American Cancer Society’s: Taste of Hope

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Can you believe April is already over? In honor of celebrating a very beautiful day on April 30, we had a tasteful agenda to fulfill at the Metropolitan Pavilion West- the perfect space for this event.

We were getting ready to enter the venue as it hosted the 10th Anniversary Taste of Hope – a signature culinary, wine and spirit tasting event presented by the American Cancer Society.

Since it’s inception, ten years ago, the Taste of Hope tasting event has helped raise more than $1.3M and continues to assist the American Cancer Society in its efforts to eliminate Cancer.

This year was no different – as it promised and delivered more excitement.

After a quick check-in, the vibe and energy lured us in on the first floor, and we couldn’t wait to get on with the tasting, take tons of pictures, mingle, share our experience on social media – and, of course, be in the presence to support a good cause.

800 + guests attended the Taste of Hope and helped make it a huge success.

Participating restaurants included: Alidoro, Bareburger, Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse, Biricchino Restaurant, Bodega Negra at Dream Downtown, Bonne Fête Baking Inc., Bruce Cost Ginger Ale, Buddakan, Calle Ocho Restaurant, Carlo’s Bakery, Chef One, CHOCOL8 KISS, DAVIDsTEA, Delicatessen, Devocion USA, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Doc D Southern Desserts, Dos Caminos, FIKA, Greecologies, Kati Roll Company, Morris Tap & Grill, Paragon Tap & Table, Parkway Bakery & Tavern, Peanut Butter & Co., Prime Meats, Rock Center Café, Runner & Stone, Samosa Shack, Schatzie, Sensational Sauces, Serendipity 3, Sheraton Boston Hotel Sprinkles Cupcakes.

Table, The Cecil & Minton’s, The Dessert Club by ChikaLicious, The Dessertist, The Flatiron Room, The Gander, The Little Beet, The Sea Grill, The Smith, Toloache, Tommy Bahama Bar – Restaurant – Store,Trust in us Catering, William Greenberg Desserts and more.

Wine & spirit tastings will be provided by: Vinitaly International, Banfi, Ferrari, Cantine Lunae, Terredora, ZONIN, Wine34, Wine Spectator, Wines of Sicilia DOC, Wines from Spain USA, Sho Chiku Bai Sake, Peroni and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

It seemed the only purpose was to answer one question: “where did you get that from? It looks delicious,” while transitioning from table to another and juggling several mini plates on each arm.

$200K (and counting) was the magic number raised and surpassed through corporate sponsorships, silent auction prizes ($21K), and guests purchasing the Birthday Candles the “official sponsor of birthdays.”

Congratulations to the following honorees:

Chef Honoree: Dale Talde.

Previously on Bravo’s Top Chef, both as a contestant in Season 4 and Top Chef All Stars.

-Opened his first eponymous restaurant TALDE, an Asian-American eatery in Brooklyn’s Park Slope, with partners John Bush and David Massoni – aka the THREE KINGS Restaurant Group.

– Currently, Chef Dale can be spotted at both Thistle Hill Tavern and a Jersey City outpost of TALDE and Carrino Provisions – an Italian marketand Osteria.

-In the summer 2015, Chef Dale and the THREE KINGS will open a third TALDE Miami Beach at the Thompson Hotel.

Survivor Honoree:  Stacy Fischer-Rosenthal (President of Fischer Travel Enterprises -a members-only travel concierge service focusing on luxury travel ) bravely faced cancer head on and ultimately triumphed over the disease.

-Diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2001 and after a course of treatment including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, she has been cancer-free since 2002.

Incredible event! For more information on the remaining available items up for bid and how to donate to the ACS, click here. Hopefully, you will join us at the next Taste of Hope event.