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Posted on May 11th, 2017 by & filed under Events, Everything Miz Meliz

Having recently attended the Masters of Taste event at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA where about 80 restaurants and vendors came together to honor and support the Union Station Homeless Services in Los Angeles, I am impressed with the extent of social good the industry is able to accomplish.

In addition to raising over $450,000 for the organization and showcasing their culinary expertise, many of the restaurants and businesses represented exemplified their own ways of giving to the community.

Those amazing chefs and business owners have instilled a giving spirit and inspired many young up and coming entrepreneurs in the making. I am proud to share the future of the culinary arts field with you from the Los Angeles Careers Through Culinary Arts Program!

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LOS ANGELES COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

TURN FLOUR INTO GOLD

OVER $680,000 IN CULINARY SCHOLARSHIPS

AND OPPORTUNITIES AWARDED BY

CAREERS THROUGH CULINARY ARTS PROGRAM (C-CAP)

 

  

(Los Angeles, CA), Wednesday, May 10, 2017: Thirty-eight outstanding culinary students from Los Angeles County public high schools were awarded scholarships to continue their culinary studies on May 1, 2017 by Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) at its annual Los Angeles Region Awards Breakfast hosted by the Jonathan Club, L.A.’s premier social club located in Downtown Los Angeles. C-CAP President Karen Brosius, alongside C-CAP Los Angeles Program Director Lisa Fontanesi and Culinary Program Coordinator Gail Carney, awarded over $682,700 in scholarships and opportunities to the students.

 

These scholarships were awarded to high school seniors to attend local culinary schools and some of the most prestigious culinary schools in the country. Some students also received C-CAP Education Scholarships that help defray the costs of books, supplies, housing, and other expenses while at community college or another culinary school.

During the C-CAP Los Angeles Cooking Competition for Scholarships held on April 28, 2017, top finalists representing high schools in the Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District, Baldwin Park Unified School District, Glendale Unified School District, William S. Hart Union High School District, Los Angeles Unified School District, Oxnard United High School District, Pasadena Unified School District, and Rowland Unified School District competed against the clock from memory when C-CAP re-created the intensity of a restaurant kitchen at Los Angeles Mission College, for the high school seniors to face off in an savory and sweet cooking challenge. Students were judged by a panel of local esteemed judges on the presentation of their dishes, knife skills, techniques in the kitchen, taste, sanitary food handling, and timeliness.

This year’s C-CAP Cooking Competition for Scholarships Judges included:

  • Chef Gretchen Beaumarchais, Legends Hospitality
  • Chef Cecelia de Castro, ACE (Academy of Culinary Education)
  • Katteryn Hernandez, Sr. Operations Manager, LA LIVE, *C-CAP Alumna
  • Chef Alexis Higgins, Mission College
  • Chef Jared Levy, The Eveleigh
  • Chef Joey Martin, UCLA
  • Jayro Martinez, Chef de Cuisine Mh Zh, *C-CAP Alumnus
  • Jonathan Melendez, Food Photographer, Blogger (The Candid Appetite), *C-CAP Alumnus
  • Adrian Neria, Food Service Manager, Palmdale Regional Medical Center, *C-CAP Alumnus
  • Chef Roger Pigozzi, UCLA
  • Doria Pomrenke, Associate, Caryl Chinn Culinary Consulting, *C-CAP Alumna
  • Chef Aaron Robbins, Boneyard Bistro, Soca
  • Chef Jet Tila, Judge, Cut Throat Kitchen; Author, 101 Asian Dishes You Need to Cook Before You Die
  • Richard Grausman, C-CAP Founder and Chairman Emeritus

The C-CAP Cooking Competitions for Scholarships are hosted across the country and are the culmination of the C-CAP high school program for underserved teenagers at risk of leaving high school without a job or college prospects.  The C-CAP program offers a wide set of opportunities including exposure to the restaurant/hospitality business, a set of useful life skills, scholarships, and the potential for a fulfilling career in a vibrant industry.

In addition to the culinary school scholarships awarded, C-CAP awarded Erik Ildefonzo (2015 Alumnus) from Carson High School, a full-tuition Alumni Scholarship towards his Bachelor’s Degree in the Culinary Arts and he will study at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. C-CAP also announced the 2017 Meatless Monday Recipe Contest Los Angeles-based and national grand prize winner at the ceremony. The scholarship was presented to Adrian Gonzalez from L.A.C.E.S for his Three Sister’s Stuffed Squash dish. C-CAP high school students from around the country were invited to create an innovative meatless noodle dish. Through the contest, students are introduced to the Meatless Monday public health initiative.

2017 C-CAP Los Angeles Region High School Seniors Awarded Scholarships:

 

Baldwin Park High School

Luis Cervantes, Fantasy of Flavors Scholarship

Kingsley La Mig, Fantasy of Flavors Scholarship

Steven Silva, Baldwin Park Culinary Arts Academy Scholarship

Carson High School

Christopher Torres, Chef Stef Kelly Scholarship, LA Advisory Board Scholarship

Chatsworth Charter High School

Kenia Castaneda, Art Institute of Hollywood Full-Tuition Scholarship

Vernon Dowell, Tuxton Scholarship

Glendale High School

Anthony Avina, Eydie & Ed Desser Scholarship

James Hernandez, Glendale Community College Partial-Tuition Matching Scholarship, Sprout LA/ Moruno’s Scholarship, Friends of Debbie Greenwood Scholarship

Shaunt Mesrkhani, Culinary Institute of America Tuition Matching Scholarship, Kathleen & Richard Cadarette Scholarship, LA CIA Community College Stipend

 

Granada Hills Charter High School

Natalie Babikian, International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Las Vegas Half-Tuition Scholarship

Daisy Byun, Lee Ann and Melvin Jacobs Foundation Scholarship

Sabrina Forte, Mitzie Cutler Scholarship

James Monroe High School

Juan Gonzalez, Academy of Culinary Education Full-Tuition Scholarship

Matthew Sanchez, C-CAP Education Scholarship for Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom

 

L.A.C.E.S.

Adrian Gonzalez, Meatless Monday Recipe Contest National Winner, Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom Full-Tuition Scholarship

 

Nathaniel Narbonne High School

Suleima Lima-Ruiz, Paul Smith’s College Full-Tuition Scholarship

Pacifica High School

Belen Gallardo, Lee Ann and Melvin Jacobs Foundation Scholarship
Vanessa Gonzalez, Sandra MacDonald Scholarship

Luz Lopez, Lee Ann and Melvin Jacobs Foundation Scholarship, Alice M. Hart/Food for Film Stylists Scholarship

Jennifer Martinez, Culinary Institute of America Full-Tuition, C-CAP Education Scholarship

Rio Mesa High School

Hania Gerszewski-Arredondo, Ronald Newburg Foundation Scholarship

Alondra Corona, Fantasy of Flavors Scholarship

S.O.C.E.S.

Paloma Astorga, Sue & Dave Larky Scholarship, SoCalGas Scholarship

Antonio Morente-Meda, International Culinary Center of California Half-Tuition Scholarship, Mitzie Cutler Scholarship

Sabrina Forte, Mitzie Cutler Scholarship

San Fernando High School

Rene Meza-Diaz, Arbonne Charitable Foundation Scholarship, C-CAP Education Scholarship

Jessica Hernandez, Art Institute of Orange County Full-Tuition Scholarship

Santee Education Complex

Jennifer Perez-Cazarez, Ronald Newburg Foundation Scholarship

 

Susan Miller Dorsey High School

Alejandra Landa, International Culinary Center, California Full-Tuition, C-CAP Education Scholarship, Mitzie Cutler Scholarship

Diana Leal, Mise En Place Scholarship, Elissa & Rick Phillips Scholarship

Mouhamadou Ndiaye, Diane Mohilef Scholarship

Julie Ferguson-Villalobos, Mitzie Cutler Scholarship

 

Sylmar High School

Amanda Gandarilla, Lee Ann and Melvin Jacobs Foundation Scholarship

Valencia High School

Julia Connors, Johnson & Wales University Full-Tuition Scholarship

Daniel Quijano-Saide, International Culinary Center of California Half-Tuition Scholarship

West Adams High School

Juana Arredondo, Fresh & Ready Food Scholarship

Irene Gutierrez, The Gourmandise Full-Tuition Pro Pastry Series 1 & 2 Scholarship

 

West Ranch High School

Eliza Nesheim, Monroe Junior Boot Camp Scholarship

 

About Careers through Culinary Arts Program:

Led by chef Marcus Samuelsson as board co-chair, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) transforms the lives of underserved high school students around the country by helping them pursue their culinary dreams. C-CAP, founded by culinary educator Richard Grausman, prepares talented teens for college and careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry through its enrichment program including job training, paid internships, scholarships, and college and career advising. For more information visit, www.ccapinc.org.

 

The C-CAP Los Angeles Advisory Board:  Gloria Barke, Karen Berk, David Binkle, Eric Boardman, Jason Bohle, Jennifer Bohle, Linda Burum, Marilyn Caldwell, Tim Castle, Caryl Chinn, Terrie Cooper, Mitzie Cutler, Ed Desser, Eydie Desser, Barbara Fairchild, Ann Flower, Gerry Furth-Sides, Harold Ginsberg, Debbie Greenwood, Jamie Gwen, Miki Hackney, Andrew Harris, Alice Hart, Jeff Hennes, Kristine Kidd, Rick Kirkbride, Carrie Kommers, Gloria Mandell, Georgia Mercer, Dalia Miller, Mary Sue Milliken, Diane Mohilef, Yoko Newburg, Neela Paniz, Elissa Phillips, Rena Pocrass, Joel Polachek, Jayne Portnoy, Sylvia Rieman, Ellen Rose, Jesse Sanchez, Carl Schuster, Art Sezgin, Dave Smason, Teri Solomon, Diana Surfas, Jannis Swerman, Phillis Vaccarelli, Phillip Valdez, Joan Vogel, Donna Weiser-Hennes, Heidi Weisman, Josephine Witte, Donald Wressell, Steven Yamin, Sherry Yard, Ria Young, Linda Zimmerman

 

Photo CreditEd Krieger

 

Follow C-CAP Los Angeles for the latest updates on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CCAPLosAngeles/

Twitter:  @CCAPLosAngeles 

Instagram:  @ccaplosangeles

 

C-CAP – Careers through Culinary Arts Program

202 West 1st, Suite #6-0410

Los Angeles, CA 90012

T: 213-542-1967

www.ccapinc.org

 

This was re-posted with permission from: Lawrence Moore & Associates Inc. See my disclosure for details on why I share articles like this on MizMeliz.com

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Posted on May 4th, 2017 by & filed under Blog Venture, Events, Everything Miz Meliz, Last Night's Show, Live Performances

Sometimes the stars align and I am in the right place at the right time! There may be hope for me yet, perhaps I won’t ALWAYS be A Day Late and a Dollar Short! In fact, life has been pretty good lately and it seems I have been doing a lot of cool things. I don’t believe in luck. I also believe my stars have always been lined up just right. The fact is, I am ready for this. It is my year to rock this – My Year in Bloom! I am my happiest, healthiest, and best self – so that means I get to do the things I love doing!

I present to you one of those things. Celebrations. 

Happy Birthday Live.Me!

LOS ANGELESMay 3, 2017  — Live.me, the live broadcasting app, celebrated it’s one year anniversary with an award celebration in a swanky Bel-Air mansion on Saturday April 29th in Los Angeles. Hundreds of Live.me broadcasters were in attendance at the invite-only event which also included appearances by recording artist Kesha, FaZe Banks, FaZe Nikans, RiceGum, Macy KateDiego Navarette(Diegosaurs), Nick BeanSam and Rosa PottorffAndrew Fontenot, and dozens of other social media stars.

“Good News!”

The highlight of the event for me was seeing this great Los Angeles band, Ocean Park Standoff. The lead singers may seem familiar to you because they have been in the headlines in recent years and are now in the hottest new band making their rounds on TV shows. They performed on NBCs Live Today  on February 22nd and on May 2nd on CBS’ Late Late Show with James Corden. Soon they will be on my show! I interviewed them for Bubblr Media and will show you the video exclusively on Last Night’s Show with Miz Meliz!

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Ocean Park Standoff Perform at the Live.Me Birthday Bash

Ocean Park Standoff, the latest need-to-know LA pop rock band led by Ethan ThompsonSamantha Ronson, and Pete Nappi, performed a handful of songs live, including the hit single “Good News.

Touring this summer with a few of my favorite bands, Third Eye Blind and Silversun Pickups, Ocean Park Standoff is taking flight! Super stardom is in the works as the band’s new EP is being released this week. It will definitely be my favorite music to take me into the summer months!!

Ethan Thompson looked so familiar to me and I realized when I met him that it was from watching him on American Idol in 2014. He sang his original songs on Idol and has always been known for writing songs with a positive message. (Yeah, my kind of guy!)  DJ/Singer-songwriter Samantha Ronson is a well-known musician on the Hollywood scene known for her video and music talent along with her brother Mark Ronson.  Pete Nappi, the band’s producer and drummer is best known as a writer, producer, composer and artist who specializes in pop writing/production and film scoring. (Is that all?)

Read more about the band in this awesome interview: on PaperMag

On Target!

Contortionist and America’s Got Talent finalist Sofi Dossi performed a routine which included shooting a bow and arrow using only her feet.  @sofiedossi

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Sofie Dossi’s breathtaking performance at the Live.Me Birthday Party

I was floored by the amazing performance by Sofie Dossi! She is self taught! Can you believe that? Well, you wouldn’t believe it if you saw what she did on that stage! I will show you the video on my show so be sure to check it out on Last Night’s Show with Miz Meliz on BubbrMedia! 

Live.me has celebrated many successes in its first year, including becoming the highest grossing live broadcasting app in the US, recognized a handful of broadcasters for achieving various milestones throughout the year. The list of winners includes:

  • Queen of Hearts Award: SavageWinter – 1337 [Most hearts received in a single broadcast with 3,977,141 hearts]
  • Rainmaker Award: Ice King [Sent the most gifts with 44.2M coins]
  • Lit Marathon Award: Gharet Starke [Longest consecutive stream at 154 hours]
  • Class Act Award: TurnUpKing [The highest Broadcaster Class Level/Experience]
  • Time Well Spent Award: Ashcatash [Broadcasted the most hours with 1,675.6]
  • Social Butterfly Award: Collins Key [Most shares in a single broadcast with 9,879 shares]
  • Tubefilter Chart Topper Award: TheRealKatherinRojas [Has appeared highest the most weeks on the Tubefilter rankings and ranked highest]
  • Diamonds Are Forever AwardKristina Plisko [Has received the most diamonds with 44.1 diamonds]
  • Follow Me AwardRoman Atwood [Most followers with 5.53M fans]
  • Live.me Star Award: SammieFreakingFirth [Person cumulatively appearing highest across all 3 in-app charts (diamonds, gifter, trending)]
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Khudor Annous announcing the awards and introducing the Live.Me super stars!

“A year ago, it was hard to imagine Live.me would break through in the way it has, but it’s a testament to our strong community of live broadcasters and how much the live video format has been embraced by all types of creators,” said Khudor Annous, Head of Marketing & Partnerships for Live.me. “We’ve got some exciting surprises in store for this next year and big plans to continue to reshape the future of mobile broadcasting.”

The party included sponsors Heineken and Hint Water, and music by DJ William Lifestyle, co-founder of the charity HashtagLunchbag. To recap the first year of activities and broadcasters, a brand new video was debuted and can be seen on Live.me‘s YouTube page:

About Live.me 
Live.me is the fastest and highest grossing live broadcasting platform in the U.S. The app has been downloaded by more than 21 million people, including creators of all formats and interests, to connect with others and earn virtual goods that can be exchanged for prizes, rewards, and cash. More than 200,000 hours of live video are broadcast daily on Live.me.

 
Shout out and a Special Thanks to my friends Kristy Gillentine @KrisGillentine  and Chris Strub @ChrisStrub   for introducing me to Live.Me and to Andrea Slaydon of Drive West Communications for providing all the information I needed to make this blog post awesome! Disclosure: I was not paid to post this, all opinions are my own, and I was sent an invitation to attend the party as a guest. For more details on why I post articles like this here on my blog, please read my full Disclosure. Thanks!

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