James Republic, a popular eatery in the East Village neighborhood of downtown Long Beach, announces the hosting of the Winter Harvest feast and auction with acclaimed guest Chef Amar Santana on Wednesday, February 8th. Celebrating 27 years of transforming lives through the culinary arts, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) C-CAP is a national non-profit organization that promotes and provides foodservice career opportunities for at-risk youth through culinary arts education and employment.
The Winter Harvest dinner will feature a “Farm to Table” menu by Chef Amar Santana – C-CAP alum, Top Chef Season 13’s second place winner, and Executive Chef/Partner of Broadway by Amar Santana (Laguna Beach, CA) and Vaca (Costa Mesa, CA), named “Number One” on the Orange County Register’s “Top 10 New Restaurants in Orange County” in 2016 – along with Executive Chef David MacLennan, and James Beard Award nominated Chef-Restaurateur Dean James Max, both of James Republic restaurant. Guests will enjoy a multi-course dinner that will showcase responsibly sourced ingredients and products donated by partners, including: Rocker Bros. Meat and Provisions, Inc.; Melissa’s Produce; Wine Exchange; Hitching Post Wines; SoCal Restaurant Show; El Segundo Brewing Company; Brouwerij West; and Guittard Chocolate Company.
Chef Amar Santana explains, “I’ll always be grateful to C-CAP for encouraging me in high school to pursue my interest in cooking and then awarding me a scholarship to attend the Culinary Institute of America.”
Chef Dean James Max shares, “How can you not be excited about supporting an organization that assists students in pursuing their culinary dreams. C-CAP is giving our youth the chance to expose their hidden talents in the culinary world.”
The Winter Harvest will begin with a cocktail hour featuring signature cocktails, local craft beer, and premium wines at 5:30 PM, followed by a seated dinner at 6:30 PM. Proceeds from the event will benefit C-CAP’s efforts in the greater Los Angeles area; $150 of each $195 ticket to the Winter Harvest is tax deductible and goes toward C-CAP LA scholarships and programs. Tickets and sponsorships range from $195 to $10,000 and can be purchased here.
About James Republic
The celebrated James Republic, a Chef Dean James Max restaurant, combines modern sensibilities with old-world principles to afford a genuine gathering place for the neighborhood and distinctive dining destination in the heart of Long Beach. Guests enjoy a welcoming setting of comfort and class embracing the California coastal dining experience. Serving breakfast, weekend brunch and dinner, menus change daily. James Republic is located at 500 E. First St. in Long Beach, CA. For information or a reservation, call 562.901.0235 or visit www.jamesrepublic.com.
About Careers through Culinary Arts Program
“C-CAP has an incredible system in place that, through education and training, prepares underserved youth for careers in the culinary and hospitality industries. The program is also of great benefit to chefs in our industry who are constantly looking for skilled and motivated employees,” says Marcus Samuelsson, C-CAP Board Co-Chair.
Since being founded by Richard Grausman in 1990, the organization has awarded over $50 million in scholarships, provided job training and internships, college and lifetime career support, teacher training and product and equipment donations to classrooms across the country. C-CAP works with over 17,000 students nationwide each year. Through C-CAP’s efforts, a large number of its students find rewarding careers in the foodservice and hospitality industry. Many alumni, now graduates of top culinary schools, are working in leading restaurants and hotels throughout the country. For the fourth year in a row, C-CAP received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the highest rating from the nation’s largest evaluator of charities. For more information on C-CAP, visit www.ccapinc.org or connect on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.