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Eat good food, build a Fishermen’s Museum

16 Apr


If you believe in preservation and can shell out $100, here’s a great cause and what looks like it’s going to be a good dinner.

“Taste of the Port,” coming up April 24, is co-hosted by the New Bedford Port Society and WHALE.

Proceeds will benefit the Port Society Complex to restore, preserve, and make accessible the Seamen’s Bethel and the Mariners’ Home and to create New Bedford’s first Fishermen’s Museum.

Participating restaurants and chefs include Morton’s Fork Catering, M & C Café, Fathoms, Henry Bousquet, The Black Whale, Dorothy Cox Chocolates, Café Algarve, with scallops donated by American Pride Seafood.

Click online to buy tickets or call WHALE at 508-997-1776.


Eat good food, support a great cause

4 Apr


Once again, the East End House presents an annual an food event that bring’s together the best in the Boston food world to fundraise for its programs for the homeless.

The 11th annual Cooking for a Cause will be held tonight at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.,  and will feature stalwarts like Casa B, Catalyst, Post, Fuji, Evoo, Harvest, BackBar, Taza and more…

It’s certainly a great way to support your neighborhood and taste some delicious treats.

An exciting foodie crawl in East Somerville tonight

25 Sep

As a longtime fan of East Somerville’s hidden gems, I am really excited about the foodie crawl tonight organized by East Somerville Main Streets. Look’s like there will be 12 restaurants covering three continents and dessert parties afterwards – how cool is that?!

Visit them on Facebook; Check out their VIDEO from last year; their recent Greater Somerville interview, or press release.  Tickets are available here or at the following locations: Mudflat Studio (81 Broadway), Vinny’s (76 Broadway),  Taco Loco (44 Broadway), Sullivan Square Liquors (30 Broadway), or  D-Squared (Davis Square).

The event starts at the Mudflat studios at 5:45 p.m. — don’t be tardy and bring a good appetite!

Don’t miss Taste of Somerville tonight

5 Jun

If Redbones, Olde Magoun’s, Pizzeria Posto, Lyndell’s and Highland Kitchen are on your list of top favorites, like they are on mine, you don’t want to miss this event.

Taste of Somerville 2012 will not only have delicious treats from several local restaurants, it also benefits a great local organization. So buy your tickets online ($30) to save $5 at the door – if it’s not already sold out!

The Taste is produced by the Somerville Chamber of Commerce Dining and Nightlife Group under the direction of Ray Zonghetti.

Date: June 5, 2012
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Place: Holiday Inn, 30 Washington St.

RESPOND, Inc., a pioneer in the movement to end domestic violence, is New England’s first domestic violence agency and the second oldest in the nation. Its work began in the early 1970s, when four Somerville, Massachusetts women started a grassroots effort to support victims of domestic violence by opening their own homes as safe havens for women fleeing abuse. In 1974, these “founding mothers” formed RESPOND, Inc. For over 35 years RESPOND has provided life-saving shelter, support services, training and education to more than 95,000 members of the community.

Don’t miss Taste of North End tonight – and a good cause

4 May

An annual delight of seafood, pasta, cheese, oysters and more from some of North End’s best restauarnts, this is easily my favorite taste of the year!

In its 18th year, Taste of North End features 25 restaurants at the DCR Steriti Rink, 561 Commercial St. from 7-11 p.m. tonight. Here’s the list of participants.

This year the event will benefit the North End Waterfront Health, continuing the tradition of the North End restaurant community supporting North End charities. Proceeds will support the variety of programs and services offered by the health center, as well as other neighborhood charities for children and elders.

Event Co-Chairs: James Luisi, CEO of North End Community Health Center and
Donato Frattaroli, founder of the Taste of the North End.

Master of Ceremonies: Billy Costa, Host of TV Diner with Billy Costa.

Click here to purchase tickets through Brown Paper Tickets. Everyone who purchases tickets is automatically entered to win additional tickets.

Get your tickets to Taste of the Nation and beat childhood hunger

16 Apr

Every year Taste of the Nation brings together an amazing array of chefs and mixologists with the goal of ending childhood hunger.

This year’s Boston event will be held on April 19, 2012 at the Hynes Convention Center, to raise the critical funds needed to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, which is dedicated to ending childhood hunger by making sure kids get the healthy food they need every day.

The event features  over 70 of Boston’s great restaurants, 30 wineries, specialty cocktails, silent auction and live entertainment. Here are the details:

WHAT: Since 1988, Taste of the Nation has raised more than $73 million for organizations in the United States, Canada and abroad, including more than $1.4 million in Boston alone. Area charities that will benefit from this year’s event include The Greater Boston Food Bank and Cooking Matters, formerly known as Operation Frontline – Massachusetts.
WHEN: Thursday April 19, 2012. 6 p.m. VIP/7 – 9:30 p.m. general admission
WHERE: Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., Boston
BUY: Purchase tickets online at or call 1-877-26-TASTE. General Admission tickets are $95 in advance or $105 at the door. VIP tickets are $150 in advance or $165 at the door.

This year’s honorary chef chairs for the event are four familiar faces — Jody Adams of Rialto and Trade,Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery and Myers + Chang, Gordon Hamersley of Hamersley’s Bistro and Andy Husbands of  Tremont 647.  Continue reading

Chefs shine with unique creations at Cooking for a Cause

10 Apr

The ninth annual Cooking for a Cause was bigger and better this year — securing funds for the great work the East End House in Cambridge does and providing guests an opportunity to sample treats from the best chefs and mixologists in the area.

Read my writeup online on Wicked Local Cambridge.

Unlike last year, this one had more variety in food with a leaning towards seafood and fish.

I swear I tried doing a blind taste by walking around, not trying to look at the signs or the chefs. Even then I ended up picking up some of the usual suspects… Anyway, here’s what I thought was spectacular among the smorgasbord of mouthwatering tastes that night:

  • Char crudo with ginger pickled rhubarb, parsnip chips, and pea shoots – Jody Adams, Rialto: delicate and mouthwatering, with a crunch.
  • Homemade beet pasta with boudin noir ragout – Tony Maws, Craigie on Main: yay, pig’s blood! Unique and tasty.
  • Cuban-style pulled pork shoulder – Jason Heard, East Coast Grill: well-cooked and packed with flavor.
  • Charred pork belly with chipotle and purple carrot and jicama slaw – Richard Rayment, Aura: mindblowingly yummy.
  • Mexican-style seafood tortilla soup (photo below) – Eric Brennan, Post 360:  full of fresh seafood and delicious.
  • Brown sugar cupcakes with butter cream frosting, caramel popcorn  (photo on top) – Chef Michael Levitov, Area Four: crunchy, not too sweet and just plain different.

A special shout out to my chef friends – Culinary Chair of the night Jason Santos of Blue Inc. with an interesting pastrami reuben fried dumpling and Paul O’Connell of Chez Henri with his family recipe for Lent, fish chowder.