ATLANTIC CITY — On March 13 at Bally’s, the Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala will commemorate its 31st anniversary with the theme “The Greatest Gala on Earth.”
The fundraiser will feature a vintage carnival environment and a spectacular feast starting 6:30pm. Honorees include Anthony Catanoso of Steel Pier Associates and Peter Slavin, a Philadelphia-based performance ice carver at No Fear Ice in Philadelphia.
Slavin, a 1984 graduate of the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape, is currently an ice sculptor and co-owner of Fear No Ice, which provides unforgettable entertainment as the only performance ice sculpting company in the world. He has competed and won several international sculpting competitions and represented the United States at the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway; Nagano, Japan; and Salt Lake City, Utah. Slavin will perform during the celebration at the Gala’s cocktail reception.
Catanoso is the president of Steel Pier Associates and his family owns and operates Atlantic City’s world-famous Steel Pier. The Catanosos are currently leading a five-year, $100+ million restoration of the pier, which will be a vital part of Atlantic City’s renaissance in the years to come.
The annual event celebrates food by featuring hors d’oeuvres prepared by the students in the Academy of Culinary Arts at The Atlantic Cape Community College beginning at 6:30pm. They will be showcasing the specialties of 40 of the surrounding area’s best restaurants during a radical dining experience.
Each year, hundreds and hundreds of guests attend the Gala, which also includes live music and a refined dessert reception, which have been co-organized by Chef Deborah Pellegrino of Caesars Entertainment and Chef Tree McCann of the Academy of Culinary Arts.
The Gala has raised almost $3 million for scholarships since 1984. All Gala proceeds benefit the student scholarships at the Academy of Culinary Arts at the Atlantic Cape Community College and Atlantic Cape Foundation operations.
For more information on the 2014 Gala, contact Torrina Bennett-Michael at (609) 463-4672, email@example.com or visit atlantic.edu/gala.
— Kaitlin Montague