Cook for a Cure—Sometimes it’s More Than a Meal, it’s the Cause

Sure, a lot of us have spent way more time at home in 2020 than we have in years past. And by spending more time at home, some of us have found ourselves in our kitchens more than we are used to. For some, this has been a welcome change. For others, it’s been more of a challenge. But regardless of if you are dealing with a global pandemic or just Tuesday night, there are some questions that are universal. Like: What’s for dinner?

We’ve long known the power of food to bring us together. It is the centerpiece of many family celebrations, part of what we remember about that first date, and part of what we pass down from generation to generation. And it isn’t just families, but communities, that can be brought together by the shared experience of cooking. This year on Saturday, November 21, at 7 p.m., that is the plan behind Cook for a Cure, a first of its kind FREE virtual event. Registration is open now.

In addition to some wonderful food, Cook for a Cure will include a live and silent auction with exciting items and experience packages from around the world. Your bids will help us in our mission to create a world without ALS and to help people with ALS and their families in our community, who need our support more than ever during these challenging times.

What can you expect from the cooking part of Cook for a Cure? Well, it will be a bit more than popping a frozen meal into the microwave. St. Louis chef Gerard Craft, Executive Chef and Owner of Niche Food Group, will join us to prepare on of his favorite meals. You’ll be able to cook along with Gerard as we’ll announce the dish and ingredients beforehand. Be watching our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

And of course you’ll want to start the evening off with a cocktail, and chef Craft has you covered here as well, as he’ll be preparing one of his favorites—a Boulevardier. You can check out the recipe for his concoction here. Guiding us all through the evening will be emcee Debbie Monterrey, host of Total Information AM.

It is safe to say that the St. Louis food scene hasn’t been the same since chef Craft opened his first restaurant, Niche, at the age of 25 in 2005. From there the Niche Food Group has grown to include six restaurants in St. Louis and one in Nashville: creative cocktails at Taste by Niche, French bistro fare at Brasserie by Niche, approachable Italian at Pastaria, fun, seasonal fare with a nod to Italy at Sardella, laid back burgers and brats at brassWELL inside Rockwell Beer Co., and his latest restaurant, Cinder House, a wood-fired, South American-inspired restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Accolades have followed from diners, food critics, and the media. Chef Craft has been named a Food & Wine Best New Chef, Food & Wine Innovator of the Year, 2015 James Beard Foundation Award-winning Best Chef: Midwest, and Inc. Magazine Star Entrepreneur. That’s a lot already, and he’s far from done.

So the cooking part of Cook for a Cure is in great hands. Your part is equally important as well. We hope you’ll join us to enjoy a fun night of cooking, and help us as we work tirelessly to support people with ALS and their families to live their lives to the fullest. Your support makes a real difference to our community as we continue the search for new treatments, and one day, a cure. Join us for Cook for a Cure and help us make 2020 year we’ll remember not just for all the challenges, but how we can come together to face them. ALS does not stop, and neither do we.

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