Mar 17

Japanese Suntory Whisky Dinner at Izakaya March 20

Japanese Suntory Whisky DinnerWhen Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa holds a Japanese Suntory Whisky Dinner as part of the Savor Borgata Culinary Series at Izakaya Modern Japanese Pub on March 20, it’s going to be the latest chapter in an amazing story.

Just that sentence alone should tip you off to how amazing it all is. After all, Japanese whisky?

Japanese Sake—well, sure. It’s what the country is famous for. Even Japanese beer is pretty well known. But Suntory whisky, a legitimate western style whisky distilled in Japan may come as a bit of surprise.

It did to the Japanese as well, but still came about due to the amazing story of Suntory founder Shinjiro Torii.

Torii’s story starts off with his study of the traditional Sake and sweetened wines as he opened his own shop in 1899—long before Japanese culture began embracing the west. Torii developed a love of western whiskys and soon exhibited a flair for the stuff to the point of being nicknamed “the nose of Osaka” (which is just a great nickname whatever the context).

To make a long story short (you can read more about Torii’s career at www.suntory.com), Torii introduced his first true whisky in 1929, a single malt whisky nicknamed Shirofuda that defied an army of naysayers who felt that true whisky could never be distilled in Japan.

More than 85 years later,  Suntory whisky is still around and thriving and now comes to Borgata to meet up with Izakaya and Borgata Celebrity Chef Michael Schulson, who has prepared an amazing (there’s that word again) menu to highlight four of Suntory’s brand name whiskys.

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Mar 13

MIXX presents a Very Special OUT at Borgata Party TONIGHT!

OUT at Borgata PartyBorgata Hotel Casino and Spa is rolling out the rainbow carpet for our LGBT friends and guests this weekend! Sashay your way to MIXX – The Nightclub tonight for a special party celebrating OUT at Borgata.  MIXX is a high-energy club with a large dance floor – giving you ample space to dance your heart out. So, grab your fiercest outfit and besties for a night of fun with music by DJ Mimi, as seen on RuPaul’s Drag Race, and hosted by the colorful comedian/rapper, Wendy Ho.  Enjoy complimentary admission to the shindig with Sarah McLachlan show ticket stub.  Call 609.317.7249 for table service.

As a proud supporter of the LGBT community, we look forward to bringing more parties like this to Borgata. Stay in-the-know of upcoming OUT at Borgata entertainment, events and promotions by signing up for email updates and liking us on Facebook.

 

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Mar 11

Borgata Announces Festival Park Outdoor Concert Stage for Summer 2015

Borgata Festival ParkOne of the great words in the English language is festival.

Sure, we all like a party, a gathering, a shindig, a hootenanny, but everybody really loves a festival. They’re just so much … bigger.

We have festivals of lights, of heritage, of various fruits and vegetables and most of all, we have outdoor music festivals.

And this summer, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is going to be festival central as we announce plans for a new outdoor concert venue scheduled to open this June.

It’s name – Festival Park.

That’s right. Borgata, already the leader in live casino concerts in Atlantic City is going full-on outdoor music festival crazy this summer.

And as a leader in entertainment—including Borgata’s partnership with Live Nation Entertainment, one of the best live concert promoters anywhere—we’re already working on a line-up of events that will take Borgata Entertainment to a new level.

“We are thrilled with the opportunity to enhance and grow our already tremendous entertainment offerings through funding by the CRDA and a wonderful partnership with Live Nation,” said Tom Ballance, President and Chief Operating Officer for Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. “Upon our entry into the market in 2003, Borgata set the bar for entertainment and nightlife in Atlantic City, so it is only appropriate that we raise it yet again with the addition of this substantial project.”

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Mar 9

Kathy Griffin at Borgata Event Center March 14

Kathy GriffinWhen it comes to stand-up comedians, you always kind of wonder what they’re going to talk about onstage.

You know, will it be that observational humor—What’s up with kitchen magnets?—or are they the storyteller kind of comic—One time I went to a Red Lobster with my friends and ordered chicken, well let me tell you.

With Kathy Griffin, who appears at Borgata’s Event Center March 14, you know exactly what she’s going to talk about – celebrity dirt.

It is storytelling, but storytelling with backstage celebrity buzz and gossip … you know, the good stuff.

Fans of Griffin and her gazillion Bravo comedy specials—including her 2011 special “Tired Hooker“ filmed on location at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa—get the inside dirt on everything Griffin sees, hears and experiences as she works her way around Hollywood on the D-list.

Which makes it all the more interesting that she’s been mysteriously quiet on the recent controversy at–and now her decision to leave–E’s “Fashion Police.”

We don’t want to hit this too hard on our friendly little blog—you can Google it—but we just have to wonder, how long can Griffin ever stay quiet about anything?

Just saying.

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Mar 4

Laidback Luke at MIXX March 20

Laidback LukeFor a guy who sports the name Laidback, veteran DJ Laidback Luke comes off as anything but.

Consider that he’s just released a new collaboration alongside Tujamo titled “S.A.X.”, just released a 2015 remix of his Mixmash Records classic “Rockin with the Best” and is currently on a world tour—a tour that comes to Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa at MIXX March 20 as part of our Winter Music Series.

And that’s just to start 2015 after a very busy 2014. But then, Laidback Luke has been doing this for 20 years, so it’s kind of what you’d expect from the former graffiti artist turned DJ.

Since 1995, Luke has a reputation for evolving with the changing face of dance music whether through technical innovation or just plain artistry. And despite his many, many releases (including three albums, the last being “Cream Ibiza Super You & Me” in  2011), Laidback Luke is above all about the live show, as he explains in a recent interview with joonbug.com.

“When I dove into this music, it was all about the cutting edge, new technology. It’s always been about that. It doesn’t matter if you play with vinyl, it doesn’t matter if you play with CDJs, it matters if you play a good set and people enjoy it. I for one am more of the traditional DJ, so I actually like it when I can see people. I was trained as a traditional DJ, but I’m very much open to new techniques.”

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Feb 26

Meet Borgata DJ Mel DeBarge

mel-debargeMel DeBarge, who is DJing at MIXX on Sunday, March 15 and a household name on the international party scene, recently sat down with Borgata to answer some questions.

The New York-based DeBarge has emerged as a fixture at exclusive film, music, fashion, philanthropic and private events with clients including Louis Vuitton, Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss, GQ, Calvin Klein, Nike, Jennifer Lopez, Missy Elliott, Heidi Klum, Kimora Lee Simmons, NBC and Vogue. He’s also a regular at some of America’s most recognizable nightclubs including Avenue and PH-D at The Dream Downtown (New York City), LIV (Miami) and, of course, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.

He has an encyclopedic knowledge of music that allows him to draw on a myriad of influences as he seamlessly merges hip-hop, rock, soul, funk, disco and reggae.

“I make sure my personality comes across in my performances,” he explains. “The personal connection with the audience is not only what I enjoy most about deejaying, it’s also the reason I keep the dance floor full.”

Here’s our interview with Mel DeBarge.

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Feb 25

Dessert in a Jar with Chef Thaddeus Dubois February 28

Dessert in a JarEveryone has their own idea on what’s the most amazing invention in human history. You’ve got your traditionalists who vote for the wheel, your internal combustion engine enthusiasts and a lot of more current people who think it’s the app that allows you to order pizza anywhere in the continental U.S. 24/7.

But have you ever considered the simple Mason jar?

Yes the jar — or roughly a jar that can be tightly sealed with a screw-on top — invented by Philadelphia Tinsmith John Landis Mason in 1858.

From delicious jellies and preserved veggies to some good old down-home moonshine, what don’t we get out of jars? They let us transport food safely, keep food in the pantry for decades and give us a container to hold spare nails after we eat whatever was inside of them to begin with.

And now, we get desserts in a jar. No, not desserts we make out of stuff that comes from jars, but actual individual desserts made up of several ingredients served in jars.

If you haven’t heard of this new trend (well, relatively new as it’s been going on for a couple of years) it’s become all the rage and has been highlighted on a number of your better morning TV network talk shows.

There’s cake in a jar, pies in a jar, cupcakes in a jar, parfaits in a jar, a bunch of desserty stuff in a jar … it can be pretty much whatever you want.

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Feb 23

Sarah McLachlan March 13 at Borgata’s Event Center

Sarah McLachlanFor many music fans—especially female fans—hearing a song by an artist like Sarah McLachlan can be like stepping into a time machine. Not a time machine that travels through history. No, it’s much more personal than that.

Who that’s had their heart broken in the 90s and on, or suffered some terrible loss, hasn’t found solace in McLachlan’s ballads? From “In the Arms of an Angel” to “I Will Remember You,” McLachlan’s mezzo-soprano can take you back to the most vulnerable, but also sentimental times in your life.

And at 47, McLachlan is marking a new phase in her life with her Shine On Tour which comes to Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in the Event Center on March 13. The world tour is in support of her 2014 album “Shine On,” her eighth studio album which was written after McLachlan’s father passed away.

“It’s about going through your 40s and all the changes,” McLachlan tells CNN. “We don’t get to that point in our lives unscathed. We’re losing our family members. I lost my brother last November to bowel cancer so there are so many big changes that happen in our 40s, and it’s sort of that tipping point of I’m in the second half of my life.

“To a certain degree I get to choose what this is going to look like,” she says. “How do I want it to look? And it’s sort of a reassessing of everything and I thought, I’m so lucky, I’m so blessed. I have so many amazing things that have happened to me. I have my health, I have my kids’ health, I have great friends and family. I just want to suck the marrow out of every day that I have left because you just don’t know. You don’t know when your time is and I want every day to count.

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Feb 23

Introducing OUT at Borgata!

Out at BorgataBorgata Hotel Casino & Spa proudly supports diversity and embraces the LGBT community: our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender travel enthusiasts, team members, and friends. In addition to working to ensure Borgata meets the criteria of the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index 2016, Borgata is thrilled to partner with the Greater Atlantic City GLBT Alliance (GACGLBTA) and the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), among other organizations.

Borgata is proud to debut the “OUT at Borgata” brand for our LGBT guests, and invites interested travelers to sign up for email updates and like our brand new Facebook page to stay informed of OUT at Borgata entertainment, events, and promotions.

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Feb 17

Cash Cash at Borgata’s MIXX February 28

Cash CashAt Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, we love it when local boys make good. Well, local as in “from New Jersey” as the EDM group Cash Cash—from Roseland, New Jersey—makes its way onto the stage at MIXX February 28 as part of its Surrender Tour.

No, they’re not giving up, but rather touring on the strength of their latest chart topper “Surrender”, featuring Julia Michaels, the follow up to their hit “Take Me Home.”

“Surrendering is usually seen as something negative or like a sign of defeat, but this song shows a completely different side of it,” band member Jean Paul Makhoulf recently told RyanSeacrest.com.  “Sometimes it’s the fight that kills you, sometimes you don’t even know what you’re fighting for, sometimes surrendering is what sets you free. And I think this song is definitely a great example of that.”

The song is definitely putting the group—comprised of brothers Jean Paul and Alex Makhoulf and Samuel Frisch—on the fast track for 2015 as it climbs the charts (hitting No. 1 on Dance Radio), backed by the recent release of a its slightly NSFW new video.

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