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Charlotte Birkner is a native Bostonian. She relocated to Washington, DC after college, only to come back to her favorite city a few years later to pursue her MBA in marketing. As a marketer Charlotte especially likes to write about anything “new” whether it’s an art exhibit, charity event or her latest fashion and beauty finds and has written for both personal and professional blogs. She works at a market research firm in Boston that focuses on digital marketing and online consumer behavior. In her free time Charlotte likes to discover new places and events in the Boston area, support the arts, sail at Community Boating in Boston (when it’s warm out), and travel to new places (local and not so local).

Recap: Chefs Cooking For Hope In Boston To Benefit Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

The 15th Annual Chefs Cooking for Hope hosted by the Friends of Dana-Farber on March 7, 2013 was a delicious success. With 50 Boston area chefs sharing their culinary creations with close to 400 guests, the event raised over $67,000 to benefit Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Party Favors of Brookline's Cupcake Tower (Photo Credit: Charlotte Birkner)

Party Favors Cupcake Tower (Photo Credit: Charlotte Birkner)

The event took place in the beautiful marble lobby of 125 High Street, and was set up so that each of the 50 participating restaurants had a table where they served one to two dishes from their restaurants. There was plenty of space for everyone to mingle and enough room at each table for a few guests to chat with the chefs and try their creations.

Some highlights included a colorful spring-themed dessert spread by Party Favors of Brookline, delicious tuna tartare by Mistral, and hot, fresh lobster rolls from Towne. By far the most inventive dishes were done by the event’s honorary chef, Chef Frank McClellland of L’Espalier. Chef McClelland created his menu from a list of top cancer fighting foods, serving guests hamachi crudo with baked kale chips, grapefruit and yuzu as well as chocolate avocado mousse with coconut foam (wow, who knew avocados and chocolate tasted so good). Chef McClelland also contributed some of his recipes to a cancer fighting recipes app created by Dana-Farber in conjunction with this event. You can download the app here.

Frank McClelland, Event Co-Chairs Nicole Hirsch and Lesley Prowda, Ray Bourque (Photo Credit: Bryan Barth)

Frank McClelland, Event Co-Chairs Nicole Hirsch and Lesley Prowda, Ray Bourque (Photo Credit: Bryan Barth)

Guests also enjoyed spirits, wine and beer by local breweries and wineries including Mayflower Brewing Company. In addition to the food and drink, a drawing was held for various restaurant dining packages, MC-ed by guest of honor Ray Bourque. Bourque is a co-owner of Tresca in the North End, a participating restaurant that evening.

Chefs cooking for hope has grown each year since it began, with this years event being the largest (and tastiest) yet, and promises to be a much anticipated fundraiser for years to come!

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