On Monday, May 11, fine-dining connoisseurs are invited to enjoy the modern French cuisine of Mélisse (www.melisse.com), a Michelin two-star restaurant in Santa Monica, Calif. Event proceeds will benefit Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) Los Angeles, a nonprofit dedicated to preparing underserved students for college and career opportunities in the restaurant and hospitality industries.
Guests will have the opportunity to dine in the chic ambiance of the famed restaurant while relishing chef/owner Josiah Citrin’s intriguing season-driven menu. Mélisse has been voted as Zagat’s No. 1-rated restaurant in Los Angeles since 2003, and Forbes Travel Guide named Mélisse “One of the Finest Five Star Properties in the World.” Citrin has been named one of the “Best Chefs of the Year” by Los Angeles Magazine and is also co-owner of the popular Los Angeles eatery, Lemon Moon Café.
The elegant dinner will begin with an assortment of hors d’oeuvres followed by three courses. The meal will be accompanied by select California wines from Santa Barbara County. In addition to a live auction to raise needed funds, other activities of the evening will include C-CAP students sharing their remarkable stories and aspirations with dinner guests.
Tickets are $175 each. For reservations, visit www.ccapmelisse.bpt.me or call Gloria Barke at (818) 756-1260. The tax-deductible amount of each ticket is $100. All proceeds will support C-CAP Los Angeles’ local programs. Space is limited. Mélisse is located at 1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401. Valet parking will be available.
C-CAP is a national nonprofit that prepares at-risk high-school students for college and careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry. For the past 25 years, C-CAP has provided job training and internships, scholarships, teacher training, cooking competitions, college and career advising and product and equipment donations. In the 2013-14 academic year it served more than 16,000 students in 157 high schools and awarded almost 200 scholarships totaling more than $3 million. During the same period in Los Angeles, C-CAP was able to work with 3,000 students in 25 schools and award nearly $600,000 in scholarships. For more information, visit www.ccapinc.org.