Friday, October 21, 2011

We Eat to the Beat!

Many of us show support for breast cancer research in October by sporting ‘think pink’ tees, taking part in a local fundraising walk, or purchasing some special edition beauty products. But what about supporting the cause by eating and drinking?
Chef Kaori Hisada from BerBer Lounge
Tracy Wing and Kristen Allin from George with their squash cheesecake
That’s exactly what a few hundred Torontonians did Tuesday night at the Roy Thomson Hall for the 16th annual Eat to the Beat culinary fundraiser organized by Willow Breast Cancer Support Canada. 

Sixty of Canada’s top female chefs were on hand to serve up sweet and savory gastronomical delights to help raise funds for the non-profit’s free programs and services for the 23,600 women coping with breast cancer each year.  Some of our Toronto favourites such as Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, Crêpes à GoGo, MoRoCo Chocolat and The Sultan’s Tent were part of the chef line-up that kept us well fed all night, along with a dozen wineries from Niagara and Prince Edward Country offering the perfect pairings to their creations.  
Chef Véronique from Crepes a Go Go

Chili pepper Macarons with smoke chocolate pumpkin ganache and fig from MoRoCo Chocolat
Florianne Yeung and Joanna Chrystal of the Corset Committee 

After everyone had their share of sandwiches, crepes, crostini, kabobs, soups, macaroons and tarts, guests tried their luck at silent auction items, raffles and an all-inclusive trip to the Dominican Republic. Adding some flare to the night were the corset models wearing food-inspired corsets created by Canadian designers, some of who have been affected by breast cancer. 

Daniela DiStefano is a Toronto writer, editor and blogger. Follow her on Twitter!/ddeestefano and her blog

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