Atlantic City Boardwalk Wine Promenade

Boy, do I love my trips to Atlantic City. It doesn’t matter what season it is, a weekend in AC can be filled from head-to-toe with food, fun and a variety festivities. For example, I was recently invited back to attend the #DoAC Boardwalk Wine Promenade weekend sponsored by Food & Wine.

DoAC Boardwalk Wine Promenade Collage
The wine festival was just one portion of my itinerary though. There was the Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull concert: Sex & Love; and the always impressive Atlantic City Food Scene. Heck… some of the journalists/bloggers invited attended Atlantic City Fashion Week – like Kelly Augustine.

Building an awesome weekend in Atlantic City can be done in a limitless number of ways. Here’s how I spent my second fantastic foodie trip to AC in late September…

DoAC Boardwalk Wine Promenade

Basically, the Atlantic City Wine Festival was my opportunity to try very HEALTHY samplings of 125 unique wines – even a selection of bourbons…

Leslie Sbrocco at the DoAC Boardwalk Wine Promenade
Chosen by drinks expert, Leslie Sbrocco. Some of you might recognize her as a regular guest on NBC’s Today Show.

The 2014 DoAC Boardwalk Wine Promenade on the Atlantic City Boardwalk
The DoAC Boardwalk Wine Promenade was held along a one mile stretch of the historic Atlantic City Boardwalk on the Atlantic Ocean.

Braised Short Rib on Toasted Crostini from Harrahs Resorts The Steakhouse
Several local restaurants – like The Steakhouse at Harrah’s – were in attendance as well. They paired their delicious foods (like this Braised Short Ribs on Toasted Crostini from The Steakhouse) with wines at the festival so folks like myself could copy their example when I’m back in my New York kitchen.

Banfi Rosa Regale Sparkling Red
I also discovered a handful of new-to-me wines that I will be shopping for in the future – like this BANFI Rosa Regale Sparkling Red that’s really good with chocolate.

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And guess who’s hotel was positioned right along the section of the Atlantic City Boardwalk where the DoAC Boardwalk Wine Promenade was being held? Yep! My Atlantic-City-Home-Away-from-Home… CAESARS.

Boardwalk Hall

This same 1-mile stretch of Boardwalk is also where a lot of awesome events are held in AC all-year-round at Boardwalk Hall.

Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull concert in Atlantic City
On Friday evening, I attended the very entertaining Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull concert.

In the near future, look at these >>> BIG SHOWS <<< coming to Boardwalk Hall. I’m already eyeballing the Marvel Universe LIVE! show in December for my son and I.

Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City
And yes, that’s another reason why I like staying at CAESARS in Atlantic City. It’s just a few hundred feet from Boardwalk Hall, and all the great events that come to the city. Clint and I wouldn’t even need the stroller for that walk.

Atlantic City Food Scene

The Iron Room

Before attending the Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull concert, the other journalist/bloggers and I were invited to The Iron Room for dinner.

The Iron Room Logo
The Iron Room is a nice place to dine and enjoy a perfectly paired bottle of wine with your meal thanks to owner and wine expert, Paul Tonacci. Heck, it received the “Best Of” Award Of Excellence for 2014 from Wine Spectator.

At this dinner, I loved every course set in front of me by Chef Kevin Cronin.

Seared Belgian Endive Romaine Hearts and Asparagus from The Iron Room Atlantic City
The most notable were the Seared Belgian Endive, Romaine Hearts & Asparagus salad with Dijon & toasted herb vinaigrette, sumac, croutons and dates – paired with Nigl ‘Freiheit’ Gruner Veltliner 2011…

Asian BBQ Hangar Steak from Atlantic City Bottle Company and The Iron Room
And the perfectly cooked Asian BBQ Hangar Steak with Sweet & Sour Brussels Sprouts and Bacon paired with Joel Gott’s Shatter Grenache 2010.

Mulheimer Helenenkloster Riesling Eiswein
At this meal, I also learned of a new – highly regarded – ice wine I need to try… Mülheimer Helenenkloster Riesling Eiswein. Yes… I love sweet wines.

Can’t express the fact enough that The Iron Room is a great place to start an evening out on the town, or find your next favorite bottle of wine.

Wingcraft

For lunch on Saturday, the other journalist/bloggers and I stepped away from the DoAC Boardwalk Wine Promenade festivities to eat at Wingcraft for lunch– the delicious pub fare restaurant located near the Tanger Outlets.

Delicious Double Classic Cheeseburger from Wingcraft Atlantic City
I had the very good Double Classic Cheeseburger on a buttery brioche bun with homemade potato chips. I would love to go back and have this again.

Fried Mozzarella Wedges from Wingcraft Atlantic City
I also sampled the delicious Fried Mozzarella Wedges…

Original Sin Pulled Pork Sliders from Wingscraft Atlantic City
And Original Sin Pulled Pork Sliders. I highly recommend these as well.

I should mention, Wingcraft is in walking distance of CAESARS – perfect for lunch, dinner or a place to watch your favorite team play.

White House Sub Shop

Last… BUT DEFINITELY NOT LEAST… I was able to squeeze in a meal at the “must eat” White House Sub Shop.

The Cheese Steak Submarine from White House Subs in Atlantic City
At my last visit, I had their fantastic Italian sub. This time I followed the waitress’ recommendation again, and tried their popular Cheese Steak submarine. Delicious!

Next time, I’m ordering the Meatball sub. Several customers came into the restaurant and ordered it to-go. It must be something good.

Caesars Atlantic City

As I mentioned several times in this post already, I stayed at CAESARS while attending the DoAC Boardwalk Wine Promenade.

The rooms in the Centurion Tower at Caesars Atlantic City
This is where I spent two comfortable nights enjoying this room…

Atlantic City Boardwalk view from Centurion Tower at Caesars hotel
And admiring the gorgeous Atlantic City Boardwalk view from my Centurion Tower window.

QUA Bath & Spa at Caesars Atlantic City The couples room at Qua Batha and Spa at Caesars Atlantic City
I even had the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing massage at Qua Baths & Spa inside Caesars upon my arrival.

Are you interested in spending the weekend in Atlantic City?! The first place online I would visit to figure out how to fill an AC weekend would be the DoAC website. It’s a great freaking source.

Click >>> HERE <<< to take a look.

Have a great time, and let me know if you find an awesome place I should eat the next time I’m in AC. Thanks!

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