Everyone loves good food, but when you know the mission and purpose behind the food, it makes it even better.
This past Saturday, a non-profit organization called The Promise Society held their second annual Bites, Brews, & Wine charity tasting (check out the photos from their first tasting that I attended here.) It was incredibly successful. While all the guests enjoyed their unlimited samples of great food and drinks, all the money was going towards the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), a non profit organization that helps underserved high school students prepare for opportunities in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Two alumni chefs who are excellent role models of why this program is such a success, came to support the event, and it was surreal to see their stories come true.
Meet Luis Adorno (right), sous chef at KOI Restaurant and Lounge, and Chris (left). Chef Luis is a very young chef that hopes to open up a food truck one day. For this charity tasting, he created this salmon sashimi dish drizzled with truffle and yuzu. It was quite a big hit as that yuzu just brought out the freshness in the salmon!
The other alum was Paige Nebrig. She had come a long way since studying in the culinary world, and she had worked her way up with mini milestones in between, such as receiving a scholarship from C-CAP. Just recently she became the executive sous chef at Bouchon Bakery in New York City. Beside her in the photo are Chris Caldwell, CDP in the savory station, and Victoria Eli, pastry CDP for the venoisserie station. They created a soft poppy brioche with smoked salmon, pickled onions, and watercress.
So many vendors had also come to support the cause. Here were some of the ones that came!
homemade pineapple cakes from Yumplings
Cloud No. 9 – a sweet Pinot Noir from New Zealand, soon coming to the States
Artisanal Twinkie Inspired Cakes from @Jaenyceats
NYC’s Best Dressed Cupcakes (with shots of alcohol)
cheesecake from Mahalo Bakery
Rose macaroons from Three Little Woos
scones from Amy’s Bread
sponge cakes from Kam Hing Bakery
(Photo credit for this post: Gunther Koo)
Tons more than last year! I can’t wait to see what happens next year and how much bigger the event and cause will be. Do you know any other food events with a good cause?
As always, thanks for reading! xoxo