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.
Ever wonder what the Pilgrims and the Native Americans ate at the first Thanksgiving dinner?
Did they have cranberry sauce that was perfectly shaped like a can? Did they put marshmallows in the yams? Oysters in the stuffing?
Well, no, but by all accounts it was a pretty good feast of turkey, waterfowl, venison, fish, lobster, clams, berries, fruit, pumpkin, and squash.
Of course turkey was the big popularity winner on that menu down through the years and even Alexander Hamilton—the guy on the $10 bill—proclaimed that “no citizen of the United States should refrain from turkey on Thanksgiving Day.”
We here at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa love being part of the Thanksgiving dinner tradition and unlike many restaurants that close for the day, Borgata Dining is open and serving up turkey dinners at our fine dining restaurants.
And we don’t skimp on dessert either. We don’t know if the Pilgrims baked those fruits and berries into pies, but we do know that Borgata Executive Pastry Chef Thaddeus DuBois makes the best Thanksgiving pies.
Those pies are available through Borgata Baking Co. and can be ordered for your Thanksgiving table.
That includes apple crumble, pumpkin, and cherry for $10 and pecan for $12. Order in person at Borgata Baking Co. and the pies will be available for pick-up starting at 11am Tuesday, November 24 through 6pm on Thanksgiving Day.
If you prefer to leave the dinner to Borgata’s chefs, special Thanksgiving menus have been devised at Bobby Flay Steak, Fornelletto, Wolfgang Puck American Grille and Old Homestead Steakhouse.
The pilgrims never had it so good.
Well folks, its National Martini Day again (June 19).
We know, it sneaks up on you doesn’t it? You probably haven’t even finished your National Martini Day shopping or hung the National Martini Day wreath on the door yet.
Just kidding. The only observance anyone has to make for National Martini Day is perhaps, to enjoy one. We here at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa love martinis and we’re offering up some special blends for National Martini Day.
For National Martini Day, Borgata is offering up these special concoctions
Old Homestead Steak House
Dragon Ball Martini
Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum
Award-winning Chef Romeo DiBona tells us what it’s like to spend the holidays with his Italian-American family – including recipes passed down from generation to generation.
Growing up in South Philly we never had turkey on holidays! We serve ravioli, gnocchi or lasagna along with meatballs, braciola, sausage, escarole, broccoli rabe, lots of bread and Italian cheese, homemade wine, cannoli, and pizzele. This gnocchi recipe was handed down from my mother’s Aunt Jenny, and the sauce is my contribution. – Romeo DiBona, Executive Chef at Borgata’s Old Homestead Steak House.
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.
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.
You have to hand it to June. According to various sites on the internet—always an impeachable source—June is a month jammed packed with special observances.
Consider that June, among other things, is National Accordion Awareness Month, National Adopt a Cat Month and National Aquarium Month. Which is all well and good as we at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa love cats, have several beautiful aquariums on property and even have been known to enjoy a polka or two.
But it doesn’t stop there. June is also a month to honor lots of food, from dairy products to fruits and vegetables to candy, all of which we serve with great exuberance at Borgata. And it’s also National Steakhouse month … hmmm, steakhouses.
Borgata knows steakhouses.
In honor of #NationalHamburgerDay on May 28th, we’re rounding up our favorite burgers across Borgata! Tell us what your favorite Borgata burger is on Twitter or Instagram by posting a photo with #BorgataBurger and tagging @BorgataAC.