Calling all cooks: Help in the fight against breast cancer


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Want to help in the fight against breast cancer? Susan G. Komen for the Cure, KitchenAid and PBS cooking show host Jacques Pepin are calling all cooks to host a dinner party, barbecue, office party or any get-together of your choosing between July 20 and 29. And here’s the kicker: Instead of flowers or wine, ask your guests to bring a donation in any amount for Susan G. Komen. The funds can be designated for either the organization's national efforts or local breast cancer initiatives.

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Called 1,000 Cooks for the Cure, the event is part of Cook for the Cure, an 11-year partnership between Komen and KitchenAid.

As a thank you from KitchenAid and Pepin, a longtime supporter of the program, the host of any party registered at CookfortheCure.com that raises more than $50 will receive a Villeroy & Boch "Pass the Plate" serving platter, which is meant to be "re-gifted" over and over again with some kind of homemade cuisine. Each time the individually numbered plates are registered at CookfortheCure.com and passed along, KitchenAid will make an additional $5 donation to Komen.

What’s more, every host who registers and raises at least $50 will be entered into a random drawing for a three-day trip to New York to attend one of Pepin's professional cooking classes at the French Culinary Institute, a set of personally autographed Pepin cookbooks and dinner at the Institute's famed L'Ecole restaurant.

All hosts must register at CookfortheCure.com by July 29 and submit their donations by Aug. 31.