You are the owner of this article.

New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association Recognizes Cape Resorts’ Curtis Bashaw for Culinary Excellence

CAPE MAY — The New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association named Curtis Bashaw, owner of industry leader Cape Resorts, the winner of its 2018 Gold Plate Award.

Cited for contributions to the industry and his community, Bashaw will accept the award at the organization’s 38th annual gala Dec. 3 at Caesars Atlantic City Hotel & Casino.

Bashaw has been a stalwart in South Jersey hospitality for nearly four decades. His company, Cape Resorts, operates a collection of classic hotels, award-winning restaurants, unique shops and Beach Plum Farm, a 62-acre farm that provides its restaurants with produce and meats. About 73,000 guests stay at one of Cape Resorts’ eight local properties, and 450,000 people dine at one of its five restaurants annually.

“This award to Curtis is long overdue,” said association President Marilou Halvorsen. “For many years, he has been a driving force in transforming South Jersey’s hospitality landscape and continues to elevate its stature as a top culinary destination.

“Curtis has a long-range vision for Cape May’s culinary future. He employs many of the next generation of local hospitality talent. He also promotes sustainable farming in West Cape May, where many of his farm-to-table offerings are home-grown.”

Cape Resorts’ properties consistently garner top restaurant honors. Most recently, Wine Spectator bestowed its 2017 Award of Excellence on The Ebbitt Room at the Virginia Hotel. THRILLIST named the Rusty Nail at the Beach Shack one of the Top Beach Bars in the Country; and New Jersey Monthly’s 25th Annual Readers' Choice Awards recognized the Blue Pig Tavern at Congress Hall for Best Lunch in South Jersey, the Ebbitt Room for Best Romantic Dining, and the Brown Room at Congress Hall for Best Bar Scene.

“I am pleased and honored to have played a part in South Jersey’s emergence as a culinary center,” Bashaw said. “Cape May has an incredibly talented culinary community that has given people yet another reason to visit, and it has been tremendously rewarding for me to work alongside so many truly amazing colleagues.”

The hospitality group also embraces community service. Each year, it donates services to dozens of civic groups, schools and youth organizations to help them fundraise for needed projects. It also stages many community events that are free to the public.

Bashaw has been active on numerous local and state boards and committees over his career, championing such issues as city planning, economic development and arts and education. He also founded and serves as president of The Fund for Cape May, a volunteer group formed to preserve and beautify Cape May and foster citizenship initiatives, resulting, most recently, in the renovation of Rotary Park.

Editorial Administrative Assistant

Started working with the Press in the Circulation Department in 2006 and moved to Editorial in 2008. Previously worked in Circulation and Advertising at the Asbury Park Press.

Load comments



Submit all material to


  • Include the complete name of the group, school or other organization; where it’s located and what area it serves; the name and title, if applicable, of the person submitting the information; a person to contact with questions and whether the contact is only for us or for the public as well.
  • Information should be formatted as little as possible, without tabs or tables.
  • Photos should be high-resolution and emailed as an attachment. Include the names of the people in the photos and, if applicable, any relevant titles or relationships. Indicate how to determine who is who, such as “front row, from left.”


  • Take a picture when you travel of you or your group with one of our weeklies. Send us the picture with names, hometowns and the name of the place you visited.


  • Letters must be fewer than 400 words and received by 9 a.m. Monday for publication the same week.


  • Information to be included in event or trip listings must be submitted online at Scroll down to where it says “Submit an event.” Click on “Go to Form.”
  • You are required to sign in using a username and password. If you have previously made an account, log in using the username and password you created. If you have NOT previously made an account with us, click on “Register Here” (under the Sign In button).
  • Once you have created a username and password, you will be taken to the calendar form. Fill out the form with the relevant information. Please remember that less is best for calendar listings. Note: If you include a website, it must be the full address. For example,, not