It was a blast! The 2017 Arizona Cocktail Week nestled in a hip, mid-century modern boutique hotel shrouded in pal trees, grass and flowers in Scottsdale, AZ. This was my first time at the event, now in its sixth year, enjoying new friendships, learning about new liquors and hearing stories from people in the libations and food industry from around the world.
My involvement was primarily to serve as a Careers in Culinary Arts Program (C~CAP) volunteer. Richard Grausman founded this national non-profit organization in New York in 1990. It provides disadvantaged youth job training programs in the culinary industry. The Phoenix Chapter encompasses the entire state of Arizona. In 2017, they awarded over $400,000 in scholarships to qualifying students. The youth learn valuable life and job skills such as time management, personal accountability, team work and critical thinking skills.
C-CAP Arizona’s official training kitchen is housed in Chef Billy Sims’ Nine Degrees North Catering location.
Learn more about Arizona Cocktail Week and C-CAP through the links above. In the meantime, enjoy some of the event highlights.