The Culinary & Cocktail Clash

Typically, this fiery competition between restaurant brands is an in-person event with trophies, cheering sections, and live cooking and bartending. However, this is not a typical year (to say the least!).

 

In light of current events, The Culinary + Cocktail Clash is going virtual! Restaurant teams will share videos and recipes – all to support high school culinary programs. Tune in to our Instagram @CRAFoundation Aug. 23-28 to join the fun!

The Cause 

Event sponsorships support high school culinary art programs in California! The CRA Foundation empowers 13,500 teens each year with skills for work and skills for life. We use restaurants to change lives! 

Enrichment Services:

  • Mentorships
  • Job-Training 
  • Field Trips 
  • Scholarships

Meet the 2019 Champs!

The Culinary Clash

 

  • The Purse – Specialty Restaurants Corp. + Urban Plates
  • Coca-Cola Champ – California Fish Grill 
  • Golden Plate Champ – Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse
  • The Innovator Award – Specialty Restaurants Corp.
  • On the Menu – BJ’s Restaurants
  • Teamwork Champ – Specialty Restaurants Corp.
  • People’s Choice – Black Bear Diner
  • Ecolab Champ – Wedgewood Weddings 
  • KitchenAid Champs – Banana Bay 
  • Foster Farms Champ – Black Bear Diner
  • FreshPoint Secret Ingredient Champ – Urban Plates
  • Team Spirit Award – California Fish Grill
  • Best Bite Champ – Pacifica Hotels
  • Mentor of the Year – Black Bear Diner

The Cocktail Clash​

  • Tito’s Golden Goblet – Specialty Restaurants Corp.
  • Coca-Cola Champ – Pacifica Hotels
  • Best Garnish Award – BJ’s Restaurants
  • The Craftiest – Shinobi 

 

 Clash Stories

 

Winning Cocktail Clash Recipes

Winning Cocktail Clash Recipes

The best bartenders in SoCal faced-off in the eighth annual Culinary + Cocktail Clash, a fundraising event to benefit the California Restaurant Association Foundation (CRAF), presented by Coca-Cola. The showdown took place at House of Blues Anaheim on June 2. Teams...

Winning Culinary Clash Menus

Winning Culinary Clash Menus

Restaurants faced-off in the eighth annual Culinary + Cocktail Clash, a fundraising event to benefit the California Restaurant Association Foundation (CRAF), presented by Coca-Cola. The community event was held on June 2 at the GardenWalk in Anaheim.  Culinary teams,...

Meet the Champs of the 2019 Culinary + Cocktail Clash

Meet the Champs of the 2019 Culinary + Cocktail Clash

Teams of high school students and restaurant executives took part in a fast-paced, high-stakes cooking competition on Sunday at GardenWalk in Anaheim.  Each restaurant team made a donation to be part of the battle royale with a few teams raising extra through...