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BCA’s 17th Annual Black Tie Gala
08/10/2010 - By New York, NY

BCA’s 17th Annual Black Tie Gala

Guests joined Fox 5 TV personality and Good Day New York Weather Anchor Mike Woods to celebrate diversity in the hospitality and culinary industries on April 10th, 2010, at the New York Marriott Marquis.

Corporate sponsors Hobart, Marriott, Restaurant Associates-Compass, Electrolux, Food Network, Sodexo, and Irinox partnered with the BCA to honor leaders in diversity at the BCA’s annual black tie Cultural Awareness Salute. Charmain Sithappah, CEO of The Seasoned Pot Company and a leading ambassador of South African cuisine to the world, received the Jefferson Evans award for culinary excellence. The Heritage Award for life-long achievement was presented to Melba Wilson, owner of Melba’s Restaurant and Catering. The evening also included special presentations by the Food Network, Drew Nieporent (Owner, Myriad Restaurant Group), and the South African Consulate.

Now in its 17th year, the BCA’s Cultural Awareness Salute honors the achievements of people of color in the hospitality and culinary business, provides a space for industry networking and dialogue about the advancement of diversity, and gives culinary students from around the country the opportunity to cook alongside nationally renowned chefs.

Photos by Ed Lewis

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