Students benefit from annual culinary fundraiser and see a bright opportunity ahead in kitchens
By Francine Cohen
On this Independence Day 2012 we want to share with you a heartwarming story of independence creating a bright future for our industry, as seen through the lens of the C-CAP benefit which took place a few months ago. This year’s annual gala, the most successful in C-CAP’s history, raised over $900,000, thereby creating real opportunities for a whole new crop of budding chefs.
The annual C-CAP (www.ccapinc.org) gala at Pier Sixty (www.piersixty.com) was the back drop for more than 800 guests who enjoyed an evening of signature dishes presented by 38 of New York’s top chefs with wine donated by The Charmer Sunbelt Group (www.charmer-sunbelt.com). Over 60 New York City C-CAP high school culinary students and graduates assisted the chefs of these renowned restaurants. “This walk-around tasting event raised funds to support C-CAP’s mission of providing scholarships, education, and career opportunities in the culinary arts to underserved youth who are interested in pursuing careers in the restaurant and foodservice industry,” says C-CAP’s president, Susan Robbins. “For more than 20 years, we have been breaking the cycle of poverty for hundreds of qualified students across the country. We continue to manage the largest independent scholarship program and have awarded over $34 million in scholarships.”
Dreams of working in restaurant kitchens come to life for so many disadvantaged youths thanks to Careers for Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP). Started 22 years ago by Richard Grausman as a small local non-profit, C-CAP has grown into a major nationwide program providing support for thousands of youths wishing to enter into the exciting field of the Culinary Arts. Last year alone, C-CAP impacted the lives of over 12,000 students in 164 schools through training, career service and scholarships.
The scholarship pool grew deeper at the 2012 gala which honored Michael McCarty, Proprietor of Michael’s NY (www.michaelsnewyork.com) and Michael’s Santa Monica (www.michaelssantamonica.com). “This year, C-CAP was thrilled to honor restaurateur, art collector, entrepreneur, vintner, and Continue Reading…