Seminole Casino Coconut Creek announces that it will present its third annual Sweet Dreams event in the Nectar lounge, Dec. 10 – 26 from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. To be held Thursdays through Saturdays over three weeks, the dates are Dec. 10, 11, 12; Dec. 17, 18, 19; and Dec. 24, 25, 26.
Sweet Dreams, held in the casino’s Nectar ultra-lounge, is a celebration of the holidays (must be 21 and over) consisting of an extravagant display of all-you-can eat desserts created from scratch by Pastry Chef David Gomez and his team, including sugar-free selections. There’ll be live-action flambé stations; a chocolate dipping fountain; delectable handmade candies and unique pastries. The $20 admission also includes specialty drinks and an open bar.
In the casino’s east grand hallway that leads past Fresh Harvest restaurant to Nectar lounge, an amazingly authentic winter village will be re-created. Also in keeping with the spirit of the holidays, partial proceeds from Sweet Dreams will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida, SOS Children’s Village, The Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County’s Fallen Heroes Fund, the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund, and others.
This year, dinner patrons of the casino’s Fresh Harvest restaurant, named “The Best Buffet By Far” by the Sun-Sentinel, will receive 50% off admission to Sweet Dreams that evening.
During Sweet Dreams, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek will host three very high profile celebrity chefs who’ll be on hand to meet and greet the public:
Dec. 10, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Chef Todd English
One of the most decorated, respected, and charismatic chefs in the world, Todd English (www.toddenglish.com) has enjoyed a staggering number of accolades during his remarkable career. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, he’s established one of the best-known restaurant brands in the nation, has been recognized by several of the food industry’s most prestigious publications, published three critically acclaimed cookbooks, and been featured on numerous television shows.
In the spring of 1991, English caught the eye of the culinary world when the James Beard Foundation named him their “National Rising Star Chef”, with the Foundation naming him “Best Chef in the Northeast” in 1994. In 2001, English was awarded Bon Appetit’s Restaurateur of the Year award and named one of the “50 Most Beautiful People” by People magazine.
In 2005, The Todd English Collection signature lifestyle line debuted on the Home Shopping Network, breaking all electronic retail records. He has appeared on countless national television shows from The Today Show to Top Chef. His cooking and travel series, Food Trip with Todd English, currently airs on PBS and won him his third James Beard Award as well as his first Emmy nomination.
Most recently, Todd became the official chef of Delta Airlines, designing the menu for all domestic coach flights. His company, Todd English Enterprises, includes 20 innovative restaurants in the U.S. His flagship Olives restaurant in Charlestown, Mass. has expanded to include locations in New York and Las Vegas. Todd English Enterprises also includes three Figs locations, Bonfire Steakhouse in Boston and New York City; Tuscany at Mohegan Sun; bluezoo at the Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando; Restaurant Todd English on the Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria; KingFish Hall in Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace; da Campo Osteria in Fort Lauderdale, and Beso, in Hollywood, Calif.
Dec. 19, 6:30-9:30 Chef Rocco DiSpirito
Celebrated chef Rocco DiSpirito’s passion for cooking began at the young age of 11 and he’s never looked back. At 16 he entered the Culinary Institute of America, and at 18 began working for legendary chefs worldwide. After graduating from Boston University with a degree in business, He jumped into the New York restaurant scene working for such renowned chefs as Gray Kunz, David Bouley and Charles Palmer. At Gray Kunz’s Lespinasse, he began to find his voice as a chef. In 1995 Rocco opened Dava and quickly earned 2 stars from Ruth Reichl at the New York Times. At 31, Rocco opened Union Pacific in New York City and received 3 stars from the Times.
Rocco DiSpirito’s culinary credentials have earned him significant editorial praise including, Food and Wine magazine’s “Best New Chefs”; the first chef on the cover of Gourmet magazine as “America’s Most Exciting Young Chef”; voted America’s “Leading Chef of his Generation”, also by Gourmet; and New York Magazine’s called him “The Hottest Young Chef”. He’s been featured in hundreds of travel, fashion and lifestyle articles in Harpers Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, W, the New York Times, Details, House Beautiful, Us, Ok, People, and others. He’s been referred to as America’s original “Rock Star Chef” and “Sexiest Man Alive” by People magazine.
As an author, DiSpirito received The James Beard Award for Flavor, his first cookbook.
He also authored Rocco’s Italian American 2004, Rocco’s 5 Minute Flavor 2005, Rocco’s Real Life Recipes 2007, and Rocco Gets Real 2009. In March 2010, Rocco will publish NOW EAT THIS! America’s Favorite Comfort Foods made healthy and less than 350 calories.
He starred in the Food Network series The Melting Pot, the NBC hit reality series The Restaurant, and the AE series, Rocco Gets Real. He’s a frequent guest on the Rachel Ray Show, GMA, The Today Show, Bravo’s Top Chef and NBC’s The Biggest Loser. He has appeared on Oprah, Ellen, Chelsea!, David Letterman, Jay Leno, and Jimmy Kimmel shows, and was the first chef to compete on the ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. Rocco is a popular keynote and inspirational speaker and featured chef at national and international cooking events. In 2006, he began a quest towards a more active and healthy lifestyle and began competing in triathlons and the 70.3 Iron Man. In November he was the spokesperson for the 70.3 Iron Man in Clearwater Beach. Rocco sits on the board and is a celebrity spokesperson for Feed America, and The New York Food Bank. He lives the good life in New York City and appreciates all that cooking and his close family has brought to him.
Dec. 24, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. “Mr. Food” Art Ginsburg: He paved the way for today’s national TV food personalities when he turned his personal flair for acting into a South Florida television cooking show some 30 years ago. He’s a prolific writer with more than 50 cookbooks and continues to be syndicated on television, with up to 6 million viewers daily.
An exciting new addition in conjunction with the Sweet Dreams event this year is that there’ll be two special events for guests’ entertainment in the Casino Pavilion:
THE BELMONTS DOO WOP CONCERT – Sat. Dec. 12; pavilion doors open at 7 p.m., show begins at 8 p.m. $20 general admission; tickets at casino’s cashier’s cage.
SINGLES PARTY – Thurs. Dec. 17 from 6-10 p.m. $20 admission. Tickets on sale Nov. 30 at casino’s cashier cage. Includes DJ, dancing, and dating game shows with $2,000 in prizes. Admission includes hors d’oeuvres, two drink tickets, $5 free casino play, and $10 coupon (50% off) admittance to Sweet Dreams in the Nectar lounge.
All events are 21-and-over, please.
To complete the festive holiday atmosphere at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, on Friday evenings during December professional carolers (www.theyuletidecarolers.com)
will stroll and perform outside Fresh Harvest restaurant and Nectar lounge from 6-9 p.m. on Dec. 11, 18 and on Christmas Day.
Nectar lounge is located in Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, located just east of State Road 7 (U.S. 441) and north of Sample Road on 40th Street. For more information call 954-977-6700; fax 954-970-7721; write to: 5550 NW 40th Street, in Coconut Creek, 33073; or visit www.seminolecoconutcreekcasino.com