The last time we attended the annual Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) it was February 2019, and the world felt sane. It seemed like all the movers and shakers of the New York City restaurant industry were in a jubilant mood filling the room at Chelsea Piers, happy to support a valued cause to further the education of young high school students preparing for careers in food service.
And, then the world was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We all know what happened next. Businesses were closed. Workers were laid off. Restaurants suffered. Plans canceled. Even more sadly, too many people died, including members of our community and their loved ones.
So, seeing C-CAP moving forward Monday, April 11, 2022, with its fundraiser once more, feels like a positive sign for recovery. Hosted by C-CAP’s longtime co-chair, Chef Marcus Samuelsson, the fundraiser will honor Carlton McCoy, MS, CEO of Heitz Cellars and Managing Partner of Demeine Estates, who is a C-CAP alumnus. McCoy is also a founder of the Roots Fund, host of CNN’s “Nomad with Carlton McCoy,” and a C-CAP alum. The evening will take place at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan, from 5:45-9:30 p.m.
Also included that night will be a who’s who chefs cooking up signature dishes at this taste around reception, including Dhamaka’s Chintan Pandya, Zou Zou’s Maddie Sperling, Ci Siamo’s Hillary Sperling, and Dirt Candy’s Amanda Cohen. During the benefit, attendees also will be able to bid on an exciting online auction. (A virtual ticket option will also be available, which will come with a pint of Mikey’s Ice Cream, another C-CAP alum product.)
Since its founding by culinary educator Richard Grausman, C-CCAP has worked with 20,000 middle and high school students in over 160 schools, teaching them job skills and life skills to help pave the way for their future.
If you are in the New York City area, consider attending. Otherwise, consider supporting. It is a cause that impacts many young people throughout the nation.
For information, sponsorship and event tickets visit: www.ccapinc.org/events
C-CAP, its students, friends and supporters thank the evening’s sponsors: The Richard Grausman Family, The Rosenblatt Family, Tim and Nina Zagat, the Ann B. Zekauskas Family Foundation, Filippo Berio, Audrey and Danny Meyer, Sharon Sager, Susan West, Charles Merinoff, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, The Timothy & Michele Barakett Foundation and King Arthur Flour.