This year’s 30th C-CAP (Careers in Culinary Arts Program) anniversary food-tasting benefit will honor the organization’s founder and Chair Emeritus Richard Grausman and the renowned chef and restaurant owner Sarabeth Levine. The event, with CBS anchorman Maurice Dubois as emcee, will be held on Tuesday, February 25, at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, in Manhattan.

The annual occasion is looked forward to by food lovers, as top chefs from leading New York restaurants will host tables offering samplings of their special dishes. They will be aided by current C-CAP students and alumni. Since its founding 30 years ago, the non-profit C-CAP has awarded more than $59 million in scholarships to high school students enrolled in cooking classes in New York and other cities as part of C-CAP national program. Some 200,000 students gave benefitted from the program, many of whom have gone on to important positions in the food service industry.

The organization was founded by Grausman, an educator who had been a representative in the United States and Canada for France’s noted Le Cordon Bleu, and who is the author of the popular cookbook, “At Home with the French Classics,” now sold under the revised and updated “French Classics Made Easy.”Grausman received the President’s Service Award from President Clinton and the Humanitarian Award from Bon Appétit and the James Beard Foundation and he has been made an Officer de L’Ordre du Mérite Agricole by the French government.

Honoree Sarabeth Levine has been celebrated for her popular restaurant Sarabeth’s and her admired baking skills. She and her partner/husband and co-founder Bill Levine are selling her products in department stores, specialty shops, supermarkets and hotels throughout the United States and in many parts of the world. She has written two cookbooks, “Sarabeth’s Bakery: From My Hands to Yours” and “Sarabeth’s Good Morning Cookbook.”

The evening will be co-chaired by Marcus Samuelsson, restaurateur, author and philanthropist, and Tim Zagat, co-founder of the renowned Zagat guide. The purpose is to raise funds for C-CAP’s extensive educational program. As in past years, the event will include an auction of culinary, culture and travel packages.

VIP and Red Carpet admissions will begin at 5:45 p.m., with general entrance at 6:30 p.m. In addition to the food at the huge array of tables at Pier 60, there will be a selection of wines presented by C-CAP alum Carlton McCoy of Heitz Cellar, as well as Vodka drinks by Tito. Guests are expected to include sports figures from the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB.

Participating restaurants and chefs include:

Abigail Kirsch (Matthew Tiscornia), Almond (Jason Weiner, Alex Nieto), Aretsky’s Patroon (Ken Aretsky, Aaron Fitterman), Bâtard Tribeca (Markus Glocker), Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse (Admir Alibasic), Bouley at Home (David Bouley), Casa Nomad (Yvan Lemoine), Cosme (Evelyn Velazquez, Isabel Coss), Cuisine Solutions (Bruno Bertin), Daniel (Daniel Boulud, Jean-François Bruel), Estiatorio Milos (Costas Spiliadis).

Felidia (Lidia Bastianich, Fortunato Nicotra), Four Seasons Hotel (John Johnson), Gramercy Tavern (Miroslav Uskokovic), Indian Accent (Manish Mehrotra), JAMS (Jonathan Waxman), Le Bernardin (Eric Ripert, Thomas Raquel), Locanda Verde (Deborah Racicot), Loi Estiatorio (Maria Loi), Majorelle (Richard Brower, Charles Masson), Michael's (Michael McCarty, Kyung Up Lim), Nobu 57 (Matt Hoyle).

Park Avenue Winter (Zene Flinn), Perrine at the Pierre (Ashfer Biju), The Polo Bar (Philippe Bertineau), Portale (Alfred Portale), Porter House New York (Michael Lomonaco, Wayne Harley Brachman, Daniel Rutledge), Hudson Yards Grill (Michael Lomonaco, Wayne Harley Brachman, Daniel Rutledge), Quality Eats (Craig Kokestu), Decoy/ Red Farm (Eddie Schoenfeld, Joe Ng), Red Rooster (Marcus Samuelsson), Sarabeth's (Sarabeth Levine), Shake Shack, Storico (James Miller), Tavern on the Green (Bill Peet), The Loyal (John Fraser), Untitled (Evan Tessler) and Vaucluse (Michael White, Jared Gadbaw).

For more information: https://ccapinc.org. Posted January 16, 2020.

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