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Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival 2014

Monday, April 7th, 2014
Photo by Christine Steiner

Photo by Christine Steiner

ATLANTIC CITY — The ninth annual “Celebration of the Suds” Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival drew about 24,000 people to the resort town and Atlantic City Convention Center on Friday and Saturday, April 4-5,

The festival featured over 100 craft breweries from around the nation, three major headliners and six independent bands, seminars of all sorts and a new batch of fun stuff for folks to do, (including motorized toilet racing).

Click the link below for some highlights of this year’s festival.

26th Annual Bayfest Returning to Somers Point on Saturday, April 26

Monday, March 24th, 2014
Somers Point anticipates about 30,000 thousand Bayfest visitors to cover 14 blocks of Bay Avenue on April 26.

Somers Point anticipates about 30,000 thousand Bayfest visitors to cover 14 blocks of Bay Avenue on April 26.

SOMERS POINT, NJ —The 26th annual Somers Point Bayfest — the largest, single-day festival in South Jersey — is scheduled for Saturday, April 26, on 14 blocks of Bay Avenue from 10am-5pm. The festival will take place rain or shine. 

The City of Somers Point and the Somers Point Bayfest Committee team with area sponsors to make this longstanding annual tradition possible. Bay Avenue will be filled with music, food, crafters and fun-filled family activities.

The city is expecting more that 30,000 thousand residents and visitors to flock to Bay Avenue this year to enjoy four live bands, 38 food vendors, over 120 crafters and plenty of children’s activities.

An aerial view of a past Bayfest

An aerial view of a past Bayfest

Profits from Bayfest help to fund projects that enhance and benefit the City of Somers Point. Some of the past projects Bayfest has supported include improvements to the Bud Kern Field, the installation of a new playground on the public beach, new banners lining Historic Bay Avenue and donations to the Mainland Region High School Commutation Arts Department.

Parking for Bayfest will be available at the Jordan Road School, located on 129 Jordan Road and Fire House #1, located on 1 Bethel Road. There are also several places for overnight accomodations such as Marriott-Residence Inn, Budget Inn and Economy Motel.

For more information on the annual Somers Point Bayfest, please visit somerspointbayfest.org

31st Annual Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala

Friday, March 14th, 2014

IMG_4669ATLANTIC CITY — The Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala, the region’s premier formal fundraising event, celebrated its 31st anniversary at Bally’s on Thursday, March 13.

IMG_4664Over the past 30 years, the Gala has raised nearly $3 million for scholarships at the Academy of Culinary Arts and to support educational endeavors at Atlantic Cape Community College.

The Gala featured a vintage carnival atmosphere and spectacular feast, celebrating food with hors d’oeuvres prepared by students at the Academy of Culinary Arts and the house specialties of 40 of the area’s best restaurant, plus a dessert reception.IMG_4682

Music was provided by Don’t Call Me Francis, The FM Band and Lenny Mitchell. Ice sculptor Peter Slavin, an Academy of Culinary Arts graduate and owner of Fear No Ice Philly, performed during the cocktail reception.

Revel News: Jamie Foxx Spotted at HQ, Azure to Offer Monday Sushi Nights

Friday, March 14th, 2014

A little bird has notified Atlantic City Weekly that Jamie Foxx, who appeared at Revel Casino Hotel on Friday, March 7, for a performance at Ovation Hall, rolled into the multi-level HQ Nightclub at Revel later that night with a large entourage in tow.

Foxx, who partied with his posse until the wee hours of the morning, danced to the beats from Swedish DJ and producer Otto Knows and held court in HQ Nightclub’s VIP section, enjoying Grey Goose cocktails and champagne until around 3:30am. (He didn’t want any pics taken. Guess that’s what happens after you win an Oscar.)

(Related: Click here for photos from the last time Foxx partied in Atlantic City)

In other Revel news, Azure by Allegretti has announced that the restaurant will begin offering sushi at the restaurant on Monday nights. Nice, France-native chef Alain Allegretti’s Riviera-inspired, beachfronting restaurant at Revel will be the only restaurant at Revel offering such cuisine according to the restaurant’s publicity team.

Below you will find a few of Chef Allegretti’s latest seafood creations:

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Shrimp Tempura $18
avocado, cucumber, kani, unagi sauce

King Salmon $22
asparagus tempura, avocado, cream cheese

Lightly Spiced Shrimp $16
tempura flake, cucumber, jalapeno, tobiko

Azure Roll $26
cold water eel, cucumber, tempura flake, salmon roe, unagi sauce

CRDA Grant Assists Needy with Home Grown Produce @ Local Church

Monday, March 10th, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY — The Community Harvesters Church (formerly The Way of Holiness Temple), on North New York Avenue in Atlantic City, received $50,000 in funding from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA)’s Community Development Grant Program.bell-pepper-plant1-300x225

The funding is to assist with the purchase and installation of a new greenhouse, storage shed, rainwater barrel, fencing and various gardening accoutrements for the church’s community garden. All of the produce grown by the church will be donated and distributed to needy Atlantic City residents. The project is an extension of Gov. Chris Christie’s administration’s vision of making the Atlantic City Tourism District a vibrant and successful year-round destination resort. Pastor Alexander Smith and his congregation tend the community garden.

“Thanks to the generous contributions from the CRDA, Community Harvesters Church was able to construct a community gardening greenhouse that will enable us to grown fresh vegetables and herbs year round,” said Pastor Smith. “We endeavor to educate our community, in particular our youth, on the importance of urban agriculture and we hope to create jobs and market what we grow to local businesses to sustain our greenhouse.”

The CRDA’s Community Development Program provides capital investment funds for economic development and community projects that respond to the changing economic and social needs of Atlantic City and the state of New Jersey.  It encourages business development and permanent job creation, promote opportunities for business expansion, and commit to facilitating a vibrant economic investment and employment environment for New Jersey.

Soon-to-Start MLS Season Announces Alliance with Chipotle Restaurants

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

unionAmerica’s favorite Mexican grill, Chipotle restaurants, in partnership with Major League Soccer (MLS), the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States and Canada, recently announced that Chipotle will be the “Official Fast-Casual Mexican Restaurant of MLS” and its 12 clubs, including the Philadelphia Union. The MLS season starts March 8. The Union’s home opener is March 15, and as a special promo, soccer fans who come into any Philadelphia-area Chipotle restaurant sporting local MLS Club gear can receive a buy-one, get-one specials.

This sponsorship will be Chipotle’s largest single-sports partnership. It will feature promotional programs with 12 teams, individual payers and programs across the league. Chipotle has over 1,500 locations worldwide including several throughout South Jersey.1390011153932

“At the core of our effort to change the way people think about and eat fast food is our commitment to finding better, more sustainable sources for all of the ingredients we use,” said Mark Crumpacker, Chipotle’s chief marketing and development officer. “That value is one that is often shared by people with an active lifestyle. This partnership with MLS will allow us to further engage consumers in a sport we have long supported through grassroots efforts.”

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Sneak Peak at Restaurant Week

Friday, February 28th, 2014

14-banner-green-salmonATLANTIC CITY — Starting Sunday, March 2, and back for a sixth year, the 2014 Atlantic City Restaurant Week has evolved into probably the most popular prolonged time of year during the off-season, infusing the area with direct and residual revenue at a time when its bread-and-butter industry, tourism, typically slows to a crawl.

Restaurant Week runs from Sunday through Saturday, March 2-8, and this year includes 83 different eateries participating. Three-course, prix-fixe menus are $15.14 for lunch and $33.14 for dinner.

Visit acrestaurantweek.com or for a preview of this year’s weeklong event, click the video link below.

Caesars Atlantic City to Celebrate Year of the Horse

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
2009 Atlantic City Boardwalk Lunar New Year Parade (photo: tom briglia)

2009 Atlantic City Boardwalk Lunar New Year Parade (photo: tom briglia)

It is the year of the horse and Caesars Entertainment’s Atlantic City properties are kicking off the Chinese New Year in celebration. Events, festive dances and lavish décor as well as traditional Far East foods, will be included in Caesars’ 5th annual Lunar New Year Celebration — free and open to the public — which will take place Saturday, Feb. 8, starting at 2pm with “Wake the Lion.”

The traditional ceremony said to bring good luck and fortune will take place on the Boardwalk in front Showboat. Then, a Boardwalk Parade will embark from the Showboat down to Bally’s with floats, marching bands, Shaolin Kung-Fu demos, lion dances and other special performances. That night, two more lion dances will be presented in front of Showboat at 5pm.

PHOTOS: CLICK TO SEE THE 2009 LUNAR NEW YEAR PARADE

The parade heads inside once it reaches Bally’s where the property’s 6th floor will be transformed into a mini Chinatown, with an Asian Market Festival featuring jewelry, food, teas, and crafts for sale. From 4pm-midnight, the Chinese Market Place will feature costume characters, fortune gods, stilt walkers and more.

Each of Caesars’ three Boardwalk casinos will feature specials for the Lunar New Year celebration. Showboat’s Royal Noodle House will have $5 Curry Chicken Dumplings, $6 Cheese Steak Spring Rolls, $15 Pad Thai Chicken, $26 Walnut Shrimp, $38 Hoe See Fat Choy, $3 Sake Shots and $7 Sake Bombs.

Bally’s Noodle Village will feature $32 Braised Lamb Stew, $28 Dried Scallops with Chinese Melon in Oyster Sauce, $25 Fried Tofu and shrimp garlic sauce, $38 Stir Fried Filet Mignon with Asparagus, $28 Sliced Beef, $28 Jumbo Lump Crabmeat and Fried Rice.

Caesars’ excellent KWI Restaurant & Noodle Bar will feature $80 Salt and Pepper Lobster, $55 Steamed Whole Fish, $28 Braised Pig Trotter (over lettuce), $26 Crispy Dark Soy Chicken, $28 Braised Dried Oysters with Sea Moss, and $38 Jumbo Shrimp and Osmanthus Mussels with XO sauce.

Finally, on the following Sunday night, Feb. 16, Caesars will host a “Lunar New Year Chinese Show (The Voice of China).” Tickets for the 11pm show can be purchased at iemshowplace.com or via 718-888-3113.

PHOTOS: CLICK TO SEE THE 2009 LUNAR NEW YEAR PARADE

Chief Arthur Brown Foundation Super Bowl Party @ Harbor Pines Golf Club

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY — Want to have a great time this Super Bowl Sunday while also contributing to a great cause? The 22nd annual Chief Arthur Brown Scholarship Foundation Super Bowl Party will start 2pm Sunday, Feb. 2, at Harbor Pines Golf Club in EHT. Attendees are welcome to hang around and party through the evening while watching the Big Game (6:30pm start on Fox TV). USE with BLOG

The event has helped raise over $225,000 for local kids programs since the Chief Arthur Brown Scholarship Foundation’s inception. A $20 admission includes $1 mug refills, a buffet and door prizes. Tickets are available at the door or call (609) 348-4515.

The Foundation was established in 1992 in honor of Arthur R. Brown, Jr., the former chief of Atlantic City Beach Patrol.  In 1995, the Foundation grew to honor William D. Fox, a former Atlantic City lifeguard and police officer who passed away in 1994.

In 1999, the Foundation again expanded to honor the memory of Samuel “Sonny” Schwartz by purchasing police vests through the Vest-A-Cop program for our local police departments.

Finally, in 2007, the Foundation once again expanded to honor the memory of Thomas J. McMeekin, Jr., an Atlantic City policeman who died in the line of duty.

The goal of the Foundation is to provide tuition and other assistance to deserving local individuals.  The scholarship recipients are selected based upon scholastic achievement and demonstrated financial need. Visit chiefarthurbrown.com for more.

Beer Week Event @ Fin Restaurant @ the Tropicana is Tuesday, Jan. 14

Monday, January 13th, 2014

logoATLANTIC CITY — Looking for great value? Visit the Tropicana tomorrow night, Tuesday, Jan. 14, for a five-course, seven-beer dinner at FIN restaurant.

This is one of the flagship events of the Trop’s second annual Beer Week. It starts with a 6pm reception and dinner begins 7pm. The cost is $75 per person and includes tax and gratuity. The event is being run by Flying Fish Brewing Company founder Gene Muller and will also include input from one of the area’s foremost authorities on beer, Gary Monterosso.

Call 800-345-8767 to make reservations. image003

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