SHARE Unites Dozens of NYC’s Best Chefs at “A Second Helping of Life” Benefit

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Top, left to right: Karen Page and Jodi Kantor; Dirt Candy’s Amanda Cohen and Karen Page; actresses Daphne Rubin-Vega and Kathleen Chalfant to the left and right of Karen Page (holding KITCHEN CREATIVITY); Bottom, left to right: Delaware & Hudson’s Patti Jackson, media guru Valerie Smaldone, and Karen Page; Karen Page and Melba’s Melba Wilson; Ellie Krieger, Amy’s Bread’s Amy Scherber, and Karen Page; and Karen Page with Diane Forley and Letty Cottin Pogrebin

“Accompanying the chefs are female celebrities who serve as sous chefs. Expected to attend are Becky Ann Baker of ‘Girls,’ Broadway star Kathleen Chalfant and our own anchor Sade Baderinwa.”

Dozens of the best chefs in Manhattan (who just happen to be women) offered tastes of their signature dishes last night, with the assistance of dozens of “Celebrity Sous Chefs” (including TV anchors, actresses and authors) to benefit survivors of ovarian and breast cancers at the 14th annual “A Second Helping of Life” tasting event organized by SHARE.

SHARE is a nationwide community that brings support, information and the benefit of experience to women of all ages, races and backgrounds facing breast or ovarian cancer.

Angie Mar, Executive Chef of Beatrice Inn, served as the event’s Executive Chef. Participating chefs also included Alison Awerbuch (Abigail Kirsch Catering), Lynn Bound (54 Below), Rebecca Charles (Pearl Oyster Bar), Amanda Cohen (Dirt Candy), Diane Forley (Meringue Shop), Food Network’s Alex Guarnaschelli (Butter), Abigail Hitchcock (Camaje), Patti Jackson (Delaware and Hudson), Sarah Jenkins (Porchetta), Sarabeth Levine (Sarabeth’s), Anita LoSawako Okochi (Shalom Japan), Amy Scherber (Amy’s Bread), Barbara Sibley (La Palapa), Roxanne Spruance (Kingsley’s), Sue TorresJessica Weiss (Maialino), and Melba Wilson (Melba’s).

2017 “Celebrity Sous Chefs” included actress Becky Ann Baker, Peabody Award-winning journalist and WNYC senior editor Andrea Bernstein, TV journalist Brenda Blackmon, CBS2’s Mary Calvi, author Lourdes Castro, actress Kathleen Chalfant, actress Tandy Cronyn, ballerina Megan Fairchild, TV journalist Donna Hanover,  WPIX11’s Magee Hickey, author Jodi Kantor, author Ellie Krieger, entrepreneur Lisa-Ann Marchesi, author Karen Page, author and Ms. magazine founding editor Letty Cottin Pogrebin, writer Joanna Pruess, ballerina Teresa Reichlen, CUNY-TV’s Carol Anne Riddell, actress Krysta Rodriguez, actress Daphne Rubin-Vega, media personality Valerie Smaldone, WCBS-FM’s Patty Steele, author Abigail Thomas, writer Joyce Wadler, and actress Kirsten Wyatt.

SHARE touches an estimated 60,000 lives each year nationally, providing peer-led support services in English and Spanish and free education from top cancer experts to women with breast and ovarian cancers and their families, including those in underserved communities, in order to bring about better health care, an improved quality of life and a cure for these diseases.

SHARE’s “A Second Helping of Life” event is held annually in September.  For more information, visit

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