This made my day yesterday:
Congratulations Andrea! You’ve been selected from numerous foodies to be an Official Chef’s Challenge Social Media Reporter and are invited to attend Canada’s premier culinary fundraising event in support of breast and ovarian cancer research and education at Mount Sinai Hospital. As a reporter on the floor, you’ll be in midst of the culinary mêlée as Guy Fieri leads Food Network celebrity chefs Lynn Crawford, Chuck Hughes, Mark McEwan, David Rocco and Michael Smith in a fantastic foodapalooza.
But you’re not just a floor reporter! You’ll be a guest of the event and will enjoy a five-course epicurean meal… we can’t wait to see your photos, tweets and Instagrams during the event as you interact with @ChefsChallenge and work the crowd.
Hours before recieving that invitation this came in:
Join us on Tuesday, November 20 at Cirillo’s Culinary Academy as we mix up an impressive three-course dinner in support of Chef’s Challenge®: The Ultimate Battle for a Cure. This is a great opportunity to practice some of your skills in advance of the big event on December 1st! Your ticket includes an interactive cooking class complete with surprise culinary challenges and dinner with wine!
Cocktails at 6:30 p.m., throw down begins at 7 p.m. sharp
$80 per person will include an interactive cooking class complete with surprise culinary challenges and a three-course dinner with wine! There will also be a silent auction and great door prizes. Proceeds from Future Sinai’s Culinary Thrown Down go to the Chef’s Challenge.Buy your tickets
I’ve written about the Chef’s Challenge in the past. Two years ago I was invited to the press conference that launched it. Here’s what I wrote (usual disclaimer when I link to posts published prior to February 2012: I lost images when I changed website hosts last winter):
On a personal note, I was born at that hospital. My sister was born there. My 1 year old nephew was born there. I’ve visited sick relatives there. I’ve been on the floor that the Marvelle Koffler Breast Centre is on. We (or I) tend to want to support what we (I) have connection to, even if it’s a vague connection. Cancer has never directly affected me, thank g-d, but could – though I currently know two people battling leukemia and believe that research for any type of cancer greatly benefits all types.
(An update on what I wrote then: I don’t remember who the second person with leukemia was but I know that one of them, someone I went to middle school and high school with, lost the battle.)Learn more about the Chef’s Challenge.