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Reminder: Bette Midler and Martin von Haselberg To Attend C-CAP’s Annual Benefit in the Big Apple

Chicago Tribune
Worlds collide … ‘House’ ends … glamour prevails … our hearts are unbound
By Liz Smith
February 10, 2012

YOU’RE always reading here and in the rest of the press about Michael’s restaurant — the Internet, TV news, book publishing and cafes that exists on both coasts for the media cognoscenti.

In New York, the owner Michael McCarty is usually in evidence; that is, when he’s not in Santa Monica at his “other” place.

But a big tribute to Michael is upcoming on Feb. 16 at Pier 60 when New York’s famous chefs will honor him to help the “Careers through Culinary Arts Program,” or CCAP for short. This nifty charity is groundbreaking and raises $3 million each year in scholarships for underserved teenagers who want to cook for a living.

Here’s the rub. By the time I got all the details and was told to be at Pier 60 in Manhattan at 4:30 for a press briefing on Feb 16, the damned event was sold out. But you can still call 212-974-7111 and get on the waiting list. Arrive about 6:30 and I’ll bet, eventually, you’ll get in to sample the goodies of just about everybody who is anybody who cooks for a living. There’ll be creations of food from 30 famous VIP men and women in white toques.

You’ll also get to see the one and only Bette Midler and her hubby Martin von Haselberg who are honorary chairs. (They love to eat! And Bette loves to pick up the aftermath and clear garbage for her New York Restoration Project.)

Michael himself is a generous guy and although I often twit him about the food served at 24 West 55th, I will say that his Dover sole is the best of any in New York City!

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