On Tuesday, April 30, some of the area’s finest women chefs and mixologists will gather at Catalyst Restaurant to serve their specialties for Turn Up The Heat, an event that supports the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance, or OCRA. OCRA funds ovarian cancer research and patient and family support programs, while advocating for federal funding and policies. OCRA fund-raisers have been held in Washington, D.C., for the previous 14 years; this is the second year in a row that the event has been also been held in Boston, in part because this city’s talented female chefs so willingly embraced the cause. The walk-around tasting will include dishes by Top Chef contestant Adrienne Wright (Deuxave), Cassie Piuma (Sarma), Meg Thompson (SRV), Rachel Collins (Juliet), and Cassidy Salus (Steel & Rye). Expect indulgencies from Georgetown Cupcakes, cofounded by sisters Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne. “It’s not only a fantastic foodie event,” says Audra Moran, OCRA’s CEO and president. “Above all it’s a commitment to helping women affected by ovarian cancer.” From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Catalyst Restaurant, 300 Technology Square, Cambridge, 617-576-3000. Advance tickets are $85 to $100 ($125 at the door). For information and tickets go to www.ocrahope.org/events/turn-heat-boston.
Another charitable effort is the upcoming annual Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the weeklong fund-raiser that benefits breast cancer research and care. More than 250 bakeries, restaurants, ice cream shops, chocolatiers, and markets will donate proceeds from a Boston Bakes dessert during the week leading up to Mother’s Day (May 6 through May 12). The idea in the beginning was to end the campaign on Mother’s Day as a way to honor women who struggle with — or have lost their lives to — breast cancer. The money raised this year will support the work of Dr. Rachel Freedman of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Some of the participating restaurants include Yvonne’s, Boston Chops, Red Lantern, Moo, and Flour, plus Phillips Candy House, Cabot’s Ice Cream, as well as the supermarkets Roche Brothers and Sudbury Farms. Some offer online shopping and will ship dessert to you. It’s a sweet way to help the cause. For a complete list of participants, visit www.bakesforbreastcancer.org.