Restaurant Scene: Innovative food is name of The Game at Blue Chip

2013-08-16T00:00:00Z 2014-01-27T15:38:26Z Restaurant Scene: Innovative food is name of The Game at Blue ChipEloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

There are new flavors ready to be unveiled at The Game sports bar at Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City.

The eatery's staff and chef this week introduced a new menu that's set to debut to the general public on Sept. 1. A collaboration between the casino's specialty chef Erik Keever and executive chef Patrick Higgins, the new menu features a variety of items in all categories from appetizers to desserts.

"We want to bring something unique to diners," said Chef Keever, who received a degree in culinary arts at the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago. Keever began working at the casino's buffet three years ago and stepped up to his position as specialty chef for The Game and It's Vegas Baby! at the casino last fall. He was previously assistant food and beverage manager at Sand Creek Country Club in Chesterton.

During a menu unveiling event on Tuesday, Keever showcased an array of recipes stamped with innovative and creative touches. The offerings surely surpassed the usual expected recipes often found at a typical sports bar. Even hamburgers and hot dogs were transformed into unique creations blending unusual flavors that pleased the palate.

The tasting journey began with a sampling of Frickles, which Keever explained were pickle chips (made in-house) served with a Dijon aioli sauce.

Next up were loaded nachos, featuring a pico de gallo-style fire-roasted salsa and cilantro lime sour cream followed by a salmon salad which starred raspberry vinaigrette and garnished with dried cranberries, egg and toasted almonds.

Keever's innovative take on a burger was showcased in the PB & J Burger which was made with an Angus beef patty, peanut butter and also bacon jam. Quality flavors and creativity, Keever said, are important to him.

Looking for more than the usual hot dog? Keever's rendition called a Reuben Hot Dog is a Vienna beef dog to which he adds corned beef,  sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing. It's definitely a meal.

Other dishes in the new collection include Shrimp Po Boy; Italian Beef Pizza; and Fried Chicken and Waffles, a hearty sandwich-type dish, which is a double-battered chicken breast, waffle, bacon, egg, maple syrup and Tabasco honey glaze.

The Game's prices range from about $8 for appetizers to about $12 for pizzas and assorted entrees. Hamburgers cost $10.

FYI: The Game at Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City is open from 4 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 4 to 11 p.m. Fridays; noon to 11 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 9 p.m. Sundays. Visit bluechipcasino.com

The opinions expressed are solely the writer's. Reach her at (219) 933-3365 or eloise.valadez@nwi.com.

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