1 I was very pleased to be invited to headline the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival. Having grown up in Nutley, New Jersey, the Jersey Shore holds a special place in my heart.
2 The production teams were very busy. Between my events, Robert Irvine and Marcus Samuelsson hosted events of their own.
3 One of the things I demoed was my morning green juice. I will vary the ingrients by what I have in the refrigerator, but typically it contains spinach, some citrus, green apple, cucumber, ginger, celery, and parsley.
4 Guests were greeted with a glass of green juice - a great way to start the day!
5 Attendees were seated outdoors in the courtyard in front of Bally’s Casino.
6 We created a delicious breakfast menu for the guests to enjoy while watching Thomas Joseph, Sarah Carey, and me demonstrate the recipes. The main dish was cheese popovers with creamed spinach accompanied with a fried egg and bacon.
7 Here I am measuring Worcestershire Sauce for a Bloody Mary.
8 The Grand Market featured wine, spirits, food sampling, and an opportunity to have authors sign books.
9 Here I am with Eliza Stasi, Regional Entertainment Coordinator for Caesar’s Entertainment Corporation, who put a lot of work into organizing the events.
10 I signed copies of Martha's American Food, which is filled with our nation's favorite regional recipes.
11 I always find it fun and gratifying to meet the people who come to my book signings.
12 Here I am with members of the Jersey General Salsa Company, which donates a portion of its proceeds to military charities. They gave me some salsa to try at home.
13 I had an opportunity to talk to a roundtable of journalists who were covering the Festival.
14 We had some time to kill between events, and we took a quick drive to visit nearby Ocean City.
15 We stopped for a bite at Oves Beach Grill on the boardwalk in Ocean City. The kitchen was filled with teenagers working their summer jobs.
16 A nice view of the ocean from the boardwalk
17 We watched happy vacationers racing go-karts.
18 We then made a stop at the popular Bashful Banana.
19 The Bashful Banana is known for their frozen, pureed banana treats, which can be mixed with other fruits and topped as you wish. I chose chocolate chips.
20 Another lovely view from the road leading back to Atlantic City
21 The boardwalk in Atlantic City was buzzing with people going between casinos, the beach, and the festival events.
22 I headed to the tent on the beach where the Beach Burger Bash was beginning.
23 I hosted the Beach Burger Bash, where we served the Steak-House Worthy burger featured in June Martha Stewart Living.
24 Guests were able to sample 10 different burger variations - and plenty of french fries and beer!
25 The crowds were enthusiastic and welcoming!
26 Chef Timothy Davis came out to talk me through all of the burger offerings.
27 The Black & Blue Burger was stuffed with blue cheese, steak sauce, and crispy onions.
28 Oxbow Farm’s Buffalo Burger had crispy onion rings, pepper jack cheese, and smoke house barbeque sauce.
29 The Peking Duck Burger was garnished with hoisin sauce, pickled cucumbers, and green onions.
30 The Hand Ground Sirloin Burger came with American cheese and homemade pickles.
31 Some of my tips for the crowd – Don’t skimp on the bread – a serious burger requires a hefty bun!
32 For a great beef burger: grind sirloin and short rib together to create a patty that tastes more like a steak. The combo of sirloin and short-rib gives the best proportions of flavor and fat. Ask your butcher to grind together your choice of meats.
34 We featured the simple and beautiful Cool and Crunchy Melon-Cucumber Salad on the cover of July/August Martha Stewart Living.