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.
Sit 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.
Ah Tuesday. It’s the third day of the week and the second day of the work week.
But that’s not why it’s called Tuesday. The name actually come from a Viking god of war named Tiw, so it’s Tiw’s day. Kind of like Thursday is named after Thor and so on.
In Latin the name was associated with the Roman god Mars, so that’s why in Spanish its Martes. Because Spanish is a Latin-based language.
More than you wanted to know?
Well, we just mention it because Tuesday has another meeting this October at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. In simple terms it’s just the greatest weekday ever to win big and party with us here in Atlantic City.
First up, slots players can enjoy 2X Slot Dollars every Tuesday all day at Borgata in October. Plus, it’s a whole month of Toll Free Tuesdays on the Atlantic City Expressway (inbound tolls only).
Online players at BorgataCasino.com can also get 2X iRewards Points from noon to 8pm every Tuesday. Play any slots, classic slots or progressive slots and you’ll earn double iRewards Points (iRPs).
For 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.
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!
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.
We challenged Wolfgang Puck American Grille’s Executive Chef, Aram Mardigian, to create three unique, fresh, and simple recipes incorporating one of our favorite fall ingredients… cauliflower! High in fiber, folate, potassium, and Vitamin C, cauliflower is a versatile vegetable with a creamy, yet nutty flavor. In-season for New Jersey throughout October and November, cauliflower is the featured ingredient in Chef Mardigian’s recipes for – Tempura Cauliflower Florets with Wasabi Aoli and a Shaved Apple-Daikon Radish & Pomegranate Salad; Seared Tuna with Cauliflower Puree and Brown Butter-Yuzu Sauce; and Pomegranate-glazed Pork Chops with Cauliflower Au Gratin.
Did you ever see one of those Magic Eye 3D posters that became so popular in the 90s? You know the images that just look like a pattern of colors, but when you look closely—deeply even—a 3D image appears within the picture.
Well, comedian Brian Regan’s comedy is something like that.
Let us explain.
You know Regan—who appears October 4 at the Borgata Event Center—from his more than 25-year career as one of the premiere stand-ups in the country. He’s a regular on late-night talk shows (more than 25 appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman) and Comedy Central and has put out several comedy CDs including “All by Myself” in 2010.
He’s known for his goofy expressions, physical comedy and his dry observational humor (which is pretty clean by the way, so bring the kids) focusing on the little things in life, from the pressures of spelling bees to how drivers wave each other into lanes.
In other words, he looks deeply at everyday things.
It’s September and the fall season is upon us. And after a long summer of sunbathing, swimming, partying and being outdoors, you need some rejuvenating and healing relief.
Not you personally, necessarily. After all, a long summer of sunbathing, swimming, partying and being outdoors has hopefully left you feeling pretty good—unless you’re doing it wrong.
No, we’re talking about your body, skin and your aching muscles. All that harsh sun, saltwater, exercise and double beef shish kabobs off the barbecue can take their toll. Not to mention driving the kids to their 1,001 summer activities.
No, its your body that needs the break.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is here to help with our fall spa specials at Spa Toccare and Immersion Spa.
All of them are designed to strip away the effects of a summer in the sun and some of the tension that comes with the most active time of the year.
It’s September, and across the country colleges are back up and running for a new semester. That’s classes, exams, dissertations and long discussions on the existential nature of mankind.
Of course, there’s also a lot of friends, parties and general fun having, which, who knows?, may very well be the existential nature of mankind in the first place. You know, life’s a party.
We at Borgata Nightlife can’t tell you if all of life’s a party, but it certainly helps spruce up the last summer weekend of the season. So, this Saturday, September 20, we’re having a Back to School Party at our nightclubs MIXX and mur.mur.
That includes a $1,000 giveaway—$500 each at each club—to, you know help with books and other college essentials. (You must have a My Borgata Card to enter. See a nightlife representative at the club to apply.)
Music will be presented by Jesse Marco at mur.mur and Anthony Pisano at MIXX.
In 1981, anyone who bragged of having a good record collection (yes, vinyl records still ruled) had a copy of Foreigner 4.
Cleverly titled as it was the fourth album from the British/American arena rock gods Foreigner, the album included some of the group’s most iconic hits including “Urgent”, “Waiting for a Girl Like You” and “Juke Box Hero”.
An entire generation of air guitarists alone playing “Juke Box Hero” helped propel the album to more than 6 million copies sold in the U.S. and a 10-week stint at No. 1 on the album charts (which was a record for Atlantic Records artists). Worldwide, the album sold more than 9 million copies.
(Note for younger people: Music fans used to buy entire albums at once, which came in a cardboard sleeve. Or at least a cassette tape. No downloads.)
Those were heady days, and Foreigner and Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa are bringing them back again with special October 3 & 4 performances of “The Best of Foreigner 4 & More,” an homage to the band’s most successful album ever. The shows will be held at Borgata’s Music Box.
The two shows are the last U.S. stop on Foreigner’s current tour before the band heads off to Europe. The band will debut an entirely new set consisting of the best of Foreigner 4 along with several other chart hits.