Hard Work Pays off for Hampton Roads, Virginia and Los Angeles C-CAP Students

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Last month, 18 high school seniors faced off in the kitchen of Stratford University’s Virginia Beach Campus for the C-CAP Competition for Scholarships. Students were evaluated on knife skills, techniques in the kitchen, sanitary food handling, taste, timeliness, and dish presentation by our fabulous expert judges:

Chef Anthony Frank, The Williamsburg Lodge & The Woodlands Conference Center

Chef Jesse Wykle, Zoës

Chef Rick Brooks, The Williamsburg Foundation Bakeshop

Chef Kisha Frazier, Hummingbird Macarons & Desserts

Susan Robbins, C-CAP President

Days later, C-CAP Hampton Roads Director Tammy Jaxtheimer and C-CAP President Susan Robbins awarded $458,000 in scholarships and awards at the Awards Breakfast held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

The Hampton Roads scholarship winners are:

Ashanti Brown, Erin Brown, Margaret DeMarco, Brandon Hinton, Kyron Holloman, Sabrina Holt, Emmanuel Irineo, Jaianna Johnson, Kristina Johnson, Carson Moreland, Mattie Owens, Brock Perque, Brittney Richards, Charles Rohlfing, Grayson Spafford, Phajja Stevenson, Kayla Torrey, and Summer Trzcinski.

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The next week in Los Angeles, 28 high school seniors from the C-CAP Los Angeles Program competed at the Culinary Arts Institute on the campus of Los Angeles Mission College. The illustrious judges were:

Barbara Fairchild, Real Eats

Diane Mohilef, A Day in the Kitchen

Yoko Newburg, C-CAP LA Advisory Board member

Chef Andrew Feldman, Glendale Community College

Chef Jesse Sanchez, LA Mission College

Chef Jason McClain, Jonathan Club

Chef Celestino Drago, Drago Centro

Chef Roger Pigozzi, UCLA Dining Services

Chef Raymond Alvarez, Toca Madera

Chef Aaron Robbins, Boneyard Bistro

Chef Jeff Palmer, Balwin Park Adult Food Service & Hospitality

Salvador Avila, C-CAP Graduate

Nicole Raleigh, C-CAP Graduate

Richard Grausman, C-CAP Founder and Chairman

Susan Robbins, C-CAP President

Three days later, C-CAP Los Angeles Program Director Mitzie Cutler was joined by C-CAP Founder and Chairman Richard Grausman, and C-CAP President Susan Robbins to award over $600,000 in scholarships and cash awards. Attendees of the Awards Breakfast at the Montage Beverly Hills were treated to a speech by Celebrity Chef Jamie Gwen, cookbook author and KABC Radio talk show host.

The Los Angeles scholarship winners are:

Krista Mae Alpuerto, Silvino Bernal, Mecca Butler, Isabel Castro, Hannah Chang, Hector Corrales, Devan Davis, Ana Delgado, Mitzy Delgado, Manuel Flores, Jose Gordillo, Kyreanna Griffen, Juan Guzman, Edgar Hernandez, Erik Ildefonzo, Austen Lake, Joshua Mackey, Jaylee Mauricio, Cindy Mendoza, Lexie Mendoza, Alice Mo, Darlington Morti, Jose Ponce, Caesar Quintana, Ryan Riba, Rosario Rios, Marvin Terraza, and Mark Torres.

Through these awards, C-CAP students will be attending a range of post-secondary institutions including The Culinary Institute of America, Johnson and Wales University, Monroe College, Stratford University, The Culinary Institute of Virginia, the International Culinary Center (CA), Le Cordon Bleu, and Westlake Culinary Institute.

HUGE thanks, as always, to the universities, individuals, and organizations that support C-CAP—we couldn’t do this without your generosity!

To our senior scholarship recipients—we’re excited to see what you’ll accomplish! Don’t forget – “once you’re in C-CAP, you’re in C-CAP for life!”

Stay tuned!

Los Angeles Gives Back at Mélisse

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Los Angeles Gives Back

What Success Looks Like to Us

Friday, April 24th, 2015

NY Awards Breakfast

On April 2nd, 21 dedicated high school students gathered in the kitchen of the International Culinary Center and faced off in a sweet and savory competition of epic proportions— the C-CAP Competition for Scholarships. Students were evaluated on knife skills, techniques in the kitchen, sanitary food handling, taste, timeliness, and dish presentation by our esteemed judges:

Chef Candy Argondizza, International Culinary Center

Chef Aaron Bludorn, Café Boulud

Chef Swainson Brown, Private Chef, C-CAP Alum

Chef Michael DeCicco, Bouchon Bakery

Pastry Chef Stephanie Grajales, Ritz-Carlton Central Park, C-CAP Alum

Chef Cesar Gutierrez, Lexington Brass, C-CAP Alum

Chef Matt Hoyle, Nobu 57

Chef Maria Loi, Loi Estiatorio

Chef Mike Poiarkoff, Vinegar Hill House

Pastry Chef Mame Sow, The Cecil

Chef Ivy Stark, Dos Caminos

Richard Grausman, C-CAP Founder and Chairman

Susan Robbins, C-CAP President

On April 17th at the Pierre Hotel, C-CAP Founder and Chairman Richard Grausman, C-CAP President Susan Robbins, and C-CAP New York Culinary Coordinator Anna Boisture presented a record-breaking $750,000 in scholarships and awards to 21 high school seniors and 8 alumni at the C-CAP New York Awards Breakfast. Featured guests and speakers included NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and Executive Chef of Café Boulud, Aaron Bludorn.

Through these awards, C-CAP students will be attending a range of post-secondary institutions including Monroe College, Culinary Institute of America, Drexel University, the Institute of Culinary Education, the International Culinary Center, and Johnson & Wales University, New York City College of Technology, and The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College.

To the schools, organizations, and individuals who donate—we couldn’t do this without your very generous support!

To our senior scholarship recipients: Darwin Acosta, Emily Caraballo. Amia Chase, Araina Chase, Mimi Chen, Leon Joshua Delos Reyes, Cierra Diaz, Daniel Goodridge, Victoria Helwig, Sarah Lau, Kristopher Lopez, Luis Mendez, Alissa Merino, Vanessa Munoz, Soledad Navarrete, Amanda Norris, Grismeldi Ortiz, Emily Tepoz, Giovanni Angel Torres, Kristen Tsui, and Raymond Zumba—

We cannot wait to see what you will accomplish next! Best of luck in college and remember, “once you’re in C-CAP, you’re in C-CAP for life!”

To our amazing alumni scholarship recipients: Kayla Gore, Stephanie Grajales, Rachel Lansang-Hidalgo, Yvan Lemoine, Saïd Merfouk, Yesica Salazar, Mame Sow, Ja-Laurel Torres, and Patrice Vassel—

You continue to make us proud. We can’t wait to see what comes next in your careers!

In other news: Did you see?

Thiago wins Chopped

And finally, because we weren’t already in danger of bursting with pride, we are thrilled to share that Chef Thiago Silva, C-CAP Alum, Mentor, and Executive Pastry Chef at EMM Group, won this week’s episode of Chopped! Keep an eye out for rebroadcasts of his episode, entitled “The Fabulous Baker Boys!” Congratulations, Thiago!

Next up: Final Competitions and Awards Breakfasts in Philadelphia and Chicago.

Stay tuned!

Dreams, Tears, and Awards in Arizona and the Washington D.C. Region

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Last month, 31 high school seniors representing 50 Arizona schools faced off in a sweet and savory completion, aka the C-CAP Competition for Scholarships. Students were evaluated on knife skills, techniques in the kitchen, sanitary food handling, taste, timeliness, and dish presentation by our esteemed judges:

Chef Silvana Esparza, Barrio Café, Barrio Queen

Chef Joshua Hebert, POSH Scottsdale

Chef Rick Boyer, The Phoenician

Chef Lenard Rubin, DC Ranch Country Club

Chef Alan Zeman, Rational USA

Chef Frank Caputo, Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Chef Ray Trom, Renaissance Glendale Hotel

Chef Justin Olson, Bink’s Midtown, Bink’s Scottsdale

Chef Brian Archibald, C-CAP Alum, Graduate Tempe

Chef Marcos Seville, C-CAP Alum, Montelucia Resort

Chef Cruz Perales, C-CAP Alum, Guckenheimer Corporate Dining

Chef Jelani Port, C-CAP Alum, Personal Chef, Dominick’s Restaurant

Richard Grausman, C-CAP Founder

Susan Robbins, C-CAP President

A few nail-biting days later at the C-CAP Arizona Awards Breakfast, C-CAP Arizona Director Jill Smith, C-CAP President Susan Robbins, and C-CAP Founder and Chairman Richard Grausman, presented over $625,000 in scholarships and awards to 33 high school seniors at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel. Guests were honored with speakers City of Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, C-CAP Alum Jared Porter of Clever Koi, and Justin Bethel from the Arizona Cardinals. Justin Bethel presented two $5,000 scholarships from the Dairy Council of Arizona.


And the scholarship winners from Arizona are:

Sabrina Aguilar-Torres, Victoria Andrade, Diego Bemiss, Marrec Clement, Nicolette Coughlin, Brianna Cruz-Rubago, Brittany Dettorre, Kylee Driescher, DeAndre Edgerton, Amanda Furnia, Kellyn Galvan, Vanessa Garnica, Benjamin Goldman, Mikala Grooms, Emily Hoffman, Jenna Kraus, Fiona Nicholson, Anthony Nguyen, Ellen Nguyen, Alejandro Ornelas, Austin Otteman, Elise Payne, Mia Pina, Maria Quintero, Areli Ramos, Delainey Rowland, Daniela Serrano, Courtney Smithson, Nicholas Wilson, and Melencia Yazzie

A short week later in Maryland, 20 finalists representing 11 high schools competed at the Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland. The illustrious judges were:

Chef Erin Clarke, Restaurant Casa Luca Chef Franz Corrales, C-CAP Alum, Sodexo USA at Covington and Burling, LLP

Chef David Ivey-Soto, Ana G. Mendez University System

Chef Roberto Rosario, Ana G. Mendez University System

Executive Chef Jackie Craig, Sodexo USA at Howard University Hospital

C-CAP Chef Coordinator Troy Williams, GM of Food Service at Howard University Hospital and Restaurant Owner The Spot Deli on H C-CAP Program Coordinator Yvette Williams, Restaurant Owner The Spot Deli on H

C-CAP’s President, Susan Robbins

The Washington, D.C. Region Awards Breakfast was then held at The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, where C-CAP Program Coordinators Yvette and Troy Williams and C-CAP President Susan Robbins presented over $340,000 in scholarships and awards to 20 high school seniors. The guest speaker was Jon Langel, General Manager of Bobby Van’s Steakhouse Grill. Susan Robbins was joined by Max Kuller, son of restaurant owner Mark Kuller, to present the Mark Kuller Memorial Scholarship for $5,000, Chefs Graham Bartlett and Noah Loudenback to present the Richard Sandoval Scholarship for $5,000, and with Sandi Hallmark to present the Hallmark Family Scholarship for $5,000.



And the scholarship winners from the Washington D.C. Region are:

Kenndo Batson, Desha Bennett, Mazi Bowen, Gregory Brow, Zion Buckmon, Kevin Cupido, Nathaniel Edwards, Toni Elias, Soraya Gadson, Kyra Green, Jonathan Hernandez, Todd Jenkins, Desiree Joyner, Shantel Jones, Amaya Newman, Elmer Ramirez, Rafel Rosier II, Kayla Saulsbury, Shanequa Sam, Sean Stunton, and Velarie Velasquez.

Through these awards in Arizona and the Greater Washington D.C. area, C-CAP students will be attending a range of post-secondary institutions including Art Institute, Art Institute of Washington, D.C, Art Institute of Phoenix, Art Institute of Tucson, Central Arizona College, Culinary Institute of America, Culinary Institute of Virginia, The International Culinary Center, Johnson & Wales University, Le Cordon Bleu, Monroe College, New England Culinary Institute, and Restaurant School at Walnut Hill.

To the universities, individuals and organizations that support C-CAP — we couldn’t do this without your generosity!

To our senior scholarship winners – we cannot wait to see what you will accomplish next! Best of luck in college and remember, “once you’re in C-CAP, you’re in C-CAP for life!”

Stay tuned!

We’ll Slice it Any Way You’d Like…at the Veggie Valet!

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Not much beats fresh, delicious vegetables and fruit, and there is a reason that the Uptown Farmers Market in North Central Phoenix is a cut above the rest.

On Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., the Uptown Farmers Market will now feature The Veggie Valet, where you can purchase produce from any of the market’s vendors, and then bring it to the C-CAP high school students to mince julienne, slice, or dice – at no cost!

Uptown Farmers Market

So why are C-CAP students offering this convenient and complimentary service? Two main reasons – to practice their knife skills (which is fundamental for burgeoning chefs), and to give you an opportunity to make a donation to support C-CAP at any level.

“Our Chef students need an outlet to hone their knife skills,” says Nicole DeKruyter, Culinary Coordinator for C-CAP Arizona and C-CAP Alum.

“Our Chef students need an outlet to hone their knife skills,” says Nicole DeKruyter, Culinary Coordinator for C-CAP Arizona and C-CAP Alum.

As Bo Mostow, Market Manager for Uptown Farmers Market explains, “convenience matters.” So stop by The Veggie Valet, enjoy the market, and walk away with perfectly prepped produce.  We hope you’ll support C-CAP too!

Stay tuned…

C-CAP’s March Media Madness

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Check out these links to the fabulous media attention C-CAP garnered this week thanks to our awesome alums, students, staff, and friends!

C-CAP’s Greater Washington D.C.’s Program Coordinator Yvette Williams and Culinary Coordinator Troy Williams are featured with C-CAP students in their restaurant’s new teaching kitchen in this inspiring ABC7-DC story:


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Next up, watch superstar pastry chef and C-CAP Alum Thiago Silva, recently nominated in Zagat’s 30 under 30 list, mentor C-CAP student:Thiago_30under30


Don’t miss this interview with C-CAP Alum and Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy and the Wine Editor for Food & Wine Magazine: http://www.foodandwine.com/blogs/2015/3/20/a-sommeliers-rise-to-the-cellar

And finally, here’s an awesome interview on FOX 5NY that features the Daniel Boulud Scholarship Competition that sends a C-CAP alum to Institut Paul Bocuse in Lyon for a five-week course:


Who will make headlines next week?

Stay tuned…

Homage to you, our Praiseful Posters

Saturday, March 14th, 2015


Our proverbial ears have been ringing. Thank you to all our friends and supporters who have tweeted, insta-ed, and facebooked about C-CAP’s Benefits and our work! Check out some of our favorites:


Von L. ‏‪@vonatron

Last night’s amazing ‪#CCAPBenefit! Great food from celebrated ‪@ccapinc chefs and apprentices! ‪#nom ‪#eeeeeats


Meatless Monday ‏‪@MeatlessMonday

.‪@CCAPINC Celebrates 25 Years of Transforming Lives: ‪http://ow.ly/K6I1X 


The Sea Grill ‏‪@theseagrill

Check out these great videos of our sushi experience ‪@ccapinc ‪#ccapbenefit from the fabulous ‪@KitchenTwins! ‪http://tinyurl.com/mugplbp 


CulinArt Eating ‏‪@CulinArtEating

Flashback to Tuesday night at the ‪@CCAPinc Benefit. It was amazing to raise money, enjoy delicious… ‪https://instagram.com/p/z2fFMeAXJ_/ 


Will Blunt ‪@willblunt

Fresh, clean, addictive umami bowl : ‪@BKida‘s Saffron Chirashi, LI Fluke, Kombu, Trout Roe ‪@CCAPInc ‪#CCAPBenefit


Lauren Jelencovich ‏‪@LaurenDariana

Hangin w/ one of ‪#NYC‘s finest, ‪@ChefKelvin at the ‪@ccapinc benefit! Arepa for the win! ‪@dgraus ‪@ccapFounder ‪#food



Hit it! 
@chef_thiago shows us how to ‘hit it’ at last night’s @ccapinc 2015 benefit 
#aboutlastnight #ccap @catchrestaurants #catchnyc #ccapbenefit #chocolate #cake #liquidklondike #icecream  #sweets #eatfamous #hungrygrls ‪https://instagram.com/p/zzr9TWQtSs/ 


Kitchen Twins‏‪@KitchenTwins

@sarabethsnyc ‪@sarabethbakery banana cream dessert ‪#foodieheaven ‪#delish ‪#lovetocook ‪#nyc ‪#ccapbenefit‪https://instagram.com/p/z2i5N7wcIK/ 


Maurice DuBois@mauriceduboistv

.‪@kitchentwins marcuscooks ‪@roosterharlem ‪#ccapbenefit ‪@ccapinc ‪#unbelievablefood ‪#greatcause ‪https://instagram.com/p/zylMb8w0m7/ 


PoachedNYC ‏‪@PoachedNYC

Congrats on 25 years ‪@ccapinc & to honoree ‪@smallsalexander for making culinary dreams come true for so many kids ‪http://bit.ly/1MtJ786 


Akanksha ‏‪@akankshaaga

Thank you Chef ‪@MarcusCooks for mentoring culinary students & developing future talent. ‪#CCAPbenefit

We also love this post from an Alum who volunteered at our Chicago Benefit, Culinary Futures.

I cannot express the honor and gratitude I have for Richard Grausman, CCAP – Careers through Culinary Arts Program, Nicola Copeland, Brian Hill, Chef David Blackmon, and so many others. I had the pleasure to witness the greatest students in the world. Chicago Public Schools students put together a delicious set of meals that would rival the Top Chefs in New York. Thank you all for what you do including the amazing sponsors like HIC | Harold Import Company. It was truly a “Beautiful Event”. Leslie Jones Fowler this is what your students can do. Go ‪#‎Nutrition Support Services and ‪#‎College to Careers!!! Johnson & Wales University North Miami Windy City LIVE Billy Dec Good Morning America — with Jussie Smollett and 6 others at Culinary Futures Benefit and Silent Auction for C-CAP Chicago.

What are YOU saying about our events? Let us know on twitter, instagram, and/or facebook. And keep the great posts coming!

Stay tuned…

Did You Know…And Other Fun Facts about the C-CAP Annual Benefit!

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Do you know what happens on March 3rd, 2015? If you guessed the C-CAP Annual Benefit at Chelsea Piers, a night of food, fun and friends, you would be CORRECT! But how deep does your knowledge go? Test your savviness with these fun trivia questions on one of the year’s best food events!

True or False! When you buy a VIP Ticket (or Sponsorship!), you get access to the chefs and their amazing food for 45 whole minutes before the masses arrive. And when you buy a Special VVIP ticket, you get that AND you’ll become a Greek God or Goddess with an autographed copy of Chef Maria Loi’s brand spankin’ new cookbook, The Greek Diet.  Photo 1 (1)Picture 2

picture 3True! (Mostly.) Purchase a Special VIP ticket at $1,000 by calling us at 212-974-7111 (or purchase online) for exclusive early access to the event and the cookbook. We can’t actually deify you as a Greek god or goddess, but we promise to treat you like one! (VIP tickets available at $700 and General Admission at $550 as well.)

True or False? This is only C-CAP’s 6th Annual Benefit and our first time with two honorees. 

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False! This is actually C-CAP’s 17th Annual Benefit, and this year we are also celebrating our 25th year of transforming lives through culinary arts! This is also the fifth time we have featured an illustrious pair of culinary groundbreakers, including our 2015 Honorees Dick Parsons and Alexander Smalls! How many former honorees can you name? (Hint: there are 22 including Mr. Parsons and Mr. Smalls.)

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C-CAP Founder Richard Grausman and President Susan Robbins with 2014 Honoree Michael White

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Former Honorees Chefs Marcus Samuelsson and Daniel Boulud

 Answer (in reverse chronological order): Dick Parsons and Alexander Smalls, Michael White, Tony May, Michael McCarty, Michael Lomonaco, Marcus Samuelsson, Drew Nieporent, Alfred Portale, Lidia Bastianich, Thomas Keller, Charlier Palmer, Danny Meyer and Michael Romano, Daniel Boulud, Jacques Pépin, Siro and Egidiana Maccioni, Tim and Nina Zagat, Saul and Stanley Zabar—oh my!


True or False? The itinerary of the evening is eat, eat, and eat some more (of the most delicious food you’ve ever had in your life)! Picture 7

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False! While the food is TRULY delicious and we encourage you to eat, don’t forget to take part in our live and silent auctions where you can win food, wine and travel packages that will change your life! You won’t want to miss ‘em!

Did you know? Not only can you sample these chefs’ delicious food at our event, but you can bid on exclusive meals and food experiences at their restaurants and in some cases in your own home! #yesplease #auctiontime

Chefs Alexander Smalls & JJ Johnson and Pastry Chef Mame Sow of The Cecil and Minton’s

Chef Marcus Samuelsson of Red Rooster Harlem

Chef Ben Pollinger of Oceana

Chef Michael Lomonoco of Porter House NY

Chef Maria Loi of Loi Estiatorio 

Chef Jason Weiner of Almond

Chef Kyung Up Lim of Michael’s

Chef Daniel Boulud of Daniel

Pastry Chef Ron Paprocki of Gotham Bar and Grill

Chef Fortunato Nicotra of Felidia

Pastry Chef Sarabeth Levine of Sarabeth’s

Did You Know? Each featured chef at our benefit is assisted by C-CAP alumni and current C-CAP students. That’s 50 alumni and current C-CAP students that you will have the chance to meet when you come to this event. Plus some of the featured chefs are C-CAP alums themselves: Pastry Chef Thiago Silva (The General), Chef Kelvin Fernandez (La Marina), Chef Cesar Gutierrez (Lexington Brass), Pastry Chef Mame Sow (Minton’s), and Pastry Chef Veronica Rivera (Restaurant Marc Forgione)! Picture 10C-CAP Alum and Executive Pastry Chef Thiago Silva of The General

 Picture 11A C-CAP alum, hard at work

 And there’s so much more to get excited about. Check this recent blog post for more fun facts about our honorees and our website for helpful information about our benefit. In the meantime, don’t forget to pick up the phone (212-974-7111) or go online to purchase your ticket!

Be sure to follow us on twitter and instagram at @ccapinc; we’ll be using #ccapbenefit to share the Benefit buzz.


Stay tuned!

No matter where you are in the country, C-CAP has something exciting coming up!

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Feb Round Up

Last month, C-CAP teachers in Philly attended the second annual Philly Chef Conference at Drexel University for some well-earned professional development. Meanwhile, Philly students are embarking on a series of visits to culinary professionals across the city as part of C-CAP Philly’s Meet the Chef program. With preliminary competition behind them, students are now preparing healthy breakfast items for The Culinary Voice competition and C-CAP Final Competition. It’s a busy and exciting month!

This weekend will see a trifecta of preliminary competitions with New York, Chicago and Arizona students all putting their best omelet forward! Best of luck, everyone!

Having dug out from the blizzard that never was and all the subsequent snow, C-CAP New Yorkers will be heading upstate this weekend for Preliminary Competition at Monroe College, and then downstate in two weeks for Winter Chefs at Kingsborough Community College, where students will spend four days taking college-level culinary courses and basically becoming uber talented. And of course on March 3rd, students and alumni will be assisting world-class chefs at the C-CAP Annual Benefit! (Get your tickets here!) 

They say good things come in threes, so friends of C-CAP made sure we had three great events over the next month to support C-CAP. Putting the “fun” in “fundraiser” in Arizona this month will be Arizona Cocktail Week, in which C-CAP will benefit from the proceeds of the Arizona Storytelling Project dinner on February 15th, and partner restaurant EVO will donate to C-CAP AZ 50% of proceeds of the evenings sales on February 17th! In Chicago, The Culinary Futures Benefit and Silent Auction at Ovation Chicago will be raising money for scholarships on March 8th!


C-CAP LA will be gathering top chefs of the culinary scene to speak to students at their Chefs Panel later this month. Then students will have the opportunity to put all that good advice into practice the next day when they take part in job shadows across the city!


So there you have it! Across the country, C-CAP is cooking up a big wintery stew of awesomeness. Too much? Too crazy? Not at all! Here at C-CAP we believe we can never have too many cooks in the kitchen.

Stay tuned!


Do you know what is exactly one month from February 3rd?

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

March 3rd!

That’s right folks, the event you’ve been waiting for all year is only a month away—the C-CAP Annual Benefit! (And it’s not too early to buy your tickets!)

In celebration of our 25th anniversary, we’re going big and honoring not one but two giants in the culinary field: Dick Parsons and Alexander Smalls. Together, these gentlemen own Minton’s and The Cecil (named Best New Restaurant of 2014 by Esquire), where they employ many a C-CAP intern and alum including Executive Pastry Chef Mame Sow! But they are extraordinary in many other ways as well. To give you a better sense of these impressive, multi-talented, and just plain interesting gentlemen, we give you-


10 Fun Facts About Our Honorees!

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  • Parsons and Mr. Smalls first talked of the idea of The Cecil and Minton’s at a dinner party; five years later in 2014, it became a reality.
  • Minton’s, an elegant jazz club, opened in the late 1930s in the first floor of The Cecil Hotel. It was named after its owner, tenor saxophonist Henry Minton. It lasted for almost 40 years, closing in the 1970s. The new Cecil and Minton’s opened in 2014 in the same spot.
  • Reading in Miles Davis’ biography that Minton’s was described as the most elegant club in town, Mr. Parsons and Mr. Smalls strove to capture and connect to that legacy of classiness.
  • Dick Parsons has served two U.S. presidents—on a panel of economic advisors to President Obama, and as a Senior White House Aide under President Ford!
  • Dick Parsons was selected to run the basketball team the Los Angeles Clippers.
  • Dick Parsons played the trumpet growing up in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. He took his senior prom date to hear jazz and it’s been a lifelong dream of his to own a jazz club.
  • In addition to running Time Warner, Providence Equity Partners, and Dime Savings Bank, Mr. Parsons has volunteered his expertise with many cultural organizations including The Apollo Theater Foundation, The Council at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, MOMA, the Museum of Natural History, and of course, C-CAP!
  • Chef Alexander Smalls calls his signature style of cooking “Southern revival with low-country notes.” Don’t call it soul food! Sample that at Minton’s, or step next door to The Cecil for food of the African diaspora at the city’s first African-Asian-American brasserie.
  • Chef Smalls’ first restaurant in New York was Café Beulah, and his memoir cookbook is called Grace the Table.
  • In addition to being a restaurateur and chef, Mr. Smalls was also a successful opera singer! His recording of Porgy and Bess with the Houston Grand Opera won both a Tony and a Grammy award.


Want to meet and celebrate these amazing gentlemen and support C-CAP? Here’s some important information about the C-CAP Annual Benefit.

How do you get your tickets to the benefit? Click here or call Emily at 212.974.7111.

What chefs will be cooking this year? Check out our impressive lineup here!

What does the benefit support? Read this blog post about the students and programs you support with your ticket purchase.

With one month to go, you can look forward to more fun information as we approach our biggest event of the year. In the meantime, tell your friends, buy your tickets, and—


Stay tuned!


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