Community Events

Feed Your Community, Feed Your Soul

Food is more than our jobs. Food is our responsibility to the community. Philanthropic and charitable activity is central to our concept of hospitality. The CSCA community is generous with time, energy, funds, and the use of school resources to support causes important to us. Visit us at one of our upcoming events.

Recent 2019 Events

Ultimate Food Rescue

On Tuesday, June 25, we joined many local chefs to demonstrate that recovered food (and at times ugly) tastes good with a little bit of creativity and a lot of heart. Like Three Squares New England, we believe that reducing food waste in commercial and home kitchens can curb the alarming 40% of food that gets wasted each year. Chefs Jerrod Perry and Sean Leonard took part in the friendly competition to create something from food that otherwise might have ended up in the compost bin.

They prepared two dishes for the 170 + attendees:

  • grilled ginger and citrus beef served with mango salsa on a chip
  • blackened, stuffed chile pepper with whipped ricotta and summer squash

The organizations benefiting from the $32,000+ this event raised include: A Place to Turn, Boston Area Gleaners, Brookwood Community Farm, Centre St Food Pantry, Dedham Food Pantry, Food For Free, Food Link, Gaining Ground, JF&CS Family Table, Land’s Sake, Lovin’ Spoonfuls, Needham Community Council, Newton Food Pantry, Open Table, Food Project, Ripples of Hope, Urban Farming Institute, Waltham Fields Community Farm, and Women’s Lunch Place.

No Kid Hungry’s Taste of the Nation

No Kid Hungry’s culinary events highlight the nation’s finest talent in the food and drink industry, all united under one cause: ending childhood hunger. Each year these events raise the critical funds needed to support No Kid Hungry’s work to ensure that all children in America get the healthy food they need, every day.

No Kid Hungry is a national campaign run by Share Our Strength, a nonprofit working to solve problems of hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world. After 25 years of successfully investing in local nonprofits and helping find the best approaches to eradicating poverty and hunger, Share Our Strength launched No Kid Hungry in 2010.

We joined many of our alumni and friends at Boston’s Taste of the Nation June 4, 2019 to serve sweet and savory cupcakes to the hundreds of philanthropic foodies who attended.

Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer Bake Sale

CSCA chef instructors baked up a storm to support breast cancer research and care. We sold Mothers’ Day themed sweets at an open house at our school and raised $1,600 to donate to breast cancer research and care.

Boston Bakes is part of a larger national campaign that features desserts from the greatest chefs, pastry chefs and culinary artists in town. Bakes for Breast Cancer raises money for breast cancer research one sweet at a time through dessert-oriented events. Their grassroots nonprofit organization has one goal: to end breast cancer in our lifetime.

The 20th Annual Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer took place May 6-12, 2019 and CSCA joined the fundraising on May 11 from 10am – 12pm!

A Taste of Ginger

CSCA donated time and Chicken Adobo with Spring Vegetables to raise funds to support Joslin Diabetes Center, an organization dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes and ensuring that people with diabetes live long, healthy lives.

The $225,000 raised through A Taste of Ginger benefit Joslin Diabetes Center’s Asian American Diabetes Initiative (AADI). For over a decade, the AADI has made substantial advances to enhance the quality of life and health outcomes for Asian Americans living with diabetes, through research, education, outreach and culturally appropriate treatments.

Festivities took place on Monday, March 25, 2019.

2018 Events

The CSCA Holiday Bake Sale: Our Biggest Fundraising Event! 

On December 15th from 10am – 2pm, hundreds of people came out to buy holiday treats, gifts, and more, helping us raise $10,000! All proceeds were divided between two fantastic organizations:

  • Community Cooks, a neighborhood organization that mobilizes individuals, businesses, civic, educational and faith-based groups to offer home prepared food to vulnerable neighbors seeking assistance from human service agencies, students working to improve their lives in after school programs and families struggling with food insecurity.
  • Women’s Lunch Place, a daytime shelter on Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay that assists vulnerable women experiencing poverty and homelessness by offering nutritious meals, personal advocacy, nap and shower facilities, medical care, and support services.

We sold CSCA favorites including cinnamon rolls, decorated cookies, Buche de Noel, French Macarons, stocking stuffers, and so much more! We also sold raffle tickets to win exceptional prizes from cooking classes to signed cookbooks from local chefs.

In 2017, we raised $7,200 to donate to our neighbors in need and we were thrilled to give back even more in 2018 and look forward to our next holiday bake sale!

Giving back never tasted so sweet.

Rodman Celebration for Kids

CSCA donated time and Jiaozi to raise funds to support Rodman for Kids, an organization that provides vital programs that allow at-risk kids to have a brighter holiday season and receive year-round support.
Funds raised through Celebration for Kids, including 100% of all silent and live auction bids, support Greater Boston organizations that, through a myriad of programs and resources, work to brighten the lives of at-risk kids during the holiday season and all year long.

Festivities took place on Saturday, December 1, 2018.

Party Under the Harvest Moon

On Friday, October 19, Food For Free threw their biggest fundraiser of the year, and CSCA is proud to be donating food in support. Food For Free improves access to healthy food within our community by rescuing food that would otherwise go to waste, strengthening the community food system, and creating new distribution channels to reach under-served populations. They are working toward a future where everyone in our community—regardless of age, income or ability—has consistent access to fresh, healthy, delicious food.

Festivities took place Friday, October 19, 2018.

Cambridge Camping’s 125th Birthday

Since 1893, Cambridge Camping has served children from under-resourced families by providing exceptional summer camp programs. They offer affordable day camps and overnight partner-camps, which provide engaging and enriching experiences to children with limited access to these opportunities.

We joined them to help raise over $150,000 in donations and celebrate 125 years of opportunities to to build friendships, interact with nature, and develop healthy behaviors. CSCA catered the backyard birthday bash with camp-themed treats and Opera Cake.

Festivities took place on Saturday, September 29, 2018.

Pie in the Sky

CSCA is proud to bake apple and pecan pies annually for #PieInTheSky, Community Servings’ Thanksgiving bake sale! Proceeds from each pie provides a week’s worth of meals for a critically ill client. Their meals are made from scratch and medically tailored, meeting the needs of their clients with HIV/AIDS, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other devastating illnesses.

Pie sales on November 19, 2018 raised $760,000 to feed Community Servings’ critically ill clients and their families!

WGBH Food and Wine Festival

The Taste of WGBH Food & Wine Festival is considered the largest food and wine festival in New England! Attendees enjoy delicious food trends, educational seminars offering insight into the minds of chefs, live music from some of today’s best artists, and the most refreshing adult beverages from around the globe.

CSCA signed up to support our local public media at the weekend-long WGBH Food and Wine Festival. Current students helped chefs and staff serve the tastiest food around, while learning from the best in the business throughout the festival and at the Brunch Bar.

Fluff Festival

The 13th annual What the Fluff Festival featured musical performances, a cooking contest, Fluff-themed games, activities, antics and fun for every age, and Fluff treats of every sort in Union Square.

CSCA sold Peanut Butter & Fluff and Peanut Butter & Black Currant French Macarons and donated all of the proceeds ($1000!) to Community Cooks, a neighborhood organization that mobilizes individuals, businesses, and groups to offer home prepared food to vulnerable neighbors struggling with food insecurity.

This free event took place on Saturday, September 22, 2018.