Grand Tasting Benefit: Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP)

On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, Chef Michael White was honored in front of 800 guests at the annual Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) grand tasting benefit. C-CAP’s culinary event showcases cuisine from an all-star lineup of New York City’s hottest chefs and restaurateurs, such as Marcus Samuelsson, Daniel Boulud, Bryce Shuman and Drew Nieporent as well as C-CAP alumni chefs, including “baker to the stars” Thiago Silva of The General, to raise funds to support scholarships, education and career opportunities for disadvantaged youth pursuing careers in the restaurant and foodservice industry.

Honoree Michael White was acknowledged for his achievements and contributions to the culinary industry and his commitment to nurturing the next generation of chefs. Michael White is the Chef/Owner Altamarea Group, including MAREA, AI FIORI, AL MOLO, THE BUTTERFLY, CHOP SHOP, OSTERIA MORINI and more.

Guests enjoyed a grand tasting, moving from table to table, sampling luxurious foods including a signature chicken donut from Marcus Samuelsson, a braised veal shank from Daniel Boulud and Brian Loiacono as well as a braised beef agnolotti with butternut squash puree with a black truffle sugo and brown butter from honoree Michael White. Cooking alongside these all-star chefs were more than 60 New York City C-CAP high school culinary students, eager to put their mark on the culinary world.

The C-CAP Benefit raised one million dollars to support the national not-for-profit’s mission of providing scholarships, education and career opportunities in the culinary arts to disadvantaged youth. The highlight from the live auction was bidding on the private dinners cooked in the winners’ homes for 12 people by Michael White and 16 people by Marcus Samuelsson, which raised a total of $80,000.

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The Event Chairman was Ahmass Fakahany, Owner/CEO, Altamarea Group, the Chef Committee Chair was Marcus Samuelsson, Chef/Owner of the Red Rooster Harlem. The Event Vice-Chairs were Tony May and Marisa May and Susan and Richard Grausman.

Joyce Appelman
Joyce Appelman is the Director of Public Relations and Special Events 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