Highlights for South Jersey, February 1

Popular local artists working in a ariety of mediums and depicting a wide range of subject matter will ake center stage at the third annual 'At the Shore Wine Tasting Art how' on Thursday, February 2, 2012, from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Atlantic cty Country Club in Northfield. 

The charity event will also feature a tasting selection of white and red wines from Gallo Wines, hors d'oeuvres and live music. The Wine Tasting Art Show is organized by the Atlantic City Convention &Visitors Authority Foundation (ACCVAF) and the Greater Atlantic City Concierge Association (GACCA) to fund scholarships for students majoring in the hospitality curriculum at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Atlantic Cape Community College and Fairleigh Dickenson University. A limited number of tickets are available, and those interested in attending are urged to purchase tickets early, as last year's event sold out quickly.  Tickets are $25 each, available by calling Joyce Cook at 609-449-2295.  The ticket price includes the wine tastings, hors d'oeuvres compliments of the Atlantic City Country Club, music by the Eddie Morgan Trio, and the art show.  In addition to the complimentary appetizers, the Tap Room Bar and Grille at the Atlantic City Country Club will offer a cash bar and cash dinner options.

Andiamo!  Revel is set to embrace la dolce vita this spring with the opening of Lugo Caffé, an energetic brasserie offering a fresh take on modern Italian classics.  The second iteration of the popular New York City flagship, Lugo Caffé promises a bustling atmosphere reminiscent of Italy’s famous grand caffés, which were immortalized in Federico Fellini’s films, with Revel’s stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean as a backdrop.

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Chef Stefano Chiaruga will serve up homemade pastas, Neapolitan-style brick oven pizza, mozzarella made fresh on-site, and meatballs destined to be the best on the boardwalk. Complementing the fare is an extensive wine list of more than 80 varieties including the restaurant’s own line of Prosecco, Pinot Grigio and Chianti wines in addition to unfiltered Tuscan olive oil exclusive to service at Lugo Caffé.

Joining Revel’s roster of more than a dozen notable restaurants, Lugo Caffé appeals to those visiting the 6.3-million-square-foot resort any time of the day.  From a relaxed lunch before heading out to the resort’s indoor or outdoor pools, to savoring pasta del giorno or veal piccata with friends for dinner, or a late-night glass of vino with cichetti (Italian tapas), Lugo Caffé is an authentic Italian dining experience.  The bustling ambiance paired with impeccable service has established Lugo Caffé in New York City as a favorite destination for modern Italian dining and that same charming feel will descend upon Revel this spring.

Bringing together partners with a strong entrepreneurial spirit and tremendous talent to create culinary and lifestyle experiences, Revel offers a true resort option to the Northeast.  In addition to Lugo Caffé, Revel will encompass two nightclubs, a private beach club, more than 1,800 guest rooms, retail shops, a 31,000-square-foot spa, two theatres with capacity for 5,500 and 700 guests respectively and a 150,000-square-foot casino. Entertainment and lifestyle offerings are curated by top performers in daylife, nightlife, theatrical, spa and experiential programming.

 “Lugo is pulsing and alive; you’re not coming here to sit quiet in a corner,” said LDV Hospitality Principal John Meadow and owner of Lugo Caffé.  “We have created an exciting communal feeling at Lugo New York City and we can’t wait to see it translated at Revel.” 

For more information about Revel, visit www.revelresorts.com.

The Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia, owners and producers of the Philadelphia Auto Show, announces an opening weekend attendance of 71,269 attendees, making it the largest opening weekend since 2004 and the second best opening in the event’s 110-year history.

“Our opening weekend was outstanding.  The turnout is not only good for the regional retail automotive market but it is also a driving force for local businesses and other benefactors of the event,” said Kevin Mazzucola, executive director of the Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia. “The show's early success is a great barometer of the upswing in consumer confidence and optimism. Expecting to sell upwards of 14 million units in 2012, the auto industry is a bright spot for the country's economy.  We’re off to a great start and confident that the remainder of the show will see continued success.”

 As one of the nation’s largest auto shows, the Philadelphia Auto Show has a notable economic impact on both the city of Philadelphia and state of Pennsylvania. Every year, the Philadelphia Auto Show fiscally generates $44 million for the Commonwealth via overall production of the show and ancillary attendee spending.

 For more information on the event, visit www.phillyautoshow.com.

 The 2012 Philadelphia Auto Show, produced and owned by the Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia, rolls into the newly-expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center January 28 – February 5.  Tickets are $12.00 for adults (age 13 and up) and $6.00 for children (age 7-12). Children age 6 and under do not require a ticket. Senior citizen tickets (age 62 and over) receive a special admission price of $6.00 on weekdays only. Senior citizen tickets are not available for purchase online.  Visit www.phillyautoshow.com for additional information.

Among the four classes of competition scheduled to compete in the Indoor Races at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, the blindingly fast Champ Karts require the most precise driving skills.

The 10th edition of the event under the direction of Len Sammons and staff is planned for Friday and Saturday nights Feb. 3-4, 2012. TQ (three quarter) Midgets, dirt 600cc Micro-Sprints and Slingshots join the nimble Champ Karts in competition.

Chris Daley and Norman Hynes, two past winners who have mastered the delicate touch needed to succeed in this game-of-inches and are among the heavy favorites to win again.
Daley, of Pleasant Valley, N.Y., won the 2008 running of the Champ Kart Indoor Race and was a near winner of the 2006 and 2009 races.

Hynes of Lithium, Md., is the defending champion of the lightning fast event. Like Daley, he had other opportunities to win in previous years.

Hynes pumped his fists vigorously when he crossed the finish line under the checkered flag, calling the Boardwalk Hall victory “among my biggest”.

Forty-one Champ Kart teams have pre-registered for the event, joining nearly seventy TQ teams, thirty dirt 600cc Micro Sprint teams and twenty Slingshots.

That number is expected to grow steadily with five weeks remaining prior to race time with 200 teams expected to be vying for starting berths in the four feature races.

Champ Kart drivers entered hail from eleven different states as distant as Maine (1 entry) and North Carolina (2 entries).

Pennsylvania and New Jersey lead all other states with eight drivers each while Massachusetts has seven, New York six, and Connecticut five.

Rhode Island, Virginia, Maryland and New Hampshire have one driver each in the field.
Champ Kart drivers will need to earn starting spots in the 25-lap main event through time trials (the top fifteen lock in to the feature), A series of heat races and B-mains will generate the remaining nine starters to form a twenty-four kart field.

Racers wishing to enter any of the divisions competing in Atlantic City may find entry and rule information available at aarn.com.
Tickets for the Atlantic City event are on sale now at Ticketmaster outlets online at www.ticketmaster.com and at the Boardwalk Hall box office. Ticket prices remain the same as the past event. Premium seats sell out quickly. Further information can also be obtained by calling the show office (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at 609-888-3618.

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