Between the leftover Halloween candy still in your cupboard and Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, November could be a tough month indeed if you’re trying to watch your weight.
Even if you can surmount those hurdles Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City is going all out to make its own once-a-year Savor Borgata special events taking place this weekend not only enticing but irresistible.
Since Savor Borgata happens to be the biggest and best food and wine extravaganza in Atlantic City, my advice is to go ahead and enjoy yourself.
Other special food promotions in Atlantic City
Over the course of the year, different Atlantic City casinos have held special events centered around food and wine. For example, last spring the Tropicana celebrated Bacon Week and during the summer, Golden Nugget held its annual Wine Fest.
In addition, the current annual 50 Bites promotion, in which many Atlantic City casino restaurants are participating, continues through Nov. 29. Ordinarily, the cost is $50 per person, but tickets are now bargain priced at only $25 per person.
What makes Savor Borgata different
All of the above relatively small-scale events, and many more, are worth attending. However, they are just a warm-up for Savor Borgata. This is a festival that receives national attention and food lovers from all over the country come to check out.
So should you, even if you do most of your casino play online. Even if you live some distance away from Atlantic City, availing yourself of the opportunity to sample exquisite creations prepared by some of the top chefs in America makes it worth the trip.
There is no doubt that playing your favorite games on NJ gambling websites is fun and convenient. But one thing that’s missing there and you have to travel to Atlantic City to experience is the outstanding offering of world class casino restaurants.
While the Atlantic City casino hotels have always offered eclectic and sometimes superior dining, now more than ever before, some of the best restaurants in town are owned by and feature the cuisine of celebrity chefs. And no Atlantic City casino resort has more celebrity chefs under one roof than the Borgata.
Savor Borgata offers the ultimate food and wine experience
Of course, you can visit the Borgata anytime you like and eat at the restaurant of your choice. But some of these places are quite expensive. Maybe there is a particular restaurant there you have wanted to try for a long time, but have hesitated due to the price.
Or maybe you’re a food and wine connoisseur who is highly interested in meeting the master chefs behind these restaurants and learning some of their special culinary secrets. If it’s simply a random day when you go, it’s highly unlikely that you will have that opportunity.
During Savor Borgata Restaurant Week, which started Monday, November 5 and ends with dinner Friday, November 9, you can enjoy a three-course lunch or dinner at select restaurants for a greatly reduced price.
During Savor Borgata Weekend—Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10—no less than 18 special events will take place. The lineup includes cooking demonstrations, book signings, hands-on lessons from Bobby Flay, Michael Symon, and Wolfgang Puck, and gourmet meals prepared especially for this occasion.
Savor Borgata Restaurant Week
Friday, Nov. 9 is the last day. Here is the list of participating restaurants:
Lunch – 3 Course Meal | $19 per person
Dinner – 3 Course Meal | $39 per person
Dinner – 3 Course Meal | $65 per person
If you plan to have dinner during Savor Borgata Restaurant Week, reservations are a must. You can make your reservations online or, if you prefer, by calling the restaurant directly.
If you wish to stay overnight, check with the hotel to see if the special room package including a $100 fine dining credit is still available.
Savor Borgata Weekend
Unfortunately, many of the special events this weekend are already “sold out.” However, if you would like to attend and have a host, maybe he or she can pull some strings and get you a ticket. It’s certainly worth a try.
Of course, even the events that are still available could sell out later. So your best bet is to decide now what interests you the most and book those events online. Complete details on all of the Savor Borgata Weekend events, including the sold out ones, along with instructions for reserving those that are still available, are provided here.
Below is a list and brief description of the events for which tickets are still available.
Friday, Nov. 9
- Chef’s Table at Borgata Buffet: 7 p.m., $69
In addition to the award-winning regular Buffet, the meal includes Executive Chef Tom Biglan’s family-style favorites and signature cuts of meat served tableside, accompanied by red or white wine.
- Vibes and Vino: 8 p.m., Central Conference Center Room 2, $69 – Get sommelier and music expert Rob Bigelow’s take on which wines pair best with which songs. See if you agree after you taste the wines!
Saturday, Nov. 10
- Pantry Pampered: Food Facials at Immersion Pool: 9:30 a.m., $65 – Includes light bites offered during your spa treatment and a 20 percent discount on any other spa services the same weekend.
- Tour of the Taste Buds: 12 noon, N.O.W., $44 – Get to sample all five basic taste sensations in small plates paired with Asian cocktails.
- In the Kitchen with Executive Chef Tom Biglan: 1 p.m. at Starbucks, $65 – Behind the scenes look at what’s entailed in the preparation, followed by a four-course tasting menu with wine.
- Playing with Pinot Noir: 2 p.m., Central Conference Center Room 2, $65 – Seminar led by Sommelier Robert Bigelow with wine tastings and light bites
- Sugar and Spice: 3 p.m. Event Center, Studio 2, $39 – Hands-on class with Borgata’s Executive Pastry Chef on how to make gingerbread.
- Playing with Fire by Michael Symon Book Signing: 3:30 p.m. at Angeline – No reservations needed. Free except for optional book purchase.
- Tacos and Tequila: 4 p.m. at the Gypsy Bar, $44 – Small plates and tequila pairings
If it’s any consolation, most of the other events, which are sold out, are considerably more expensive.
There’s something for everyone at Savor Borgata
Savor Borgata is a unique experience offering something for everyone. Furthermore, all of the Restaurant Week meals and many weekend events are reasonably priced, so if cost is a factor, no problem. You can still attend. However, in virtually all instances, alcohol is served, so you must be 21 or older.
Don’t miss this once a year opportunity to indulge your cravings and tantalize your taste buds at the biggest food and wine festival in Atlantic City.
The multi-year deal makes MGM Resorts the official gaming partner of the Jets. The agreement is the first of its kind and the most in-depth gaming partnership yet in the NFL.
Jets fans will now have access to a predictive mobile game on the Official New York Jets App. MGM Resorts will also sponsor and have access to the Jets 360 Production Studio at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center.
The Play MGM Studio will be the multimedia home for all Jets 360 content.
The NFL and legal sports betting
By creating this partnership, the New York Jets are helping bridge the gap between the NFL and legal New Jersey sports betting. The league only recently began to allow any type of sponsorship agreements between teams and casinos.
Both Jets President Neil Glat and MGM Resorts Chairman and CEO Jim Murren are very optimistic about this brave new world.
“We could not be more excited to join with the New York Jets for a first-of-its-kind partnership in the NFL,” said Murren. “We look forward to working with the Jets to innovate gaming, increase our customer base through cross marketing opportunities and provide NFL fans with a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience.”
Of course, the NFL still prohibits any mention or promotion of sports betting. The partnership with MGM is purely for online gambling and not specifically sports betting.
MGM Resorts will now be marketing with the Jets through signs at MetLife Stadium, along with social and digital advertisements for Jets TV and radio broadcasts.
Jets season ticket holders and rewards members will reap some of the benefits of this new deal. These will include first-class entertainment experiences and luxury rooms at its Borgata property in Atlantic City and other MGM properties in the US.
“We are proud to partner with an iconic brand like MGM Resorts and its renowned properties to bring a world-class gaming and entertainment experience to our fans,” said Glat. “This unique partnership also enables us to further engage our fans in the mobile and digital world.”
Part of this mobile expansion and interaction is based around the Jets’ “I Called It” game. The improved version will now consist of pre-play options, enhanced in-play features, more prizes, and larger leaderboards featuring Jets fans.
888 Casino and beyond
It’s the first time an NFL team has conducted any business with an online gambling company. Although the deal doesn’t technically sponsor the sports wagering side of 888 Casino, 888 Sportsbook is located on the same website right next to the casino and 888 Poker.
With these strategic moves, the Jets will more than likely set the trend for other NFL teams.
There’s too much money and potential in online gambling for teams like the New York Giants not to get involved like the Jets. With eight online sportsbooks in New Jersey and nine casinos, they have several entities to choose from.
It will only be a matter of time for other teams outside the state, too. Whether the NFL likes it or not, teams and casinos will be doing a lot more business moving forward.
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