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Last Chance to Buy Tickets to March 7 Restaurant Gala; Win Tiffany & Co. Jewelry

February 22, 2007

Time is running out for your chance to "taste the thrill" of the best and most innovative dishes from some 40 area restaurants at the region's premier black-tie fundraising event. Tickets are on sale now for the 24th Annual Press of Atlantic City Restaurant Gala: Live and Let's Dine, Wednesday, March 7, at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

The annual event, with a James Bond-inspired theme, also includes music, dancing and a dessert extravaganza. The Gala has raised more than $1.4 million since 1984 for student scholarships at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College. The event, presented by Commerce Bank, raised a record-breaking $223,000 at the sold-out 2006 event.

Beginning with a sumptuous cocktail, raw bar, hot and cold hors d'oeuvres reception prepared and served by ACA students at 6:30 p.m., the evening will progress to a dining extravaganza at 8 p.m. Live music by the Melanie Rice Orchestra and an elegant dessert reception, headed by Master Pastry Chef Eugen Ess, will complete the night's events.

New this year, Gala attendees can purchase keys giving them the chance to win one of 12 pieces of Tiffany & Co. jewelry ranging in value from $225-$2,500. Up to 250 keys will be sold for $100 each, and 12 keys will unlock a Tiffany jewelry case. Proceeds from the "Keys For A Cause" promotion will benefit ACCC scholarships.

Tickets to the Gala cost $190 a person and can be ordered online at or by calling (609) 343-5674.