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Annual Restaurant Gala

Ruby Gala: The Restaurant Gala Celebrates 40 Years

THANK YOU for supporting the 40th Annual Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala! The event was held on Thursday, March 9, 2023 at Harrah's Waterfront Conference Center in Atlantic City, and raised a record-breaking $284,575! The Ruby Restaurant Gala honored the 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 over $4 million for scholarships for students attending the Academy of Culinary Arts, a student emergency fund, and Foundation operations.

The event featured a lavish cocktail reception with hors d'oeuvres prepared by the Academy of Culinary Arts students and the return of the Atlantic City Beach Patrol rowboat with a bounty of fresh seafood. After the reception, guests enjoyed signature dishes and desserts from the area's finest establishments and sampled libations from local wineries, breweries, and distilleries. A 50/50 raffle drawing, open bar, photo booth, and live entertainment by Plaid Salmon rounded out festivities. Check out photos from this and previous Galas.

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

ACA Student Group Photo

Restaurant Gala Mission

Harrah's Ballroom Photo

2023 Gala Sponsors

Plaid Salmon

Gala Entertainment

a table full of food

Gala Participating Restaurants

table full of desserts

Gala Desserts and Beverages


Academy of Culinary Arts

For additional information about the 2023 Atlantic Cape Ruby Restaurant Gala, including sponsorships, tickets, and event participation, please email Kristin Jackson or call (609) 463-3621.