20090511-ginadepalma-event.jpgThere are lots of terrific benefits the food community gets involved in, and we try to tell you about as many of them as we can. But I feel compelled to tell all serious eaters about the cocktail party benefit Mario Batali, his partner Joe Bastianich, and Jim Lahey (of Sullivan Street Bakery and Co.) are doing at Co. on May 18 at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate one of Serious Eats' own, Gina DePalma. This event benefits a truly worthy cause, The Cowgirl Cure Foundation benefiting ovarian cancer research at the Mount Sinai Medical Center.

As some of you might know from my James Beard Awards post, Gina is battling cancer. Gina's a fighter, and if anyone can beat back this insanely debilitating disease, it's her.

For this benefit, Lahey will be preparing many of his signature pies and spreads, and Batali is going to be rustling up plenty of serious finger food to pass around. Between Lahey's pizza, Batali's food, serious cocktails (and a serious cause), what more could a serious eater ask for?

Tickets are $250, and you can buy them here, or even donate money to the Cowgirl Cure Foundation if you can't attend the event. Starting today, May 11, serious eaters can bid on some pretty cool online auction items, like a pizza-making lesson and lunch for six from Jim Lahey, a guided tour of DiPalo Dairy, or even a day at the Guerlain Spa.

Hope to see you all there.

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