Boston bakes for breast cancer

Strawberry and White Chocolate "Tatas Bomb." — Courtesy of The Dunes at Winnetu

“It is a sweet and simple way to raise money for breast cancer research. We are a simple, grassroots organization working hard to make a difference,” Carol Sneider, founder and president of Bakes for Breast Cancer, said.

Bakes for Breast Cancer is an annual campaign where restaurants all over New England participate by creating a special dessert as an addition to their regular dessert menu. One hundred percent of the proceeds from that dessert go to finding a cure for breast cancer. This year’s Cape & Island Bakes will take place June 6 through 12. Stop into any of the Island establishments listed below to support the cause.

“We are thrilled to have spun off our Cape & Islands participants into their own event,” Ms. Sneider said. “Many Martha’s Vineyard restaurants have been participating in this event for years as a part of Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer.”

Because the Cape & Islands have a higher incidence rate of breast cancer than the national average, Bakes for Breast Cancer wanted to concentrate on getting the area more involved. “We are so grateful for all the support of our participants on the Vineyard,” Ms. Sneider said. “It truly does take a village. Their patrons are able to support a cause that touches so many we know and love by simply ordering a dessert.”

2016 participants on Martha’s Vineyard include:

Lighthouse Grill and Henry’s at the Harbor View Hotel, where you can enjoy a Peaches & Cream dessert made up of bourbon peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream. (Note: Lighthouse Grill is open for dinner Thursday through Sunday.) General manager Andrew Bartlett said, “We at the Harbor View Hotel are very proud to participate in the Cape & Islands Bakes for Breast Cancer campaign. The event allows us to showcase our culinary creations in recognition of a meaningful cause that impacts many people’s lives on the Cape and islands.”

Détente is serving up a Blueberry Bread Pudding with caramel and elderflower lemon curd. “We’re participating because it seems that cancer touches everyone’s lives at some point, and we know that funding the research for treatment is always so difficult. Hopefully we can help by participating,” Détente’s Suzanna Crowell said.

Sweet Life will participate with a slice of cheesecake with peach purée, toasted hazelnuts, and coconut crumble.

The Dunes at the Winnetu will bake up a Strawberry and White Chocolate “Tatas Bomb.”

The Terrace at the Charlotte Inn is creating the perfect summer dessert, with a Buttermilk Panna Cotta, Chilled Strawberry Poppy Seed Soup, and Vanilla Tuille.

Copper Wok is part of the 50 Percent Club, which means they will donate 50 percent of all dessert sales for the week to the cause.

Treat yourself until June 12th at any of restaurants above, because as some famous person once said, “Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.” Follow along on social media at @Bakes4BC and #Bakes4BC.