Michael Mina At The Borgata: Roaming to Four Seasons in Wyoming
We had the pleasure of being invited to the recent Savor Borgata Event in Atlantic City where chefs Bobby Flay, Wolfgang Puck, Michael Mina, Geoffrey Zakarian and others were there presenting food demos and a huge culinary showcase for a crowd we were delighted to see come out in droves to support the city just a week after Hurricane Sandy hit.
We were lucky enough to spend a few minutes interviewing some of the chefs. We talked about some of their holiday plans, and more importantly what’s on their hotel horizon.
Today we recount our talk with superstar, but super humble Michael Mina, who not only has the Seablue restaurant at the Borgata, but has just opened a new bar and grill at the Four Seasons Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
HotelChatter: We've followed you through LA and are in love with your restaurants across the country, where will you be branching out to now?
Michael Mina: Well, I just opened three restaurants in Baltimore at the Four Seasons, and on December 14th, we'll be opening at the Four Seasons in Jackson Hole. That's going to be called Handle Bar. It's going to be a bar and pub, serving burgers, sausages, chili--lots of great food.
HC: Elk sausage? Is that something you've worked with before? How did you research the ingredients for your new menu?
MM: The concept is a natural fit for the environment. It's a bar, and it's a pub. We're just trying to elevate the quality of fun bar snacks by doing a lot of fun twists on classics and using a lot of great products and cooking techniques. We'll do great plates where we actually make the cheese for the cheese sauce, for instance, taking into account our location and the challenges it brings.
HC: How did you decide this is the hotel group you wanted to pair with? Is it because of the already established relationships with the DC and Baltimore hotels?
MM: All of my restaurants, outside of 19 and XIV, are part of a hotel collaboration. So, Four Seasons, MGM, and Borgata are big partners for us. With the Four Seasons Jackson Hole opportunity, if that's successful, we might also do another high-end restaurant a year from now.