Sunday, March 30, 2014

Eat4Life Fundraiser to kick off Colon Cancer Awareness Month

By: Lauren Rittermann
Capital Cooking Contributor

March kicks off National Colon Cancer Awareness Month and some of DC's best chefs turned out on March 17th to show their culinary skills at the 2nd annual Eat4Life event at the Longview Gallery in Mount Vernon Square.  

Their mission was to create the best possible bite, but with a twist: it had to not only be delicious, but nutritious and follow the guidelines set out by the Chris4Life Colon Cancer foundation for colon health all while helping raise funds and awareness for the foundation. Also on hand were folks from Wellness consulting gurus at Third Space Wellness and fresh juices from Jrink, the newest juice bar to open in Dupont, to wash it all the delicious food down.

Highlights from the impressive array of dishes included Table DC's fresh and colorful crudite salad on top of a savory eggplant puree, and Copperwood Tavern's black quinoa salad with grilled portobellos topped with a healthy pumpkin seed pesto.

The two stars, in my opinion, were Pinstripe's maple glazed salmon over quinoa with an avocado, cucumber and tomato salad and Scott Drewno of the Source by Wolfgang Puck's lobster and herb salad atop a a warm brioche round with plenty of crunch.  Both dishes were flavorful and fun. 

Live music, flowing libations, and plenty of cheeses and fresh fruit created a festive atmosphere, showing that it's more than possible to combine health and fun in one glamorous evening.

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