In 2011 I had the pleasure of attending Eat to the Beat, an annual fundraising event for Willow Breast Cancer Support Canada. I enjoyed myself immensely (read my subsequent blog post). Now in its 18th year, Eat to the Beat is recognized as one of Toronto’s top 15 Food, Wine & Hospitality events by BizBash Magazine, and has raised more than $3.2 million for Willow Breast Cancer Support Canada. It is the only event in Canada that exclusively features the talent of 60 female chefs – women supporting women through the challenges that come with a breast cancer diagnosis. Over 80% of the evening’s proceeds are directed to Willow’s free programs and services.
Guests have the opportunity to enjoy savoury and sweet dishes at 60 stations along with wine, beer and a selection of non alcoholic libations from 20 of the finest beverage purveyors.
This year’s line-up of cooks includes Chef Donna Dooher of Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, making Breast of Duck with Polenta Cream and Wild Blueberry Peppercorn Chutney, Chef Andrea Nicholson of Killer Condiments making Wild Sockeye Salmon with Baby Potatoes, Smoked Tomato Chutney, Fennel, Preserved Lemon Gremolata, Trista Sheen (Crush Wine bar), Joan Monfaredi (Park Hyatt Hotel), Alexandra Feswick, Samuel J. Moore and Lindsay Haddock (Scaramouche Restaurant); Angela Panigas (Sultan’s Tent); Michelle Edgar (Sweet Escape Patisserie); Alida Solomon (Tutti Matti); Karen Viva-Haynes (Viva Tastings); Wanda Beaver (Wanda’s Pie in the Sky); Nuit Regular (Khao San Road); Elaine Wong (The King Edward Hotel); Jennifer Perusini (BerBer Lounge); Katherine Hall and Kitt Ritchie (Hall’s Kitchen Inc.); Vanessa Le Page (The Cake Lady – Edible Art); Joanne Lusted (Clean Eating Magazine); Rossy Earle (Pimentón Spanish and Mediterranean Fine Foods); Dufflet Rosenberg (Dufflet Pastries) and many more.
The beverage line up includes Tipucular Fixin’s, Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company, Victoria Gin, Cattail Creek Estate Winery and more.
In addition to food and drink, corset models have become a tradition at the event. Colourful, whimsical and all inspired by food, many of the corsets are created and modelled by breast cancer survivors who embody the spirit of being feisty in the face of breast cancer.
A silent auction & raffle ($20 each or 3 tickets for $50) will offer fabulous prizes.
[Update: Raffle prizes have been announced and include a Chicago weekend getaway – airfare and accommodation, and Le Creuset set!]
In 2013 an estimated 23,800 women and 200 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Canada. From the individual diagnosed, to their family, friends and caregivers, Willow provides free support and information today for those who cannot wait for tomorrow’s cure.
When: Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 7pm
Where: Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto (St. Andrew subway station)
How much: $175.00 (a tax receipt will be issued for the maximum allowable amount – typically $50)
Dress: Smart casual
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P.S. As it was then, Kao San Road is still my favourite Thai restaurant in the city.