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GRAPE EXPECTATIONS Wine and cigar boutique is unveiled at Caesars

Janet Markowitz wears a lot of hats in this town. She runs Chester’s Plants & Flowers. She runs the Atlantic City Boardwalk Rodeo. And she runs A Time for Wine I and II which just opened in Caesars Atlantic City. “If someone tells me I can’t do something I show them I can,” Markowitz said. A Time For Wine II is located on the second floor of Caesars. The store contains 350 cigars, 100 craft beers, 200 upscale liquors and 1,000 different wines. Markowitz’s endeavor not only attracts hotel guests, but locals shopping at the Pier Shops or The Walk. “A Time For Wine II sets itself apart from traditional liquor shops because we cover the gamut,” Markowitz said. “Anyone looking to pick up a bottle of their favorite brand can stop in and choose from our huge selection. We spend for inventory. If someone comes to us and says I like a specific wine we can get one or two bottles. But what really makes A Time For Wine II a rare treasure are the non-traditional items we offer, such as wine canteens and gift baskets. We can even create personalized bottles of wine.” Selections include Grey Goose vodka, Rogue beer, Francis Coppola wines as well as a 25 year-old, single malt bottle of Glenlivet scotch, and a bottle of Gran Patron Burdeos tequila, which has been aged in trench Boudreaux wine casks. HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” fans even have reason to indulge, as A Time For Wine is the exclusive home for Nucky’s Boardwalk Red and Nucky’s Speak Easy Reserve. And then there’s the smokes. “There’s a huge market for cigars at both places. One whole wall is a humidor,” Markowitz said. She sells Lamborghini cigar lighters, Romeo and Juliet cigars and Cigar Aficionado Magazine’s number one rated cigar, Alec Bradley’s Prensado. A Time for Wine II inaugurated a series of wine samplings during last weekend’s Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival. “We will do that throughout the year,” Markowitz said. Caesars Entertainment has worked with Markowitz on the wine concept since last November, said Don Marrandino, eastern division president for Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City. “The fact that it has come to fruition is simply remarkable. They’ve transformed a previous unused space into is something truly special, that will serve our customers proud.”

Not a traditional liquor shop, A Time for Wine II, which recently opened in Caesars, is a high-end wine, liquor and smokes boutique. THINKSTOCK

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Show’s performers portray country’s top superstars Leonard Quenneville and Ronnie Lee Keel, IF YOU GO who leads an eponymous heavy metal band, met in Country Superstars perform the editing room during Aug. 8 to 23 in the Showthe making of a rock muroom at Golden Nugget, sic video. Huron Avenue and BrigSo it may come as a antine Boulevard. Showtime’s surprise that the meetare Wednesday and Thursday ing of the minds on that 8 p.m., Friday 9 p.m., Satday created Country Suurday at 6 and 9 p.m. and a perstars in 2007, a tribSunday matinee at 2 p.m. ute production show feaTickets are $22.55 and can be turing impersonators. purchased at the Golden The two noted that Keel Nugget box office, by calling bore a striking resem(866) 746-5336 or online at blance to Ronnie Dunn www.goldennugget.com/ and Quenneville looks AtlanticCity/show_performlike Kix Brooks — who ers.asp together form Brooks & Dunn, one of country music’s biggest acts. The two play Brooks & Dunn at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City Aug. 8 to 23. “We have four different shows,” Quenneville said of the production, which has a long-standing gig in the Golden Nugget Las Vegas. “We thought there’s a place for country productions in Las Vegas.” In addition to Brooks & Dunn, the Atlantic City show includes look-alikes portraying Reba McEntire, Willie Nelson, Tim McGraw and Garth Brooks. Costumes are authentic. Keel has a cowboy tattoo like Dunn’s. Quenneville admits his show bears similarities to the long-running Legends in Concert, which plays Bally’s Atlantic City. “But the biggest difference is we are more like a country concert. We have no dancers. We feel like we are recreating the best country artists of all time.” The show is also molded off the Country Music Awards, which relies on a country star host. Country Superstars has its own stars who act as rotating hosts. “They come out to host throughout the night and introduce the acts. The host does eight or nine songs, while the others do five of their biggest hits,” Quenneville said. The cast includes: Keel and Quenneville as Brooks & Dunn; Corrie Sachs as Reba McEntire; Roy Hammock as Willie Nelson; Adam D. Tucker as Tim McGraw; and Philadelphia native Ted Winn as Garth Brooks. Brooks & Dunn, who amicably split not too long ago, have yet to see the show. “But they speak about us in interviews. I met John Rich several times. Our Reba met the real Reba. It’s kind of neat to meet the people you pay tribute too,” Quenneville said.

Leonard Quenneville, who impersonates Kix Dunn of Brooks & Dunn, will perform at the Country Superstars show Aug. 8 to 23 in the Showroom at Golden Nugget. PHOTO PROVIDED

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SPOT-ON FUNNY MAN Comedian Frank Caliendro at Borgata

Frank Caliendo still does his John Madden impression, because it’s such a staple of his act. “If I don’t do Madden or Nixon, people get mad,” the comic said in a phone interview from West Palm Beach, Fla. But Madden’s profile has diminished, so now Caliendo leans towards Morgan Freeman. And make no mistake, Frank Caliendo does a spot-on Morgan Freeman playing off the distinguished actor’s role as a narrator in films. Concertgoers will find out how spot-on when they catch his act Friday and Saturday at Borgata. Caliendo will make some small changes from one show to the next. Performing at Borgata also offers a bigger stage than small comedy clubs, so Caliendo goofs around less. “It’s a more powerhouse show. People still end up having fun. I sign autographs for them at the end. They get jazzed about that,” said the comedian, who spent the better part of the last couple of years in residence in Las Vegas. Caliendo has about 100 impressions in his repertoire. Of those, between 50 and 75 are worth doing on stage before an audience, he said. “I always wanted to be a comic impressionist,” said the Chicago-born, Wisconsin-raised funny guy. “As a kid I did impressions a little bit. I would mimic teachers. This was more in middle and high school. I read the audience to know how far I could go to get laughs in class. But I never got in trouble. I stopped when they said to.” At the University of Wisconsin, Caliendo majored in broadcast journalism. “Part of the way through, I tried stand-up and did well. When I graduated I didn’t feel like I was a good reporter.” Welcome to the world of comedy. Caliendo had little trouble getting jobs as a comedian. He did the college circuit, got nominated for comedian awards and moved to Los Angeles. He landed a development deal for a sketch comedy show similar to “MadTV,” which is where he made his first major mark. Caliendo has released six solo CDs.

Three times the charm

The Dukes of September featuring Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs, appear Sunday at The Event Center in Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. PHOTO PROVIDED

Rock scholars Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs thrill audiences

Comedian Frank Caliendo has about 100 impressions in his repertoire. PHOTO PROVIDED

IF YOU GO Frank Caliendo appears Friday and Saturday at The Music Box in Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, One Borgata Way. Showtime is 9 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $55 and $65 and can be purchased through www.theborgata.com, (866) 900-4849 or at Borgata’s Box Office.

FRANK CALIENDO TRIVIA Asked what he might have been if not a comedian, Caliendo says, “I might have been a sports anchor. Or maybe try panhandling. I’d be pretty good unshaven, with a dog and a cane.” Caliendo’s father played minor league baseball for a few years and Frank achieved some success as an outfielder. He played on the 1988 Junior Olympic national championship team. “I was a good hitter,” he says. “I just wish I could run and throw at all.”

Supergroups have long held an exalted place in rock history. Think back to Crosby, Stills and Nash, Blind Faith and Cream. But unlike those ancient collaborations, The Dukes of September aren’t looking to do more than entertain music lovers for a couple of hours. Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs may step into the studio in their primary personas, but for the Dukes, who play Borgata Sunday, it’s all about jamming live. Individually they shine with their respective hits, although Fagen, of Steely Dan, seems to have more songs than his compadres based on recent concerts. Perhaps that’s because he does the arrangements, McDonald and Scaggs said during a phone interview. At a June 25 concert in San Diego, the set list included five Steely Dan tunes, compared to three McDonald numbers — two from his Doobie Brothers days — and one of Scaggs’. The rest of the list was culled from the rock and soul songbook. The list included “Thank You,’’ “Piece of My Heart,” “If You Don’t Know Me by Now,” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” among others. Other shows featured “Summer in the City” and “Sweet Soul Music.” McDonald talked about the selection process. “We communicate usually by email in the beginning. And we just kind of throw songs into the hat, the three of us. Just anything that we think might work,” he said. Added Scaggs: “Songs that we can duet on or even better songs that we all three

IF YOU GO The Dukes of September appear Sunday at The Event Center in Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, One Borgata Way. Showtime is 8 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $76 and $96 and can be purchased through www.theborgata.com, (866) 900-4849 or at Borgata’s Box Office.

sing on, that's kind of one of the aims. But we have to own the song. It's not enough to perform a Motown or a Stax or a Philly International song which everybody's heard. We have to be damn clear that this has got our stamp on it.” This marks the second tour for The Dukes of September. “I think material wise, most everything we were doing the first time felt good. It's kind of all over the map as is the tour we're doing now,” Scaggs said. “In the first round, we were wondering how obscure we could get with some of the material. We did everything from Grateful Dead to Beach Boys to The Band. You know, a lot of old soul tunes and things. Now, we do our originals too, to bring that to the table,” McDonald said. Why no record? “You know, it's never been discussed. I mean, I think it's been an obvious question. My personal feeling — I would imagine Mike and Donald share to some degree — that once you start recording, it's like when you go do a video, you're doing a TV show,” Scaggs said.

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MELISSA ETHERIDGE Oct. 19. at Caesars’ Circus Maximus Theater. Tickets; $49.50 to $79.50. FILE PHOTO

FIONA APPLE Oct. 20 at Caesars’ Circus Maximus Theater. Tickets, $65-$105. ASSOCIATED PRESS

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vere sings “Crazy, Crazy” GYPSY LOUNGE 9 PM, Borgata >> Live music rocks the tequila bar. 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> Music in this new lounge off the casino floor. SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 9 PM, Bally's >> DJs alternate till the wee hours on the beach. RUSH 8 PM Golden Nugget >> Live music in this intimate lounge. THE DECK 7 PM, Golden Nugget >> Golden Voice Karaoke entertains by the bay. TOGA BAR 10 PM, Caesars >> DJs carry on till the early morning hours. RUSH 8 PM Golden Nugget >> Live bands perform in this intimate lounge. THE DECK 7 PM, Golden Nugget >> Live music by the bay

Thursday, August 2

DONNY AND MARIE 9 PM, Caesars >> Brother and sister act still do a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n' roll at the Circus Maximus Theater. $30-$95 GYPSY BAR 9 PM Borgata >> Live music in an eclectic setting known for its variety of tequilas. XHIBITION BAR 10 PM, Harrah’s >> DJ Kay Jay provides the entertainment. EDEN LOUNGE 9 PM Harrah’s >> Rock Star Karaoke with Big Ragu THE POOL AFTER DARK 10 PM Harrah’s >> Sindustry Wednesday featuring DJ Vito G SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 7 PM, Bally's >> DJ spins records while Sons of Jah offer live music. TOGA BAR 10 PM, Caesars >> DJs spin the music throughout the night. RUSH 8 PM Golden Nugget >> Generation Next performs in this intimate lounge. THE DECK 7 PM, Golden Nugget >> Live music by the bay

Friday, August 3

LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return for another stand in Legends in Concert Theater. $32.50 FRANK CALIENDO 9 PM, Borgata >> Comic impressionist plays The Music Box. $55-$65 DONNY AND MARIE 9 PM, Caesars >> Brother and sister act still do a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n' roll at the Circus Maximus Theater. $30-$95 CARNIVAL OF MADNESS 6 PM, House of Blues >> The annual touring rock extravaganza, will make its roaring return with rock titans Evanescence, Chevelle, Halestorm and New Medicine in the Music Hall. $49.50-$54.50 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> DJ provides music in this lounge off the casino floor. DUSK Caesars >> Global Fridays. SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 8 PM, Bally's >> DJs alternate with a live band from the after noon on. FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE AT THE POOL AFTER DARK 10 PM, Harrah’s >> Hot DJs and guest stars help dance the night away. 7400 CLUB 10 PM, Caesars >> A DJ spins the music till the early hours GYPSY BAR 7 PM Borgata >> A pair of bands rock the house of tequila throughout the evening. TOGA BAR 10 PM Caesars >> A DJ plays the music with the Toga Dancers providing the visuals. MIXX 10 PM Borgata >> Mayhem Fridays with Carlos Melange playing the music in this bi-level lounge provides an intimate experience with plush seating and private table service areas. mur mur 10 PM Borgata >> Eli Escobar provides the tunes. EDEN LOUNGE 8:15 PM Harrah’s >> Music and DJs till the wee hours. XHIBITION BAR 11:30 PM Harrah’s >> A DJ does the music. PARTY PIT AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES 9 PM >> A DJ and a live band alternate throughout the night, with dancers as an added attraction. MOUNTAIN BAR 9 PM, Wild Wild West, Bally's >> DJ Kyle Sweeney spins the records. Shorty the Sheriff and Vixens entertain from 10 PM RUSH 6 PM Golden Nugget >> Music early and late in this intimate lounge. THE DECK 8 PM, Golden Nugget >> Live bands play by the bay. LIVE 10 PM, Golden Nugget >> As the name implies, live music rocks the house . BLUE MARTINI 11 PM Bally’s >> DJ provides entertainment for the evening.

Saturday, August 4

LEGENDS IN CONCERT 7:30, 10 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return for another stand in Legends in Concert Theater. $32.50 FRANK CALIENDO 9 PM, Borgata >> Comic impressionist plays The Music Box. $55-$65 CHICAGO & THE DOOBIE BROTHERS, 8 PM, Borgata >> A pair of classic veteran acts show they still have the stuff in The Event Center. $76-$96 DONNY AND MARIE 3 and 9 PM, Caesars >> Brother and sister act still do a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n' roll at the Circus Maximus Theater. $30-$95 EPIC SATURDAY AT THE POOL AFTER DARK 9 PM, Harrah’s >> Hot DJs and guest stars help dance the night away. SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 1 PM, Bally's >> DJs and

JACKSON BROWNE Oct. 12 at Caesars’ Circus Maximus Theater. Tickets, $49.50-$79.50. ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Enjoy Latin Night at Sammy’s Beach Bar with DJ Ovy alternating with Diablo on Monday, Aug 13. PHOTO PROVIDED live music alternate day and night. 7400 CLUB 10 PM, Harrah’s >> DJ Johnny Looch spins the music till the early hours. 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> Live music in this new lounge off the casino floor with DJ Be-Easy until 5 AM. DUSK Caesars >> Live performance by Chris Willis BOARDWALK BEER GARDEN, Caesars >> DJ provides music. GYPSY BAR 7 PM Borgata >> A pair of bands rock the house in this eclectic setting just off the casino floor. MIXX 10 PM Borgata >> DJ’s provide music in this bi-level lounge with plush seating and private table service areas. mur mur 10 PM Borgata >> “America’s Got Talent’ host Nick Cannon spins the music with Doug Grayson EDEN LOUNGE 8:15 PM Harrah’s >> Music and DJs throughout the night. LOBBY BAR 10 PM Bally’s >> Mellow music for live entertainment. BAYWALK 2 PM, Harrah’s >> Caribbean music rocks the afternoon away. XHIBITION BAR 10 PM, Harrah’s >> A pair of DJs divide musical duties till 5 AM. PARTY PIT AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES 8 PM >> A DJ and a live band alternate throughout the night. MOUNTAIN BAR 9 PM, Wild Wild West, Bally's >> DJ Cool Jon Sprang spins the records. Shorty the Sheriff and Vixens entertain from 10 PM BLUE MARTINI 9 PM Bally’s >> Live bands alternate with a DJ for the evening. TOGA BAR 10 PM, Caesars >> DJ Ernesto spins the music with the Toga Dancers providing the visuals. RUSH 6 PM Golden Nugget >> Live music early and late in this intimate lounge. THE DECK 2 PM, Golden Nugget >> Two bands play by the bay. LIVE 10 PM, Golden Nugget >> As the name implies, live music rocks the room. AFTER HOURS FOUNDATION ROOM 10 PM, Showboat >> DJs inside and out till the wee hours.

Sunday, August 5

LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return for another stand in Legends in Concert Theater. $32.50 DUKES OF SEPTEMBER 8 PM, Borgata >> Superstar trio of Donald Fagen. Michael McDonald and Boz DONNY AND MARIE 9 PM, Caesars >> Brother and sister act still do a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n' roll at the Circus Maximus Theater. $30-$95Scaggs do a super greatest hits show in the Event Center. $76-$96 EDEN LOUNGE 9 PM Harrah’s >> Live band rocks the room. GYPSY BAR 8:30 PM Borgata >> Live music accompanies this eclectic setting with all manner of tequila. BAYWALK 2 PM, Harrah’s >> Caribbean melodies from live bands rock the afternoon away. MIXX SUNDAYS 10 PM Borgata >> Deniz Koyu and Paul Castro in this bi-level lounge with plush seating and private table service areas. SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 2 PM, Bally's >> Live bands and guest DJs provide a day and night of music on the beach. RUSH 8 PM Golden Nugget >> Doug Jennings performs in this intimate lounge.

THE DECK 2 PM, Golden Nugget >> Live band rocks the afternoon away. LIVE 8:30 PM, Golden Nugget >> Love music rocks the house at night. 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> Live music in this new lounge off the casino floor.

Monday, August 6

mur.mur 10 PM Borgata >> Borgata Nightlife's Electronic Music Series presents DJ Ruckus. Opening set by PS-1. RUSH 8 PM Golden Nugget >> Beth Tinnon performs in this intimate lounge. THE DECK 7 PM, Golden Nugget >> Mellow Mondays by the bay. SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 9 PM, Bally's >> Latin night bar. EDEN LOUNGE 8 PM, Harrah’s >> Live bands entertain GYPSY LOUNGE 9 PM, Borgata >> Live music rocks the tequila bar.

Tuesday, August 7

JABBAWOCKEEZ 9 PM, Harrah's Resort >> Male hip-hop dance crew entertain in The Concert Venue. $40-$65

Wednesday, August 8

LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return for another stand in Legends in Concert Theater. $32.50 JABBAWOCKEEZ 9 PM, Harrah's Resort >> Male hip-hop dance crew opens a month long stay in The Concert Venue. $40-$65 DUSK TUESDAYS Caesars >> Guine-

Country superstar impersonators pay musical tribute to Reba McEntire, Willie Nelson, Brooks & Dunn and more at the Golden Nugget’s Showroom, Saturday, Aug. 18. Tickets are $22.50 to $39.50. PHOTO PROVIDED

LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return for another stand in Legends in Concert Theater. $32.50 COUNTRY SUPERSTARS 8 PM, Golden Nugget >> Country music tribute artists cover Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Ronnie Dunn, Willie Nelson, and more, backed by a five-piece band in the Showroom. $22.55-$39.50 JABBAWOCKEEZ 9:30 PM, Harrah's Resort >> Male hip-hop dance crew entertain in The Concert Venue. $40-$65 SHERYL CROW 8 PM, Caesars >> Veteran singersongwriter just wants to have some fun in the Circus Maximus Theater. $56-$86 GYPSY BAR 10 PM Borgata >> Live band performs in this eclectic setting noted for its tequila selections. SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 2 PM, Bally's >> Live music kicks off the afternoon. DJ’s take over at 7, alternating with another live band. XHIBITION BAR 10 PM Harrah’s >> DJ Ed Smooth provides the musical entertainment EDEN LOUNGE 9 PM Harrah’s >> Tribute band night. PARTY PIT AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES 8 PM, Showboat >> A DJ and a live band alternate throughout the night. RUSH 8 PM Golden Nugget >> Live music in this intimate lounge. THE DECK 7 PM, Golden Nugget >> Live bands by the bay LIVE 8:30 PM, Golden Nugget >> Live music appears in the lounge. 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> DJ provides music in this lounge off the casino floor.


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FIGMENT OF THE IMAGINATION IF YOU GO

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Dance troupe shows emotion through movement only

Not too many dance teams headline extended shows, so what makes Jabbawockeez the exception? Maybe it’s the masks and gloves that hide face and hands. Maybe it’s the weird name. Maybe it’s winning the inaugural “Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew” in 2008. Maybe it’s everything rolled into one. Maybe you’ll just have to catch their show, “MÜS.I.C.’’ at Harrah’s Resort Aug. 7 through Sept. 2 to find out. “What we learned with that mask was in order to be able to express music and do movement better, we could not sell emotion through facial expression. We need to do it from movement only,” founding member Kevin “KB” Brewer said. The name comes from the Lewis Carroll poem, “Jabberwocky,” which itself comes from “Through the Looking Glass.” “It’s a cool name to use with the change in the spelling,” Brewer said. “We wanted to be like a figment of the imagination. An air of mystery.” People can expect a variety of pre-recorded music, not just one genre. And it’s

Jabbawockeez performs Aug. 7 to Sept. 2 at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City. 777 Harrah’s Blvd. Showtimes are Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9 p.m.; Thursdays at 9:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 10 p.m.; and Sundays at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 to $65 and can be purchased at the box office or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com or calling (800) 745-3000. For more information on Jabbawockeez, visit www.jbwkz.com.

Chef and Proprietor Chris Scarduzio inside Mia, his restaurant named for his daughter. PHOTO PROVIDED

Trading places

Mia’s, once a Mediterranean delight, goes Italian

not just about dance moves, Brewer said. “We’re goofy quirky guys who inject humor into our show,” he said. “We get a good response. Expect to laugh. But there are also moments when we get serious.” Said co-founder Joe "Punkee" Larot, “We tell a story through music and dance for 90 minutes.” Larot describes the show, which has entertained sold-out crowds since its debut on the Las Vegas Strip in 2010, as an audio-visual story of inspiration brought to life through the harmonization of sound and movement. “We hope you walk away from this show inspired and perceive that dream for you to share with the world,” he said. Brewer, Larot and Phil "Swagger Boy" Tayag danced around their native Sacramento area for years. “We stomped all over Sacramento,” Brewer said. In 2001, the three moved to San Diego and began to appear at showcases for freestyle dancing. A few years later, they toured the country fair circuit with a 30minute show. “It was a precursor to what we do now. It was like we were destined to do this,” Brewer said. In Las Vegas, the group started at MGM and migrated to Monte Carlo and will be heading next to Luxor. “We haven’t been to Atlantic City. We’re looking forward to this. I like the East Coast. It’s cool,” Larot said.

You’d think with a name like Mia and a chef-owner named Chris Scarduzio, the lobby restaurant at Caesars already was an Italian eatery. Not so. The seven-year-old restaurant, also owned by Le Bec Fin’s Georges Perrier, slanted more toward French and Mediterranean cuisine than Italian. But when Perrier retired, he gave his blessing for the switch to all-Italian. And since Caesars has not had an Italian restaurant since Primavera’s closed, the time was right, said Scarduzio. The new menu features Italian- and Mediterranean-inspired classic dishes. “It’s always good to keep things fresh and exciting,” he said. Scarduzio, who named the restaurant

Mia serves chicken parmesan, a traditonal Italian dish, loved by casino goers.

The new menu features Italian- and Mediterranean-inspired classic dishes and includes select cuts of beef. PHOTO PROVIDED after his daughter, also credits customer feedback for the menu overhaul, which includes bringing back a lunch that includes burgers, panini and pizza. A chicken parm dish, popular with casino diners, features free-range chicken breast with San Marzano gravy, fresh mozzarella and broccoli rabe. Also on the menu is imported spaghetti with Scarduzio’s Grandma Carmella’s meatballs and crushed San Marzano gravy; prosciutto-wrapped veal tenderloin with creamy lobster and leek orzo pasta, grilled asparagus, porcini mushroom and white wine sauce; vitello Alla Mia with sautéed veal cutlets, prosciutto, melted telleggio cheese and porcini sauce.

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PIER ENJOYMENT

The Sea Dragon is a popular amusement ride at the Steel Pier. PHOTO PROVIDED

The Fearless Flores, the family known for its Motorcycle Globe of Death act, performs at the Steel Pier this summer. The owners of the pier have extensive plans to reinvigorate the boardwalk attraction. PHOTO PROVIDED

Plans to reinvigorate the Steel Pier promise family fun and more BY WILLIAM SOKOLIC Courier-Post Staff

On a Wednesday afternoon, visitors packed the stands at the back of Steel Pier to catch the Fearless Flores, the family known for their Motorcycle Globe of Death act. Cyndel, 14, and her brother, Volarian, 9, roared around a metal circular cage on motorcycles to the applause of the crowd. It’s not the return of the high-diving horse, but it’s the return of a piece of show biz flair which long ago earned the former Steel Pier the moniker of “Showplace of the Nation.”

The glory days of Steel Pier expect to return as the owners plan a multi-phase expansion to change the amusement park into a year-round attraction. The Sea Scraper, a new ride set to open this weekend, is like a windmill that goes out over the ocean. It spins end-on-end while the seats spin for almost three minutes. “Everything we wanted in Year One, we accomplished so far, except we are one ride short,” said Anthony Catanoso, coowner of the pier with his brothers. That Year One wish list includes new signs, new uniforms, new logos, new retail and food kiosks, and new rides. The one ride not in place, known as the

Wave Swinger, expects to be installed by summer’s end. This fall will see the launch of an open mic night with a DJ and the addition of a Halloween experience and maybe an Oktoberfest. Next year, brings phase one, which includes leasing the tower over the boardwalk that links the pier to Trump Taj Mahal for a restaurant or club. Downstairs is expected to feature a beer hall. More details are expected to be announced this month. The pier serves alcoholic beverages in two locations The Star Flyer and the Yo-Yo coaster will also arrive in time for the 2013 season as the owners extend the pier 120 feet.

In 2014, a 200-foot-high Ferris wheel will be the main new ride. Initial steps will be taken to enclose the pier, as well. In 2015, the focus will turn to recreate the famed Marine Ballroom, along with its views over the sea. By next year, Steel Pier could have a neighbor as Resorts Casino Hotel rebuilds Steeplechase Pier as an avenue for a Margaritaville attraction announced last month. Margaritaville can only help Steel Pier, Catanoso said. “I’m excited. It helps everybody. This is a natural for the pier. It draws the right kind of crowd,” he said. There may even be a bridge eventually to link the two piers.

Movie Madness

Movies at Dante shows flicks from the late iconic director John Hughes By WILLIAM SOKOLIC Courier-Post Staff

Joe Molineaux is not a film critic. Just a fan. Director of the Small Business Development Center at Richard Stockton College, Molineaux is fanatical when it comes to the late iconic writer and director, John Hughes. “Growing up and being a fan of both the writing and directing of John Hughes gave me a greater appreciation of appropriate uses of humor,” said Molineaux, who will introduce and host a Q & A session as part of the second installment of Movies at Dante on Aug. 11 at Dante Hall Theater of the Arts. The series, a partnership between Downbeach Film Festival and Stockton's Dante Hall Theater, will highlight two of Hughes ’80s classics: “Train Steve Martin and John Candy as two reluctant companions seeking a way home as Thanksgiving approaches.” “The Breakfast Club,” with Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy and Molly Ringwald, revolves around five high school students, all different stereotypes, who meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other. In the process, they discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought. “Hughes’ work also helped me understand at a young age that we all experience similar situations that make up our individual lives,” Molineaux said. “Both of those elements, along with the music that scored Hughes’ films had a major impact on my life during my formative years...his writing still resonates with generations.”

In director John Hughes’ comedy “Trains, Planes and Automobiles,” Steve Martin (pictured) and John Candy star as two reluctant companions seeking a way home at Thanksgiving. ASSOCIATED PRESS

IF YOU GO Movie at Dante will feature two John Hughes’ films on Aug. 11 at Dante Hall Theater of the Arts, 14 N. Mississippi Ave., between Atlantic and Arctic avenues. “Trains, Planes & Automobiles” will screen at 6 p.m. “The Breakfast Club” will screen at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 per film or $8 for both. To pre-order tickets or for information, visit: www.stockton.edu/ dante or http://downbeachfilm festival.ticketleap.com. Bring your movie stub to Tun Tavern, 2 Convention Blvd. and get 1/2 price appetizers; $1 off their hand-crafted beers; $1 off all wine by the glass; and $1 off cocktails.

Tale of Taffy

While on tour, visitors will be able to view vintage photographs depicting taffy being made in the early part of the 20th century. PHOTO PROVIDED

James Candy Company offers tours of the factory where sweet treats are made By WILLIAM SOKOLIC Courier-Post Staff

IF YOU GO

For the uninformed, saltwater taffy does not contain salt water. But the name goes well with the story of David Bradley, who as the legend goes, ran a taffy stand on the boardwalk. A storm drenched his wares with sea water and when a young girl asked for some candy, Bradley sold her some of the saltwaterdrenched taffy. Bradley dubbed the concoction saltwater taffy and it was a hit. Other taffy makers added the new name as well. This is one of the tales tour guide Levi Fox tells to visitors who take the new 35minute tour of the James Candy Compa-

The tour of the James Candy Company plant takes place Monday through Friday at 1519 Boardwalk, near New York Avenue. Tours begin hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $2 a ticket and are on a first-come, first-served basis. The ticket cost can be applied to any purchase more than $5. For more information, call (609) 344-1519 or visit www.jamescandy.com

ny plant. The hourly tours, inaugurated three weeks ago, take visitors four-stories high inside the factory to bring alive the details of the manufacture of the famed Atlantic City treat and other confections.


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