ATLANTIC CITY — A night of fine-dining will never be the same for the many who attended this year’s Savor Borgata event, held Sat., Nov. 12, inside the Borgata’s Event Center.
Atlantic City’s culinary mecca showed off its star chefs, as well as their special creations, including Bobby Flay (Bobby Flay Steak) who dished out Mustard-Molasses Glazed Pork “Chop” with Green-Chile Apple Butter and Sour Mash Sauce; Stephen Kalt (Fornelletto Cucina & Wine Bar), who served Sausage and Pepper Heros, Arancini, Eggplant Parmigiana and a tasty Zeppole; and Geoffrey Zakarian (The Water Club at Borgata) who plated Short Ribs Sloppy Joe with Gingered Cole Slaw.
Among all of the fabulous food, drink and desserts, one of the coolest moves of the night was Chef Romeo DiBona, of the Old Homestead Steak House — which was just named by Zagat the best restaurant in Atlantic City — serving a modest but ultra-yummy American Kobe Beef Hot Dog with Apple Slaw and Beef Chili along with outstanding Maine Lobster Mac & Cheese. Crackerjacks were also given out to patrons for a real ballpark feel. Speaking of ballparks, Tony Luke Jr., who operates the Tony Luke’s at the Borgata, and whose namesake Philly sandwich shop is close to Citizens Bank Park, appeared for the first time in the four years of the event.
Luke’s corner offered the shop’s signature Pork Italian — slow roasted pork, sharp provolone with Tony Luke’s own au jus plus sautéed broccoli rabe. Zakarian summed up the evening aptly in an interview with Atlantic City Weekly (see video with full chef interviews here).
“This is a great event. We look forward to this every year for basically a giant party, let’s be honest. It’s a lot of fun. We have some great food, some amazing wines from Anjoleena [Griffin-Holst] our wine director, and a little surprise at the end for our customers to see if they can top the chefs we have here.
If you haven’t been here, you must come down. Next year will be the 5th annual Savor Borgata.
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