The Connected Table at Sante Magazine Vol. 26 No. 04

Support Careers through Culinary Arts Program-NYC Fundraiser


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.

C-CAP Founder Richard Grausman with Carlon McCoy, MS, CEO Heitz Cellars at the February 2020 fundraiser.
McCoy is the 2022 Honoree
Credit: Melanie Young

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:

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.

C-CAP Co-Chair Marcus Samuelsson with student chefs at the 2020 fundraiser in New York City
Credit: C-CAP (also featured image)

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An engaging speaker and writer, Melanie Young hosts the weekly national radio shows, The Connected Table Live, featuring conversations with global thought leaders in wine, food, spirits and hospitality (a Feedspot Top 10 Food & Drink Podcasts for 2021), and Fearless Fabulous You, a lifestyle show for and about women (both on iHeart and more than 30 other podcast platforms). Young has contributed articles on wine, spirits, food, and culinary travel to Wine Enthusiast, Seven Fifty Daily, Wine4Food and Jewish Week. She is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier International, Wine Media Guild, and Women of the Vine & Spirits. Young’s former marketing and events agency, M Young Communications, worked with global wine, food organizations, publishing companies and nonprofits. She had an integral role in the creation, launch and management of The James Beard Foundation Awards, New York Restaurant Week, and Windows of Hope Family Relief Fund (2001) which raised funds to provide for the families of restaurant workers killed in the September 11th terrorist attacks. Instagram @theconnectedtable

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