Monday night, I attended the Eighth Annual “A Second Helping of Life” Event which took place at Pier 60 overlooking the river and attention grabbing mega yachts. The event is held by SHARE, a New York City-based not-for-profit organization that offers peer -led support to women with breast or ovarian cancer.

The fabulous Lori Lengua, from Make it Known PR,  invited me to come and sample the foods and beverages offered from some of the best restaurants and chefs in the world, including one of my favorite spots to dine, Dos Caminos. The Dos Caminos table offered up some tasty ahi tuna tacos that were beyond delicious!

In addition to tasty treats and cocktails, the annual event boasts a long list of celebrity chefs who come out to show their support for the organization while showing off their culinary skills. In fact, every year for the past 8 years, top NYC-based female chefs and celebrities have come together, at this same location, to help those affected by breast or ovarian cancer.  The event has become like a NYC tradition with a sumptuous reception of delectable food, signature cocktails, fine wines and silent and live auction.  Read more after the jump…

Just a sampling of what the event offered food-wise!

Sweet Olive Oil and Rosemary Cakes with Lemon Icing!

Sweet Olive Oil and Rosemary Cakes with Lemon Icing!


Spicy Fig Compote

While at the event, I had a chance to catch up with Darryl Robinson, Television Personality & Cocktail Specialist who can be seen on the Cooking Channel’s show ‘Drink Up with Darryl Robinson‘, and the executive director for SHARE, Alice Yaker.

(Me) Kristen Colapinto, Alice Yaker, and Darryl Robinson

Below: Celebrity Chef Anne Burrell. Other celebrity guests included: Nikki Cascone, “Top Chef” contestant; Lourdes Castro, Author, Latin Grilling; Kathleen Chalfant, Actress; Dana Cowin, Editor-in-Chief, Food & Wine Magazine; Tandy Cronyn, Actress; Laura Day, Actress; Amanda Freitag, Chef; Judy Gold, Comedian; Donna Hanover, Broadcast Personality and former First Lady of New York; Liza Huber, Actress; Cindy Hsu, WCBS-TV News Anchor; Wendy Kaufman, Comedian; Rikki Klieman, Actress; Sara Moulton, Chef/Host, PBS’s “Sara’s Secrets;” Karen Page, food and wine columnist, author The Flavor Bible; Julie Pinson, Actress; Joanna Pruess, Author, Cast Iron Cookbook; Ruth Reichl, Author, Writer, Editor; Daphne Ruben-Vega, Actress; Carole Shelley, Actress; Valerie Smaldone, Radio Personality; Linda Stasi, Journalist.

Celebrity Chef Anne Burrell


Curry Chicken with Rice



Corn Soup with Smoked Ham and Corn Relish

Corn Soup with Smoked Ham and Corn Relish


SHARE supports, educates, and empowers people affected by breast or ovarian cancer. We help people face their feelings and fears, communicate effectively with their doctors, and make informed decisions about their health. All of SHARE’s services are free of charge, confidential, and provided by survivors. SHARE’s services include telephone support, educational programs, support groups, and public-health initiatives in English and in Spanish. Twitter: @SHAREing (#2ndhelping) and www.ShareCancer

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