Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Dining Around the River at SHARE's A Second Helping of Life 2019 Tasting Event

By: Finance Foodie

SHARE, the New York City-based national nonprofit that supports the community of women affected by ovarian and breast cancer and their loved ones, celebrated its 16th Anniversary of A Second Helping of Life this past Monday evening at the gorgeous Chelsea Piers' Pier 60 event space.

Mushroom Chorizo dish from La Palapa Cocina Mexicana 
This year's tasting benefit, hosted by 20/20's Amy Robach, featured 27 of New York City’s women chefs paired with celebrity women sous chefs. The event also honored Sandra Lee, television chef and star of 2018 documentary Rx: Early Detection, A Cancer Journey with Sandra Lee, for her work in the national expansion of access to affordable breast screenings, and Andrea Jung, President and CEO Grameen America, for her work in the cancer community.

Scene
The team at Finance Foodie was on site to cover this event and we had a great time dining on some delicious delicacies from local restaurants while supporting a great cause. Here were some of the highlights of the night.

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By far, the favorite of the night was the Toasted Almond Mousse cake from L'Artusi's chef Jessica Craig. The almond cake was moist and rich with a slight hint of almond flavor that wasn't overpowering. I also loved the caramelized apple crisp topping which gave the cake some crunch.

Almond Cake
Coming in strong as well was AK Catering's S'Mores Short Rib in a Jar.  Abigail Kirsch's catering company offered a nice juxtaposition of sweet and savory in one cup - sweet potato mash and toasted marshmallow on top and a hearty warm short rib on the bottom.

S'Mores in a Jar
Another sweet treat came from William Greenberg Desserts. Pastry Chef Carol Becker's simple and effective black and white (along with the on-theme pink and white) cookies were a hit. Basic and reliable - nothing wrong with that!

Black and Whites
Little Tong's Otoro Crisp was a real treat from the sea. Who knew an eclectic combination of fatty tuna, onion crisps and seaweed mayo on a shrimp cracker would be so delightful?

Tuna Cracker
Speaking of seafood, Sen Sakana's offering was winner not only for its taste profile, but for its excellent presentation (for sure the most "complete" plate of the night). Mina Newman's torched salmon ceviche with shisho leaf, aji limo chili and yuzu marinade had a lovely citrus undertone and was almost too beautiful to eat - but of course I did and it was darn good too!

Salmon Ceviche
I've never met a guacamole + chips I didn't like and El Toro Blanco's offering did not disappoint. Chef Ivy Stark's concoction of avocado topped with pomegranate and sunflower seeds, served with slightly salted crisp tortilla chips, was another basic and solid offering that left me satiated during the night.

Guacamole
SHARE is a national nonprofit that supports, educates, and empowers women affected by breast, ovarian, or metastatic breast cancer, with a special focus on medically underserved communities. Their mission is to connect these women with the unique support of survivors and peers, creating a community where no one has to face breast or ovarian cancer alone. To learn more about this organization, please visit sharecancersupport.org.

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