Labor Day is upon us and that means we’re all gearing up for the fall season after another long, luxurious summer in Atlantic City at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. That’s assuming, of course, you managed to get away this summer and enjoy a little down time.
Autumn is the season when we all seem to reboot. It’s back to school, back to work, back to the daily grind. Sure, there’s some good stuff like football season, new TV shows, fall foliage … but it also means shorter days, leaves to rake, driving the kids to soccer practice and an ever-shrinking amount of time for holiday shopping.
You know, just thinking about it makes you want to plan another getaway … a fall escape … a fall escape to Borgata. We are, after all, the getaway specialists and we’ll let you in on a little secret – autumn is a beautiful time of year in Atlantic City and along the Jersey Shore.
As the old Kinks song says, “You can see all the stars as you walk down Hollywood Boulevard.”
We’re talking about the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, of course, where the names of stars of radio, film, TV and every other kind of entertainment medium you can think of are emblazoned on Hollywood Boulevard’s sidewalk.
One form of entertainment, however, – that of the Celebrity Chef – is pretty new to the Walk of Fame, so it gives us great delight to announce that Borgata Chef Wolfgang Puck has been named as a recipient of a star on the Walk of Fame for 2017…
I have a confession: I love food. Therefore, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that I love the new Marketplace Eatery that opened earlier this month. Borgata is clearly the foodie capital of Atlantic City, with restaurants by the likes of Bobby Flay and Wolfgang Puck throughout the resort. But unlike a formal sit-down dining experience, the Marketplace allows you to immerse yourself head-first in a world of some of the coolest foodie items around.
I spent an afternoon rounding up some of my favorite items that you can purchase during your next visit…
There’s one sure way to ruin the day of Chef Dakota Curran at The Metropolitan, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s casual dining European Bistro and Oyster Bar.
And that’s by simply ordering a plate of The Metropolitan’s delectable oyster choices and then … splashing them with lemon juice and cocktail sauce like they were some sort of clam on the half shell.
“That upsets me so much, “Curran says, shaking his head. “When you come in and put cocktail sauce and lemon on them, then that’s really all you can taste. Oysters have very distinct, meaty flavors. But you could take six different varieties and put the cocktail sauce on them – and if I couldn’t see the shells – even I couldn’t really tell them apart. That’s all you taste. We try to come up with something for each variety, a special way of serving them that suits their unique flavor.
There’s always something comforting in the thought of combining the old and the new – especially when it comes to great restaurants like Fornelletto.
When you descend the winding staircase that creates the grotto like feel of our fine Italian restaurant, there’s a lot of the familiar to take comfort in.The Tuscan ambiance, the truly amazing wine selections and the tradition of menu selections that have been in place since the restaurant and Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa first opened.
No better dish signifies this than Fornelletto’s Veal “Osso Bucco” Ravioli.
Is there anything more American – and more summer appropriate – than a nice steak dinner? Americans have had a love affair with steak ever since cowboys ran herds of cattle across the prairies to places like Kansas City and St, Louis.
Or at least we’ve had the love affair with beef ever since people started watching movies about cowboys running cattle across the prairies with guys like John Wayne yelling things like “We’re burning daylight.”
We know a lot goes into getting us a prime cut or steak on our tables. And at Borgata, we understand steak like no other place on the East Coast.
In honor of “National Grilled Cheese Day” on April 12th, we are sharing our favorite Grilled Cheese recipes. Yes, we know what you’re thinking, and yes, it’s a real holiday. Let’s get cheesy!
Crusty Italian Bread with Pecorino Toscano Cheese, Fresh Anchovies (marinated in Garlic, Olive Oil, Chili Flakes & Lemon), and Basil-Parsley Pesto
Provided by Aram Mardigian – Executive Chef, Wolfgang Puck American Grille
1. Crusty Italian Bread
2. Pecorino Toscano Cheese (block form so you can hand grate it)
3. Fresh Anchovies Marinated in Garlic, Olive Oil, Chili Flakes & Lemon
4. Basil-Parsley Pesto
1. Slice bread to desired thickness.
2. Spread one side of each slice with either butter or olive oil (your choice).
3. Place butter/oil side down in a non-stick skillet.
4. Grate the cheese and distribute on the bread.
5. Add the anchovies.
6. Add the pesto.
7. Turn on skillet to a medium heat.
8. Let the bread get nice and brown on the bottom.
9. As this happens, the cheese should melt a bit.
10. Take the two sides out and put them together.
The Kentucky Derby is the Super Bowl of American horse racing and this year’s running marks the 142nd year of the Run for the Roses.
And while you can experience all the excitement and action of the “fastest two minutes in sports” at Borgata’s Racebook, keep one thing in mind.
The Kentucky Derby has endured because it is much more than a simple horse race.
The derby exemplifies a sense of style and southern charm that has been preserved down for decades. As much as it’s about 3-year-old thoroughbreds, it’s also about mint juleps and traditional Kentucky cuisine. When they play “My Old Kentucky Home” at Churchill Downs, there’s 142 years of tradition on display.
We know a little about tradition here at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and we know a lot about fine dining – especially at Old Homestead Steakhouse.
And Friday, May 6 – which is also the day the Kentucky Oaks is run – Old Homestead will become my Old Kentucky Homestead by teaming up with Kentucky bourbon distillers Woodford Reserve to present the Woodford Reserve Kentucky Dinner as part of the Savor Borgata Culinary Series.
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.
That means lunch at The Metropolitan and Noodles of the World for $15.16.
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
Atlantic City is a great place to dine out and at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa we’ve always been proud to be the leader in our resort’s fine dining choices.
So when they invented Atlantic City Restaurant Week—this year from March 6 to March 12—as a chance to celebrate the diversity and dining choices available here in Atlantic City, we made a quick decision. “We’ll be there with bells on.”
Well not bells (old expression). But we did decide to embrace the concept fully and participate at some of our best eateries—The Metropolitan and N.O.W. for lunch and Fornelleto, Izakaya and Wolfgang Puck American Grille for dinner.
If you’re not familiar with Atlantic City Restaurant Week, more than 70 restaurants around the city will participate by offering prix fixe meals (French for fixed price) for both lunch and dinner for the week. The lunch price is $15.16 and the dinner price is $33.16. Diners get to make choices from the prix fixe menu to create their meal.
And Borgata is offering the same deals for Restaurant Week.
For example, at Wolfgang Puck American Grille, your entrée choices for dinner are (along with a first course and dessert):