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SURF BAR CATERS TO SPORTS FANS Beer towers, nacho platter perfect pair for football Sundays

Equipped with a tap, the towers are geared toward groups who self-serve at the table. Also available for $10 are pitchers of Coors Light made of steel and aluminum, which turn blue when cold just like the cans do. To go along with the group-sized beer, the Surf Bar has come up with a huge $9 nacho platter. “It’s oversize ,” Coppola said. “We thought we needed something to eat developed around groups.” In conjunction with the nacho platter, the bar instituted a halftime nacho challenge. Eat the entire platter by yourself during halftime and the bar not only pays for the platter, but gives out gift bags with T-shirts and concert tickets, among other items. “What’s fun about it is gets people pumped up at halftime. It’s another interesting thing to do.” As of Nov. 6, no one had beaten the challenge. “The platter contains habanera sauce, which is very spicy,” Coppola said. The bar will remain open at least through the Super Bowl. In fact, along with the Mountain Bar at Bally’s, Sammy D’s in Harrah’s Resort and Caesars’ Toga Bar, patrons can enter a text code inside each bar every week for a chance to win a trip to the Super Bowl. The winner will be announced at the conclusion of the regular season. Prior to the trip, the winner can predict the score of the game for a chance to win $100,000 courtesy of Coors and Miller. And after the Super Bowl? “I have a feeling we’ll still be open,” Coppola said.

When Showboat converted its Worship Bar into the Worship Surf Bar earlier this year, the intent was to attract the summer surfing crowd that gathers on the States Avenue beach outside Showboat’s doors. However, the concept proved so successful, the bar couldn’t keep up with demand, said Ryan Coppola, food and beverage operations manager for Showboat. Since the summer, the Worship Surf Bar has built itself as a sort of anti-casino establishment through word of mouth. A Halloween party Oct. 27 with three surf bands drew a couple hundred people, a large part of the lifeguard and beach crowd. “We’re always laid-back,” Coppola said. But did the bar appeal to more than just surfers? “We asked ‘Could we keep it open as a sports scene outlet?’ ” he said. The nine televisions in the bar and the huge screen on the wall that covers two floors seemed to suggest a natural transition. Why not provide a venue with the largest screen in the city and away from the cacophony of slot machines and gamblers? Most of the sports bars associated with casino hotels reside on the casino floor, Coppola said. “We set it up to be one of the best places to watch football,” he said. Working with beer vendors, the surf bar offers giant beer towers from Coors Light and Miller Lite that hold 100 ounces of brew for $18. The Worship Surf Bar at Showboat is proving popular not only with surfers in summer, but with fall football fans. Beer towers are $18. WILLIAM SOKOLIC/COURIER-POST

GAMING JUST GOT MORE REWARDING. Sundays, Now – December 23, 2012 Noon – 5pm All Total Rewards Members will receive one free turn each Sunday at each one of our Atlantic City Total Rewards casinos: Caesars, Harrah’s Resort, Showboat and Bally’s. Receive additional turns for every 50 Tier Credits earned at each casino. *Earning times are 6am to 4:30pm. Swipe your Total Rewards card each Sunday at a designated Promotional Kiosk between Noon and 5pm to play your turn. Land on a winning space and you could receive free play, gift cards or food coupons.

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*Max number of earned turns is 10 each Sunday. Free turn awarded at one Atlantic City casino of your choice each Sunday. Trademarks used herein are owned by Caesars License Company, LLC and its affiliated companies. The MONOPOLY® name and logo, the distinctive design of the gameboard, the four corner squares, the MR. MONOPOLY name and character, as well as each of the distinctive elements of the board and playing pieces are trademarks of Hasbro for its property trading game and game equipment. ©1935, 2012 Hasbro. All rights reserved. Must be 21 or older to gamble. Know When To Stop Before You Start.® Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-522-4700. ©2012, Caesars License Company, LLC.

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MOSCOW BALLET BRINGS ‘NUTCRACKER’ TO HARRAH’S

For more than a decade, Svetlana Todinova has served as the audition director and soloist for the Moscow Ballet. As director, she visits dozens of American cities each September and November, where she checks out hundreds of aspiring dancers to perform in Moscow Ballet’s signature “Great Russian Nutcracker.” This version of the famed ballet, celebrating its 20th anniversary, stops by the Concert Venue at Harrah’s Resort Nov. 29 to Dec. 2. In addition to her function as a talent scout, Todinova will reprise her role as The Dove of Peace, who escorts Masha and the Nutcracker Prince to Moscow Ballet’s Land of Peace and Harmony. The Moscow-born Todinova never tires of dancing the “Nutcracker.” “It’s so interesting. The show features two hours of music so beautiful. It’s a family ballet for young and old people,” she said in a phone interview. The show features 40 dancers, regaled in 200 all-new colorful costumes, hand-made in Russia. There are also nine hand-painted backdrops. “There are so many different variations and so many different parts. That’s what makes our ballet,” Todinova said. The tour features 11-time award-winners and the U.S debut of Olga Kifyak. In

IF YOU GO » The Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is Nov. 29 to Dec. 2 in the Concert Venue at Harrah’s Resort, 777 Harrah’s Blvd. Show times are 9 p.m. Nov. 29 and 30; 2 p.m. Dec. 1; and 2 and 9 p.m. Dec. 2. » Tickets are $26 to $56 and can be purchased at the Harrah’s box office, all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 736-1420.

Svetlana Todinova and the Moscow Ballet grace Harrah’s with their version of the ‘Nutcracker’ from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2. PHOTO PROVIDED

honor of the anniversary, the production changed some of the choreography. The “Nutcracker” is more than just dancing. The cast has to act as well. Todinova admits that one day she might like to try her hand in acting when her dancing career comes to an end. Todinova admits she had no back-up plan if ballet didn’t work out. “I never wanted to do anything else.” At 34, Todinova has four years to go before she can retire as a dancer and collect a pension. “You have to work 20 years. I was 18 when I started.” At that point, she expects to teach and do choreography. And maybe act.

Caesars helps hurricane victims

The casino industry considers itself lucky — Hurricane Sandy left little damage to the resort hotels. But some outside the hotel walls, including employees of the gaming industry, lost everything. Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City has stepped up to help those in need. “Our Code of Commitment includes a promise to the communities in which we’re privileged to operate, that Caesars will be a good corporate citizen, in part by contributing to charitable organizations, especially in times of need,” said Don Marrandino, president of Caesars Entertainment’s Eastern Region, which includes four properties in Atlantic City and one in Philadelphia. “New Jersey sustained enormous devastation from Hurricane Sandy, and we

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want to support the American Red Cross efforts to provide desperately needed aid to the citizens of this area and begin the process of rebuilding our community.” The company donated $150,000 to the American Red Cross last week. Caesars Entertainment also established “Sandy Central” at the Employee Assistance Center located in the human resources building on Pacific Avenue. Among the services is to provide temporary housing for employees and their families. The Sandy Central Hotline is (609) 2366620. Donations to Caesars Entertainment for families in need include: 480 cases of water bottles from Premium Water; 10 cases of paper cups, 10 cases of disposable plates and 10 cases of cutlery kits,

all from South Jersey Paper Supply; 600 bottles of hand sanitizer from Zep Industries; five cases of sandwich bags, 10 cases of cutlery kits, six cases of foam cups, six cases of foam plates, three cases of napkins, from Gelmarc Distributors. In addition, U.S. Foodservice donated 30 cases of rice, 10 cases dry pasta, 100 cases spaghetti sauce, 50 cases sliced wheat bread, 100 cases of sliced white bread, 10 cases of tuna, 25 cases of graham snack peanut butter and jelly, 10 cases of peanut butter and 10 cases of jelly. Courtesy Products provided 240 each men’s and women’s deodorant, around 200 toothbrushes and 200 tubes of toothpaste. Pepsi Co. gave cases of juice and soft drinks.

Caesars shop sells local wines Fall libations are good for gifting In recent years, local wineries have made inroads beyond the borders of their farms, distributing their products at regional wine shops. The owners of a Time for Wine II, a libations shop at Caesars Atlantic City, have taken notice and now carry a full line of local wines from Valenzano, in Shamong; Tomasello, in Hammonton; and Balic, in Mays Landing, among others. Valenzano makes a cranberry wine, in both red and white. It also makes its own apple cider wine. “The cranberry wine is a little tart. It can be poured chilled or at room temperature like the juice itself,” said owner Janet Markowitz. The white version is a little less tart, a little sweeter. People are also buying Tomasello’s spiced apple wine. Made from locally grown and pressed apples, this wine can be served chilled for a refreshing light wine or warmed with a mulling spice for a hot apple spice wine. Tomasello Spiced Apple Wine is a combination of autumn apples and mulling spices, perfect for serving warm with melted Brie, toasted almonds and Granny Smith apple slices. “If you put it in a sauce pan, the odor makes the whole house smell good,” Markowitz said. “You can heat up the wine, add you own spices and it’s like hot apple cider.” Balic has produced flavored wines for years, among them pomegranate, blueberry and cherry. “So many people are daring to try something new, e specially if it’s from New Jersey,” she said. While A Time for Wine II carries 450 wines and counting, Markowitz also sells some of the more unusual craft beers, about 300 at last count.

MORE INFORMATION A Time for Wine II is located the lobby of Caesars Atlantic City, 2100 Pacific Ave. The phone number is (609) 449-8921


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ANTHONY HAMILTON Feb. 15 at House of Blues at Showboat. Tickets, $45 to $75. PHOTO PROVIDED

AARON LEWIS Feb. 16 and 17 at Borgata. Tickets, $55 to $60. JIM WRIGHT

LITTLE BIG TOWN Feb. 15 at Harrah’s. Tickets, $35 to $55. PHOTO PROVIDED

EVENTS CALENDAR

LIVE 10 PM, Golden Nugget >> House DJ performs in this lounge. 46 BAR 9 PM, Golden Nugget >> A DJ and dancers provide the entertainment.

Saturday, Dec. 1

Friday, Nov. 16

MEGADETH 8 PM, House of Blues >> Heavy metal rockers entertainment their people in the Music Hall. $39.50-$49.50 DON FELDER, 9 PM, Golden Nugget >> Former Eagles lead guitarist does a solo show in The Showroom. $33.85-$44.02 WANDA SYKES 9 PM, Borgata >> Witty actress/ comedian shows why she gave up a government job for the funny business. $55-$59.50

Saturday, Nov. 17

WANDA SYKES 9 PM, Borgata >> Witty actress/ comedian shows why she gave up a government job for the funny business. $55-$59.50

Sunday, Nov. 18

LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return. $16.25-$32.50 EDEN LOUNGE 9 PM Harrah’s >> The Dane Anthony Band rocks the room. MIXX SUNDAYS 10 PM Borgata >> Mayhem Sunday with Paul Castro in this bi-level lounge. GYPSY BAR 10 PM, Borgata >> Temporary Grace rocks the lounge. DUSK 10 PM, Caesars >> “Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam appears. $20 plus. 21 SPORTS BAR@DUSK Caesars >> Music in this new lounge off the casino floor.

Monday, Nov. 19

mur.mur 10 PM Borgata >> Morgain Page provides the music and entertainment.

Tuesday, Nov. 20

21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> Music in this new lounge. DUSK 10 PM, Caesars >> DJ Jekey from Barclelona provides the music.

Wednesday, Nov. 21

THE POOL 10 PM, Harrah’s >> Wet `N’ Wild Wednesday Official Launch Party Thanksgiving Eve with DJ Vito G and special guest performance. RUSH 8 PM, Golden Nugget >> Dane Anthony rocks the lounge the night before Thanksgiving. GYPSY BAR 10 PM, Borgata >> Melanie & Tony provide some mellow music on Thanksgiving Eve. XHIBITION BAR 10 PM, Harrah’s >> DJ Freezie entertains on Thanksgiving Eve.

Thursday, Nov. 22

GYPSY BAR 10 PM Borgata >> Rockers play in this eclectic setting. 21 SPORTS BAR@DUSK Caesars >> DJ provides music in this lounge.

Friday, Nov. 23

B.B. KING 9 PM, House of Blues >> Blues legend shows he can still kick into high gear in the Music Hall. $45-$100 MAXWELL 8 PM, Borgata >> R&B singer packs the Event Center $65-$125 LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return. $16.25-$32.50 21 SPORTS BAR@DUSK Caesars >> DJ provides music. GYPSY BAR 7 PM Borgata >> Total White Out and The Benjamins share the stage. TOGA BAR 10 PM Caesars >> VJ Bizz spins the music. The Toga Dancers provide the visuals. mur mur 10 PM Borgata >> Eli Escobar provides the tunes. EDEN LOUNGE 9:15 PM, Harrah’s >> Sensational Soul Cruisers rock the room. THE POOL 10 PM, Harrah’s >> Aqua Friday with DJ Cyber Kid and DJ Vito G. XHIBITION BAR 11:30 PM Harrah’s >> DJ Vida Ventura spins the music. PARTY PIT AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES 9 PM >> DJ Sonatra alternates with Big Bang Baby to provide music and mirth. MIA 10 PM, Caesars >> DJ Lu’AP provides the music. MOUNTAIN BAR 9 PM, Wild Wild West, Bally's >> DJ Kyle Sweeney spins the records. Vixens entertain from 10 PM. RUSH 6 PM Golden Nugget >> Jim Shaw performs first followed at 10 PM by All Souled Out in this intimate lounge. LIVE 10 PM, Golden Nugget >> Seven Stone per-

B.B. King performs the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 23) at House of Blues at Showboat. ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE

forms in this lounge. 46 BAR 9 PM, Golden Nugget >> A DJ and dancers provide the entertainment.

Saturday, Nov. 24

BRAD GARRETT 9 PM, Borgata >> Raymond’s favorite brother shows off his stand-up side in The Music Box. $45-$55 CAGE FURY FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 7 PM, Borgata >> Mixed Martial Arts competition in The Event Center rescheduled from Nov. 3. $55-$225 LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return. $16.25-$32.50 GYPSY BAR 7 PM, Borgata >> The Loop and Lifespeed rock the tequila lounge. mur mur 10 PM, Borgata >> DJ Politik spins the music. MIXX 10 PM, Borgata >> DJ Enferno provides the music. EDEN LOUNGE 9:15 PM Harrah’s >> John Eddie livens up the lounge. THE POOL 9 PM, Harrah’s >> Epic Saturday with 10 Supreme and DJ Konflikt. LOBBY BAR 10 PM Bally’s >> Girls Next Door entertain. MIA 10 PM, Caesars >> DJ Lu’AP provides the music. DUSK 10 PM, Caesars >> Three Loco with Andy Milonakis, Dirt Nasty and Riff Raff. $15. XHIBITION BAR 10 PM, Harrah’s >> DJ Vida Ventura and DJ Hannah Red share entertainment duties till 5 AM. PARTY PIT AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES 8 PM >> DJ Aiden Scott spins the music alternating with Laura Lee and Tripp Fabulous and dancers. MOUNTAIN BAR 9 PM, Wild Wild West, Bally's >> DJ Cool Jon Sprang spins the records. Vixens entertain from 10 PM BLUE MARTINI 9 PM Bally’s >> DJ Prefer entertains for the evening. TOGA BAR 10 PM, Caesars >> VJ Ed Smooth plays the music with the Toga Dancers providing the visuals. RUSH 6 PM, Golden Nugget >> Richie Balin plays first, followed by 10 PM by Pulse in this intimate lounge. LIVE 10 PM, Golden Nugget >> 39 Mariner rocks the room. 46 BAR 9 PM, Golden Nugget >> A DJ and dancers provide the entertainment. AFTER HOURS FOUNDATION ROOM 10 PM, Showboat >> DJ Collision and DJ Swoosh present "Little Black Dress" until 4 a.m.

Sunday, Nov. 25

LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return. $16.25-$32.50 EDEN LOUNGE 9 PM Harrah’s >> The Dane Anthony Band rocks the room. MIXX SUNDAYS 10 PM Borgata >> Mayhem Sunday with Paul Castro in this bi-level lounge. GYPSY BAR 10 PM, Borgata >> 3AM rocks the lounge. 21 SPORTS BAR@DUSK Caesars >> Music in this new lounge off the casino floor.

Monday, Nov. 26

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provides the music.

Tuesday, Nov. 27

21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> Music in this new lounge off the casino floor. DUSK 10 PM, Caesars >> Sat-One provides the music.

Wednesday, Nov. 28

THE POOL 10 PM, Harrah’s >> Wet `N’ Wild Wednesday featuring the Crazy Hat Party with DJ Vito G.

Thursday, Nov. 29

MOSCOW BALLET'S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER 9 PM, Harrah's >> The famed holiday classic takes the stage in The Concert Venue. $26-$56 GYPSY BAR 10 PM Borgata >> Steal the Sky plays in this eclectic setting noted for its tequila selections. 21 SPORTS BAR@DUSK Caesars >> DJ provides music in this lounge off the casino floor. RUSH 8 PM, Golden Nugget >> Dane Anthony rocks the lounge. LIVE 8 PM, Golden Nugget >> B Street does Springsteen

Friday, Nov. 30

JOHN PINETTE 8 PM, Borgata >> Funny guy plays rescheduled date in The Music Box. Sold out. THE MOODY BLUES 9 PM, Caesars >> Ethereal British veterans rock the Circus Maximus Theater. $65-$115 MOSCOW BALLET'S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER 9 PM, Harrah's Resort >> The legendary Christmas tale plays the Concert Venue. $26-$56 LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return for the holiday show. $16.25$32.50 21 SPORTS BAR@DUSK Caesars >> DJ provides music in this lounge off the casino floor. DUSK Caesars >> Global Fridays GYPSY BAR 7 PM Borgata >> Amish Outlaws and Generation Next share the music stage. TOGA BAR 10 PM Caesars >> DJ Aiden Scott spins the music. The Toga Dancers provide the visuals. mur mur 10 PM Borgata >> Eli Escobar provides the tunes. EDEN LOUNGE 9:15 PM, Harrah’s >> David Christopher Band rocks the room. THE POOL 10 PM, Harrah’s >> Aqua Friday with DJ KOKO and Johnny B. XHIBITION BAR 11:30 PM Harrah’s >> DJ Freezie spins the music. PARTY PIT AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES 9 PM >> DJ Sonatra alternates with Crazy in Stereo to provide music and mirth. MIA 10 PM, Caesars >> DJ Lu’AP provides the music. MOUNTAIN BAR 9 PM, Wild Wild West, Bally's >> DJ Kyle Sweeney spins the records. Vixens entertain from 10 PM RUSH 6 PM Golden Nugget >> Doug Jennings performs first followed at 10 PM by Big City in this intimate lounge.

BOBBY BROWN 9 PM, House of Blues >> R&B singer back on tour in the Music Hall. $30-$50 DARYL HALL AND JOHN OATES 8 PM, Borgata >> Philadelphia blue eyed soul duo sing their hits in The Event Center. Sold-out. JOHN PINETTE 9 PM, Borgata >> Funny guy plays rescheduled date in The Music Box. Sold out. BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA 9 PM, Caesars >> King of modern rockabilly rocks the joint. $57.50$87.50 MOSCOW BALLET'S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER 2 PM, Harrah's >> The famed holiday classic takes the stage in The Concert Venue. $26-$56 RON WHITE 8 PM, Harrah’s Resort >> Grammynominated comic who was part of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. $45-$85 LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return for the holiday show. $16.25$32.50 GYPSY BAR 7 PM, Borgata >> Two bands share the stage. mur mur 10 PM, Borgata >> DJ Ob-One spins the music. MIXX 10 PM, Borgata >> DJ M.O.S. and DJ Kiss provide the music. EDEN LOUNGE 9:15 PM Harrah’s >> A rock band livens up the lounge. THE POOL 9 PM, Harrah’s >> Epic Saturday with DJ entertainment. Starts at $20 LOBBY BAR 10 PM Bally’s >> Mellow entertainment for a Saturday night. MIA 10 PM, Caesars >> DJ Lu’AP provides the music. DUSK 10 PM, Caesars >> Sat-One serves up the music. XHIBITION BAR 10 PM, Harrah’s >> A pair of DJs share entertainment duties till 5 AM. PARTY PIT AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES 8 PM >> DJ Aiden Scott spins the music alternating with a live band and dancers. MOUNTAIN BAR 9 PM, Wild Wild West, Bally's >> DJ Cool Jon Sprang spins the records. Vixens entertain from 10 PM BLUE MARTINI 9 PM Bally’s >> DJ Prefer entertains for the evening. TOGA BAR 10 PM, Caesars >> A DJ plays the music with the Toga Dancers providing the visuals. RUSH 6 PM, Golden Nugget >> Two bands perform in this intimate lounge. LIVE 10 PM, Golden Nugget >> A live band rocks the room. 46 BAR 9 PM, Golden Nugget >> A DJ and dancers provide the entertainment. AFTER HOURS FOUNDATION ROOM 10 PM, Showboat >> DJs and more till 4 a.m.

Sunday, Dec. 2

MOSCOW BALLET'S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER 2 and 9 PM, Harrah's >> The famed holiday classic takes the stage in The Concert Venue. $26-$56

Wednesday, Dec. 5

GORDIE BROWN LIVE 8 PM, Golden Nugget >> Impressionist, singer and entertainer returns to the Golden Nugget Showroom for a mini-extended stay. $22.55-$33.85

Friday, Dec. 7

KENNY "BABYFACE" EDMONDS 9 PM, Harrah's >> R&B singer performs in The Concert Venue. $49-$89

Saturday, Dec. 8

MORRISSEY 8 PM, House of Blues >> British singer from The Smiths plays the Music Hall. $69.50$89.50

Wednesday, Dec. 26

MAC MILLER 9 PM, Music Hall >> Pittsburgh rapper does his hip-hop act. $31.50-$39.50

Friday, Dec. 28

DAVID GUETTA 10 PM, Borgata >> International star DJ and recording artist rocks the Event Center. $79.50 CHAKA KHAN 9 PM, Harrah's >> R&B diva rocks the Concert Venue. $40-$70 THE ROOTS 9 PM, House of Blues >> The legendary Philadelphia band from the Jimmy Fallon Show rocks the Music Hall. $29.50-$39.50


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SANDY COULDN’T STOP

SAVOR BORGATA The Borgata survived Hurricane Sandy, but other Atlantic City residents weren’t as lucky. The hotel casino is raising money for storm relief efforts with a poker tournament. KEVIN SHELLY/COURIER-POST

Poker tourney raises money for Sandy relief

Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck preps his dishes for the annual Savor Borgata on Saturday. Many attendees were concerned the culinary extravaganza would be canceled in wake of Hurricane Sandy, but it went on as planned. PHOTO PROVIDED

Celeb chefs present their best at annual event

Foodies and celebrity chefs mixed and mingled at the annual Savor Borgata event Saturday night. The event featured chefs from all the hotel’s restaurants presenting their fare, complemented by a wide selection of wines. Attendees were happy the starstudded culinary confab went on in spite of superstorm Sandy and the destruction it brought to the city. “We thought this would be canceled,” said Nicole Messina, a nurse from Staten Island, N.Y., who attended with fiance Dean Caruvann. The couple enjoyed treats from Wolfgang Puck, of Wolfgang Puck’s American Grille, Michael Mina’s Seablue and Stephen Kalt, of Forneletto. “Wolfgang had beef, pasta and fish,” Caruvann said. Seablue offered pasta and butternut squash. Kalt presented burrata served with roasted butternut squash, dried figs and balsamic vinegar. As a hot dish, he served Colorado lamb chop, with curry

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and potato gnocchi cooked in brown butter, and topped with a caramelized fennel lamb sauce with black truffle. “Some guy came for eight lamb chops,” Kalt said. “It’s kind of sweet to have people like your food so much.” Attendees Mike Jennings and Joanie Blevins, of Winchester, Va., were pleasantly surprised the event was still on after the hurricane. “We hesitated. But I called to make sure it happened,” Jennings said. They enjoyed Puck, too, as well as tacos from Bobby Flay and a meatball dish from Old Homestead Steakhouse. The dessert station sat in the middle of the room. “We put it in the center because it was easy to get to,” said executive pastry chef Thaddeus DuBois. The dessert table, as expected, drew the largest crowds at the end of the night. Attendees chose from such fare as chocolate lollipops and rootbeer floats. “We do light fare here,” DuBois said.

Bobby Flay keeps busy serving his dishes at the annual event. The event featured the food of chefs who run restaurants at Borgata. PHOTO PROVIDED

Like other casino hotels, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has taken steps to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Borgata will host a charity poker tournament in its Poker Room at 4 p.m. Wednesday to benefit relief efforts. A portion of the $140 buy-in will go to the American Red Cross Southern Shore Chapter. Intended to provide assistance to those Borgata employees who have endured severe hardship from the storm, the Borgata Relief Fund has been established with a $50,000 donation from the hotel resort, along with further contributions from employees. Last Saturday, celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck signed copies of his cookbook “Wolfgang Puck Makes It Easy.” Visitors paid $30 per cookbook, and all proceeds benefited the local American Red Cross chapter. “Borgata was fortunate to remain unharmed during this horrible storm and we were happy to open the doors on Nov. 2,” said Tom Ballance, president and chief operating officer of Borgata. “We recognize the devastation Sandy brought to the East Coast, including the impact to many of Borgata’s friends and family. Through our commitment to the community, we hope these initiatives bring support to those individuals.”


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EXPLORE ‘ARTLANTIC’

The work ‘Étude Atlantis’ is part of Atlantic City’s five-year public art project titled ‘Artlantic: wonder.’ PHOTO PROVIDED

Public art project gives visitors something to think about By William Sokolic Courier-Post Staff

A sunken pirate ship lay in the middle of a sandy patch of vacant land where the Sands casino-hotel once stood near Indiana Avenue and the Boardwalk. Barrels hold faux gold coins. The piece of art reflects the boats that line the ocean floor off New Jersey’s coast. The ship is one element within a sevenacre site also ringed by Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Pacific Avenue. The locale, one of two unveiled Saturday under the name “Artlantic: wonder,” also features green, gentle undulating terraces and a garden bearing a statue. Artlantic is an ambitious $3 million five-year, multi-phase, free public art project that its designers hope will help visitors re-imagine Atlantic City. The series plays off the city’s rich history and proximity to the ocean, and highlights specific elements of the city’s past and present. Funded by the Atlantic City Alliance and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, the various sites also put vacant lots to constructive, albeit temporary, use. The artwork falls under the curatorship

A gigantic pirate ship sits in the sand where the Sands casino-hotel once stood near Indiana Avenue and the Boardwalk. The artwork is part of ‘Artlantic: wonder,’ a free public art project that plays off the city’s past and present. WILLIAM SOKOLIC/COURIER-POST of Lance Fung and his Fung Collaboratives. Fung is known for The Snow Show, a series of exhibitions that teamed artists with cutting-edge architects to design ephemeral, large-scale installations from ice and snow in Lapland, Finland, in 2004 and then at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. “The Fung Collaboratives’ plan for Atlantic City becomes more than a catalyst for improving vacant lots; it is symbolic of

the revitalization and expansion of culture in Atlantic City,” said John Palmieri, executive director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. For the first two sites, Fung tapped works by artists Robert Barry, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, John Roloff and Kiki Smith. The artists, three from the North Jersey-New York area, faced difficulties brought on by Hurricane Sandy. Getting anything in place less than two

weeks after the storm “was a miracle,” Emilia Kabakov said. When completed, the larger site will contain indigenous grasses and wildflowers on the green carpet of grass. Embedded in the interior of the earth are brilliantly colored words, developed by Barry, that shine bright at night. A lush garden will consist of red foliage as well as a cistern of trickling water, all suggestive of New Jersey wildlife. “Her,” a figure of a woman tenderly embracing a doe created by Smith, lies in the center of the garden, also designed by Smith. On the smaller, 8,500-square-foot site at California Avenue and the Boardwalk, visitors see “Étude Atlantis,” which uses the idea of “finding Atlantis” to connect Atlantic City with the opposite side of the world, the sea floor off the coast of Australia. Designed by John Roloff, the site features LED lights and bold linear stripes converging into a spiral pattern. The pattern will lead into the center of the space, where a cistern of trickling water appears alive and weeping. The stage-like environment of Roloff’s work may also provide a backdrop for a series of performances, concerts and events that will possibly continue year-round.

Split Decision is crowd-pleaser

Sunday’s Board-WALK was a demonstration to the nation that Atlantic City’s famed wooden way is still standing and ready for business. PHOTO PROVIDED

Split Decision has been rockin’ crowds from Virginia to Vermont for two decades. The band has two upcoming shows in Atlantic City in December. PHOTO PROVIDED

Bar band tweaks popular songs, gets audience involved By William Sokolic Courier-Post Staff

Split Decision has been a bar band for 20 years and though it caters to the 20-something crowd, it knows how to read an audience to maximize a good time. “It’s 21 to 45, so we have pretty diverse set lists catered to the room on any night,” said lead singer Christian Paul. “We call the show to the crowd, catering the performance to that audience.” “We throw in stuff as far back as the 1960s,” said Doug Moore, a drummer with the band since 1997. Such music might include “Sweet Caroline,” “Boogie Shoes” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” to name a few tunes from the group’s set. The band, which travels from Virginia to Vermont and as far west as Pittsburgh for gigs, also takes liberties with the music it plays, said Paul, of Huntington Valley, Pa. “We live in a quicker time, where people lose interest a lot, so we cut songs down. A giant hit that’s 20 years old and is 41⁄2 minutes long, we’ll to two minutes of the favorite parts. We want to keep them on the dance floor entertained.” “We do verse chorus, verse

“I do not know what I’d be doing if not this. It was fortunate the five of us got together.” CHRISTIAN PAUL of Split Decision

WHERE IT ALL STARTED

Doug Moore took an interest in the drums when he was just 7. “The drums found me,” he said. “I would go to a wedding and stand behind the drummer. I was enthralled by the shiny equipment and how loud they were.” Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham was a major influence, along with jazz drummer Buddy Rich and Ringo Starr. A late bloomer, Christian Paul was a football jock converted to a musician. He plays guitar and percussion in addition to his singing duties. “Not doing this for a living was not an option. I’d play for gas money,” Moore said about his chosen profession. Paul agreed. “I do not know what I’d be doing if not this. It was fortunate the five of us got together,” he said of the band.

IF YOU GO See Split Decision in Atlantic City: Dec. 21 at Gypsy Bar, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa Dec. 31 at Party Pit at the House of Blues, Showboat Atlantic City

chorus and move onto the next song,” Moore said. Of course, this isn’t a hard and fast rule, he said. A song only a few years old will be played just like on the radio length-wise. But maybe the tempo will change. Split Decision will do a piece like Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” with a dub step tempo, unlike the original version. “We double-time everything. But you still recognize the hook of the tune,” said the Atco resident. Split Decision is also big on audience participation, Paul said. “Our show has nothing to do with the band, but with the audience. They spend a week working hard, and need to blow off steam. For us, the most satisfying thing is when people tell us they had a great time,” he said. As for original music, that can wait, Paul said. “W e have done original songs, even put out an album. Eventually I will do something solo. We want to do the band the best we can rather than have too many things in the fire. We put a lot into our shows and demand a lot of our shows. The stage is home for us. “It’s a job until we get on stage and then it’s what we love,” Paul said.

Boardwalk still stands By William Sokolic Courier-Post Staff

In case you haven’t heard: The Atlantic City boardwalk is alive and well. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a number of national media outlets declared the boardwalk destroyed based on a small section of decaying walk near the Inlet that broke loose. Officials had already targeted that portion for demolition before the superstorm hit. To show the world that the iconic wooden way remained intact, the Atlantic City Alliance and Casino Reinvestment Development Authority hosted BoardWALK on Sunday afternoon. Hundreds gathered at noon on the boardwalk in front of the Atlantic Club for the start of a trek down the heart of the famed esplanade to Revel. The stretch covered the space between the southernmost and northernmost casino hotels. More to the point, the walk proved that Atlantic City was open for business. “We’re happy we got the local support for this walk,” said Liza Cartmell, president of the Atlantic City Alliance. “It underlines the boardwalk is here. We got the message out.” The two agencies distributed T-shirts in yellow bearing AC Boardwalk for the walk. Others wore pink or blue shirts depicting the DO AC slogan. The American Red Cross was on hand at the starting point to collect financial donations. The walk included a pit stop at the CRDA’s Boardwalk Operations Center for free water and coffee. As he walked, CRDA Executive Director John Palmieri remarked how the weather cooperated. Skies were clear and the temperature hovered in the 60s.


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