I feel so blessed in my life. One of the cool things I get to do today is present a check for $30,000 to my alma mater for scholarships for Hispanic and Latino students who wish to attend the CIA.
As many of you know, I am a ’91 honors graduate of the C.I.A. I am Hispanic and I too was able to attend school with financial aid provided by the CIA. So in many ways, this is an event that has come full circle for me. Tonight I will have the honor to present a check from McCormick for $30,000 to the scholarship fund specifically directed at Latino and Hispanic students. The funds are a from a campaign that we conducted this past summer targeted to the Hispanic community.
The program name was Asando Sabroso Tour (Grilling with Flavor tour) and started on Cinco de Mayo in San Antonio. The tour had 26 stops throughout San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Austin, Los Angeles and Phoenix. As part of the tour, a McCormick-branded food truck offered product samples, flavor ideas, and two delicious tacos from their new line of seasoning blends. A Chipotle Chicken Taco and a Montreal Steak Carne Asada taco were the stars. There was a minimum charge of $1 to help Latino students pursue their passion for cooking at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and McCormick matched all funds collected to provide these targeted scholarships.
What I am most thankful for and also what I absolutely love about these two great institutions is that both have a long history of working towards attracting and showcasing Latino talent and preserving and innovating on Latino culinary flavors and cooking traditions.
Gracias to the San Antonio Campus of the CIA and to McCormick!