Plus Clam-A-Rama in Cape May, Drew Toonz and the Album of the Week (Willie Nelson)
Taste of Revel May 18-20
With all the complexities of opening a brand new destination resort in Atlantic City, the executives at Revel already had a lot on their plate. However, those same executives decided to put some great food on the plates of visitors, by presenting the inaugural Taste of Revel, presented by Food & Wine Magazine and created in partnership with Travel + Leisure. This three-day epicurean extravaganza from May 18-20 will feature exclusive experiences developed specifically for Revel. Revel’s all-star line-up of chefs — Alain Allegretti, Jose Garces (pictured with wife Beatriz), Marc Forgione, Michel Richard and Robert Wiedmaier — will be joined by Food & Wine’s celebrated wine expert Anthony Giglio and Travel + Leisure’s features director and senior correspondent Nilou Motamed for more than a dozen events taking place throughout the resort. Highlights of The Taste of Revel include the following events throughout the resort: A Kick-off Bash hosted by all five Revel chefs Friday, May 18, 6:15pm, $125; Conquer the Steak with Chef Mark Forgione, Sat., May 19, noon, $85; The Art of Paella with Jose Garces, Sat., May 19, 2pm, $85; “Pig Out” with Revel chefs as they put their signature spin on pork, Sun., May 20, noon, $100. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com — Lori Hoffman
Cape May Clamshell Pitching Tournament
In the Deep South it may be frog jumping, peach pit spitting or road apple tossing contests, but one of the classic ways to kick off summer at the southern New Jersey shore is with a good old-fashioned clamshell pitching tournament. On Saturday, May 19, the Beach Shack in Cape May will hold its inaugural “Clam-A-Rama” clamshell-pitching tournament on the beach right in front of the newly refurbished hotel, located at 205 Beach Ave. in Cape May. The tournament will be accompanied by live entertainment and fresh clam specials at the Rusty Nail, the Beach Shack’s iconic surfer hangout that boasts the longest wooden bar in Cape May. Registration is at 10am and the tournament goes from 11:30am-3:30pm, rain or shine. Pitching clamshells will be provided. The object is to toss the shell into a hole 25 feet away. If it lands in a circle around the hole it scores a point, if it hangs on the edge of the hole it’s two points, and if it goes in the hole it’s three points. Each round is 30 minutes long or the first team to reach 21 points, whichever comes first. The tournament is a round-robin format in stage one, then morphs into a single-elimination championship format in stage two. The grand prize is an overnight stay at the Beach Shack, or more importantly bragging rights as best damn clamshell pitcher in Cape May County. Registration is $20, which includes a 2012 Clam-A-Rama T-shirt. Call 1-877-742-2507 or go to beachshack.com to register. — Ray Schweibert
Willie Nelson’s new album, Heroes, his first for Legacy Recordings, features everything fans could want from a new Willie release. Fresh chestnuts (“Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” “Hero” and “That’s All There Is to This Song”); guest artists galore (Snoop Dogg, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Billy Jo Shaver, Sheryl Crow) and re-imagined takes on country-music roots tunes (1930’s “My Window Faces South,” 1943’s “Home in San Antone” and 1949’s “Cold War with You”). The standout cut is Willie’s acoustic rendition of Coldplay’s hit “The Scientist,” which initially aired in part during a Grammy broadcast commercial earlier this year. Willie may be 79, but he’s touring, writing and recording as if he was 40 years younger. Legacy will work with the country icon for future releases, included planned new recordings and archival collections. — Jeff Schwachter
Jose Garces’ Distrito Cantina brings his Philly-based Guapos Tacos food truck concept to Revel
When Revel first exploded on the Atlantic City scene last spring, one of its very first events was a delightful culinary event, the Taste of Revel. The casino is continuing and expanding its original series of events with this year’s second annual Taste of Revel culinary weekend that will be the finishing touch to a week long, resort-wide epicurean extravaganza from Monday, May 6 through Sunday, May 12.
Revel, the glittering jewel at the north end of the Atlantic City Boardwalk, has had a rough beginning on the gaming side of the ledger since it opened in late spring. However, on the entertainment side, it has delivered positive vibrations and national headlines.
Although designed with chic, urbane sensibility, One is decidedly not a triumph of form over function. Our meal supplied sophisticated, upscale New American, emphasizing grilled fare.
Amazingly, Atlantic City’s golden age of dining just keeps getting better.
On this evening, Azure offered East Coast varietal Wellfleet and another from Washington state. The Wellfleet’s were dense, meaty and creamy while their Pacific relatives, smaller but deeply cupped in shells, offered a smooth, salty hint of their briny home.
From a casual lunch-truck approach to modern Mexican to the finest in French-inspired cuisine, Revel will have the entire dining spectrum covered.
Wiedmaier’s room won’t be the only place to grab a steak at Revel. Chef Marc Forgione, one of Revel’s two TV Food Network “Iron Chefs” (Philly-based Jose Garces is the other) will be opening American Cut, which he described as his spin on a “classic steakhouse.”
Monday, April 2, was announced as the starting date of an eight-week preview to Atlantic City’s forthcoming $2.4-billion beachfront destination, Revel
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.
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