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Shaken or Stirred MARTINI BLISS AT ’TINIS

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MOONRISE OVER FUNNER, CA. Photo by Brian Luna


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HIP HOP ARTIST NAS PERFORMING AT THE EVENTS CENTER. Photo by Zach Cordner


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THE WALLFLOWERS CLOSE OUT THE DIVE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES. Photo by Troy Doney

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CONTENTS

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ESCAPE AT HARRAH’S RESORT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Fall/Winter 2019

4 

LOOK

The finest images taken in Funner, CA

36 

STAY

Pack your bags and book one of these unique packages

12  INTRO This is what Funner feels like

40  FUNNER LIFE Experience the hidden gems of Funner, CA

16  CAESARS REWARDS Put your fun to work as a Funstarter

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TASTE

AROUND TOWN

Plan a quick day trip to Deer Park Winery & Auto Museum

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SHOP

Exclusive ways to play with eFunner Casino and NFL gameday specials

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CODEGREEN

30 DRINK Shaken or stirred, stop in to ’tinis for a sip

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GIVE BACK

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Dine like the mayor with this regal menu tour

PLAY

BEHIND THE SCENES

With ‘ritas Cantina’s new Specialty Chef Homero Lopez

Start your holiday shopping with these Funner, CA exclusives

Putting Mother Earth first at Harrah’s Resort SoCal

Harrah’s Resort SoCal teammates march with Pride

54  RESORT MAP Use this overview to plan your perfect stay

On the cover (L to R): Bulleit Boulevard, Filthy Rich and Bikini Martinis Cover photo by Zach Cordner ESCAPE at Harrah's Resort SoCal Magazine is published by Transition Visual Agency, Inc. TransitionVisualAgency.com ©Harrah’s Resort Southern California 2019 All Rights Reserved


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To find out more about these glorious martinis, go to page 30. #Funner


INTRO

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GET THAT FUNNER FEELING Words by Angelica Gamble Wong, Vice President of People & Culture  Photo by Zach Cordner

“Our goal is that everyone who visits Harrah's Resort SoCal gets to experience that Funner feeling”

FUNNER ISN’T JUST A WORD, or even just a place,

offer: swings, slides, monkey bars and most

Since I took on the role of Vice President of

it’s also a feeling. Our goal as a team is that

importantly—time with friends. An escape to

People & Culture earlier this year, my purpose

everyone who visits Harrah’s Resort SoCal gets

Funner, California should feel just like that.

has been to make sure our teammates are

to experience that Funner, CA feeling—from the

At every corner of the resort, our team has

moment you book your room, to the anticipation

found inventive ways to bring Funner to life.

with

of an amazingly unique experience, all the way

Try your hand at the Rubik’s® Cube challenge

teammates are happy, engaged, growing in

through the memories you take home. If you

while waiting to check-in and you could win a

their careers and having fun, they’re definitely

remember your time with us, and it puts a smile

hotel stay. Practice your swing in SoCal’s first

in the Funner groove to give you that Funner

on your face, we’ve done it right.

Topgolf Swing Suite ® and our teammates will

experience. Lifting spirits, putting smiles on

If you’re not sure what Funner feels like,

cheer you on. Try out your dance moves with

faces and adding some happiness to hearts—

try and remember what it felt like to go to the

our teammates when your favorite song plays

that’s what we do here in Funner, for you and

playground when you were a kid. That feeling of

over the loud speaker—spontaneous conga

our team.

freedom, the exhilaration and excitement that

lines have been known to happen. Challenge

Bringing that Funner feeling to life is what

came with your sole purpose in that moment—

the valet team to a game of corn hole while you

we do here at Harrah’s Resort SoCal. In the end,

to play. You forgot your chores, you weren’t

wait for your car. These are just a few examples

friends having Funner together is really what

worried about homework and you focused solely

of how the team in Funner, CA works to make

it’s all about.

on experiencing all that the playground had to

even regular fun…Funner. ESCAPE

experiencing that Funner feeling too. Starting our

mission:

#FunnerAtWork.

If

our


A picky eater’s paradise. Good thing there's no plate limit at the Buffet. Mexican, Japanese, American, Vietnamese...fill your plates (and your belly) again and again. But fair warning, your sweet tooth will be screaming at the sight of our dessert bar, so you might want to stop there first.

Must be 21 or older to register as a Hotel guest, attend event and to gamble with valid photo ID. This offer is not valid for persons who have been excluded from Harrah’s affiliated casinos. Know When To Stop Before You Start.® Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. Owned by the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians. Trademarks used herein are owned by Caesars License Company, LLC and its affiliated companies. Managed by HCAL, LLC. ©2016, Caesars License Company, LLC. All rights reserved.


Swing to win.


Go clubbing without the fancy rules at SoCal’s only Topgolf Swing SuiteŽ. Test your links luck, nail a zombie with a dodgeball, or make your spiral go viral by reserving your spot today! To make a reservation for up to eight guests call 760-751-3100.


CAESARS REWARDS

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ARE YOU A FUNSTARTER? Words by Robyn Lass  Photo by Troy Doney

VISITS TO FUNNER, CA AREN’T JUST ABOUT having fun, they’re about making memories that keep the good times going long after check-out. There’s one sure way to maximize your time spent at Harrah’s Resort SoCal and that’s by becoming a Funstarter. What’s a Funstarter, you ask? It’s the best way to put every cent you spend to work for you—to get free stuff. What’s more fun than that? “Funstarter

is

our

exclusive

way

to

communicate how amazing the Caesars Rewards program is,” said Barbara Killen, manager of Caesars Rewards for Harrah’s Resort SoCal. “We want to remind our guests that by becoming a Funstarter they really do become part of a very special community of guests and players.” To find out more about the Funstarter program at Harrah’s Resort SoCal, check out the Frequently Asked Questions below or stop by the Caesars Rewards center.

WHO ARE FUNSTARTERS? This is a special program open to all newbie Caesars Rewards members. To sign up, you just need a valid photo ID, an email address and a desire to take your fun up a notch. Sound like

your comfy bed, online sign up is easy.

you? Great, read on!

Simply fill out the form and submit your

Discounts and early-bird access to concert tickets

application, then stop by the Caesars Rewards Center with a valid photo ID to get

WHY JOIN?

your card next time you’re in Funner, CA.

Do you like free stuff? Do you like discounts? spent at Harrah’s Resort SoCal? Then you should

WHAT DO I GET?

sign up! Concert tickets, discounted room rates,

Well, to start all Funstarters are eligible to earn

free play and other perks are just the beginning.

up to $300 in free slot play just for signing up.

By becoming a Funstarter, the floodgates to

Not bad for your first day of play!

future good times will burst wide open.

Once you have your Caesars Reward card, be sure to use it every time you play, eat, drink, shop

HOW CAN I SIGN UP?

or even get a massage. Every dollar you spend at

There are a few simple ways to become a

Harrah’s Resort SoCal, or any of 60 resorts in the

Funstarter:

Caesars Entertainment family, helps you earn:

Visit the Caesars Rewards Center: Bring

Discounts with member partners like Wyndham Resorts, Hertz, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Flowers.com and more

Do you want to make the most out of your time

HOW DO I LEARN MORE? Stop by the Caesars Rewards Center or the Promotions Center any time you’re at Harrah’s Resort SoCal. If you really want to know what’s happening in the world of Caesars Rewards, we highly recommend sitting in on one of the new member presentations that take place daily (the schedule is available at the Caesars Rewards Center).

Member-only discounts on hotel rooms,

a valid photo ID and any teammate at

shopping and dining at any Caesars

the front desk can sign you up, give

Entertainment location

you a card (with your name on it!) and send

you

on

your

way

to

winning.

Member-only access to games, prizes, gifts and more at Harrah’s Resort SoCal

Visit CaesarsRewards.com: If the Caesars Rewards center is closed, or

you prefer

to sign up while laying by the pool or in

Free hotel stays, dining credits, spa credits, travel credits and more ESCAPE

FOR A COMPLETE OVERVIEW OF CAESARS REWARDS BENEFITS, YOU CAN ALSO BROWSE THE PROGRAM ONLINE AT CAESARSREWARDS.COM


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Our shows rock. The Killers. Billy Idol. Alice Cooper. Bill Burr. Ice Cube. Heart. Amy Schumer. Snoop Dogg. Blondie. Adam Sandler.

From side splitting comedy to concerts worth losing your voice over, our monthly events calendar is packed with shows that pack the house. Tickets and info available at: HarrahsSoCal.com/Events


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MAYORAL MENU TOUR Words by Katie LaLicata  Photos by Zach Cordner

Mayor Riggle's "go to"—Fiore's Steak & Baked Potato.

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Luxuries abound in Funner, California—and dining is no exception. With a new mayor on duty comes the inauguration of new mayoral menu creations far and wide. The team at Harrah's Resort SoCal has done an exceptional job of taking some traditional dishes and elevating them to regal standards—creating masterpieces that appeal to a wide range of guests, including Mayor Riggle himself. So read on and indulge in this insider’s guide to all the delicious Riggle-licious creations. #Funner


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Carnitas Tacos at 'ritas Cantina.

SPICE IT UP The first stop on the Mayoral Menu Tour is ‘ritas

Using fresh corn tortillas, the juicy, shredded

Cantina. If you want to dine like the mayor,

carnitas meat is loaded up and then each taco is

order up the Carnitas Tacos. “The food at ‘ritas

topped with a homemade green tomatillo salsa

is traditional flavored Mexican, but with a little

and sprinkled with fresh chopped cilantro and

southern Californian style,” said Harrah's Resort

onions. These tacos come perfectly paired with

SoCal Executive Chef Executive Chef Jason Luke.

a side of rice and beans. When in town, Mayor

“We do, however, try to keep the flavors authentic

Riggle was given a spread of menu options

and make everything fresh and in house.”

to sample from ’ritas Cantina and it was the

It’s this heart and soul that you can taste in these savory, mouth-watering tacos.

exquisite f lavors and textures of the Carnitas Tacos that stole his heart.

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SAY CHEESE

Over at the Café, the culinary team has taken

these fantastic flavors make this feast one of

homestyle flavors and creativity to the next

the most popular items on the new Café menu.

level. By playing with Mayor Riggle’s two favorite

Simple food done right is the way to

staples—Mac and Cheese and Chili—they merged

Mayor Riggle’s heart. “And you can’t go wrong

these two comfort foods into one delicious

with a fried chicken sandwich,” said Luke.

delicacy. The house-made Chili Mac. Genius! This

For the mayor “The Chicky” was love at first

dish is the ruler of all soul food, and perfectly

sight (or bite). This classic chicken sandwich

satisfies every last morsel of Mayor Riggle’s

is hand breaded, flavorful and made in house

craving. The Mac and Cheese is gooey, savory

with love. When the mayor requested a fried

and decadent. A heaping portion of noodles and

chicken sandwich, Harrah’s Resort SoCal Chef

a homemade cheese sauce is smothered with a

Tye Nielsen knocked this one out of the park. No

traditional chili made from scratch by the Café’s

accoutrements necessary. This perfect mayoral

chefs. To finish this dish with a bang, or a crunch,

meal is made complete with a yummy side of

Fritos® are generously perched on the top. All

asparagus and carrots.

The Café's mouth-watering Chili Mac

#Funner


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The Chicky Sandwich with a side of fries, asparagus and carrots.

“The team here at Harrah’s Resort SoCal has spent quality time collaborating to build specialty dishes and menus that demonstrate those flavors that Mayor Riggle likes”

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MIND YOUR MANNERS For the days when you’re really feeling your royal roots, a reservation at Fiore is the way to go. Mayor Riggle’s usual order is a steak and baked potato, but keep in mind every menu item crafted by this culinary team is made to make your stomach growl. Using a Montague Oven (a radiant oven),

The Mayor's Grande Mocha

for example, steaks are seared at 1800-degrees top and bottom, creating that perfectly crispy outside and revealing all the flavors within. Yum! Crown your steak your own by adding a Béarnaise, Porcini, Garlic Butter or Chimichurri sauce. To take such traditional food and dress it up to satisfy the mayoral taste buds displays the culinary mastery found only in the Fiore kitchen.

PERK UP

a Grande Mocha no whip, six (yes, six!) pumps

directed

mocha plus cinnamon to get his blood pumping.

details, so you can feel as connected to the

towards

personalizing

the

small

If you prefer something on the stronger side,

new mayor as possible. “The team here at

the beverage team created a martini to honor the

Harrah’s Resort SoCal has spent quality time

golden age of Funner, CA. The Filthy Rich martini

collaborating to build specialty dishes and

is a glorious way to wind down, complete with

menus that demonstrate those flavors that

real gold flakes. Available at ‘tinis, the martini

Mayor Riggle likes, so the guests can then share

bar located outside Fiore, this gorgeous cocktail

in that experience,” said Abigail Jestis, Harrah’s

was inspired by the Mayor’s affinity for “real

Resort SoCal’s director of restaurant operations.

gold” and is sure to brighten your day (or night).

These

Mayoral

menu

creations

are

delicious and creative enough to satisfy the

Even the mayor can get run down from time to time, so stopping into Starbucks for a quick pick

SERVING UP SMILES

royal palate of Mayor Riggle, but also familiar

me up is perfectly acceptable. According to Quick

Part of what makes Mayor Riggle’s reign in

and well known enough to get any kind of eater

Service Manager for Harrah’s Resort SoCal, Hany

Funner, CA so special is the time and care all

excited to have a Funner food tour of their very

Mansour, when in Funner the mayor chooses

the chefs and food and beverage team has

own. So who’s hungry?

#Funner


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you Reward Credits® just like anything else you do in Funner, CA. Seven Stars® here you come! “With

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gambling part. The eFunner Casino app is the

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be used in Las Vegas when sports betting on the

“The eFunner Casino app has been in

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development for over three years,” said Harrah's

CA. “The app allows for gaming with real money,

eFunner Casino’s slot style games are

Resort SoCal Manager of Slot Operations Jeff

which is what sets it apart,” said Hornung. “Our

constantly updated and refreshed, so keep an

Hornung. “We’re excited to give our guests the

competitors have apps for leisure play, but not

eye out for new games regularly. Don’t worry,

choice of where and how they want to game. By

real money gaming.” Forget sitting around on

card sharks—we didn’t forget about you. “Our

the pool, in their rooms, while eating dinner, the

the casino floor. Draw yourself that bubble bath

future content excites me. We’re working hard to

choice is theirs.” We highly recommend testing

or refresh that bucket of beer poolside, fire up

integrate video poker, as well as other fun content

the app out in the Buffet. Nothing caps off a win

eFunner Casino and start spinning some slots.

onto the app,” said Hornung.

like a mountain of ice cream to celebrate.

As soon as you enter Funner, CA, it’s time to

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TOUCH DOWN IN FUNNER DURING FOOTBALL SEASON Words by Robyn Lass  Photo by Zach Cordner

FUNNER FOOTBALL FAVORITES Each week on Thursday, Sunday and Monday, guests can kick back and watch the games while enjoying some of their favorite football food and drink—at special prices. TVs around the resort will be showing the games, but the best seats in the house are at the Rincon Brewery, located just across from Valet. Games will be shown (with audio!) on multiple screens, and the Funner, CA team will be doing promotional giveaways on Game Days. Interested in pitching the pigskin around after watching your favorite team? Reserve a spot for you and seven friends in the Topgolf Swing Suite where you can play Quarterback Challenge and munch on snacks. Of course, no game day would be complete without a cold one. Harrah’s Resort SoCal Casino Bars will offer discounts on Budweiser and Bud Light during game times. Still looking for that perfect place to post up during the games? How about by the pool? Book a Gameday Cabana and swim a few laps during halftime or between games. Cabanas come equipped with a TV, so you can tune in and tune out.

SUPER BOWL CELEBRATION When the season winds down, the fun cranks up with Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s annual Super Bowl party. Guests can watch the big game on the big What's a game day without wings and beer?

screen in The Events Center, and enjoy food and drinks that’ll get any football fan in winning

Funner,

Caesars Rewards members and we have amaz-

spirits. “We’ve been hosting our Super Bowl event

California has kicked off some new ways to

ing prizes for winners each week,” said Harrah’s

on property since 2014,” said Heather Jurgensen,

get into the game day spirit. “We’re thrilled

Resort SoCal's Promotions Manager Melissa Fry.

director of casino marketing. “It’s always a fun

that Harrah’s Resort SoCal is one of the official

“Guests can pick the teams to win every game

day and this year we’re excited to have an even

NFL partners in the Caesars Entertainment

that week. The top 10 winners will collect every-

bigger, better VIP experience available.”

enterprise,” said Beau Swanson, vice president

thing from a Princess Cruise to concert tickets

of marketing for Harrah’s Resort SoCal. “In the

to free play.”

WITH FOOTBALL SEASON UNDERWAY,

Grab your jersey and get your victory dance

spirit of this partnership, we’re bringing unique

To play, just swipe your Caesars Rewards

ready then head to Harrah’s Resort SoCal during

pro football-themed experiences to our guests.

card at a Promotional Kiosk and choose the

the NFL season. Who knows, you might just win

We’ve added activities, promotions and specials

Season Pick ‘Em screen. You’ll have the chance

a Fun Citation for your celebration moves!

around the resort that’ll run all the way through

to pick a winner for NFL games that week.

the Super Bowl.”

In addition to weekly winners, prizes will be awarded at the end of the season to the

SEASON PICK ’EM

guests who guessed best. The top five Pick ’Em

Think you’ve got the touch to pick a winner? Vis-

winners will be treated to a VIP experience at

it Harrah’s Resort SoCal each week and pick the

the Harrah’s Resort SoCal Super Bowl party,

teams to win. “Our weekly Pick ’Em is open to all

plus additional perks. ESCAPE

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TRY ‘TINIS UP WITH A TWIST Words by Shannon Gavin  Photos by Zach Cordner

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DRY, DIRTY, STRAIGHT UP, SHAKEN. All familiar terms that define the martini. Scroll through your emojis and note the conical glass with a toothpick and olive. Fix your eyes on the neon sign outside of a bar and watch (any) James Bond movie (Skyfall we forgive you for this suave agent promoting Heineken). Even the way this iconic cocktail can be ordered oozes the sound of sophistication— “Shaken not stirred.”


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Filthy Rich Martini

Single Estate, a robust and savory flavor profile

Bulleit Boulevard

that sets this rye vodka apart, then on to the dry Vermouth rinse of the glass, add a Gold Leaf

shelf martinis. This is the bar to sit and sip the

Filthy ® Blue Cheese Olive and of course, garnish

most exclusive alcohol not available anywhere

with gold flakes. Yes, real gold.

else across Harrah’s Resort SoCal.”

Looking for an elegant delight to hold

Exclusivity is the name of the game, friends.

in hand but tempted by the fruit of another

Oh, did we mention that each martini is served

liquor? Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s Casino Beverage

in a 10oz crystal glass? Now that’s putting the

Manager Grace Skarra recommends the Bulleit

“extra” in extraordinary.

Boulevard. Start with—you guessed it—Bulleit

In addition to exclusively posh alcohol,

Rye™ Whiskey. This award-winning, straight

your martini needs an equally chic and top

rye whiskey lays a foundation of unparalleled

shelf garnish. Over the last decade, the world’s

spice and flavor complexity within the cocktail.

top bars have moved toward fresher, higher

From here, your mixologist assembles the layers.

quality ingredients to give their patrons the

Aperol—a classic Italian bitter; Carpano Antica®

ultimate cocktail experience. That’s exactly why

Vermouth, a sweet vermouth of the highest

Skarra and her team of magicians—excuse us,

quality; garnish with an effervescent orange

mixologists—have brought in Filthy ®.

peel and finish with a Filthy Cherry. ®

Brothers Marc and Daniel Singer became

When asked about the offerings in ‘tinis,

obsessed with the idea of creating the first line

and if guests need to be a martini expert to enjoy

of garnishes made for cocktails. Their journey

the drinks at this cozy bar, Skarra said: “There’s a

began with an exploratory trip that turned into a

worldly

martini on the menu for everyone. All the drinks

two-year olive pilgrimage. The brothers sampled

evening complete with a little black dress or the

on the martini menu were created in house with

over 230 varieties of cultivatable olives—now

finest fresh-pressed suit? Step out in your best

this in mind.”

that’s dedication. Filthy olives and additional

Bikini Martini

Fancy

yourself

a

Funner,

CA

and pull up your chair at the not so hidden ‘tinis

It may be autumn outside, but may we

accoutrements are naturally fermented with

make another suggestion on sipping into an

no chemicals used during the curing process.

The typical martini is made with gin and

endless summer? Introducing the Bikini Martini.

Keeping the brine organic allows the items

vermouth, garnished with a lemon twist. Boring!

Featuring peach and orange blossom, pineapple

to retain their natural characteristics usually

There’s no denying it: the martini is a classy

grenadine,

One®

associated with taste, texture and flavor. In

drink, but why not fun it up a bit? The menu at

Botanical, with a pea flower garnish, it’s as lovely

addition to making you thirsty, did we also make

‘tinis, located adjacent to Fiore—Harrah’s Resort

to look at as it is to sip. Just please remember to

you hungry?

SoCal’s own award-winning steakhouse—was

leave the bikini in your room.

bar at Harrah’s Resort SoCal.

developed by a team of beverage experts by

You

pea

may

flower

be

infused

asking

Ketel

Next time you find yourself craving savoir yourself

“Why

taking the classic martini, in the true way of

martinis?” The answer is simple. Why not? “We

Funner, CA, and putting their own “twist” on it.

wanted to do something different and how do we

While we’re on the classics, let’s start with the glorious and gorgeous Filthy Rich—a top shelf Dirty Martini with a spin. Start with Belvedere®

compete with those around us?” Skarra asked. “By developing specialty martinis. “We are the place to come to for craft, top ESCAPE

vivre, take a seat at ‘tinis. Cheers to you and your inner 007! ‘TINIS IS OPEN SUNDAY – TUESDAY, 2PM – 10PM; FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS 10AM – 2AM. HOURS OF OPERATION MAY VARY. PLEASE VISIT HARRAHSSOCAL.COM FOR CURRENT HOURS.


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FALL ASLEEP A FUNNERCHEF SUITEHOMERO LOPEZ WITH ‘RITAS CANTINA’S NEW IN SPECIALTY Words by Marlise Kast-Myers  Photos by Zach Cordner

Chef Lopez's creations are shrimply delicious!

FOLLOW YOUR NOSE TO ‘RITAS CANTINA where big

But it was Chef Lopez’s stellar reputation as

things are cooking for Homero Lopez—a sizzling

kitchen alpha that landed him a Caesars Award

chef who’s bringing the heat to his new role at

of Excellence Property Winner for Ownership in

Harrah’s Resort SoCal. Working his way up the

2016, and most recently the blue-ribbon role as

culinary ladder, the kitchen master first joined

‘ritas Cantina’s Specialty Chef. “Homero can do

the Funner, CA team in 2004 as a line cook, and

it all,” said Harrah's Resort SoCal's Director of

was quickly catapulted to Room Chef in 2015.

Restaurant Operations Abigail Jestis. “He’s sort of

Within three years, Chef Lopez rolled out

like our Swiss army knife!”

new recipes and carried the Harrah’s Resort

Lopez is a “Jack-of-all-blades” who is also

SoCal dining experience to the upper echelon

considered the most positive leader on the

of exceptional eats. By 2018, he snagged

culinary team; injecting energy and enthusiasm

prestigious positions within the Funner family,

that guests can almost taste. Above all, the

adding banquets, Garde Manger (French for

Funner, CA crew respects him as a compassionate,

“keeper of the food”) and the main kitchen to

professional

his culinary pedigree.

dedicated to his team and the outlets he serves.

and

hardworking

chef

who’s

“I LOVE TEACHING AND COACHING, SO THE FACT THERE’S SUCH A TALENTED TEAM MEANS THAT I CAN LEARN FROM THEM, TOO”


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Chef Lopez hard at work.

“I love teaching and coaching, so the fact

From line cook to master chef,

there’s such a talented team means that I can

this sizzling powerhouse will now have

learn from them, too,” said Lopez. “It’s such an

culinary reign over ‘ritas Cantina, the

honor! This new role gives me the opportunity

menu at Dive and the Taco Truck—a

to do something that I really enjoy, and remain

beloved munchies favorite on Taco

motivated in the position.”

Tuesdays. “I’ll offer a wide range of skills

authentic Mexican food like traditional

might not be printed on the menu, Harrah’s

chicken mole and will give 100-percent

Resort SoCal guests can certainly savor the

to always surprise customers with

chef’s talents in every bite. Culture, heritage

great dishes,” Lopez said. “This is a huge

and tenacity have played a massive role in the

opportunity for me to demonstrate my

success of the Mexican native.

love for Mexican food.”

While

these

behind-the-scenes

“Homero has a passion for Mexican food

In this role, Chef Lopez will also be cooking

and was really interested in adding authentic

up Mexican recipes for Happy Hour, ranging

f lair to the menu,” said Jestis. “This ability

from Baja bites and spicy salsas to street tacos

As Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s favorite Mexican

means

in

and authentic enchiladas. Best of all, every dish

restaurant, the uniqueness of ‘ritas—with Lopez

traditional Mexican cuisine, making him the

pairs perfectly well with ‘ritas cool cervezas

at the grill—means things are just getting hotter!

anchor of cultural dishes and grabbing the

and massive margaritas, meaning guests can

Mexican-food space with real finesse.

keep the Funner pace going all night long.

we

can

expect

recipes

rooted

“He’ll bring authenticity and fun to an already

“The atmosphere at ‘ritas is very light and

great restaurant. Funner will really come to life

fun,” said Jestis. “We have daily happy hour

through the addition of his passion and drive.”

with a shareable margarita, and a weekly-

changing menu that will only improve once Homero takes over.”

TO TASTE CHEF LOPEZ’S SPECIALTIES, STOP BY ‘RITAS CANTINA MONDAYS, OR THURSDAYS – SUNDAYS, OR PLACE AN ORDER AT THE TACO TRUCK SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.


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THESE DEALS MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE Words by Andrew Merryman  Photos by Troy Doney

Want to give your next stay in Funner, CA a unique twist? From golden facemasks and martinis, to a trip and a sip at a local winery, to a night to rock out—Harrah’s Resort SoCal has a package with your name on it.

GO FOR THE GOLD Live like the mayor with the Golden Getaway in Funner, CA. This exclusive package starts with a standard room booking—but it’s anything but standard. Start with a trip to The Spa at Harrah’s and enjoy a 24 Karat Gold Facial that revitalizes, refreshes and gives your skin a golden glow. Want to glow on the inside? Stop by ‘tinis (located outside Fiore) to sip on a Filthy Rich Martini—golden and stirred. “The Golden Getaway package is all about feeling like royalty. And, of course, having the best Instagram posts that’ll make all your friends jealous,” said Amber Lussier, director of resort marketing at Harrah’s Resort SoCal. “The fun is in the details. We loaded this special with exclusives you won’t find outside of a fairy tale. That’s what Feel as good as gold with the Golden Getaway.

we’re best at—providing experiences you can’t find anywhere else.” ESCAPE


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ROCK A SMILE All year long, Harrah’s Resort SoCal offers rockin’ deals like A Deal That Rocks. Just book an already discounted room, and the entertainment of your choice is on the house! Select your room or suite, bring your sweetie and get two free concert tickets to a show at The Events Center, home to past performances ranging from Alice Cooper to Snoop Dogg, Amy Schumer to Dave Chappelle, Willie Nelson to Billy Idol and every fun-tastic genre in between. Check out HarrahsSoCal.com/events to see who’s on deck to rock the house, then plan your getaway to Funner, CA. Feel like a rock star with A Deal that Rocks.

WINE DOWN. ALLL DOWN INTO YOUR BELLY Whites and reds are just around the bend at Hill Top Winery. Wine lovers, book the Sip & Stay package at Harrah’s Resort SoCal and enjoy a bottle, plus wine tasting at Funner’s winery of choice. Family owned and operated since 2006, Hill Top sits on 30 acres and is just a short sevenminute drive from the front doors at Harrah’s Resort SoCal. THE SIP & STAY PACKAGE INCLUDES:

A sneak peek of Hill Top Winery.

#Funner

10-plus wines to choose from

2 wine tastings

1 bottle of wine

$88.03 credit (maximum)


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Tacos aren’t just for Tuesdays. Book your stay at Harrah’s Resort SoCal Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday and enjoy a feast at ‘ritas Cantina. With the Funner Fiesta package, you and a guest can share an appetizer and stare into each other’s eyes while sipping on a 44-oz ‘ritanator. If those delicious chips and salsa don't fill you up, the Queso Fundito appetizer, cup of soup and entreé plus fried ice cream—all sized to share—definitely will.

The refreshing 44oz 'ritanator.

THREE WAYS TO WIN Book your game day getaway at Harrah’s Resort SoCal and score awesome deals. Stay any Monday, Sunday or Thursday during the regular NFL season (September 4th – December 29th). Enjoy special room rates on game days and take advantage of one of three football fan specials. ESCAPE


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THE TIME OUT Poolside isn’t just for flip-flops and lounge chairs. Book a room and enjoy our Game Day Cabana package that includes special pricing on platters of nachos and wings. Wash it all down with a bucket of beer. Comes complete with all standard Cabana amenities, a TV to watch the games and a ceiling fan to help you keep your cool.

THE TOUCHDOWN Looking for a place to kick back, watch the game and enjoy a cold one…or two? Post up in the Reservation Brewery located across from Valet. In addition to special pricing on fresh beer brewed on sight, the brewery will have discounts on Budweiser or Bud Light bottles or buckets and food specials, only available during Monday and Thursday night games or Sunday games.

THE PICK Come out, stay and put your gameday guessing to the test with our weekly Season Pick ’Em. Each week, Caesars Rewards members can swing by the Promotional Kiosks to pick the teams they think will win that week. Then stay and watch the games live! Enjoy special pricing Your game day cabana is waiting for you.

on Budweiser and Bud Light, as well as other exclusive gameday food and drink around the resort during NFL games. So who’s ready for a vacation? Harrah’s Resort SoCal has an offer for just about any fun seeker. FOR ALL AVAILABLE OFFERS AND TO START PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO FUNNER, CA, PLEASE VISIT HARRAHSSOCAL.COM/OFFERS

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FUNNER LIFE

SHHH…EIGHT HIDDEN GEMS ONLY IN FUNNER, CA. Words by Andrew Merryman & Shannon Gavin  Photos by Zach Cordner

Whether it’s your first visit to Funner, CA or your one hundred and first, “surprise” is the mainstay of staying at Harrah’s Resort SoCal. Get an eagle’s-eye view of Funner from a lesser-known lookout spot, inspire your Instagram following through some impressive photo ops around the Gaming Floor or pick up an old-fashioned phone and listen to Mayor Riggle’s royal gab any time you need it, any time of day. Welcome to a place so inspiring, picking only eight points of fun-spiration posed more difficulty than Albert the Alpaca sitting still for a photo shoot.

SHHH…IT’S A SECRET Sure, the menus in the restaurants and bars at Harrah’s Resort SoCal are packed with deliciousness, but did you know there are actually a few things we’d recommend that are “off menu.” Start with a stop at the Café and take a bite of Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s Tye-Dye Waffles. “We start with the three primary colors and swirl them gently together to achieve a kaleidoscope of colors,” said Chef Tye Nielsen, inventor of this beautiful breakfast. “Topped with whipped cream and candy pieces, this off-menu item gives you an excuse to play with your food. Also, since my name is Tye, it seemed only fitting to reach outside of the box and create something Funner and unique.” Thirsty? Make Spiked your next stop and ask your server to slip you a copy of the secret menu. This hidden cocktail list features unique creations like the Tasty Daisy, the Pig in Paradise or the Sherlock. Each drink on this mystery menu is crafted specifically the Funner, CA way.

BECOME AN ART AFICIONADO Did you know Funner, CA is also an art museum? “At Harrah’s Resort Southern California, we are incorporating art, in all of its forms, as a way to enhance the guest experience,” said Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s Senior Vice President and General Manager Darrell Pilant. “From our collection of modern mural installations to our historically Spiked's hidden cocktail list includes (left to right) the Full Monte, the Pig in Paradise and the Chosen Few, to name a few.

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significant tribal artifacts, presenting art to our guests is a way of sharing stories and providing


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visually appealing elements that can’t be found at other resorts, anywhere.” Start your art walk at the Valet with the “Milky Way Woman” crafted by Native American artist and sculptor Doug Hyde and finish by posting up near the mural out at Dive painted by multi media mural artist Michael Amorillo.

GET THE INSIDE SCOOP When you can’t be at Harrah’s Resort SoCal and don’t have a copy of Escape Magazine handy, Google on over to HarrahsSoCal.com/blog. “For guests who are looking to vacay like a VIP, the blog offers a look into Funner, CA’s most unique experiences,” said Jace Gardenier, digital services supervisor for Harrah’s Resort SoCal. “It’s like having your own personal tour guide and travel planner at your fingertips.”

PHONE A FRIEND… OR THE MAYOR Never fear a busy signal, Mayor Riggle works ’round the clock to give you his glorious advice via the Mayoral Hotline. Dial 4242 from your hotel room and listen to the soothing sounds of his regal-ness read you a bedtime story, enjoy some of his glorious wisdom or soak in the sounds of Funner, CA. Funner challenge: Locate the three Mayoral Hotlines placed around the Gaming Floor. #HarrahsSoCal


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Get your selfie game on point in the Pixtar photo booth.

STRENGTHEN YOUR SELFIE GAME Looking for a way to make your friends jealous? There are three unique photo ops around the resort that’ll get them saying, “What in the fun?” Prove your postcard worthiness with a pose in front of the Funner, CA welcome wall, located at the Bus Center, or check out the secluded Pixter photobooth for some classic snapshots after a cocktail at Spiked. Lastly, kick it like royalty on Mayor Riggle’s regal throne, located in the Resort Lobby. Whatever you do, make sure you tag all your resort adventures at #HarrahsSoCal when you post. If you don’t hashtag, did it really happen?

THE VIEW UP HERE IS GLORIOUS! Speaking of selfies, if you’re looking for the best backdrop in town for your next profile picture, the South Resort Tower of Harrah’s Resort SoCal is a gem that definitely sparkles. Take the elevators near Starbucks to the 21st f loor and peer out of the f loor to ceiling windows. Lined will rolling hills, the sometimes snowpacked Palomar Mountains lie to the north and Funner, CA’s Nature Trail lies to the west, finding your inner peace starts by sitting down and taking it all in. Funner challenge: Find the Let Mayor Riggle's stories regale you.

secret art mural down below and check it off your art walk list! ESCAPE


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The CodeGreen wall is educational as well as inspirational.

LEARN THE GAMING ROPES Newbies are never to be discouraged in Funner, CA. If you’re looking to try your hand at a game you’ve never gamed, any empty table yields the opportunity to be taught. “Helping our guests learn new games allows them to gain new experiences at Harrah’s Resort SoCal,” said Funner, CA’s Director of Table Games, Victor Li. “Our mission is to make sure our guests have Funner experiences with us, so if a guest is interested in a game that they’ve never tried, we’re here to teach them.” Step up, sit down and geek out on learning a table game or two while you’re here—the dealers are ready and all ears.

WHAT’S THE CODE? CODEGREEN! From renewable energy sources to recycling, community outreach and even off property programs, Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s CodeGreen commitment environmental

brings

real

problems

solutions faced

to

today.

the Ever

wonder if re-using your towel really makes a difference? Swing by the CodeGreen wall located near the Promotions Center to learn how you’re helping save water. It’s time to begin your scavenger hunt, friends. But take your time, there’s a lot of fun waiting out there! Chart your own course and start hunting for your own hidden gems in One of the best views in the house.

Funner, CA. Just don’t forget to share your secret adventures at #HarrahsSoCal.

#Funner


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DEER PARK WINERY & AUTO MUSEUM TAKE A STEP BACK IN TIME WITH WINE Words by Aaron Schmidt  Photos by Zach Cordner

Are you a wine aficionado? What about a classic car buff? Both? Then Deer Park Winery & Auto Museum is the perfect pre- or post-Funner, CA stop. Located in Escondido, just a short 20-minute drive from Harrah’s Resort SoCal, this 15–acre property offers award-winning vintages to sip on while you view hundreds of vintage vehicles.

HISTORY IN A GLASS Quaintly situated off Interstate 15, shaded by rows of oak trees, Deer Park Winery & Auto Museum has a longstanding history in San Diego County. “Deer Park has been in our family since 1979, and I’ve been running it since 1996,” said ESCAPE


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“Nowhere will you be able to taste vintage wines that grew up in a vintage setting like this” —Clark Knapp, Owner and Proprietor of Deer Park

The vineyards at Deer Park harvest season usually starts as early as August and as late as November.

Deer Park Owner and Proprietor Clark Knapp. “Our collection began in 1950 and we needed a venue for the automobiles. One branch of our family was into Americana and the collecting end of it, and the other branch was into winemaking. We established Deer Park as a vineyard first, and then we trucked our grapes up to Napa for the first couple years. My family’s been in the winemaking business since 1970.” In 1990, Deer Park became the fifth winery in San Diego. Now, the county boasts 115 and growing. With its temperate climate and over 250 days (give or take) of sunshine per year, it’s no wonder San Diego County was the first winemaking region in California. “Our vineyard Deer Park has the largest collection of vintage convertibles in the world.

takes up about three acres of our estate,” said Knapp, “and we’ve built up a big library of estate #HarrahsSoCal


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Take home some souvenirs of your own.

red wines. In the beginning, it was all white

“Right now, we’re featuring our dinner-

visual journey takes you from the first motorized

wines—mainly Chardonnay—but we replanted

style reds, which is kind of what we’re known

carriages of the 1800s through the “muscle” cars

at the turn of the century to red varietals.”

for. We’ve also done exceptionally well with

of the 1970s.

The great San Diego weather means Deer Park has a wide window for grape growing. “Our harvest can be as early as August and as late

our ports,” said Knapp. A bottle of their vintage estate wine runs approximately $20 dollars.

Currently

on

display

are

vintage

automobiles from legendary car manufacturers from Ford to Ferrari, from Dodge to Desoto,

as November,” said Knapp. Deer Park Winery

THE WHEELS OF TIME

is known for its award-winning estate wines.

After getting well acquainted with Deer Park’s

manufacturer in between. “We have a lot of cars

“‘Estate’ means that we grew the grapes and

amazing estate wines, guests can then meander

from the 1950s in our collection. That’s when

do all the processing here. Everything’s totally

into their museum to check out the world’s

they were doing a lot of the classic styling after

from Porsche to Pierce Arrow, and nearly every

WWII,” explained Knapp. “I like the older style cars with big fenders like the ’29 Pierce Arrow,

“AFTER GETTING WELL ACQUAINTED WITH DEER PARK’S AMAZING ESTATE WINES, GUESTS CAN THEN MEANDER INTO THEIR MUSEUM TO CHECK OUT THE WORLD’S LARGEST COLLECTION OF AMERICAN CONVERTIBLE CARS THAT SPAN THE DECADES”

’28 Franklin and the ’32 Chrysler.” The oldest car featured at Deer Park is the 1893 Benz Velo. Motorcycle fans won’t be disappointed either as the display includes some vintage Harley Davidson, Indian and Wizard motorcycles, as well. Make your stay at Harrah’s Resort SoCal an

under our control—the grapes never leave the

largest collection of American convertible cars

even more memorable one by taking a quick trip

property,” said Knapp. “Nowhere will you be able

that span the decades.

to this local hidden gem. Pack a picnic and give

to taste vintage wines that grew up in a vintage setting like this.” Whether you’re a red or white fan, Deer

Browsing the museum grounds is like

yourself some time to explore, reminisce or just

traveling through the 19th and 20th centuries,

imagine what it must have been like to cruise on

viewing

Route 66.

decades

of

familiar

brands

and

Park produces many estate wines that will please

collectibles, some of which are still sold in stores

your palate. Varietals include Sangiovese, Petite

today. Artifacts on display include Coca-Cola

Syrah, Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah, Chardonnay,

memorabilia, vintage radios, classic cameras,

California Champagne, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot

telephones, tube TVs, phonographs, records,

Port (judged the best in San Diego), Peach Mead

Schwinn bicycles, vintage toys and games and

and Rosé.

so much more. “Really, it’s just a whole century

Ready to try a glass or a flight? The Deer

of American ingenuity in progress,” said Knapp.

Park tasting room is open Fridays, Saturdays and

And that’s not even including the car

Sundays from 10am to 5pm (4pm in the winter).

collection. Over 100 classic automobiles are

Taste up to five wines for $10.

prominently featured in three buildings. The ESCAPE

ADMISSION TO THE MUSEUM IS $10 FOR ADULTS AND $9 DOLLARS FOR SENIORS. KIDS NINE AND UNDER ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT ARE FREE. OPEN WEEKENDS ONLY (FRIDAYS THRU SUNDAYS) 10AM - 5PM (4PM DURING WINTER HOURS). DEER PARK WINERY & AUTO MUSEUM 29013 CHAMPAGNE BOULEVARD ESCONDIDO, CA 92026 (760) 749-1666 DEERPARKWINE.COM


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UNIQUE GIFTS AT FUNNER, CA Words by Marlise Kast-Myers  Photos by Christopher Donez

The retail team showing off their Funner side.

Bags to blouses, Bazaar is a style mecca.

THE HOLIDAY SEASON IN SOCAL can sneak up on

CA teammates spend countless hours actively

you pretty quickly—especially with so much fun

seeking new product lines, whether through

to be had at Harrah’s Resort SoCal. Get your gift

online shopping or in-person buying sprees.

shopping off on the right foot, even if the gift is

They hunt far-and-wide for unique pieces that

Emporium even has toys, games and gadgets for

for you, with a stop in Funner, CA.

haven’t been seen anywhere, and always ask the

the kiddos you left behind with grandma.

Located adjacent to the Resort Lobby,

question, “Is this Funner?”

Satisfy your snack attack.

From food at Emporium to fashion at Bazaar,

Bazaar and Emporium are dealing out fabulous

Each item is hand selected, meaning you

no matter what’s in your bag, the Funner, CA

fashions, magnificent must-haves and plenty

can cruise the Casino Floor and beyond, and still

team gets as big a kick out of your purchase as

of swag sold exclusively at the best resort in

be seen as one-in-a-million. Quintero’s three-

you do. They love seeing guests’ reactions to new

Funner, CA. The shop team has been busy

step checklist includes:

products, especially when customers splurge

selecting holiday gifts to stock the shelves and

1) Follow current trends

on something special. Don’t be surprised if a

pack the racks, so that you can pick up presents

2) Cater to a diverse demographic

teammate is in line behind you buying something

without the holiday stress.

3) Choose items you won’t find at other Casinos

for their own wish list. “My team—myself

“We’re offering a wide range of merchandise

“I don’t want us to be like everyone else,”

included—are some of our best customers when it

for the holidays from items that are simply fun to

said Quintero, “and that’s what really sets us

comes to our fashion apparel,” admitted Quintero.

gifts that are strikingly beautiful,” said Harrah’s

apart. As a visual person, I get an image in my

Okay, so not everyone’s a shopper. We get

Resort SoCal's Retail Manager, Bonnie Quintero.

head and I buy accordingly. We keep products

it. But even if you’re feeling your inner Scrooge

Bazaar is prepping for 2020 with a new line of

fresh and new, so that every time a guest visits,

coming on, be sure to stop by Funner, CA’s shops

Funner-themed products and pre-made gift

we have a new story to tell.”

and meet the team that just wants to have fun.

baskets, each loaded with tempting treasures

The Funner shop story is just getting sweet-

At any given time, you may find them joking,

and jealousy gifts that’ll have your friends in a

er by the day. Emporium has plenty of mouth-

laughing and dancing like no one is watching. In

constant state of FOMO.

watering treats, including six flavors of SoCal’s

fact, it’s hard to leave either shop without having

Wardrobe fashions include apparel by top

own Maw ’N’ Paw Kettle Corn and melt-in-

at least one genuine connection with someone

designers Brixton, KUT from the Kloth and (new

your-mouth chocolates from See’s Candies and

on staff. It’s sort of inevitable.

this season) TravisMathew. Start practicing your

Coblentz Chocolate Company. For unique take-

“We definitely are not your average hotel

saunter now, because the retail team at Harrah’s

home gifts, Quintero suggests Funner swag like

gift shop,” explained Quintero. “We’re a fun group

Resort SoCal will have you walking the catwalk

hats, T-shirts, magnets, or flip-flops all designed

of peeps. Our staff—paired with our trendy and

by New Year's, thanks to their diehard product-

exclusively for Harrah’s Resort SoCal. Need

fashionable products and visual story—is what

selection methods. Quintero and her Funner,

something for the little ones on your list? The

creates a memorable experience for each guest.”

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HOW YOUR STAY IS HELPING THE PLANET Words by Jace Gardenier

Sure we could tell you that this year Harrah’s Resort SoCal has generated a whopping 107,147 kilowatt hours of sustainable energy from its solar field or that the resort kept 1,297,005 lbs. of material out of landfills with its recycling programs, but what does all that actually mean to you? Honestly, it can get confusing. Harrah’s Resort SoCal puts Mother Earth first with its CodeGreen program. To help make some sense of a bunch of stats, we broke down the details into some digestible tid-bits that may help paint a greener picture of Funner, CA.

BETWEEN JULY 2018 AND JULY 2019, THE HARRAH’S RESORT SOCAL’S STATE OF THE ART SOLAR FIELD SOAKED UP ENOUGH SUNSHINE TO GENERATE

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107,147

GOING GREEN IN FUNNER, CA ALSO MEANS GROWING GREEN. IN ONE YEAR, 800 POUNDS OF VEGGIES WERE HARVESTED AT HARRAH’S RESORT SOCAL…

ENOUGH GOOD STUFF TO MAKE

5,120

KILOWATT HOURS OF ENERGY

GARDEN SALADS IN THE CAFÉ

THAT’S EQUAL TO PLANTING

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SAVED ENOUGH WATER TO FILL THIS 400FT FLOTATION PARADISE

15 TIMES

PALM TREES

BY KEEPING BOTTLES, CANS AND MORE SEPARATE, THE RESORT KEPT 1,297,005 LBS. OF RECYCLABLES OUT OF LANDFILLS

—A TOTAL OF 2.3 MILLION MORE GALLONS SAVED IN 2019 VS. 2018

To learn more ways Harrah’s Resort SoCal cares for the environment, check out the CodeGreen wall in Funner, CA, located near the Promotions Center, or check out HarrahsSoCal.com/ codegreen. ESCAPE

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TAKING PRIDE IN FUNNER, CALIFORNIA Words by Amber Lussier, Director of Resort Marketing  Photos by Troy Doney

The Funner, CA team marching proudly.

NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES you spot a rainbow in the sky, the excitement never changes. There’s something about the colors and the friendly arch that makes you feel like you’ve discovered a hidden treasure. It might be a treasure that thousands of others can see, but it still feels personal. As if Mother Nature created these paint strokes just for you. And that’s exactly how San Diego Pride makes us feel at Harrah's Resort SoCal. Giving back to the community and creating the time to do good is part of the very fabric of Harrah’s Resort SoCal. We have made a public pledge to our teammates, guests, communities

Love wins every time.

and the environment to honor the trust they

million in cash and in-kind donations to local

also give us an opportunity to stand in solidarity

have placed in us. Our teammates volunteer

organizations to date.

with our LGBTQ teammates and others. It’s

their time to dozens of organizations each year—

San Diego Pride is a non-profit organization

in fact, we’ve donated nearly 115,000 hours of

that’s very close to our heart. Each year, they

“Participating in the parade is a highlight of

service to the community, as well as over $4

allow us to help the community, yes—but they

the year for me,” said Jill Barrett, vice president

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Spreading the love.

and our surrounding valley. If you’re familiar with our neck of the woods, you know we’re surrounded by alpaca farms, natural beauty and of course—Fun. Our float was followed by 140 teammates that were dancing, singing and twirling rainbow ribbons and parasols. We proved you can take the people out of Funner, but you can’t take the Funner out of the people! “We’ve built some really wild things over the years, and the projects for Harrah’s Resort Southern California have always been some of the most rewarding to see come to fruition,” said Joey Isaksen, founder/CEO of Lounge Logikk, a design and fabrication company. The

Telling the Funner story through a float.

six

colors

of

the

rainbow

have

meaning for the LGBTQ community: red means “life,” orange means “healing,” yellow means “sunshine,” green means “nature,” blue means

spent

passion, compassion that abounds on that day

prepping, knowing it was just as important to

To us, these colors represent all of us

amongst our teammates, their families and

show the ways we have supported the LGBTQ

as teammates. Whether we are gay, lesbian,

friends and the entire crowd warms my heart and

community through the years, as it was to bring

straight, bi-sexual, asexual, trans… it doesn’t

brings tears to my eyes. We need to be kind to one

the spirit of Funner to the streets of San Diego.

matter. We are one. We are Funner.

another and Pride embodies that sentiment.”

six

months

planning,

creating

and

“harmony” and purple means “spirit.”

of finance at Harrah’s Resort SoCal. “The love,

Our float was a heavyweight contender,

The year 2019 marked the 50th anniversary

measuring in at 45 feet long and 14 feet tall. This

of the Stonewall Uprising in New York, so the

beauty took approximately 320 hours to build,

theme for this year’s event was “A Legacy of

and every minute spent showed! The design was

Liberation.” The Harrah’s Resort SoCal team

symbolic of our location in Funner, California, #Funner

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HARRAH’S RESORT SOCAL’S SUPPORT FOR THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY, PLEASE VISIT HARRAHSSOCAL.COM/COMMUNITY, OR CHECK OUT VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE.


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