Cooking for a Cause Ticket Giveaway and Poe’s Kitchen

If you haven’t yet made your Friday night plans, I have an event that just might interest you. This Friday evening at the Seaport Boston Hotel, 21 Boston chefs (you can view the full list here) and 11 mixologists will gather to present Cooking for a Cause, an evening of food and drink to benefit East End House. Located in Cambridge, the East End House is a community center and social service agency that has served the Greater Boston area for well over 100 years. Proceeds from Cooking for a Cause will support East End House’s goal of meeting community needs through innovative programs that support families and individuals of every age and ability.

The event promises to be a memorable evening. It won’t just be 21 Boston restaurants, but rather, each of the renowned chefs, from Tony Maws to Jody Adams, will be there in person. It is not rare for the Boston restaurant community to readily lend a hand for a good cause. One chef who you can often find at such events generously  donating time and pleasing crowds with his creative dishes, is Brian Poe of Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake.

When I stopped by the Rattlesnake last week to chat with him, he hadn’t yet decided what it would be. But based on what I have had of his before, it will be fun and creative, like the dishes you can find regularly at Rattlesnake on Brian’s weekly list of specials known as Poe Unleashed. I’ve included a few examples here to whet your appetite. Last week’s dessert special was Steel Cut Oatmeal & Irish Coffee Crème Brulee with Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout & Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with an Oatmeal Cookie. The oatmeal was an amazing addition to the creme brulee. The chewy grains surrounded by the rich custard reminded me of rice pudding or tapioca, with an extra kick from the burnt sugar top.

For the ultimate sweet, salty and spicy bar snack, try Billy’s jalapeño and cashew cracker jacks. Also on the menu right now, prosciutto-wrapped blackened tuna with queso fresco & basil over creamed corn puree.

Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake
382 Boylston St
Boston, MA
Rattlesnake Bar & Grill on Urbanspoon

Tickets to Cooking for a Cause are $125. You can purchase tickets online here or by phone at 617-876-4444. But one lucky person and a guest will get to attend the event for free. I am giving away one pair of tickets to Cooking for a Cause, which takes place at the Seaport Boston Hotel this Friday, April 1st at 6pm. Required entry: simply leave a comment on this post telling me what chef you’d be excited to see at the event. For an extra entry, tweet the following: “I want to win tickets to @CookingforCause from @FreeFoodBoston” You have until 4pm tomorrow to enter. Good luck!

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95 Responses to Cooking for a Cause Ticket Giveaway and Poe’s Kitchen

  1. Taylor says:

    Tony Maws! i dream about craigie’s pork belly

  2. Sarah says:

    Jody Adams! My friend Jeff used to work for her over at Rialto, but I’ve never tried her food. Sounds like an amazing event!

  3. Kristen says:

    I would love to win tickets and see Ken Oringer… his restaurants are outstanding!

  4. Lori says:

    Tony Maws! Chef’s whim menu is amazing!

  5. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic says:

    I am excited to see all the chefs but definitely looking forward to what Chef Brian Poe has in store! I love his creative dishes.

  6. Julia says:

    Will Gilson! I remember meeting him at the Flavors of Fall fundraiser back in October. Great guy and delicious food :-)

  7. Samantha says:

    Excited to try Jody Adams’ cooking, saw her speak recently and she was great!

  8. I’m not entering… because I’m already going. But I had to comment because I’m so excited!

  9. @josieboston says:

    Ahh would so love to go to this event and see/taste the dishes of Will Gilson and Brian Poe. To be honest I’m not one to know very much about chefs, but after OMG Red Velvet I just fell in love with the unique twists these 2 particular chefs were able to spin on their red velvet concoctions. Plus, both of them are fantastic people in general!

  10. Daisy says:

    i’d be excited to see Jody Adams! ever since I took one of her cooking classes at Riatlo, I’ve been a huge fan. she’s such a sweet lady and down to earth chef!

  11. Melissa says:

    I would be thrilled to see Jason Santos from Gargoyles on the Square. I loved watching him on Hell’s Kitchen and he almost won the competition!

  12. mirseven says:

    Chef Peter McCarthy – just tried EVOO for a restaurant week lunch and was blown away.Would love to see what he does here too.

  13. Anna says:

    Definitely Jody Adams. She is so awesome!

  14. Kim says:

    I would LOVE to see Jody Adams – I’ve never had the pleasure of dining at Rialto and what better introduction to her food than at event for a great cause!

  15. eSusan says:

    I would have to say that Joy Adams would be the one that I would put first, but really just getting there would be tons of fun.

  16. Kara says:

    Love Love Love Jody Adams!

  17. Michelle Volpe says:

    Jody Adams from Rialto! So glad to have her in my neighborhood!

  18. Susan says:

    Will Gilson of Garden at the Cellar!

  19. Elaine says:

    Would love to see what kind of deliciousness Ken Oringer has to offer at this event!

  20. Kaitlin says:

    I’ve really been wanting to go to Poe’s Kitchen so I would be so, so psyched to try one of Brian Poe’s culinary masterpieces!

  21. Chris says:

    Tony Maws is my favorite chef so I’d love to see what he comes up with for this great event!

  22. Lea says:

    Ooo fun. It’s a tie between Will Gilson from Garden at the Cellar and Tony Maws from Craigie on Main for me.

  23. K says:

    Will Gilson. I could eat at the Garden at the Cellar every day and never get tired of it.

  24. Would have to say Jody Adams!

  25. Joe M says:

    Tony Maws – without a doubt!

  26. Julie says:

    This sounds like a wonderful event. My husband and I could use a night out! I would love to see Dante de Magistris. Huge Italian food lover here! Although I am sure all the chefs are wonderful!

  27. Megan says:

    I’d love to see all of these chefs, but mostly Asher Karnes!

  28. sam says:

    Ken Oringer is the man- Would love to attend! Thanks!

  29. Meesh says:

    Tony Maws definitely, craigie on main was fabulous

  30. Taryn says:

    I would LOVE to see Jody Adams! I went to Rialto last week and it was just incredible

  31. Matt R says:

    Tony Maws!

  32. Michelle says:

    Definitely Jody Adams!

  33. Liz says:

    Ken Oringer! Love love love.

  34. Lauren says:

    A great cause and a great chef lineup! Most excited to see Jody Adams!

  35. Tara K says:

    Tie: Will Gilson of the classy and contemporary Cellar or Marc Orfaly of sensuous Pigalle. Oooh lala!

  36. Roberta says:

    What a great reason to visit Boston.

  37. Karen says:

    Brian Poe and Peter McCarthy are on the top of my list…both super creative and sure to have some interesting tastes for all!

  38. dan whalen says:

    I ate some mac and cheese with chocolate on top at rattlesnake last week that totally changed my life. Poe all the way!

  39. lisa says:

    Ken Oringer! Most definitely!

  40. Marc says:

    Jody Adams seems to be the crowd favorite here, but I’m more excited about Brian Poe.

  41. Shannon says:

    aah, i’d have to go with jody adams :) i’ve been wanting to go to rialto forever!!! this sounds amazing… i’ll keep my fingers crossed!

  42. Casey says:

    Meeting Jody Adams in person would be a dream come true! She is an inspiration and a legend, especially to young gastronomers like myself.

  43. Natalie says:

    Cragie on Main is a fav, but I’d have to say I’d love to meet Paul O’Connell! Met Will Gilson at an event at his restaurant once and he was so nice too!

  44. Jamie says:

    Definitely Jody Adams! This is a great event!

  45. Kristi says:

    There are so many great chefs attending – I have an obsession with Foundry, Pigalle, Chez Henri….but the winner for me would be Ken Oringer – I’ve read so many articles and heard such fabulous things about his (many) delicious eating establishments, it would be a dream come true to get to sample them in this capacity for the first time!!

  46. Surekha says:

    Brian Poe, of course! I once had his take on surf and turf, and it included a deep fried mashed potato and clam chowder ball. Amazing.

  47. Lisa says:

    Will Gilson for sure!

  48. I think I’d be most interested in try Robert Sisca’s food, since I haven’t been to Bistro du Midi yet.

  49. Emily says:

    I have to agree with the Joy Adams fans.. I would love to see her. Rialto is amazing!

  50. Carol says:

    While I hate to join the crowd, I’ve always wanted to meet Jody Adams. I’ve always been impressed by how down to earth she seems and more importantly, by her charity work. Though, also curious to meet Jeremy Sewall — I’ve heard he’s a fantastic chef!

  51. Samantha says:

    I would love to see Jody Adams at Cooking for Cause! Such a huge fan, and this sounds like a wonderful event.

  52. Steve says:

    It seems everyone here has a favorite chef … but I’m new to all of this and have never eaten at any of these restaurants! So, I can’t honestly choose a chef. But I’m striving to be a vegan, so the chef that can impress me the most by creating an amazing healthy vegan dish is the one I would choose!

  53. Brie says:

    i am most excited to see Paul O’Connell. I went to Chez Henri for the first time last week, and it was definitely one of the best meals that I’ve had in the Boston area.

  54. It is impossible for me to pick just one! But, I really think Brian Poe is gunning for breakthrough chef of the year, so I will go with him!

  55. David says:

    Would love to win free tickets!

  56. stephanie says:

    Tony Maws!

  57. eSusan says:

    So who won? Sorry if I missed it.

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