Still Time To Purchase Advance Tickets for the March 24 Restaurant Gala; ACA Graduate Chef Stephen Serano of Northfield Announced as Culinary Honoree

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ACA Chef Stephen Serano

There is still time to purchase the “advance ticket” special for those interested in attending South Jersey’s premier food and beverage event, the 33rd Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala, Thursday, March 24, in the Avalon Ballroom of Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center. Individual tickets are available for $200 each, a $25 savings; and tables of 12 are $2,400, a $300 savings; and must be purchased by Dec. 31.

Stephen Serano of Northfield, owner of Café Loren in Avalon and 1996 Academy of Culinary Arts graduate, is the 2016 Culinary Honoree for the Restaurant Gala. When Serano is not running Café Loren, a Zagat-rated “Excellent” restaurant with the highest Open Table rating in all of Cape May County, he is teaching and training students at the Academy of Culinary Arts. He also employs dozens of ACA graduates and provides them “on-the-job” training in his seasonal restaurant business.

Brothers Will and Jack Morey, of Morey’s Piers, a family-owned entertainment, amusement, hotel and dining enterprise in Wildwood and a South Jersey landmark, will also be honored at the 2016 Gala.

This year’s theme is “MISSION: POSSIBLE,” a play on the famous “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE,” with a focus on making scholarships possible for Academy of Culinary Arts students through Gala proceeds.

The event has raised $3 million since 1984, with proceeds benefiting student scholarships at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College and Atlantic Cape Foundation operations.

To purchase advance tickets, send checks payable to the Atlantic Cape Foundation to: Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, NJ 08330. There will be no exceptions or extensions beyond the Dec. 31 deadline.

For more information, contact Lori McIntyre at or 609-463-4672.

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