Borgata and Montes Winery Come Together to Celebrate Chef Susanna Foo’s New Cookbook Fresh Inspiration

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ — “Fresh inspiration” comes to the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa (1 Borgata Way; 866.MY BORGATA) this fall, when Susanna Foo, internationally acclaimed chef, restaurateur and author, celebrates the release of her second cookbook by the same name. Joining Foo to mark the special occasion is celebrated winemaker Aurelio Montes, President of Montes Wines (Chile), who will co-host a special five-course dinner and wine-pairing event at Suilan, Foo’s signature Asian fusion restaurant at the Borgata.

Guests are invited to join the legendary chef and winemaker on September 22nd to celebrate the launch of Foo’s new cookbook, Susanna Foo: Fresh Inspiration and Montes’ exciting first visit to the Borgata. Along with her Executive Chef, Martin Doyle, Foo has created an exciting and enticing tasting menu spotlighting dishes from Fresh Inspiration, each paired with and wines personally selected by Aurelio Montes and Shawn Dore, Borgata’s Wine Director.

“I am so delighted to bring my new cookbook Fresh Inspiration to my guests at the Borgata,” says Foo. “I hope this dinner helps the book ‘come alive,’ as guests will be able to personally experience my favorite selections paired with Montes’ exquisite wines.”

The unforgettable evening begins at 6:30 pm with a wine reception where guests can sample two exceptional selections: Montes Sauvignon Blanc and Pino Noir, both from 2004. A sit-down dinner follows at 7:00 p.m. in the elegant Suilan dining room. The first course of deliciously crispy Korean Pancakes with Citrus Cured Salmon and Arugula and Gold Beet Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette are served with Montes ‘Leyda’ Sauvignon Blanc 2004. The second course consists of Chef Foo’s signature Shrimp in Lobster Sauce, a Chinese classic, paired with a 2004 Alpha Chardonnay.

Guests will then move on to a succulent and decadent Tea-Smoked Duck Breast is accompanied by Broccoli Rabe with Sun-dried Tomatoes, and paired with a 2003 Alpha Syrah. A fourth course of perfectly tender Wuxi-Style Braised Beef Short Ribs is served atop Cauliflower Risotto with Wild Mushrooms accompanied by Alpha M 2003. Montes’ Alpha M series is first super-premium wine ever made in South America. A darling of the press, the last vintage received a 94 rating, and the 2003 Alpha M is expected to receive an even higher mark.

The grand finale is choreographed by Borgata’s rising culinary star, Executive Pastry Chef Daniel Pino, who prepares Chef Foo’s Almond Financiers with kumquats, a perfect accompaniment to the Montes’ 2004 Late Harvest dessert wine selection.

“This tasting dinner marks two very special occasions at the Borgata: Chef Foo’s new cookbook and Mr. Montes’ first visit to the resort,” says Victor Tiffany, Vice President of Food and Beverage for Borgata. “We could not be prouder of Chef Foo’s cookbook and we are delighted to honor her with this dinner. Montes is one of the most exciting “New World” wineries out there today and our Wine Director, Shawn Dore, has long spotlighted their wine at Suilan, so it is an honor to have the visionary behind the winery here tonight.”

The dinner is the first installment of this season’s Borgata Food & Wine Experience series of tasting events, exclusive culinary gatherings that occur at Borgata’s signature restaurants. To purchase seats please contact Borgata’s Customer Care Center at 866.MY BORGATA. Tickets are $149/person.

Borgata, located at Renaissance Pointe in Atlantic City, features 2,000 guest rooms and suites, 125,000 square feet of gaming, 145 gaming tables, 3,600 slot machines, 11 destination restaurants, 11 retail boutiques and a 50,000-square-foot spa.

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About Susanna Foo

Susanna Foo, the leading Chinese chef in America and the winner of two James Beard Awards, has been hailed as an innovator by Gourmet, Food & Wine, Esquire, The New York Times, and many other publications, is a known as pioneer of Asian fusion cuisine and is credited with putting a fresh face on Chinese food. In Susanna Foo: Fresh Inspiration, her second book, Asian ingredients shake hands with Western techniques, more traditional dishes are perfected, and Foo shares encyclopedic knowledge about various culinary techniques and Chinese ingredients. Susanna Foo: Fresh Inspiration is a thoughtful collection of over 150 fresh, elegant recipes and 70 full-color photos that will inspire home cooks to create exciting Asian-influenced Western dishes as well as lighter versions of classic Chinese items.

About Aurelio Montes

Montes Wine was selected by Wine Enthusiast magazine as “New World Winery of the Year” in 2003. Aurelio Montes is President and Winemaker, with over 25 years experience in the industry. His colleagues selected him as “Chilean Winemaker of the Year” in 1995 and SNA (National Agriculture Society) named him “Personality of the Year” in 2002, an award he received from the President of Chile. He is also a consultant for Wines to Fundacion Chile (a foundation founded by ITT and the Chilean Government).

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