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St. Patrick’s Day celebration takes place at Kasey’s Banquet Hall

LANSING, Ill. (March 21, 2024) – Kasey’s Banquet Hall was filled with cheer as a large crowd gathered to celebrate its annual St. Patrick’s Day party on March 17. Sunday’s bash featured a live band, dancing, an all-you-can-eat buffet, and a full bar.

“A lot of residents came out from the area, and we are very happy to see everybody from Lansing and all the surrounding suburbs,” said Mike Myers, manager at Kasey’s Banquet Hall.

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated all around the world on March 17.

The band “I’m with Frank” has performed at other events at Kasey’s Banquet Hall. (Photo: Kinise Jordan)

A night of fun, music, and dancing

Dressed in traditional green attire for St. Patrick’s Day, Pat Nasella enjoyed an evening of fun, food, and music at Kasey’s. (Photo: Kinise Jordan)

It was a sea of green as partygoers listened to the tunes of the cover band I’m with Frank while eating, drinking, and dancing. The band performed various music including rock, country, disco, blues, motown, and folk.

Lansing resident Laurie Cosentino said she was looking forward to seeing I’m with Frank perform and was not disappointed.

“They are really good,” she said.

Sue Bolda attended the event with Cosentino and Cosentino’s sister. Bolda says she often visits Kasey’s for dinner in the evenings.

“I’m having a lot of fun, there are songs I can sing to, and the food is awesome,” Bolda said.

Pat Nasella said she always has a good time visiting Kasey’s and this year’s St. Patrick’s Day party was no exception.

“It’s a lot of fun and it’s a good way to spend the day,” Nasella said.

From right: Sue Bolda, Laurie Cosentino, and friends celebrated St. Patrick’s Day at Kasey’s Banquet Hall on the evening of March 17. (Photo: Kinise Jordan)

Irish-inspired cuisine

The food was prepared by Kasey’s newly appointed head chef.

The buffet consisted of traditional St. Patrick’s Day dishes including roasted red potatoes, corned beef, carrots and cabbage, Italian beef, fried chicken, and rye bread.

Some guests sat and enjoyed Irish cuisine while others took to the dance floor. (Photo: Kinise Jordan)

Chef Joel explained that the preparations can be strenuous as it takes several hours to cook corned beef alone. Corned beef is a dish typically eaten around St. Patrick’s Day in the United States.

“It was a lot of work, but we have a good team,” he said.

“There is everything you need for an old-fashioned corned beef down-home cooking dinner that warms everybody up,” Chef Joel said. “It was so great to see how people really enjoyed the food.”

Fun Facts about St. Patrick’s Day

  • The day is named after the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick.
  • Although St. Patrick’s Day is known as an informal drinking day in the United States, it is a national holiday in Ireland.
  • March 17 is the day St. Patrick is believed to have died.
  • It is said that the first St. Patrick’s Day parade was not held in Ireland but in St. Augustine, Florida in 1601.

Kasey’s Banquet Hall is located at 17800 Lorenz Ave in Lansing.

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Kinise Jordan
Kinise Jordan
Kinise Jordan brings local experience and a long list of journalism skills to her work with The Lansing Journal. She understands the need for reliable, factual information in equipping people to build community. An Audio News internship with WBEZ honed her interviewing skills and her sense of timing and deadlines. A native of Calumet City, Kinise is familiar with the interplay of local government, local schools, and local businesses.