Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa staged the sixth edition of its super popular Savor Borgata event the first week in November. The three-day foodie fest brought the property’s roster of renowned chefs to the seaside gaming destination: Bobby Flay held a masterful cooking demonstration in the Music Box while Stephen Kalt and Michael Schulson staged lessons in their restaurants, perfecting raviolis in Fornelletto and sushi-making at Izakaya, respectively.
At Street Eats, the event’s headlining dinner, host Sissy Biggers welcomed over 1,000 guests to the transformed Events Center: a carnival complete with fortune tellers, caricature artists, jugglers and more. The chefs manned their own food-truck-styled stations, from which they served all sorts of eat-with-your-hands fare, from Kalt‘s Porchetta Genovese with Salsa Verde to Flay’s chicken skewers to Executive Pastry Chef Thaddeus Dubois‘ smorgasbord of mini-desserts-on-sticks like chocolate-covered S’mores. But the voted crowd favorite was the flavorful kobe beef cheesesteaks courtesy of the team at Old Homestead Steak House.
The Street Eats theme was an interesting departure from Savor Borgata’s usually higher-end, sit-down programs. But with food trucks gaining so much momentum all over the country, it’s only fitting to dedicate the evening to their mobile deliciousness. Bobby Flay added, “Americans are always ready to give something new—when it comes to food—a chance.”
This weekend also included a guest chef—James Beard winner and Iron Chef Michael Symon, who represented his Cleveland restaurant B Spot. He served one of the most popular dishes of the evening: His pulled pork slider topped with Sha Sha sauce attracted long lines all night. “There was no master plan,” Symon, who has worked with many of Borgata’s chefs, said of how he got involved with the event. “I can’t pass up the chance to hang with my buddies.”