There are few things in this country that can start an argument as quickly as bringing up the simple concept of barbecue.
Sure, we all like barbecue, but just exactly what kind of barbecue are you talking about?
Pork or beef? Sauce or dry rub? If it’s sauce, what goes in it? Vinegar and what?
And what style are we talking about? North Carolina? Kansas City? Memphis? Pretty much any other southern state?
And is it barbecue or BBQ?
Yes, it’s all pretty confusing, but luckily for us at Borgata Casino Hotel & Spa in Atlantic City, we’re pretty much barbecue neutral (Hey, Atlantic City came up with salt water taffy OK?).
So when Old Homestead Steak House presents an Old Homestead Smokehouse BBQ event at 8pm, April 10 as part of the Savor Borgata Series, Chef Romeo DiBona has a lot of leeway in picking the menu.
His choice—Texas style.
For barbecue novices, that largely means beef—and who knows more about beef than Old Homestead?—smoked over some kind of wood such as hickory, pecan or oak … or maybe mesquite. And that’s served with sauce – or a dry rub.
You know what’s a great indication that a particular dish is a hit with the masses?
How about if it’s been served for more than 800 years and great chefs such as Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s Stephen Kalt are still devising new and innovative ways to serve it up?
That’s staying power friends, and when it comes to Italian cuisine, few things have stood up like the ravioli. Yes the ravioli, that little doughy Italian dumpling that can be stuffed with anything—though ricotta cheese is the traditional starting point—to devise the perfect bite of food.
Stephen Kalt, Borgata chef/partner at Fornelletto’s Cucina & Wine Bar, recently highlighted the savory little bites, along with some perfect wine matchings at a another of his Holy Ravioli demonstration and luncheon events on Saturday, March 14 as part of the Savor Borgata Culinary Series.
It’s a formidable task, of course, to come up with a new take on an 800-year-old standby like the ravioli.
Legend has it that though “riavvolgere” means “to wrap,” most believe the dish was actually named after Ravioli, a renowned 13th-century chef in the Repubblica di Genova.
When 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.
Believe it or not, there’s actually some small controversies surrounding the unique and wonderful holiday of Thanksgiving.
Oh, sure we all know that the pilgrims and Native Americans got together about 1621 and celebrated a great feast and then watched some high school football before going out at midnight to get great bargains to start their Christmas shopping. And it was in 1863 that Abe Lincoln declared the first official national Thanksgiving Day along with the proclamation that the Detroit Lions always play a game on the holiday.
But to tell the truth, there’s a lot of controversy over that first Thanksgiving Day–especially the menu. The pilgrims probably ate some turkey, but venison (deer) was the likely main course along with a lot of seafood and also vegetables from their great harvest that year (which was the reason for the whole thing).
What’s not clear is if they had pie. Records show the pilgrims had access to a lot of wild fruits and berries growing around New England, but whether they baked them into a flaky crust and served them with coffee and ice cream is anybody’s guess.
Think of it—a pie-less Thanksgiving. Oh those poor, poor pilgrims.
Fortunately, we in the modern age don’t have to put up with that thanks to the Borgata Baking Co., which is offering up a special selection of Thanksgiving pies.
Let’s say, for argument’s sake, you were really hungry and feeling really adventurous at the same time.
You want something different—not your 1 millionth pizza or cheeseburger, not your 500,000 meal of pot roast and mashed potatoes. And you’re also a little sick and tired of what passes for standard restaurant fare out there with the endless salad bowls and unlimited cheesy bread sticks.
No, you want adventure, excitement, a new taste sensation. Like you were on a gastronomic safari.
Well, would you eat alligator?
How about rattlesnake? Snails? Duck tongue? Wild boar?
Avacado and mint ice cream?
Ha, you say. Not in a pig’s ear. Really, how about if the pig’s ear came Vietnamese style in a summer roll with a roasted cashew sauce?
Let’s face it, you know you would. That’s just the kind of dining adventurer you are and Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has the perfect dining adventure for you
Welcome to Extreme Eats, a special dining event at Aqua at The Water Club Hotel that’s part of Savor Borgata’s Weekend of Savoring and helps cap off Borgata Restaurant Week. The event starts at 7:30pm at Aqua on Friday, November 7.
When Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa was looking to highlight the amazing dining and restaurant options we offer here in Atlantic City—not to mention our incredible line-up of chefs—we decided to offer a series of events, demonstrations, and special deals at our dining venues.
Thus was born the Savor Borgata Series. Of course, first we had to come up with a name for the series.
After rejecting the “Them’s good eats at Borgata” series and the “Chow down until you bust at Borgata” series options, we decided to go with the more refined, Savor Borgata Series title (which we were absolutely thrilled someone thought of).
It was the perfect name for the series of occasional wine tastings, chef demonstrations, cook-book signings or special restaurant deals.
Except, as time went on, it became clear that you, the savorers (the ones who savor?), wanted a lot more than an occasional event. No, once you start savoring, you never want to stop.
Well, we heard you.
The annual Savor Borgata Restaurant Week at Borgata is November 2 to November 7.
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.
Contrary to what you may have been hearing, Atlantic City is alive and kicking and ready to celebrate the end of summer with its 3rd Annual Atlantic City Seafood Festival September 13 & 14.
September is always a great month in Atlantic City with beautiful weather and events such as the Borgata Poker Open and the Miss America Pageant underway. But the Seafood Festival celebrates one of Atlantic City’s 365 days a year, 24/7 attractions—namely unbelievable seafood and dining experiences.
So it should come as no surprise that the fine dining leader (casual dining as well) in Atlantic City, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, will be right there at the festival offering up some delectable dishes from our line-up of celebrity chefs and fine restaurants.
The festival may be across town at Bader Field, but we’ve got trucks and portable kitchen equipment, so no worries.
Here’s a look at what you can experience at Borgata’s booth:
Samuel Adams was an American patriot and founding father known for his part in organizing the Boston Tea Party in which American revolutionaries dumped tons of British tea into Boston Harbor and replaced it with Summer Ale and Boston Lager. Then, a great time was had by all.
Ha, ha. Just a little humor at the Borgata Blog. Really, they replaced it with Samuel Adams new Rebel IPA craft beer.
Kidding again, there was no beer at the Boston Tea Party (well, at least none anyone will admit to), but Samuel Adams was the inspiration for Samuel Adams Brewery, which has quickly become one of the most successful craft beer brewers in the U.S.
And Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is hooking up with Samuel Adams Brewery at 28 West this Saturday, August 16 for a special Beer and Bites tasting event.
Ok, that may have been a long way to go to highlight another great Borgata food and beer pairings event, but Samuel Adams connection to history just brings it out of us.
In the culinary world, few chefs need less of an introduction than Geoffrey Zakarian.
He’s an Iron Chef, a TV star, an author and an executive chef at several restaurants around the country in New York, Miami and most importantly at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
You may know Chef Zakarian from his work on the Food Network shows “Chopped“, “The Next Iron Chef”, “Super Chefs“(which he won) and “The Best Thing I Ever Ate“, to name just a few of his shows. But we here at Borgata know him as the Culinary Lifestyle Consultant for Borgata’s signature hotel, The Water Club.
Yes, chefs like Zakarian get cool titles and you can usually check out his modern American cuisine by staying at The Water Club and ordering from the in-house menu or visiting The Water Club’s lobby lounge Sunroom.