Taste of Hope: End Cancer

11th Annual Taste of Hope. May 25. Metropolitan Pavilion, NY. © NY Social Agenda (http://nysocialagendacom/)

On Wednesday, May 25th , the American Cancer Society hosted its highly anticipated culinary event known as the Taste of Hope at the Metropolitan Pavilion located at Midtown East. In it’s 11th year, this event draws a huge list of VIP’s, and foodie lovers alike to enjoy 50 of New York’s most popular restaurants, and beverage vendors.

During the tasting, guests participated in the silent auction with exclusive items including a Fiddler on the Roof theatre package, a cooking kit from Martha Stewart, golf tutorial by a PGA Tour superstar instructor, exclusive Hamilton and Fiddler on the Roof theater package, autographed Season 6 script from Blue Blood, Rachel Ray cooking items and so much more.

Participating restaurants included The Smith (the Gnocchi is dynamite), cancer survivors Eric LeVine of Morris Tap & Grill and Chef Antonio Prontelli of Rock Center Café. Fish Tacos from Almond, Mini Pulled Pork Sliders from Dinosaur Bar-B-QUE, Watermelon Gazpacho with Lobster Salad from La Fonda Del Sol, lobster rolls from Luke’s Lobster, Nobu, STK Downtown, Todd English, Triomphe, Southern Style Cupcakes from Doc’s Cake Shop and Banana Pudding from Magnolia Bakery.

Three outstanding people honored during the night as CBS anchorman Chris Wragge hosted the festivities were:

Chef David Burke: Entrepreneur, inventor, author (Cooking With David Burke (1999) and David Burke’s New American Classics (2006) co-written by Judith Choate). Most recognized chefs making appearances on two seasons of Top Chef Masters, a guest spot on Every Day with Rachel Ray’s shows and on the television show: The Mentor.

Jean Shafiroff: Philanthropist, humanitarian, volunteer fundraiser, spokesperson for other charities, board person of NYC Mission’s Society, New York Women’s Foundation, French Heritage Society, Couture Council, Jewish Board of Family and Children Services and Southampton Animal Shelter Honorary Board, and Southampton Bath & Tennis Club’s Charitable Foundation author (Successful Philanthropy: How To Make a Life by What You Give).

Drew Nieporent: Founder of the famed Myriad Restaurant Group covering 36 acclaimed restaurants Tribeca Grill, Nobu New York, Nobu Fifty Seven, Nobu London, Nobu Next Door, Citi Field’s Acela Club, and Madison Square Garden’s Daily Burger, as well as Crush Wine & Spirits. His latest restaurant, Bâtard, earned three-star ratings from The New York Times and New York Magazine, a coveted Michelin star (2014 and 2015), and the James Beard Foundation award for Best New Restaurant.

Congratulations to all honorees and guests who helped raise over $200,000 and counting. If you missed this event, that’s too bad, however, the American Cancer Society hosts many other awesome events during the course of the year. To make your pledge and for more information, click here. See you next year. Remember, hope starts with you. Bring your Taste of Hope and let’s finish the fight, together.

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