Posts Tagged ‘Bally’s Atlantic City’

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.

Anthony Catanoso to be Honored at Atlantic Cape Restaurant Gala @ Bally’s

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

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.

Anthony Catanoso

Anthony Catanoso

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 world-famous Steel Pier

The world-famous Steel Pier

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, or visit

— Kaitlin Montague

‘Legends in Concert’ Featuring Scott Jordan as Justin Timberlake

Friday, October 25th, 2013

2-justin-timberlake-legendsATLANTIC CITY — Legends in Concert at Bally’s fall lineup runs through Sunday, Nov. 24, and features the likenesses of Justin Timberlake, Liza Minnelli, the “King of Pop” Michael Jackson and the just plain “King,” Elvis.

Tickets, which are now on sale, can be purchased at all Ticketmaster locations and at, or by calling 800-745-3000. Ticket prices are $32.50 for adults and $16.25 for children (3-16) plus service charges. Special group rates are also available. Performances will be held daily at 8pm, Sundays and Tuesdays through Fridays, as well two Saturday shows at 7:30 and 10pm, and a special matinee each Wednesday at 3pm.

A recent addition to the Legends family is Scott Jordan as Justin Timberlake. With  years of training and performance under his belt — having started performing with a community theater group at age four, and singing for his high school choir at age 14 — Jordan takes the crowd on a roller coaster ride through Timberlake’s greatest songs.

Click the video link below to view Justin … er, Jordan’s performance at Bally’s.

Bally’s Announced $5.6 Million Renovation

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

BallyWebBally’s Atlantic City has decided it needed some sprucing up and has announced a renovation plan for their casino floor to begin on Tuesday, Oct. 15.  The four-month-long renovation project will transform the look and feel of the casino floor at Bally’s, at a cost of $5.6 million. The renovations will be completed in three phases and last until mid-February.

“We’re creating a whole new look and feel to our casino floor at Bally’s,” said Kevin Ortzman, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Bally’s, Caesars, and Showboat Atlantic City. “These renovations will provide us with the opportunity to elevate our guests’ entire experience to unprecedented levels, thereby enhancing the allurement and essence of this true Atlantic City landmark.”

Here are the announced renovation highlights:

•  New well-appointed carpet, with designated walkways
•  Painted walls, covered pillars and distinctive coverings for the mirrored catwalks
•  Completely new casino floor layout
•  Gaming pits in different locations so they adorn the pathways to generate more on-floor excitement
•  Every slot machine will be positioned in a new color coded location
•  State-of-the-art, custom slot signage – absolutely every sign will be brand new
• All-new, plush chairs at table games and slots as well as new slot bases

Bally’s internal team formulated the conceptual work of casino floor, while the architecture and design specifics came from the Las Vegas based casino, and entertainment company the Friedmutter Group, and 35 year fabrication technique experts, E-Gads, created the slot area signage.

This marks the first major renovation for the property since the complete room overhaul to their Dennis Tower in 2008.

Pickles Deli Pickle-Eating Contest

Monday, July 15th, 2013

pickleLogoATLANTIC CITY — Bally’s hotel-casino, Cat Country 107.3 FM radio, and Pickles Deli Express on the Boardwalk hosted a pickle-eating contest on Saturday morning, July 13, to celebrate the grand reopening of Pickles Deli and its speedier new ordering system. Pickles is open noon-9pm seven days a week on the Boardwalk side of Bally’s.

Six finalists (five men, one woman) vied to see who could put the biggest dent in a five-pound pile of New York Half Sour pickles, supplied by United Pickle, in five minutes. The grand-prize winner — Jack Diamond — won a weekend stay for two at Bally’s, a $100 food and beverage credit, plus a groovy trophy from United Pickle.

See video below for highlights of the contest.

Taylor Hicks Interview

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013
Taylor Hicks. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Alabama Relief/Getty Images North America)

Taylor Hicks. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Alabama Relief/Getty Images North America)

Taylor Hicks, the season five champion of American Idol, he headed to Atlantic City for free performances at Bally’s Martini Lounge and Bikini Beach Bar starting on Thursday, July 18 through July 27.

He talked to Atlantic City Weekly about his shows, his next album and about keeping in touch with his fellow Idol contestants. For the interview go here.

Soul Patrol Alert: Taylor Hicks Coming to Bally’s

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Taylor Hicks performs onstage during Bama Rising: A Benefit ConcWhen Taylor Hicks won season five of American Idol he was an unlikely champion with his salt and pepper hair and fanatic fans who became known as “The Soul Patrol.” His Idol single, “Do I Make You Proud,” entered at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, Pop 100, and Single Sales Charts. His self-titled album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and was certified RIAA Platinum.

After his “15 minutes of fame faded,” Hicks settled into a solid musical career that most recently has included a long run at the Paris Las Vegas casino, operated by Caesars Entertainment.

Now he will be coming back east during a break from his Vegas gig to perform at Bally’s Martini Bar. He is listed to perform Wednesday through Sunday from July 17 to July 27 as part of a tour of other Caesars properties across the country. He is also working on his first country album.

Sammy’s Beach Bar Will Not Re-Open

Monday, March 11th, 2013

ATLANTIC CITY — According to his Web site (, Sammy Hagar has revealed that Sammy’s Beach Bar at Bally’s Atlantic City will not be re-opening after suffering extensive damage from Hurricane Sandy in October. Hagar (pictured) posted the following statement on Friday, March 8.

138656559CJ100_Keep_Memory_“Following months of ongoing discussions, Sammy Hagar has regretfully been unable to come to terms with Caesars Entertainment on the rebuilding of the Sammy Beach Bar & Grill at Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino. Since opening in May 2010, the restaurant had been a popular boardwalk destination until it was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. While Hagar continues to explore a new partnership in the region, he and his Hagar Family Foundation will remain committed to the Atlantic City community through which he has supported local children’s charities for the last several years.”

While one thing may or may not relate to the other, Hagar’s longtime friend, Don Marrandino, who served as president of Caesars Entertainment’s eastern division for three years, resigned Jan. 4, about two months before the announcement by Hagar.

Eighth Annual Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival on Tap for April 5-6

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

ATLANTIC CITY — The Celebration of the Suds, a.k.a. the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival, returns to the Atlantic City Convention Center for the eighth year Friday and Saturday, April 5-6.

2013Beer Fest LogoThe 2013 event will be an amazing experience in taste and sound including hot music to compliment cool brews. Over 90 different breweries from around the corner and across the country will showcase their unique libations.

The focus of the A.C. Beer Festival is the promotion of craft beers and the brewers that create them. This event is the perfect opportunity for beer aficionados, beer lovers and the casual beer drinker to speak to company representatives and brewers responsible for some of their favorite brews. And it’s an opportunity to discover and taste new brews and special “limited release” beers and ales.

Each year the festival organizers review the event and look to further enhance the beer lover’s experience and make each year better than the last. Now in its eighth year, the festival has grown to be one of the country’s largest celebrations of beer.

Rusted Root performs Saturday night at the Celebration of the Suds

Rusted Root performs Saturday night at the Celebration of the Suds

For 2013 festival producers will bring in musical headliners Reverend Horton Heat and Rusted Root and New Jersey’s own Bouncing Souls to kick off the weekend. All bands and performers will be featured on the event web site under “sounds”

The 2013 Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival will also feature culinary demonstrations from area chefs, beer seminars hosted by beer personalities and brewers, and some “off the wall” activities. Additional festival vendors will offer great food and some unique beer-related apparel and goods. This year’s festival will appeal to absolutely everyone (aged 21 and over).


Hard Rock Atlantic City Event Raises Nearly a Quarter-Mil for Gilda’s Club

Friday, November 30th, 2012

IMG_8ATLANTIC CITY — The second annual Gilda Rocks On event at the Taj Mahal’s Hard Rock Cafe shattered its no-less impressive inaugural numbers on Thursday night, Nov. 29, raising almost $250,000 for Gilda’s Club of South Jersey, an organization that provides free support programs to all cancer sufferers and their families. The organization is named after the late Gilda Radnor, an Emmy and Grammy award-winning comedienne and original cast member on Saturday Night Live who passed away in 1989 from ovarian cancer.

Event co-host Isabel Allen with Jerry "The Geator with the Heater" Blavat

Event co-host Isabel Allen with Jerry "The Geator with the Heater" Blavat

For a photo gallery of this year’s event, click here.

Another Grammy award winner, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Dion DiMucci of Dion and the Belmonts, was this year’s featured performer. Also among the dozens in attendance was famed DJ (and AC Weekly columnist) Jerry “The Geator with the Heater” Blavat, and new cast members of the popular Legends in Concert show taking place at Bally’s Atlantic City.

The legendary Dion rocked the house down at the Hard Rock

The legendary Dion rocked the house down at the Hard Rock

Jim Allen, chairman of Hard Rock International and CEO of Seminole Gaming, and his wife Isabel, a longtime Gilda’s Club of South Jersey board member, served as co-hosts.

Last year Isabel Allen, along with fellow board members Joan Licursi, Phyllis Lacca, and Hard Rock senior director of brand philanthropy Annie Balliro, came up with the idea for the inaugural Gilda Rocks On benefit over a lunch engagement.