Try Dan's 'cancer-slaying' soup

Written by Gretchen McKay on

recipe for hope

Cancer stinks, and not just because the treatment for it makes you so darn sick.

Chemotherapy almost always makes the patient lose his or her hair -- and most insurance companies don't pay very much for wigs needed from the treatment, if they pay anything at all.

That's why Bonny Diver, a breast-cancer survivor who locals know as KDKA's NewsRadio traffic reporter, started Hair Peace Charities in 2005. To raise money for those who can't afford to buy a wig on their own. 

One of the organization's biggest fundraisers is its annual Recipe for Hope event, which this year will be held on Sat., Feb. 23, at the Mayernick Center in Kilbuck, and will include among its "celebrity chefs" two PG reporters: Sports writer Dan Gigler, who will be ladling up a kale-and-kielbasa soup, and Organic Gardener columnist Doug Oster, who's making grilled shrimp with garlic. 

Tickets cost $100 and can be purchased either in advance here via Paypal, or at the door. The party starts at 7:30 p.m. In addition to more than a dozen dishes cooked up by the guest chefs, admission buys you an open bar with speciality martinis, live music, a silent auction featuring airline tickets and mystery "wine grab bags."

A funny story about our man Dan, who contributes regularly to this blog and also writes restaurant reviews for the PG's Munch feature. When the email went out asking participating chefs to please include at least one of 20 cancer-fighting ingredients in their dishes, he misread it.  Instead, he tried to include as many of those ingredients as possible: Kale, red beans, carrots, shiitake mushrooms, purple potatoes and quinoa, along with nitrate-free kielbasa from Allegheny City Smokehouse.

Hence, "My cancer-slaying soup is a blast of delicious antioxidants," he said. "If there is an award for healthiest, I am already declaring myself the winner!"doublewidegrill poster

Already have plans for Saturday? You can still offer support at a local restaurant. On Thurs., Feb. 21, Double Wide Grill will donate $2 from every dinner sold between 4 p.m. and closing at both of its locations (South Side and Mars) to the the organization. If you ask, they'll also share your personal story or words of support with the charity.

Hair Peace Charities and Double Wide Grill photos

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