Padma Lakshmi Hosts the Blossom Ball to Benefit the Endometriosis Foundation of America

padma lakshmi, Blossom Ball 2015, EFA

“I learned to cook at the elbow of my mother and grandmother, but never ever thought I could have a career in food,” Padma Lakshmi said last month during a talk at Cherry Bombe magazine’s Jubilee conference. We all know how that turned out: Lakshmi is not only the host of Bravo’s insanely popular culinary competition show Top Chef, but she’s also the author of two cookbooks, Easy Exotic: A Model’s Low-Fat Recipes From Around the World, and Tangy, Tart, Hot, and Sweet: A World of Recipes for Every Day.

Another title for the former model is activist, and this one doesn’t have to do with food. Lakshmi suffers from endometriosis, a reproductive system disorder, and she co-founded the Endometriosis Foundation of America with her doctor, Tamer Seckin, MD. They hosted the 7th Annual Blossom Ball to benefit the foundation Monday night at Cipriani in New York City.
Actors Christian Slater and Norman Reedus, Top Chef's Gail Simmons, Bravo talk show host Andy Cohen, film director Joel Schumacher, and many more came out to support the foundation, which aims to increase disease recognition, provide advocacy, facilitate expert surgical training, and fund landmark endometriosis research. Lena Dunham and Hillary Clinton, both of whom have suffered from the disease, sent greetings via video and mail, respectively.

The food? Roasted artichoke salad, lasagna Bolognese, and both tiramisu and apple pie for dessert, and plenty of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. The menu was put together by — of course — Lakshmi.

 

Source: https://www.yahoo.com/food/padma-lakshmi-hosts-the-blossom-c1429111516463.html

 

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  • Kim Molinaro

    Kim Molinaro

    Prior to meeting Dr. Seckin and reading his book, “The Doctor Will See You Now”, I knew little to nothing about endometriosis. I was led to believe that endometriosis was not a serious condition. I was told that the pain could be managed by taking the “pill”. I was told that the cysts on my ovaries were harmless. I was…

  • Rebecca Black

    Rebecca Black

    Fast forward 5 years to find out incidentally I had a failing kidney. My left kidney was only functioning at 18%. During this time, I was preparing all my documents to send to Dr. Seckin to review. However, with this new information I put everything on hold and went to a urologist. After a few months, no one could figure…

  • Monique Roberts

    Monique Roberts

    I'll never stop praising Dr. Seckin and his team. He literally gave me back my life.

  • Erin Brehm

    Erin Brehm

    I had a wonderful experience working with Dr. Seckin and his team before, during and after my surgery. I came to Dr. Seckin having already had laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis 5 years prior, with a different surgeon. My symptoms and pain had returned, making my life truly challenging and my menstrual cycle unbearable. Dr. Seckin was quick to validate my…

  • Anita Schillhorn

    Anita Schillhorn

    I came to Dr. Seckin after years of dealing with endometriosis and doctors who didn't fully understand the disease. He quickly ascertained what needed to be done, laid out the options along with his recommendation and gave me the time to make the right decision for me. My surgery went without a hitch and I'm healing very well. He and…