Chefs, actresses ready for breast cancer benefit

September 16, 2011 1:51:48 PM PDT
Dozens of New York's best chefs and hardest working actresses are getting ready for "A Second Helping of Life," a benefit to help in the fight against breast cancer.

The fundraising event is Monday and gives people the chance to support a great organization, taste amazing food and spend time with the famous chefs who create it.

A night of good food and even better company, the 8th annual "A Second Helping of Life" is a beneficial event where you'll find more than 50 female chefs matched up with celebrities who will serve as sous chefs.

This year, Rebecca Charles, owner and chef of Pearl Oyster Bar, will work side by side with award-winning actress Daphne Rubin-Vega, who's getting ready for Broadway and "A Streetcar Named Desire." She guarantees that she can hold her own and loves everything about cooking.

"The preparation, the care, the beginning to the end, the control, the power, the love, I don't know it's really romantic," Rubin-Vega said.

The women are testing out their technique now, because Monday night, they will serve roughly 1,200 portions of lobster salad. Everyone is focused on the big picture, which is that proceeds from the event will go to "SHARE," an organization that provides support to women who have been affected by breast and ovarian cancer.

"One call to SHARE to talk to the people who have all been through it, and they provide everything for you," Charles said. "And walk you through the whole process, and they are like your buddy when you need help."

So why lobster rolls? Well, it's the signature dish at the restaurant, and a favorite of Charles' since she was a little girl spending summers with her family in Maine.

Each year, the fundraiser brings in roughly $450,000, a total of $2.5 million to date. The ladies are hoping their lobster rolls lure in even bigger crowd this year.