In January 2013, the Chefs 4 Chefs fundraiser was born out of the desire on the part of local chefs to help Emma Dirmeyer, daughter of Biga on the Banks sous chef Daniel Dirmeyer. The young girl had been diagnosed with a brain tumor and was going through a strenuous series of radiation treatments.
More than a year later, Emma, 9, lost her battle on Wednesday. It was one day after the other beneficiary of this year’s Chefs 4 Chefs, Steve Silbas died.
“Two of our beneficiaries from Chefs 4 Chefs have passed away,” Suzanne Taranto Etheredge, president and CEO of Culinaria, posted Wednesday on Facebook. “Steve lost his battle yesterday morning and Sweet Emma passed away this morning. We are devastated by the news and wanted to let you all know, as I know how incredibly grateful they all are for the support from their Culinary family.
“We’ve learned through this process, how incredibly broad all of our chefs, volunteers and staff’s shoulders are. We thank you for helping with that weight and hope you’ll take a moment to think of their loved ones today.
“We are so very sad today, but thankful we could be a part of their journey, if even for a little while.”
A small, private service is being planned, according to another post on Facebook. It “will be followed by a Celebration Party! All will be welcomed to the party! We will post more details in the coming days,” the post reads.