Food Network Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival
|Ceasar ready with pan and spatula for the festival|
|One view of Ceasars Temple Lobby|
We checked into our mini-suite at Caesars today and I spotted Guy Fieri twice at the Temple lobby surrounded by his entourage so that was a warm welcome for my eyes. Yum! This evening we attended an invite only Harrah’s Dinner and Cooking Demo With Sunny Anderson from 9:00-11:00PM. We did not know which chef would grace the stage until the moment of reveal. It was a pleasant surprise and I was glad it was Sunny Anderson since I watch her show Cooking For Real on Food Network all the time. We heard the dinner before ours was hosted by Sandra Lee who I love as well. Sunny was so much fun and energetic just like she is on her show. Sunny made an appetizer dish Cod Fish Puppies with a Mango Habanero Sauce. The Harrah's chefs made her dish to serve the enormous crowd in the ballroom. It was delicious and I loved the kick from the spicy salsa.
|Cod Fish Puppies with a Mango Habanero Sauce|
|Mixed Berries, Angel Food Cake, White Chocolate|
Our first event was at 12:00-2:00PM, Guy's Big Bite Brunch, at Phillips Seafood, The Pier Shops at Caesars. The line was huge. The brunch was so much fun and the food was delicious. Guy was an incredible host and spoke for some time and took questions. He also brought out his buddy Chef Robert Irvine. What a hottie! Have you seen his muscles? Oh man.
|Me, Guy, Allen|
|Guy, Guy's Big Bite Brunch|
|Coffee Banana's Foster French Toast With Formica Brioche|
My jaw dropped when dessert was served, Coffee Banana's Foster French Toast With Formica Brioche. It was huge. I only ate one quarter of it but it was divine. I was so full I could barely walk from those devious drinks and the yummy food. It was an awesome brunch. Everyone received a crab mallet and Phillips seafood seasoning wrapped all pretty with a ribbon. This was well worth the cost $100 per person. I would do this again. We are fans of Phillips from eating here during Atlantic City Restaurant Week earlier in the year.
|Sophia with autographed menu|
|Allen and his autographed menu|
|Me, Melissa D'Arabian, Allen|
|Me at Wine Down Art Show With Ted Allen|
The first event of today is a must do for anyone coming to this fest. It was from 12:00–3:00PM, The Grand Market, at Bally’s, 6th Floor (multiple rooms). This event is huge. When we showed them our tickets we got a cool GoGreen baggie for all the goodies we bought. As you walk in, you are given a wine glass. This event was all about food, beer, wine, and alcohol tastings. We bought a lot of stuff, and tasted some delicious food. I saw Melissa D'Arabian and Michael Proietti, contestant on Next Food Network Star season with Melissa. I got a really nice pic of them both. We had so much fun and got to see everything. This was a blast.
|Sophia with Chef Robert LaBoy of Morton's Steakhouse |
|Harrah's Chefs cooking Lamb Chops|
|A view of the Grand Market, Bally's|
|Melissa D'Arabian, Michael V. Proietti|
|We love Crazy Steve's Pickles and Salsa, Grand Market|
|Pat and Gina Neely|
|Pat and Gina Neely having some fun|
|Paula Deen and her hubby Michael|
|Paula Deen feeding an audience dude|
-Sophia & Allen/Two Frys