New York City Cooking Program for Teens and Youth



The program culminates with an annual fund raising dinner where the new chefs prepare a seven-course meal for 150 + guests and are awarded a certificate of completion. There are several entertainers that perform throughout the evening as well.

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See photos from our March 4th, 2017 ACI Fundraiser Gala in our gallery.

Every year the graduates of the Ascension Culinary Institute (ACI) invite supporters, friends, family and community members to their Annual Fundraiser Gala. Ticket sales from the event supports the continuation of our free culinary institute for kids in New York City.


The evening includes cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and dinner cooked, plated and served by the current class of ACI chefs. The feast is followed by fabulous performers and live music! This year's performers included Broadway star Sean McDermott, the Muñiz Band and more!


Visit our gallery to see photos and videos from previous years!

See the menu from Ascension Culinary Institute's 9th Annual Fundraising Dinner


—  Cocktail Hour  —

Wine, Beer & Champagne


Demitasse of Brothy Bisque


—  Dinner

Assorted Bruschetta

Herb Infused Crab Cakes

Spicy Shrimp Scampi Tapas Style

Lemon Rosemary Infused Sorbet (Palette Cleanser :)

Frise with Brussels, Bacon, Pecans and Blue

Beef Short Ribs


—  Dessert

Mixed Berry Cocoa Pavlova

Ticket sales will end on March 1st, at 08:30 PM.


Church of the Ascension

221 West 107th Street
New York, NY 10024

ACI Culinary Institute NYC Fundraiser Dinner