When Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa closed Seablue: A Michael Mina Experience last year, it promised to do some interesting events in the dining room of the now casual lounge and restaurant, 28 West. As always, Borgata will live up to its promise starting this weekend as Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian will offer a pop-up restaurant in the space for three nights, giving Atlantic City a taste of what his critically-acclaimed The Lambs Club in New York is all about.
Zakarian, who is a culinary lifestyle consultant for Borgata’s The Water Club, will really get to show diners what he is all about from Friday to Sunday, Aug. 16 to 18, with a four-course, $89 prix-fixe menu, which he will host each evening. In addition, he will host a culinary demo in The Music Box 1 p.m. Saturday, followed by a book signing at 2:30 p.m., with an additional signing 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The events and restaurant are part of the Savor Borgata Culinary Series.
The Lambs, a legendary, private, social, professional, theatrical club that revolves around theater, opened in New York in the early 1900s. The building that once housed the club is a much different concept now since it was reopened, renovated and redesigned about 10 years ago. The landmark building is now a luxury hotel with Zakarian’s The Lambs Club serving as its upscale restaurant.
“It was a place where John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart and legends of film and screen gathered,” Zakarian says. “It’s a landmark. So now we’re going to bring the experience to Atlantic City for a weekend. It’s going to be exciting.”
The menu will include scallop boudin with lemon pudding and bacon and shallot marmalade; heirloom tomato and lobster salad with straciatella, peach, and basil seed vinaigrette; ribeye of lamb with panisse, dates, cilantro and sweet pepper Romesco; and vanilla panna cotta with blueberry compote, raspberry sorbet and blackberry tuile.
“We wanted to make sure people can have a taste of what we are doing in New York,” Zakarian says. “Some of the menu might change based on availability, but we want people in Atlantic City to see what we do at The Lambs Club, and hopefully they will stop by next time they are in Manhattan.
“It’s modern revisionist classical food. I know Atlantic City very well and I know what people like there. That being said, what we are offering is a perfect juxtaposition of what we do and I know people will enjoy it.”
The 28 West bar will also offer a selection of The Lambs Club’s signature cocktails starting 5 p.m. Friday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The $35 demo, hosted by lifestyle spokesperson Sissy Biggers, will feature Zakarian creating some of his favorite recipes, while the signing will allow fans to meet the chef and buy copies of his cookbook, “Town/Country: 150 Recipes for Life Around the Table,” inside 28 West.
“The demo may feature some of the dishes from The Lambs Club, but we are going to make it fun and happy,” Zakarian promises. “I enjoy doing demos and seeing people and talking about cooking and the learning process. I have been cooking since 1981, and what has happened to me in the last three or four years has been remarkable with The Food Network and everything else. And people just have an incredible knowledge of food, and I love sharing experiences like this with them.”
Zakarian says he picks and chooses his projects carefully, and while he would like to open his own upscale restaurant in Atlantic City some day, he is pleased to first offer a pop-up event.
“I am very lucky to have these opportunities,” he says. “I don’t take everything that comes my way so that whatever I touch truly represents who I am. It’s a fun juggling act.”
For Lambs Club reservations, call 609-317-1000. Reservations start at 5:30 p.m. each night. For tickets to the demo, go to The Borgata.com.
Meet Larry Holmes
Former heavyweight boxing champ Larry Holmes, known as the “Easton Assassin,” will host a meet and greet 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, inside Revel’s Digipit on the casino floor.
Guests will be able to have their photo taken and get to meet the Boxing Hall of Fame inductee free of charge.
If you want to hear some great bands, head to Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort on Tuesday, Aug. 20 and 27, for the final two Rock Band Search events from WMGM-FM 103.7.
The four-week competition features five local bands, each offering three-song sets every week from 7 to 10 p.m. inside Trump’s Ego Lounge,
WMGM personalities include Mat Murray, Scott Reilly, Sean Patrick and April will host the events. The winner from the Aug. 27 finals will receive $1,000 cash and a paid appearance in Ego. And the best part? There is no cover.
National Rum Day
Celebrate National Rum Day inside Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar inside The Quarter at the Tropicana Casino and Resort on Friday, Aug. 16, with half-price Don Q Rum drinks during the popular Caippy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m.
The bar will feature fun specialty Don Q cocktails as well as some affordable snacks from Chef Guillermo Pernot’s Caippy Hour menu.
“Few places on Earth are as linked to a specific spirit as Cuba is to rum, and we’re thrilled to honor our heritage with this fun, festive happy hour,” Pernot says. “I can’t think of a better place to raise a glass on National Rum Day than right here with us.”
The half-price Don Q cocktails include the passion fruit mojito, coconut mojito, classic mojito and Aca Caipirinisma with Don Q Limon, Cedilla acai liqueur, sugar and muddled limes and lemons.
For more info, call 609-348-6700 or go to CubaLibreRestaurant.com.