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About the 37th Annual Restaurant Gala

PLEASE NOTE: The 37th Annual Atlantic Cape Restaurant Gala has been postponed as part of the effort to slow down the rate of transmission of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The 37th Annual Atlantic Cape Restaurant Gala will be held on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 and hosted by our Platinum Sponsor, Harrah's Resort Atlantic City at the beautiful Harrah's Waterfront Conference Center.  This year's event will honor the contributions of the 2020 Community Honorees, Stephen '72 and Dianne Nehmad '70 and celebrate the accomplishments of the 2020 Academy of Culinary Arts Honoree, Chef Bill McGinnity '85. Party with a purpose and help us raise funds for scholarships for students attending the Academy of Culinary Arts!

Cocktail Reception | 6:30 p.m. - Enjoy bountiful hors d'oeuvres and a lavish raw bar prepared by students of the Academy of Culinary Arts. An open bar and music by R. Doug Jennings round out the cocktail hour.

Dinner and Dancing | 7:30 p.m. - Feast on signature dishes from 35 of the area's finest restaurants, enjoy drinks from the open bar, dance to the live music of the Dirty Dozen Dance Band, visit the Maverick Photo Booth, purchase tickets for the 50/50 raffle drawing, and sample beverages from local breweries and distilleries.

Dessert Extravaganza | 9:00 p.m. - Indulge in sweet treats prepared by area pastry chefs as well as students and faculty of the Academy of Culinary Arts.  

For more information about the 37th Annual Restaurant Gala, please contact Kristin Jackson at or (609) 463-3621.


Support the Restaurant Gala!

Since its inception, the Atlantic Cape Restaurant Gala has raised well over $3.5 million for scholarships through the generous support of our community partners and corporate sponsors. As a result of their continued generosity, last year's SOLD OUT event raised $234,475 and was attended by over 900 guests!

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202 Gala Honorees

Gala Honorees

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Participating Restaurants

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Dessert Extravaganza

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ACA Students and Faculty

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