Careers Through Culinary Arts Program - New York

New York, March 9, 2005?The seventh annual Careers through Culinary Arts Program?s (C-CAP) A Preview of Spring Dining tasting event raised $525,000 for the charitable organization that provides foodservice career opportunities for underserved youth. C-CAP manages the largest independent culinary scholarship program in the United States, awarding over $2,000,000 annually.

Charlie Palmer, Rick Smilow, Maurice DuBois, Richard Grausman, Peter Boyle, Tim Zagat, Chuck Scarborough, Stanley

The event was held at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan on Monday, February 28, and featured nearly 40 of New York City?s top-rated restaurants presenting savories and sweets from the Chefs? new spring menus to more than 600 guests. The bite-sized samples ranged from foie gras, oysters, and roasted duck breast, to key lime cheese cake, pineapple coconut tart, and strawberry-hibiscus soup. 

Aquavit staff

The evening?s festivities also included a silent auction with 30 items to bid on, including once-in-a-lifetime culinary and travel packages. A live auction included A Night Out With Tim and Nina Zagat--two people will be escorted by the Zagats in their private limousine for a custom restaurant tour to 25 top-rated New York City restaurants, followed by dinner at the restaurant of their choice.

People with a cause

Peter Boyle, the irascible dad on CBS?s Everybody Loves Raymond, was the Master of Ceremonies. New York City?s favorite Swedish chef Marcus Samuelsson of Aquavit and Riingo restaurants served as Chef Committee Chair.  The event was chaired by Deborah and Rick Smilow, Institute of Culinary Education, with vice-chairs Barbara and Donald Tober, Sugar Foods, and Susan and Richard Grausman, founders of C-CAP.

Chef Charlie Palmer Honored

Chef Charlie Palmer was honored for his unique contribution to the industry and his support of C-CAP?s mission to nurture and train the next generation of culinary professionals.

The Benefit featured celebrity chefs from restaurants including Aureole, Daniel, Gotham Bar & Grill, Gramercy Tavern, Nobu, Olives, and Union Square Cafe.

The event showcased the talent of three C-CAP Graduate Chefs including Amar Santana, Sous Chef at Aureole, Rachel Lansang, Sous Pastry Chef at Aureole, and Alfred Stephens, Corporate Pastry Chef at Olives.  More than 60 New York City high school students assisted the chefs at the event.

This year?s platinum sponsors were The Institute of Culinary Education, Knorr and Zabar?s.


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