with a collection of more than 190 classic cars and motorcycles. Seneca Today 45

Kevin Costner & Modern West Seneca Allegany Events Center Saturday, April 12, 7 PM Tickets start at $35

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While Kevin Costner is best known as an actor, director, and producer for memorable films such as “The Bodyguard,” “Dances with Wolves,” “The Untouchables” and “Field of Dreams,” he originally performed as a musician prior to his movie career. Together with friends in late 2007, he formed the country/rock band Kevin Costner & Modern West. The group has released four albums; the latest – “Famous for Killing Each Other: Music from and Inspired by Hatfields & McCoys” – being the most successful yet, reaching No. 14 on the U.S. Country Billboard charts.

Goo Goo Dolls Acoustic “The Otis Midnight Sessions”

Bear’s Den Showroom Saturday, April 12, 8 PM Tickets start at $75

The Niagara Falls stop for “The Goos” is one of 12 tour locations throughout the eastern U.S. during the month of April. This intimate show will be performed in a “Story Tellers” format with deep cuts from an extensive Goo Goo Dolls song catalog that spans a nearly 30-year history. The multiplatinum, Grammynominated band has scored 14 Top 10 radio hits, more than any other artist in the history of the Hot AC format. They have sold more than 10 million albums worldwide and are the only group to have three songs on Billboard’s “Top 100 Songs from 1992 to 2012,” including the No. 1 slot for “Iris.” Seneca Today 47

The Osmonds Seneca Allegany Events Center Five shows! 1:30 PM on May 7, 8, and 11 7 PM on May 9 and 10 Tickets start at $25

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One of show business’ most famous families, The Osmonds, delivers five days of music, fun, and excitement this spring in Salamanca! Join Merrill, Jay, and Jimmy Osmond for their signature brand of entertainment that has taken the world by storm for nearly 50 years. The Osmonds can tackle most any genre, from barbershop to country to pop. Merrill is the family’s unique lead voice and bassist, Jay is famous for his talent on the drums, and Jimmy – the youngest of the family and fellow singer – produces the hit tours.

Rob Thomas Seneca Niagara Events Center Saturday, May 10, 8 PM Tickets start at $55

Rob Thomas is one of the most distinctive vocalists and accomplished songwriters in contemporary music, garnering a string of accolades – both for his work as lead singer and primary composer with Matchbox Twenty as well as for his solo work and collaborations with other artists. He is best known for his chart-topping hits such as “Lonely No More” and “This Is How a Heart Breaks,” and Matchbox Twenty hits like “Push,” “3 A.M.,” “If You’re Gone,” and “Bent.” Thomas also earned three Grammy Awards for “Smooth,” his smash collaboration with Santana. He is currently at work on his third solo album, and has contributed to sales of more than 80 million records throughout his career.

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Meet Native America

An Interview Series With President Snyder Editors Note: On November 7, 2013, Seneca Nation President Barry E. Snyder, Sr. was featured in an interview series “Meet Native America.” The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian invites tribal leaders, cultural figures, and other interesting and accomplished Native individuals to introduce themselves and say a little about their lives and work. Together, their responses illustrate the diversity of the indigenous communities of the Western Hemisphere, as well as their shared concerns, and offer insights beyond what’s in the news to the ideas and experiences of Native peoples today. Part One of this interview ran in the Winter Edition of Seneca Today. Here we continue the series with Part Two. What responsibilities do you have as a tribal/band/ Native community leader? As President of the Seneca Nation, it is my primary responsibility to uphold the Seneca Nation Constitution, protect our sovereignty and respect and live the traditions and culture of our people. Who inspired you as a mentor? One of my goals as an elected leader is to impart the vast experiences I have learned over my lifetime of service to the Nation. I too, at one time, was a student of our former leaders – Bill and Cornelius Seneca – who instilled in me that the rights of our people 52 Seneca Today

come first. I took that advice to heart as I began my political journey to help grow our people’s strength and presence. This mentoring follows the pillars of the Great Law – Peace, Equity, Justice and a Good Mind which places the welfare of our people before that of our own. Our two prophets, Hiawatha and The Great Peacemaker, brought a message of peace to the early warring tribes. Those who joined in the Iroquois Confederacy – the League of Peace and Power - were the Seneca, Onondaga, Oneida, Cayuga and Mohawks. Once we ceased fighting, we rapidly became one of the strongest forces in 17th and 18th century northeastern North America. Are you a descendent of a historical leader? If so, who? All our people are descendants of past leaders. Approximately how many members are in your tribe/band/Native community? The Seneca Nation is the largest of the Iroquois Confederacy tribes with approximately 8,200 enrolled members. What are the criteria to become a member of your tribe/band/Native community? The Seneca Nation is a matriarchal society. If the mother is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation, her offspring are entitled

to be enrolled as members of the Seneca Nation of Indians. Is your language still spoken on your homelands? If so, what percentage of your people would you estimate are fluent speakers? In the Seneca language we are known as O-non-dowa-gah, (pronounced: Oh-n'owndough-wahgah) or "Great Hill People." Seneca is an Iroquoian language of the Northeast Woodlands, spoken by about 100 people. Most Seneca speakers are elders, but some young Senecas are working to keep our ancestral language alive. In 1998, the Seneca Faithkeepers School was founded as a five-day-a-week school to teach children the Seneca language and tradition. In 2010, K-5 Seneca language teacher Anne Tahamont received recognition for her work with students at Silver Creek School and in language documentation, presenting "Documenting the Seneca Language using a Recursive Bilingual Education Framework" at the International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation. The speakers of the Seneca language would agree that it is in danger of becoming extinct. Fortunately in 2012, a $200,000 federal grant for the Seneca Language Revitalization Program has further solidified a partnership

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with Rochester Institute of Technology that will help develop a user-friendly computer catalogue allowing future generations to study and speak the language. The revitalization program grant, awarded to RIT’s Native American Future Stewards Program, is designed to enhance usability of the Seneca language. The project will develop "a user-friendly, web-based dictionary or guide to the Seneca language.” Robbie Jimerson, a graduate student in RIT’s computer science program and resident of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation near Buffalo, who is working on the project, commented: "My grandfather has always said that a joke is funnier in Seneca than it is in English.” As of Fall 2012, Seneca language learners are partnering with fluent mentors, and a newsletter, Gae:wanöhge’! Seneca Language Newsletter, is available online. Although Seneca-owned radio station WGWE (whose call sign derives from "gwe," a Seneca word roughly translating to "what's up?") broadcasts primarily in English, it features a daily "Seneca Word of the Day" feature prior to each noon newscast, broadcasts a limited amount of Seneca-language music, and makes occasional use of the Seneca language in its broadcasts in a general effort to increase awareness of the

Seneca language by the general public. In 2013, the first public sports event was held in the Seneca language, when middle school students served as announcers for a lacrosse match. Most recently, Seneca members have been broadcasting local weather forecasts in our native language and posting on YouTube. What economic enterprises does your tribe/band/Native community own? The Seneca Nation’s economy has grown significantly in the past several decades into a successful engine for economic growth for the Nation and surrounding communities. The Nation’s businesses have evolved from a bowling alley and campgrounds in the 1970s to bingo, gasoline and tobacco sales and gaming. The Seneca Nation has built a billion-dollar gaming business in Western New York, with its Seneca Niagara, Seneca Allegany and the newly expanded $130 million Seneca Buffalo Creek casinos. In the process, the Nation has created thousands of jobs for Senecas and non-Senecas alike, and has become an important business partner for many local companies, thereby supporting numerous additional jobs in the local and regional economy.

The Senecas are one of the largest employers in Western New York. With 4,400 employees (Seneca Nation and its Enterprise businesses and Seneca Gaming Corporation), we are the 10th largest employer. New York’s efforts to curtail Seneca tax-immune sales have impacted our public and private sector economies and, when combined with the potential volatility in the gaming industry, have compelled the Nation to look for ways to grow its economy through diversification. This includes establishing Seneca Holdings, LLC, an investment holding company whose mission is to provide sustainable economic success to the Nation and its people; and the Seneca Nation Center for Business Growth, a small business incubator providing business advisory services and technical training for individuals. And most recently, the Nation announced the establishment of the Seneca Commission for Economic Development (SCED) to grow and diversify the Nation’s public and private sector, to protect and advance the Nation’s economic sovereignty, to promote job creation, to forge partnerships on and off territory, and to stimulate industrial, commercial, and residential growth in the Seneca Nation territories and throughout Western New York. Seneca Today 53


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the Excitement Craps is considered to be the most exciting game in any casino. There are a variety of wagering options and, as a result, it can be a complicated game. There are, however, some simple bets you can make to start – and you can learn the rest as you go. Each bet is dependent upon the Point value of the uppermost side of two dice that have come to rest after being thrown by a player or “Shooter.” Follow the diagram to learn the terminology and rules of this exciting game.










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D. DON’T COME: The Don’t Come Bet may be made any time after a Pass Line Point has been established. The win-loss rules are the same as for the Don’t Pass, but the win, loss, or determination of the Point is established by the next roll of the dice. Like the Come Bet, the Don’t Come Bet allows a Player to bet on each roll of the dice. Pass Line, Don’t Pass, Come and Don’t Come Bets are paid even money. Pass Line and Come Bets cannot be removed or reduced after a “Come Out Point” or “Come Point” has been established, however, they may be increased. Don’t Pass and Don’t Come Bets may be decreased or removed at any time but never increased or replaced. Odds: A player may elect to make a wager in addition to the original or “flat” bet any time after the Point is established. A Player may “take” odds on any Pass Line or Come Bet. A Player also may “lay” odds on any Don’t Pass or Don’t Come Bet. All odds bets may be removed or reduced at any time. Odds are paid based on true odds and will win if the flat bet wins (and vice versa).

A. PASS LINE: If you place a bet on the Pass Line and the first roll of the dice (known as the “Come Out Roll”) is a 7 or 11, you win. If a 2, 3, or 12 is rolled, you “crap out” or lose. Any other number rolled (i.e., 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10) becomes the Pass Line “Point.” Pass Line bets win if the Shooter rolls the Point before rolling a 7. If a 7 is rolled prior to the point being made, the Shooter “sevens out” and the Pass Line Bet loses. The Shooter continues to roll the dice until he or she sevens out, whereupon the dice pass to the next player. You need not be the shooter to make a Pass Line Bet. B. DON’T PASS: The Don’t Pass Bet is the opposite of the Pass Line. That is, the bet wins on the Come Out Roll if a 2 or 3 is rolled, and loses if a 7 or 11 is rolled. A roll of 12 is a stand-off on the Don’t Pass Line. Any other number rolled becomes the Point. To win, a 7 must roll before the Point is thrown. If the Point is rolled prior to a 7, the bet loses. As before, you need not be the Shooter to make this bet. C. COME: You can bet the “Come” at any time after a Point has been established. The win-loss rules are the same as for the Pass Line. The next roll of the dice determines whether you win or lose, or establish a Point which must be rolled before a 7 to win. The Come Bet and Point are independent of the Pass Line Point.

E & F. BUY AND LAY BETS: Buy and Lay Bets pay odds without requiring a flat bet and may be made directly on a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 at any time without waiting for the number to roll the first time. The Buy Bet is a bet that the number will roll before a 7. A Lay Bet is a bet that a 7 will roll before the number. In either case, the wager is paid according to true odds as shown on the accompanying table. A five percent commission or “vigorish” is charged on all Buy and Lay Bets, either on the amount bet (if it is a Buy Bet) or on the amount that can be won (if it is a Lay Bet). If no decision is made on a Buy or Lay Bet and the Player wishes to take the bet down, the vigorish will be returned to the Player. G. PLACE BETS TO WIN: You may make a Place Bet on 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 at any time. All odds, Buy Bets, and Place Bets may be increased, decreased, taken back by the player, or called “off” (or not working) at any time. Come Odds, Buy Bets, and Place Bets to Win are always off on the Come Out Roll unless designated otherwise by the Player. The Player is responsible for placing all odds and keeping track of all bets. H. FIELD: If 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12 is rolled, you win. All numbers pay even money except 2 and 12, which pay double. I. PROPOSITION BETS: Want to learn about these advanced bets and try a craps table risk-free? Read on…

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Discover Through Art The Haudenosaunee Taking place at the Nichols School Gallery at the Glenn and Audry Flickinger Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, the Native Roots Art Guild presents a show that celebrates the art and culture of the Haundenosaunee. The show will display artwork that is “expressive of native beliefs by using thought provoking images and interpretations of indigenous knowledge.” There will be pottery, beadwork, carvings, paintings and more. The Native Roots Artists Guild is made up of 72 members from Allegany Territory, Cattaraugus Territory, Tuscarora Nation,

Buffalo and Niagara Frontier in Canada. This group of artists is comprised of all types of people, college students, retired postal workers, EMT’s, people with technology and graphical backgrounds, health care providers, financial workers and full time artist. Members come from all walks of life. The show runs until March 24, Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm. The show is free, open to the public and is being sponsored by the Colby Art Fund. Get more information by calling 716.332.5151 or visiting

1. Mary Jacobs from the Seneca Nation/ Turtle Clan, with her piece the “Red Velvet Needle Case.” It is made of old style beads on velvet with a flower that has five buds which represent the original five nations, six buds which represent the current six nations, and a raised flower with eight sprouts that represent Seneca’s 8 Clans. 2. Robert D’Almonte from the Tuscarora Nation/Beaver Clan poses with his piece “Washington’s Burning Desire,” which shows the Sullivan-Clinton campaign, when George Washingtion sent his troops to burn down the Seneca cornfields because they were aligned with the British during the Revolutionary War. 3. Richard Big Kettle from the Seneca Nation/Heron Clan, Melanie Hill from the Seneca Nation/Turtle Clan and Naivee Font from Seneca Nation/Wolf Clan, posing with some of Richard’s art. Works shown are Traditional Ladies Lacrosse Stick, Lacrosse Stick and Snow Snake. Melanie is shown with her photography, and Naivee with her Berry Basket. 60 Seneca Today


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NIAGARA FALLS CULINARY INSTITUTE 28 Old Falls Street • Niagara Falls, New York Your Recipe for Success For many people, food is a passion. It involves creativity. Balance. Beauty. At the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, we bring those elements to life for our students and our visitors in a real-world setting. With available academic programs in Baking &

Pastry Arts, Culinary Arts, Gaming & Casino Management, Hospitality, Restaurant Management, Tourism Management & Event Planning and Winery Operations, we provide our students with an outlet for their creativity. Our classroom learning coupled with real-life working experience in our retail outlets, gives our students a top-notch hands-on education. At NFCI, our students provide the food experience of a lifetime at Savor, a studentoperated fine dining restaurant; the Old Falls Street Deli, featuring traditional NY-style deli fare; La Patisserie, a French inspired pastry cafe; The Wine Boutique with some of New York State and the Niagara Wine Trail’s best offerings; and the Barnes & Noble culinarythemed bookstore, with it’s own in-store cooking demonstration station.

Develop a Taste for the Extraordinary at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute!

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