Last Friday night, I attended the highly-anticipated Cooking for a Cause, a tasting event to benefit East End House that took place at the Seaport Boston Hotel. Over 700 guests came out for the evening to enjoy food, cocktails, great company and wonderful live music courtesy of The Winiker Orchestra. The roster of 21 Boston area chefs and seven mixologists read like a who’s who of the Boston restaurant scene. A look at some of the standout dishes:
Smoked pork taco with papaya-pineapple mojo, crispy slaw and avocado from East Coast Grill’s Chris Schlesinger, who was also Culinary Chair Emeritus of the event.
Chorizo scotch egg from Will Gilson of Garden at the Cellar.
photo courtesy of How2Heroes
As always, I could not wait to see what Brian Poe cooked up. His spoonfuls of asparagus with goat cheese and fried prosciutto were delectable. The presentation was stunning and I also love that he always creates the perfect tasting portion. He packs a lot of punch into just one spoonful.
Seared yellowtail with pickled vegetables from William Kovel of Catalyst, which will be opening in Kendall Square later this summer.
photo courtesy of Amanda
I love when I discover new-to-me restaurants at these events, such as Aura. One of my favorite dishes of the evening was Aura’s spring pea gnocchi. It was prepared with a shallot cream, peas, sugar bacon, morel mushrooms, and mint. I’m not even a big fan of gnocchi in general, so I was doubly pleased that I enjoyed this dish so much. The dumplings were light and tender, not dense or chewy, with a rich sauce that did not weigh it down.
Shrimp taco from Jay Murray of Grill 23.
Deviled egg with tuna from Jason Santos of Gargoyles on the Square.
The event was a huge success on multiple accounts. Every aspect of the evening was orchestrated with the utmost attention to detail. It was quite a treat to see the executive chef of every participating restaurant in attendance, donating their time and efforts to a great cause. Between ticket sales and both a live and silent auction, the event raised thousands of dollars, which will allow the East End House to continue providing vital social services and programming for the Greater Boston area for well over 100 years. To learn more about East End House and ways you can donate or volunteer, check out their website.