Scholarship to be given to graduating high school senior on Cape Cod
The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod (AFCC) and Eat Your Heart Out Catering are joining forces to support the next generation of students who dream of one day becoming culinary artists.
That support will come in the form of a competitive scholarship given to a current Cape Cod senior planning to earn a college degree in the culinary arts. Applications can be found on the AFCC’s website at www.artsfoundation.org. The deadline to apply is Thursday, March 1, 2018. The recipient of the new scholarship will be announced in April.
The idea is the brainchild of Sean Dailey, who graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island in 1994, and has 23 years’ experience as a chef. He has spent the past 11 years as the owner of the Falmouth-based Eat Your Heart Out Catering.
Since 2011, Dailey’s company has served as the caterer for the AFCC’s Citizens Bank Pops by the Sea concert in Hyannis. That relationship prompted Dailey to reach out to AFCC Executive Director Julie Wake about creating a scholarship for those interested in creating art in the kitchen.
Like painting, music, and poetry, Dailey said, cooking is its own art form. “Everything from the flavors you use to the presentation of food is an art,” he said. “Like a sculptor may do his art on a metal pole or a painter on a canvas, we’re doing it on a plate, underneath a tent, in a hall, or in somebody’s house.”
Both Dailey and Wake want the scholarship to show the creativity that exists in a profession that is firmly embedded in the Cape’s economy. “The field of culinary arts is such an important and creative field, and it’s just as important as the other arts,” Wake said. “We want to support these young students and encourage them to follow their passion in the culinary arts .”
On a more practical level, Dailey said, the scholarship is one way Eat Your Heart Out Catering and the AFCC can help ease the financial burden of a college student on the Cape.
While still in its infancy, Dailey and Wake are eager to see the program grow with hopes that other local chefs and restaurateurs will be involved in its evolution from a scholarship to a scholarship fund. “We’re really excited about this,” Wake said. “We have many local chefs, like Sean, whom we consider artists. Being a chef and owning a restaurant is so important because it adds to the culture of our community. Investing in young people who are going to study these principles is important to enhance that culture, both locally and beyond.”
About the AFCC
The AFCC’s mission is to support, promote, and celebrate the arts and culture of Cape Cod. It fulfills its mission by funding grants, fellowships, and scholarships; by advocating for more awareness on the impact the Cape’s creative economy has on our region and beyond; and by building a strong arts community network through membership.
About Eat Your Heart Out Catering
Based in Falmouth, Eat Your Heart Out Catering is a private catering company owned by Chef Sean Dailey, who trained at Johnson & Wales University. Over the past 11 years, Eat Your Heart Out Catering has provided catering services for hundreds of corporate events and weddings throughout Massachusetts. The company has received numerous awards for its work, including Gold for Best Caterer in Cape Cod Life Magazine as well as Bride’s and Couple’s Choice on Wedding Wire. During the height of the season, Eat Your Heart Out Catering has a team of over 70 employees. In addition to private functions, Dailey and his staff have provided food to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Red Cross crews conducting disaster relief efforts in New England.