Borgata rolled out the red carpet (or, since it was St. Patrick’s Day, the green carpet) for a host of local LGBT individuals on Thursday, March 17th as the resort welcomed the Greater Atlantic City GLBT Alliance for an evening of mingling and networking. Miss’d America 2015 Fifi DuBois was on hand to welcome guests, as well as Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian. Also in attendance were members of Philadelphia’s Independence Business Alliance, plus staff from the OUT at Borgata program. We were on hand to capture the diverse and fun mixer.
In honor of Easter Sunday on March 27, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and most definitely Borgata Baking Co. present this little primer of fun facts on Easter treats to fill out your family’s Easter baskets.
Cupcakes – A small cake designed to serve one person. First showed up in an American cookbook in 1796 titled Ye Olde American Cookbook (We made the title up).
Easter Malt Ball Cupcake – The first malted milk treats were invented in the 1870s as an infant food. But people liked it so much, everyone started eating it – especially at the movies.
Caramel Cream Egg Pop – A pretty unique Borgata Baking Co. treat.
Cannoli – An Italian pastry dessert of the Sicily region. The singular is cannolo, meaning “little tube.” But most people use the plural as in “May I have more cannoli?”
Macaron – A French sweet meringue-based confection made with egg white, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond powder or ground almond and Borgata Baking Co.’s Thaddeus DuBois’ specialty.
Bonbons – If it’s a small sweet candy, you can call it a bonbon.
When filling up an Easter basket, most of us tend to go with the store-bought standards – from peeps to chocolate eggs. As for our own creativity, we tend to reserve that for the hard boiled Easter Eggs and those little dye tablets.
But it doesn’t have to be that way as – with some help from Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa Executive Pastry Chef David Krzewinski – you can make your own homemade Easter bonbons to put a personal touch into your Easter baskets.
It’s simple, delicious and another gem from Savor Borgata. And we promise these bonbons will make your Easter baskets the baskets everyone is talking about it. When their mouths aren’t full, that is.
More importantly, spring arrives and the world re-blooms with life, energy and vitality.
Sounds like a spa pitch doesn’t it? You have to admit there’s no better season for a spa visit than spring and to welcome spring, there’s no better time to go to Borgata Spas than March.
We’ve got a host of spa specials to exfoliate, massage, hydrate, infuse and generally rejuvenate you after a long winter.
Because in March a promise is kept. No matter how long the winter, spring always follows.
Here’s a look at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s March spa specials.
Ground Control Massage / 50 minutes / $110
Chi, Chi, Chi Changes in the weather; Come to the spa and feel light as a feather. Our therapist will help you to ground your Chi with our balancing Swedish style massage. Complete this grounding experience with a foot exfoliation.
Our friends at Atlantic City Weekly name their list of The Top 40 Under 40 each year — a tribute to young executives and community leaders throughout the Atlantic City area.
Atlantic City Weekly joined forces with the Greater Atlantic City Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) in 2005 to establish the Top 40 Under 40 — a campaign designed to recognize outstanding volunteerism, community service, cultural enhancement and exceptional work ethics in sectors of society such as business, government, education, healthcare, hospitality and others.
We think Simon embodies those ideals perfectly and are delighted to see him recognized by the community. We had a Q & A with Simon to discuss his being named to the 2016 Top 40 Under 40 List.
Tell us about your background. How did you get to where you are today?
I’m originally from a rural part of Pennsylvania, located about 45 minutes East of Pittsburgh. My college degree, a B.S. in Communications Media, was completed at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in December 2002. Both sides of my family, going back several generations, have traditionally vacationed at the Jersey Shore. During one of those visits, I noticed a billboard for Borgata, advertising employment opportunities to ‘Work Someplace Different.’ I applied, and that is pretty much how my career in gaming began. My initial position was at the My Borgata Center, followed by a subsequent move to marketing. In 2013 I took a marketing position with Isle of Capri Casinos, where I was part of the opening team of Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin in Farmington, Pennsylvania. Within that same year, an opportunity presented itself here at Borgata, and so I made my way back to Atlantic City.
What’s your favorite memory in your professional career at Borgata?
There are so many great memories, it’s hard to name a single favorite! The best memories I have are from those events in which the entire team here at Borgata delivers on a truly special, one of a kind experience for our customers. If I had to name one, Borgata’s Free Throw Basketball tournament held on March 21, 2015 was an event I will never forget. It was the kind of day that makes working at Borgata such a unique and rewarding experience.
You know what’s better than Atlantic City Restaurant Week? How about Borgata’s Atlantic City Restaurant Month?
Let us explain.
People have been going so nuts for our prix fixe meals deals during this year’s Atlantic City Restaurant Week at The Metropolitan and N.O.W. for lunch and Fornelleto, Izakaya and Wolfgang Puck American Grille for dinner, that we just can’t see ending the deals after a week.
So while Atlantic City Restaurant Week ends March 12, our Borgata prix fixe meal deals will be available through March 31.
Get your choice of (also with a first course, soup and dessert) at N.O.W of:
Chicken Pad Thai: Wide Rice Noodles, Chicken, Peanuts, Onions, Egg, Scallions, Bean Sprouts, Sesame Oil, Cilantro, Fiery Fish Sauce
Vegetable Lo-Mein: Egg Noodles, Broccoli, Bean Sprouts, Green Peppers, Carrots, Onions, Scallions, and Soy Sauce
Peking Style Shrimp and Chicken: Shrimp, Chicken, Green Peas, Onions, Straw Mushrooms, Green Peppers, Carrots, Spicy Peking Sauce. Served with Steamed White Rice.
Or, at The Metropolitan (also with a first course and dessert):
Champignon Burger: CAB Ground Beef Stuffed With Crimini, Domestic & Portabella Mushrooms, Bacon Onion Jam, Brie, Tater Tots, Dijon Gravy
Fried Cod Fish Sandwich: Lettuce, Tomato, Red Slaw, Caper Aioli, Tater Tots, Dijon Gravy
Through the years, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has welcomed a lot of magicians to its performing stages. The same holds true for comedians, which have always been a staple at our entertainment venues.
When it comes to dragons, however, well, there have been very few. After all, how many dragons are there really that regularly perform stage shows? Maybe Smaug, for a time, but the dwarfs got him.
So not many.
And when it comes to performing comic magician dragons, then there’s only one.
So, it’s with great pride that we announce the return of Piff the Magic Dragon to Borgata’s Music Box for two performances March 19 at 7pm and 10pm.
The 7pm show is sold out.
Not to be confused with that other dragon who lived by the sea, Piff the Magic Dragon has made quite a name for himself by offering up one of the edgiest, and funniest magic shows to ever grace an Atlantic City stage.
And we’re not talking about a children’s magic show here.
Piff is actually UK comedian John van der Put who bills himself as “The Greatest Performing Dragon of All Time” and has appeared on Penn and Teller’s “Fool Us,” and “America’s Got Talent,” and performs an in-residence solo show regularly in Las Vegas at The Flamingo.
As Piff puts it, “imagine Larry David in a dragon suit performing jaw-dropping magic tricks and you’re on the right track. With over 12 million YouTube hits to his name Piff has performed to hundreds of thousands of people in preposterous venues such as Radio City Music Hall, the O2, London, and Sydney Opera House.
Richard Helfant wears quite a few hats. Besides his pivotal leadership role with the Greater Atlantic City GLBT Alliance – who’s monthly mixer will take place at Borgata this Thursday, March 17th – he also is the head honcho behind a major Jersey Shore landmark: Lucy the Elephant. In his tenure with AC GLBTA, Mr. Helfant has played a critical part in continuing the extremely popular Miss’d America Pageant, a yearly celebration of drag for a good cause. However, few folks know all of the history behind the event. We sat down with Richard to talk about why the pageant has such a strong following, and learned about some new things Borgata guests can look forward to at Miss’d America 2016.
It you paid attention in your high school Italian class, Sophia Loren made it pay off this past Friday at Borgata.
The iconic star of countless films made no qualms at her appearance at Borgata’s Event Center that she’s not only more comfortable speaking her native language, but that she loves it. In fact, there were numerous times when the red-clad Ms. Loren, 81, broke into long passages of Italian and had to be reminded by the evening’s moderator that her audience was English-speaking.
So what are you doing in July?
It’ll be here before you know it, with warm beach weather, barbecues and a host of great concert tours crisscrossing the country.
And as always, when it comes to concerts, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa leads the way at the Jersey Shore with tickets for five great July concerts going on sale March 18.
Our 2016 summer lineup of shows and concerts is shaping up to be another standout year for Borgata Entertainment. As always, Borgata offers a diverse lineup to suit any musical taste, whether it’s jazz with George Benson (July 23), legendary rock and blues stars Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy together on July 23, classic 80s rock with Huey Lewis and the News (July 24), traditional beloved standards with Tony Bennett (July 29) or even a-cappella madness with Straight No Chaser (July 29 & 30).
Here’s a look at the concerts going on sale March 18:
Jazz guitarist George Benson is best known for his 1976 album, the mostly instrumental album “Breezin,’” and for the vocal cut “This Masquerade,” which won the Grammy for Record of the Year. That album introduced his soulful jazz stylings to the mainstream, and set off a career that spanned decades. You’ve heard Benson playing on tracks from Stevie Wonder (“Another Star”) and his second breakthrough album “Give Me the Night” in 1980. He’s been a staple on the smooth jazz charts ever since and brings his latest tour to Borgata July 23.
Jeff beck is one of the most celebrated rock guitarists of all time. Buddy Guy is one of the all-time great blues guitarists. Beck ranks 5th on Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 greatest guitarists of all time.” He’s played with a hall of fame list of artists and is one of three noted guitarists that played with The Yardbirds along with Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. Guy ranked 30th on Rolling Stone’s list and is cited as a major influence for pretty much every famous rock guitarist you’ve ever heard of including Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. When the two take the stage at Borgata July 23, the rock gods will rejoice.