34th Annual Restaurant Gala To Showcase Region’s Top Restaurants; Newcomers include Blue Water Grill and Valentina’s Trattoria Italiana

2016-gala-twitter-pic-2The Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala’s 34th annual dining extravaganza will feature original dishes from some of the region’s best restaurants at the March 23 event in the Avalon Ballroom of Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center in Atlantic City.

The annual event celebrates food with tantalizing hors d’oeuvres prepared by students at the Academy of Culinary Arts and the house specialties of nearly 40 of the area’s best restaurants at a sumptuous dining experience. A dessert extravaganza, organized by Chef Michael D’Angelo, will complete the evening’s festivities, including a floating cake, chocolate stations and delectable petit fours, and so much more. Cigars and cordials are also back by popular demand. Tomfoolery Brewing Company of Hammonton, Little Water Distillery of Atlantic City, Tuckahoe Brewery of Egg Harbor Township and Ludlam Island Brewery of Ocean View are new additions to this year’s event. Barritt’s Ginger Beer and Tito’s Handmade Vodka will provide the signature drink, “The Golden Mule,” a spin off of the famous Moscow Mule.

Participating restaurants include: Annata Wine Bar, Assaggio!, Blue Water Grill, Bonefish Grill, Buddakan Atlantic City, Capriccio, Chart House, The Continental, Dock’s Oyster House, The Ebbitt Room, Girasole Ristorante and Lounge, Gordon Ramsay Pub and Grill, Grotto at the Golden Nugget, Guy Fieri’s Chophouse, Il Verdi, Johnny’s Café, Kelsey’s, Knife and Fork Inn, Lillie’s Asian Cuisine, Mama Mia’s Ristorante & Catering, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Nero’s, Olon Restaurante, Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant, Phillips Seafood, The Princeton Bar & Grill, Renault Winery and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.

Also featured are: Scannicchio’s, the only restaurant to participate in all 34 restaurant galas, Sheraton Atlantic City, Sofia, The Smithville Inn, Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club Coastal Grille, The Washington Inn, Valentina’s Trattoria Italiana, Vic and Anthony’s Steakhouse, and Yacht Club of Stone Harbor.

This year’s theme is the “Golden Gala,” commemorating the college’s 50th anniversary of creating educational opportunities for Atlantic and Cape May County residents. The Restaurant Gala has raised $3 million since its inception in 1984, with proceeds benefiting student scholarships at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College and Atlantic Cape Foundation operations.

Tickets to the Gala are $225 a person and can be ordered by contacting Alicia McMackin at 609-463-4672 or amcmacki@atlantic.edu, or visiting atlantic.edu/gala.

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