As summer comes to a close, we once again proudly sponsored our annual Culinary Experience trip here in New York City. Every year, we partner with the Epicurean Charitable Foundation (ECF) and the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) to host a scholarship recipient and their mentor from each foundation on a 3-day culinary experience tour of New York City, geared to highlight the many facets of the hospitality world and immerse the young students in every aspect.
This year’s lucky recipients were Jasmine Ramos, a hardworking, bright sophomore at UNLV, and Krista Alpuerto, an eager, motivated graduate of Le Cordon Bleu. Jasmine’s mentor is Sean DiCicco, VP of Food at Caesars Entertainment and President of ECF, and joining us from Los Angeles, Krista is mentored by Chef Jared Levy, Executive Chef at Eveleigh.
Kitchen tour at Leuca with GM Levi Jones & meeting the Chef
While our guests enjoyed a variety of delicious meals across the city, they also had the opportunity to tour front & back of the house, kitchen & other operations, along with having interactive encounters with the many passionate people it takes to run a restaurant. Additionally, our visitors learned about Avero’s innovative management tools and interacted with our employees during their office visit with us.
Coffee lesson with Avero employee Andrew Lim
Masterpiece cappuccino made by Krista & Jasmine
What goes better with a fresh cup of espresso than crullers from Daily Provisions?
We had beautiful weather and an incredible experience at every restaurant, but don’t just take our word for it, check out the highlights below.
(left to right) Sean DiCicco, Krista Alpuerto, Chef Jared Levy, Peter Storer (VP of Client Ops - Avero), Jasmine Ramos, and Michael Twiford (Product Manager - Avero) at The NoMad Bar
NoMad chocolate bar - take home souvenirs for Krista & Jasmine
Impressive drinks at The NoMad Bar
The spread at The NoMad Bar
Cheesecake - The NoMad Bar spoiled us with dessert!
Getting to see where the delicious food is prepared - The NoMad Bar
Inspirtational words in the kitchen of The NoMad Bar
Our guests with Heather Knigin (Sr. Director, HR - Avero) and Nic Bryant (Sr. Client Operations Manager - Avero & Jr. Boardmember of C-CAP) at Temple Court
Lunch at Cosme
Dessert at Cosme - that Husk Meringue is unforgettable!
BOH tour at Cosme
BOH & kitchen tour at Leuca - with Kayla Wilson (Sr. Account Executive - Avero)
Seasonal tasting menu at Gramercy Tavern included duck - palate pleaser!
Blueberry Trifle at Gramercy Tavern
Handmade truffles from Gramercy Tavern - spoiled again!
We wish Jasmine & Krista the best of luck in all of their forthcoming endeavors and cannot wait to see what the future holds for these two lovely, lively young ladies!
Until next year!
Looking forward to hosting the 2018 Culinary Experience with ECF & C-CAP!