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March 30, 2007
Mediterranean bakes special dessert to battle breast cancer

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Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer, a Boston culinary and fundraising tradition, is reaching out to Martha's Vineyard restaurants. The event benefits the Eva Brownman Breast Cancer Fund, which has been raising "dough" since 2000 for breast cancer research, education and treatment for the Women's Cancers Program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

From Monday, May 7, through Mother's Day on Sunday, May 13, pastry chefs from more than 100 restaurants in and around Boston, and now on Martha's Vineyard, will bake a unique dessert to put on their menu with 100 percent of sales benefiting the Eva Brownman Breast Cancer Fund.

Mediterranean in Vineyard Haven is already on board. Pasty chef and owner Leslie Hewson plans to serve a variation of one of her mother's favorites, a special Pineapple Cream Chiffon Cake with Toasted Coconut, for $12. She is honoring her mother, Ruth Nasson, who lost her battle to breast cancer in 2003.

"She had a great smile, a kind heart, endless energy and tremendous inner strength," says Hewson. Nasson dealt with three bouts of cancer, before suddenly passing away from the strain of treatment in May of 2003. Hewson adds, "Although her pain and suffering seemed endless, her smile and spirit never faded."

Hewson's cakes are award winning and the Pineapple Cream Chiffon Cake with Toasted Coconut will be no exception. The recipient of an island culinary award for "Best Birthday Cake" has even created birthday cakes for President Clinton during his visits to the Vineyard. Hewson, with her husband and partner executive chef Douglas Hewson, opened Mediterranean in 2004, a restaurant featuring foods inspired by the Mediterranean region.

To make a reservation at Mediterranean during Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer, call 508-693-1617 or go to With a waterfront view, Mediterranean is located at 52 Beach Road in Vineyard Haven. For a full list of participating restaurants, visit

Founders of the Eva Brownman Breast Cancer Fund created Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer as a sweet and delicious way to honor mothers, sisters, and friends like Ruth Nasson and to continue battling the disease. The program has raised more than $190,000, and this year organizers hope to reach $225,000.


Elizabeth Chernack
Jimmy Fund
(617) 632-4687