Sixty of Canada’s top female chefs are donating their time and talent to create mouthwatering delicacies at the 18th Annual Eat to the Beat culinary fundraiser on Tuesday, October 22, at 7pm at Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe Street, Toronto). Eat to the Beat benefits Willow Breast Cancer Support Canada, a not-for-profit organization that offers free peer support to anyone coping with breast cancer. Early Bird Tickets are $150 each until September 13 and Regular Tickets are $175 after September 13 (with a tax receipt) and include all food and beverages. For tickets or to see the line-up of chefs and beverage participants, please visit www.eattothebeat.ca or call 416.778.6314 x 236.
Eat to the Beat is a mecca for urban foodies, and those who want to be, to experience the best Ontario’s culinary scene has to offer. It is the only event in Canada that exclusively features the talent of 60 female chefs – women supporting women.
Eat to the Beat has a cornucopia of sweet and savory foods, wines, premium beers and spirits for sampling at food and drink stations positioned around Roy Thomson Hall’s outer lobby. The incredible chef line-up includes: Linda Haynes (Ace Bakery); Nicole Rumball (All the Best Fine Foods); Vanessa Yeung (Aphrodite Cooks); Leyla K (Art Square Gallery & Café); Arvinda & Preena Chauhan (Arvinda’s Healthy Gourmet Indian Cooking); Jennifer Perusini (BerBer Lounge); Cynthia Beretta (Beretta Farms Inc.); Karen Rachlin (Bite Catering); Melissa Fox-Revett and Julia Young (Blue Plate); Vanessa Le Page (The Cake Lady – Edible Art); Joanne Lusted (Clean Eating Magazine); Anna Janes (Cocomira Confections); Cathy Beneway (Creative Catering by Cathy); Chef Véronique (Crêpes à GoGo); Trish Sheen (Crush Wine Bar); Brenda Kwong Hing (Delicious! Catering); Dufflet Rosenberg (Dufflet Pastries); Lili Sullivan and Kimberly Humby (East & Main Bistro); Cynthia Peters (From the Farm Cooking School); Katherine Hall and Kitt Ritchie (Hall’s Kitchen Inc.); Jayne Dunsmore (Jayne’s Gourmet Catering); Nuit Regular (Khao San Road); Elaine Wong (The King Edward Hotel); Lisa Shamai (lisa shamai cuisinière), Kyla Eaglesham (Madeleines, Cherry Pie and Ice Cream); Eden Hertzog (New Moon Kitchen); Mali Fernandez (Pachuco ModMEx Restaurant); Joan Monfaredi (Park Hyatt Hotel); Robyn Perlmutar (Pauline’s Pastries); Rossy Earle (Pimentón Spanish and Mediterranean Fine Foods); Emily Richards and Tina Fernandes (Professional Home Economist); Jacqueline Lo (Ruelo Patisserie); Alexandra Feswick, Samuel J. Moore and Lindsay Haddock (Scaramouche Restaurant); Angela Panigas (Sultan’s Tent); Michelle Edgar (Sweet Escape Patisserie); Alida Solomon (Tutti Matti); Karen Viva-Haynes (Viva Tastings); Wanda Beaver (Wanda’s Pie in the Sky); Catherine O’Donnell (Willow Cakes and Pastries) and many more.
They’re fun, they’re colourful, they’re cheeky and they’ve become a tradition at Eat to the Beat. Adding class with a bit of sass, breast cancer survivors will be modeling original food-inspired corsets that they have created.
The evening also includes live music, a silent auction featuring must-have items, and a raffle draw for a chance to win great prizes.
Highlighted as one of Toronto’s top 15 Food, Wine and Hospitality events by BizBash magazine, Eat to the Beat has raised more than $3.3 million for Willow.
In 2013 an estimated 23,800 women and 200 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Canada. From the individual diagnosed, to their family, friends and caregivers, Willow provides free support and information today for those who cannot wait for tomorrow’s cure.
The Early Years of Eat to the Beat
From their early days as entrepreneurs at Bagel Works to being the creative and driving force behind Eat to the Beat for the past 18 years, Lisa and Abby Slater have worked to support the community in which they live. After attending a fundraiser for Willow Breast Cancer Support Canada, Abby was inspired by the courage and strength of the breast cancer survivors who spoke at the event and knew that she wanted to help further Willow’s mission to ensure that no one needs to face breast cancer alone. The Slater sisters lent their experience working in the restaurant business to create a signature event to benefit Willow Breast Cancer Support Canada. They invited and quickly gained the support of female chefs, who were at the time the unrecognized heroines of the kitchen. Lisa and Abby’s business acumen combined with a delicious sense of humour and the will to make a positive difference in the lives of those affected by breast cancer has resulted in Eat to the Beat being one of the most important fundraising events in Toronto.