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Atlantic City Restaurant Gala Celebrates 25 Years with 40 Restaurants

March 14, 2008

Celebrate a quarter century of culinary excellence with the 25th Annual The Press of Atlantic City Restaurant Gala on Thursday, April 3. This year's black-tie fundraiser, "Gala Reflections: The Gala Turns 25," will bring 40 of the best restaurants in Atlantic and Cape May counties together for a dazzling feast to benefit scholarships for students at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Atlantic City Convention Center with a cocktail reception featuring hot and cold hors d'oeuvres prepared and served by ACA students. The evening will progress to a dining extravaganza at 8 p.m., showcasing the participating restaurants. Live music by The Melanie Rice Orchestra and an elegant dessert reception orchestrated by Master Pastry Chef Eugen Ess of Trump Taj Mahal will complete the night's events. The Gala is presented by Commerce Bank.

Restaurant Gala tickets are $200 a person and available by calling (609) 343-5674,

625-1111 or 463-4774, ext. 5674.

Restaurants represented at this year's Gala and their signature dishes are:

ANDREA TRATTORIA ITALIANA, Newfield and Sea Isle City

Asparagi al Prosciutto di Parma-Asparagus wrapped in Italian Prosciutto and topped with Sharp Provolone Cheese

ARAMARK, Atlantic City

Lamb Lollipops-Herb Roasted Rack of Lamb with Wild Mushroom and Saffron Risotto finished

with a Cannellini Bean and Tomato Herb Relish, topped with a Roasted Garlic Rosemary Demi Glace

ATLANTIC CITY HILTON CASINO RESORT, PEREGRINES'

Cinnamon Rubbed Australian Lamb Chops, Granny Smith Apple and Cherry Compote, Fried Spinach, Amarone Glacé

BALLY'S ATLANTIC CITY/CAESARS ATLANTIC CITY

Lavender Salt and Pepper Scallops with Pancetta Ribbon, Duck Confit on Crispy Celeriac Tuille,

Patron Silver Cured Copper River Salmon with Huitlacoche, Sweet Corn Blini and a Smoked Ancho Chili Crema

BERKSHIRE GRILL, Egg Harbor Township

Whole Tenderloin encrusted in Panko Bread Crumbs and Black Pepper Crust, topped with an Amaretto Cream Sauce

BOBBY DEE'S ROCK'N CHAIR, Avalon

Pork Enchiladas-Seasoned Hand-Pulled Roasted Pork, Cheddar and Pepper Jack Cheese rolled and baked in a Soft Tortilla Shell served with Black Bean Sauce and Cilantro Lime Sour Crème and Jalapeno

BUDDAKAN, Atlantic City

Hamachi Spring Roll, Sriracha, Ponzo and Shiso

CARMINE'S, Atlantic City

Antipasto

THE CONTINENTAL, Atlantic City

Cheese Steak Slider with Sriracha Ketchup

CUBA LIBRE, Atlantic City

Ajiaco de Pescado-Cuban Seafood Stew of Shrimp, Tuna Belly and Latin Root Vegetables

THE FLANDERS HOTEL, BANQUET & CONFERENCE CENTER, Ocean City

Chicken Mousseline-Breast of Chicken stuffed with a Shrimp and Scallop Mousse topped with Fried Leeks and Lobster Sauce

GALLAGHER'S STEAK HOUSE, Atlantic City

Burger Bar

HARRAH'S ATLANTIC CITY/ SHOWBOAT

Lobster Corndog with Spicy Mustard Pipette, Orange Salt Foam Margarita and Caribbean Style Beef with Plantain and Wacca Wacca Sauce

THE HOUSE OF BLUES FOUNDATION ROOM, Atlantic City

Fire and Ice-Seared Hanger Steak, Tobacco Onion, Cornbread Crustini and Vintage HOB Teriyaki Sauce (Fire), Cuban Style Ceviche, Coriander Crisp, Charred Pineapple Fondue (Ice)

THE INLET, Somers Point

Ahi Tuna Nachos-Ahi Tuna seared rare, Tomato, Jalapeno, Avocado Salad, Cilantro

JOHNNY'S CAFÉ AND BAKERY, Ventnor

Penne Italiano-Penne Pasta with Sautéed Broccoli Rabe and Grilled Italian Sausage tossed in an Aglio Sauce topped with shaved Parmigiano Cheese

THE JP RESTAURANT GROUP, Wildwood

New York Strip Steak with Crab Fondue, Duck Leg Confit with Tomatoes and Olives, King Crab Summer Roll with Indonesian Peanut Sauce

LINWOOD COUNTRY CLUB

Lobster Cocktail

MAMA MIA'S RISTORANTE & CATERING, Seaville and Egg Harbor Township

Cavatelli alla Mama-Homemade miniature Gnocchi with famous Mama's sauce

MANNA, Margate

Paella Manna Style-Shrimp, Clams, Crab, Chicken, Chorizo, Rice, Saffron and Tomato

MOONFISH GRILL, Cape May

Sushi bar

MORTON'S, THE STEAKHOUSE, Atlantic City

Shrimp Alexander-Large Shrimp dusted with Bread Crumbs, baked and served with a White Wine Butter Sauce  

THE PALM RESTAURANT, Atlantic City

Palm's Famous Sesame Encrusted Ahi Tuna-Sushi Grade Ahi Tuna encrusted with Sesame Seeds and accompanied with Peanut-Cilantro Sauce, Wakame, Pickled Ginger and Wasabi

PHILLIPS SEAFOOD, Atlantic City

Scallop Tower-Red Bliss Potato stuffed with King Crab and topped with a Blackened Scallop, finished with a drizzle of Infused Basil Oil

RAM'S HEAD INN, Absecon

House Smoked Gravlax Salmon, Black Cod and Pan-Seared Saku Tuna and Black Cod served with traditional accompaniments; Tuna served Peppercorn crusted with Pickled Gingerp and Wasabi drizzle

RENAULT RESORTS, Egg Harbor City

Porcini Dusted Sea Scallop with Uni Risotto

RESORTS ATLANTIC CITY, ASIAN SPICE

Pork and Shrimp Jade Ring Mo Qua-Chinese Fuzzy Melon filled with Shrimp and Pork Stuffing finished with Shrimp Roe and Egg White Cream Sauce

SCANNICCHIO'S & SCANNICCHIO'S II, Atlantic City and Philadelphia

Calamari Gamberi-Fresh Calamari and Shrimp served in a Marinara Sauce with fresh Basil, Parsley and Italian Cheeses served over Penne

 
SEAVIEW RESORT & SPA, A MARRIOTT RESORT, Absecon

Kobe Beef Shortribs over Creamy Gruyere Grits-Snake River Farms Wagyu Beef Shortribs slow-braised in Howell Mountain Zinfandel and served over Gruyere Grits

SHERATON ATLANTIC CITY CONVENTION CENTER HOTEL

Pork Medallions Glazed with a Mole Sauce served over Beans and Rice

THE SMITHVILLE INN, Smithville

Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with a Portabella Mushroom Gravy served with Vegetable Risotto-Pork Tenderloin butterflied and stuffed with a mixture of Sun-dried Cranberries and Sweet White Corn Bread finished with a Portabella Mushroom Gravy and served with a side of Creamy Risotto

SOFIA, Margate

Shrimp Kataifi-Shredded Wheat Encrusted Fried Shrimp with Avocado Potato Salad and

Belgian Endive in Puff Pastry

SONSIE, Atlantic City

Mini New England Lobster Roll, Fresh Maine Lobster Salad on a mini Buttered Brioche Bun

STEVE AND COOKIE'S BY THE BAY, Margate

Short Rib Slider-Short Rib on a Brioche Roll with Goat Cheese and Tomato Jam

TROPICANA CASINO AND RESORT, Atlantic City

Pepper and Reggiano Crusted Diver Scallop served over a Cheesy Corn Grit Cake with an Avocado Relish and a Roasted Tomato and Chipotle Cream

TRUMP ENTERTAINMENT RESORTS, Atlantic City

Barramundi with Mushroom Risotto, Consommé and Truffle Oil and Seared Scallops, Prosciutto and Cheese Raviolo on Yellow Pepper and Zucchini Coulis

TUCKAHOE INN, Marmora

Crab Cakes

TUN TAVERN RESTAURANT & BREWERY, Atlantic City

Asian Tuna Tartar with Citrus Ginger Vinaigrette-Fresh Ahi Tuna seasoned with Sesame, Soy and Fresh Citrus on Crisp Flatbread with tangy Ginger Vinaigrette

VINCE'S RESTAURANT, Sea Isle City

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp stuffed with Horseradish