Borgata Dining Blog – Insights From Our Executive Chefs
If you’re looking for a reason to unwind, relax, and perhaps have a little fun in the process, look no further than Borgata where we offer something for just about everyone, including ways to indulge and get your party on. We are, after all, the East Coast’s preeminent entertainment, dining, and resort destination. Need more motivation? Here are some of the top reasons to plan an escape to Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
It’s no surprise that we love pasta at Borgata, and our guests do, too. In fact, one of our most popular seminars, Gnow Your Gnocchi, is returning on January 14, 2017 at Fornelletto. Lucky participants will spend an afternoon sipping on wine and tasting savory bites while they learn how to make homemade gnocchi in this hands-on class.
One of the many joys of Christmas is the arrival of peppermint sticks – better known as candy canes. These tasty treats have the added bonus of being a great holiday decoration for the tree and coming in perfect holiday colors.
Candy canes have been around a long time. Folklore has it that they were the brainchild of a German choirmaster all the way back in 1670. He wanted a treat that would keep children quiet during nativity services and asked the candy maker to make the peppermint sticks look like the crooks carried by the shepherds that visited the baby Jesus – you know, to Christmas them up a bit.
Today we offer up another classic Christmas confection that’s sure to make your holiday dessert table a standout this season – namely the Peppermint-Chocolate Whoopie Pie from Borgata Baking Company.
What? You’re not familiar with the whoopie pie? Your grandma never made whoopie pies for Christmas?
Fans of Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian were in for a holiday treat at Borgata on December 9. The Culinary Lifestyle Consultant for The Water Club was on hand as dozens of guests enjoyed an intimate evening of food, warm cocktails, and seasonal fun, celebrating all that winter has to offer. The Water Club’s lush indoor pool was transformed into a culinary oasis, complete with four tasting stations, a dance floor, DJ, and holiday lights for Geoffrey’s Winter Wonderland, an evening that provided fans a chance to try new dishes and drinks perfect for their own at-home holiday parties.
And yes, Egg Nog is a cocktail of sorts, at least in its traditional form. Even though you can buy a quart of the sweet, creamy treat in the dairy isle, the traditional Egg Nog always comes with a little more kick – usually brandy, rum or bourbon, depending on your favorite recipe.
Borgata Pastry Chef David Krzewinski’s job changes from day-to-day. One day, he can be meeting with a future bride helping her build a custom wedding cake, and the next, he can be designing desserts for a 1,200-seat event…
“We’re really moving along,” said Chef Michael Schulson, Chef-Partner of Borgata’s Izakaya, the sexy Japanese pub that has developed a strong and loyal following since it opened in 2008. But, faithful patrons at his Atlantic City establishment very well might have first run into the Chef’s signature stylings a few miles north in the City of Brotherly Love.
Schulson isn’t a new player in the vast and changing Philadelphia culinary scene; his Sampan restaurant is one of the most frequented spots on 13th Street in Center City’s Midtown Village, followed in popularity only by his unique concept Double Knot next door. It’s a coffee and espresso bar by day, and bustling Japanese-inspired eatery at night.
In the fall, we harvest several different varieties of “winter squash” – acorn squash, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, etc. – much to the delight of chefs and cooks everywhere. Here at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, few chefs have mastered the art of cooking squash like Executive Chef Aram Mardigian of Wolfgang Puck American Grille.
November is the month when turkey takes the center stage in American cuisine. Not only do we have Thanksgiving – affectionately called Turkey Day – we also have a few weeks of turkey recipes to use up the leftovers that follow. And for many families, we do it all again for Christmas and New Year’s meals.