SHARE Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary at NYC Benefit Featuring Many of NYC’s Best Chefs (Who Just Happen to Be Female)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Top left: SHARE’s Class of 2016 Celebrity Sous Chefs; Top right: Marea chef Lauren De Steno with Andrew Dornenburg; Bottom left: Dirt Candy’s Amanda Cohen’s Carrot Bun; Bottom right: Team Melba, including Melba’s Restaurant chef-owner Melba Wilson & Karen Page

It’s been a challenging past several days in the New York area, to say the least.  That made the high energy and positive vibes at NYC’s Pier 60 all the more welcome:  Last night marked the 40th anniversary of SHARE, a not-for-profit organization that supports women with breast and ovarian cancer, and we were both happy to be able to yet again support its annual “A Second Helping of Life” benefit, as we have every year since this event’s earliest days.


Congratulating Chef Charleen Badman after the wonderful dinner she cooked at the James Beard House in 2015

The evening brings together some of the city’s best chefs, each paired with a “Celebrity Sous Chef,” who often include authors, actresses, and anchors, and in which capacity Karen is always pleased to serve, since she was first paired with Chef Charleen Badman, then of NYC’s Inside and currently of Scottsdale’s acclaimed FnB restaurant.

melbawilsoncookbookcoverKaren has been paired with other fabulous chefs in the years since — including Dirt Candy’s Amanda Cohen, Marea’s Lauren DeSteno, and Suenos’ Sue Torres.  This year was no exception, presenting the chance to connect with Harlem’s own Melba Wilson of Melba’s Restaurant at 114th Street and Eighth Avenue.  Melba just saw her first cookbook published this year, Melba’s American Comfort:  100 Recipes From My Heart to Your KitchenShe and her team couldn’t have been lovelier, and it was a pleasure for Karen to spend the night as a member of Team Melba.  We’re already looking forward to getting uptown to Melba’s one Tuesday night for its live music!


Top left: Karen Page, actress Kathleen Chalfant, and Delaware & Hudson chef Patti Jackson; Top right: Annisa chef Anita Lo & Karen Page; Middle: Lauren De Steno’s awesome stuffed zucchini; Bottom left: Cornerstone Communications’ Marsha Palanci pours wine with grace and style; Bottom right: Celebrity sous chefs Ellie Krieger, Karen Page, and Brenda Blackmon

We join SHARE in thanking all of last night’s chefs, including the event’s Executive Chef Angie Mar, Culinary Chairs Abigail Kirsch and Alison Awerbuch, and Participating Chefs:

Einat Admony
Balaboosta, Bar Bolonat, Taïm

Alison Awerbuch
Abigail Kirsch Catering

Lynn Bound
Feinstein’s/54 Below

Rebecca Charles
Pearl Oyster Bar

Amanda Cohen
Dirt Candy

Leah Cohen
Pig & Khao

Rebecca DeAngelis

Lauren DeSteno

Colleen Grapes

Alex Guarnaschelli

Patti Jackson
Delaware & Hudson

Sara Jenkins
Porchetta, Porsena

Sarabeth Levine

Anita Lo

Angie Mar
The Beatrice Inn

Sawako Okochi
Shalom Japan

Lauren Resler

Missy Robbins

Allison Robicelli
Robicelli’s Bakery

Amy Scherber
Amy’s Bread

Barbara Sibley
La Palapa

Roxanne Spruance

Sue Torres
Fairfield County Hunt Club

Jessica Weiss

Melba Wilson
Melba´s Restaurant

We especially loved Amanda Cohen‘s Carrot Buns, which we’ve enjoyed previously at Dirt Candy, Lauren De Steno‘s wonderful stuffed zucchini with macadamia nut “ricotta,” and Sue Torres‘ lusty corn tacos on one of the most delicious tortillas imaginable.  (We had to have seconds of each.)  Special thanks to all the chefs who mentioned that they were inspired to showcase vegetarian or vegan dishes last night, knowing that we’d be able to taste them!  And special thanks to chefs like Balaboosta’s Einat Admony, whose team gladly vegetarianized her hummus dish served with warm, puffy pita — if there’s a better hummus than hers out there in the world, we want to taste it!


Top left: Karen Page congratulates Pearl Oyster Bar’s Rebecca Charles, who’s opening a new restaurant in Kennebunk, Maine, next week; Top right: Chef Sue Torres & Karen Page; Middle left: Sue Torres’ amazing corn tacos; Middlr right: Dirt Candy’s Amanda Cohen, Karen Page, and Amy’s Bread’s Amy Scherber; Bottom left: Brenda Blackmon & Chef Colleen Grapes; Bottom middle: One of several tributes to beloved pastry chef Gina DePalma; Bottom right: “Lucky Phil” with new bride Lauren De Steno of Marea

And a salute to everyone who contributes their time to support the event as a “Celebrity Sous Chef,” and makes participating in this annual event such a special pleasure, including:  Sade Baderinwa, Anchor, WABC-TV Eyewitness News;
Becky Ann Baker, Actress; Brenda Blackmon, Anchor, PIX11 News; Blair Brown, Actress; Mary Calvi, Anchor, CBS 2 News; Kathleen Chalfant, Broadway and Screen Actress; Tandy Cronyn, Actress; Megan Fairchild, Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet; Donna Hanover, Television Journalist and Actress; Jessica Hecht, Broadway and Screen Actress; Magee Hickey, Reporter, PIX11 News; Cindy Hsu, Anchor and Reporter, CBS 2 News; Ellie Krieger, Television Personality and Cookbook Author; Lisa-Ann Marchesi, Television Personality and Entrepreneur; Karen Page, Culinary Author; Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Author and Founding Editor of Ms. Magazine; Joanna Pruess, Food and travel writer; Ruth Reichl, Chef and Food Writer; Teresa Reichlen, Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet; Carol Anne Riddell, Reporter/Host, CUNY TV; Abigail Thomas, Author; Joyce Wadler, Writer and Humorist, The New York Times; and Kirsten Wyatt, Broadway and Screen Actress and Singer.

Most importantly, a salute to SHARE itself on its 40th anniversary of doing what it does so well!


SHARE is a 40-year-old survivor-led organization based in New York City that provides support, information, and resources to women affected by breast and ovarian cancers.  Its mission is to help women and their families address the emotional and practical issues that arise from a cancer diagnosis and to provide the support these women need to feel less isolated, better informed, and more empowered as health care consumers.  More than 40,000 times each year, SHARE programs touch women and men affected by breast or ovarian cancer, as well as members of the general public, through support groups, helplines, education programs, and outreach initiatives.  Making targeted efforts to reach all women affected by breast or ovarian cancer, SHARE places a special emphasis on programming for women from medically underserved communities.  Both LatinaSHARE and SHARE’s Ambassador Program expressly serve women of color, with a focus on low-income women in all five boroughs of New York City.

SHARE‘s annual “A Second Helping of Life” benefit takes place every September at Pier 60 in New York City, so mark your calendars now for September 2017.

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