Apr 21

Margarita Madness at Gypsy Bar May 2

Margarita MadnessHere’s a quick riddle, appropriate for the fast approaching Cinco de Mayo celebration at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.

What do former Zeigfield dancer Marjorie King, ambassador’s daughter Margarita Henkel and Dallas socialite Margarita Sames have in common?

Never heard of them you say? Yet, you may regularly imbibe their namesake every time you have a Margarita.

Yep, all three are said to be the inspiration for the tequila cocktail the Margarita at various times and at various Mexican bars in the late 30s and early 40s.

Even singer Peggy Lee (Peggy being a nickname for Margaret) can stake her claim to one of the many origin stories—this time in Galveston, Texas—that surround this cocktail consisting of tequila, triple sec and lime or lemon juice.

And who’s to say who’s right or wrong and which Margarita started it all?

What we do know, is that there’s no better celebration of the Margarita than at Borgata’s Gypsy Bar, where the Savor Borgata Series will offer up Margarita Madness at 4pm Saturday, May 2. For $39, the event features Casamigos Tequila at Borgata’s rock n’ roll Tequila bar where you can mix and mingle while sipping on Margaritas and noshing on small bites.

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Apr 14

Wendy Williams at Borgata’s Music Box May 9

Wendy WilliamsChances are, you think you already know a lot about Wendy Williams, one of the most versatile TV and radio personalities to come along in quite a while.

You know her as the host of the nationally syndicated talk show “The Wendy Williams Show.” But that’s an easy one.

You also probably know she was a major radio star for better than 23 years. Again, easy.

You may even know she’s a proud Jersey Girl—make that Jersey Shore girl—from Ocean Township, New Jersey up around Asbury Park (which named a street after her).

And, of course, she’s a television producer, has her own line of wigs, is a romance novelist and author of seven books, has appeared on Broadway, movies and TV shows, was a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars” and is a stand-up comedian.

Hey, we said she was versatile.

Now if you knew all that, congrats, you are a bonafide Wendy Williams fan. But we’re betting that for many of you, that last one—stand-up comedian—caught you off guard.

Well, come to Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s Music Box Saturday, May 9 and you’ll see what we’re talking about as Williams brings her stage show to Atlantic City.

Williams debuted as a stand-up last year in Las Vegas fulfilling a life-long dream and completing some of the challenge to do something special for her 50th birthday by her show’s producers (Another challenge, driving a monster truck).

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Apr 13

Borgata Spring Escape Package

Spring Escape Package at BorgataSpring is finally upon us here in Atlantic City and Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, and it couldn’t have arrived a moment too soon.

It’s been a long hard winter and now it’s time to celebrate. And not just the season, but all that spring stands for—rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and regrowth. Call it the five R’s.

You’ll see a lot of posts on the Borgata Blog in the next few months about spring celebrations at Borgata, from spa specials to the Borgata Spring Poker Open and more.

Because nothing says spring like great casino action, fine dining and good stand-up comedy.

Don’t believe us? Then just take a look at Borgata’s special Spring Escape Package running from now until June 25.

 

You get:

Overnight stay in a Classic Room at Borgata.

$100 Dining Credit valid at Borgata’s dining outlets.

Two tickets to the Comedy Club at The Music Box.

Complimentary WiFi.

All for $199 a night, available Sunday – Thursday.  Call (609) 317-1000 to book your package.

There’s a reason we call this the Spring Escape Package. Nothing beats getting away from your cold, day-to-day routine, and having a few laughs—and thrills—with that special someone.

That’s what we call rejuvenation. It’s also spring at Borgata.

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Apr 10

Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano at MIXX Friday, April 10

Sunnery James & Ryan MarcianoYou have to wonder sometimes what’s going on in Holland’s dance scene that allows it to keep producing some of the hottest DJs on the music scene.

Case in point, Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano who will appear at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s MIXX nightclub tonight, April 10 at 10pm.

As recently as 2008 these two were working retail jobs before they exploded on the dance scene with their funky House and Tribal sound. First the duo conquered their home country and then they took their sound worldwide.

Now their sets are known as one of the best live experiences at clubs around the world, what with their hair flopping and body rockin’ energy that can bring a crowd to a frenzy.

The duo recently reinvented themselves with their “Sexy By Nature” radio show, which features their latest tracks such as “Karausell” and switches between House music and Dutch tribal sounds.

“We just do what we do always,” James tells youredm.com after a recent gig in Miami. “Our sets have very different tracks in them and try to make every style fit, which is what we bring to our production too. Our last track was a little more radio-ready, but now we’re going back to this tribal underground feel, and then the next track is progressive. We look at our sets and we ask ‘What’s missing?’ and then we make it. If you play the same stuff for two hours straight it’s boring.”

No, James and Marciano are never boring. The duo appears with Borgata House DJ Ps1 Friday April 10 at 10pm at MIXX. Advance tickets are $25 and available here.

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Apr 7

Russell Peters May 23 & 24 at Borgata’s Event Center

Russell PetersThrough the years, Canada has exported some pretty great stuff across the border to America. Stuff like round bacon, hockey fights, Pamela Anderson.

This May 23 & 24, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa presents one of the funniest Canadian exports when stand-up comedian Russell Peters appears for both nights at Borgata’s Event Center.

If you’re not familiar with Peters, he’s a Canadian comic born of Indian immigrant parents (a fact that comes up a lot in his stand-up act).  He’s appeared in a number of Canadian TV shows, but also “Last Comic Standing” here in the states, Comedy Central specials and the movie “Chef” with John Favreau and Scarlett Johansen.

At the moment he’s on a world tour—dubbed the Almost Famous Tour—that’s taking him through the Far East and Europe before launching a North American leg which hits Borgata in May.

As Peters’ world tour shows, while he may be “almost famous” here in the U.S., his 25-year career has gained him a wide following around the world.

“People recognize me; some people recognize my face, some people know my name but don’t know what I look like, and some people just don’t know who I am,” Peters says in a recent interview with thehundu.com as his tour went through India. “So it’s not almost successful, because I’m definitely successful. So I’m just almost famous.”

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Apr 6

April Spa Specials at Borgata

April Spa Promotions at BorgataOne of the great things about scheduling Borgata Spa Experience for the first week of spring in March is how nicely it slipped into April, the first true month of spring.

And that means another round of monthly spa specials at Borgata’s spas and salons.

Because let’s face it, we really need a spring revitalization. After 100 feet of snow, sub-arctic wind chills and a winter that just would not quit, it’s time to think spring.

Our April spa specials are all about rejuvenation, revitalization and removing the effects of those harsh winds and biting temperatures. Spring is eternal, after all, when we come out of hibernation (so to speak) get a massage, get a facial, moisturize up and get ready for the harsh sun, blistering heat and dry winds of summer … uhm, well, you know what we mean (April’s nice anyway).

Fortunately, Borgata Spas are always here for you, no matter what Mother Nature throws at you.

And really, who deserves it more than you?

Here’s a look at Borgata’s April Spa, Salon & Barbershop Promotions:

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Apr 6

Old Homestead Smokehouse BBQ April 10 at Borgata

Old Homestead BBQ DinnerThere are few things in this country that can start an argument as quickly as bringing up the simple concept of barbecue.

Sure, we all like barbecue, but just exactly what kind of barbecue are you talking about?

Pork or beef? Sauce or dry rub? If it’s sauce, what goes in it? Vinegar and what?

And what style are we talking about? North Carolina? Kansas City? Memphis? Pretty much any other southern state?

And is it barbecue or BBQ?

Yes, it’s all pretty confusing, but luckily for us at Borgata Casino Hotel & Spa in Atlantic City, we’re pretty much barbecue neutral (Hey, Atlantic City came up with salt water taffy OK?).

So when Old Homestead Steak House presents an Old Homestead Smokehouse BBQ event at 8pm, April 10 as part of the Savor Borgata Series, Chef Romeo DiBona has a lot of leeway in picking the menu.

His choice—Texas style.

For barbecue novices, that largely means beef—and who knows more about beef than Old Homestead?—smoked over some kind of wood such as hickory, pecan or oak … or maybe mesquite. And that’s served with sauce – or a dry rub.

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Mar 31

Recap of Holy Ravioli with Stephen Kalt on March 14

Chef Stephen KaltYou know what’s a great indication that a particular dish is a hit with the masses?

How about if it’s been served for more than 800 years and great chefs such as Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s Stephen Kalt are still devising new and innovative ways to serve it up?

That’s staying power friends, and when it comes to Italian cuisine, few things have stood up like the ravioli. Yes the ravioli, that little doughy Italian dumpling that can be stuffed with anything—though ricotta cheese is the traditional starting point—to devise the perfect bite of food.

Stephen Kalt, Borgata chef/partner at Fornelletto’s Cucina & Wine Bar, recently highlighted the savory little bites, along with some perfect wine matchings at a another of his Holy Ravioli demonstration and luncheon events on Saturday, March 14 as part of the Savor Borgata Culinary Series.

It’s a formidable task, of course, to come up with a new take on an 800-year-old standby like the ravioli.

Legend has it that though “riavvolgere” means “to wrap,” most believe the dish was actually named after Ravioli, a renowned 13th-century chef in the Repubblica di Genova.

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Mar 26

Borgata Festival Park Concert Line Up

Borgata Festival ParkBorgata Hotel Casino & Spa promised you a summer of amazing outdoor concerts and shows when we announced our new Borgata Festival Park Outdoor Concert Venue.

And we weren’t kidding.

The first announcements for this summer’s line-up at Festival Park includes a South Jersey dream concert in June—The Hooters, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, G. Love & Special Sauce—one of the hottest acts currently in music in July—Meghan Trainor—and a country music extravaganza  in August with Darius Drucker and Willie Nelson playing concerts on consecutive nights respectively.

“We couldn’t be more excited to introduce Festival Park as the newest entertainment amenity here at Borgata,” said Joe Lupo, Senior Vice President of Operations for Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. “In booking such tremendous artists to perform in a fun, energetic outdoor space, this new concert venue and festival grounds effectively adds yet another dimension to what we can offer our guests and reinforces Borgata as the East Coast’s premiere location for concerts and nightlife.”

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Mar 26

Five Questions with Michael Schulson

Michael-Schulson-updatedThere are few chefs as talented and diverse as Michael Schulson. Since the 2008 debut of his first restaurant endeavor – Izakaya Modern Japanese Pub at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa – Schulson has earned a sterling reputation for his expert hand at modern Asian cooking. In 2009, Schulson opened his second restaurant, Sampan, in Philadelphia’s bustling Midtown Village, which was promptly named one of Bon Appetit’s “Top Six Places to Taste Asian Fusion.” As a strong advocate of healthful, mindful eating who is passionate about remaining fit, Schulson recently got into the best shape of his life by updating his already nutritious make-at-home recipes. We recently caught up with Schulson to chat about everything from his time living in Japan to maintaining a healthy lifestyle – including Izakaya’s recipe for a delicious new cocktail that tastes like a tropical treat without all of the calories!

 

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