Posted on October 17, 2013 by Marina

Back in 2000, we partnered with Willow Breast Cancer Support to produce Eat To The Beat. 

Eat To The Beat involves 60 of Canada’s top female chefs who will be creating mouthwatering delicacies on Tuesday, October 22, at 7pm at Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe Street, Toronto).   Eat to the Beat benefits Willow Breast Cancer Support Canada, a not-for-profit organization that offers free peer support to anyone coping with breast cancer.

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The event is fast approaching on October 22nd and we chatted with Shana Coppen at Willow Breast Cancer about the cause and what dish pairs best with our Pilsner.

What is Eat To The Beat?

Celebrating its 18th year, Eat to the Beat is a mecca for urban foodies who come to experience the best Ontario’s culinary scene has to offer. It is the only event in Canada that exclusively features the talent of 60 female chefs – women supporting women through the challenges that come with a breast cancer diagnosis.

All the proceeds benefit Willow Breast Cancer Support Canada.  A national organization dedicated to providing encouragement, education and empowerment to anyone dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis.  Willow touches thousands of people each year through our 1-800 helpline, willow.org, support groups across the country and a variety of community initiatives.  All of our services are available across Canada and are offered free of charge to anyone affected by breast cancer – the person diagnosed, their family, friends and caregivers.

Click here to learn more about how Willow helps.

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How would you describe the event to someone who has never attended it?

Going to Eat to the Beat is like eating at 60 of the best restaurants all in one night.  It is a “smart casual” stroll and savour event, with 60 food stations featuring every kind of dish imaginable prepared by top female chefs.  There are savoury and sweet items all accompanied by cocktails, micro brewed beer, wine and other non alcoholic beverages.  Whether it’s a lobster grilled cheese, duck confit or the best brownie you will ever taste, you’ll find it at Eat to the Beat.

To get a taste of what Eat to the Beat is like, click here

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Who are some of the chefs that participate and what dishes can be expected?

We have another stellar line up of chefs this year including:

Donna Dooher from Mildred’s Temple Kitchen who is making a BREAST OF DUCK WITH A POLENTA CREAM AND WILD BLUEBERRY PEPPERCORN CHUTNEY

Andrea Nicholson of Top Chef Canada fame who will be serving WILD BC SOCKEYE SALMON, BABY POTATO, SMOKED TOMATO CHUTNEY, FENNEL, PRESERVED LEMON GREMOLATA

Lindsay Haddock from Scaramouche is making a VALRHONA ARAGUANI CHOCOLATE TART WHIPPED DULCEY GANACHE, SESAME SNAP AND CARAMELIZED BANANA

There will be fresh PEI Oysters on the half shell from Jennifer Mooers of Hooked.

And that’s just 4 of 60 dishes!!!!

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What are you looking forward to pairing Steam Whistle with most at the event?

We love having Steam Whistle at Eat to the Beat and so do our guests!  Actually, Steam Whistle has been one of the longest supporters of Willow and the event.  I know Joan Monfaredi from the Park Hyatt is a big fan of beer and I think that’s why she has prepared tiny beef reubens on marble rye with honey cup mustard to dip.  I know there is a pulled pork brisket on offer and also some Mexican food that would go really well with the Pilsner.

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What is your favourite part of Eat To The Beat?

I like seeing people not only leave Eat to the Beat with a full tummy, but a full heart.  The outpouring of support from the chefs, to the beverage purveyors to the donors, sponsors and everyone who attends is really unbelievable and has such a direct and positive impact on people battling this disease.

 

Hope you can come out to the event on October 22nd – tickets are $175 (with a tax receipt) and include all food and beverages.  For more information visit www.eattothebeat.ca.