Markham Mark of Distinction Finalist

Dear friends and supporters,

We are thrilled to share that our program has been nominated as one of 10 finalists in the Markham Vineyards Mark of Distinction program! This Napa Valley winery has a history of giving back, and through the “Mark of Distinction,” aims to help others give back, too. It will Magliette Calcio A Poco Prezzo provide two finalists each with a $25,000 grant to allow them to continue their community efforts.

And, in addition to providing grants, Markham Vineyards will also produce two limited production Estate Cabernet Sauvignon wines appropriately named The Philanthropist and The Altruist in honor of the grant recipients. If we receive the “Mark of Distinction,” our project information will be highlighted on the back labels of these wines, helping us to raise additional awareness of our cause.

Here’s where we need your help: the two recipients will be determined by the public.

So please help us by casting your vote on Starting 12:01 a.m. (ET) on 8/29/11, you can vote as often as once per day up until 12:01 a.m. (ET) on 10/3/11. Feel free to spread the word and encourage your friends and family to vote for us!

We appreciate all your support!

Thank you,

The CulinaryCorps Team

Platinum Patron Spotlight: Zwilling JA Henckels

We are pleased to announce a newly created category of sponsorship, Platinum Patrons, in recognition of Zwillling JA Henckels.

This tier of philanthropy was created specifically for Zwilling JA Henckels, and denotes donors who contribute over $5,000 to our efforts. Creating world-class cutlery and kitchen equipment for over 275 years, Henckels also has a profound commitment to community development.

For those of you not familiar with the genesis of CulinaryCorps, Zwilling JA Henckels provided our first opportunity to visit post-Katrina New Orleans via their Cutting Edge Culinary Student Scholarship program. A partnership with Share Our Strength, the 20 scholarship recipients were given an all-expenses paid trip to Share Our Strength’s Conference of Leaders. Zwilling JA Henckels’ generosity allowed us to witness the recovery efforts of New Orleans, interact with local chef luminaries like Leah Chase and Frank Brigtsen, eat our way through the cuisine of a great city and get utterly transformed along the way.

From that one trip, CulinaryCorps was born. And now JA Henckels is once again backing our efforts in a big way. CulinaryCorps has recently received a 1-year development grant that will provide necessary funding to help create and launch trips to a new portfolio of communities around the country.

We are so honored to have Zwilling JA Henckels as our first Platinum Patron. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to a company with a lot of heart.