Sample a miracle berry, help local chef at Flavor TrippIN’
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • June 22, 2013 @ 9:08am
It’s crazy to think that a simple berry can so influence your taste buds that sours become sweet and vinegar shots can be anything more than pure agony.
Always on the cutting-edge of food trends—and sometimes tastefully over the edge—Feed Your Soul’s IN will feature miracle berries on July 1 for a fundraiser to benefit Daniel Tracy, a local Buffalo chef who continues his battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. A $5 donation is required to attend the 9 p.m. event at Seabar, 475 Ellicott St., Buffalo.
One FDA-approved mberry tablet will be given to every attendee at the door before guests can indulge in the Electric Kool-Aid Flavor TrippIN’ Buffet, which will include lemon bites, the aforementioned vinegar shots and swigs of hot sauce.
In addition to the door fee, Seabar will donate the bar proceeds to Tracy, who cooked at Mothers Restaurant, Black and Blue, Tempo, Hard Rock Cafe and Food & Friends Catering before suffering ALS—amyotrophic lateral sclerosis—in 2010. Here’s a snippet Tracy wrote before a 2011 fundraising event:
My name is Daniel Tracy and in May of 2010, I was diagnosed with ALS. ALS is a serious neurological disease that causes muscle weakness, disability and quickly affects your ability to control the muscles needed to move, speak, eat and breathe, causing death within 2 to 5 years.
As one who suffers from this debilitating illness, I know firsthand that as difficult as it is to persevere against such a formidable foe, it is much worse to have to do it without support – both psychological and financial. It is estimated that people with ALS will require $250,000-$350,000 a year beyond the second year of diagnosis to prolong their survival time, which the MDA will assist them with.
In addition, the MDA has made great efforts to support research efforts to better understand ALS and work towards a cure.
For more information on miracle berries—whose technical name is Synsepalum dulcificum—read this New York Times article from 2008. Here’s what could be the best quote:
Nearby, Yuka Yoneda tilted her head back as her boyfriend, Albert Yuen, drizzled Tabasco sauce onto her tongue. She swallowed and considered the flavor: “Doughnut glaze, hot doughnut glaze!”
Berry protocol demands that you sign a waiver before sampling, though your new palate sensations will wear off in roughly an hour. Still, there’s a good chance that those 60 minutes blow your foodie mind.
(If you want to start throwing your own private miracle berry parties following this IN, you can purchase these strange little creatures here for $15 per 10-pack).