Nestled along the Great River Road among the bluffs and valleys of Clayton County lie river communities, and each one is full of hidden gems and adventures. Upon entering the town of Marquette, visitors are greeted by Pinky the Elephant, whose hat is tipped for all who pass by. For those who don’t know, Pinky is a tall, pink, top-hatted sculpture that once marked the Pink Elephant Restaurant, and today welcomes guests to the Casino Queen.
I was so excited when I finally got my invitation to my friend’s baby shower. She was going to reveal the gender of the baby at the party, and I couldn’t wait to see what my friend was having. I grabbed my gift for the mom-to-be and was greeted to the Casino Queen by Pinky. Once inside, I asked a man at the front desk where the baby shower was, and he led me upstairs to the Sevens Room-- a facility room that was just a kitty corner away from the skywalk to the casino boat. It wasn’t in the casino itself, though I could see people walking to and from the boat to try their luck. As I exited the elevator, I wished a couple good luck as they ventured down the skywalk.
The tables had been set with crisp white cloths, sparkling silverware and glasses of water already set out. The mom-to-be’s hostesses had provided flatware and table centerpieces and gave the room a festive, clean look. The top-notch service staff did their best to make sure each guest was attended and helped the chef set out a steaming buffet line for lunch. I set my gift on the bar and caught a whiff of the broasted chicken as it was carried out of the kitchen. My mouth began to water as the aroma tickled my senses, and my stomach grumbled in protest at the notion of having to wait just awhile longer for lunch.
Once all the guests had arrived, we were then allowed to line up and get food from the buffet. On the buffet had been the chicken cooked to golden brown perfection, a spinach tossed salad, scalloped potatoes, and freshly baked buns. I filled my plate as full as I could and carefully walked back to the table, and by mouth was watering at the sight before me. The food was excellent, and I could tell they had used fresh, local ingredients to make the meal.
When it was time for dessert, the mom-to-be had asked the casino to bake a cake with filling to match the gender of the baby. If the baby was a boy, there would be baby blue icing hiding in the cake, and if it was a girl, the icing would be pink. The cake was carried out of the kitchen and placed at the head table, and I could see the excitement in my friend’s eyes. She cut a slice of cake, and slowly pulled it out, revealing thin layers of baby blue icing. Everybody in the room cried tears of joy.
The whole team of employees was exceptional. I could see that they really cared about their work and the experience they helped provide. When a business is totally employee owned, it really shows! The facility room was the perfect setting for a baby shower, and would be perfect for any small gathering or meeting space. The Casino Queen isn’t just a place to turn one dollar into hundreds. It’s a business full of dedicated employees that want to make every event special.
Written by Jayna Felder | Photo Credit to Casino Queen