On February 27, 2007, the 9th annual Careers through
Culinary Arts Program’s (C-CAP) tasting event raised $675,000 for the
charitable organization that provides food-service career opportunities for
underserved youth. C-CAP manages the largest independent culinary scholarship
program in the US, awarding over $2,000,000 annually.
The event was held at PIER SIXTY at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. Thirty seven
of New York City’s top-rated restaurants presented savories and sweets
to nearly 800 guests. The dishes included Braised Baby Lamb with Spring Peas
and Wilted Lettuce; Butter Poached Shrimp with Smoked Ham Potato Hash and Sauce
Bacalao; Wild Mushroom and Morel Flan with Black Truffle Oil and Crème
Fraiche, Wild Mushroom Broth; Black Cherry Ice Cream Float; and Calamansi Lime
Custard, Chamomile Tea Meringue and Candied Kumquats. Kobrand Foundation donated
some of the most prestigious wines from the finest producers around the world
including Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, Cabreco La Pietra, & Tenuta San
As this year’s honoree, Lidia Bastianich received the C-CAP Honors Award,
an original stainless steel sculpture created by artist Philip Grausman. Lidia
Bastianich is Chef/Co-owner of Felidia, Becco, Esca and Del Posto in New York
City, Lida’s Kansas City and Lidia’s Pittsburgh; Television Celebrity
Chef of “Lidia’s Family Table,” a 30-minute cooking series
distributed by APT-American Public Television; Cookbook Author; 1999 Named
Best Chef in NY by The James Beard Foundation; 2001 Named Best Chef U.S. by
the James Beard Foundation.
Past recipients of the award include Thomas Keller, Charlie Palmer, Danny
Meyer & Michael
Romano, Daniel Boulud, Jacques Pepin, Egidiana & Sirio Maccioni, Nina & Tim
Zagat, and Saul & Stanley Zabar.
Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), established in 1990 by Richard
Grausman, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, that works
with public schools across the nation to prepare students for college and career
opportunities in the restaurant and hospitality industry. All proceeds from
The Benefit tasting event and auctions support C-CAP’s programs and services.
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