Last month, I was lucky enough to be invited to a special bloggers dinner at Phillips Seafood in Atlantic City, NJ. Not only was it great food, but it was informative and I was able to share a meal with some old blogging buddies and also meet some new food blogging friends. Bloggers attending the dinner were Lisa from John and Lisa are Eating in South Jersey, Alex of A Food Coma, Erin of No Love More Sincere and Elaine of Elle Eats . It was also very enjoyable to chat with Tina and Jennifer from Breslow Partners which is the PR agency which coordinated the event. They sure seem to know their restaurants and food!
One of the highlights of the evening was that Executive Chef Paul Drew came out between each course and explained all the recipes on the menu. Since seafood is one of my favorite things to eat, I couldn’t have asked for anything better. This is what was on the menu:
Steamed Mojito Clams with fresh garlic, chiles, lime and cilantro
Chilled Plateau Maine lobster, king crab legs, oysters, clams, shrimp cocktail, tuna tartar
Cheasapeake Crab Cakes Famous lump crab cakes with gratinee potatoes and sauteed broccolini
The seafood was as fresh as can be and Chef Drew explained in detail where it came from and how it was prepared. Looking at the pictures still makes my mouth water. When one of the bloggers asked about baking a crab cake versus frying it, Chef Drew went back to the kitchen and made sure we could try some both ways. Normally, Phillips bakes their crab cakes, however if a customer has a preference to have them fried, just ask and they will gladly do it for you. Personally, I loved the fact that the crab cakes were baked and really wouldn’t want any extra calories added to something that already tasted perfect.
Phillips Seafood is located at The Pier in Atlantic City and they have various other locations. Chef Drew also offers seafood cooking classes in the Atlantic City location. For more information click HERE.
As if I didn’t eat enough, some of the food bloggers decided to make a trip to the candy store in the pier. My kids think I went there to bring them home treats but it was awfully nice to have sweets for the one hour ride home…LOL! Special thanks to our attentive server, Mike and to Brian Fountain, Phillips general manager that made sure we were treated very well!