Borgata Restaurant Week Approaches

A week of culinary events will come to the Atlantic City hotel and casino.

BORGATA RESTAURANT WEEK FOLLOWED BY SAVOR BORGATA WEEKEND
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 1 THROUGH SATURDAY NOVEMBER 7TH.
Foodie Alert: The Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, One Borgata Way, Atlantic City, will feature a Savor Borgata Restaurant Week starting November 1 through Friday, November 6 with $39 three-course tasting menus at Wolfgang Puck American Grille, Fornelletto Cucina & Wine Bar and Izakaya Modern Japanese Pub, as well as $59 three-course tasting menus at Bobby Flay Steak and Old Homestead Steak House.

Restaurant Week will be followed by Savor Borgata Weekend with the following events:

On Friday, November 6, there will be three signature dinners held at the Borgata:

Wolfgang Puck will present a five-course wine dinner at Wolfgang Puck American Grille.

Geoffrey Zakarian will take over 28 West for a gastronomic experience, including a meet-and-greet cocktail reception with him, followed by an exclusive four-course dinner.

Old Homestead restaurateurs Greg and Marc Sherry will host a multi-course “Steak, Stoli, & Caviar” dinner with their executive chef, Romeo DiBona.

Guests may also join Absolut Vodka and Borgata Culinary to learn how to throw an unforgettable cocktail party at “Absolut-ly Fabulous Tapas Party” held inside one of the hotel’s premiere Residence Suites.

On Saturday afternoon, a live culinary demonstration with Bobby Flay will be held at the  Borgata’s Music Box theatre. Immediately following, Flay will sign copies of his new cookbook, Brunch at Bobby’s, inside 28 West.

Also on Saturday, Borgata will host a series of classes and culinary activities, starting with a four course “Wine and Chocolate… Perfect Companions” savory-sweet lunch at 28 West produced by Borgata executive chef Tom Biglan and wine manager Laura Turenne. Fornelletto Cucina & Wine Bar chef/partner Stephen Kalt will host the interactive “Pasta Making 101,” where guests will spend the afternoon sipping wine and tasting savory bites. Izakaya Modern Japanese Pub’s Michael Schulson will teach a hands-on “Sushi & Sake with Schulson” class, while Borgata executive pastry chef—and former White House pastry chef—Thaddeus Dubois will share his best techniques for the perfect pie at “The Pie is the Limit.” Not to be outdone, The Metropolitan will host a “The World is Your Oyster,” and the Gypsy Bar will welcome Pernod Ricard wine ambassador Ken Pearlman for an afternoon nibbling tapas and sipping sangria at “Saborea la Sangria.” If that is not enough, whiskey, beer, wine and champagne seminars will be held throughout the day.

On Saturday evening, Street Eats: Savor The World, a food festival with Wolfgang Puck (chef/partner, Wolfgang Puck American Grille); Bobby Flay (chef/partner, Bobby Flay Steak); Geoffrey Zakarian (culinary lifestyle consultant, The Water Club); Michael Schulson (chef/partner, Izakaya Modern Japanese Pub); Stephen Kalt (chef/partner, Fornelletto Cucina & Wine Bar); Greg & Marc Sherry (Restaurateurs, Old Homestead Steak House); Tom Biglan (executive chef, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa); and Thaddeus DuBois (executive pastry chef, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa will feature more than 20 different stations. Chefs will  present their take on globally inspired street fare and craft beers and a variety of wines will be available. Hosts Mike Jerrick and Alex Holley (FOX29 “Good Day Philadelphia” co-hosts) will be in attendance. 8 to 10 PM; $89; VIP 7 to 10 PM; $139.

Tickets for all Savor Borgata Weekend events may be purchased at www.theborgata.com or by calling 1-866-900-4TIX (4849). More information is available at this website. Several hotel packages, starting from $279, are also available throughout the week.

CHEF CENTRAL ANNOUNCES ULTIMATE CHEF
NEW JERSEY COMPETITION

The following press release was sent to Table Hopping With Rosie from Chef Central in Paramus.

After eight successful seasons of hosting the Ultimate Chef Bergen County competition, Chef Central of Paramus, NJ is pleased to announce the first major change to the event format and the creation of Ultimate Chef New Jersey—New Jersey’s foremost competition for professional chefs. The event, which takes place each January, will now be open to competing chefs from outside Bergen County. This exciting change will add to the excitement of the already popular Ultimate Chef competition.

The Ultimate Chef Competition is an “Iron-Chef” style competition held at Chef Central’s cooking school kitchen.  Chefs from some of the best restaurants in New Jersey compete in multiple rounds throughout January in front of an audience with a secret ingredient.  A panel of judges which include Master Chef’s from the Culinary Institute of America will rate each dish and choose the winner from each round.  The winner advances to the next round, whose winner ultimately competes against the reigning champion from the prior year.  Audience members not only watch the competition, but also get to sample each chef’s food to follow in the action.

The winner receives a trophy, a plaque on Chef Central’s wall of fame and bragging rights to be named the “Ultimate Chef of New Jersey.”  The Ultimate Chef Competition enjoys local media coverage each week, which is great exposure for that chef and the restaurant they are from.  The competition is proudly sponsored by Whole Foods Market.

Event attendees will now enjoy a broader view of our state’s rich treasure trove of talented chefs. Interested participants or nominees should contact Chef Central’s culinary director Jim Edwards at [email protected] for more information. Please join us in celebrating this exciting new venture.

OTHER NJ FOOD EVENTS
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21
FARM TO TABLE TASTING
A farm-to-table tasting will be held at Duke Farms, 1112 Dukes Pkwy W, Hillsborough Township. 6 to 8 PM; $65. For ticket information, visit their website.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22.
CRU VS BREW
Amanti Vino in Montclair will host a Cru vs Brew event at the Woman’s Club, 200 Cooper Avenue, Upper Montclair to benefit Intensive Therapeutics. A five-course dinner by top NJ chefs will include Skurnik Wines & beers from Firestone Walker Brewery. 7 PM; $170. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit their website  or call 973-509-9463.

GAME DINNER AT RESTAURANT NICHOLAS, MIDDLETOWN
A five-course Game Dinner will be held at Restaurant Nicholas, 160 Route 35 S, Middletown. 7 PM; $135 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations: 732-345-9977.

STEAK DINNER
A family-style steak dinner will be held at the Park Steakhouse, 151 Kinderkamack Road, Park Ridge. 7 PM; $95 inclusive of tax plus gratuity. Reservations: 201-930-1300.

WINE CLASS IN FLEMINGTON
George Staikos, a wine educator, sommelier, and corporate speaker will teach a Exploring Cabernet Sauvignon…6 ways at 55 Main Restaurant, 55 Main Street, Flemington. The class will feature 7 wines as well as 3 dishes and cheeses prepared to pair with the wines. 7 to 9 PM; $80. To register go to their website, or call George at 973-699-2199.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24 TO MONDAY, OCTOBER 26
GARY’S GRAND WINE EXPERIENCE
Three days of wine, food and philanthropy will be experienced at Gary’s Grand Wine Experience to benefit Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute, Atlantic Home Care & Hospice, Interfaith Food Pantry of Morris County, Morris Museum and Morris Arts. On Saturday, October 24, in-store tastings with vintners and winemakers will be held at Gary’s Wine & Marketplace in Madison, Bernardsville, Wayne and Hillsborough; free; noon to 4 PM. On Sunday, October 25, a Napa Vintners Symposium and Tasting will be held at the Madison Hotel in Morristown, with a panel discussion moderated by Karen MacNeil, author of The Wine Bible; 4 PM. That evening, Wine  Dinners with Napa Vintners will be held at at 7 PM at the Bernards Inn in Bernardsville, with Round Pond Estate & Barbour Vineyards; at The Ryland Inn in Whitehouse Station with Hall Wines & J. Davies Schramsberg; and at Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen at Vail Mansion in Morristown with Vine Hill Ranch & Spottswoode Winery. On Monday, October 26, a Grand Tasting 2015 will be held at the Park Avenue Club, Florham Park; 7 to 9:30 PM; VIP admission at 6 PM. Tickets and packages start at $80. For more information, visit their website.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25
AN AFTERNOON WITH GAIA GAJA
An Afternoon with Gaia Gaja will be held at Crystal Springs Resort, 1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg. Following a Champagne reception at 2 PM in the wine cellar a five-course menu presented by Executive Chef Anthony Bucco will be held in Restaurant Latour. Gaja wines from Piedmont and Tuscany will be poured. Dishes will include Crispy Veal Sweetbreads with caviar and tuna; Pheasant Agnolotti; and Roasted Lamb with autumn vegetables and polenta; $275, tax and gratuity additional. Reservations: 844-207-3203.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27
WINES OF AVIGNONESI DINNER WITH VICTOR RALLO
A wines of Avignonesi dinner with Victor Rallo and Giuseppe Santarelli will be held at Undici Taverna Rustica, 11 West River Road, Rumson. 6:45 PM; $79 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations: 732-842-3880.

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