More than two dozen of NYC’s top female chefs will serve savory and sweet dishes at the Tenth Anniversary “A Second Helping of Life” benefit on Monday, September 23, 6 p.m., at Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers.

Chef Amanda Freitag of Food Network’s “Chopped” and Cooking Channel’s series “Unique Eats” will serve as Executive Chef and author and restaurant critic Ruth Reichl (will serve as host at this fundraiser to support SHARE, a non-profit organization that offers free peer support to women with breast or ovarian cancer, their families and friends. Activities include a tasting reception and live and silent auctions.

A Second Helping of Life is an annual fall event in New York City, with top chefs and local celebrities marking their calendars to attend every year. Top Chef Master competitor Anita Lo of Annisa helped to create the event ten years ago and has participated every year, as has Chef Rebecca Charles of Pearl Oyster Bar. Charles serves her signature lobster roll every year, and has jokingly said that any time she’s suggested serving something else, the response has been “one of horror.” Newer additions to the participating chefs list include hot chefs Amanda Cohen of Dirt Candy and The Waverly Inn’s Ashley Merriman.

“It’s the best food in New York – cooked, made and invented by women,” said award-winning actress Kathleen Chalfant, who has participated as a sous chef from the beginning. The event has raised over $3 million for SHARE, enabling this organization to continue to support those affected by breast or ovarian cancer.

Participating Chefs:

  • Anita Lo, Annisa
  • Rebecca Charles, Pearl Oyster Bar
  • Alexandra Guarnaschelli, The Darby & Butter Restaurant
  • Amy Scherber, Amy’s Bread
  • Alison Awerbuch, Abigail Kirsch Catering & Events
  • Einat Admony, Balaboosta & Taïm
  • Heather Bertinetti, The Four Seasons
  • Lynn Bound, Café 2 & Terrace 5 (MoMa)
  • Amanda Cohen, Dirt Candy
  • Ariane Daguin, D’Artagnan
  • Colleen Grapes, The Harrison & The Red Cat
  • Gabrielle Hamilton, Prune
  • Sara Jenkins, Porchetta & Porsena
  • Elizabeth Karmel, Hill Country
  • Meredith Kurtzman, Otto
  • Sarabeth Levine, Sarabeth’s
  • Shuna Lydon, Peels
  • Ashley Merriman, The Waverly Inn
  • Alexandra Raij, Txikito, El Quinto Piño and La Vara
  • Alexandra Ray, North End Grill
  • Sunchar Raymond, Union Square Café
  • Rosa Ross, Scrimshaw
  • Barbara Sibley, La Palapa
  • Ivy Stark, Dos Caminos
  • Julie Taras Wallach, Tipsy Parson

Participating Celebrity Sous Chefs:

  • Sade Baderinwa, WABC-TV Channel 7 News Anchor
  • Becky Ann Baker, Actress
  • Brenda Blackmon, WWOR My9 News Anchor
  • Hannah Bronfman, Entrepreneur
  • Lourdes Castro, Author, Latin Grilling
  • Kathleen Chalfant, Actress
  • Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Author
  • Tandy Cronyn, Actress
  • Elizabeth Falkner, Chef, Author
  • Rozanne Gold, Food Writer, Chef & Journalist
  • Kitty Greenwald, Author, Wall Street Journal Columnist
  • Donna Hanover, Broadcast Personality
  • Jessica Hecht, Actress
  • Cindy Hsu, CBS 2 News Reporter
  • Jodi Kantor, Author, The Obamas
  • Rikki Klieman, TV Personality
  • Ellie Krieger, Chef/Host, Food Network’s “Healthy Appetite”
  • Daisy Martinez, Chef & TV Personality
  • Alex McCord, The Real Housewives of New York City
  • Sara Moulton, Chef, Cook Book Author, TV Personality
  • Karen Page, Food and Wine Columnist, Author, The Flavor Bible
  • Joanna Pruess, Author, Cast Iron Cookbook
  • Daphne Rubin-Vega, Actress, Performer
  • Carole Shelley, Actress;
  • Valerie Smaldone, Media Personality
  • Linda Stasi, Author, New York Post Columnist.
  • Chely Wright, Country Music Artist

Individual tickets are $300, $500 and $750. Tables of 8 and 10 are priced from $5,000 up to $35,000. For information call 212-937-5581 or visit