Making Miracles on Monroe Road with Community Culinary School of Charlotte
Miracles on Monroe:
If there’s a recipe for putting people to work, Chef Ron Alhert and the Community Culinary School of Charlotte have it.
This fall, despite the very real challenges of 2020, the school saw the graduation of its 1,000th student. That graduate joins hundreds of CCSC alumni at work in restaurant kitchens across the city.
In today’s episode of The Biscuit Blitz, Tim Miner speaks to Chef Ron and his development director, Anne Lambert, about the importance of their work during a pandemic and about shifting their annual December fundraiser, Miracle on Monroe, to a new format that allows Charlotteans to select one of four to-go meals for two designed by CCSC alumni. More about that in the podcast and in the story below.
Orders must be in by Dec. 9 … so you’ll want to listen to their short podcast chat right now.
LISTEN TO A QUICK PODCAST WITH CHEF RON AND ANNE LAMBERT
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Putting People to Work
For more than two decades, CCSC has worked with the school system, the court system and other organizations to identify people in need of opportunities and the chance to start again. Over the course of 350 hours of hands-on instruction, they teach them the skills they need to walk into any restaurant or catering kitchen and get to work. This fall, the 1,000th student graduated from the school’s program, joining CCSC alumni working in kitchens across the city.
Making a New Miracle on Monroe
The organization’s largest annual fundraiser is called Miracle on Monroe, a night where guests are invited to come into the school’s kitchen, see the students at work and donate needed funds.
With COVID-19 making that event impossible, Chef Ron and his development director, Anne Lambert, have devised MiracleS on Monroe, which features an online auction and an innovative take-out concept.
For $150, you can order one of four different dinner packages for two designed by CCSC alumni. The packages range from a ribeye dinner to an Indonesian-inspired meal to (as Chef Ron puts it) “Not Your Momma’s Meatloaf.”
Dinners must be ordered by Dec. 9 and may be picked up Dec. 15 – 17. If that doesn’t fit your plans, you can buy a gift certificate and redeem it for one of the meals between Jan. 15 and May 31, 2021. Order your meals here.
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MAIN PHOTO CREDIT: People of Charlotte