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Atlantic City Restaurant Gala Will Feature Nearly 40 Restaurants

February 15, 2007

With drama and intrigue at the core of the 24th Annual The Press of Atlantic City Restaurant Gala on March 7, this year's black-tie scholarship fundraiser will surprise and shock the taste buds and the eyes.

Featuring a James Bond-inspired theme, "Live and Let's Dine," the Gala will bring nearly 40 of the best restaurants in Atlantic and Cape May counties together for one delicious feast to benefit scholarships for students at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Atlantic City Convention Center with a sumptuous cocktail, raw bar, hot and cold hors d'oeuvres reception 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 will complete the night's events. The Gala is presented by Commerce Bank.

Restaurant Gala tickets are $190 a person and are 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:

ARAMARK, Atlantic City

Citron Vodka Marinated and Grilled Jumbo Shrimp, served with Seasonal Greens, tossed with a Citrus Martini Vinaigrette and an Oyster Shooter with a Goldschlager and Dry Vermouth Mignonette Sauce

Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resort, The Oaks Steakhouse

Pecan and Rhubarb crusted Chilean Sea Bass with Coffee-infused cream sauce

Bally's Atlantic City/Caesars Atlantic City

Asian Braised Pork Pot Hind Shank with Pomegranate Reduction with Micro Greens, Pea Shoot & Radish Sprout Salad, Scallion & Wasabi Pancake and Asian Spiced Almonds and Wasabi Peas

Berkshire Grill, Egg Harbor Township

Cognac Scallops-Sea Scallops caramelized in Hot Oil and flamed with Cognac, finished with a dab of butter

Bobby Dee's Rock'n Chair, Avalon

Lobster Gnocchi-Potato Gnocchi infused with Lobster Meat, served with Spinach Alfredo or Mushroom Pancetta Fresh Tomato Sauce

Buddakan, Atlantic City

Truffled Edamame Ravioli with a Sauternes-Shallot Broth

Carmine's, Atlantic City

Mini Meatballs & Focaccia, Roasted Pepper Bruschetta with Shaved Romano

The Carriage House/Gourmet Italian Cuisine, Galloway

Pulled Korean-style Short Rib Strudel with Mustard-crusted Day Boat Scallops and Chinese Pepper and Shrimp Oil Drizzle

The Continental, Atlantic City

Kobe Beef Short Rib Slider on House-made Brioche with Jalapeño Coleslaw

Cuba Libre, Atlantic City

Chino-Cuban Pork-Honey-Rum Glazed Pot Roast of Pork

The Flanders Hotel, Banquet & Conference Center, Ocean City

"Lancashire Lamb"-Delicate Seared Baby Lamb Chops over a Savory Bread Pudding with Prosciutto, Garlic and Chives with five sauces

Gallagher's Steak House, Atlantic City

Seared Filet with a Port Demi-glaze and Baby Lamb Chops with Parsley Potato

Harrah's Atlantic City/ Showboat

Sliced Marinated Butler Steak with a Pickled Cucumber, Tomato, Pepper and Fennel Relish finished with Chimichurri Sauce

Historic Smithville Inn, Smithville

Teriyaki Smoked Sea Bass drizzled with a Jalapeño Strawberry Glaze atop Seaweed Salad

The House of Blues Foundation Room, Atlantic City

"Voodoo Shrimp"-Pan Seared Shrimp over Rosemary Corn Bread in a Dixie Beer Reduction

Knife and Fork, Atlantic City

Four Spice Tuna with Asian Vegetables and Wild Mushrooms

Los Amigos, Atlantic City

Los Amigos Camarones (Shrimp) en Tomatillo Escabeche

Mama Mia's, Seaville

Risotto Trifolato Quattro-Formaggi a Funghi

Morton's, The Steakhouse, Atlantic City

Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb

The Palm Restaurant, Atlantic City

"Steak Martini"-18 oz. New York Strip Steak topped with Martini Sauce served with Shiitake and Domestic Mushrooms, Sun-dried & Fresh Tomatoes, Basil, White and Marsala Wines

Phillips Seafood, Atlantic City

"Crab & Shrimp Lollipop"-A blend of Phillip's Crabmeat topped with Popcorn Shrimp and drizzled with a Light Mustard Cream Sauce

Ram's Head Inn, Absecon

Quail stuffed with Veal, Pork, Cooked Ham, Mushrooms and Seasonings served with Cranberry Apple Sauce, Polenta and Red Cabbage

Red Sky Café, Seaville & Wildwood

Soft Pulled Pork Taco with Guava-Habanero Moyo

Renault Winery & Tuscany House, Egg Harbor City

Braised Veal Cheeks with a Borrolo Wine Sauce with Prochini Risotto

Resorts Casino & Hotel, Capriccio, Atlantic City

Long Island Duck in Exotic Mushroom Crepe with a Cranberry Compote and White Truffle Honey

Scannicchio's & Scannicchio's II, Atlantic City & Philadelphia

"Scannicchio al Vodka"-Penne Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce with Pancetta & Pecorino Cheeses and Baby Shrimp

Seaview Resort & Spa, A Marriott Resort, Absecon

Citrus-macerated Lobster, Shrimp and Crab over Papaya, Mango and Seaweed Salad

Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel, Atlantic City

Lamb Chop bonded with a Rosemary and Mint Lacquer served over Goldfingers

Sofia, Margate

Menu TBA

Sonsie, Atlantic City

Tequila-cured Salmon with Potato Blini

Steve and Cookie's By the Bay, Margate

Duck Confit with Exotic Mushroom Ragu over Polenta

Tropicana Casino and Resort, Atlantic City

Menu TBA

Trump Marina Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City

Grilled Young Octopus with Fire-roasted Peppers with Garlic and Rosemary Oil

Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City

Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass served over Lobster Creamed Corn garnished with Basil Oil, Chopped Chives and Diced Tomatoes

Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, Atlantic City

Kobe Beef Slider on Cheddar Brioche Buns with Heirloom Tomatoes and Butter Pickles

Tuckahoe Inn, Marmora

Crab Cakes

Tucker's Steak & Seafood House, Somers Point

Short Rib Risotto

Tun Tavern Restaurant & Brewery, Atlantic City

Plump Atlantic Oysters with Cilantro, Lime, Red Pepper and Tequila

Vince's Restaurant, Sea Isle City

Jersey Shore Crab Cakes