I love getting invited to this yearly event. Not only is it for a great cause but its also a place to discover new restaurants, meet new people and learn about how you can make a difference in someones life.
This year we are celebrating Willows 20th birthday! Sixty of Canada’s top female chefs donated their time and talent to create mouthwatering delicacies.
“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,” states Barbara Track, Eat to the Beat Chair.
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. I snapped a few photos from this incredible chef line-up which included: Rose Reisman (Rose Reisman Catering), Sandra Abballe (Succulent Chocolates), Wanda Beaver (Wanda’s Pie in the Sky), Paula Bashford (Beretta Farms Inc.), Kyla Eaglesham (Madeleines Cherry Pie and Ice Cream), Alexandra Feswick (Samuel J. Moore), Bonnie Gordon (Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts), Kimberly Humby (Pomodoro Trattoria), Anna Janes (Cocomira Confections), Andrea Poirier (Inn on the Twenty), Jacqueline Lo (Ruelo Patisserie), Kimberley Lugsdin (Catering by Kimberley), Joshna Maharaj (Ryerson University), Erin Marcus (Ace Bakery), Catherine O’Donnell (Willow Cakes and Pastries), Angela Panigas (The Sultan’s Tent & Café Moroc), Jennifer Perusini (BerBer Lounge), Karen Rachlin (Bite Catering), Emily Richards (Professional Home Economist), Trista Sheen (Crush Wine Bar),Lili Sullivan (East & Main Bistro), Karen Viva-Haynes (Viva Tastings), Vanessa Yeung (Aphrodite Cooks) 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 $3.5 million for Willow.
“When you buy a ticket to Eat to the Beat, you are helping someone get through the dark days of breast cancer,” states Jeffrey Beach, Executive Director of Willow Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support. “Proceeds go directly to our programs and services that pass on strength and knowledge to people across Canada who need Willow’s caring and expertise to help them navigate the challenges that come with a breast cancer diagnosis.”
In 2014 an estimated 24,400 women and 200 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Canada. From the individual diagnosed, to their family, friends and caregivers, Willow Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support provides free support and information today for those who cannot wait for tomorrow’s cure.
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