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February 21, 2012
Mardi Gras at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem!

Bethlehem, Pa. February 17, 2012  - The General Manager of the Historic Hotel Bethlehem, Dennis J. Costello, is pleased to announce that at 5:00pm on Tuesday, February 21st, the hotel will be celebrating Mardi Gras, with a Dixieland band and New Orleans cuisine. “I spent many years working in New Orleans, at the Pontchartrain Hotel and the New Orleans Hilton, so Mardi Gras brings back many memories for me” says Costello, who then challenged his staff to come up with the best Mardi Gras party in the Lehigh Valley.

Music for the Mardi Gras celebration will be provided by Uke Jackson and the Ginseng Roots Band.  Uke Jackson will be singing and playing ukulele and guitar.  In addition to Uke, the line up of instrumentalists include: JJ Peppers on saxophone, contrabass clarinet, and slide whistle; Chris “Multi Man” McMillan on cornet, flugelhorn, trumpet, melodica, and guitar; and Sideshow Skip on cymbals, drums, lids from pots and pans, gongs, and a 1920s set of Mongolian temple skulls salvaged from a pawn shop in New Orleans years ago.   The band’s motto is “Good time music all the time!”

The menu for the Mardi Gras party has been prepared by Executive Chef, Federica Muggenburg and will feature traditional favorites from New Orleans including Catfish Po’Boy with Creole Sauce, Crawfish Gumbo with Andouille Sausage, Okra and Tomatoes, Jambalaya with Shrimp, Chicken and Andouille Sausage, Red Beans and Rice with Cayenne and Chorizo.  For dessert, King Cake will be served, a New Orleans tradition that dates back to the eighteenth century.

The Tap Room will be serving Hurricanes, Mint Juleps, Red Snapper and Bourbon Slush.  Guests will receive the traditional Mardi Gras beads, masks and t-shirts. The event will begin at 5:00pm in the Historic Hotel Bethlehem’s, Tap Room.  For more information or reservations please contact the restaurants at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem at (610) 625-2219, or via email or visit our Website at

The Historic Hotel Bethlehem is located in Bethlehem, Pa.  It is in the heart of Bethlehem’s nationally registered historic district.  The hotel is a proud member of Historic Hotels of America.  Experience world-class service, charming guest accommodations and award winning cuisine, all on a site that has been warmly welcoming guests since 1741.





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