Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City  presents the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival’s sixth annual celebration, beginning Friday, July 25, with events taking place throughout the weekend. The three-day culinary and spirits festival is the leading food and wine festival in the market and will feature a star-studded roster of some of the country’s most renowned culinary experts and TV personalities. Headlining chefs include returning celebrity Chef Robert Irvine, a proven fan-favorite of festival guests; and the inaugural participation of James Beard award-winning chef and TV personality, Marcus Samuelsson, Co-Creator and Executive Chef of the acclaimed Red Rooster restaurant in New York City; more celebrity chef announcements will be made in the coming weeks.
 
 
Additionally, in response to the success of the Beach Soirée event last year, the majority of the weekend’s events will be hosted in beachfront and courtyard locations, allowing guests to celebrate this iconic festival outdoors and under the stars. One of the signature outdoor events of the year will be the “Burger Bash,” a first-time event for the Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival and one that has risen to popularity at many of the other popular food festivals in the country such as South Beach and New York. Burger Bash presented by “The Beef Checkoff” will be tented on the beach, replete with a Beer Garden and live music.
 

 
 
“The Sixth Annual Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival will feature exciting chefs and an incredible new outdoor format, a true celebration of our beachfront location, that we are really proud to bring to our guests this year,” Jason Spencer, Vice President of Entertainment, Nightlife and Lifestyle Marketing for Caesars Entertainment. “We invest significant time and thought into refreshing the festival year-over-year to reflect the interests of our ticketholders and provide a weekend of unexpected programming that folks can look forward to. With the festival moving outside along the Atlantic City Boardwalk, we are proud to showcase the beautiful beach outside our doors and host both new visitors and familiar faces.”
 
 The 2014 festival will present an acclaimed roster of both local and national talent and will once again showcase several of the world’s greatest culinary influencers as well as authorities in the wine, beer and spirits industry. With access to a multitude of outdoor events including delicious tastings and instructive demonstrations, the festival will offer delicacies for every palate.   
 
 
Tickets for the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival can be purchased online at www.acfoodandwine.com, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-736-1420.
 
The Jersey Gumbo Cookoff & Music  Festival will be held on Saturday, June 21st and feature 20 great local chefs and 10 hours of phenomenal music including members of the original RADIATORS, John “Papa Gros Funk”,  The Billy Walton Band, Jill West & Blues Attack and The Dan Burke Band.
 
Celebrated in the lovely front Bayview Room at Clancy’s, 101 E Maryland Ave, this will be a great warm up for the festival!  You can taste dueling gumbos, enjoy a delicious dinner buffet and hear the great country rock sounds of the Hawkins Road Band and indulge in some rock ‘n roll and country dancing.  Vote for your choice in the gumbo cookoff between Chef Richard Spurlock’s Cajun Style Chicken and Andoille Gumbo versus Clancy’s Chef Migel Crespo’s Creole Caribbean Gumbo.  Listen to discussions about cooking Gumbo with both chefs as well as the tasting, buffet and lots of great music and partying  beginning  at 5:30pm with Gumbo tasting and cash bar available.  Dinner will be served at 6pm and Hawkins Road will begin performing at 6:30pm.  Tickets are only $15 and they may be purchased at the door but tables should be reserved in advance by calling Carmen & Nancy Marotta at 609-653-6069 or Ed Blake at 609-645-3330.
 
Kick off the Gumbo Fest with a great party and Let the Good Times Roll with Gumbo for your Soul!
 
Defending champion Karrie Webb joins fellow hall of famers Juli Inkster and Se Ri Pak, who are set to tee it up with future legends of the game like teen phenom Lydia Ko and major winner Lexi Thompson, in next week’s ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer, tournament organizers announced today.
 
Additionally, ticket holders will be treated to fan favorites such as Michelle Wie, Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel and Natalie Gulbis, as well past champions of this event like Stacy Lewis, Cristie Kerr and Brittany Lincicome.
 
In all, the tournament field boasts the following statistics:
 
·      23 of the top 25, including all of the top 10, players in the Rolex World Rankings
 
·      94 of the top 100 players on the 2014 LPGA Official Money List
 
·      Every LPGA tournament winner in 2014
 
·      Winners of 36 of the last 39 tournaments dating back to the start of the 2013 season
 
·      45 total major wins in majors
 
·      Reigning champions of all five LPGA majors
 
One hundred forty four professionals will compete over three rounds from May 30 to June 1 for a $1.5 million purse at Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club in Galloway, New Jersey. The tournament will be televised on Golf Channel. For more information visit http://www.shopritelpgaclassic.com.
 
With his singular voice, narrative songwriting and passionate live performances, Rod Stewart has built one of the most successful and enduring music careers of all time.  This summer, fans will have a chance to see Rod Stewart In Concert at Mark G. Etess Arena at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City on Saturday, August 23rd. 
 
Tickets go on sale Friday, May 2nd at noon and will be available at Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster Outlets or by-phone at 800-736-1420. 
 
In a career spanning more than five decades, he has amassed sales of more than 200 million albums worldwide and has countless chart-topping hits and industry accolades - including two inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2007, he was bestowed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) by the Queen of England. 
 
 A free jazz concert honoring Ralph Hunter, founder of the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey, is scheduled for Sunday, June 22 at 3:30 p.m. at the museum’s Atlantic City branch, located at the Stockton Noyes Museum’s Arts Garage, Mississippi and Fairmount avenues.  The performance, presented by Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation Inc., will feature the Keith Hollis Quartet, a group with 14 years of experience in bringing excellent jazz to the area. 
 
The Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation, Inc., and the African American Museum present this free concert from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The Arts Garage and African American Heritage occupy the ground floor of the Wave Garage.  Parking at the Wave Garage is free with an Arts Garage purchase of $25.00 or more.
 
This event is funded in part by the NJ State Council of the Arts/Department of State through the Atlantic County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs.
 
Call (609) 841-06897 or Heather Swenson Brilla at (609) 317-5210 or visit www.chickenbonebeach.org for additional information about both the concert honoring Hunter and the Summer Jazz Series.