The Countdown Is On For the 2014 Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival!

Forget spring, it’s been feeling like summer a little bit lately, right?! And when you think of summer in Atlantic City, what do you think of? Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City‘s Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival! That’s right! Coming back ‘atcha for the sixth consecutive year July 25 – 27, 2014! And the 2014 Festival is already looking like it could be the best yet!

Why, you ask? No, let us ask you something first. What was your favorite new event from 2013? We KNOW it was the Beach Soirée! Well guess, what? The 2014 Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival is going to be one, big, fabulous and delicious Beach Soirée, because the majority will be hosted on the Atlantic City Beach! This just makes everything even better!

What else are you just itching to know? The celeb chef factor?

Well, our favorite Chef Robert Irvine will be back in the mix this year, of course!

Robert Irvine

Robert will be hosting Lunch By The Sea, Dinner By The Sea and Blues, Brews and BBQ this year and will also be in attendance yet again for the popular Beach Soirée.

Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City is also happy to welcome Chef Marcus Samuelsson to Atlantic City Food And Wine this year! You know him from Bravo’s Top Chef Masters and Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef,  Chopped and Chopped All Stars as well as his famed New York City restaurant, Red Rooster.

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You can catch Chef Samuelsson at his Breakfast By The Sea or Lunch By The Sea events as well as the Clam Bake and Beach Soirée.

A third culinary superstar will be announced in May, so keep checking back for the big reveal!

In the meantime, take a look at the schedule of events and start planning your 2014 Atlantic City Food And Wine itinerary!

  • Friday, July 25th: Dining By The Sea: Dinner with Robert Irvine – 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, July 25th: Rooftop Cocktail Party – 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

 

  • Saturday, July 26th: Dining By The Sea: Breakfast at Bally’s Courtyard – 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, July 26th: The Grand Market – 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 26th: Blues, Brews & BBQ with Robert Irvine at Bally’s Beach Tent – 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 26th: Dining By The Sea: Lunch with Marcus Samuelsson at Bally’s Courtyard – 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 26th: Burger Beach Bash at Caesars Beach Tent – 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 26th: The Grand Market at Bally’s Park – 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 26th: Clam Bake with Marcus Samuelsson at Bally’s Beach Tent – 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 26th: The Grand Market at Bally’s Park – 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 26th: Dining By The Sea: Dinner at Bally’s Courtyard – 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 26th: Beach Soirée at Caesars Beach Tent – 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

 

  • Sunday, July 27th: Dining By The Sea: Breakfast with Marcus Samuelsson at Bally’s Courtyard – 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, July 27th: Dining By The Sea: Lunch with Robert Irvine at Bally’s Courtyard – 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Click here to get the low down on every one of these exciting events including ticket prices!

Tickets for the 2014 Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival go on sale THIS FRIDAY, April 18th at 10 a.m. Click on the Buy Tickets link on www.acfoodandwine.com to purchase.

NOTE: There will also be some special packages available for you to choose from! Like the Total AC Food And Wine Festival Experience for $250 that includes one ticket to all of the Saturday General Tasting Events, as well as Early Entry Tickets, Chefs Table Seating at Eat, Greet & Stay Packages at Caesars Atlantic City and/or Bally’s Atlantic City coupled with tickets for individual events. Read up on all of the packages, here.

So the summer 2014 Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival countdown is officially on, folks! May the ticket buying Gods be with you on Friday. Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City can’t wait to see you again for another memorable foodie’s dream this July!

Drink AC, Round 2 at Caesars, Harrah’s Resort, Bally’s & Showboat Atlantic City!

Remember those new Drink AC Cocktails you voted on back in December on the Caesars, Harrah’s Resort, Showboat and Bally’s Atlantic City Facebook pages? They are now available & ready to be filled into your mason jar!

If you don’t already have one of these bad boys, you can pick up the Drink AC Cocktail glass for $10 at Caesars Atlantic CityHarrah’s Resort Atlantic CityShowboat Atlantic City and/or Bally’s Atlantic City and then receive $6 on refills at any of these properties, any time, anywhere.

Let’s have a little refresher on the new winning cocktails:

Absolut Mandarin Imperator 

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  • 1.5 oz Absolut Mandarin
  • Triple Sec
  • Melon Liqueur
  • Banana Liqueur
  • Raspberry Liqueur
  • Pineapple Juice


Available at Toga Bar at Caesars.    

 

Absolut Citron Goodtimes  

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The red beauty with the lemon garnish

  • 1.5 oz Absolut Citron
  • .5 Peach Schnapps
  • Cranberry Juice

 

Get it at Eden Lounge and X-Bar at Harrah’s Resort!

 

 

Cruzan Fire Punch 

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  • 1.5 oz Cruzan Rum
  • .5 oz Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey
  • Ginger Ale
  • Cranberry
  • Orange Juice


Fill up your glass with this winning mixture at FREEZE Bar12 Bar and Spirit Bar at Showboat!  

 

 

Hornitos South Of The Border 

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  • 1.5 oz Hornitos Silver Tequila
  • .5 oz Ginger Syrup
  • Lime Juice
  • Bitters
  • Ginger Ale

       

 

Enjoy at Lobby BarMountain Bar, and Blue Martini at Bally’s!

And per usual, if you’re not in mood for a bar crawl of sorts, any bartender at any of the offering outlets at CaesarsHarrah’s ResortShowboat and Bally’s will be able to provide you with whichever new Drink AC Cocktail you’d like! Bottoms up, bottoms up, hey!

 

Caesars, Showboat & Bally’s Atlantic City Restaurants To Offer New $29 Spring Menus

It’s currently 46 degrees here in Atlantic City and spring technically begins tomorrow! We’re getting there…we hope. Luckily, Caesars Atlantic City, Showboat Atlantic City and Bally’s Atlantic City restaurant outlets have something to help you get there even more! Your favorite Atlantic City restaurants housed in these properties will be offering some all new spring menus starting tomorrow until the end of June! We’re talking Free Range Chicken Breasts with Wild Mushroom Marsala and Broccoli Rabe to Pan Seared Salmon with a Dijon Mustard Honey Glaze and Panko over a Lentil Ragu to Blackened Mahi Mahi topped with Sauteed Shrimp with Wild Rice and Grilled Asparagus. Plus an appetizer and dessert…for $29! We just can’t believe it! You can also choose from $39 and/or $49 options if something in those price ranges strike your fancy.

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Take a look at the menus and participating outlets:

Caesars:

Mia: See the Mia $29 Spring Menu

Nero’s Chophouse & Sushi Bar: View the Nero’s Chophouse & Sushi Bar $29 Spring Dining Menu

 

Showboat 

Casa Di Napoli: See the Casa Di Napoli Spring $29 Dining Menu

Crossroads At House Of Blues: View the Crossroads At House Of Blues Spring $29 Menu

 

Bally’s

Arturo’s: Click for the Arturo’s $29 Spring Menu

6ix A Bistro: View the 6ix A Bistro $29 Spring Menu

Noodle Village: See the Noodle Village $29 Spring Menu

The Reserve: Click to view the The Reserve $29 Spring Menu

 

How does all that sound? Pretty good, huh?! Celebrate the season with lots of gourmet selections at affordable prices every time you visit Caesars, Showboat and Bally’s this spring! It’s more than a great deal!

Get Up On The Luck at Caesars, Harrah’s Resort, Showboat & Bally’s Atlantic City

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, we took to Caesars, Harrah’s Resort, Showboat and Bally’s Atlantic City Facebook channels to ask you your favorite luck rituals before you hit the tables or machines at your favorite Atlantic City casino and found some reoccurring themes. Check them out:

 

1. Lucky Charms 

No, no the cereal. Some of you have the real deal. For example, Debra carries a little Buddha all around Caesars while Michael places a little red bunny charm atop of the one credit button on his video poker machines at Bally’s.

 

2. Rubbing Stuff

Don’t get all crazy on us. You know this happens in weird ways where luck is concerned. It’s closely related to carrying lucky charms of course, but some of you have to take it a step further with the touching. Andrea likes to rub an old Bally’s dollar coin before she starts a slot game and Carol likes to pet her puppy’s head right before heading out to the gaming floor at Showboat. She thanks the Pet Stay program for this. You’re welcome! ;)

 

3. Alcohol 

Are you surprised? Gotta psych yourself up, right?! Robert likes kicking back a Rusty Nail (Drambuie & Scotch) before a game of cards and Michelle always starts it off right with a shot at Mountain Bar! Go get ‘em!

 

And if you’re lucky enough to be around Caesars Atlantic City, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, Showboat Atlantic City and/or Bally’s Atlantic City on this luckiest day of the year, you can also enjoy some other special perks:

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  • St. Patrick’s Day Meals (March 14-17) Corned Beef & Cabbage at Cafe Roma and The Palace Court Buffet at Caesars and 6ix A Bistro at Bally’s
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade Pre-Party at Surf Bar at Showboat (March 15th, 11 AM) – Enjoy Pub Burgers, Grilled Garlic Sausage, Irish Nacho’s, Shepherd’s Pie, Corned Beef & Cabbage, Irish Car Bombs, Guinness and Jamisons while warming up for and during the 2014 Atlantic City St. Patrick’s Day Parade! (Parade start time is 1 PM).
  • $5 Guinness and $4 Jamison at Toga Bar at Caesars, 12 Bar, Spirit Bar and Crossroads of House Of Blues at Showboat, and Mountain Bar and Lobby Bar at Bally’s (March 17-20).

What’s your luck ritual? Why not test it out around St. Patrick’s Day at Caesars Atlantic City, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, Showboat Atlantic City and Bally’s Atlantic City?!

 

Caesars, Showboat & Bally’s Atlantic City Rollout Spring Cocktails

Believe it or not, it’s almost spring, folks. In 16 days to be exact. And Caesars Atlantic City, Showboat Atlantic City and Bally’s Atlantic City have just rolled out some Spring Cocktails to fit the occasion! Take a look:

Strawberry Mint Cooler 

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Ingredients: Muddled Mint and Strawberry, Skyy Vodka & Sierra Mist

 

Chipotle Pineapple Margarita

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Ingredients: Hornitos Tequila, Monin Chipotle Pineappel Syrup, Sour Mix & Lime Juice

 

Passion Fruit Punch 

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Ingredients: Absolut Mandarin, Monin Passion Fruit Syrup, Cranberry Juice, Pineapple Juice

 

Peach Martini 

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Ingredients: Belvedere Vodka, Monin Peach Syrup & Cream

 

Orange Crush 

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Ingredients: Crushed Ice, Grand Marnier, Orange Juice & Sierra Mist

 

Green Apple Manhattan 

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Ingredients: Jack Daniels, Apple Pucker & Sweet Vermouth

 

Spring has sprung, ya’ll! At least where your cocktails are concerned at Caesars, Showboat and Bally’s. Grab the Strawberry Mint Cooler, Chipotle Pineapple Margarita and Passion Fruit Punch for $10 and the Peach Martini, Orange Crush and Green Apple Manhattan for $12 at the following locations:

Toga Bar, Mia, Nero’s Chophouse & Sushi Bar and Cafe Roma at Caesars

FREEZE Bar, 12 Bar, Spirit Bar, Scarduzio’s Steak & Sushi Lounge, Casa Di Napoli and Crossroads At House Of Blues at Showboat

Lobby Bar, Blue Martini, 6ix A Bistro, Arturo’s and The Reserve at Bally’s

In fact, grab a drink, a room and more at these properties for Virtually Free, here! With a winter this rough, sounds like a perfect way to welcome spring! Cheers to the S-P-R-I-N-G!

Atlantic City Deals: Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City’s 2014 Virtually Free Sale!

It’s Monday. Some of you may be breaking your back shoveling snow while others may be sitting at your cubicle. Whatever your situation may be today, we think you deserve a little pick me up. This is why we’re unleashing some of your favorite Atlantic City hotel deals RIGHT NOW!!!

Boo-yah! That’s right, the Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City Virtually Free Sale is back! Starting today through May 9th, you can book a room at Caesars, Harrah’s Resort, Showboat and/or Bally’s packaged with amazing perks (like complimentary food, drinks and entry into the best Atlantic City buffets and spas) for an incredible price!

As usual, let your favorite Atlantic City blog break it down for you:

Bally’s Atlantic City Virtually Free Package

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Starting at $69

Overnight Accommodations

$30 Dining Credit

$10 Free Slot Play

Round Of Drinks

Entry For 2 into The Spa at Bally’s

25% discount at The Salon at Bally’s

Complimentary Parking

Late Checkout

Book here!

 

Showboat Atlantic City Virtually Free Package 

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Starting at $69

Upgraded Accommodations

Passes for 2 to the French Quarter Buffet

Round Of Drinks

Late Checkout

Get yours!

 

Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City Virtually Free Package

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Starting at $79

Upgraded Accommodations

Passes for 2 to the Waterfront Buffet

Complimentary Parking

Late Checkout

Book it!

 

Caesars Atlantic City Virtually Free Package

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Starting at $129

Upgraded Accommodations

Passes for 2 at The Palace Court Buffet

Round Of Drinks

Entry for 2 into Qua Baths & Spa

$10 in Free Play

Complimentary Parking

Late Checkout

Book this deal!

 

Plan your travel anytime from March 5, 2014 to June 13, 2014 at Caesars, Harrah’s Resort, Showboat and Bally’s with the Virtually Free Sale! St. Patrick’s Day, Spring Break, the Atlantic City Beer And Music Festival and Memorial Day weekend are all on the horizon, ya know!

Atlantic City Fashion Week At The Pier Shops at Caesars To Feature Project Runway Stars Lantie Foster, Helen Castillo & Reigning Champ Dom Streater!

Atlantic City Fashion Week is about to kick of tomorrow evening in full force at The Pier Shops at Caesars Atlantic City, ya’ll. The weekend festivities will highlight collections from 35 designers worldwide. We’re talking from Australia to India to the U.S. of A. Some familiar faces in this group include three designers from the hit TV show Project Runway – Lantie Foster, Season 10, Helen Castillo, Season 12 and reigning champion Dom Streater (also Season 12).

We were lucky enough to catch up with all three of these lovely ladies while furiously in prep for the big event. Check out the Q&A’s, below.

 

Lantie Foster

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TAC: What are you most looking forward to about participating in Atlantic City Fashion Week this weekend?

Lantie: The moment it starts! I’m looking forward to sharing my collection with everybody in Atlantic City. It’s been awhile since I’ve been there.

TAC: What can ticket holders expect from your designs this weekend?

Lantie: I mainly work with a lot of upscale and luxury fabrics, so it’s definitely elegant and whimsical at the same time.

TAC: We like it! What is your story behind being part of the 10th season of Project Runway?

Lantie: I had heard about it years ago and I tried out once in the very beginning, but I didn’t have a whole collection together and that’s what they were looking for. I waited awhile until I got things together, and the second time, I had a collection together. It was pretty fast, I made up my mind that I was going to do it within two days and there I was!

TAC: Spur of the moment decisions are sometimes the best! What is the biggest lesson you learned from Project Runway?

Lantie: That I don’t work well under a stopwatch! I thought I was fast because I would make a lot of garments one day and wear them the next day, but apparently I’m not as fast as I thought I was!

TAC: How would you describe your design style for people that may be unfamiliar with you?

Lantie: Again, it’s elegant and whimsical at the same time. Everything has a bit of fun to it and a little quirkiness, but it’s elegant at the same time. I put a lot of classical things in with girly things and mix it in with edgy, downtown, funky things. I know that’s really popular now, but I’ve been doing it for a long time!

TAC: What are some of the best designs you ever made that really stick out in your mind?

Lantie: I did a couple dresses for the Oscars. One for a TV anchor, and one for a Producer.

TAC: Very cool! What is the key to a successful piece?

Lantie: It’s a combination of line, color, balance and surprise.

TAC: What are some newer styles that you are really enjoying at the moment?

Lantie: I started working with metallics a bit, but it kind of just creeps up on me. I was doing laser cut leather about three to four years ago before anyone started doing it again. I’ve been using a leather combination with fabric for the last six years.

TAC: What is something that every woman should have in her wardrobe?

Lantie: A killer, fitting pair of pants. Not leggings, but a really, dressy, fun, pretty pair of pants that you can wear any kind of top with and wear with heels. I have the perfect pair. They are a silver, metallic cotton blend, so they look like platinum. They’re high waisted with a side zipper and padded pockets, slim leg and a little dip in the back.

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TAC: Ooh, we love! What do you hope to accomplish next in your career?

Lantie: I work with a lot of different startup companies and do a lot of designs with different clients, so I’m doing that as well as lots of illustrations. I’m an illustrator as well. There is a company in Paris that I do illustrations for – wall decals and murals. I do tons of illustrations for pattern companies, all kinds of stuff.

 

Helen Castillo

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TAC: What are you most looking forward to about participating in Atlantic City Fashion Week this weekend?

Helen: I’m excited. I’ve never shown in Atlantic City, I’ve never even been to Atlantic City which is crazy! I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. My parents are coming and my best friend will be my backstage hand, so it will be really awesome. The itinerary was finalized yesterday and it seems like it’s really well put together and there are going to be a lot of fun events. The only other designer I know that’s showing is Dom since we were on the show together. I’m stoked to show with her too. It’s not a competition anymore so it’s like I’m showing with my friend!

TAC: Have you two seen each other since the show?

Helen: I went to her show in New York about two weeks ago. She’s been crazy busy! We text almost every day and she’s always going somewhere new, saying she just got to another airport or just out of another meeting, it’s crazy.

TAC: Sounds like it! What can ticket holders expect from your designs this weekend?

Helen: My inspiration is the Marie Antoinette retreat house at Versailles. I’m a really big fan of that era and the inspiration is really subtle. I did a lot of tailored pieces. I took more of the high end approach because I feel like a lot of women really appreciate high end fashion and all the Paris and Milan shows, but even if it’s someone they admire like Prada or Gucci or other household names, a lot of people see those designers as avant-garde even though they’re not. I feel like I took all of the right shapes, sizes and silohuettes that are more practical but have inspirations from those designers that are better known. I have a lot of capes, those are my signature thing. I played with style lines that are consistent throughout the collection. I used metallic lace and my colors are all royal colors, so I took a more subtle inspiration from Marie Antoinette. The capes are timeless. My color story is gold, cobalt blue, and a forest green. The print I made is from certain photographs I took when I was interning overseas with Vivienne Westwood. I took a photo of roses in a garden and manipulated them. It’s fun and flirty. My target market is a woman who is trend savvy, knows what looks good and what fits right, and is conscious of what is relevant. A lot of my pieces are classics reborn. I did four lengths: mini, knee, midi and floor length. Any successful collections need to have separates, so a lot of my pieces are mix and match. I have five capes, a lot of lace, and a few stretch fabrics.

TAC: Amazing! You really try to understand the human body and encompass that in your designs. Do you have a particular body type in mind with each piece you make?

Helen: In school you are taught to use a size 6 which is a model size 6, a 5’10” model with a perfect figure, but not everybody has the same body type. I just did four dresses for the Grammy’s last month for a plus-sized musician. It’s not something that I have ever done before, but I was conscious of what she was comfortable in and what she would prefer to perform in and wear on the red carpet. I made her a red carpet dress that was a strapless high low which is so trendy right now, and she looked and felt amazing. In my collection I have one fitted, floor length dress, a few fitted pieces that stop at the knee and kitten flare. There’s definitely range with my shapes and sizes. A garment in my collection that’s particularly fitted could be done easily in a size 8 or size 0. It’s not restricted to any particular body type. There’s something for everyone.

TAC: That’s what we like to hear! And yes! Mary Lambert’s Grammy dresses! How did this come about?

Helen: Right after we finished filming, we had been invited to all of these events in the city and I attended one for GLAAD where Mary was performing. I went up to talk to her after and told her congratulations and that she had an amazing voice. She told me that she loved my work from the show so we exchanged information and have been friends since. I flew out to Los Angeles in January for a fitting. We had four dresses and everything was perfect. She was glowing in her red dress on stage. I was crying while I was watching!

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TAC: Is this experience your best one since the show wrapped?

Helen: It was definitely a landmark in my life as a designer, but it’s all what I make of it. If I wasn’t brave enough to exchange my information with Mary Lambert that day at her performance, I would not have had that opportunity. The biggest thing that’s happened to me since the show is that I’m confident now. On the show, I was really insecure and learning a lot about myself as a designer. The show was definitely a kick in the right direction to take myself and my aesthetic more seriously. The Grammys was empowering, though. It made me realize more that this was the right path.

TAC: What else have you learned since your exit from the show?

Helen: How to sew better! Practice makes perfect. Being my own boss, I have to do everything from illustration to draping to pattern making and sewing. I’m a one-man team. It’s a learning experience. I’m learning a lot about myself and what I’m capable of.

TAC: And what else do you have in the works?

Helen: I’m taking one day at a time. After this collection, which is definitely a good decision that I made because it represents me and my work and my capabilities, if it’s successful, I will sell it online. Maybe I’ll try to get contracts with Gucci or some kind of department store, but that’s down the line.

 

Dom Streater

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TAC: What can ticket holders expect from your designs at Atlantic City Fashion Week this weekend?

Dom: Because I’m known for my graphic and bold prints, there’s going to be lots of that. For winter I wanted to show printed gowns for special occasions and the usual Dom, quirky, fun, peppy clothing!

TAC: YAY! You grew up not too far away in Philly! Do you have any favorite memories of coming to Atlantic City in the past?

Dom: Oh, yeah! I used to go to Atlantic City with either my mom or my dad every summer. They would bring my brother and I down to Atlantic City. It’s very much a big part of my childhood. We used to go to the boardwalk and ride the rides. It was definitely a big part of my growing up and a place that we frequented a lot. It was my summer! We also went right before I went back for the finale for Project Runway for a little re-set.

TAC: We love it! Most people know you as the latest winner from Project Runway. What did you think you were getting into when you signed up for the show and what surprised you about your experience?

Dom: I kind of knew from watching the show for so long how crazy it would be. I don’t think anything can really prepare you for the pace and amount of pressure that you experience when you’re actually filming. For the most part it was what I expected, but times two! What you don’t expect is the moments where you have fun and bond with your cast mates. That’s kind of what made it special for me.

TAC: How is your day to day now opposed to when you were working two jobs before Project Runway began?

Dom: It’s lovely! I’m so happy. Before, my days started around 5 a.m. and they didn’t end until one in the morning. I was working two jobs and on top of that, I was also sewing. I was miserable because neither one of my jobs were dream jobs, and I barely had enough time to pursue fashion. Now I can wake up and only focus on fashion which is pretty awesome. My day to day is pretty good now!

TAC: You’re actually the second Philadelphian to win since Jay McCarroll. Has he given you any advice?

Dom: Yeah! Jay actually lives in South Philly and I don’t live too far from him. I was working as a hostess before I left for Project Runway and Jay frequented the restaurant I worked at. I couldn’t tell him that I was chosen for the show, it was a secret. I told him that I applied and was a big fan of his. He told me not to be an a-hole on TV and to be nice in true Jay McCarroll voice! He gave me some really good advice before I left and was really supportive and was just as much supportive when I got back after I won. He’s been a really good friend.

TAC: What about you? What advice do you have for future Project Runway contestants?

Dom: It’s important to not take yourself too seriously. I think that a lot of designers forget that there are fifteen other designers in the room in addition to three hundred other people on the set and they think that it’s their show. You have to learn to not make everything about you and focus on the creative aspects and trying to produce the best garment that you can. It’s important to not become wrapped up in the reality TV aspect of it all and remember why you are there.

TAC: What is one of your most favorite designs that sticks out in your mind either before or after the show?

Dom: I love the garment I created for the butterfly challenge. It was the avant-garde challenge, the last one we did. That was such a fun challenge for me creatively . It was fun to go all out and create something that was crazy looking. I love the mix of the prints. It was very descriptive of my style, so it was pretty cool!

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TAC: What big names have you designed for since the show ended?

Dom: I have been talking with LaTanya Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson’s wife, about designing something for her. And I’ve been reaching out to magazines and smaller celebrities as well as people who are fans of mine and want something made by me. These are all small projects I’m doing in addition to designing my women’s Ready To Wear collection.

TAC: Speaking of small projects (and totally just kidding on this one), you just presented your first NYFW collection that was inspired by a photograph of a Russian Ballerina. How did you know that this was what you wanted to base your collection on and what else inspires you to create?

Dom: Once you finish a collection, you are looking and wondering what you can do next to take your aesthetic to the next level. I knew I wanted to do something that was really feminine and use colors that I never designed with before. A baby pink collection was definitely not something I had in my designer tool box! It was really challenging for me and that’s when I know it is something I should go with, when what I’m designing is challenging and I can have fun with it. And I just thought the photograph was really beautiful. Sometimes it just happens like that, I’ll stumble upon something that’s really beautiful to look at or I might hear an album from an artist that I like that I might think is amazing and I get really inspired to design a whole collection around it. Sometimes it just kind of happens organically.

TAC: What’s next for you after Atlantic City Fashion Week?

Dom: After Atlantic City Fashion Week, I’m going to finish making stock for my store online. I have a Mini Capsule Collection that I will be releasing online for purchase for spring and summer that I’m very excited about. I’m also working on spring and summer 2015 because that’s what comes next! I’ll never be bored!

And there ya  have it, folks. The latest 411 on some of your favorite Atlantic City Fashion Week designers. The Project Runway ladies will be showing their creations this Saturday. Friday’s and Saturday’s fashion shows will both start at 7 p.m., however guests are encouraged to arrive at 6:30 to experience the awesomeness of the red carpet. Tickets still remain! Click here to purchase! Atlantic City Fashion Week at The Pier Shops at Caesars is definitely the place to be this weekend! See ya there!

 

 

 

 

The Top 5 Spots It’s Always Summer at Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City Properties

What about that little tease in weather this weekend, huh? JEEZ! A little bit of spring, a little bit of summer, but not so fast. It’s already gone. And snow could be coming again on Wednesday. Joyyyy. Needless to say this really ticked us off! So we decided to stand tall and go head to head with Mother Nature. No matter what she tries to throw our way, there are spots that ALWAYS feel like summer at Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City properties. And that’s a fact! So take that, you witch! Here they are:

1. Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Atlantic City 

Qua Baths & Spa

Like any good summer day, you’ll get a boatload of water and natural light right at Qua at Caesars Atlantic City! The Roman baths are famous for using the healing powers of water to relieve stress and tension, and you get to choose from three varying temperatures to bask in after any treatment. Sit back, relax and let the water work its magic! Click here for a special room package with entry into Qua Baths & Spas starting at just $65!

 

2. Adirondack Chairs at The Pier Shops at Caesars 

The Pier Shops at Caesars

On the third floor of The Pier Shops at Caesars, sit a beautiful array of Adirondack chairs overlooking the Atlantic City beach. Best part about it is that you can literally stick your feet in the sand no matter what the temperature outside and look out at the ocean! Such a peaceful spot!

 

3. The Pool at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City

Harrah's Resort Atlantic City

Here’s the obvious one. But here’s the thing, we love talking about it so much because it makes us happy and it makes you happy too! Mostly because it’s always 82 degrees and sunny there, any day, any time. The Pool by day at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City offers so much more than a fabulous atmosphere too! Click here to get the 411 and here to book a Forever Summer package featuring upgraded accommodations in the Waterfront Tower, a poolside beverage credit and more starting at just $65!

 

4. FREEZE Daiquiri Bar at Showboat Atlantic City 

Atlantic City bars

Nothing says summer like frozen drinks, right?! And FREEZE Daiquiri Bar at Showboat Atlantic City has quite the selection like Strawberry Daiquiris, Banana Berry Daiquiris, Malibu Coladas, Mango Moves and the famous Coronaritas just to name a few! Sipping on these glasses of goodness adorned in your Mardi Gras beads will make you feel like you’re anywhere but New Jersey! Get a FREE round of drinks at FREEZE and take advantage of a room offer starting at just $39 here!

 

5. The Indoor Pool at Bally’s Atlantic City 

Atlantic City pools

You’ll feel as if you’re in a tropical park while relaxing at the Indoor Pool at Bally’s Atlantic City! The pool and seven surrounding whirlpools are flanked by a flurry of fountains and tropical plants! Kick  back and relax here all year long. To getaway quick, score a room and $20 food and beverage credit starting at just $49, here.

So, see. It really can feel like summer even during the winter months at Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City properties! Get here soon for a much needed break!

National Margarita Day Spans Three Days at Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City Properties

Factually, National Margarita Day is tomorrow, February 22nd. And in this case, the good news is that you can start celebrating tomorrow TODAY at Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City properties! You know our Drink AC Cocktail? Ya’ll really do love it. Well, you can get a special Margarita Day Cocktail in that trusty mug today through Sunday to celebrate!

National Margarita Day

This is the Desert Pear Margarita. Even the name alone makes us want to slurp one up right now. This pretty puppy is made of Hornitos Tequila, Desert Pear Syrup, Lime Juice, Triple Sec Sour Mix, and Orange Juice with a cherry and lime garnish. Re-fresh-ing!

The regular $6 refill charge applies. Get one at Toga Bar at Caesars Atlantic City, FREEZE Bar, 12 Bar and Spirit Bar at Showboat Atlantic City and Lobby Bar, Mountain Bar and Blue Martini at Bally’s Atlantic City this weekend!

You can also score Cucumber Cilantro, Sour Patch and Hot & Spicy special margaritas from Preview Bar!

And for an added bonus, take advantage of a special room offer at Showboat including a FREE round of drinks on Sunday for National Margarita Day here for $39!

Atlantic City Restaurant Week 2014 Room Packages Plus An Interview With Chef Ryan Ebbs Of Dos Caminos At Harrah’s Resort!

YOU GUYS,

The most wonderful time of the year is quickly approaching! Atlantic City Restaurant Week 2014 is right around the corner! You can FINALLY try out all those Atlantic City restaurants you’ve been hearing such great things about any time from March 2nd to March 8th! Atlantic City Restaurant Week lunches are priced at $15.14 per person, while dinners will cost you $33.14 a piece. Can we say a steal?!

Try every kind of cuisine you can think of from Italian to to Mexican to Asian to Continental and then some! And lucky for you, Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City properties are making it easy for you to not have to travel too far in between meals! Caesars Atlantic City, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, Showboat Atlantic City & Bally’s Atlantic City are offering room packages with a $66 Restaurant Week Credit starting at just $99! A $66 Restaurant Week Credit can get you two incredible dinners, four fabulous lunches or any combination there of equaling $66!

Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City Restaurant Week Package

$99

Overnight Accommodations at Harrah’s Resort

$66 Food Credit to be used at Atlantic City Restaurant Week Harrah’s Resort participating outlets: Bill’s Bar & Burger, Dos Caminos, The Steakhouse, Luke Palladino, Sammy D’s & McCormick & Schmick’s 

Click here to book.

 

Caesars Atlantic City Restaurant Week Package

$129

One Night Accommodations at Caesars Atlantic City

$66 Food Credit to be used at Atlantic City Restaurant Week Caesars participating outlets: MiaBuddakan at The Pier ShopsContinental at The Pier ShopsPhillips Seafood at The Pier ShopsNero’s Chophouse & Sushi Bar and Morton’s The Steakhouse

Click here to book.

 

Showboat Atlantic City Restaurant Week Package

$99

Overnight Accommodations at Showboat Atlantic City

$66 Food Credit to be used at Atlantic City Restaurant Week Showboat participating outlets: Scarduzio’s Steak & Sushi Lounge, Casa Di Napoli & Crossroads At House Of Blues

Click here to book.

 

Bally’s Atlantic City Restaurant Week Package

$99

Overnight Accommodations at Bally’s Atlantic City

$66 Food Credit to be used at Atlantic City Restaurant Week Bally’s participating outlets: Arturo’s, The Reserve, 6ix A Bistro, Harry’s Oyster Bar & Seafood, Nanking Asian Fusion

Click here to book.

(And if for some crazy, extreme reason you can’t make it to Atlantic City Restaurant Week 2014, click here to see if you can take advantage of some other special offers).

The Atlantic City Country Club Taproom will also be participating in Restaurant Week as well as all of the outlets listed above. In fact, the Kick-Off Party will be hosted there on Wednesday, February 26th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.!

To give you even more of a sneak peek into the Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City side of Atlantic City Restaurant Week 2014, check out an interview below with Chef Ryan Ebbs of Dos Caminos at Harrah’s Resort! Get the low down!

Chef Ryan Ebbs

TAC: What’s the earliest memory you have in regards to cooking or wanting to be a chef? Do you remember the first meal you ever made?

Chef Ryan Ebbs: I remember the first time I actually tried to cook. I ended up awfully burning myself. I was making a big pot of broccoli soup for my brother’s 14th birthday. I think I was eight at the time. I was so happy that my mother actually let me help her cook. She went to set the table and I dropped an entire pot of soup! I had third degree burns and was out of school for about a month and a half! So for about six years, I didn’t go anywhere near the kitchen again.

TAC: Eek! What made you venture back towards the kitchen again?

Chef Ryan Ebbs: Just living on my own. When I turned 19, I was on my own and didn’t have a lot of money to do anything. It was either that or be lonely, so I always invited people over and cooked for them. It was more of a necessity than anything.

TAC: That’ll do it! You’ve worked with many different cuisines over the course of your career so far (steak, sushi, Italian, etc.). What do you like most about being the chef at Dos Caminos in particular?

Chef Ryan Ebbs:  The flavors. The food is really bold. All the flavors are very prominent, so it’s not like anything takes a back seat. You don’t eat anything on our menu without being surprised or being wowed. That’s what I like about it.

TAC: What have you learned working here specifically that you haven’t learned anywhere else?

Chef Ryan Ebbs: Yes, subtlety is key! When you work with so many interesting flavors, sometimes it’s cool to know how to undernote things rather than just punch people in the face with flavor.

TAC: What’s your favorite cuisine to work with and create dishes for? Do you have a preference?

Chef Ryan Ebbs: I would say this one. I love Mexican food, I love Spanish cuisine. If I wasn’t doing this, I’d probably run a Ramen Shop in some hole in the wall, that would probably be my secondary.

TAC: No way! That’s awesome! Dos Caminos is known for the guacamole. What’s the key to a good guacamole?

Chef Ryan Ebbs: All the ingredients have to be fresh. Guac isn’t one of those things you can dumb down. If you have old ingredients, it’s gonna taste that way. If everything is fresh and made fresh every day and you do it that way and respect it, then it comes out good.

TAC: What is your favorite kind of Dos Caminos guac?

Chef Ryan Ebbs: I like the regular or the Bacon Chicarron. It’s got pickled jalapenos, pork rinds and bacon. It’s good!

TAC: What will be featured on your Restaurant Week menu this year?

Chef Ryan Ebbs: Chile Rellenos, Skirt Steak…we feature items that are on our menu anyway because we wanted to highlight what the customers really like. We kept it basically the same and added the chile rellenos.

Mexican restaurants in Atlantic City

Skirt Steak

TAC: We heart the skirt steak. What’s the best dish you ever created?

Chef Ryan Ebbs: Our Valentine’s Day menu was really, really cool. We did a lot of different stuff. We did a six ounce filet with lobster and shrimp and chorizo with a roja reduction.

TAC: Noms as well. Famous last meal question. What would yours be?

Chef Ryan Ebbs: A big bowl of Vietnamese Pho. Rare beef. Or I would go to Momofuku in New York and have a bowl of his Ramen. Everyone always makes fun of me because I’m the most American Japanese/Mexican chef. I love Japanese and Vietnamese food.

TAC: We love it! What else do you still hope to accomplish in your career?

Ryan Ebbs: I would love to open a Ramen shop or taco spot on the beach! Three beers, two tequilas, four tacos, open the door and go right to the sand. That’s how I hope to retire some day!

Sounds good to us! But for now, keep rocking it over at Dos Caminos at Harrah’s Resort!

Snatch up an Atlantic City Restaurant Week 2014 room package at Caesars, Harrah’s Resort, Showboat or Bally’s and eat up at Dos Caminos and every other restaurant of your choice! This week is for eaters!

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