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2011 Restaurant Gala Honors Healthy Cooking Advocate and Philanthropic Community Supporter

February 18, 2011

The award-winning Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala will “Put on the Glitz,” with healthy cooking advocate and cookbook author, Chef Marvin Woods, and Lynn Guthrie Baumgardner, president and owner of Guthrie Glass and Mirror, Inc., at the March 31 fundraiser.

Chef Marvin Woods, a 1985 graduate of Atlantic Cape’s Academy of Culinary Arts and a 25-year veteran of the culinary and hospitality industry, is this year’s Gala culinary honoree. Woods has authored two cookbooks, Home Plate Cooking and The New-Low Country. His healthy approach to simple, affordable cooking has been featured in publications including: Food & Wine, O Magazine and Southern Living. He also hosted the television show Home Plate, which showcased his healthy twists on foods from the South and Low-Country.

In 2010, Woods was chosen to kick off Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! cooking series, in which he demonstrates how to prepare easy, healthy and affordable meals at home. He recently opened FunXion, a fast-casual restaurant in Washington, D.C., and travels across the country educating and motivating children about healthy eating habits through his program Droppin’ Knowledge with Chef Marvin Woods.

This year’s Gala honorary chairperson is Lynn Guthrie Baumgardner of Longport, president and owner of Guthrie Glass & Mirror. Baumgardner opened the commercial glazing construction company in 1986, which has provided curtain walls, glass canopies and etched glass panels to many notable venues including: Bally’s Park Place Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, the Atlantic City International Airport and the University of Pennsylvania. A former member of Atlantic Cape’s Board of Trustees, Baumgardner helped create and financially support the college’s Summer Youth program, which targets disadvantaged youngsters in Atlantic and Cape May counties. Every year she sponsors a table at the Gala for student members of the college’s Black & Latino Male Retention Program.

Since 1984, the Gala has raised more than $2 million for scholarships at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape.

The 28th annual Gala begins at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 31, at Bally’s. It will feature hors d’oeuvres prepared by the students at the Academy, original dishes from more than 35 of the area’s best restaurants, and a dessert extravaganza. Tickets are $200 per person. For more information about the Gala, visit or contact Lauren Canzanese at (609) 463-4672 or

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