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A “Sweet” fundraising event

Ferrero Roche

I was lucky enough to be one of the guests at the Ferrero Rocher “Sweet” event this past week, which raised money for the Food Bank of New York and Share Our Srength. This event boasted hundreds of desserts created by top dessert chefs and chocolatiers. You should have seen the tables and tables of dark chocolate confections, beautifully decorated cakes, giant lollipops and so much more-it was awesome! Here’s a link to their website describing the event.

Above is a picture of me hanging with my pals including Michael Chiarello, Giada De Laurentiis, Cat Cora and Ingrid Hoffman. Oh and you can’t ignore the girls dressed up as dark chocolate truffles-how funny?

39 Responses to “A “Sweet” fundraising event”

  1. Francesca says:

    This question is completely off the subject, however I would like to know how to keep brown sugar soft?

  2. Debi says:

    How cool is that? I read about it on the internet- and I must say
    LOVED the Dress !!! How is Giada Feeling?

    Happy Turkey Day

  3. Shannon says:

    Hey Rach!

    I just wanted to thank you soo much for the book signing in Boston on the 17th. You were so great to my 5 year old niece Khali, who is a huggeee 30MM fan. I dont know if you remember her but the itty bitty red head. You were just too awesome for words and made her year. You really are a great,sweet, down to earth, sincere person and I thank you so much for that. You really are a gift to all your fans :) I hope you have a great Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I’m looking forward to what Rach has planned for us throughout the New Year. Love ya!

  4. becca says:

    hi rach
    “howz it hanging’love your show and truffle idea above. I am happy to hear that you all were helping with the food bank thing.i am writting from Australia.so when you say you look at this or that on your website i am unable to find it as we are about 6 month to year behind, i’m abit slow as it is. can you help me out?
    thanks love ya again

  5. mazen says:


    when i saw you in first time i did cry really because you are same my love

  6. Debi says:

    Wish Rachael and all her fans a very glorious Thanksgiving !!!


  7. Hi Rachael,
    I love your show, watch it every day. I’ve even tried out some of your recipes and they’ve been a big hit with family & friends.

  8. ChantellAshleyWhite says:

    Dear Rachel ray,
    I want to ask you a question what is your secret to making delicious,scrumptious,food?

  9. ChantellAshleyWhite says:

    dear Rachel ray,
    you are an insperation to me.I have to say your amazing to me!Have a happy Thanksgiving Rachel ray from your 1 fan!

  10. Caroline says:

    Hello Rachael,

    Hope all is well. I think you need to come to San Francisco again to do a $40.00 a day and stop by the financial district which has some great and inexpensive restaurants. Congratulations on all that you have acheived in your life. And I love 3o minute meals, I can actually keep up with you! It would be cool if you could do a Vegetarian show.
    Thanks and hope you are having a great day!

  11. Cassie says:

    oh, that dress you are wearing is sooo cute.
    and yes i agree that the chocolate truffle dresses are really adorable.
    xo cassie xo

  12. veronica tutunjian says:

    Dear Rachel:

    I watched your pre-Thanksgiving show and wanted to make your turkey gravy, but I could not find anywhere turkey stock. do yo have a resource in southeatern Massachusetts ?? Loved your show!!

  13. Theresa Allen says:

    Hello, Great job that you are doing for you and your fans.
    I am glad that you and John are very happy together, no matter what others thinks.
    Like to see someday soon babies

  14. Alissa says:

    Hi Rachael, I think this fund raising idea is fantastic. I love seeing all the fun ideas, and make them my own when I do a fund raiser for various mission trips I lead. When you were getting started in this passion of yours, did you ever think it would lead to all this? Is it what you expected? You seem like such a genuine person & think that maybe if we had grown up closer together, you and I may have been good friends. (Especially because our dad’s love to cook Louisiana Cajun food!….yay for Crawfish Etoufe!) Bless ya!

  15. Gerri says:

    Hi I live in South Africa and enjoy watching your shows. Thank you for a wonderful show

  16. Priscilla says:


    My husband Thanks you because I can cook now. I am still with you though on the bread thing. YIKES. Burn it everytime.


  17. Beverly Hammock says:

    Hey Rach,

    Ferrero Rocher, what a way to have a fundraiser, especially for such a great cause.
    I must ask…..how was all the chocolate?

    Love ya Rach!!

  18. Hafsa says:

    I love Watching you and i have one naaa two rquests..
    Why cant we buy your magazine in the middle east??
    would you please interview my man (George Clooney

  19. Maili Ha Nguyen says:

    Hi Rachael.

    My name is Maili Ha Nguyen and I am from Denmark. I study as a teacher, we have a son plus my husband is carpenter so our workday are booked up. I’m a huge fan of you and I love your recipes, they look so easy. However, some of your ingredients are hard to find here in Denmark:( I live in a small town and I hope that one day your cooking book will be translated in danish.


  20. siren rødland says:


  21. Kenny says:

    Rachael, LOVE your show. SO many time saving tips for GOOD food

  22. Kristine Gravelle-Rystenbil says:

    In reply to Francesca’s question:
    To soften rock-hard brown sugar or keep fresh brown sugar soft, you can use any one of the following – a slice of plain white bread in with the brown sugar; some suggest using an apple in the brown sugar bag; my favorite is the brown sugar disk. The disk comes in the shape of disk and looks like red clay. You place the disk in water for 15 minutes and it becomes saturated with water. Once the disk is soaked, place it in the brown sugar jar or bag; within 1-2 days the sugar will be as soft as the day you bought it.

    Francesca Says:
    November 19th, 2007 at 10:05 pm
    This question is completely off the subject, however I would like to know how to keep brown sugar soft?

  23. Stephanie says:

    You’re amazing :)
    Love the show

  24. Romilly says:

    Hey Rachel !

  25. Rodger says:

    I never watch the cooking channel and I didnt know who she was after her first commercial I saw with her skidding across the floor. what a little CUTIE she is and I love her voice.

  26. Megan says:

    Hey Rachael,
    I’m a teen who LOVES to cook!! I really love your show and your cook books! My favorite thing to do is bake (even though that isn’t your thing)! I wish some day I can come see your show but I live in a really small town in Souh Carolina and I probably never will be able to. My dream is to one day have a cooking show like you! Your my idol!

  27. Madison says:

    Hey Rach,

    This is my first time on your website and I have to say it is quite amazing! You have so much on here ; blogs, articles, pictures, but most important is of coarse your recipes ! Thank you. I watch your show whenever possible; between classes and the re-runs ! I’m only 19 but my boyfriend and I cook for ourselves and eachother all the time! The only thing is that I would like to enter for a chance to win one of your recipe cook books but I don’t qualify. My thoughts are for you to broaden the industry you’ve created. Your show is great !

  28. Madison says:

    I meant to say ..” AND my boyfriend and I cook..”

    Having your book at hand would be so great !

  29. Crystal Kirk says:

    Hey Rachael!
    I love to watch your show whenever I get the chance. Also, I love Giada’s show too!!! The whole food network gang is awsome! I have something kind of bizaar that I wanted you to tell Giada for me. (If you could) I have always wanted to meet the both of you someday and I did. I met you guys in my dream! Wierd huh? So anyway… I was at a party (don’t no what for) and I went with my b.f.f. and family members were there etc. etc. As we sat down to eat I glanced back and at my mothers table were you and Giada sitting next to each other. The next thing ya know I was leaping over the booth and right in between you guys. I can only remember talking mostly to Giada and she gave me her number and autograph. Then she said that I can visit her. I also saw you and was very excited. That was how I met the both of you. I can only imagine what it would be like to actually see you guys in person, for I admire you. Although I love to bake more, I still see some jazziness from you and I love Giada’s show because she has a great care for her family and she seems like the sweetest person. Please if you read this tell Giada about how I met you guys. If not it is okay. I was so happy when I had that dream that I woke up smiling. Have a good holiday if I don’t write back! Happy Holidays to all of the food network hosts and chefs.

  30. Becky c says:

    hey rachael!, I love your T.v show! I would have to say that you are my all time favorite food Idol! we’re so much alike, I love to cook/talk and just have a great time laughing! If you can’t laugh in the kitchen- you simply don’t belong in the kitchen:P! My all time dream is to begin my own cooking show very soon through food network! sincerely, Becky C

  31. Freeman Fox says:

    Hi Rachael,

    It’s nice to see someone who is sooo
    positive and down to earth make it. You deserve all that it brings you. Your food ideas are awesome and your smile is inspiring.
    Go for it!!!

    Anymore like u? Send by airmail :P me

  32. kimberly stailey says:

    this is WAAYY off base from this topic but , i was just watching the show for dec. 3rd, & the segment where the lipsticks were being shown, there is a lipstick that doesn’t come off at all until you are ready to take it off… i love it , have used it for years, it’s made by maybelline, and is called superstay. i think ANYone would love this product. especially a bride on her big day.

  33. hi rachael uhm i think your soo cool. im turning 14 on valentines day and it would be so awesome to see you but i doubt it cause your soooo busy.. my mom is a big fan to lol shes so weird but, happy holidays…

    =] XD

  34. melissa levardo says:

    Hey Rach,
    I am a mother of two children, both of whom are afflicted with a genetic disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy type 1. My oldest is my beautiful daughter Abigail who will be three in February, my handsome son Gabriel is 1 1/2. We love to watch your shows and would like to know if you have any good ideas for fundraising to put towards the goal of finding a cure for their disease. Thank you so much for your time, I know you are busy. If you would like to know more about their disease you can go to http://www.fsma.com

  35. Carol Barr says:

    Rach, You are an awesome sweet home town girl. Have watched your show everyday. Still have the issue of Guidepost you were in before your TV show. Love your dog. Two Questions. Any simple meat and potatoes receipes? I am handicapped but love to cook for my husband. Second, I heard on your show about a giveaway for a camera? I can’t find where to go to enter. Keep up the good work. YOU ARE A JOY, Carol B.

  36. Rachael,
    I have a 6 year old daughter that is so in love with you. They call her little Miss Rachael Ray. I would love to get information from you so that she could help with your fundraiser. When folks ask her what she wants to be when she grows up she says RACHAEL RAY cause she is the best cooker in the world.

  37. Sabah says:

    Awwww, I want to dress up as a dark chocolate truffle~ >

  38. Kevin Morton says:


    I believe one of the biggest reasons you stand above so many other great chefs is the fact you have such a great heart! If you or any of your other buddies are in the Charlotte, NC area around March 16th there will be a Chili-Cook Off to raise money in order to help with Austin Simpson’s medical fund. Austin is a third grader who has been diagnosed with Duchenne Disease, which is a type of Muscular Dystrophy that attacks at a very young age. Austin’s parents are in the process of making their home wheelchair accessible. Austin is also undergoing treatment at Duke and the Shriner’s Hospital. The event will be held at C&J Family Restaurant located in Roebuck, SC from 2 til 6 pm. An appearance by such a wonderful celebrity could turn this into a spectacular event for little Austin.

    God bless you Rachel.

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