Top Left: Karen Page with Marea Chef Lauren DeSteno and her awesome team; Top Right: Karen Page with Amy Scherber of Amy’s Bread; Bottom Left: Brenda Blackmon, Ellie Krieger, and Karen Page; Bottom Right: Cookshop pastry chef Amanda Cook’s handmade flowers and Caramel Popcorn Cream Puffs
For 12 years in a row now, SHARE has organized Manhattan’s must-attend benefit of the fall season for foodies with a soft spot in their hearts for great women chefs and supporting survivors of breast and ovarian cancer: “A Second Helping of Life” at Pier 60.
Dozens of the city’s best chefs who happen to be female gather to serve tasting portions of signature dishes, assisted with serving by “Celebrity Sous Chefs” — an amazing array of actresses, anchors, authors, ballerinas, and more.
Karen has had the pleasure and privilege of participating as a “Celebrity Sous Chef” year after year, after first being invited into the fold by Chef Charleen Badman (now of FnB in Scottsdale).
And the event keeps getting better, raising more money to offer crucial support and life-saving information and guidance to the 300,000+ people who were newly diagnosed with breast cancer and 20,000+ diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the past year alone.
Top Left: Chef Sue Torres’ Grilled Vegetable Tacos, Cilantro Pesto, and Pickled Cabbage; Top Right: Karen Page with Daphne Rubin-Vega; Center: Karen Page with Chef Sue Torres; Bottom Left: Tasting Table’s Kat Kinsman; Bottom Right: Karen Page with Chef Anita Lo
Last night’s event paired Karen with Marea’s Chef Lauren DeSteno (who was recently appointed to the position after Chef Jared Gadbaw was named chef of Marea’s new sister restaurant Vaucluse on Park Avenue), whom she helped to serve Chilled Tomato and Watermelon Soup with a toasted watermelon seed garnish. Guests returned for seconds (and thirds and fourths and, thanks to one very enthusiastic guest, perhaps a half-dozen or more servings), testifying to it as one of the evening’s most delicious dishes.
Top Left: Long-time SHARE participant and James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Gina DePalma might not have been able to attend in person, but she was in all of our hearts in spirit; Top Right: Cocktails held their own last night among wonderful wine and beer offerings; Bottom Left: Apple Crostada from Maialino’s Jessica Weiss; Bottom Right: NYU professor and author Lourdes Castro, Ai Fiori pastry chef Alina Martell, and Karen Page
Top Left: Cocktails Shaken and Stirred at SHARE; Top Right: Chef Rebecca Charles of Pearl Oyster Bar; Center: Marea’s Chilled Tomato and Watermelon Soup; Bottom Left: Cookshop’s Amanda Cook with Karen Page (and Amanda’s handmade flowers); Bottom Right: Ellie Krieger, Amanda Cohen, and Karen Page
But there was a lot of competition for that title, given the caliber of chefs who participated, including 2015 Executive Chef April Bloomfield (The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, The John Dory Oyster Bar, et al); Executive Chefs Emeritae Rebecca Charles (Pearl Oyster Bar, who’s been eyeing restaurant sites in Maine), Amanda Freitag (Empire Diner), Alex Guarnaschelli (Butter), Anita Lo (Annisa, where we enjoyed one of our favorite dinners of the summer), and Amy Scherber (Amy’s Bread, which just opened three new locations this month); Culinary Chairs Abigail Kirsch and Alison Awerbuch (Abigail Kirsch Catering); and as well as Janine Booth (Root & Bone), Lynn Bound (54 Below), Amanda Cohen (Dirt Candy, who just appeared on “CBS This Morning” this past weekend), Leah Cohen (Pig & Khao), Amanda Cook (Cookshop, who made her station’s own gorgeous paper flowers after unexpectedly losing her florist), Lauren DeSteno (Marea), Colleen Grapes (Oceana), Rebecca Isbell (Betony), Patti Jackson (Delaware & Hudson, who celebrated her birthday last night — Happy Birthday, Patti!), Sara Jenkins (Porchetta and Porsena), Christine Lau (Bar Chuko), Sarabeth Levine (Sarabeth’s Kitchen), Angie Mar (Beatrice Inn), Sawako Okochi (Shalom Japan), Deborah Raciocot (Narcissa), Alex Raij (Txikito), Lauren Resler (Empellon Cocina, Empellon Tacqueria, Empellon al Pastor), Allison Robicelli (Robicelli’s Bakery), Barbara Sibley (La Palapa), Roxanne Spruance (Kingsley), Zahra Tangorra (Brucie), Sue Torres (Suenos and Tierra, who’s expecting her second child with husband Chef Darren Carbone in March — Congratulations, Sue & Darren!), and Jessica Weiss (Maialino).
Top Left: SHARE’s 2015 Celebrity Sous Chefs; Top Right: Chef Sarabeth Levine’s Triple Chocolate Pudding with Cream and Chocolate Pearls; Bottom Left: Andrew Dornenburg with Troy Rohne of Amy’s Bread; Bottom Right: Actress Kathleen Chalfant, Karen Page, and Radio Host Valerie Smaldone
The evening’s Celebrity Sous Chefs included Emmy Award winner Sade Baderinwa of WABC, Peabody Award winner Andrea Bernstein of WNYC, Emmy Award-winning journalist Brenda Blackmon (with whom Karen enjoyed an unforgettable lunch at the newly-anointed New York Times three-star restaurant Gabriel Kreuther earlier in the day), NYU professor and author Lourdes Castro, Obie Award-winning actress Kathleen Chalfant (who opens in “Rose” in November), Emmy Award winner Tamsen Fadal, NYC Ballet dancer Megan Fairchild, “New York Live” co-host Sara Gore, Wall Street Journal food columnist Kitty Greenwald, Tony-nominated actress Jessica Hecht (who stars in “Fiddler on the Roof” this season), WPIX news reporter Magee Hickey, Emmy Award winner Cindy Hsu, author and New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor, TastingTable.com editor-in-chief Kat Kinsman (whose much-anticipated first book Hi, Anxiety comes out in April), author and “Healthy Appetite” host Ellie Krieger, author and TV personality Sara Moulton, James Beard Award-winning author Karen Page, author and activist Letty Cottin Pogrebin, author Joanna Pruess, NYC Ballet dancer Teresa Reichlen, CUNY TV’s “Science & U” host Carol Anne Riddell, actress Daphne Rubin-Vega (whose “Empanada Loca” opens September 30th), “America Weekend” radio host Valerie Smaldone on 1010WINS, novelist and Daily News columnist Linda Stasi, cookbook author Julia Turshen, author and New York Times columnist Joyce Wadler, and country music artist and gay rights activist Chely Wright.
Mark your calendars now with a reminder to join us there in September 2016!
SHARE’s “A Second Helping of Life” benefit generated lots of social media coverage — including this post by the Heritage Radio Network show “All In the Industry” of Andrew Dornenburg, radio host Shari Bayer, and Karen Page
SHARE’s “A Second Helping of Life” benefit is typically held the third Monday of September. ShareBenefit.org