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hope à la carte
September 17, 2003 
The Waldorf=Astoria 

Join New York’s Chefs in celebration of the spirit of New York City and its remarkable restaurants, City of Hope National Medical Center and Beckman Research Institute presents the inaugural Hope à la Carte, a philanthropic social event uniting top chefs throughout Manhattan in the fight against cancer. Join us as several of the city’s chefs present their innovative recipes in an elegant, cocktail party setting at the legendary Waldorf=Astoria. Proceeds will benefit groundbreaking research, treatment and education programs in breast cancer and other life-threatening illnesses at City of Hope.

Mushrooms and Red Grapes
Hope à la Carte highlights research currently being conducted at City of Hope examining the role of food in preventing breast cancer. Our studies indicate certain types of mushrooms along with red grapes (including red grape juice, red wine and grape seed extract) contain naturally occurring chemicals that slow the production of estrogen, a hormone that can stimulate the growth of breast cancer. Our scientists hope to identify the specific substance that suppresses aromatase – an enzyme that controls the production of estrogen – to ultimately develop new strategies to prevent and treat breast cancer.