Show 472, April 30, 2022: Lisa Fontanesi, L.A. Director, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP)

Lisa Fontanesi of C-CAP Los Angeles

“Long co-chaired by chef Marcus Samuelsson, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) is a workforce development nonprofit that provides underserved teens a pathway to success through jobs in the food sector. Annually, C-CAP provides culinary, job and life skills to over 15,000 middle-and-high school students in six cities/regions across the United States: New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC/Maryland and Arizona, including 7 Navajo Reservation schools.”

“Founder & Chairman Emeritus Richard Grausman launched this nonprofit in 1991 to help further food and social justice, as well as equity and inclusion by providing tools for job success. Starting in middle schools, C-CAP provides culinary-and-wellness curriculum, and in high schools also provides an integrated approach to employment in the food sector via internships/apprenticeships, job shadows, mentorship, work opportunities, college and career advising, and higher-education scholarships, along with product and food donations.”

“The success of C-CAP’s alumni—from winery CEOs to chef-owner restaurateurs—is proof of their methodology. To date, C-CAP has worked with 350,000 students and awarded $62 million in scholarships. C-CAP has transformed thousands of lives in a meaningful way. The urgency to help these diverse communities has never been more critical.”

On April 17th at the Annual Awards Breakfast at Jonathan Club, C-CAP Los Angeles awarded $607,711 in Scholarships to 34 outstanding L.A. area High School Seniors.

On the horizon is a fundraiser for C-CAP is on Sunday, June 5th at Knife Pleat and The Penthouse at South Coast Plaza. It’s a celebration of South Coast Plaza’s 55th Anniversary to benefit C-CAP. The lead Chefs for “O.C. Chefs: The Next Generation” are Amar Santana of Vaca (a C-Cap Alum) and Tony Esnault of the Michelin Star Knife Pleat.

C-CAP L.A.’s Program Director Lisa Fontanesi is our guest.

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