I love food — but not just eating it. I love anything to do with cooking. As an avid Food Network follower, I often snag recipes in search of something innovative and worth cooking for the willing eater in the house, my husband. Bobby Flay and Wolfgang Puck are among my favorites, but the list is very long. If I wasn’t writing about meetings right now, I could talk to you about culinary adventures for, well, forever.
So when I caught up with the folks at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, in Atlantic City, NJ, the conversation turned quickly to their destination dining options created by some of my very favorite chefs. While I was more than impressed by Borgata’s 70,000 square feet of technology-rich meeting space — plus another 18,000-square feet at The Water Club (loaded with advanced technology) — I wanted to find out more about their four-diamond dining options and how they take food networking to another level.
The property’s celebrity chef restaurants are available for groups from 20-80 to meet, eat, share cocktails or host a special board dinner. Here’s a taste (pun intended) of their on-property superstar restaurants.
Indulge at Wolfgang Puck’s American Grille
As soon as I saw the menu at Wolfgang Puck’s American Grille, I was starving. What’s not to love about a Lobster Cocktail with horseradish flan, tomato glaze and remoulade? His innovative flair plays out on every menu item, from truffle potato chips with Point Reyes Blue Cheese and smoked salmon pizza to the grilled prime burger with onion marmalade and Vermont Cheddar. The restaurant also features an extensive wine list with distinctive offerings from around the world. Puck features two unique eating areas - the Tavern, a more casual, elevated dining terrace that overlooks Borgata’s pedestrian walkway and the main dining room, a decidedly-sophisticated dining experience with an inviting fireplace.
Boy Meets Grill at Bobby Flay Steak
Bobby Flay’s steakhouse serves up a modern twist on tradition, where classics combine with custom menu items that celebrate the Atlantic region’s bounty, including a signature Lobster Bar where you can order a Lobster and Crispy Squid Salad. Of course, don’t ignore Flay’s prowess with barbecue beef. His signature spice-rubbed steaks are a must-try, but the house favorite is the Philadelphia-Style Strip Steak, served with provolone and caramelized onions. Ultra- hip, The Bar at Bobby Flay, mixes up classic American cocktails and offers a variety of bourbon and tequila flights. Pass me the salt and lime.
Zen-like Experience at Izakaya
Another celebrity chef, and star of Style Network's "Pantry Raid," Michael Schulson, operates Izakaya. With a menu inspired by his time living in Japan, the restaurant celebrates traditional Japanese culture with classic far-east dishes, an expanded sushi menu and tea service presented with a modern approach.
Share Tapas and Charcuterie at The Sunroom
Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, who was victorious in the 4th Season of Food Network’s “The Next Iron Chef, Super Chefs” and now appears regularly on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America”, “CHOPPED”, and “The Best Thing I Ever Ate”, travels the world in search of ideas for The Sunroom at Borgata’s Water Club. The Sunroom features tapas and small bites from dawn to dusk.
Borgata has a cadre of noteworthy chefs, including a former White House pastry chef. To learn more them, and about Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s great meeting facilities in Atlantic City, contact Bernard Sefcik at (609) 317-7522. Brought to you by Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa