On February 2nd, 37 prominent DC area chefs and 340 attendees gathered at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Northwest Washington to celebrate women chefs in a evening of camaraderie, to benefit the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. Hosted by Wendy Rieger of NBC News 4 and Going Green, the Gala featured James Beard Award-winning pastry chef and ovarian cancer survivor Gina DePalma of Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca in New York City.
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Guests began the evening with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and later moved into the ballroom where chefs awaited them by fragrant stations to serve their dishes. Amongst the night’s notables were scallops with a vanilla parsnip puree served by Chef Janis McLean of 15ria, gnocchi with espresso-braised short rib and pancetta served by Chef Amy Brandwein of Fyve Restaurant Lounge and yellow barlett pear sorbetto from Dolcezza Gelato. Atteendees seemed to not get enough of the scrumptious teal ribbon cupcakes provided by Georgetown Cupcake. (We have been assured these teal ribbon cupcakes will be available for the month of September … so stay tuned!)
Over dinner, our current President Christy Schmidt presented an award to this year’s honoree and Immediate Past President, Judith Abrams, followed by a moving speech delivered by Gina DePalma. DePalma related her experience as a chef to battling ovarian cancer. Through the efforts of these chefs and generosity of the ovarian cancer community, funds were raised to help support the work of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance in an effort to a raise awareness, educate the community and help improve the quality of life for women who have been touched by ovarian cancer.