Markham Mark of Distinction Finalist
August 31, 2011, 4:30 pm
Filed under: Donors, Sponsor Appreciation

Dear friends and supporters,

We are thrilled to share that our program has been nominated as one of 10 finalists in the Markham Vineyards Mark of Distinction program! This Napa Valley winery has a history of giving back, and through the “Mark of Distinction,” aims to help others give back, too. It will provide two finalists each with a $25,000 grant to allow them to continue their community efforts.

And, in addition to providing grants, Markham Vineyards will also produce two limited production Estate Cabernet Sauvignon wines appropriately named The Philanthropist and The Altruist in honor of the grant recipients. If we receive the “Mark of Distinction,” our project information will be highlighted on the back labels of these wines, helping us to raise additional awareness of our cause.

Here’s where we need your help: the two recipients will be determined by the public.

So please help us by casting your vote on Starting 12:01 a.m. (ET) on 8/29/11, you can vote as often as once per day up until 12:01 a.m. (ET) on 10/3/11. Feel free to spread the word and encourage your friends and family to vote for us!

We appreciate all your support!

Thank you,

The CulinaryCorps Team


2010 Trip Sponsor Spotlight: The Many Friends of CulinaryCorps
January 28, 2010, 11:10 am
Filed under: Puerto Rico February 2010, Sponsor Appreciation

A huge THANK YOU to our corporate sponsors who are helping support our upcoming trip to Puerto Rico.

We have been tremendously lucky to receive monetary and in-kind donations at the “Friends” contribution level from the following corporations:

La Hacienda Foods: A wonderful speciality grocery store in the San Juan Area.

SM Seafood: An exceptional seafood purveyor in the Santa Monica area.

Sysco – Santa Monica: A generous contributor to our efforts.

The Dumpling: A Seasonal Guide: Our favorite cookbook of the year!

Whole Foods Market Bowery: The supplier of fabulous gifts for our project partners and chefs.  Details to come later so we don’t spoil the surprise!

World Wide Produce: Supplying Southern CA and Las Vegas with pristine produce.

We thank all of our SPONSORS who have supported us over the years.  Your generosity has traveled further than any of us will ever know!

Comments Off on 2010 Trip Sponsor Spotlight: The Many Friends of CulinaryCorps

2010 Trip Sponsor Spotlight: The Culinary Trust
January 19, 2010, 10:21 am
Filed under: Puerto Rico February 2010, Sponsor Appreciation

CulinaryCorps was deeply honored when approached by The Culinary Trust about partnering with their organization’s efforts to motivate chefs to explore their world through food.  Eager to help fund our upcoming trip to Puerto Rico, The Culinary Trust helped put together a chef-scholarship to assist with our efforts.

We would like to congratulate Thomas Medrow, this year’s recipient of the 2010 Culinary Trust Scholarship sponsored by Zwilling-J.A. Henckels.

This scholarship will help fund Thomas and our culanthropic activities on the island of Puerto Rico during our upcoming trip in January.  As this trip’s Assistant Leader and a three-time CulinaryCorps participant, we cannot be more pleased with the decision.

For those of you unfamiliar with The Culinary Trust, please read on:

Founded in 1984 under the name Cooking Advancement Research and Education Foundation (CAREF), it names the late Julia Child as one of its first trustees.  CAREF formed to support research and education in the broad fields of culinary studies, whether from a scientific, literary or practical standpoint.

Recognizing the close affinity of its mission with the goals of the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals), in 1994, the two blended to form IACP Foundation.  The next ten years were spent working closely with the IACP to promote culinary research and education, as well as charitable activities such as hunger relief.

By 2004, however, the IACP Foundation saw a need and opportunity to expand its efforts to include the preservation of culinary heritage in our rapidly changing foodways.  A sentiment CulinaryCorps could not agree more with!

The IACP Foundation changed its name to the all-inclusive The Culinary Trust, reflecting its updated mission. The Culinary Trust achieves its mission through scholarships and grants for students and professionals, cookbook preservation and restoration, educational programs and grants for hunger alleviation.

Thank you Culinary Trust for your generosity to CulinaryCorps.  We will do our best to fully embrace your motto while in Puerto Rico:

“Celebrating the Past.  Funding the Future.”

Comments Off on 2010 Trip Sponsor Spotlight: The Culinary Trust

2010 Trip Sponsor Spotlight: The French Culinary Institute
December 17, 2009, 10:32 am
Filed under: Puerto Rico February 2010, Sponsor Appreciation

The French Culinary Institute (FCI) is Manhattan’s premiere cooking school in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City. Founded in 1984 by Dorothy Cann Hamilton, FCI offers full-time courses in culinary arts, pastry arts, and international bread baking. FCI is consistently ranked among the top cooking schools in the country . In April 2006, The French Culinary Institute received “The Award of Excellence for Vocational Cooking School from the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP).

FCI has been a guiding force for CulinaryCorps, helping the organization grow and prosper since its inception in 2006. Many of our chef-alumni have been graduates of FCI including founder, Christine Carroll, Program Coordinator, Thomas Medrow, and Trip Co-Leader, Sandy Tuason.  In addition, FCI’s Director of Career Services, Erik Murnighan, was an instrumental chef-volunteer in New Orleans during our June 2007 trip.

In 2010, FCI has joined an elite team of donors who are helping to sponsor the cost of our trip to Puerto Rico.  We are pleased to announce that The French Culinary Institute is the first culinary school to contribute at a BENEFACTOR level to the organization. These funds will directly contribute to our work on the island.

We are hugely appreciative of the FCI’s generosity of not only funds but of time and mentorship.  Their continued support of CulinaryCorps has contributed directly to the organization’s accomplishments.  We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship as both entities grow and thrive.

Comments Off on 2010 Trip Sponsor Spotlight: The French Culinary Institute

Sponsor Appreciation: International Flavors & Fragrances
April 4, 2009, 4:34 pm
Filed under: April 2009 Trip, Sponsor Appreciation

A heartfelt thank you to INTERNATIONAL FLAVORS & FRAGRANCES for coming on board as a BENEFACTOR donor.

As a leading creator and manufacturer of flavors and fragrances, IFF is dedicated to both their customers and their world.  With a philanthropic focus towards childhood education, IFF was happy to help support our design and launch of Grow. Cook. Dine. in Ocean Springs, MS – an after school cooking and gardening club in conjunction with Slowfood MS and AL.

IFF’s generous contribution will help offset costs of the launch project on Monday, April 20th as well as supply a small seed grant to the Grow. Cook. Dine. program so it can live on well after we depart.


Sponsor Appreciation: Whole Foods Market
April 4, 2009, 4:15 pm
Filed under: April 2009 Trip, Sponsor Appreciation

A huge thanks to WHOLE FOODS MARKET NORTHEAST REGION for their commitment to the upcoming April trip. Their generosity of gift cards will help provide groceries for our projects both in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward as well as Ocean Springs, MS.

Thanks you Whole Foods Market for allowing your good food to do a lot of good!


Sponsor Appreciation: Franciscan Oakville Estate
April 4, 2009, 4:10 pm
Filed under: April 2009 Trip, Sponsor Appreciation

When ICON ESTATES contacted us and asked “do you think you could use a winemaker on your next trip?” we didn’t hesitate to shout a resounding “yes!”  The resulting collaboration is an incredibly exciting and unique sponsorship.  FRANCISCAN has generously agreed to sponsor a wine-pairing dinner for the entire CulinaryCorps team at Bourbon House on Sunday, April 19th.

Michael Eckstein, Franciscan’s winemaker, has paired up with Darin Nesbit, the executive chef of Bourbon House, to craft a multi-course menu featuring Franciscan’s wines.

In tandem with the meal, Michael will be giving the group a short lesson on the art of wine-blending  featuring his Magnificat.  We have no doubt it will be a night to remember and thank Icon Estates and Franciscan Estate for their tremendous generosity and willingness to share their love of their craft with us.

A special thanks to the folks at BOURBON HOUSE (Lee Anne, Darin, Barry and Wesley) for pulling together the evening so seamlessly.