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Feb 25

Dessert in a Jar with Chef Thaddeus Dubois February 28

Dessert in a JarEveryone has their own idea on what’s the most amazing invention in human history. You’ve got your traditionalists who vote for the wheel, your internal combustion engine enthusiasts and a lot of more current people who think it’s the app that allows you to order pizza anywhere in the continental U.S. 24/7.

But have you ever considered the simple Mason jar?

Yes the jar — or roughly a jar that can be tightly sealed with a screw-on top — invented by Philadelphia Tinsmith John Landis Mason in 1858.

From delicious jellies and preserved veggies to some good old down-home moonshine, what don’t we get out of jars? They let us transport food safely, keep food in the pantry for decades and give us a container to hold spare nails after we eat whatever was inside of them to begin with.

And now, we get desserts in a jar. No, not desserts we make out of stuff that comes from jars, but actual individual desserts made up of several ingredients served in jars.

If you haven’t heard of this new trend (well, relatively new as it’s been going on for a couple of years) it’s become all the rage and has been highlighted on a number of your better morning TV network talk shows.

There’s cake in a jar, pies in a jar, cupcakes in a jar, parfaits in a jar, a bunch of desserty stuff in a jar … it can be pretty much whatever you want.

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Jan 21

Savor Borgata Presents ‘Bubbles … By Veuve Clicquot’ February 14

bubblesValentine’s Day is the holiday of romance, as we all know, but when it comes to celebrating it, well, a little elegance can go a long way.

Now don’t get us wrong. If you and your honey like to toast Valentine ’s Day with a can of beer and a bag of Fritos, more power to you.

But every now and then, it’s worth a bit of indulgence to do Valentine’s Day right. Say with a few glasses of some of the world’s most famous champagnes along with light nibbles prepared by Borgata’s world-class chefs.

And as luck would have it, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has a Valentine’s Day event exactly like that. On Saturday, Febraury 14, Borgata presents Bubbles … by Veuve Clicqout as part of the Savor Borgata Series in our Tesoro Lounge at 4pm.

Here’s the description from Savor Borgata:

“Spend the afternoon with Veuve Clicquot and enjoy an escalating flight of bubbles. Taste everything from Clicquot’s simplest house to their renowned La Grande Dame while enjoying light nibbles to complement the flavors and aromas of each champagne.”

But here’s a little more to that rundown than meets the eye. Simply put, Veuve Clicquot is the name in champagne (which is always French by the way, as opposed to sparkling wine.) The French Champagne House was founded in 1772, making it older than the U.S. itself.

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Nov 18

Thanksgiving Pies at Borgata Baking Co.

Thanksgiving PiesBelieve it or not, there’s actually some small controversies surrounding the unique and wonderful holiday of Thanksgiving.

Oh, sure we all know that the pilgrims and Native Americans got together about 1621 and celebrated a great feast and then watched some high school football before going out at midnight to get great bargains to start their Christmas shopping. And it was in 1863 that Abe Lincoln declared the first official national Thanksgiving Day along with the proclamation that the Detroit Lions always play a game on the holiday.

But to tell the truth, there’s a lot of controversy over that first Thanksgiving Day–especially the menu. The pilgrims probably ate some turkey, but venison (deer) was the likely main course along with a lot of seafood and also vegetables from their great harvest that year (which was the reason for the whole thing).

What’s not clear is if they had pie. Records show the pilgrims had access to a lot of wild fruits and berries growing around New England, but whether they baked them into a flaky crust and served them with coffee and ice cream is anybody’s guess.

Think of it—a pie-less Thanksgiving. Oh those poor, poor pilgrims.

Fortunately, we in the modern age don’t have to put up with that thanks to the Borgata Baking Co., which is offering up a special selection of Thanksgiving pies.

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Nov 3

Go Exotic at Extreme Eats November 7 at The Water Club

extreme-eatsLet’s say, for argument’s sake, you were really hungry and feeling really adventurous at the same time.

You want something different—not your 1 millionth pizza or cheeseburger, not your 500,000 meal of pot roast and mashed potatoes. And you’re also a little sick and tired of what passes for standard restaurant fare out there with the endless salad bowls and unlimited cheesy bread sticks.

No, you want adventure, excitement, a new taste sensation. Like you were on a gastronomic safari.

Well, would you eat alligator?

How about rattlesnake? Snails? Duck tongue? Wild boar?

Avacado and mint ice cream?

Ha, you say. Not in a pig’s ear. Really, how about if the pig’s ear came Vietnamese style in a summer roll with a roasted cashew sauce?

Let’s face it, you know you would.  That’s just the kind of dining adventurer you are and Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has the perfect dining adventure for you

Welcome to Extreme Eats, a special dining event at Aqua at The Water Club Hotel that’s part of Savor Borgata’s Weekend of Savoring and helps cap off Borgata Restaurant Week. The event starts at 7:30pm at Aqua on Friday, November 7.

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Oct 28

Borgata Restaurant Week November 2-7

restaurant-weekWhen Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa was looking to highlight the amazing dining and restaurant options we offer here in Atlantic City—not to mention our incredible line-up of chefs—we decided to offer a series of events, demonstrations, and special deals at our dining venues.

Thus was born the Savor Borgata Series. Of course, first we had to come up with a name for the series.

After rejecting the “Them’s good eats at Borgata” series and the “Chow down until you bust at Borgata” series options, we decided to go with the more refined, Savor Borgata Series title (which we were absolutely thrilled someone thought of).

It was the perfect name for the series of occasional wine tastings, chef demonstrations, cook-book signings or special restaurant deals.

Except, as time went on, it became clear that you, the savorers (the ones who savor?), wanted a lot more than an occasional event. No, once you start savoring, you never want to stop.

Well, we heard you.

The annual Savor Borgata Restaurant Week at Borgata is November 2 to November 7.

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Oct 9

How to Throw a Haunted House Halloween Party!

blog-haunted-houseHalloween 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.

 

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Oct 7

“My Perfect Pantry” by Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian

gz-perfect-pantryGeoffrey 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.

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Oct 6

Old Homestead Ferrari-Carano Wine Dinner October 10 in the Borgata Culinary Series

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ferrari-carano-dinnerSit 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.

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Oct 3

Savor Borgata Weekend: November 7-8, 2014

celeb-chefsFor 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.

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Oct 2

Borgata’s Favorite Vodka Cocktails

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!blog-cocktail

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.

 

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