C-Cap Sweet & Savory Spectacular Review – A Food and Spirit Celebration to Benefit the C-CAP Los Angeles Scholarship Program

Careers through Culinary Arts Program’s (C-CAP) Sweet & Savory Spectacular took place this past Sunday bringing together some of the best restaurants in Los Angeles along with craft beer and wine and spirits to help raise funds for the C-CAP Los Angeles Scholarship Program for At-Risk Youth. Honorary co-chairs were pastry chef, Sherry Yard, and chef and restaurateur, Suzanne Goin for the event held at the Art Institute of California Los Angeles.

Chef Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes

The food was endless and amazing, as each restaurant seemed to top each other with the dishes they prepared. West Coast Prime Meats had a juicy Angus slider that had guests lined up, Pinks was serving up their gigantic hot dogs will all of the fixings to create whatever you liked. Some of the other great restaurants included; 9021PHO, Boneyard Bistro, Tavern Los Angeles, Marino Ristorante, DOMA Restaurant and Jar just to name a few!

Barbara Lazaroff

Hopefully guests saved room for dessert as the lineup of sweet treats was amazing. Duf Goldman and his famous Charm City Cakes West was serving up their unique desserts and guests could top them off with a number of ingredients to help create their own dessert. Sweet Crush serves up a shaved ice cream that is light and flavorful and after eating all of the food that you could on this day, this was the perfect treat to finish your day off. There was also a table that was filled with items that were all edible, all chocolate and all tasty from Robin Art Chocolate.

Chef Jet Tila with his family along with Steve Yamin (R)

Sweet Crush

The food was enjoyed by all, but just as big of a hit was the VIP lounge that included a number of great wineries, craft beers and gourmet pretzels from Rocken Wagner in Brentwood. Ginger beer has suddenly become quite popular with the refreshing flavor and Crabbie’s Ginger beer would certainly have to be one of the best around as guests were able to sample their original and the orange spiced version.

West Coast Prime Meats

Greenbar Craft Distillery

This amazing afternoon was not only filled with spectacular food and drinks, but guests were also treated to the Sweet & Savory Chef’s Challenge - a "Chopped" style cooking competition where C-CAP graduates competed to showcase their talents and test their skills, speed and creativity. Judges Barbara Fairchild, Editor of Real Eats, Sherry Yard of Helms Bakery, Kimmy Tang of 9021Pho, Miki Hackney of Melissa’s World Variety Produce and KABC’s chef personality, Jamie Gwen chose the winners. The day was also filled with a variety of classes to further the culinary skills of everyone in attendance.

Certified Tea Mast Chef Larry Canepa

Among the classes were a one-hour Thanksgiving recipe cooking class by Chef Jamie Gwen, Chef Farhana Sahibzada was demonstrating how to created her Indian Vegetarian Street dishes. For the wine connoisseurs at the event Mark Abraham of Pedroncelli Vineyards and Kyle Meyer and Tristen Beamon of Best Wines put on classes to provide insight into the world of wine. Finally Certified Tea Master Chef Larry Canepa brought to life all the intricacies of tea in his Tea ‘ching class. Larry not only took guests through the differences in a wide assortment of teas and all of the benefits of each one, but he also demonstrated how to create the perfect pot of tea so that you get the perfect flavor every time you brew tea. One of the most interesting tips Larry provided was how to enjoy a cup of tea without all of the caffeine by washing your tea leaves for one minute and then pouring off that brew. All of these classes were a big hit with guests and made for a unique experience that you don’t often get to be part of.

Steve Yamin and ‎Monica Lengkong

Finally guests had the chance to help raise money through a silent auction that featured some really incredible auction items. Guests were able to bid on Disneyland tickets, an assortment of luxurious Los Angeles hotels, dinners at restaurants such as Spago, a Sunday brunch for four at Del Rey Yacht Club, a $2,000 wood fire dinner with Sherry Ward and Donald Wressell, a Nespresso coffee machine and Barbara Lazaroff provided her stunning limited edition Flame of Life dinnerware for the silent auction. This vibrant and colorful dinnerware is available on Amazon and a portion of the proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels as well as other non-profits that Barbara supports.

A great silent auction

“We awarded nearly $600,000 in scholarships at last year’s 19th annual C-CAP LA Awards Breakfast,” said C-CAP Los Angeles Program Director, Mitzie Cutler. “We hope this year’s support will be as or more successful; allowing us to continue our programs, which also include job training, internships, college and career advising.”

Caviar Petrossian Paris

C-Cap students showing off their baking skills

About C-CAP Los Angeles: A national non-profit that prepares at-risk high school students for college and careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry. For the past 25 years, C-CAP has provided job training and internships, scholarships, teacher training, cooking competitions, college and career advising and product and equipment donations. In the 2013-14 academic year it served over 17,500 students in 160 high schools and awarded almost 200 scholarships totaling over $3 million. Through C-CAP’s efforts, a large percentage of its students find rewarding careers in the foodservice and hospitality industry. In Los Angeles, C-CAP was able to work with 3,000 students in 25 schools and award nearly $600,000 in scholarships in the 2013-2014 academic year. For more information, visit C-Cap.

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