Who would’ve thought that a child’s simple lemonade stand could someday become a huge powerhouse nonprofit that raises millions of dollars a year for the sole purpose of cancer research and treatment? Well that’s exactly what Alexandra Scott was able to achieve as her dying wish through her idea for Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Alex’s Lemonade Stand is a cancer charity that has raised more than $45 million fund more than 200 cutting-edge research projects, create a travel program to help support families of children receiving treatment, and develop resources to help people everywhereÂ affected by childhood cancer.
A couple days ago, I had the honor of participating in a fundraising dinner for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, with 30 or so of my chef colleagues. The event space was donated by Chef Jonathan Waxman and the organization invited 30 renowned chefs to share their dishes with donors to this great cause. I cooked that night alongside great names like Tom Colicchio, Alex Guarnaschelli, Franklin Becker, Bill Telepan, Jonathan Waxman, Tim Love, and Tony Mantuano. Each chef had a table of 10 guests to whom they served a unique menu of the chef’s own creation.
Not only will I always remember this event for its great cause and the amazing talents all in one place, but also the design of the event that was unlike any other tasting I’ve previously attended. At this dinner, we had the opportunity to actually cook our food and put together a 3-4 course dinner while the guests looked on around the room. At most tastings, there is very little cooking and a lot of greeting and picture taking. At this great dinner, we were able to really focus on the food and then interact with individual guests at our tables when we presented our dishes. My menu consisted of a Gravlax Poke with Purple Mustard, Jerk Bacon over Cowpeas served with seared Octopus, Coffee-cured Duck with a Foie Gras Terrine and a Watercress salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette. Finally for dessert we served Sweet Potato Donuts. The food was followed by a beautiful ballet performance of The Nutcracker and a live auction.
I had a great time seeing all my colleagues and I definitely helping out such a great cause that helps hundreds of children with cancer each year. Check out my photos below and click here to learn more about Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
Photos: Eden FesehayeÂ
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