The cookbook was conceived by Mahwah Mayor Bill Laforet as a means to raise money to research a cure for Pulmonary Hypertension and the Foundation after being inspired by Vincent Accurso, a young boy suffering from the rare and debilitating disease that affects the blood vessels of the lungs. The Baking For A Cure Foundation was formed by the family and friends of Vincent to bring about an awareness of this often fatal disease.
The foundation's purpose is to raise funds that will directly support The Pulmonary Hypertension Center at Columbia University Medical Center, which serves New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. The center not only provides state-of-the-art care, but is also one of the largest in the world concentrating on research, education and awareness of this disease. They are committed to providing comprehensive care and support to their patients and their families.
The foundation also plans to acquire a Mobile Baking Kitchen or "Bakery On Wheels" which will be used to visit children's hospitals all over the country, providing the children with their own "Baking Kit" and an experience to remember. They are committed to not only finding a cure, but to having a positive effect on those who have to deal with this disease on a daily basis. They seek to take them away from the unavoidable "illness" box and allow them to just be kids again.
The dedication to the look and feel of the end result displayed by John Chrisostomou and his team at AlphaGraphics, as well as their willingness to work on behalf of this charity with their printing expertise, was awe-inspiring to say the least. And the efforts of Karen Apruzzese who filled the role of my editorial assistant and proof reader, was absolutely vital and Herculean. And we cannot forget the dozens and dozens of Mahwah residents who heeded the call and forwarded their recipes to us; recipes that became the heart and soul of this volume and made it an ethnic smorgasbord that allows one to taste the history of this town. From the mayor on down, this was indeed a community effort. But by no means is this where the community effort had stopped.
I am proud to give a shout out to Mahwah residents, Maria and Michael Flynn of Mary Ann's Gourmet Market who were the first business to contact us to stock the volume. Mary Ann's, located at 1011 MacArthur Blvd in Mahwah, is not only a gourmet deli, bakery and restaurant that provides breakfast, lunch and dinner of the highest quality, but also offers a wide array of full-service catering that includes providing customers with on-site chefs.
Additionally, more and more area businesses have contacted us in recent days to stock the book and I will be adding a fully updated list regularly.
If you are a business that would like to carry the volume, please write me at - firstname.lastname@example.org. While we are busy setting up our storefront, those from out of town seeking a copy can again contact me at email@example.com. The cost is $10.00 plus $2.95 shipping and handling and checks can be made out to the Baking For A Cure Foundation.
- Mary Ann's Gourmet Deli - 1011 MacArthur Blvd, Mahwah, NJ
- Mahwah Wine & Liquors - 340 Ridge Road, Mahwah, NJ
- The Mahwah Senior Center - 300 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, NJ
- Sonny & Tony's Pizza and Italian Restaurant, 400 Ridge Road, Mahwah, NJ