Thanksgiving Comes Early at Resorts World Catskills Casino Resort with Celebrity Chefs Marcus Samuelsson and Scott Conant


The Food Network stars and restaurateurs will whip up festive dishes during a Thanksgiving-themed public demonstration in the RW Epicenter, in time for the holidays

MONTICELLO, N.Y. (October 2) – Resorts World Catskills, New York’s newest and closest integrated casino resort to Manhattan, announced today that it will be welcoming celebrity chefs Marcus Samuelsson and Scott Conant for a Thanksgiving-themed event.  On Saturday, November 23, the acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs will take the RW Epicenter stage for an afternoon of culinary fun, featuring demonstrations of Thanksgiving dishes, samples of the chefs’ signature holiday favorites and a Q&A session.


In addition to the general ticket that will be available to purchase, VIP tickets will also be offered, which will include a seat in the first three rows, a gift bag with items from both Samuelsson and Conant, and a meet and greet with the chefs.


Scott Conant is no stranger to Resorts World Catskills as the casino resort’s signature restaurant, Cellaio, was developed and is operated in collaboration with the chef.  Chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and TV personality Conant brings a deft touch and unwavering passion to creating culinary experiences with thoughtful hospitality and soulful cuisine. He is the chef and owner of Mora Italian, a modern osteria in Phoenix, Arizona, and Cellaio, which was recently ranked the 5th best casino restaurant by USA Today’s 10Best Awards. Conant has published three cookbooks, including the acclaimed Bold Italian in 2008 and is a frequent co-host on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay and a judge on Chopped, as well as the Season 2 and Season 3 host of Best Baker In America.

Marcus Samuelsson is the acclaimed chef behind many restaurants worldwide including Red Rooster Harlem, Red Rooster Shoreditch, and Marcus B&P. Samuelsson was the youngest person to ever receive a three-star review from The New York Times and has won multiple James Beard Foundation Awards including Best Chef: New York City. A committed philanthropist, Samuelsson co-produces the annual week-long festival Harlem EatUp!, which celebrates the food, art, and culture of Harlem and is co-chair of the board of directors for Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP). In May 2016, he was inducted into the James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America and is also the recipient of the 2019 Vilcek Foundation Prize in Culinary Arts. He is the author of multiple books including The New York Times bestselling memoir Yes, Chef.


“Marcus and I have known each other for years and it’s always a blast when we have the opportunity to cook together,” Chef Conant says. “I’m thankful that we will get to spend this day sharing stories, comparing notes, and creating memorable dishes for everyone in attendance.”


In addition to the casino resort’s luxury hospitality, distinctive dining and extensive gaming, the RW Epicenter, which is the venue for the event, has already hosted the best in entertainment with the likes of legendary comedians Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin James and Sebastian Maniscalco and musicians Brett Eldredge and Brett Michaels and looks forward to welcoming Deep Purple on October 4. With a strong line-up of local and nationally recognized acts, Resorts World Catskills Casino Resort, which was also ranked in the top 10 of the 10Best Awards for best casino outside of Las Vegas, is helping to restore the Catskills as a premier getaway and true destination and looks forward to continuing by highlighting culinary entertainment.


The chefs take the stage at 4pm on Saturday, November 23 and tickets go on sale on Friday, October 4 at 12pm. To purchase tickets, visit, or for more information visit

About Resorts World Catskills
Located in the heart of New York’s Catskill region, Resorts World Catskills Casino Resort offers guests unmatched experiences in excitement, entertainment, and luxury. The integrated casino resort includes an 18-story all-suite hotel, and a casino featuring 100,000 square feet of gaming action including 150 live Las-Vegas style table games, 1,600 state-of-the art slot machines, a poker room, private gaming salons and a 100 seat sportsbook lounge. The casino resort also offers more than 10 varied bar and restaurant experiences, which includes an Italian steakhouse created by celebrity chef Scott Conant, and year-round live entertainment at the 2,500-seat RW Epicenter, casino bars and lounges. The luxurious hotel located within Resorts World Catskills is comprised of 332 suites, the Crystal Life Spa, two indoor pools, and two fitness centers. The integrated casino resort also includes additional stay and play destinations on its campus, including The Alder, an adjacent 101-room lifestyle hotel featuring the first Topgolf Swing Suites in New York State, and Dos Gatos, a cantina-style Mexican eatery and the recently opened Kartrite Resort and Indoor Waterpark, and will be expanded to include a Rees Jones redesigned golf course. 


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