"An Afternoon with El Cajon"
An Epicurean Tasting Event!
On Sunday, August 3rd, Cupertino’s Park Place restaurant in the Cypress Hotel hosted a one of a kind food and wine event. The benefit was a great success! Thank you to all of the donors, restaurants, and wineries who participated, and to everyone who came and enjoyed food, wine, and our student's stories!
Participating Restaurants and Wineries
- Park Place Restaurant
- Oak & Rye Pizza
- Alexander’s Steakhouse
- The Sea
- Alexander’s Patisserie
- Whole Foods Cupertino
- Carlos Pineda
- Solis Winery
- Roudon Smith
See photos from the event here.
El Cajon Project and founder Betty Ewing featured in an article and video at NBC Bay Area News: "Former Restaurateur Puts Hundreds Of At Risk Kids On The Right Path", By Garvin Thomas:
"In 1993, Betty Ewing had what she calls her "noodle-on-the-wall" idea:" take students at risk of not graduating high school and place them in jobs in restaurant kitchens. Twenty years, and more than 800 kids later, the El Cajon Project is still going strong." (more)
On Sunday, August 25th El Cajon celebrated its 20th year of operation with a fundraising event at Solis Winery in Gilroy, CA. Thanks to the gracious donation of wine and location by Vic Vanni of Solis Winery, El Cajon hosted an intimate event for its board members, staff and biggest supporters. Please take a look at the photos from the event and go visit Vic at Solis Winery, tell him we sent you!
El Cajon student Juan Reyes and Executive chef Gerardo Naranjo featured in an article in the Cupertino Courier
El Cajon Project and founder Betty Ewing featured in an article in The Monterey County Weekly: "Restaurant 1833 hits a magic number and CRBC celebrates with spins and sliders." by Mark C. Anderson (more)
Founder, Director, Chef and high school culinary arts teacher Betty Ewing was awarded the 2012 CBS Jefferson Award, an honor for local heroes making huge impacts in the community. Betty has been changing the course of over 600 students’ lives in the California Bay Area since 1993 by starting an innovative culinary training program where students earn high school credits towards graduation. This community-based organization involves participating chefs at exclusive Bay Area restaurants, school districts, parents, El Cajon staff and volunteers and of course, at-risk students, age 16-19.
Check out Chef Betty & her Gilroy HS students "Aluminum Junior Chef Challenge" in the Gilroy Dispatch!:
"As the only high school culinary curriculum of its caliber in Santa Clara County according to veteran chef instructor Betty Ewing, Gilroy High School's beginning and advanced cooking classes are something to behold in an age of draconian state budget cuts and program slashing." (more)
Founder Betty Ewing featured in an article in The Gilroy Dispatch: "Culinary camaraderie: Youth gain head start in local culinary academy" by Blair Tellers (more)
El Cajon Project Inc. is pleased to announce that it has received a grant of $25,000 from Newman’s Own Foundation in support of El Cajon Project and its youth outreach. (more)
El Cajon interview on KQED's California Report
Park Place Restaurant in Cupertino Grand Opening October 29th, 2008 All proceeds go to El Cajon.