Cuisine for the Cure helps fight deadly disease

Tanya Tandoc prepares a meal for Cuisine for the Cure, October 25, 2003.

WICHITA, Kansas — A nice restaurant, a talented chef, and a hungry crowd – the makings of a feast and a fundraiser.

“One, everybody loves to cook and everybody’s interested in this particular charity,” said Tanya Tandoc, owner of Tanya’s Soup Kitchen. “It touches everyone’s lives. It’s not just about women, it’s about all of us.”

Chef Tanya was one of the first to sign on for Cuisine for the Cure. But before it’s over, ten events will be held across the city, with some of Wichita’s finest cooks whipping up more than something tasty.

In the end, they could cook up more than $10,000 for the local Komen Foundation, to fight breast cancer all year long.

The concept behind Cuisine for the Cure is simple; this is for folks who don’t want to do something physical like run a race or play in a golf tournament. This is about something everyone enjoys — eating.

Cuisine for the Cure was born right here in Wichita. Lisa Umpke came up with the idea to honor her best friend, Jill Southern, who lost her battle with breast cancer earlier this year.

On this night, Jill’s husband and friends honor her by enjoying a good meal with good company. It’s an easy way to join the fight against a deadly disease.

“We’re actually presenting this concept as Cuisine for the Cure as a pilot program to the Susan G. Komen foundation and letting other cities adopt it,” said volunteer, Teresa Carter. “We’ve trademarked the name and logo so we’re going to go out there and have other places do it.”

Next year we’ll be able to say; It all started right here in Wichita.

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