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EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Sal’s Café in Somers Point took top honors for its New England Clam Chowder at Atlantic Christian School’s Bowls of Hope Soup-Tasting Benefit on Feb. 4 in the school’s gymnasium. Sal’s Café was selected to receive both the “Golden Spoon Award” and the “Chef’s Souper Soup Award” out of the 15 restaurants who participated in the event.

Close to 400 people enjoyed sampling a variety of delicious soups and voting for their top pick to receive the “Golden Spoon Award.”

Acclaimed Chef Joseph Massaglia, owner of Mama Mia’s Ristorante in Seaville and host of the weekly Saturday morning radio show “Table for Two” on WOND 1400 AM, tasted the soups from each of the participants and also selected Sal’s Café for the “Chef’s Souper Soup Award.” Gregory’s Bar and Restaurant in Somers Point placed a close second in the “Golden Spoon Award” with its She Crab Bisque. El Coyote in Galloway was the runner-up for Chef Massaglia’s “Souper Soup Award” with its Fiesta Clam Chowder.

Proceeds from the Bowls of Hope are benefiting the educational programs at Atlantic Christian School and the Atlantic City Rescue Mission.

In addition, a canned food drive spearheaded by the student members of the National Honor Society collected more than 260 cans of soup and other non-perishable food items for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Southern Branch. Atlantic Christian Upper School Principal Susan Smith met with Colette Kraus, Food Sourcing coordinator for the FoodBank, after the Bowls of Hope to deliver the donation that weighed in at more than 350 pounds.

“We were thrilled to see so many families and friends come together to support our school and two outstanding local charities that are helping the homeless and needy in our community,” said Chief School Administrator Karen Oblen. “We are very grateful to the participating restaurants that donated the soups and for the support from other community partners that helped make Bowls of Hope a success.”

Atlantic Christian gratefully acknowledges: the Academy of Culinary Arts; Barrels; Brick House Pub & Grille; Carluccio’s; Celina’s Café; El Coyote, Egg Harbor Township; El Coyote, Galloway; Formica Brothers Bakery; Greate Bay Country Club; Gregory’s Bar & Restaurant; Island Shore Chinese Restaurant; “Off the Press” radio show, hosted by Scott Cronick, on WOND 1400 AM; Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse; Sadia’s Tea & Coffee; Sal’s Café; Sofia; Steve & Cookies; Sturdy Savings Bank; Thirsty Soul Band; and Towne & Country Restaurant.

Atlantic Christian sponsored its first Bowls of Hope event in 2013 and the proceeds benefited local charities involved in Hurricane Sandy Relief.

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