Prepping For The 2014 Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival Clam Bake: A Lobster Describes Its Journey From Pot To Clam Bake

Hi, i’m a lobster. What, you don’t believe me?

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See. I’m a lobster. What up? One who is about to take the plunge into a hot pot of boiling water for a Clam Bake. Eeek! Just  like the one that will soon go down at the 2014 Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival with Marcus Samuelsson.

I get to hang out a little bit before someone like you decides my fate (but seriously…I’m okay with it…what good can I really do in the world? I’m a lobster. And for that, I’m a giver.). I get to watch others take the ultimate risk as ingredients for a good meal before it’s my turn. Onions and leeks or something to that effect usually go first. You know…to sizzle and flavor the rest of us. The potatoes usually follow suit next with a little S&P. And then….my sea friends. This is when I know it’s getting closer. The clams….the mussels…the shrimp…and then….yours truly.

Don’t worry, I won’t suffer for long. White wine will cover me soon after and at least put me out of my misery. What better time to get a buzz on? Then, the lid goes on and it’s like a thirty minute sauna. We’re at the spa…kinda.

Once we’re ready to go, it’s off with my head. I’m placed upon a wooden board and cut into what feels like a million pieces. Then my claws are cracked. Who needs protection at this point?

I do however take pride in being so cute though, because I’m what tops your dish to make it all pretty at the end of the day. All those other sea creatures…ugly mugs.

Anyway, let’s be serious folks. We all know what happens next. But it’s worth it….because it just tastes so good. And that’s why us lobsters do what we do what we do, sacrificing ourselves for the greater good of Clam Bakes! There’s really nothing like it! Pleasure takes pain! Yeah!

We hope that all of you attending the Clam Bake with Marcus Samuelsson at this year’s Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival have a grand ol’ time. And you know…don’t feel bad for the lobster. I’m here to tell you it will be okay! Eat up! I’m juicy!

Celebrate National Hot Dog Month at Caesars, Showboat & Bally’s Atlantic City!

Nothing says summertime like a good, ‘ol hotdog,especially July as it’s National Hot Dog Month! To celebrate, Cafe Roma at Caesars Atlantic City, Crossroads at House Of Blues at Showboat Atlantic City and Pickles Deli at Bally’s Atlantic City are all serving up four specialty ‘dogs for the occasion!

Check them out:

Pretzel Dog

National Hot Dog Month 1

Hot dog soaked in IPA Beer and topped with Cheddar Cheese Sauce and Crispy Onions in a pretzel roll.

BA Bacon Dog

National Hot Dog Month 2

Bacon wrapped Kobe hot dog with Caramelized Onions and Sweet Hot Mustard.

Deli Dog

National Hot Dog Month 3

Hot dog covered in Spicy Mustard, Onions, Corn Beef and Coleslaw.

Italian Dog

National Hot Dog Month 4

Hot Dog topped with Mustard, Peppers, Onions and Potatoes.

Nom nom. We really want one now. In all its juiciness. Try them out for yourself until the end of the month at Cafe Roma at Caesars, Crossroads at House Of Blues at Showboat and Pickles Deli at Bally’s. Pretzel Dog, Deli Dog and Italian Dog are priced at $8 a piece while the BA Bacon Dog is $12. Get one today!

Specialty Cocktail Revealed for the 2014 Atlantic City Food And Wine Rooftop Cocktail Party!

We know there are many of you out there that have your tickets for the 2014 Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival‘s Rooftop Cocktail Party this year because it is SOLD OUT!

This event will more or less be the kick off of this year’s festival and will feature live music and of course, all of your favorite cocktails. Sip, enjoy and dance all while overlooking the ocean and enjoying a skyline view of Atlantic City. How amazing does this sound?! You’re destined to have the best time.

Pure Leaf Iced Tea is sponsoring The Rooftop Cocktail Party and will have a specialty cocktail containing their popular not too Sweet Honey Green Tea.

Atlantic City Food And Wine Rooftop Cocktail Party

You want to know what it is…don’t you? It’s The Mango Passion Mint Green Tea Cocktail! We’re talking Belvedere Mango Passion Vodka mixed with Fresh Mint and Pure Leaf not too Sweet Honey Green Tea! YUM!

We hope you have your tickets and will be filling up your glass with the Mango Passion Mint Green Tea Cocktail because like we said, The Rooftop Cocktail Party is officially sold out! If not, be sure to grab some last minute tickets to some of the other Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival events like the The Burger Beach Bash with Martha Stewart Presented by The Beef Checkoff, Dining By The Sea Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners, and Clam Bake with Chef Marcus Samuelsson! Four days!

Anthony Anderson Chats Anthony Anderson & Friends Show at House Of Blues Atlantic City Tomorrow & More!

Anthony Anderson. You know him from SO much more than you probably think. Famous for breakout funnyman roles in flicks like Romeo Must Die, Big Mama’s House and Me, Myself & Irene, the actor has gone on to have a lucrative career in both the comedic and dramatic sectors of film and television (The Shield, Law & Order and The Departed to name a few on the latter).

Anthony Anderson

While he’s always looking to portray characters of depth, Anderson has recently gone back to his roots in more ways than one. His new comedy series, (in which he stars and executive produces) Black-Ish, premieres in September on ABC AND he is currently hosting stand-up gigs throughout the country. In fact, Anthony Anderson & Friends are slated to hit the stage at House Of Blues Atlantic City at Showboat TOMORROW….and you totally need to be there.

We were lucky enough to chat with Anthony literally right before he caught his flight this afternoon (like we’re talking seconds away from take-off) to chat about Anthony Anderson & Friends and his diverse career. Check the interview, below.

TAC: What can fans expect from your show tomorrow night at House Of Blues?

Anthony Anderson: Pure, unadulterated fun and excitement. Four comics, a DJ and me hosting. We have Chris Spencer, David Arnold, Calise Hawkins and Ron G and my DJ is DJ Diamond who was Prince’s world tour DJ for a couple of years.

TAC: What is something you get from performing stand-up live on stage that you don’t get from comedic acting on television?

Anthony Anderson: Instant gratification. The audience and the energy coming off of the audience. Being a comedic actor, you hope it’s funny. It can be funny, but can be helped in editing if it’s not, but when you are on the live stage, you are the writer, the director, the star, everything. And you know instantly what works and what doesn’t work. You’re flying by the seat of your pants.

TAC: You make people laugh all the time, what’s the last thing that made you laugh?

Anthony Anderson: My son. I have a fourteen year-old son who is an actor. In my new show Black-ish, I have a fourteen year-old son, and my son came in and auditioned and didn’t get the role. Subsequently, my son got his own television show and I was on set hanging out and watching him and the producers came over to me and said that they were writing an episode where his father comes to visit and asked if I wanted to play his father. I turned to my son and said, do you see how easy that is, son? I don’t even have to act to get a job with you! You couldn’t even be my son, but I can be your dad! He trashed talked me a little bit after that and that was just the other day.

TAC: Switching gears a bit to your acting career – you’ve played such a broad spectrum of roles over your career – comedic and dramatic, which one of them do you relate to the most other than All About The Andersons?

Anthony Anderson: One is Andre Johnson on my new sitcom Black-ish and the other is Tony from Two Can Play That Game. This character Dre is really unfiltered on television very unlike what I’ve had in the past and with Tony, I really just got to be me and talk the trash I wanted to talk about the male/female dynamic in relationships and I got to play off Morris Chestnut and a lot of other people, but I would say that that was the character most like me that I’ve done so far.

TAC: Which one was the toughest for you to prepare for and why?

Anthony Anderson: My role on The Shield as Antwon Mitchell just because at that time, people had only known me from my comedic films. Kangaroo Jack was huge at the time along with Me, Myself and Irene and Romeo Must Die. To get this opportunity to portray this character, Antwon Mitchell on The Shield, who was ruthless, heartless, calculated, gangster and murderer was different. It wasn’t really that hard to prepare for because I’ve always had it in me. I’m an actor, it’s what I do, but it was hard to get the job. It was hard to get the producers, the directors, the network and the studio to see me in that role and see me outside of a comedic film.

TAC: What do you look for when researching possible roles?

Anthony Anderson: Something that speaks to me that I haven’t done before. Right now, my trophy case is empty at home with the exception of a Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Award for Best Fart from Kangaroo Jack. Now I’m looking to put some brass up in there: a Golden Globe, an Oscar or what not. I’m looking for roles where the character has depth and more meaning other than just shits and giggles.

Leave the shits and giggles for tomorrow night at House Of Blues at Showboat Atlantic City! Snatch up your last minute tickets for Anthony Anderson and Friends here. You know you want to be there!

Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival Dining By The Sea Event Menu’s Revealed!

Who is attending a Dinner By The Sea Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner event this year at the 2014 Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival next weekend?!

Dining By The Sea kicks of with Dinner prepared by Robert Irvine on Friday, July 25th and will continue the following evening, Saturday, July 26th with Martha Stewart. Martha Stewart will also start off the Dining By The Sea Breakfast events on Saturday morning while Chef Marcus Samuelsson will take over on Sunday, and if you’re coming in for Lunch on Saturday, prepare to be wowed by Marcus Samuelsson and then again on Sunday by Chef Robert Irvine.

The menus for these awesome events were just released and we want to share them with you! Check out what you’ll be having!


Dining By The Sea Dinner with Robert Irvine

Friday, July 25th

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

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First Course

Lobster Summer Salad with Chilled Jersey Corn Soup

Petite heirloom tomatoes, Haricot verts, Compressed cucumbers, Young pea tendrils, Citrus-champagne vinaigrette & Chilled puree of local jersey sweet corn.


Cold Smoked Veal Tenderloin

Coco vert beans sofrito, English pea puree, Mango condiment, Micro cilantro


Key Lime Meringue Tart

Macerated local blueberries, Caramel rippled-vanilla bean ice cream, Graham cracker crunch


Dining By The Sea Breakfast with Martha Stewart

Saturday, July 26th

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

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Cheese Popovers

First Course

Martha’s Green Juice

Second Course

Cheese Popovers with Creamed Spinach

Third Course

Fried Egg and Bacon
* Specialty Cocktail: Bloody Mary


Dining By The Sea Lunch with Marcus Samuelsson

Saturday, July 26th

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

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Tomato Watermelon Salad

Featured Items:

Fried Chicken


Corn Bread

Tomato Watermelon Salad


Donuts & Ice Cream Sandwich

Specialty Cocktail: Rose Sangria


Dining By The Sea Dinner with Martha Stewart 

Saturday, July 26th

8:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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First Course

Melon and Cucumber Salad

Second Course


Third Course

Blueberry Crisp or Peach and Berry Cobbler

* Specialty Cocktail: Ginger Caipirinha


Dining By The Sea Breakfast with Marcus Samuelsson

Sunday, July 27th

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

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Deviled Eggs

Featured Items:

Deviled Eggs

Smoked Salmon and Green Papaya Salad

Caribbean Bacon with Beans, Soy Poached Egg

Specialty Cocktail:  Rooster Michelada


Dining By The Sea Lunch with Robert Irvine

Sunday, July 27th

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

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First Course 

Octopus Carpaccio

Petite heirloom tomatoes, Fava beans, Fingerling potatoes, Mache greens, Pickled red onion-olive condiment, Olio verde


Bourbon Brined Amish Chicken

Summer corn & sweet potato hash, Chanterelle mushrooms, Nueske’s bacon lardoons, Fermented garlic jus de poulet


Warm Peach Cobbler

Almond streusel, Blackberry preserves, Tahitian vanilla- crème fraiche ice cream


Isn’t your mouth watering just reading all that goodness?! Where else can you eat food prepared by a star studded celebrity chef other than the Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival?! If you haven’t snatched up any tickets for Dining By The Sea Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner, we advise you to do that ASAP! After reading over these menus, you don’t want to miss out!