Chaya Adopts L.A.’s Future Chefs, Then Stuffs You for $25

Chaya Brasserie
Chaya Brasserie

To combat state budget cuts, Chaya will be L.A.’s first restaurant to “adopt” schools through C-CAP, the program serving high school students interested in the field of culinary arts. Chaya has arranged to give students at three schools (Westchester, West Adams, and Hollywood) educational lectures from its executive chefs, as well as opportunities for kids to shadow workers at the restaurant for hands-on training.

Last Thursday, Chaya’s executive chef Shigefumi Tachibe prepared tuna tartare for the students of Hollywood High’s culinary arts program, also issuing them a recipe challenge for fall. Tachibe says of the C-CAP partnership, “we really want to help students get the culinary education and training they need to become executive chefs over the next 25 years,” slyly mentioning the number of years that Chaya is celebrating for their presence in Los Angeles.

In order to adopt more schools to this program in the face of statewide financial stress, Chaya is having a benefit party this Sunday at their Beverly Hills restaurant to coincide with its 25th Anniversary. Entry is open to the public and only costs $25, which includes a whole gargantuan assortment of things to eat, from raw bar and sushi menu items passed around, to full plates available on the prix-fixe menu. The full details of the night’s edible offerings are below, while reservations can be made on Chaya’s website to support C-CAP on Sunday evening.

October 25th CHAYA Anniversary
October 25th, 2009
7:00-10:00 p.m.

Sample Menu

Raw Bar
Half Shell Oysters w/ Red Wine Mignonette, Cocktail Sauce, Horseradish, Sauce Verte
Shrimp Cocktail

Spicy Crunchy Roll
Kobe Roll
Vegetarian Roll
Dragon Roll
Tempura Shrimp Roll

Tray pass
Free Range Chicken Liver on brioche
Pork & Duck Rillettes on baguette
County Pate, Mustard
Tuna Niçoise Tartine on baguette
Bacon wrapped Organic Medjool Dates
Salted Cod Brandade Croquette
Petit Burger
Tuna tartar on the croton
Rock Shrimp cake with golden caviar
Albacore tataki
Chicken mushroom pie

Moules Marinière
Bacon wrapped Monk Fish, Red Wine Sauce
Lobster, Shrimp Ravioli
Wild Salmon en Croûte, Sorrel Vin Blanc Sauce
Harvest mushroom risotto

Dijon Chicken Ballotine
Chaya Rib Eye, Three Peppercorn Sauce
Braised Short Rib
Roasted Gigot d’Agneau

Haricot Vert
Roasted Root Vegetables
Fingerling Potato
Potato Purée
Macaroni & Fontina Cheese

Anniversary Cake
Petit Four

Chaya Adopts L.A.’s Future Chefs, Then Stuffs You for $25