Hear that rustle-rustle? It’s the sound of the fall benefit season. Tonight the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center hosts a preview party for the Haughton International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show (where are Nan Kempner’s dresses when you need them?), chaired by Joanne de Guardiola, Alexandra Lind Rose and Alexia Hamm Ryan and sponsored by ELLE Decor, Taryn Rose—maker of stylish orthopedic shoes—and our favorite Upper East Side townhouse-flipper-slash-society-maven Janna Bullock. Meanwhile, honorary co-chairs hold approximately 98 percent of New York’s net wealth—among them the Kochs, Evelyn and Leonard Lauder, Blaine Trump, Mrs. Paul Soros—and the “decorators committee” includes plenty of people named Bunny and Charlotte. Sounds like the season is off with a bang! Or at least a kiss-kiss! And if you’re tempted to put away your Spanxs and just watch Grey’s Anatomy, remember: We are curing cancer here, people! Later, more health is abloom at an event hosted by eco-toiletries line Pangea Organics at ABC Carpet & Home (We’ve faced the hard, hard truth: Our night cream is carcinogenic) to raise money for Pangea’s breast cancer awareness campaign. Expect lectures about your carbon footprint and plenty of fringed pillows. Also, an organization called Women Chefs & Restaurateurs toasts the culinary babes of New York, including Nancy Olson of Gramercy Tavern and current foodie darling Anne Burrell of the new Centro Vinoteca. We called her up to hear about the hazards of X chromosomes in the kitchen. “It’s not that women aren’t as talented as men,” explained Ms. Burrell. “It’s just that it takes up all your time, and a lot of women like to be married and have families and kids and stuff, and when you have a restaurant, that is your kid.” So is Ms. Burrell too delicate to read her own restaurant reviews? “It’s sooooo nerve-wrecking. It kills me!” she said. “The reviews from reputable people are hard enough, but then when you have bloggers, people who just want to be heard and to be bitchy; it is so heart-wrenching. You can read 17 good reviews but then one jerk says, ‘Well, I thought the deviled eggs weren’t very truffley.’ And you’re like ‘Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!’” Ms. Burrell is “exhausted” from opening her (so far very well-reviewed) eatery, but she soldiers on: She will contribute “a farrotto with pumpkin and gorgonzola and pumpkin seeds” to the event. “It’s very fall,” she said. Oh, honey, we are with you!
[The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Previews the Haughton International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show, Seventh Regiment Armory, Park Avenue at 67th Street, 6 p.m., 212-639-7972; Pangea Organics’ Beyond the Pink Ribbon event, ABC Carpet & Home, 888 Broadway, 6:30 p.m.; At the Table New York: Toasting Women Chefs & Restaurateurs, Prince George Ballroom, 15 East 27th Street, 6 p.m., www.womenchefs.org]