Chef Charlie Palmer
Careers Through Culinary Arts Program             Honoree 2005

7th Annual Benefit Gala: A Preview of Spring Dining

Monday, February 28, 2005
6:30 to 9 pm General Admission
6:00 to 9 pm VIP Admission

Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) presents the 7th Annual A Preview of Spring Dining at Pier 60 on Monday, February 28, 2005. We take our hats off to Star Chef Charlie Palmer, this year’s honoree. Palmer and chefs from 36 of New York City’s top-rated restaurants will present a grand tasting of savories and sweets from the Chefs’ new spring menus. A special attraction this year will be a table hosted by C-CAP Graduate Chefs Amar Santana, Sous Chef at Aureole and Rachel Lansang, Pastry Chef at Aureole. More than 60 New York City high school students are expected to assist chefs at the event. Guests will sample wines from the Robert Mondavi Family of Wines and Gosset Champagne. As always, this premiere tasting event features a silent auction including culinary and travel packages.

Since 1990, C-CAP has been committed to building the careers of inner-city high school students who aspire to be great chefs. The non-profit organization, with the help of chefs, restaurants, and corporations, provides help to students and schools alike through scholarships, mentoring opportunities and other events for teens who wish to build a career in culinary arts.

Tickets are $350 (limited availability), $500 and $1,000. For tickets or more information about the event, including sponsorships, call 212-974-7111, or visit the C-CAP website at www.ccapinc.org.

Restaurant Chair: Marcus Samuelsson of Aquavit and Riingo
Event Chairs: Deborah & Rick Smilow of Institute for Culinary Education
Master of Ceremonies: Al Roker of NBC's Today Show
Event Vice Chairs: Barbara & Donald Tober of
Sugar Foods and Susan & Richard Grausman of C-CAP

Chefs & Restaurants:

Alison Awerbuch Abigail Kirsch PIER SIXTY
Gerry Hayden Amuse
Anita Lo Annisa
Nils Noren Aquavit
Michael Altman Astra
Charlie Palmer Aureole
Waldy Malouf Beacon
Gary Robbins The Biltmore Room
Dan Barber Blue Hill
Alex Garcia Calle Ocho
Valdo Figuerido Compass
Karen DeMasco Craft
Shea Gallante Cru
Jean Francois Bonnet DANIEL
David Burke davidburke & donatella
Scott Linquist Dos Caminos
Kerry Heffernan Eleven Madison Park
Florian Bellanger Fauchon
Fortunato Nicotra Felidia
Brooke Vosika Fifty Seven Fifty Seven
Cyril Renaud Fleur de Sel
Deborah Racicot Gotham Bar & Grill
Michael Lomonaco Guastavino’s
Tony Aiazzi Kitchen 22 and 82
Marc Murphy Landmarc
Michael Laiskonis Le Bernardin
Vicki Wells Mesa Grill
Michael Lockard Metrazur
Ricky Estrellado Nobu
Alfred Stephens Olives
Philippe Bertineau Payard Bistro
Johan Svensson Riingo
Ed Brown Sea Grill
Floyd Cardoz Tabla
John Johnson Town
Emily Isaac Union Square Cafe
Wylie Dufresne wd-50

About C-CAP:
Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and provide career opportunities in the foodservice industry for underserved youth through culinary arts education and employment. C-CAP strives to equip public school students with the skills required to succeed in the workplace, and to impart the lasting assets of self-esteem, self-reliance, and teamwork.

In partnership with public schools, local businesses and organizations, C-CAP offers a program of total enrichment by providing Teacher Training, Product and Equipment Donations, Volunteer Industry Professionals, Career and College Counseling (for students and alumni), Cooking Competitions for Scholarships to post-secondary schools, Job Readiness Workshops, Internships and Job Placement, and After-School Program.

C-CAP operates programs in over 250 schools in 8 locations including New York City (national headquarters); Arizona (state-wide); Boston (beginning fall of 2004); Chicago; Los Angeles; Philadelphia; Tidewater, Virginia; and Washington, D.C.

During the past 15 years, C-CAP has trained over 300 teachers, reached over 90,000 students, and awarded over 1,500 scholarships valued at over $13 million. Further, the program has involved over 300 chefs and other food service professionals, and distributed $2 million worth of donated equipment and supplies to the financially strapped public schools.

Charlie Palmer Chef of Honor

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