Quarterly Newsletter – September 2018


We are so excited for the start of the 2018-2019 school year! The kickoff to yet another school term means new beginnings and new opportunities. Whether it’s applying skills learned from summer internships, acquiring more knowledge in the classroom, gaining different experiences as working students, or beginning brand-new projects that reflect the diversity of our industry—a fresh start is necessary to progress.

During this past season, job training was vital in having our students and recent graduates experience a professional setting where they learned hard skills for the kitchen, alongside soft skills for any work environment.

With the school year ahead, we are ecstatic to begin innovative projects with seasoned expertise and our commitment to collaboration. At C-CAP, we believe that, by all of us working together, there’s potential for success for each of our students. Collaboration between our schools and post-secondary partners, industry partners, donors, alumni, students, and families means a positive community that will catapult our mission to success. Thank you for being a part of the C-CAP community!

Warmest regards,

Karen Brosius
Careers through Culinary Arts Program


Isabel Castro

Originally a C-CAP student in Los Angeles, Isabel Castro is an aluma on the move! Under the instruction and mentorship of Chef Stef Kelly at Carson High School in Carson, CA, Isabel found a passion for food and cooking that led to her graduation in 2015 and transition to Denver where she attended the Art Institute of Colorado.

After graduating with her Associate Degree of Applied Science in Culinary Arts, Isabel wanted to take on a new adventure and moved to Austin, Texas. There, she has built a career as a food stylist, where she’s been able to use her C-CAP knowledge and culinary background to create food as beautiful as it is delicious!

Read more about Isabel’s culinary journey on C-CAP’s website!


Final competition dishes on Tuxton plates

Thanks to Tuxton China

Tuxton China, Inc. has partnered with Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) for the third year in a row to help underserved youth prepare for careers in the culinary industry.

At this summer’s Edward Don & Company Regional hero-themed expo, Tuxton China promoted C-CAP and helped spread the word in the industry about supporting young culinarians! They highlighted students as “Future Food Service Heroes” and created a Wheel of Fortune game to encourage donations.

Additionally, Tuxton will be donating a portion of their proceeds from Tuxton items purchased during the month of September. This generous support will help provide thousands of high school students in Los Angeles with training, internships, scholarships, and much more in order to achieve successful careers.

From all of us at C-CAP, we thank Tuxton for its commitment to C-CAP, and to everyone who is purchasing Tuxton items this September.







Wines from Spain

New York, NY – Thursday, October 4, 2018 – 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the IAC HQ Building

Returning to New York for its 25th consecutive year, Wines from Spain presents its iconic Spain’s Great Match. Join us for the country’s largest Spanish cultural celebration, for wine novices and connoisseurs, to experience the diversity of Spain at the Frank Gehry-designed IAC HQ Building. A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit C-CAP! Must be 21 and over to purchase tickets. There will be no ticket sales on-site and no refunds. Event will go on rain or shine.

Los Angeles 4 Chefs 4 Kids Harvest Dinner

Los Angeles, CA – Thursday, October 18, 2018 – 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. at The Jonathan Club

C-CAP Los Angeles and Jonathan Club’s Chef Jason McClain invite you to the 4 Chefs 4 Kids Harvest Dinner Thursday, October 18, 2018. The benefit will raise funds to support C-CAP’s programs in the Los Angeles area that provide underserved high school students with education and career opportunities through the culinary arts.

Arizona Dinner and a Movie

Phoenix, AZ – Tuesday, October 23, 2018 – 5:00 – 9:15 p.m. at the Wrigley Mansion

C-CAP Arizona invites you to a Dinner and a Movie! The event will begin with a cocktail reception with craft cocktails, a gourmet popcorn bar, and light hors d’oeuvres, then a screening of Pressure Cooker, followed by a Q&A with the Producer and Director of the film, Jennifer Grausman, and a three-course dinner featuring dishes from the film.

Arizona Harvest Moon Feast

Scottsdale, AZ – Wednesday, October 24, 2018 – 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. at Omni Scottsdale at Montelucia

Please join C-CAP Arizona for the 5th Annual Harvest Moon Feast, in partnership with Les Dames d’Escoffier International, Phoenix Chapter. On Wednesday, October 24, enjoy a grand tasting of culinary creations from over 25 of Phoenix’s best-known chefs, assisted by C-CAP students and alumni, while sipping superb handcrafted cocktails and wines. The evening also features once-in-a-lifetime culinary, culture, and travel packages in live and silent auctions.

Philadelphia Ignite Benefit

Philadelphia, PA – Monday, November 5, 2018 – 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Barnes Foundation

Join C-CAP Philadelphia at their annual Ignite Benefit on Monday, November 5, 2018. The benefit is a celebration of students, as they are paired with some of the region’s best chefs to create and plate delicious tastes of some of their favorite dishes. Enjoy hand-crafted cocktails, fine wine and beer, plus live music, a silent auction, and more!

C-CAP Annual Benefit

New York, NY – Tuesday, February 26, 2019 – 5:45 – 9:00 p.m. at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers

Save the date for C-CAP’s Annual Benefit in New York. Enjoy culinary creations from over 30 of New York’s best-known chefs who will be assisted by C-CAP students and alumni. More information to come!

C-CAP/Olésay Spain Scholarship Program

Check out this beautiful video from Olésay highlighting our partnership, which allowed seven C-CAP alums to live, work, and learn in Madrid, Spain this summer. Watch to get a better idea of how C-CAP alums benefited from their experiences. Special thanks to the following Michelin Star restaurants that hosted our alumni: Alabaster Restaurant, A’Barra Restaurant, Albora Restaurant, Coque Restaurant, Gaytán Restaurant, La Cabra Restaurant, and Santceloni Restaurant.

2018 Monroe Boot Camp

A select group of rising seniors from C-CAP’s seven locations around the country attended the Monroe Boot Camp in New Rochelle, NY from August 5-8. During the intensive three-day workshop, students honed their culinary skills and were introduced to campus and dorm life, among other things. Here, they’re pictured at a field trip to Queens County Farm Museum.

C-CAP President Karen Brosius with C-CAP alum Daniel Castro
and Chef John Gross

2018 Avero Scholarship Winner

Los Angeles alumnus, Daniel Castro, of Uchiko in Austin, and his chef mentor, John Gross of Loro, visited New York City in early August as part of the Avero Alumni Experience Scholarship! Dan and John enjoyed a 4-day, 3-night restaurant education experience and left full of delicious food and wonderful insight!


Another successful season of job training is in the books! The pictures above are of our DC and Maryland-region students who filled their summer with valuable new experiences and paid internships with our awesome chef mentors.





Co-chaired by chef, author, and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) is a national non-profit that educates and guides underserved high school students toward a bright future. With its holistic approach to culinary training and career exploration, C-CAP prepares students for the workplace through chef mentoring, field trips, job shadows, work experience and job skills, and college and career advising. Founded in 1990 by culinary educator and cookbook author Richard Grausman, C-CAP impacts over 17,000 students a year. Countless C-CAP alumni work throughout the country and are guiding the future leaders of the culinary industry. Visit ccapinc.org to learn more.

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