It’s never too early to start planning for Atlantic City Restaurant Week, or for a great gift. Nearly 30 Atlantic County restaurants have already signed up to participate in the sixth annual culinary event, March 2-8, 2014, and many more are expected to join.
To help take the bite out of the cost of fine dining, participating restaurants offer three-course lunches for $15.14 per person plus tax and gratuity and three-course dinners for $33.14 per person plus tax and gratuity. All meals are value priced and would normally cost significantly more.
And to save yourself the stress of holiday shopping, here’s a gift you can sink your teeth into: Atlantic City Restaurant Week Gift Certificates go on sale November 15. Certificates are accepted at all participating restaurants and are good during Atlantic City Restaurant Week only, but they are not required to enjoy Restaurant Week. They are available online atwww.acrestaurantweek.com or in person at the Visitor Information Centers located at the corner of Mississippi Avenue and The Boardwalk (Boardwalk Hall) in Atlantic City or at mile marker 3.5 of the Atlantic City Expressway, accessible from both directions. They will also be available at the CRDA’s Tourism District Holiday Gift Wrap Center in the Arts Garage at Mississippi and Fairmount Avenues.
Atlantic City Restaurant Week is produced by the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority Division (ACCVA) of the CRDA, and is open to both Marketing Partners and non-partners of the ACCVA that operate restaurants in Atlantic County. Approximately 80 restaurants participate each year.
“Traditionally, Restaurant Week is one of the most popular winter events in and around Atlantic City,” said John Palmieri, executive director of the CRDA. “Atlantic City is home to renowned culinary talents known across the globe and Restaurant Week affords many the opportunity to get together with family, friends and colleagues to sample new dining experiences.”
The Atlantic City Restaurant Week Website, www.acrestaurantweek.com, offers an updated list of the Restaurant Week participants, along with the days hours each one will serve Restaurant Week meals. As they become available, their special Restaurant Week menus will be included, as well as chef bios, and some of the chefs’ favorite recipes.
Atlantic City Restaurant Week 2014 is sponsored by A.C. Central Reservations, Inc., Atlantic City Country Club, Borgata, Caesars Entertainment, Ed Hitzel Enterprises, Equity Communications, Greater Atlantic City Chamber, Interstate Outdoor Advertising, OpenTable.com, Press of Atlantic City Media Group, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and Tropicana Casino and Resort.
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey will join thousands of organizations nationwide on Saturday, Oct. 26 for Make a Difference Day, the largest national day of community service.
“Make a Difference Day is the second installment of Stockton's Semester of Service,” said Diana Strelczyk, Service-Learning program assistant.
The Semester of Service kicked off with Day of Service activities benefiting the City of Atlantic City in September. Now this month the Stockton community will support Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts during on-campus activities and will send volunteers to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey in Egg Harbor Township, Salem United Methodist Church in Pleasantville and the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City.
Stockton’s Make a Difference Day event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 with all volunteers meeting in the Campus Center, located on the main Galloway campus, at 9 a.m. Volunteers working on Sandy recovery projects will stay on campus and all others will depart to the three off-campus projects.
All on-campus projects are centered on Sandy long-term recovery and include information, free services and gifts for victims, oral history projects, reflection and non-denominational worship services, yoga and creative art displays. Stockton partnered with the Atlantic County Long-term Recovery Group and the Rev. Juliann Henry, manager of pastoral care for AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, for these activities.
At the Community Food Bank, volunteers will organize, clean and distribute food. Volunteers at the Salem United Methodist Church will help to host the Eastern Service Workers Association (ESWA) Halloween Party and Fundraiser Benefit. The Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) Honors Fraternity will decorate for the party and has collected costumes for under-privileged children to bring to the event.
“We are happy to have partnered with the Atlantic County Long-Term Recovery Group to continue the Superstorm Sandy rebuilding efforts in our community. The Oct 26th date is just about the one-year anniversary of the storm (which came ashore here Oct. 29th), and there are still a lot of people not back in their own homes. We hope events like this one can continue the rebuilding process and raise awareness that there is a lot of work still to be done,” Strelczyk said.
ACM Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan announced today a new headline tour will launch the first of 2014, “That’s My Kind of Night Tour.” The tour will kick-off its first leg on January16 in Columbus, Ohio at the Schottenstein Center and will perform eighteen shows through March 8 and will feature LeeBrice and Cole Swindell. The tour will make a stop in Atlantic City on Saturday, February 15 at Boardwalk Hall.
Luke’s career now boasts over four million in album sales with seven #1 singles. His recent album, Crash My Party, sold 527,783 units in its first week of release in mid-August, making it the largest sales debut for a Country male artist since 2004. It also topped both the Billboard 200 and Country sales charts and is the third highest album to debut across all genres this year. Additionally, Luke is one of only two country artists that have sold more than a half-million copies of an album in a single week since 2008. This is Bryan’s second consecutive Top 200 #1 album. Crash My Party has now sold over one million copies and has been certified Platinum by the RIAA.
At the close of 2012, Luke was named the #1 Artist of the Year and #1 Male Artist of 2012 by Country Aircheck. Billboard named his last album, tailgates & tanlines, the #2 Country Album and the #3 Country Artist Album of 2012 and claimed Luke as the #3 Top Country Artist of the Year. Also in 2012, Luke took home 11 music awards, including a record nine wins at the American Country Awards as well as his first American Music Award. This past spring, Luke co-hosted the Academy of Country Music Awards with Blake Shelton and received the coveted Entertainer of the Year award as well as the Vocal Event award with Jason Aldean and Eric Church for “The Only Way I Know.”
Live Nation is the national tour promoter for the “That’s My Kind of Night Tour.” Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is a sponsor of the tour. Go to www.cabelas.com for more.