Celebrate the Festival of Lights with Wolfgang Puck American Grille Executive Chef Aram Mardigian’s recipes for Matzoh Ball Soup, Potato Latkes, Coconut Noodle Kugel with Mango, and Slow Braised Beef Brisket with Vegetable Ratatouille.
Editor’s tip: Dreidel place cards may be made by cutting pieces of blue construction paper into the shape and writing each name in silver ink. For a sweet takeaway, place 2 to 3 star-shaped shortbread cookies into a clear bag and tie with silver and blue ribbon.
Borgata is thrilled to announce a $2 million redesign of its award-winning Buffet! Reopening December 25th, guests will enjoy new porcelain stone flooring, strikingly resurfaced sky-like ceilings, and a new color scheme of warm whites, light taupe, and grey tones. Highlighted by its exquisite architectural details, the Buffet’s carpeting will offer a new take on a traditional Italian fresco, while the vertical surfaces will receive a textured, patterned-wall covering to give the iconic restaurant a comfortable, residential feel. With culinary offerings by Borgata’s Executive Chef Tom Biglan and Executive Pastry Chef Thaddeus DuBois, the Buffet will continue to present guests with a one-of-a-kind dining experience in Atlantic City.
Whether hosting or attending a holiday party this season, these crowd pleasing appetizers by Wolfgang Puck will put everyone in a festive spirit.
All recipes courtesy of www.WolfgangPuck.com.
Spicy Tomato & Basil Bruschetta
12 x 1-inch thick slices, country-style Italian bread
3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp roasted garlic
3 tbsp julienned basil, for garnish
4 ripe tomatoes, cored and cut into ½-inch dice
½ cup oven-dried tomatoes, coarsely chopped
½ cup julienned basil leaves
½ tsp salt
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
¼ tsp crushed dried red pepper flakes
Award-winning Chef Romeo DiBona tells us what it’s like to spend the holidays with his Italian-American family – including recipes passed down from generation to generation.
Growing up in South Philly we never had turkey on holidays! We serve ravioli, gnocchi or lasagna along with meatballs, braciola, sausage, escarole, broccoli rabe, lots of bread and Italian cheese, homemade wine, cannoli, and pizzele. This gnocchi recipe was handed down from my mother’s Aunt Jenny, and the sauce is my contribution. – Romeo DiBona, Executive Chef at Borgata’s Old Homestead Steak House.
Believe 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.
Let’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.
When 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.
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.