James Republic, one of the most respected restaurants in Long Beach will play host to Careers through Culinary Arts Program’s (C-CAP) Winter Harvest feast and auction on February 8.

C-CAP, a national non-profit organization that promotes and provides foodservice career opportunities for at-risk youth through culinary arts education and employment, works with over 17,000 students nationwide each year. Noted C-CAP alum, Chef Amar Santana will be creating the menu for the night.

Santana is executive chef and partner of Orange County’s Broadway by Amar Santana and Vaca, as well as Top Chef Season 13’s second place winner. He’ll be joined by executive Chef David MacLennan, and James Beard Award nominated Chef-Restaurateur Dean James Max, both of James Republic Restaurant.

The multi-course dinner 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.

“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,” said Marcus Samuelsson, C-CAP Board Co-Chair.

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.

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