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For Immediate Release: May 12, 2016

AtlantiCare Growing Green Chef Council
to host third Celebration Dinner – "Farm to Flavor"
A Farm to Table Dinner - Served Family Style

AtlantiCare will host its third Celebration Dinner – "Farm to Flavor," Thursday, May 19 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Historic Absecon Lighthouse, 31 South Rhode Island Avenue, Atlantic City. Local chefs who are members of AtlantiCare's Growing Green Chef Council will contribute to the farm to table dinner featuring fresh seasonal produce with support from their teams, and then serve guests family style at one table in a tent on the Lighthouse grounds. Proceeds of the event will benefit AtlantiCare Growing Green, a school and community garden initiative. Participating chefs and restaurants will include:

• Ed Daggers, executive chef, Atlantic City Country Club, Northfield

• Frank Dougherty, co-owner, and Stephan Johnson, executive chef, Dock's Oyster House, Atlantic City

• Luke Palladino, chef/owner, Luke Palladino Seasonal Italian Cooking, Linwood

• Cookie Till, owner, and Kevin Kelly, executive chef, Steve and Cookies By the Bay, Margate

• Frank Dougherty, co-owner, and James Huntzinger, executive chef, The Knife & Fork Inn, Atlantic City

• Jonathan Sands, chef and co-owner, The Spot, Northfield

• Nicholas Ballias, chef/owner of Wingcraft, Atlantic City

• Linda Cashan, owner, and Bri Manning, chef, Kitchen 19, Hammonton

Artists contribute to Farm to Flavor
Ian Sullivan will provide entertainment during the cocktail hour. The chARTer-Tech High School for the Performing Arts, under the direction of Lew London, will provide sound and production crews.

Artist Linda Wexler, of Mays Landing, New Jersey, created "Lemon with Blossom" and "Garlic with Blossom," which AtlantiCare's Healing Arts Program purchased for use on the event's invitation and menu.

The following businesses and/or individuals also contributed to "Farm to Flavor": 11th Floor Creative Group; The Absecon Lighthouse and Jean Muchanic; AC Linen and Supply; B.F. Mazzeo; Donna Connor Photography; Formica Brothers Bakery; Garden Goddess by the Sea; Harrison Beverage; Harry and Beans Coffee; Ian Sullivan; Lew London; Petrosh's Big Top Tent Rental; Evan Sanchez; Sam Schwartz; Cookie Till; Tony Baloney's; and White Horse Wine and Spirits.

The event will be the third celebration dinner AtlantiCare has hosted at the Lighthouse. Both "Savor the Season – An evening of Great Good & Passionate Chefs" in October of 2013 and "Rooted in Good Food – An Evening of Good Food and Great Chefs" in 2014 also benefited AtlantiCare Growing Green.

About AtlantiCare's Growing Green Initiative
AtlantiCare's Growing Green initiative is a school and community garden program aimed at improving access to healthy foods. Since 2009, the initiative's garden construction and sustainability grants have supported 47 school gardens and 21 community gardens. In addition to these funds, Growing Green offers complementary educational programming led by health educators, dieticians, garden experts, and academic scholars.

The AtlantiCare Growing Green Chef Council is a distinguished group of culinary experts working in the greater Atlantic City area. The Council is committed to increasing access to healthy food for community members, and to providing them with the food preparation skills necessary to lead healthier lives. The Growing Green Chef Council uses its passion, expertise, and circles of influence to support the growth and sustainability of AtlantiCare's Growing Green initiative.

Tickets to "A Farm to Table Dinner" are $150 per person. To purchase tickets, or for more information, contact Cheryl Broschard at cbroschard@atlanticare.org or 609-677-7255.

For information about the AtlantiCare Foundation or other AtlantiCare programs and services, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000, find AtlantiCare on Facebook or visit www.atlanticare.org.

About the AtlantiCare Foundation
The AtlantiCare Foundation exists to improve the health and well-being of the community through a comprehensive development program to support safe, equitable, quality health care; and to promote healthy behaviors. The Foundation is committed to providing financial resources to help fund health status improvement, which includes supporting the programs and capital expansion projects at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center and its affiliates. The Foundation accomplishes its work through the formation of trusting relationships with key stakeholders and community partners that share its vision of building healthy communities.

Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org
Betsy Woerner, (O) 609-748-7539, (C) 609-385-6361, betsy.woerner@atlanticare.org


AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger Health System, is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Health Engagement, the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Services. Its more than 5,400 employees and more than 700 physicians serve the community in nearly 70 locations. A 2009 Malcolm Baldrige Award winner, AtlantiCare was also included in Modern Healthcare's Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2010. ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet™ designated hospital in March of 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet™ hospital in 2008 and 2013.

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