Savor Borgata Weekend in Atlantic City
Atlantic City, with seven casinos, is not only a gamblers’ paradise, but but also a first-rate destination for fine dining. But of all of the casino-hotels, if I had to pick one where food reigns supreme and where even those with the most discriminating palates won’t be disappointed, the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa would get my vote. When you dine at the Borgata, you never have to gamble on quality. That’s why Borgata regulars already have this weekend’s special annual event called Savor Borgata circled on their calendar, their selections made, and tickets purchased. As for those of you who simply regard a meal as a meal and have yet to discover for yourself what all the hullabaloo is about, Savor Borgata Weekend is the perfect time to find out!
Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa is known for its culinary delights. Renowned chefs Bobby Flay, Wolfgang Puck, Michael Symon, and other luminaries in the culinary world have restaurants there. Borgata is also fine food lovers’ destination of choice for an impressive variety of other highly rated restaurants like Old Homestead Steak House and Izakaya. Or, for those seeking more casual fare, the Metropolitan Café and Noodles of the World (NOW) fit the bill nicely.
Borgata’s restaurants are open for your dining pleasure year-round, but stopping by this weekend is even more rewarding. Besides getting to choose from from a tempting array of special menus conceived just for this event, you can further your food knowledge and fine tune your own culinary skills with presentations by the master chefs themselves.
How to Obtain Tickets for the Savor Borgata Culinary Events
This is the 10th consecutive year for Savor Borgata, and looking at the lineup of offerings, it is easy to understand why this is one of the top culinary festivals in America. This casino hotel has gone all out to bring you the best of the best when it comes to food.
Unfortunately, because of restaurant seating capacity and safety considerations, you can’t just show up and partake in this weekend’s special events; you have to make reservations and purchase your tickets for each meal, lecture, or other event in advance. And because of the tremendous popularity of Savor Borgata, many of these tickets have already been snapped up and the event is now “sold out.” I am listing below what is still available so you can plan accordingly. Obviously, if you procrastinate, these events may also be sold out, so if you’re interested, you need to act very quickly. Buy your tickets online at https://www.theborgata.com/dining/events/savor-events ASAP. Then pick them up later at the Borgata Box Office.
Savor Borgata Culinary Events for Friday, November 10
The following is a list of the special events scheduled for today, Friday, November 10, that are still available.
- The Evolution of Cabernet
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Central Conference Center
Cost: $75 per person
Master sommelier Robert Bigelow will talk about the fascinating history of Cabernet Sauvignon and differences in the wine in different regions. Guests get to sample five Cabernets paired with light bites.
- Old Homestead Pappy Van Winkle Dinner
Time: 8 p.m.
Place: Old Homestead Steak House
Cost: $295 per person
Pappy Van Winkle is a very rare, limited edition of bourbon aged in barrels for up to 23 years. Steak lovers for whom money is no object will have a chance to enjoy this coveted bourbon along with a delicious four course steakhouse dinner.
While the other events listed for today are indicated as being sold out, it is suggested that you go to the box office and inquire. Maybe someone will cancel and you will luck out or you run into someone with tickets who can’t attend. Or if you’re a high roller, maybe your host can pull strings for you. It’s worth a try.
Savor Borgata Culinary Events for Saturday, November 11
The following is a list of the special events for Saturday, November 11 that are still available.
- Culinary Demonstration with Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian
Time: 2 p.m.
Place: Music Box
Cost: $25 per person
Renowned Iron Chef and Food Network personality Geoffrey Zakarian will host a live cooking demonstration. Unfortunately, you don’t get to taste the food.
- Geoffrey Zakarian Cookbook Signing
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Place: Music Box
Cost: Free except for optional book purchase
Geoffrey Zakarian will sign copies of his cookbook My Perfect Pantry. The book will be available for purchase. No tickets are necessary to attend the book signing.
- The Art of the Sandwich
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Place: The Metropolitan
Cost: $44 per person
Executive Chef Tom Biglan will offer a special menu of three different types of sandwiches paired with spiked seltzer.
See my comments after the Friday listings about the possible availability of Saturday events that are “sold out,” including the Grand Finale Ultimate Food Experience starting at 8 p.m. in the Event Center.
Savor Borgata Restaurant Week
The Savor Borgata special events are not cheap, but part of what you are paying for is the chef’s reputation and expertise. However, bargain priced meals are still to be found, as this week also happens to be Borgata Restaurant Week!
Every year in March, many restaurants in and around Atlantic City participate in Atlantic City Restaurant Week. However, this week only the Borgata is offering this special promotion, and today is the last day.
For only $19 per person, you can have a complete lunch at the Metropolitan or N.O.W. Or you can enjoy a leisurely multi-course gourmet dinner for only $39 at one of these fine restaurants:
- Wolfgang Puck American Grille
Or you can splurge on a scrumptious steak dinner with all the trimmings for a bargain priced $65 per person at one of these restaurants:
- Bobby Flay Steak
- Old Homestead Steak House
As in Atlantic City Restaurant Week, diners get to pick their appetizer, entrée, and dessert from a specific Restaurant Week menu (which, for your convenience, is provided online). Beverages, tax, and tip are all extra. Reservations for dinner are strongly recommended.
The bonuses of living in and being able to play your favorite casino games in New Jersey are not limited to those you earn from your online play. Savor Borgata and Borgata Restaurant Week are exciting extras that are also yours for the taking. However, unlike the online games, the celebration at the Borgata is a once a year occasion, so you won’t get another opportunity like this anytime soon. Try to fit at least one of these special meals or chef presentations into your schedule this weekend, and you’ll be glad you did.