Gordon Ramsay is taking a break from the mob scene just outside the private dining room doors at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill in Caesars Atlantic City.
An adoring public lined up seven-bodies deep hoping to catch a glimpse of the celebrity chef during the official grand opening celebration of the newest addition to his restaurant empire last April. The spectacular pandemonium included a bagpiper in full regalia, a battery of Queen’s Guards, a proclamation delivered by an ersatz Julius Caesar, a parade with flags and trumpets and then the ceremonial tapping of the firkin by Ramsay who pulled a draft from the 10.8- gallon cask used for brewing what is sometimes called “real ale.”
This year, three culinary superstars will host the 6th annual Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival, which runs from July 25 to 27. Martha Stewart will join chef Robert Irvine of Restaurant: Impossible and chef Marcus Samuelsson at the popular seaside celebration, which features a wide array of food and wine from local and international chefs, as well as spectacular events such as the Grand Market, an outdoor grand tasting event right in the heart of Bally’s Brighton Park.
Atlantic City’s fifth annual Food and Wine Festival attracted more than 20,000 visitors to New Jersey’s historic metropolis by the sea. A multitude of events took place July 25-28 at various hotel casinos including Caesars Atlantic City, giving food and wine lovers a chance to sample Atlantic City fare as well as meet celebrity chefs. Attendees included Food Network stars Robert Irvine (“Restaurant: Impossible”), Pat and Gina Neely (“Down Home With the Neelys”) and Rocco DiSpirito (star of the syndicated show “Now Eat This! With Rocco Dispirito”). A portion of the proceeds were dedicated to helping New Jersey’s seashore recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.
Everything I know about Atlantic City I learned from TV and movies — “Boardwalk Empire,” “Atlantic City,” “Rounders.” In short: mobsters and gambling. But as I learned on a recent pre-Sandy trip to the “Vegas of the East Coast,” there is much more on offer than just slot machines, card games and a history of unsavory characters. Atlantic City is quickly becoming a destination for luxury accommodations, fine dining, shopping and entertainment.