August is the time of year when a lot of homeowners take a look at their backyards and think, “You know, if we put in a nice patio or deck out here, we could have some great outdoor parties.”
That’s kind of what we here at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa were thinking when we put in our new outdoor concert venue Festival Park in time for summer 2015. Ok, it was probably more complicated than that and involved architects and technicians and plumbers and stuff, but that was basically the idea.
What we do know, is that the party hasn’t stopped since we opened the place in Borgata’s beautiful bay-side backyard. In fact, we’re still coming up with party ideas for Festival Park including Festival Fridays.
Basically, every Friday from now through Labor Day weekend we are having a big old free outdoor party presented by our friends at 100.7 WZXL radio, the best rock radio station in the Atlantic City area.
There are two words that best describe the line-up for Festival Fridays. Free—‘cause these are free parties—and tribute, because we’re talking about a line-up of great rock tribute bands.
We can say that now that we launched Festival Fridays on July 31 with Philbilly, a fantastic contemporary country music band. So basically we started with a hootenanny.
But the rest of the schedule is devoted to tribute bands for some of the greatest classic rock bands ever.
There are a lot of ways to describe the great DJs Borgata Nightlife brings to our nightclubs at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
House DJs are electro, tribal, progressive, tech.
Dillon Francis adds a category that you rarely hear—social media comedian.
Francis, who plays MIXX August 2 has made quite a name for himself as a comedian both on his website and through social media.
Really. The guy’s funny with posts about Doughnut Awareness week, the enormous pickle he likes to tour with and his top five sexiest Electric Daisy Carnival moments (1. Showing Off His Pickle In Front Of A Helicopter – Warning: HIGHLY DANGEROUS), among a million other topics.
“People always ask me about my social media antics and where I get my ideas. But that’s just how my crazy brain works,” Francis said in a recent essay he wrote for medium.com.
Even his new EP that’s about to drop is humorously named “This Mixtape is Fire,” after all of the fire mixtape memes around the web (he advises you not to handle it without protective equipment).
New mixtape you ask?
Yes, once again, Borgata Nightlife’s timing is perfect.
Francis has just unveiled the details for his much-discussed EP, a project that’s been a year in the making. It’s a seven-track that features some of the biggest names in electronic music including Skrillex, Calvin Harris and Chromeo.
You have to love the marketing genius that came up with the Christmas in July concept. Here it is like 101 degrees outside, and people are buying holiday lights, little Santa ornaments, Christmas hams, special spa treatments at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
What? You didn’t know about the special Christmas in July Flash Sale going on at Spa Toccare and Immersion Spa?
Yes, it’s a holiday bonanza and there’s still time to take advantage as you can book a special session at our spas through July 31—the session itself can be scheduled anytime Monday through Thursday through September 30. It’s everything you love about Christmas without the cold weather
Here’s what’s on the Flash sale menu:
Christmas in July Spa Flash Sale
Christmas in July Body Wrap: $110/50 minutes
Allow your body to drink in our fully hydrating wrap that takes you to the point of complete relaxation. We’ll prepare your journey with a full body dry brush exfoliation, massage your scalp while you’re wrapped in the scents of cardamom and spice, and then luxuriate your body with vanilla hydrating lotion.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has always been committed to its role as the leader in Atlantic City’s live concert and entertainment offerings. And we’ve made providing resort visitors with the best in summer entertainment a priority.
So we were pretty proud of ourselves to have presented Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett at Borgata’s Event Center on Friday, July 24.
This was a show that sold out in minutes back in February, and the two great entertainers did not disappoint.
Performing with a full orchestra, they opened the show with the classic, and fairly appropriate, “Anything Goes,” followed by their smash hit “Cheek to Cheek.”
It’s a rare thing to see an 88-year-old singer in Bennett hold his own with a 29-year-old singer in Gaga, but the reviews are in and Bennett’s voice was as smooth and pure as if he were 29 as well.
As Billboard Magazine said in its review:
“Even though Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga’s “Cheek to Cheek” duets album has been with us for nearly a year, nothing quite prepares you for the startling contrast and sheer delight of seeing the 88-year-old vocal legend and the 29-year-old pop icon onstage together, singing material written before Gaga’s father was even born.”
“So when a dapper Bennett and shimmery Gaga took the stage at Borgata’s Event Center on Friday night in Atlantic City, the novelty of the unlikely-yet-organic pairing didn’t wear off until after they’d finished a one-two-three punch opener of “Anything Goes,” “Cheek to Cheek” and “They All Laughed.”
For modern music fans, the idea of two star singers sharing a stage and swapping banter and mixing together classic song stylings might seem a little foreign, but it was much more common when Bennett started his career.
With Lady Gaga, Bennett has undoubtedly brought the idea back.
Seaside eating is pretty awesome when you are home to restaurants by some of the most talented chefs in the country. We put together a roundup of our 20 favorite things to eat and drink this summer at Borgata. Can you get through this yummy bucket list before Labor Day?
||Lobster Crab Cake│Bobby Flay SteakNamed one of the best crab cakes in the U.S. by Food & Wine magazine, Iron Chef Bobby Flay’s modern twist on a classic seaside favorite is complete with green-onion vinaigrette and lemon-habanero tartar sauce.
||Salmon Tiradito│Izakaya Modern Japanese PubChef/Partner Michael Schulson just recently unveiled a new menu, including items like Short Rib Rice Balls, Korean BBQ Buns, and Gulf Shrimp Ceviche, but as yummy as they all are, our new favorite is the deliciously light and refreshing Salmon Tiradito with Lime, Yuzu, and Scallions.
We love our sandwiches at the Jersey Shore, and Borgata’s restaurants are no exception. The flourishing sandwich culture in our “little village” gives us a variety to choose from every day. It was hard to limit our favorites, but we narrowed down the top 10 Borgata sandwiches for your eating pleasure. Enjoy!
||Six Hour Porchetta│Fornelletto Cucina & Wine Bar
This slow-roasted pork sandwich is only available on the restaurant’s weekly Wine Down Wednesday menu, but it’s totally worth a mid-week visit. Served with pan gravy, marsala wine mustard, and aged provolone, we are counting down the hours until we eat it again.
||New Jersey-style Sloppy Joe│Borgata Baking Company
Ciabatta bread piled high with corn beef, pastrami, roast beef brisket, Swiss cheese, provolone cheese, cole slaw, and Thousand Island dressing; Borgata’s version of a “Sloppy Joe.”
Recover from your previous night out a little faster with one of these indulgent brunch dishes found on menus across Borgata…
Keep it simple with a classic breakfast sandwich – yummy bacon, American cheese, fluffy scrambled eggs, all on a carb-a-licious Jersey bagel.
|Rice Krispies Encrusted Stuffed French Toast│The Metropolitan
Yes, you read that correctly. This French toast is encrusted with Rice Krispies, stuffed with raspberry cream cheese, and served with pineapple jam and maple syrup.
Summer calls for evenings under an open sky, and what better way to celebrate than with a dinner party at home with your closest friends? Follow our guide for a seamless summer get together with dinner menus and recipes by two of our favorite chefs, Wolfgang Puck and Bobby Flay.
- Set up tables in different areas of your outdoor entertaining space. Drinks in one spot and appetizers in another. This will encourage guests to take full advantage of the yard before sitting down for dinner.
- Speaking of apps… prepare simple make-ahead starters like Watermelon with Feta, Mint Leaves, and Balsamic Glaze; Fresh Jersey Tomatoes with Basil, Buffalo Mozzarella, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Sea Salt; Wolfgang Puck’s Edamame Guacamole; and Bobby Flay’s Shrimp with Tomatillo-Horseradish.
- Once you decide on your menu, read through each recipe and prep as much as you can in advance of your party so you can spend more time entertaining than cooking.
- Create a fiery glow with string lights, battery-operated candles, and floating candles. Use a fire pit to enjoy s’mores after dinner.
- Fashion centerpieces using fresh flowers or produce from your garden or local market.
- Make a playlist of your favorite summer jams, adding enough songs to carry you through the end of the party.
- Encourage guests to socialize with yard games like horseshoes, cornhole, or croquet.
When it comes to tomatoes, New Jersey has bragging rights. Picked at the peak of ripeness, a good Jersey tomato requires minimal preparation before devouring its plump, juicy flesh. Wolfgang Puck American Grille’s Executive Chef, Aram Mardigian, celebrates the legendary flavor with three simple recipes you’re sure to love as much as we do – including Hand-rolled Garganelli Pasta with Oven-Dried Tomatoes, Garlic, & Basil; Grilled Jersey Tomato Soup; and Halibut with Confit Tomatoes & Summer Zucchini Puree.
Hand-rolled Garganelli Pasta with Oven-Dried Tomatoes, Garlic, & Basil
“Fresh summer pasta is a staple in my home. It’s so easy!”
- For the Oven-Dried Tomatoes
- 12 each Roma tomatoes scooped out
- 1 cup olive oil
- 2 each garlic cloves sliced thin
- 1 bunch fresh thyme
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Toss tomatoes in olive oil and season well with salt and black pepper.
- Place on a sheet pan with a rack scooped side up.
- In each cavity, place a thin slice of garlic and a sprig of thyme.
- Bake in the oven at 200 degrees F for about 4 hours.
- Remove from the oven and let cool at room temperature.
- Peel skin and reserve.
The heat of the summer months requires a different list of go-to wines. Our focus shifts from hibernating indoors by the fire to lounging in the sunshine by the water. Borgata’s Wine Manager, Laura Turenne, shares her favorite wines to enjoy throughout the summer months.
By the sea…
Summer weather requires something light, fresh, and flavorful. Massaya Rose 2014 ($19│Vintage Wine Boutique) is a clean, delicate rendering of Cinsault and Syrah that lets you enjoy the raspberries and strawberries found in heavier red wines, but in that light white wine style that will keep you cool in hot weather. And what could be better with seafood than grapes grown on an island in the Aegean Sea? Domaine Sigalas’ vineyards of Assyrtiko 2012 on Santorini, Greece ($27│Vintage Wine Boutique) produce a dry white wine that has just the right balance of subtle citrus and minerality to make fish and white meats sing.
Francis Ford Coppola’s Director’s Cut Zinfandel 2012 ($30│Vintage Wine Boutique) is a classic pairing that will stand up to hearty ribs grilled in your favorite sweet and spicy barbecue sauce, but you could also opt for a softer Roger Perrin Cuvee Vieilles Vignes Cotes du Rhone 2012 ($24│Vintage Wine Boutique). Bright, juicy reds like Catena Malbec 2012 ($28│Vintage Wine Boutique) complement a burger’s beefiness and any veggies you choose to pile on top, while a light, crisp Robert Eymael Mönchhof 2012 Riesling ($18│Vintage Wine Boutique) counterbalances the char flavor on grilled items like chicken.