VIP Cooking Class Experience

Get ready for an exceptional evening of Spanish-inspired tapas! We invite you to join us for an interactive virtual cooking class on Wednesday, August 24 at 6:00PM EST, benefiting The Underground Kitchen (UGK) and led by one of their renowned chefs. Buy your ticket now


  • Gambas al Ajillo 
    (Spanish Shrimp* with Garlic)
    **substitute chicken, mushroom or eggplant in place of shrimp

  • Pipirrana 
    (Traditional Andalusian Summer Salad)

  • Patatas Bravas
    (Potatoes and Salsa Brava)

    (Four servings)


The VIP Cooking Class Experience is a virtual 2-hour event featuring chef-inspired Spanish tapas. Tickets are $50 and sold on a first-come, first-served basis. The price includes access to the Kitchen Studio via Zoom and interactive and instructional demonstration of each course. Once you buy your ticket, you will receive an email with the full menu, a list of ingredients to purchase and instructions on how to prepare before the event. 

Proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to Community First, Underground Kitchen’s official 501c3 foundation.


Chef Natascha "Taz" Bowles is very proud of her multi-racial and cultural background having a German Jewish mother and a Caribbean father. Being raised by a single parent, home life was wherever her mother could get a job, as homelessness became second nature to the mother-daughter duo. Fortunately for Taz and her mother, a community of diverse friends along the way embraced the pair as family into their households.

It was within these many walks of life (Korean, Hispanic, Anglo & African American) that Chef Taz found her comfort and her love for family and food. Chef Taz graduated from the Culinary program at J. Sgt. Reynolds in Richmond, VA and has taken advanced professional studies courses at the Culinary Institute of America. To further enhance her culinary training, Taz cooked in multiple kitchens all over Europe, including Spain, Germany, and France. She has worked at the historical Jefferson Hotel alongside some of Richmond’s most talented chefs, including Chef Walter Bundy at Lemaire and Chef Chris McCandless at TJ’s.


Since its founding in 2013, Underground Kitchen has established itself as one of the most lauded dining experiences in Richmond and across the Mid-Atlantic, known for pushing culinary and event-driven boundaries.  Community First was founded by the leaders of UGK when the pandemic hit, as a way to use their skills and resources to help feed those that needed it. To date, Community First has delivered more than 130,000 meals.

Wednesday, August 24th, 2022

The CADD Foundation helps fight hunger in Ukraine

With so many people around the world facing food shortages, The CADD Foundation is continuing its work to battle hunger in 2022. Our first donation of the year will be in the amount of $2200 and will go to World Central Kitchen (WCK) to help provide critical food assistance to the citizens of Ukraine.

Watch a quick video here to learn more about WCK and how they are helping in Ukraine.

Join us in the mission to fight hunger! We’ve created a fundraising page and invite you to make a contribution to WCK or share this information with friends and family. By donating, you will be providing meals for refugees that have either fled or remain in the country.

Looking for additional organizations to support? Here's other ways you can help Ukraine: 

  • Catholic Relief Services is on the ground across Ukraine and in bordering countries, providing safe shelter, hot meals, hygiene supplies, transport to safe areas, counseling support and more.
  • Unicef USA is on the ground helping Ukraine's children.
  • NPR provides a non-exhaustive list of organizations that are asking for assistance.
Monday, March 21st, 2022 to Tuesday, June 21st, 2022

CADD Foundation Food Drive

Updated 10.15.21: The CADD Foundation is joining in the fight against childhood hunger this year. We just wrapped up our food drive that started in June and because of everyone's generosity, we were able to donate a total of $5,286.45 in food donations to Blessings in a Backpack. Schools are a significant source of food for needy children, so the summer can be a stressful time for families. We’re happy to be able to provide our support and continue to make an impact in the fight against hunger.

Monday, November 29th, 2021

CADD Foundation with Underground Kitchen webinar

Webinar · October 15, 2021 · 12:00PM - 1:00PM ET · Online · Free

The CADD Foundation is teaming up with The Underground Kitchen | Community First in Richmond, VA to help in the fight against hunger. Join us on Friday, Oct. 15 at 12:00PM EST for a virtual event presented by our friends at UGK Community First. They'll share their personal story and the work they do to battle hunger in our local communities, as well as a special announcement you won’t want to miss! Register here 

Wednesday, October 6th, 2021

CADD Foundation & UGK Fundraiser

UPDATE 11.29.2021: The CADD Foundation cooks for a good cause! We recently teamed up with The Underground Kitchen (UGK) in Richmond, Va for a 2-hour virtual cooking class to help raise money and battle hunger in our local communities. We’re excited to announce that we raised $2000 in ticket sales from our cooking event and donated these proceeds to Community First, Underground Kitchen’s official 501c3 foundation. Check out our blog post and photos to learn more about this event and to join in the fun next time.

Friday, December 31st, 2021

Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile is a simple way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. If you have an Amazon account, you can log in to and assign the CADD Microsystems Foundation as your charity of choice. 

We hope you will consider using Amazon Smile/CADD Microsystems Foundation for your purchases moving forward. Happy shopping! 

Sunday, February 21st, 2021

2020 Fall Fundraiser

UPDATE 10.21.2020: The CADD Foundation Fall Fundraiser is finished and as of October 2020, we raised a total of $5,085 for four area food banks. Below is the breakdown for the donations, and the food banks that we supported:

*Data provided by Feeding America.

Thank you to everyone who supported and made a contribution during our Fall Fundraiser! Be on the lookout for future CADD Foundation fundraising and volunteer opportunities.

Monday, November 30th, 2020