C-CAP Announces Annual 2021 Benefit Starring Celebrity Chefs: Goes Virtual For Its Spring Gala

Taste of C-CAP

Careers through Culinary Arts Programs (C-CAP), the workforce development nonprofit that teaches culinary, life and job skills to 15,000 under-resourced middle-and-high school students in six cities/regions, announced its annual spring benefit will be virtual this year.

C-CAPHosted by C-CAP’s longtime co-chair and celebrity chef, Marcus Samuelsson, the online benefit to be held on Thursday, April 29th from 7:45 pm to 9 pm ET, will honor Carla Hall for her work to mentor and support our students and alumni.

Also featured that night will be a who’s who of top chefs cooking up signature spring dishes from their restaurants or homes that are in each of our C-CAP locations: Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger from Los Angeles, Jerome Grant from D.C., Beau MacMillan from Phoenix, Ange Branca from Philadelphia, Diana Dávila from Chicago, and Aarón Sánchez and Lay Alston from New York.

During the benefit, you’ll also get to hear about the impact of C-CAP’s work including the crucial shifts we’ve made during the pandemic and we’ll be launching an exciting online auction. Open to the public, ticket buyers and sponsors will receive dinners and homemade goodies from some of these top chefs and C-CAP Alumni.

“We are thrilled to have the star wattage of so many talented chefs this year,” says C-CAP’s new Executive Director Tanya Steel. “With their support, we are hoping to raise significant funding to help these extremely deserving students find a career in the food sector, whether they want to be a Chef de Cuisine, a nutritionist, develop cookware or be an executive in a food corporation. In these difficult economic times, our work and life skills training for a culinary job is one critical solution to help these students.”

The organization is also planning several in-person outdoor events later this year.

To buy tickets or become a sponsor, go to bit.ly/tasteofccap

About C-CAP: Long co-chaired by chef Marcus Samuelsson, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) is an education and workforce development nonprofit that provides underserved teens a pathway to success through scholarships and jobs in the food sector.

Annually, C-CAP provides culinary, job and life skills to over 15,000 middle-and-high school students in six cities/regions across the United States: New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC/Maryland and Arizona, including some Navajo Reservation schools.

This 31-year-old nonprofit founded by Richard Grausman strives to help further food and social justice, as well as equity and inclusion by providing tools for job success. Starting in middle schools, we provide culinary-and-wellness curriculum, and in high schools also provide an integrated approach to employment in the food sector via internships/apprenticeships, job shadows, mentorship, work opportunities, college and career advising, and higher-education scholarships, along with product and food donations.

The success of our alumni—from winery CEOs to chef-owner restaurateurs—is proof of our methodology. To date, we have worked with 350,000 students and awarded $62 million in scholarships. C-CAP has transformed thousands of lives in a meaningful way. The urgency to help these diverse communities has never been more critical.

Joyce Appelman is the SCOOP News Editor and Senior Contributing Writer for Total Food Service and previously the National Communications Director for C-CAP, Careers through Culinary Arts Program. An industry leader supporting education and scholarships, she has been instrumental in opening career opportunities for many young people in the foodservice industry. Email her at joyceappelman@gmail.com