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Annual Restaurant Gala

Ruby Gala: The Restaurant Gala Celebrates 40 Years

Please join us on Thursday, March 9, 2023 for the 40th Annual Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala at Harrah's Waterfront Conference Center in Atlantic City! The Ruby Restaurant Gala will honor Gala icons who have contributed to the success of the event over its 40 year history. Since its inception in 1984, the Restaurant Gala has raised well over $3.8 million for scholarships for students attending the Academy of Culinary Arts.

This year's event is sure to dazzle with the return of 40 of the area's finest restaurants, dessert suppliers, and spirits providers. Live entertainment from The Dirty Dance Band will keep guests moving to the music all night long. 50/50 raffle tickets will also be available for purchase.

Information about sponsorships, tickets, and advertising will be announced shortly. Please contact Kristin Jackson at or (609) 463-3621 for more information about the event.

About the 2022 Restaurant Gala

THANK YOU to all of the sponsors, restaurants, organizations and patrons who supported the 39th Annual Atlantic Cape Restaurant Gala at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City on March 31. The 2022 event raised $240,775 for scholarships and emergency relief for culinary students! This was the second highest grossing Restaurant Gala since the event's inception.

The Gala featured more than 40 area restaurants, businesses, bakeries, wineries, breweries and distilleries. The Dirty Dance Band lit up the dance floor and ACA alumnus Peter Slavin wowed attendees with his ice sculpting demonstration. Check out photos from this event and previous Galas.

Honorees for 2022 were retired ACA dean Chef Kelly McClay and, community honoree, the Mullock Family of Cape May, whose philanthropic efforts over the years have benefited not just the Atlantic Cape community, but the entire region. Read more about these honorees.

For more information about the Restaurant Gala or ways to support Atlantic Cape, please contact Kristin Jackson.

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Restaurant Gala Mission

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2022 Gala Sponsors

Dirty Dozen Dance Band

Gala Entertainment

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Gala Participating Restaurants

table full of desserts

Gala Desserts and Beverages


Academy of Culinary Arts