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Thursday, February 26, 2009

C-CAP Honors Drew Nieporent

Chefs, culinary students, foodies and critics alike were eating in harmony last night at the 11th Annual C-CAP benefit. This was my third C-CAP event to volunteer at and I think I did a fantastic job. I worked the registration table for a couple hours and then I was able to partake in all the delicious food tasting. But best of all, I was so pleased with myself for being able to recognize so many industry folks. I realized I'm well-versed and involved in this industry more than I give myself credit for.

Founder of C-CAP, Richard Grausman

*All photos from Feedbag correspondent Laurie Pila Horowitz*

Another volunteer came near the table I was working at and said, "This guy says he's with the press." I of course knew who "that guy" was right away. So I kindly let them know that Josh Ozersky works for city search and writes The Feedbag blog and should be given a press kit right away. I was even called a hipster just for knowing this. I'm no hipster, but I know food personalities. I was able to chat with a chef I seriously admire, Wylie Dufresne. He was serving some a warm chestnut-horseradish soup with pear and ver jous. I regret not going back for more. We joked about his one point win over my chef at the Tofu competition this past summer.

Wylie Dufresne

I got to meet the talented Philip Grausman who created "The Bean", a trophy given to the honoree of each event. I watched Lynn Crawford and her Four Seasons crew walk by. They always seems to travel in groups of 10 or more. This year honored Drew Nieporent, restaurateur and founder of the Myriad Restaurant Group. I checked in his older brother, who looks just like him. Handsome Marcus Samuelsson was there, too looking rushed as chefs always do. He serves as C-CAP's restaurant chair.

WD~50's chestnut horseradish soup with pear and ver jous

I can't wait for the next event and I look forward to working with these talented food personalities more. Who knows, maybe my chef-or your chef-will be named as the honoree.

For other wrap-ups of the event, see these blog links below. The Feedbag definitely has the best photos.
Marcus Samuelsson and Drew Nieporent
The Feedbag

Grub Street

Restaurant Girl

Time Out New York



LaurieH NYC said...

Hi Hilary- glad you liked the photos.
Laurie (feedbag journalist and DCW fan)

Hilary Battes said...

Yes, they are wonderful! I'm so glad you gave the event the press it so deserves.

Always glad to have a fan!