American Cancer Society's Taste of Hope
There are very few occasions where one might find themselves helping fight cancer and tasting the most popular dishes of New York City’s best restaurants in the same room. On May 23rd, the American Cancer Society hosted its 14th annual “Taste of Hope” event at the Metropolitan Pavilion to simultaneously celebrate the NYC food scene and fundraise for cancer research. Thanks to nine months of hard work by event co-chairs, Mark D. Friedman and Jamie Koff, many of New York’s most popular restaurants and beverage vendors set up tables at the benefit, including chefs from restaurants as famous as Nobu, Tao, Baby Brasa, The Smith, Benjamin Prime, and The Magnolia Bakery. The 14th annual Taste of Hope event recognized Michael Lomonaco, chef and partner of Porter House Bar and Grill, and Ralph Scamardella, chef and partner of TAO Group restaurants, as this year’s Culinary Honorees. The Corporate Honoree was Otto Cedeno, founder of Otto’s Tacos, and the Survivor Honoree was Dana Cowin, former Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine Magazine. In the past 14 years, the event has raised over $1.8 million towards its goal of eliminating cancer as a major health problem.
In addition to tasting food from New York’s finest restaurants, guests had the opportunity to bid on silent auction prizes, donated from esteemed organizations and brands such as Tory Burch, Levain Bakery, Ark Restaurants, and Balenciaga. These extravagant prizes and decadent food tastings were all donated with the intention of raising funds to support the American Cancer Society in their fight towards a world without cancer. The American Cancer Society uses all of its funds to beat cancer from every angle, including research, lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening activists to create awareness. Not only were guests able to experience the finest food Manhattan has to offer, but they were also contributing to a future cancer-free world.