Harvest Moon Feast
To Benefit Careers Through Culinary Arts Program
Text by Kathryn Brooks

Local award-winning Chef Mark Tarbell, will host a fundraiser on
Wednesday, October 20. Held in the Tarbell’s parking lot of Camelback
East Village, 3213 East Camelback Road, Phoenix, proceeds will
benefit the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP).

Join top chefs under the October Harvest Moon at the 7th Harvest Moon Feast to benefit C-CAP and the 9,000 students in Arizona who receive the culinary, job  and life skills training the 31-year-old nonprofit provides. With 25 food tables, high school students will be catering the event with culinary creations made with their chef mentors.

This fundraiser will not only allow aspiring culinary students to branch into the community and gain real-world cooking experience with expert chefs, but it will also help raise funds to provide career pathways, scholarships, and employment success for these high school students. 

In addition to these culinary food creations, guests will enjoy premium cocktails, wine and experience live musical entertainment by Nate Nathan and the MacDaddy-O’s, a band featuring host Chef Mark Tarbell.

Above: Aspiring culinary students with their chef mentors will prepare  the gourmet fare.

Guests can mix and mingle with top chefs in the culinary community such as celebrity chef mentor Beau MacMillan and James Beard Award-winning chef Scott Conant, who will be at the event to sign his new book, Peace, Love and Pasta, a complimentary gift for those with a VIP ticket. 

General admission tickets are $125 and include event entry at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy food as well as craft cocktails and wine. 

VIP tickets are $175 and includes one-hour early entry into the event (5:30 – 6:30 p.m.), food, craft cocktails/wine, a VIP gift bag and a signed copy of Scott Conant’s Peace, Love and Pasta.

If you would like to donate to this event or purchase a ticket, please see the link provided here.

Above: C-CAP provides culinary, job and life skills to over 20,000 middle-and-high school students annually.


Long co-chaired by celebrated chef Marcus Samuelsson, the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) is a workforce development nonprofit that provides underserved teens a pathway to success.

Annually, C-CAP provides culinary, job and life skills to over 20,000 middle-and-high school students in six cities/regions across the United States: New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC/Maryland and Arizona, including 7 Navajo Reservation schools.

This 31-year-old nonprofit founded by Richard Grausman strives to help further food and social justice, as well as equity and inclusion by providing tools for success. Starting in middle schools, C-CAP provides culinary-and-wellness curriculum, and in high schools also provide an integrated approach to employment in the food sector via internships/apprenticeships, job shadows, mentorship, and work opportunities, college and career advising, and higher-education scholarships, along with product and food donations. The success of C-CAP alumni is proof of the methodology and the work the nonprofit has done. To date, C-CAP has worked with 350,000 students and awarded $64 million in scholarships, transforming thousands of lives in a meaningful way. The urgency to help these diverse communities has never been more critical.