Academy of Culinary Arts to Host 21st Annual Food & Wine Festival Nov. 17 Benefiting Culinary And Hospitality Students at Atlantic Cape

culinary student serving food to female customerThe word, “festival,” originated in the 14th century and is derived from the word, “feast.” What better way to celebrate food and wine than with a festival shared with friends? Wine and food enthusiasts can do just that at 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 17, at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. In conjunction with the Atlantic City chapter of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the academy hosts this celebration where guests will be treated to authentic French country food “live cooking stations” operated by culinary students, complemented by selection of international wines, and topped off with a delectable dessert reveal to end the night.

The event takes place in the working kitchens of the academy offering a rare, behind-the-scenes look at how our area’s top culinary and hospitality students prepare for such a unique event. In the past, it was known as a Beaujolais Nouveau tasting open only to Chaîne members and their guests, but last November the event was reimagined as the Academy of Culinary Arts Food & Wine Festival, now includes wines of many different origins to complement the students’ preparations, and is open to the public.

“This event offers our students an opportunity to network with industry professionals and work one-on-one with ACA faculty to create unique recipes using high-end ingredients,” Chef Kelly McClay, dean of the Academy of Culinary Arts, said.

Proceeds support scholarships for culinary and hospitality students at Atlantic Cape. Past events have raised more than $100,000 in scholarships.

Ted Lippman, Bailli of the Atlantic City chapter of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, said, “The Chaîne is thrilled to be partnering once again with the Academy of Culinary Arts to host our 21st annual tasting that provides scholarship funds to culinary and hospitality students at the college.”

The cost of the celebration is $65 per person. Checks can be made payable to Atlantic Cape Community College. RSVP by calling Valerie Weller at 609-343-4944 or

La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs is the world’s oldest and largest food and wine society founded in Paris in 1950. The Chaîne is based on the traditions and practices of the old French royal guild of goose roasters whose members are dedicated to fine cuisine and wine.

The ACA has been training future chefs by nationally recognized chef educators for 35 years, was ranked the No. 1 culinary school in New Jersey by Best Choice Schools, and is accredited by the American Culinary Federation. For more information about the ACA, call 1-800-645‑CHEF, email, or visit

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