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.
Sometimes a name is just too perfect to ignore.
You have to figure that if you’re looking for the classic piano bar experience, you can’t do better than a guy named Dr. Bobby Fingers playing at a classic piano bar like 28 West at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
You know, you walk in, eye the dame sitting in the dark corner, saunter up to the piano, put a sawbuck in the brandy snifter/tip jar thing and say “Play it Fingers. Play something to make her swoon.”
Or maybe you don’t live in a 1940s film-noir movie and you just order a Yeungling and wait for Dr. Fingers to break into a sing-along of “Some Kind of Wonderful.”
Either way it works.
This may come as a surprise, but today, June 3, is National Chocolate Macaron Day. Or it may be National Chocolate Macaroon Day, and Saturday, May 31, was National Chocolate Macaron Day.
Macaroons, long a favorite at the South Jersey Shore, are basically a baked meringue cookie with a chewy topping.
Macarons—a specialty at Borgata Baking Company—are a kind of a baked meringue cookie sandwich with a chewy butter-cream-type filling.
And they both come in chocolate among a ton of other varieties.
Macarons take a little more technical expertise to pull off, but at this point, who really cares? They’re just great cookies and Borgata Baking Company is the best place in Atlantic City to try them.
Under the direction of Borgata’s Executive Pastry Chef Thaddeus DuBois, the Baking Company’s macarons come in a great variety and set off the menu of sweets and eats as the perfect place for a nosh—especially if you have a sweet tooth.
The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa changed dining in Atlantic City forever by bringing some of the most renowned and celebrated chefs in the U.S. to the resort to open the best fine-dining restaurants on the Eastern Seaboard.
And few are as celebrated as Wolfgang Puck and Bobby Flay.
Wolfgang Puck’s American Grille and Bobby Flay Steak have been staples at Borgata since the property opened in 2003, serving thousands of meals and making Borgata a must-visit stop for foodies everywhere.
But at Borgata, we do much more than just let you enjoy a meal at our celebrity chef’s bistros. We bring them to you up close and personal—or at least their food.
Two major events are on the Savor Borgata Culinary Series this June with Puck and Flay.
Packing for a vacation creates all kinds of possibility. There’s the excitement of visiting somewhere different and the anticipation of whatever fun activities lay ahead. And who doesn’t love falling asleep under crisp hotel sheets and fluffy pillows?
Unfortunately, one thing that’s difficult for many is making healthy eating choices while traveling. At Borgata in Atlantic City, we take dining seriously, whether you’re starting your day with a hearty breakfast, grabbing a light mid-day snack or celebrating a big win with friends. With carefully curated menus, our chefs offer multiple ways to enjoy a delicious meal that won’t inflate your waistline.
While visiting Borgata, or any vacation where you’re not in charge of cooking, follow these quick tips to keep you from rolling the dice when you step back on the scale.
Meet Jamie R. Citkowicz!
This long-time resident was named one of Atlantic City’s 40 under 40, and has been on the concierge team in Borgata since 2003. She is now Borgata’s Lead Concierge, and trust us, she knows her stuff!
Here are Jamie’s picks for an authentic Atlantic City experience:
Now at The Metropolitan, you can get in on the Sunday Gravy with a special classic Italian meal available every Sunday.
Your meal starts with assorted Italian bread with extra virgin olive oil dipping sauce.
As an appetizer, you have the choice of Minestrone soup or a classic Italian salad.
Your entrée choice is between linguine, penne and angel hair pasta with home-style meatballs, sweet Italian sausage and braciole served with our traditional tomato gravy. For dessert, cannoli.