ICE CREAM. I’VE NEVER SEEN anybody with a frown on their face while eating ice cream. And down here at the Jersey shore there is plenty of ice cream to go around. Whether it’s Kohr Bros. on the Ocean City Boardwalk, the Custard Hut in Somers Point or at the dozens of ice cream stands and shops in the region’s beach towns. (Not to mention the trucks!)
Some local ice cream parlors and restaurants, in the casinos and elsewhere in the region, take the ice cream experience to the next level. They make their own ice cream in house, using their own distinctive processes and ingredients. And as Michael Pritchard writes in this week’s cover story, “there’s still something unique and special about the homemade ice cream.”
There’s also something unique about veteran music act Hall & Oates. The top-selling duo of all time has a boatload of hits, several memorable music videos from the golden age of MTV, a lot of respect on the R&B charts and a new four-disc retrospective box set that’s due to hit shelves in September. Hall & Oates play the Borgata on Friday night (AC Weekly contributor Tom Wilk’s interviews John Oates).
After about a month as sous chef in the newly opened Borgata restaurant Fornelletto, Danny Veltri finally got a couple days off this past weekend. What did the young winner of last season’s Fox TV show Hell’s Kitchen do during his break? He went back home to Sarasota, Fla., because a friend needed his help with a fundraiser.
Although the charity gig required Veltri to don his apron, it was still relaxing for the 25 year old, who’s been busy as rush-hour traffic since landing his Borgata job under restaurateur Stephen Kalt.
“It was nice to take a little break,” Veltri told us during a sensational dinner earlier this week. “It’s been quite a challenge [at Fornelletto], but it’s going great.”
Veltri is referring to the great response to the opening of Borgata’s latest culinary offering. AC Weekly columnist David Spatz speaks with Veltri ; look for food columnist Frank Gabriel (who gives the lowdown on this weekend’s tantalizing Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival, presented by Harrah’s Entertainment) to dig into the kitchen and food side of the Fornelletto operation in an upcoming issue and online at the new acweekly.com.
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Since taking charge of the subterranean space known as Fornelletto in 2009, New York City native Stephen Kalt has put his own distinctive spin on its cuisine, and attitude.
“I know a lot of people with money, and they don't know how to live de life. I live de life, and you must live de life," Samuels says before the music starts.