Issue 178
February 9 - 15, 2004
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Mohegan Sun Unveils World's Largest Wedding Cake at 15,032 Pounds

Borgata casino already looking at expansion

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Mohegan Sun Unveils World's Largest Wedding Cake at 15,032 Pounds

UNCASVILLE, Conn. - On February 8, 2004, at the New England Bridal Showcase, Mohegan Sun unveiled what it hopes will be the world's largest wedding cake. Measuring 17-feet tall and weighing 15,032 pounds, the seven-tiered cake is almost three-times the weight of the current record in the Guinness Book of World Records for the world's largest wedding cake.

The Mohegan Sun wedding cake is vanilla flavored and decorated with bows and hearts. Ingredients include: 10,000 pounds of pound cake batter and 4,810 pounds of creamy frosting with a taste of vanilla and almond. Comparatively speaking, the cake weighs more than five Volkswagen Beetles and can feed up to 59,000 people.

Chef Lynn Mansel, Mohegan Sun's Executive Pastry Chef and resident "Michelangelo of batters and buttercream," began creating the cake on Sunday, February 1st in the Uncas Ballroom. Along with his team of 57 chefs and pastry artisans, Chef Mansel baked 700, 18x24 inch vanilla sheet cakes. Then, using frosting as cement, they created 200, five- and six-layered bricks, which were put together to form the tiers of the wedding cake. Steel discs were used as cake separators and two fork-lifts helped raise each tier as the wedding cake took shape.

The current record in the Guiness Book of World Records is 5,334-pounds, and was unveiled at Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2003. The five-tiered cake, which measured 22-feet tall, celebrated the wedding of the animated characters Shrek and Fiona -- who were the main characters in the original Shrek movie -- and the opening of the new Shrek 4-D ride at Universal Studios.

Borgata casino already looking at expansion
As reported by The Courier-Post

The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is little more than 7 months old, but the parent company is already talking expansion.

Buoyed by success, Borgata CEO Robert Boughner told gaming analysts in a conference call on Wednesday that Boyd Gaming Corp has initiated the design phase to add more casino space, more meeting space, more bars, more restaurants and more retail shops.

"We have the opportunity to generate incremental gaming and nongaming revenue, so this will be a high-yielding investment for our property," Boughner said.

"We also have a demand for more conference space, which will help drive midweek occupancy," Boughner said.

However, the expansion will not include additional hotel rooms. Occupancy rose from 80 percent in the third quarter to 90 percent in the fourth quarter.

Boughner declined to specify a cost or schedule.

"We will do it thoughtfully and carefully," he said. "We feel good about increasing our supply. Over the long term, Atlantic City and the Borgata may face competitive forces from other jurisdictions, but at the Borgata we envision our future will remain strong."

Boyd Gaming was not the only casino corporation to talk expansion on Wednesday. In a conference call of its own, Harrah's Entertainment Inc. said it is looking at adding hotel towers at both Harrah's Atlantic City and at the Showboat.

"We've made no decision which property will go first and when they will occur," said Gary Loveman, CEO of Harrah's Entertainment. Showboat opened a new tower last year; Harrah's, the year before. "But there's still a demand for room nights."

A decision could come in the second quarter of this year. "We're watching the market in Atlantic City and the prospective competition in places such as Pennsylvania," Loveman said.

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