Chef Carol Byer-Alcorace to Serve Up Culinary Delights at Cocktail Brunch by the Pond: PRWC Annual B
Carol serves as Sanctuary Kitchen’s Catering Manager and Culinary Coordinator. Never satisfied by what was on the table growing up, Carol was determined at an early age to make meals at home an adventure. With a family rich in ethnic recipes she quickly excelled in creating a culturally enriched kitchen. Carol ultimately chose an education in children’s illustration, yet part of her always remained madly in love with cooking, She created her own culinary ethos in a chaotic world of the arts, married life, child rearing and a variety of professional cooking appointments, including as executive chef of the Exhibition Café at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT. Many locals know Chef Carol from her many years as Provender executive chef and food service manager, and later as catering manager at New Morning Market. Carol’s sincere, passionate and community-minded spirit has found the perfect outlet in Sanctuary Kitchen. Her impact is being felt in new, far-reaching, and timely ways, bringing her new levels of fulfillment and joy.
Sanctuary Kitchen, a program of CitySeed, a nonprofit organization that seeks to provide access to fresh, local food for New Haven residents, formed in 2017 to celebrate the culinary traditions, cultures, and stories of refugees and immigrants resettled in Connecticut. Sanctuary Kitchen hosts cooking demonstrations, hands-on cooking classes, supper club meals, and offers catering, and other culinary events, all led by immigrants and refugee chefs from around the world. These experiences bring the cuisines of Mexico, The Dominican Republic, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Sudan, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, and more to the greater community. Attending a Sanctuary Kitchen event supports wages for their chefs. In addition to income, chefs in the program have opportunities to build their networks and culinary skills, share their stories and culture, and receive referrals to food entrepreneurship services through CitySeed.
Chef Carol will be serving up culinary delights at Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition’s (PRWC) annual benefit, Cocktail Brunch by the Pond, on September 22 at Woodbury Barns and Farm. Come celebrate and help protect your rivers and drinking water! Tickets are $75 per person and it is recommended that they be purchased in advance at www.pomperaug.org or by calling 203-263-0076. All proceeds for the event support the work of PRWC.
PRWC's annual benefit, Cocktail Brunch by the Pond, celebrates PRWC's ongoing environmental coalition-based protection accomplishments. The event raises important funds to support student internships and the Youth Conservation Corps, watershed monitoring and restoration initiatives, environmental outreach programs, science-based development of and advocacy for sustainable water and land use policies, and other vital work to protect your rivers and drinking water.
Major business and foundation sponsors include Heritage Village/Connecticut Water Company, New Morning Market, O&G Industries, Inc., Eversource, Connecticut Community Foundation, Aquarion Water Company of CT, Kevin and Alicia Bennett, Giuliano Richardson & Sfara LLC, Milone & MacBroom, Inc., Secor, Cassidy, McPartland P.C.