Black Culinary Alliance (BCA) is a nonprofit whose mission is to provide educational and professional opportunities for people of color (Asian-American, Native American, Hispanic, and Black) in the culinary field. BCA celebrated their 13th Annual Food and Wine Experience Friday, May 5, 2017, at the historic Guastavino’s in New York City. The much-anticipated event established a connection between billion dollar food service and diverse young talents.
This year, the event celebrated Hispanic leadership in the culinary field, with honoree George Carbonell of Empire Merchants being presented with the Vision in Wine Award. The award has been long honoring individuals who have demonstrated a dedication to building awareness and appreciation among people of color for the culture of wine through education.
More than 50 World-Class chefs offered some of New York’s finest food and wine talents to produce mouthwatering samples, including slow roasted BBQ pulled pork sliders, lobster mac spring rolls, and grilled Mediterranean bread pudding.
Attendees enjoyed these delectable bites with wine and spirits from around the world. Drinks from a diverse bunch of distributors were prepared--perhaps most notably, a Japanese Whisky cocktail garnished with burning orange peels.
The spectacular night ended with a raffle of prizes from various restaurants, caterers, and winemakers to raise proceeds for the organization.
Special Thanks to BCA Global