Revel kicks off sizzling pre-holiday weekend with Taste of Revel kick-off party, performance by Maroon 5
Revel, the big-is-better new kid on the casino block in Atlantic City, decided it didn’t need to wait until Memorial Day Weekend to kick the wow factor into high gear.
Last evening, the casino presented the initial event it its Taste of Revel Weekend with a kickoff dining event in its O2 space featuring the casino’s impressive lineup of all-star chefs: Jose Garces, Alain Allegretti, Marc Forgione, Michel Richard and Robert Wiedmaier.
Later that night, Maroon 5 and its charismatic lead singer, Adam Levine, officially opened the casino’s main performance venue, Ovation Hall, with a dynamic concert that showed off the impressive acoustics of the space.
First up was the food. Strolling from station to station, foodies had the opportunity to enjoy Alain Allegretti’s delicious Riviera Bouillabaisse with a tomato saffron broth and hunks of shrimp, crabmeat, snapper and monkfish. As a film critic, I wish I could be covering the Cannes film festival taking place right now in France, but Allegretti’s bouillabaisse helped me pretend for a moment that I was dining on the Riviera.
Comfort food is not what you’d expect at a culinary showcase like this one but my favorite dish of the night was the rich and creamy simplicity of Michel Richard’s crabmeat mac and cheese. It was so yummy. Right next to that station was Robert Wiedmaier’s Mussel Bar station. His contribution to the evening was a beautifully plated mini-blue crab cake with hot sauce and mustard Remoulade. It was another delicious contribution.
Jose Garces’, the first chef brought on board at Revel, has three restaurants at the casino, Amada, Village Whiskey and Distrito Cantina. His Amada station offered beautifully cooked beef skewers, Brochetas de Bistec, while he was giving out mini-margaritas at the Distrito Cantina station.
Chef Marc Forigone
In a era when music stars rise and fall at the whim of Internet downloads, Maroon 5, a band that combines well-crafted pop music with an R&B sheen, has sustained a solid fan base since its 2002 debut ...
“We’re just pleased that people have responded to what we do,” Carney says. “It’s a lot different than when we started out.”
Revel continues to back up its claim that the property will be a mega-casino complex with the announcement that Food Network Iron Chef Jose Garces, acclaimed chef and owner of eight restaurants in Philadelphia, and four more in Chicago and Scottsdale, Ariz. is set to open the doors to three highly anticipated restaurants at Revel.
Just as Atlantic City Weekly columnist David Spatz suggested back in February, Maroon 5 has been booked to perform at Revel’s Ovation Hall on Friday, May 18, 8pm.
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