LIFESTYLE: Just Eat to the Beat

There’s usually little “fun” when it comes to fundraisers.  True, guests are there for an important cause, but the event itself tends to be a little dry.  But what about an event where food is celebrated?  And all done to help those in need?  Chances are the only dry thing will be a flaky pastry.

Held at Roy Thompson Hall, Eat to the Beat is the culinary fundraiser of the year, where 60 of Canada’s top female chefs come together for a night to support Willow Breast Cancer Support Canada; a not-for-profit organization that offers free peer support to anyone coping with breast cancer (it’s estimated that 23,800 women and 200 men in Canada will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013).

Although the smell of scrumptious food was enough to make anyone drool like Pavlov’s dogs, it was important to treat the night like a proper dinner, rather than a snatch-and-grab buffet.

Some of the – personal – bests included Karen Rachlin from Bite Catering (oven-roasted tomato soup with mini alphabet noodles, fresh basil, and dill served in mini cups), Carmen Keffrey from President’s Choice Cooking School (harvest soup with PC Black Label walnut pesto, whipped shortbread cookies drizzled with PC Black Label dark chocolate), Nicole Rumball from All the Best Fine Foods (truffle and blue cheese arancini with spinach walnut pesto), and Elaine Wong from the King Edward Hotel (tian of spiced plum with pulled pork confit).

And those were only some of the main courses. The desserts from Dufflet Rosenberg of Dufflet (salted caramel cake cups) and Lynn Jones-Adams of Inn on the Twenty (ice wine cheesecake balls) were enough to visit twice… or three times.

The evening also included live music, a silent auction, and a raffle draw, and guests dressed up in costumes (breast cancer survivors, modeling original food-inspired corsets they created for the event).

With proceeds going directly to Willow’s programs and services, Eat to the Beat has already raised more than $3.3 million. To help make a difference in someone’s life, visit  Donations might not be chocolate coated, but they’ll be just as rewarding.

– Steven Carver

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