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Bryan Buttler: Eating My Way Through Borgata’s Marketplace

, December 2, 2016

I have a confession: I love food. Therefore, it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that I love the new Marketplace Eatery that opened earlier this month. Borgata is clearly the foodie capital of Atlantic City, with restaurants by the likes of Bobby Flay and Wolfgang Puck throughout the resort. But unlike a formal sit-down dining experience, the Marketplace allows you to immerse yourself head-first in a world of some of the coolest foodie items around.

I spent an afternoon rounding up some of my favorite items that you can purchase during your next visit…

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Mark Your Calendars: Borgata’s 2016 Entertainment Line-Up Has Something For Everyone

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Love going to see a concert, but hate the hassle of stadiums, parking, and fighting crowds? Borgata has easy-to-navigate and intimate performance spaces that attract world-class talent to the region. 2016 is shaping up to be a great year for LGBT-friendly entertainment at the resort, featuring a wide array of performances ranging from the legendary Diana Ross to Josh Groban (and there's more that have yet to be announced). We rounded up some of our top picks that will have you ordering your tickets faster than you can say “box office“!

America's Drag Stars

Brandi CarlileThe out singer-songwriter, who recently released her newest album, The Firewatcher's Daughter, and wowed audiences with an amazing performance on Jimmy Fallon, will be bringing her signature country/alternative stylings to Borgata just in time for Valentine's Day. It's the perfect mid-winter warm-up. February 12, $45-66, Event Center.

America's Drag StarsIt's a Pandora's Boxx of trouble! Don't miss this sensational evening of some of the hottest names in drag, featuring Sherry Vine, Ginger Minj, Katya, and, of course, Pandora, as they camp it up for Borgata audiences in the intimate Music Box. With queens like these, you never know what's going to happen! February 20, $25, Music Box.

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REVIEW: Boy George, Rosie O’Donnell, and Cyndi Lauper Show Their “True Colors” at Borgata

, December 1, 2016

BGCLWho would have imagined Boy George and Cyndi Lauper singing a ten-minute duet of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” while Rosie O'Donnell played the drums?

There was that, plus plenty of other unexpected surprises, this past Sunday evening at Borgata's Event Center where the trifecta of performers played a rare Memorial Day concert, only one of seven stops on their tour of the East Coast. In some ways, the night was pretty much two full concerts in one and lasted nearly two and a half hours. Both Boy George and Cyndi Lauper played full sets, while Rosie O'Donnell served as intermission entertainment.

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Borgata a Sponsor at Philadelphia HRC Dinner

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For the first time ever, Borgata was a corporate sponsor at the 2016 Human Rights Campaign's Greater Philadelphia Gala on Saturday, February 27. The popular event, which featured many of the country's premiere civil rights leaders,was held at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown and included a silent auction and dinner.

Borgata's Senior Vice President of Operations, Joe Lupo, who was in attendance, said that the resort's support of the HRC was natural for Borgata.

“It stems from the very beginning that we want to create an environment that promotes equality for our customers and employee base,” Lupo said. “[The HRC] fit cohesively with this vision.”

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Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga Triumph at Borgata

, December 28, 2015

Tony Bennett and Lady GagaBorgata Hotel Casino & Spa has always been committed to its role as the leader in Atlantic City’s live concert and entertainment offerings. And we’ve made providing resort visitors with the best in summer entertainment a priority.

So we were pretty proud of ourselves to have presented Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett at Borgata's Event Center on Friday, July 24.

This was a show that sold out in minutes back in February, and the two great entertainers did not disappoint.

Performing with a full orchestra, they opened the show with the classic, and fairly appropriate, “Anything Goes,” followed by their smash hit “Cheek to Cheek.”

It’s a rare thing to see an 88-year-old singer in Bennett hold his own with a 29-year-old singer in Gaga, but the reviews are in and Bennett’s voice was as smooth and pure as if he were 29 as well.

As Billboard Magazine said in its review:

“Even though Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga's “Cheek to Cheek” duets album has been with us for nearly a year, nothing quite prepares you for the startling contrast and sheer delight of seeing the 88-year-old vocal legend and the 29-year-old pop icon onstage together, singing material written before Gaga's father was even born.”

“So when a dapper Bennett and shimmery Gaga took the stage at Borgata's Event Center on Friday night in Atlantic City, the novelty of the unlikely-yet-organic pairing didn't wear off until after they'd finished a one-two-three punch opener of “Anything Goes,” “Cheek to Cheek” and “They All Laughed.”

For modern music fans, the idea of two star singers sharing a stage and swapping banter and mixing together classic song stylings might seem a little foreign, but it was much more common when Bennett started his career.

With Lady Gaga, Bennett has undoubtedly brought the idea back.

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Introducing OUT at Borgata!

, December 23, 2015

Out at BorgataBorgata Hotel Casino & Spa proudly supports diversity and embraces the LGBT community: our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender travel enthusiasts, team members, and friends. In addition to working to ensure Borgata meets the criteria of the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index 2016, Borgata is thrilled to partner with the Greater Atlantic City GLBT Alliance (GACGLBTA) and the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), among other organizations.

Borgata is proud to debut the “OUT at Borgata” brand for our LGBT guests, and invites interested travelers to sign up for email updates and like our brand new Facebook page to stay informed of OUT at Borgata entertainment, events, and promotions.

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20 Things You Need to Eat and Drink This Summer at Borgata

, December 21, 2015

Seaside eating is pretty awesome when you are home to restaurants by some of the most talented chefs in the country. We put together a roundup of our 20 favorite things to eat and drink this summer at Borgata. Can you get through this yummy bucket list before Labor Day?

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Lobster Crab Cake Lobster Crab Cake│Bobby Flay SteakNamed one of the best crab cakes in the U.S. by Food & Wine magazine, Iron Chef Bobby Flay’s modern twist on a classic seaside favorite is complete with green-onion vinaigrette and lemon-habanero tartar sauce.
Salmon Tiradito Salmon Tiradito│Izakaya Modern Japanese PubChef/Partner Michael Schulson just recently unveiled a new menu, including items like Short Rib Rice Balls, Korean BBQ Buns, and Gulf Shrimp Ceviche, but as yummy as they all are, our new favorite is the deliciously light and refreshing Salmon Tiradito with Lime, Yuzu, and Scallions.
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Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa Scores 100% on 2016 Corporate Equality Index

, December 19, 2015

Named one of the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Borgata is extremely proud to share that we received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation – America’s largest…

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MIXX presents a Very Special OUT at Borgata Party TONIGHT!

, December 13, 2015

OUT at Borgata PartyBorgata Hotel Casino and Spa is rolling out the rainbow carpet for our LGBT friends and guests this weekend! Sashay your way to MIXX – The Nightclub tonight for a special party celebrating OUT at Borgata.  MIXX is a high-energy club with a large dance floor – giving you ample space to dance your heart out. So, grab your fiercest outfit and besties for a night of fun with music by DJ Mimi, as seen on RuPaul’s Drag Race, and hosted by the colorful comedian/rapper, Wendy Ho.  Enjoy complimentary admission to the shindig with Sarah McLachlan show ticket stub.  Call 609.317.7249 for table service.

As a proud supporter of the LGBT community, we look forward to bringing more parties like this to Borgata. Stay in-the-know of upcoming OUT at Borgata entertainment, events and promotions by signing up for email updates and liking us on Facebook.

 

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OUT at Borgata Weekend: Gay Party at MIXX Nightclub, Wanda Sykes & More!

, December 8, 2015

OUT at Borgata PartyBack for its 3rd edition, MIXX Nightclub will host the OUT at Borgata Party on Friday, June 12. Don’t miss your chance to dance the night away at the hottest new party in Atlantic City with music by DJ Escape. And if the great music isn’t enough, we’re bringing in great hosts including Honey Davenport, Satine Harlow and Brooklyn Ford to spice up the night.

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