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Buddhist Monks Come to Ocean County College

From March 3 to 7, Ocean County College will host the 2014 Drepung Gomang Monastery Sacred Arts Tour.  Events will be held in the Solar Lounge, College Center (Building #15) on the OCC Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, NJ.  All events are free and open to the public.

 

NOTE: Monks will be working on the Sacred Sand Mandala each day from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Monday, March 3

9:30 a.m.: Opening Ceremony & Begin Sacred Sand Mandala Creation

(Medicine Buddha – Healing)

11:00 a.m.: Historical Background / Slideshow on the Drepung Gomang Monastery

12:30 p.m.: Introduction to Buddhism

2:00 p.m.: Basic Meditation

3:30 p.m.: Cultural Presentation – Dances (Yak)

4:30 p.m.: Daily Closing Ceremony

5:30 p.m. (sunset – exact time to be announced): Puja Purification Ceremony

 

Tuesday, March 4

9:30 a.m.: Daily Opening Ceremony

9:45 a.m.: Historical Background / Slideshow on the Drepung Gomang Monastery

11:00 a.m.: Four Noble Truths

12:30 p.m.: Introduction to Buddhism

2:00 p.m.: Basic Meditation

3:30 p.m.: Cultural Presentation – Dances (Snow Lion)

4:30 p.m.: Daily Closing Ceremony

 

Wednesday, March 5

9:30 a.m.: Daily Opening Ceremony

9:45 a.m.: Expanded Cultural Presentations – Visual History Slideshow

Dances, Good Luck Dance, Sacred Chants, Prayers

12:30 p.m.: Art Workshops – Sand Mandala Workshop and Mani Stones

5:30 p.m.: Overtone Chanting / Traditional Tibetan Meal

7:30 p.m.: Daily Closing Ceremony

 

Thursday, March 6

9:30 a.m.: Daily Opening Ceremony

9:45 a.m.: Traditional Tibetan Buddhist Debate

11:00 a.m.: Lecture on Karma

12:30 p.m.: Traditional Tibetan Meal / Cultural Presentation

3:30 p.m.: Lecture on Impermanance

4:30 p.m.: Daily Closing Ceremony

 

Friday, March 7

9:30 a.m.: Daily Opening Ceremony

9:45 a.m.: Traditional Tibetan Buddhist Debate

11:00 a.m.: Lecture on Karma

12:30 p.m.: Lecture on Impermanance

2:00 p.m.: Closing Ceremony

4:00 p.m.: Procession to OCC Lake & Ceremonial Disposal of Sand

 

Merchandise from the Drepung Gomang Sacred Arts Tour will be available for purchase at all events.  One hundred percent (100%) of all proceeds go directly to support, educate, house, feed, and clothe the nearly 2,000 refugee monks at Drepung Gomang Institute in Southern India.

 

The Sacred Arts Tour is sponsored by the OCC Student Life Committee and Global Education Committee.  The Global Education Committee sponsors and promotes events that heighten student, campus, and community understanding of the interconnectedness of diverse cultures and nations and fosters a college climate of global citizenry.

 

For more information, contact the Office of Student Life, at 732-255-0400, ext. 2139.

Comedy Comes to Arts & Community Center Theater at Ocean County College

Order your tickets now for the Ocean County College Theatre Company’s presentation of Dividing the Estate, written by Horton Foote and directed by Arthur Waldman.  Shows will take placeMarch 1415162122 in the Black Box Theatre, in the academic wing of the Arts & Community Center (Building #18), OCC Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, NJ.  Limited seating is available.

 

Dividing the Estate is a comedy about a rapacious (greedy) Southern family tangling over finances and contains echoes of A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Little Foxes. Matriarch Stella Gordon is determined not to divide her 100-year-old Texas estate, despite her family’s declining wealth and the looming financial crisis. But her three children have another plan. Old resentments and sibling rivalries surface as the members of this hilariously-dysfunctional family go head-to-head to see who might claim the biggest piece of the pie

 

Tickets: $22 adults / $20 seniors / $10 students (except as noted below – $10 all seats for the March 13 performance only)

 

Special Preview Night on Thursday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. ($10 on March 13 performance only).

 

Other Performances on Friday, March 14 and March 21 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 15 and March 22at 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, March 16 at 2:00 p.m.

 

The Ocean County College Arts & Community Center Box Office is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (please call in advance to confirm Box Office hours).

 

To charge tickets, call 732-255-0500 or purchase tickets online at tickets.ocean.edu.

 

Visit us on the web at www.ocean.edu.

 

All performances are subject to change.  Please call ahead for updated schedule or visit our web site atwww.ocean.edu.

 

1830’s Temperance Rally

The Historic Village at Allaire presents an 1830’s Temperance Rally on Sunday, March 23rd, at 1pm and 2:30pm. This special event focuses on the villagers of the Howell Iron Works Company of the 1830’s and their crusade against the evils of “Demon Rum” and immoderation. It also features a Ladies’ Temperance Social to celebrate the advantages of sobriety.  There will be a $5/car parking fee for this event. The Historic Buildings will be open from Noon to 4pm.

 

Our event begins with a meeting and rally of the Howell Work’s Temperance Society in the Historic Village and will feature inspiring speeches rallying against the horrors of “Demon Rum”. Villagers will encourage visitors in the taking of the Temperance oath. Visitors are also welcome to participate in 19th century games and amusements with the villagers.  It’s a great day of history and family fun. The Bakery and General Store will be open for shopping and refreshments from 10am to 4pm. Be sure to drop by!

 

Allaire Village Incorporated is licensed by the State of New Jersey to operate the 40-acre Historic Village at Allaire, site of James P. Allaire’s Howell Iron Works Company in the 1830’s.  Allaire Village, Inc. receives no state funding towards the educational programming presented throughout the year, but is strongly supported through private donations, membership fees, fund-raising events and patronage of our retail stores. The Interpreter’s Programs is made possible in part by a grant from the Provident Bank Foundation. Other generous sponsors include the OceanFirst Foundation.

 

The Historic Village at Allaire is located at 4263 Atlantic Avenue in Farmingdale, New Jersey. The Historic Village at Allaire is easily accessible from the Garden State Parkway, off exit 98, and off exit 31B of Interstate 195. For more information, contact the Allaire Village Incorporated office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at 732-919-3500 or visit us online atwww.allairevillage.org.

Christie Doesn’t Think Bridgegate is Real?

Following Chris Christie’s town hall today, the Washington Post’s Robert Costa asked Christie about Bridgegate. According to Costa’s Twitter account: “Christie glared at me, shook head, and said “people care about REAL problems,” then left building.

 

It’s been over 160 days since Christie’s office ordered the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge. That order caused days of traffic backup. Kids couldn’t get to school. Parents couldn’t get to work. Emergency responders were held up, putting people’s safety at risk. These are real problems. But Christie has continued to attack and bully his opponents and those asking direct questions. Now he’s dismissing the seriousness of his office’s actions – claiming Bridgegate isn’t a real problem that people care about.

 

The people of New Jersey know different. The Christie administration’s abuse of power, cover-up and conduct since the story broke is a very real issue.

 

To date, Christie has been unable to answer basic questions, like:

  • Why were the lanes shut?
  • Who ordered the lanes shut?
  • Who knew what and when?

 

New Jerseyans deserve answers, and Governor Christie has a lot of explaining to do.

OCC Foundation Golf Outing Set for May 6 at Pine Barrens Golf Club

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The Ocean County College Foundation invites you to tee off at its 13th Annual Golf Outing at Pine Barrens Golf Club, Jackson, NJ, on Tuesday, May 6 featuring “Hole-In-One,” “Beat the Pro,” and “Closest-to-the-Pin” contests!

 

The entry fee is $295 per player.  Your contribution includes lunch, use of driving range for one hour before the shotgun start, greens fees, golf cart, and a golf gift.  An Awards and Cocktail Reception, in the clubhouse, will immediately follow the afternoon tournament.  Soft spikes and golf attire are required.

 

“Closest-to-the-Pin” prize is a $500 gift card for airfare, courtesy of JetBlue.  “Hole-In-One” prize is a 5-day/4-night golf vacation for two with round-trip travel on JetBlue on each Par 3.  A “Hole-In-One” on the 19th Hole wins the Grand Prize of $50,000.  Eligibility rules apply.

 

“In our first twelve years, we raised nearly $500,000 to support the students of Ocean County College and we have set our sights on a goal of $60,000 for this year,” explained Michael B. York, Golf Outing Chairman, OCC Foundation.  “By providing students with excellent educational opportunities, we provide them with an entryway to a new world of possibilities, a chance to better their own lives, as well as their families’ lives.”;

 

Individuals and businesses may lend support by becoming a sponsor.  All sponsors receive recognition in the reception program; in addition, depending on level of sponsorship, this may also include name prominently displayed at Golf Outing, golf carts, or other signage; entry fees for a foursome or twosome; and one-dozen premium golf balls.  Please call for details.

 

Registration Deadline: April 18.  To register as a player or sponsor, call the OCC Foundation at 732-255-0492.

Midsummer Night’s Dream

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The Atlantic City Ballet will begin it 2013/14 Spring Season with a performance of Midsummer Night’s Dream at Stockton PAC. Atlantic City Ballet’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows Shakespeare’s comic story line of a mischievous fairy as he leads two pairs of young lovers on a wild and merry chase through the woods outside of Athens. Spells are cast, lovers are fooled and revelry flourishes as worlds collide in Shakespeare’s imaginative comedy. On a night when anything can happen, young lovers rouse their mischievous curiosity of fairies, which use their charm to lead the couple into a playful midnight frolic through the forest. In the midst of it all, an acting troupe gets caught up in the chaos when a magic spell turns their leading man into a donkey. One of Shakespeare’s best-known comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream blurs the line between magic and reality, leading to a night so fantastical you have to dream it to believe it. Throw in feuding fairies and a troupe of bumbling actors, and you’ve got a sparkling comedy with something for everyone! Ms. Papa first created Midsummer in 1999 as a multi-disciplinary piece with actors, singers, and dancers. In 2006 Phyllis Papa, reworked Midsummer into a full length ballet that has delighted audiences since its premiere. For tickets go to www.stockton.edu or call the box office at 609-652-9000.

Midsummer Night’s Dream
Thursday March 6, 2014-7:00pm
Stockton PAC-Pomona, NJ
For a complete list of performances visit www.acballet.org or call 609-804-1995 for more information.

Seton Hall University Professor Honored By The American College Of Healthcare Executives

Terrence F. Cahill of Beachwood, NJ received the American College of Healthcare Executives Senior-Level Healthcare Executive New Jersey Regent’s Award recently at the ACHE Annual Breakfast meeting. Cahill is Chair and Associate Professor, Graduate Programs in Health Sciences at Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ and is board certified in healthcare management as an ACHE Fellow.

The Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award recognizes ACHE affiliates who are experienced in the field and have significantly contributed toward the advancement of healthcare management excellence and the achievement of the goals of ACHE. The award was bestowed on Cahill by Daniel Messina, ACHE’s Regent for New Jersey and Chief Operating Officer, CentraState Healthcare System, Freehold, NJ.

Affiliates are evaluated on leadership ability, innovative and creative management, executive capability in developing their own organization and promoting its growth and stature in the community, contributions to the development of others in the healthcare profession, leadership in local, state, or provincial hospital and health association activities, participation in civic/community activities and projects, and participation in ACHE activities and interest in assisting ACHE in achieving its objectives.

Cahill has been a member of the Seton Hall faculty since 2006 and was appointed Chair in 2011.  His scholarship is focused on healthcare senior leadership topics and generational issues.  Before pursuing an academic career, he served 25 years in a variety of executive roles in the health care and insurance industries, including COO and CEO of a hospital, Senior VP for a hospital sponsored regional managed-care organization and Regional VP for a national insurer.

Cahill is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program of George Washington University, receiving his EdD in Human and Organizational Learning. He also holds graduate degrees from Rutgers University (MPA), Wilfrid Laurier University (MSW), and, St. Paul’s College (AB, Philosophy).  He has board certified healthcare management status (FACHE) in the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is the immediate past ACHE NJ Regent.

 

ABOUT SETON HALL UNIVERSITY

One of the country’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall University has been a catalyst for leadership — developing students in mind, heart and spirit — since 1856.  Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 80 rigorous majors, Seton Hall’s academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, US News & World Report and Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

Seton Hall, which embraces students of all religions, prepares its graduates to be exemplary servant leaders and caring global citizens. Its attractive main campus is located in suburban South Orange, New Jersey, and is only 14 miles by train, bus or car to New York City, offering a wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities. The university’s nationally recognized School of Law is prominently located in downtown Newark.

For more information, visit www.shu.edu.

ABOUT THE SCHOOL OF HEALTH AND MEDICAL SCIENCES AT SETON HALL UNIVERSITY

In response to society’s rapidly-changing healthcare needs, the School of Health and Medical Sciences combines the expertise of Seton Hall University with the resources of affiliate hospitals and clinical sites to provide exemplary academic and clinical training in two distinct divisions: graduate education in health sciences and post-medical school residencies and fellowships. The School’s emphasis on interprofessional education prepares healthcare leaders of tomorrow to focus on patient-centered care and to make a difference in patients’ lives and their communities.

ABOUT AMERICAN COLLEGE OF HEALTHCARE EXECUTIVES

The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of 46,000 healthcare executives who lead our nation’s hospitals, healthcare systems, and other healthcare organizations. ACHE is known for its prestigious credentialing and educational programs and its annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership, which draws more than 4,000 participants each year. ACHE is also known for its journal, the Journal of Healthcare Management, and magazine, Healthcare Executive, as well as ground-breaking research and career development and public policy programs. ACHE’s publishing division, Health Administration Press, is one of the largest publishers of books and journals on all aspects of health services management in addition to textbooks for use in college and university courses. Through such efforts, ACHE works toward its goal of being the premier professional society for healthcare leaders by providing exceptional value to its affiliates.

5 Misconceptions About Sandy Funding

Setting the Record Straight On Five Common Misconceptions About How Sandy Funding Is Distributed

CLAIM: Low And Moderate Income Residents And Renters Have Not Been Given Enough Priority.
THE FACTS: Over Two-Thirds Of Housing Funding Out The Door Or In the Pipeline So Far Has Gone To Low And Moderate Income Families.
• 71.6 percent of housing funding out the door or in the pipeline has been awarded to low and moderate income (LMI)
families. These families are defined as those with income less than 80 percent of an area’s median income.
o Every single eligible LMI applicant to the Resettlement program, which provides a $10,000 grant to help
Sandy-impacted families offset costs during rebuilding, received an award.
• The Christie Administration plans to use half of the $1.463 billion in second round CDBG-DR funding – $735 million –
to help homeowners and renters repair and rebuild with a continued emphasis on low and moderate income families.
o $245 million of this funding will be made available specifically for affordable housing programs through rental
assistance and special needs assistance programs.
CLAIM: The Administration Has Not Reached Out To Low And Moderate-Income Residents To Inform Them About Available Funding.
THE FACTS: There Has Been Significant Outreach To Low And Moderate-Income Families Impacted By Sandy.
• The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) walked door to door in low and moderate-income neighborhoods affected
by Sandy in north, central and south Jersey.
• The agency posted flyers and left door hangers at homes and community centers in such Sandy-impacted towns as
Atlantic City, Little Egg Harbor Township, Union Beach and Keansburg.
• During the program’s two-month application period, DCA heavily advertised the RREM and Resettlement programs in
newspapers and on radio stations, including minority and Spanish-language outlets that reach low- and moderateincome
households.
• DCA also reached out to organizations that assist low and moderate-income families such as food banks, Catholic
Charities, the Arc groups, United Way, Legal Services of New Jersey, and the Salvation Army among many others.
• The Christie Administration has consistently coordinated with mayors and community leaders to ensure that their
constituents know about the programs available to them.
This outreach led to more than 7,300 LMI households applying for and receiving a Resettlement grant and nearly 3,700 LMI
households applying for and preliminarily approved for a RREM grant.
CLAIM: The Christie Administration Is Using Sandy-Related Funding To Build Affordable Housing
Projects In Areas Without Need.
THE FACTS: Affordable Rental Housing Projects Have Been Approved Across The Nine Most-Impacted Counties In Accordance With New Jersey’s Community Development Block Grant Action Plan As Approved By The Obama Administration.
• These projects, selected through a transparent application process, will rapidly increase the supply of affordable
housing stock in the nine most impacted counties. The housing will benefit low-to-moderate income renters while
ensuring that funds are spent within two years, a federal reconstruction requirement.
• The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency scores and ranks applications to the Sandy large multi-family
housing program using the same system it has utilized for decades in financing affordable housing developments. The
HMFA board selects projects during open public meetings where every project is debated and voted on.
• Projects must be “shovel-ready” so construction can begin quickly and the two-year spend down requirement can be
satisfied. Developers with “shovel-ready” projects need to proactively apply for these Sandy recovery funds.
The State projects that, with the first round of CDBG funds, the Sandy large multi-family housing program will create
approximately 2,500 units of affordable housing. Across all Sandy-related renter and affordable housing programs, the State
anticipates that approximately 7,000 new affordable housing units statewide will be created over the next two years.
CLAIM: An Individual’s Race Is a Factor In the Application Process.
THE FACTS: Race And Ethnicity Are Not Considered In The Grant Awards Process. DCA Staff Members Who Evaluate Applications And Determine Eligibility Have No Visibility Into An Applicant’s Race.
• Department Of Community Affairs Commissioner Richard Constable: “To be absolutely clear, eligibility and
qualification for the housing recovery programs were approved by the Obama Administration, are objectively based,
and do not take race or ethnicity into account in any way whatsoever.”
CLAIM: The Distribution Of Recovery Funding Has Lacked Sufficient Oversight.
THE FACTS: The Christie Administration Has Taken Aggressive Action To Ensure Proper Accountability And Transparency With The Obama Administration Saying They Are “Confident” In Sandy Oversight.
• Governor Christie signed Executive Order 125 which requires that all state-level recovery and rebuilding contracts and
procurements must be pre-approved by the State Comptroller. It also puts Accountability Officers in every state
department dealing with Sandy aid.
o All Sandy-related contracts are available for public review on the State Comptroller’s website:
www.nj.gov/comptroller/sandytransparency/
• The Obama Administration, through the Department of Housing & Urban Development, has continually monitored and
reviewed Sandy-related contracts, programs and expenditures since funding was first made available to New Jersey.
o DCA is required to submit quarterly reports to HUD to show how it is spending Sandy Recovery dollars, which
are available on DCA’s website: www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/sandyrecovery/action/
o Sandy funding has consistently been coordinated with relevant federal agencies including HUD, FEMA, the
Departments of Transportation and Health & Human Services, the Army Corps of Engineers and EPA.
• The Christie Administration has worked to implement the bipartisan integrity monitor legislation passed by the
legislature. The selection of monitors has been done in an open, competitively-bid, and fully transparent manner.
Obama HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan: “So, what I will tell you is, could it be going faster? Yes. Are we doing everything we
can to cut red tape? Absolutely. But I am confident that we are monitoring this money closely.”(MSNBC’s “All In,” 1/29/14

Celebrate the Spirit of the Irish

The shore during the month of March is the perfect time to celebrate art, culture, nature and spirit of the Irish. Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce is proud to promote these special events that will add warmth and joy to your winter visit to the heart of the Jersey Shore.

March 1 at 9am March Madness Free Throw tradition, tests kindergarten through high school students skill or luck. St Francis Community Center, Brant Beach www.stfrancislbi.org

March 1 at 2pm In partnership with Amergael the Stafford Branch of the Ocean County Library features David Emerson’s “The Shannachie of Glenndunbun Belly beg” Reserve seating for this amazing Irish Storyteller  129 Rt 9 Manahawkinwww.theoceancountylibrary.org

March 8 10-4pm Amergael Celebrates Irish Arts at Maris Stella Conference House in Harvey Cedars. The free event features step dancers, musicians, including a program the Legacy of the Irish Harp, artists, literary readings and refreshments. This non profit organization will have homemade scones and soda bread for sale. Contact 609 494-2480 for more information

Southern Ocean Birding Group presents Wings Over LBI, March 15, bring lectures and sightings and time to enjoy the beauty of the coast at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park and Long Beach Island Foundation for Arts & Science, Loveladies, LBI 10-4 p.m.www.southernoceanbirdinggroup.org

Albert Music Hall, Wells Mill Road in Waretown dedicates an evening to Irish  Music at their Saturday, March 22 Irish Night show. Doors open at 630pm with show beginning at 730. Bring fiddle or sit back and enjoy singing, music and dance in the Irish traditions. Ballyhaunis – Irish Step Dancers, Piney Blues, Church Street Revival, J&E Company and Clan Suibhne make up the evening. $5 per adult, children under 11 $1 www.alberthall.org

March 23 2 pm it Celtic Surf & Turf at the Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven A unique blend of dynamic, vibrant and memorable music that brilliantly captures Celtic music’s diverse rhythms. This cohesive band shares energetic experiences with their audiences that resonate with each member’s undeniable passion for their instrument. Their creative and confident live shows evoke the soulful and spiritual essence of Celtic, Irish, Country, Rock and Pop music. $25 www.surflight.org

Stockton College Manahawkin Instructional site has plans to debut a one man play describing the history on the Irish Potato Famine in time for St. Patrick’s Day. For more information contact Stockton at for more details. 712 East Bay Avenue, Manahawkin 609-626-3883,  manahawkin@stockton.edu

Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce also reminds you to soak up more Irish flavor at member restaurants, bakeries, taverns and shops. To find out more about this magical island and mainland go to www.visitlbiregion.com 609 494 7211, follow on social media as LBI Region or stop into visitor center year round at 265 W Ninth St Ship Bottom

Culinary Battles

In its second year being hosted by Caesars Entertainment, whether it be at Caesars Atlantic City or Caesars Palace, it’s cook or be cooked in this year’s Culinary Battles® search for America’s Supreme Asian Chef. Culinary Battles®has searched some of the country’s top cities for chefs vying for the title.

 

For the first time, live audiences are invited to participate in the three event series. The first will take place on Mar. 1 at Caesars Atlantic City, the second on Mar. 15 at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Pasadena, Calif., culminating in the ultimate showdown on Apr. 3 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Today, the list of chefs to battle it out were revealed.

 

The East Coast chef competitors hail from the top culinary cities of New York and Philadelphia. They are: Jay Cho, Chul Kee Ko of Fushimi, Dongchan Lee of Barn Joo, David Park, Jenny Wang and Luo Jiang Yong of Jane G’s Restaurant.

 

Joining the fray on the West Coast from Los Angeles are: Perry Cheung of Phorage, Chris Oh of Seoul Sausage, Kathy Nguyen of Uyen Thy Bistro, Yoya Takeshi of Hamasaku, Erwin Tjahyadi of Komodo Food and Corey Vuu of the Academy of Art Culinaire.

 

In the tradition of ancient battles, live audiences are invited to participate as only two chefs on each coast advance to the Culinary Battles® final being held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Temperatures will be hitting an all-time high and the heated debate of which coast is home to the greater Asian chefs and restaurants will be laid to rest come Apr. 3, 2014.

 

As the exclusive Culinary Battles® chef host, TV personality Chef Diane Henderiks will encourage the audience, the chefs and the judges, to find America’s Supreme Asian Chef.

 

Culinary Battles® will boast an all-star panel of judges including for Caesars Atlantic City: Chef Justin Antiorio and Barbie Marshall of Hell’s Kitchen: Season 10 (FOX) and legendary Master Chef, Joseph Poon. For the Los Angeles battle at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts: Serious Eats contributor Damon Gambuto, celebrity chef Jet Tila, Le Cordon Bleu lead instructor Jeff Jimenez and executive chef for David Myers’ Hinoki & The Bird Kuniko Yagi.

 

“Never before has an entertainment giant such as Caesars acknowledged the Asian community, culture and cuisine in this manner,” states Master Chef Joseph Poon. “Asian cuisine has so many flavors and varieties that have yet to be uncovered by the American public. Culinary Battles® is the perfect platform to better expose Asian culture to all audiences.”

 

Culinary Battles® was created in partnership with Caesars Entertainment to raise awareness of Asian culture and give back to the community through an innovative recognition program. Culinary Battles® seeks chefs that demonstrate an innovative approach to traditional Asian dishes and most importantly, capture the richness and diversity of Asian culture and cuisine.

 

“We are always looking for new ways to provide top-notch entertainment to our guests,” says Phillip Auerbach, Caesars Entertainment Senior Vice President of Hospitality & Entertainment Marketing. “These action-packed cooking competitions are a great way to celebrate diverse cultures, while feeding our country’s hunger for Asian cuisine.”

 

Which coast do you represent and who will you be fighting for at the adrenaline-pumping finale, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia?Food fans can cheer on their favorite competing chefs or shout out the unsung culinary heroes of their city by tagging their tweets, check-ins, and photos with #culinarybattles. Share your enthusiasm by following Culinary Battles® on Twitter and Facebook. Show your support of your favorite restaurants and chefs. Posts, tweets and shout outs highly encouraged.

 

To be a member of the live audience at Culinary Battles® you can join us in:

East Coast:  Atlantic City Regional – Mar. 1, 2014 at Caesars Atlantic City

West Coast: Los Angeles Regional – Mar. 15, 2014 at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Pasadena, CA

Las Vegas Finale – Apr. 26, 2014 at Caesars Palace Las Vegas

 

For more information on Culinary Battles®, please visit www.culinarybattles.com.

 

Caesars Entertainment Corporation

Caesars Entertainment Corporation is the world’s most diversified casino-entertainment company. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, more than 75 years ago, Caesars has grown through development of new resorts, expansions and acquisitions and now operates casinos on four continents. The company’s resorts operate primarily under the Caesars®, Harrah’s® and Horseshoe® brand names. Caesars also owns the London Clubs International family of casinos. Caesars is focused on building loyalty and value with its guests through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership. We are committed to environmental sustainability and energy conservation and recognize the importance of being a responsible steward of the environment. For more information, please visit www.caesars.com.