Culinary Academy Participates in Bite of Las Vegas
The Culinary Academy had a food booth and sponsored the Cooking Stage at this event in Desert Breeze Park on September 12, 2015. Our chef instructors and students demonstrated how to make the delicious food that the catering team had prepared. We also ran a contest on Twitter and gave away two professional knife kits and a scholarship to the Academy.
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Culinary Academy Receives Generous Food Donation From Pernod Ricard
Pernod Ricard donated 1,275 bags of nonperishable food to the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas at the company’s national sales meeting at the Aria Hotel on July 29, 2015. The weekend food bags will help support our students while they are in training. Participants assembled the food bags as part of a team-building exercise and included a thoughtful handwritten message for each recipient.
A leading premium spirits and wine company, Pernod Ricard wanted to contribute to a local nonprofit organization that supports the hospitality industry. “Many of our students are struggling to get by and can’t afford to provide for themselves and their families,” says Culinary Academy CEO Chris Fava. “This generous gift from Pernod Ricard will help tide them over until they graduate, get a job, and become self-sufficient.” At the presentation, Mr. Fava accepted the donation and Julie Maldonado, who graduated from the bar porter and bar apprentice classes, spoke about how the training helped her become self-sufficient. She works as a bartender apprentice at Aria and plans to come back to the Culinary Academy to take the wine server class in the fall.
Two Academy Staff Members Named “Hospitality Heroes”
At a press conference at the Fremont Street Experience on May 7, 2015, Oscar Goodman, former mayor of Las Vegas, presented two of our employees with Hospitality Hero Awards. The awards, given out by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, honored hospitality employees who go above and beyond to deliver the best customer service. Chef Charles Caldwell, who has been teaching our professional cook class for 10 years, helps students master the technical skills and positive attitude that will enable them to get jobs with one of our 28 partners on the Strip. After graduating from the bus person class, Jaime Llamas was accepted into the Academy’s intern program and worked at both the Springs Preserve and The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. He is now employed by the Academy’s catering division, Culinary Arts Catering, as a lead server at The Smith Center and known for being outgoing and always performing with a smile. We are proud of how our employees support the Las Vegas hospitality industry!
The Academy hosted this exclusive trade show on January 15, 2015, to share the latest in innovative food, equipment, and supplies. A select group of 48 manufacturers exhibited their products, including many items not yet released or available. In addition, food and beverage experts held demonstrations highlighting various new and exciting techniques. This event was designed to give key decision makers in the hospitality industry the opportunity to learn about upcoming trends. Our students helped prepare and serve the food, and enjoyed working alongside professionals from all over the country. Thanks to everyone who participated for supporting the Academy!
Helping the Community
The Academy instructors, staff, and students supported two events in late November 2014 to help members of our community. We partnered with Three Square Food Bank and Catholic Charities to prepare and serve a delicious meal for several thousand attendees of Project Homeless Connect, an annual service and resource fair for the homeless and low income held at Cashman Center. We also worked with Chefs for Kids, a nonprofit organization dedicated to alleviating malnutrition and hunger in children through education, to prepare and serve a hot breakfast to hundreds of children at Howard E. Hollingsworth Elementary School in Las Vegas. It was great to give back to the community that we all care so much about!
Project Homeless Connect, November 19, 2014
Chefs for Kids Breakfast, November 20, 2014
Taste of Hospitality: 20 Years of Changing Lives
On September 18, 2014, nearly 800 people attended the 20th anniversary celebration of the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas at the beautiful Mirage pool. The event featured tastings from premiere restaurants; craft beer, wine, and cocktails; and entertainment by top local DJs. A silent auction and raffle offered a variety of items such as art, collectibles, and staycations. The event honored Congressman Steven Horsford; George Seess, chef emeritus; Jim Bonaventure, director of legal affairs, Culinary Union Local 226; Mayumi Camarao, alumna; MGM Resorts International; Nevada Partners, Inc.; and Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada. In addition, the Academy presented scholarships to 10 local nonprofit organizations. Thanks to all who attended and to our generous sponsors for making this event such a success!
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