Preview: EmPOWER Breakfast for ATASK

By: Katherine Brooks

Left to right, Thom Crewe, Area Manager Boston, Jimmy Choo; JeeSoo Erickson; Janet Wu, 7News/CW56; Yuka Okajima, wife of Boston Red Sox Pitcher Hideki Okajima; Linda Chin, ATASK President, and Margaret Cho, Jimmy Choo

Powerful women (and men) of Boston unite! The Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK) is bringing together six dynamic women from Boston to host and speak at the first annual EmPOWER Breakfast. The event, this Thursday, April 7, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Rialto, will feature a silent auction, a panel discussion, and breakfast (asparagus antipasti, baked spicy eggs on polenta with cured ham, and bittersweet chocolate cream with skyr yogurt and fresh berries). Event hosts include Rialto chef-owner Jody Adams; Vivian Hsu of Hsu & Associates; Renee Inomata, a partner at Burns & Levinson; and Janet Wu of 7 News/CW56. Panel speakers include Joanne Chang, chef-owner of Myers + Chang and Flour Bakery + Café and the founder of Boston’s Japanese Disaster Relief Fund Atsuko Toko Fish.

All proceeds from the EmPOWER Breakfast go directly to ATASK to help fund shelter and support services for Asian women and children throughout New England who have survived domestic violence. ATASK is the sole provider of culturally and linguistically appropriate support services in the area, which include nationally recognized teen domestic violence prevention and youth empowerment programs.

$75, 8 a.m. – 10 a.m., Rialto, One Bennett Street, Cambridge. Buy tickets at or call Kozue Sawame at 617-338-2350, ext. 232.