Revel will give a sneak preview of its much buzzed-about roster of more than a dozen restaurants with a three-day food, wine and cocktail event from Friday, May 18, to Sunday, May 20.
Taste of Revel, a joint venture with Food & Wine and Travel + Leisure magazines, will showcase the upscale casino resort’s extraordinary range of culinary talent.
Highlights include a two-hour kickoff party with Revel chefs Michel Richard (Central, O Wine Bar), Robert Wiedmaier (Mussel Bar), Alain Allegretti (Azure) and Iron Chefs Jose Garces (Amada, Village Whiskey, Distrito Cantina) and Marc Forgione (American Cut); as well as sessions about “The Art of Paella” with Garces; “Big Fish” preparation with Allegretti; and how to “Conquer the Steak” with Forgione.
There also will be VIP box experiences tied to performances by Maroon 5 and The Black Keys at Revel’s Ovation Hall, multicourse VIP dinners with Richard and Weidmaier, beer and wine tastings, and a healing yoga and tea cleanse in conjunction with Revel’s spa.
The weekend culminates in an over-the-top “Pig Out,” featuring the chefs’ multiple takes on the other white meat.
Friday, May 18
Maroon 5 Concert Pre-Drink: Ticket holders for Maroon 5’s show at Ovation Hall will receive a free glass of prosecco at Lugo Cucina e Vino with $10 minimum food purchase.
Maroon 5 VIP Box: Enjoy a special menu hosted by Travel + Leisure’s Features Director Nilou Motamed, with wine pairings by Food & Wine’s Anthony Giglio, during the concert. 7:30 p.m., Ovation Hall, $250
The Taste of Revel Weekend Kickoff: Celebrity chefs Jose Garces, Robert Wiedmaier, Michel Richard, Alain Allegretti and Marc Forgione will give their takes on Boardwalk-themed food specialties, with drinks prepared by in-house mixologists. 7 to 9 p.m., location to be determined, $95
Pastry Party with Michel Richard: The acclaimed chef will wow you with his signature chocolate bar, other sweets and indulgent cocktails. 9 to 11 p.m., The Row, $75
Saturday, May 19
Liquid Brunch: Get the party started with cocktails and DJ music. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Social, cash bar
The Big Fish Breakdown: Alain Allegretti, chef at Revel’s Azure by Allegretti, and Joe Buonadonna of Samuel & Sons Seafood will team up for a demo to cook a whole tuna, along with a tasting of four fish dishes paired with champagne. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Azure by Allegretti, $100
Conquer the Steak: Iron Chef and Michelin-starred chef Marc Forgione will school you on cuts of beef, flavor profiles and marbling, share cooking tips and offer samples of various dishes with wine pairings. Noon to 1 p.m., American Cut, $85
Art of Paella: Iron Chef and acclaimed Philadelphia-based restaurateur Jose Garces will lead you through the preparation and tasting of this famous Spanish dish, while offering a selection of tapas and sangria. 2 to 3 p.m., Amada, $85
Beer and Cheese Pairing: Chef Robert Wiedmaier will demonstrate the art of pairing Belgian beer with artisanal cheeses. 2 to 3 p.m., Outside of Ovation Hall, $65
World Cup Wine Tasting: Sommelier and educator Anthony Giglio will lead a tasting of more than six wines, with participants getting to vote on their favorite. 5:30 to 7 p.m, The Row, $85
The Black Keys Concert Pre-Drink: Ticket holders for The Black Keys can enjoy a free beer at Mussel Bar with $10 minimum purchase
The Black Keys VIP Box: Enjoy a special menu hosted by Travel + Leisure’s Features Director Nilou Motamed, with wine pairings by Food & Wine’s Anthony Giglio, during the concert. 7:30 p.m., Ovation Hall, $250
VIP Dinner with Michel Richard: The James Beard Award-winning chef presides over a menu featuring his signature 72-hour short ribs, lobster begula and rhubarb-strawberry cheesecake. 7:30 p.m., Central Michel Richard, $300 per couple, $1,800 for a party of 12
VIP Dinner with Robert Wiedmaier: The Washington, D.C.-based chef behind Marcel’s and Brasserie Beck will conjure up an old-world Belgian roadhouse with a menu slated to feature whole roast suckling pig, pheasant foie gras ravioli and raspberry souffle. 7 p.m., Mussel Bar by Robert Wiedmaier, $300 per couple, $1,800 for a party of 12
Taste of Revel Dinners: Revel’s restaurants will serve special menus. Times, restaurants and prices vary
Sunday, May 20
Elemental Tea Tasting and Yoga Detox Flow: Unwind with a detoxifying yoga class incorporating a healing tea tasting designed to help with digestion and boost your immune system. 10 to 11 a.m., Bask Spa, $37
Pig Out: The name says it all — Revel chefs serve a feast of their most famous pork dishes, including Jose Garces’ whole roasted suckling pig; Marc Forgione’s tete de cochon and Robert Wiedmaier’s pork belly. Noon to 3 p.m., Outside location to be announced, $100