Last Thursday, May 1st, the 9th Annual Taste of Hope brought chefs from all over the city to 82 Mercer, where they presented tasty, creative, and inspiring dishes to help raise funds in the fight against cancer, and the quest for more birthdays, with the American Cancer Society.
The annual event brings philanthropists, ACS supporters, and foodies to the SoHo loft to enjoy food and work toward a common goal: ending cancer.
Cancer and food have an interesting relationship, with many super-foods encouraged to help prevent cancer, with just as many others banned from diets to help keep on healthy. Food and recipes are a great way to keep loved ones with us, even after they're gone, and Taste of Hope celebrates food for all of its restorative and inspiring powers.
More than 800 people came out to show their support Between celebrity chefs like Elizabeth Falkner and Marc Murphy, media moguls like CBS News' Chris Wraggee and New York celebrities including NY Knick's Amar'e Stoudemire and Ramona Singer, the night was filled with fabulous people willing to donate their time and celebrity to a worthwhile cause.
For many, the highlight of this year's event was the National Italian Acrobatic Pizza Team (who flew in from Italy just for the event), who performed two signature pizza tossing performances that left crowds clapping and smiling.
This year's event raised $180,000 in donations! We look forward to many more philanthropic and delicious events from ACS, and many more birthday cakes to come.