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Halloween is just around the corner! We’re providing tips on everything you need to throw a ghoulish Haunted House party this Halloween – including recipes, decorating tips, and more!
Making an entrance…
- Adorn your front yard or walkway with foam tombstones to mimic a graveyard.
- If space allows, place a rocking chair just outside of the front door and cover the chair and surrounding area in fake cobwebs.
- Hang tattered cheesecloth at the front door to create the effect of weathered drapery for guests to walk through.
- Place a plastic or foam skull in a glass cake display and leave at eye level just inside the front door to welcome guests as they enter the party.
Geoffrey Zakarian is known for many things – possessing the coveted title of Iron Chef, hosting several Food Network television shows, creating some of New York’s most notable restaurants, and of course, serving as The Water Club’s Culinary Lifestyle Consultant. But, few know his best kept secret… that a well-organized pantry is the backbone of any kitchen. For the first time, Zakarian is showing us how to use the pantry to jumpstart any meal with his new cookbook, “My Perfect Pantry: 150 Easy Recipes from 50 Essential Ingredients.”
Borgata: In your opinion, which pantry item gives you the most bang for your buck?
Geoffrey Zakarian:Sea Salt and really good Sherry Wine Vinegar.
Sit back a moment and let us at the Borgata Blog tell you a couple of love stories. Not your conventional boy-meets-girl love stories—though there is some of that—but the stories of how great restaurants and great vineyards are born.
We start with Don and Rhonda Carano, two restaurateurs who went looking for some fine California wines to serve in their Reno restaurant. As so many before them, they not only fell in love with the wine, they fell in love with California’s wine country—specifically the Sonoma Valley.
So in 1981, they became not only restaurateurs, but vintners as well, buying an initial 60-acres and founding the Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery in the Alexander Valley. In 1987, when they released their first wines, they started their run as one of Sonoma’s principal winemakers; famed for their wide selection of wines and their picturesque vineyards.
Now here’s an even older story. It’s the story of the Sherry family and their long love affair with the Old Homestead Steakhouse, which dates back to Manhattan’s beef packing district in 1868. The Sherry family acquired the restaurant in the 1940s, when Harry Sherry, who started out there as a dishwasher, bought it and made the place a family business. Now that’s loving your job.
For the third year, Borgata will present a program of signature events throughout Savor Borgata Weekend that will celebrate the individual talent of each participating chef. On Friday, November 7, Savor Borgata will kick-off with two signature dinners designed to excite even the most experienced palettes. “A Night with Borgata’s Culinary Masters,” located at 28 West, will present a gastronomic experience guests will savor for a lifetime – including a cocktail reception with Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian and a 4-course dinner prepared by Bobby Flay, Michael Schulson, Stephen Kalt, and Thaddeus DuBois.
We’re celebrating #NationalVodkaDay throughout October with a round-up of our favorite vodka cocktails across Borgata – including a delicious recipe for Fornelletto’s Shakerata on Ice!
1.) Flamingo│Finlandia Raspberry Vodka, Cointreau, Fresh Lime Juice, and Pomegranate Juice – $12, Bobby Flay Steak.
2.) Granny Smith Apple Martini│Fris Apple Vodka, Granny Smith Schnapps, and Fresh Sweet & Sour – $12, Wolfgang Puck American Grille.
3.) Shakerata On Ice*│ Vodka, Espresso, Frangelico, and Cream – $12, Fornelletto Cucina & Wine Bar.
4.) Ginger Lemonade│Vodka, Ginger Honey, Lemon Thyme, and Club Soda – $12, Izakaya Modern Japanese Pub.
5.) Pure Class│Level Vodka, Chandon Sparkling Wine, Fresh Strawberries, and Lemon – $14, The Sunroom at The Water Club.
6.) Blueberry Cosmo│Vodka, Elderflower liquor, White Cranberry Juice, Lemon Juice, Blueberries, and Simply Syrup – $12, 28 West Bar & Bites.
7.) Orange Truffle│Greg Goose, Grand Marnier, White Crème de Coco, and Chocolate Rimmed Glass – $12, B Bar.
We challenged Wolfgang Puck American Grille’s Executive Chef, Aram Mardigian, to create three unique, fresh, and simple recipes incorporating one of our favorite fall ingredients… cauliflower! High in fiber, folate, potassium, and Vitamin C, cauliflower is a versatile vegetable with a creamy, yet nutty flavor. In-season for New Jersey throughout October and November, cauliflower is the featured ingredient in Chef Mardigian’s recipes for – Tempura Cauliflower Florets with Wasabi Aoli and a Shaved Apple-Daikon Radish & Pomegranate Salad; Seared Tuna with Cauliflower Puree and Brown Butter-Yuzu Sauce; and Pomegranate-glazed Pork Chops with Cauliflower Au Gratin.
Contrary to what you may have been hearing, Atlantic City is alive and kicking and ready to celebrate the end of summer with its 3rd Annual Atlantic City Seafood Festival September 13 & 14.
September is always a great month in Atlantic City with beautiful weather and events such as the Borgata Poker Open and the Miss America Pageant underway. But the Seafood Festival celebrates one of Atlantic City’s 365 days a year, 24/7 attractions—namely unbelievable seafood and dining experiences.
So it should come as no surprise that the fine dining leader (casual dining as well) in Atlantic City, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, will be right there at the festival offering up some delectable dishes from our line-up of celebrity chefs and fine restaurants.
The festival may be across town at Bader Field, but we’ve got trucks and portable kitchen equipment, so no worries.
Here’s a look at what you can experience at Borgata’s booth:
Did you ever check out a wine label? There’s a lot of key information on a wine label that goes far beyond what type of wine it is and the year it was harvested.
Important info to be sure, but perhaps the key point of any wine is where it’s from—not just the country of origin, but the region where it was made.
It’s one thing to say a wine was made in Italy. It’s another to say it was made in the province of Piedmont in the northwest corner of Italy.
Such a wine may be a Piemonte Barolo, one of a range of wines made from the Nebbiolo grape. That alone tells a wine aficionado that this rather light-colored red wine will be wonderfully fragrant, with traditional notes of bitter cherry, earth and even roses.
Or if a wine is made in Tuscany (Toscana), then it comes from an Italian province known for some of the world’s most notable wine regions including Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. In Tuscany, the Sangiovese grape (red) holds sway, yet many towns may have slightly different versions.
Samuel Adams was an American patriot and founding father known for his part in organizing the Boston Tea Party in which American revolutionaries dumped tons of British tea into Boston Harbor and replaced it with Summer Ale and Boston Lager. Then, a great time was had by all.
Ha, ha. Just a little humor at the Borgata Blog. Really, they replaced it with Samuel Adams new Rebel IPA craft beer.
Kidding again, there was no beer at the Boston Tea Party (well, at least none anyone will admit to), but Samuel Adams was the inspiration for Samuel Adams Brewery, which has quickly become one of the most successful craft beer brewers in the U.S.
And Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is hooking up with Samuel Adams Brewery at 28 West this Saturday, August 16 for a special Beer and Bites tasting event.
Ok, that may have been a long way to go to highlight another great Borgata food and beer pairings event, but Samuel Adams connection to history just brings it out of us.
In the culinary world, few chefs need less of an introduction than Geoffrey Zakarian.
He’s an Iron Chef, a TV star, an author and an executive chef at several restaurants around the country in New York, Miami and most importantly at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
You may know Chef Zakarian from his work on the Food Network shows “Chopped“, “The Next Iron Chef”, “Super Chefs“(which he won) and “The Best Thing I Ever Ate“, to name just a few of his shows. But we here at Borgata know him as the Culinary Lifestyle Consultant for Borgata’s signature hotel, The Water Club.
Yes, chefs like Zakarian get cool titles and you can usually check out his modern American cuisine by staying at The Water Club and ordering from the in-house menu or visiting The Water Club’s lobby lounge Sunroom.