Scrumptious bites and spirited sips, all for a worthy cause, were served up on Thursday April 30th night, at Metropolitan West, where the 10th Anniversary of Taste of Hope raised funds for the American Cancer Society (ACS). This walk-around tasting and silent auction included more than twenty top NYC restaurants and lavish libations and commemorated Culinary Honoree Chef Dale Talde, and Survivor Honoree Stacy Fischer-Rosenthal of Fischer Travel Enterprises. Taste of Hope also celebrated birthdays by cutting a giant birthday cake made by Buddy Valastro of Carlo’s Bakery in accordance with ACS’s mission. This year Taste of Hope surpassed its fundraising goal of $200,000 for ACS.
Founded in 2005 by the American Cancer Society, Taste of Hope was created to celebrate the distinctive culinary landscape of New York while raising funds to support the organization’s cause. More than 100 years old, ACS is dedicated to eliminating cancer through research, education, advocacy and service, “to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays,” according to its website.
More than 800 guests dressed to the nines explored the two level venue, listening to DJ Scott Sheehy’s upbeat set while sampling the culinary offerings. Sensational savories like a gingered pan seared scallops on a bed of spring pea risotto from Tommy Bahama Bar-Restaurant-Store or mini pulled pork sliders from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que enticed attendees. Delectable desserts included mini dough’ssants from the Dessert Club by Chikalicious or various chocolates by Fika. Wines from Mezzacorona & Stemmari, Mionetto USA and Josh Cellars filled glasses and representatives from Tito’s Vodka poured cocktails.
The guests also took part in the silent auction with prizes like a Las Vegas hotel package, a “Chew” television show experience, and culinary inspired baskets. One of the ultimate prizes was dinner with Chef Talde at his new eatery Carrino Provisions in Jersey City, New Jersey. The silent auction alone raised over $21,000.
The event’s emcee, Chris Wragge of CBS 2 News, reminded the hushed crowd, “Sadly, we are here because cancer has touched the lives of so many of us” and called them to arms saying, “we would love to see the day that we put the American Cancer Society out of business and eradicate cancer, start to finish.” Actor Richard Kind made the crowd laugh introducing the Culinary Honoree, who lost his grandmother to cancer. Chef Talde underlined the importance of ACS and its mission while thanking all the chefs who donated time and resources to the cause. Kris Kim, chief operating officer of the ACS Eastern Division, took the podium to welcome the inspiring Survivor Honoree, Stacy Fischer-Rosenthal who overcame cancer. Fischer- Rosenthal ended the program with the toast: “To celebrating many more birthdays in good health!”