TV Personalities, Top Chefs Turn Out for Charity Event

WABC anchor Bill Ritter emcees event

The Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC) is holding its annual gala event next week. The 101-year-old organization has helped thousands of New Yorkers deal with hearing loss and the inability to communicate properly.

CHC is holding its yearly “Feast” Monday night at Pier 60.

WABC/Channel 7 anchor Bill Ritter hosts the event, which features food tasting from 28 of the city’s most famous chefs.

This year’s culinary artists include Iron Chef America competitor and executive chef at Butter, Alexandra Guarnaschelli; the Beacon Restaurant & Bar’s Waldy Malouf; and Ed Brown of his namesake Ed’s Chowder House.

The intimate setting allows guests to interact with the chefs as well as famed broadcasters, who shed the microphone for an apron as “sous chefs.”

WPIX's Francesca Maxime gives her time to CHC

On the lineup, WNYW/Channel 5 anchor Ernie Anastos, WWOR/Channel 9 anchor Brenda Blackmon, NY1 reporter Shazia Khan, and WPIX/Channel 11 reporter Francecsa Maxime.

It’s not just the chef’s signature items being presented.

For the first time, the Feast will feature a seated dessert room, where guests will be served decadent treats while bidding on live auction items conducted by Nicholas Dawes of Antiques Roadhouse.

Items donated to the charity auction include hard-to-get tickets to exclusive venues and performances, including the Tony Award winning Book of Mormon and behind the scenes access to TV shows.

Donations allow the historic nonprofit organization to serve the community’s intense need for affordable, compassionate, and state-of-the-art hearing healthcare.

To learn more about the event, call (917) 305-7807 or visit

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