Atlantic City Convention Center Joins Forces to Prepare 1,500 Thanksgiving Day Meals
ATLANTIC CITY CONVENTION CENTER CHEFS JOIN FORCES TO PREPARE 1,500 THANKSGIVING DAY MEALS FOR ATLANTIC CITY RESCUE MISSION AND THE SALVATION ARMY
Spectra, which provides Venue Management and Food Services & Hospitality to Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall and the Atlantic City Convention Center, is once again giving back to the Atlantic City community this Thanksgiving holiday. Led by Executive Chef George Fisher, his staff and additional volunteers including chefs from the local casinos and members of the Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey will be assisting in preparing Thanksgiving dinner for over 1,500 local community members in need.
For the past seven years, Spectra’s Fisher has led the charge preparing Thanksgiving dinner for the Atlantic City Rescue Mission while Spectra’s Michael D’Angelo, Pastry Chef of the Atlantic City Convention Center and Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall, has organized Thanksgiving dinner for the local Salvation Army. Once again they are teaming up to do the cooking for both organizations in the kitchen at the Atlantic City Convention Center. In addition, the team will be preparing meals for both: CODI Career Opportunity Development Inc. in Egg Harbor City and The American Legion Post 493.
The cooking will begin on Monday, November 23 and will run through Wednesday, November 25. The team will prepare oven roasted turkey with giblet gravy, yams, canned cranberry, mashed potatoes, stuffing, dinner rolls and desserts at the Atlantic City Convention Center.
“This year, people are in need more than ever,” said Spectra’s George Fisher, Executive Chef of the Atlantic City Convention Center and Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall. “As expected, we too are facing unprecedented challenges this year, and must scale back our usual operation in order to make sure we are compliant with all of the COVID guidelines. We are following all safety protocols, including making sure our limited number of volunteers are properly distanced in the kitchen. All of our volunteers are donating their personal time to the cause, despite their own layoffs or furloughs.”
Fisher continues, “We are thankful to the CRDA for allowing us continued use of the venue as well as local vendors: Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Valenti's Bakery, Rastelli Meats, and Essl’s Dugout.
Those looking to support this initiative and other events throughout the year please visit the “AC Chefs on a Mission” Facebook page which has been created to help promote and generate awareness for donations and volunteers. Contributions can be made to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission online at www.ACRescueMission.org and food donations can be made to the Mission at 2009 Bacharach Blvd. in Atlantic City.
MEDIA NOTE: No Media will be invited on-site this year to limit number of individuals in kitchen. For photos, please visit AC Chefs on a Mission Facebook Page.
Both Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall and the Atlantic City Convention Center are owned and funded by the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA). Spectra provides both Venue Management and Food Services & Hospitality to both Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall and the Atlantic City Convention Center.