Vote for the ‘Cancer Crushing Restaurant of the Year’ this Thursday

Since launching a new program in June, the Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation has been holding events to educate the public on how to fight cancer by cooking preventative foods at home. They also want people to be able to enjoy the same nutrient-rich dishes when eating out.

On Thursday, the Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation will host “DINE OUT” – the culmination of the center’s Cancer Crushing Cuisine program.

“We really just want to get out in the community and let people know you can do it in your own kitchen and you can do this when you visit restaurants,” said Tara Divers with donor relations at the TCCC Foundation. “It starts with what you’re eating.”

At Thursday’s event, local restaurants will compete for the title of Cancer Crushing Restaurant of the Year. Attendees will sample dishes prepared by the restaurants using cancer-fighting ingredients and vote for their favorite dish.

Participating restaurants include CG Public House and Catering, Fiction at J. Bookwalter, The Bradley, Wine O’Clock, The Kitchen at Barnard Griffin, Ice Harbor, Fat Olives, Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar Mezzo Thai Fusion and Henrys Restaurant and Catering. Beverages will be provided by Mercer Estates, Chandler Reach Vineyards, Badger Mountain Winery, Ice Harbor Brewery and Naoi Cailini Óga Wines.

In June, the participating restaurant owners attended a dinner where they were given tips and a cookbook catered to cooking cancer-preventing dishes.

Vote for the ‘Cancer Crushing Restaurant of the Year’ this Thursday

“It was a really interesting, educational experience for us to revisit what ingredients we use and realize maybe there’s a better alternative,” said Susan Bunnell, co-owner of Wine O’ Clock.

The winning restaurant will receive a trophy and add the winning dish to their menu permanently. Going forward, sales of that dish will go back to the TCCC Foundation.

DINE OUT is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser.

The cost to attend is $75 per individual or $120 per couple and includes one Cancer Fighting Kitchen cookbook. To purchase tickets, call the Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation office at (509) 737-3413 or purchase online.