Who: Doctors, healthcare advocates, chefs, and foodies
What: Lymphoma Research Foundation’s Love to Find a Cure restaurant revue
Where: The Depot
When: February 17, 2011
Why: To sample food while raising money to cure lymphoma
Full disclosure: Lymphoma is a new disease to me. I have never known anybody who has been diagnosed, and therefore, I have never had this disease personally affect my life—until recently. When a family member was diagnosed, I decided to take a stab at learning about this type of cancer. What I found out is that it’s a beast with more than 67 variations, and it is the most common form of blood cancer. So when I got invited to this event a few weeks ago while at the Angel Foundation Gala, I knew I had to go.
Hosted by the Minnesota Chapter of the Lymphoma Research Foundation, this event wasn’t just about cancer—it was about food! Billed as a tasting event, Love to Find a Cure featured food experiences from 10 Twin Cities restaurants. Trying not to drool too much, I spotted stations from Blue Door Pub, moto-i, Holy Land, al Vento, The Melting Pot, Cocoa & Fig, and much more. Guests were invited to visit these stations and pick and choose what they wanted to try.
While checking out the tons of silent auction items, I ran into Debbie Roscoe and Nancy Ingvaldson, who co-chaired the first Love to Find a Cure event six years ago. At this event, Debbie was honored with the 2011 Tribute Award, and she was also celebrating 10 years of remission. Hurrah!
Thanks to events like these and LRF’s well-known Lymphomathon held every summer (mark your calendars for June 11, 2011), the Minnesota chapter has raised more than $1 million for lymphoma research. This event alone raised more than $110,000. Talk about loving to find a cure!