Nearly 30 chefs will offer foods from roast duck with cherry and fig chutney to panna cotta and cake pops at an event celebrating Arizona women in the culinary arts.
Called Getting Our Just Desserts, the Saturday soiree will feature a variety of food samples from an all-female roster of chefs, as well as workshops on chocolate, olive oil, cheese, tea and food photography.
The event is a fundraiser for Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), a group that works with public schools to prepare high schoolers for college and careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry.
"We have chefs who own their own restaurants or catering companies, chefs who work for the top restaurants and resorts in the Valley, and we also have culinary business owners," says Almira Wagley, spokeswoman for C-CAP. "They're going to be creating a mix of sweet and savory things, so it's not all sugary," she says.
Among the chefs in attendance will be Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa executive chef Renae Hannum, a Scottsdale Culinary Institute grad recognized as the youngest executive chef among all of Hilton North America's properties, and Tricia Guerrero, culinary instructor at East Valley Institute of Technology.
Experts such as Jeff Grenfel, cheese monger at Cheuvront Restaurant and Wine Bar in Phoenix, and Pat Perrigo, director of the photography department at the Art Institute of Phoenix, will lead the workshops.
There's also a silent auction. Weekend getaways, dining packages, culinary products, photography sessions and other prizes will be up for grabs.
Wagley says C-CAP awarded $750,000 in scholarships to Arizona students in 2010.
"We mentor and offer scholarship opportunities through competitions to high school students in culinary programs at their schools. We had 162 entries last year, and 40 of those students won scholarships. During the process, they're mentored by C-CAP and some of the professional working chefs who are our judges," she says.
DETAILS >> 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The Art Institute of Phoenix,
2233 W. Dunlap Ave. $35 per person. (480) 822-0112 or
www.blacktie-arizona.com/rsvp (enter event code: justdesserts11).