Asian Fusion, Family Style- Marcello Recommends: Buddakan at Caesars Casino, Atlantic City

Buddakan, Atlantic City   , Marcello Pedalino, Anthony Vennera, Asian Fusion, Pan Asian

When Anthony Vennera recommends a restaurant, my mouth starts to water.  I get excited.  I start planning my workouts around the date to make room for the inevitable caloric onslaught. 

In addition to being one of the top entertainers and entrepreneurs in the special events industry with his lovely wife, Marybeth, at Anthony Michael Events, he’s also a seasoned (no pun intended) foodie and hospitality pro. 

Buddakan, Atlantic CityA few recent stellar experiences with Anthony have included Davios and Amada.  This time around, it was Buddakan.    My first thought was the Cheap Trick album– for those of you who grew up in the 80’s.   Then, after Anthony mentioned dishes like Edamame Ravioli, Wasabi Crusted Filet Mignon & Zen Full Donuts... all I could think about was getting to Atlantic City as fast as possible.

Buddakan, Atlantic City, Marcello Pedalino, Jake Jacobsen, Anthony VenneraAs usual, Anthony was on point.  The ambiance, decor, service and cuisine were all first class.  

As always, we just let Anthony order for everyone.  The really cool thing about Buddakan is that all the dishes were served family style.  If you have a great group of friends together for a nice meal like we did, it’s the perfect way to experience a variety of food and keep your portions under control.

If you want to try a new place the next time you’re in Atlantic City, take a peek at Anthony’s menu below and enjoy.

First Course:
Calamari Salad- Sweet Miso Dressing
Edamame Ravioli
Tuna Spring Rolls
Asian Caesar Salad
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Buddakan, Atlantic City

Second Course:

Char Grilled Aged Beef
Wok Cashew Chicken
Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass
Crispy Whole Bronzino

Wasabi Crusted Filet Mignon

Shrimp Pad Thai
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Third Course:

Zen Full Donuts
Almond Bread Pudding
Banana Spring Roll
Tahitian Vanill a Cream Brule
Trio Sorbet
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Thank you Mr. Vennera for your continued friendship and generosity. 

Cheers,

The MMP Entertainment and Event Production Team helps the world Celebrate Life! MMP is led by Executive Director, 3-Time National DJ Entertainer of the Year and ADJA Leadership Award recipient, Marcello Pedalino.

 

(Preview) The Celebrate Life Series presents: Complacency is the Enemy of Progress- with Matt Radicelli, Jazmine Gonzalez, Jeremy Brech, Aldo Ryan, Michael Walter, Bobby Morganstein, and Anthony Vennera

Here’s a preview of interviews coming soon to the Celebrate Life Series. I sat down with a few of the country’s top entrepreneurs from the special events industry to chat about what they’ve been up to and what’s on tap. Matt Radicelli, Jazmine Gonzalez, Jeremy Brech, Aldo Ryan, Michael Walter, Bobby Morganstein, and Anthony Vennera all know that complacency is the enemy of progress so while they’re enjoying their success, they are making a conscious effort to evolve.

Cheers,

The MMP Entertainment and Event Production Team helps the world Celebrate Life! MMP is led by Executive Director, 3-Time National DJ Entertainer of the Year and ADJA Leadership Award recipient, Marcello Pedalino.

A Glorious Meal with Anthony Vennera- Marcello Recommends: Davios in Philidelphia

Davios- Marcello Pedalino, Anthony Vennera

You know it’s gonna be a good meal when the prosciutto comes out on a carving board. What a glorious dinner at Davios.

My usual test is the Mozzarella Caprese appetizer.. (Perfect) A flavorful rib eye? (Perfect. and huge!) Scallops with Risotto and bacon? (Yep. Just Right.)

Like NYC, Phili has some serious style and eye candy to enjoy on a warm, sunny day. Apparently, traffic is also fairly common & impressive. I’m glad I left an hour and 1/2 early for the road trip.

Davios has a really nice little lounge area when you step out of the elevator. It’s comfortable and sharp enough for a client meeting (which was part one of my visit) and definitely chic and cool enough for executive happy hour meet-ups. The dining area has a refreshingly-open layout with high ceilings and plenty of natural sunlight shining through the architecturally-adorned half-mooned windows. With all this- and the type of service and hospitality that you’d expect from a fine establishment, my good friend, Anthony Vennera, could not have picked a better spot for an “Ayy…Howya-ben” dinner.

Davios- Marcello Pedalino, Anthony VenneraAnthony, an entertainer-extraordinaire who is also in the business of smiling and helping people celebrate life for a living, is one of the few people on this earth who knows how to work hard, make a difference, look sharp and live in the present.

Between acting out the entire Wizard of Oz play with my daughter on Monday night (she of course was Dorothy and I of course was everybody else) and the 3 hour marathon conversation with Anthony about everything under the sun last night, my voice is shot. When you wake up with a sore throat and no voice from laughing so much and chatting up a storm like you’re at a class reunion, it’s all good.

Anthony is full of positive energy and inspirational karma. -This was one of my favorite quotes of the night when the topics of character building and humility came up….

“Don’t be cocky, Don’t be greedy… Be grateful.” – Anthony Vennera

The MMP Entertainment and Event Production Team helps the world Celebrate Life! MMP is led by Executive Director, 3-Time National DJ Entertainer of the Year and ADJA Leadership Award recipient, Marcello Pedalino.

The 2013 Celebrate Life Bike Ride with Marcello Pedalino and Friends

IMG_5704 (Large)The 2013 Life is Good Brooklyn Pizza Bike Tour, aka “The Celebrate Life Ride,” was a fabulously-fun outing once again.

It’s a pretty simple formula.  We gather up some really cool people who like to ride their bike and take them on a 35 mile bike tour throughout New York City.

Beyond the fact that it’s a great time, the real reason they all say “yes” is that they know we have a Margarita Pizza picnic at lunchtime courtesy of the world famous Gramaldis.  🙂

IMG_5432 (Large)If you enjoy mixing fun, great conversation, eye candy and incredible pizza with your exercise, send us an e-mail and join us next year!  mmp@mmpentertainment.com

It was a pleasure to welcome Terri Contaxis, Anthony Vennera and Ian Carr to the Celebrate Life family.

As usual, I snapped a few pics throughout the day… plenty of reminders of how beautiful New York is and how fortunate we are to be surrounded by such awesome friends.

Thanks to the tour veterans Tony Shaughnessy, Scott Murphy, Michael Walter and John Derienzo for bringing all of their positive energy back again.

The MMP Entertainment and Event Production Team helps the world Celebrate Life! MMP is led by Executive Director, 3-Time National DJ Entertainer of the Year and ADJA Leadership Award recipient, Marcello Pedalino.

 

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