33rd Annual Restaurant Gala Honors Morey Brothers and Local Chef, ACA Graduate

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Brothers Will and Jack Morey, of Morey’s Piers

The Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala will mark its 33rd annual event by honoring community leaders, brothers Will and Jack Morey, and Academy of Culinary Arts graduate and local chef, Stephen Serano, at the March 24 event at Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center.

Will Morey and his brother, Jack, operate Morey’s Piers, a family-owned entertainment, amusement, hotel and dining enterprise in Wildwood and a South Jersey landmark. The brothers are longtime residents of Cape May County, and have made great investments into the Wildwoods, running the boardwalk’s three amusement piers and water parks, and owning a half-dozen hotels and various buildings that house restaurants and entertainment venues.

Stephen Serano of Northfield, owner of Café Loren in Avalon and 1996 Academy of Culinary Arts graduate, is the 2016 Culinary Honoree. 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.

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Chef Stephen Serano of Northfield

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 annual event celebrates food with hors d’oeuvres prepared by students at the Academy of Culinary Arts beginning at 6:30 p.m., and original dishes from 40 of the area’s best restaurants. An elegant dessert reception and live entertainment will complete the evening’s festivities.

Since 1984, the Gala has raised $3 million for scholarships at the Academy of Culinary Arts and Atlantic Cape Foundation operations. Tickets to the Gala are $225 a person and can be ordered by contacting Lori McIntyre at lmcintyr@atlantic.edu or 609-343-5691 or by visiting www.atlantic.edu/gala.

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