Taste of the South End

Last night I had the very fun opportunity to volunteer at the Taste of the South End, an annual event that brings restaurants, bakeries, and wineries together with foodies for a great cause, the AIDS Action Committee.

From the Taste of the South End website:

The Taste of the South End is Boston’s premier food & wine event in our neighborhood and it brings together all of the South End chefs for the AIDS Action Committee. It is a fine way to both raise money for a wonderful organization that does vital work in our community and also have fun saying hello to friends, neighbors and colleagues. I would not miss this event for the world,” said participating chef Gordon Hamersley

I arrived at around 4:45 and got to take a quick walk around to see the hustle and bustle of the setup. After a brief volunteer orientation, we got to work. I was in charge of assisting Masa, Avila, and Flash’s. It was an easy volunteer gig; all I had to do was make sure they had enough ice, napkins, utensils, plates etc. We were also to watch out for spills and to bus tables to make sure there weren’t dirty dishes laying around.

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Aquitane’s lovely menu item

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Gaslight’s Eiffel Tower of chocolate

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I stopped by and visited the table from Rodney Strong, a winery I will be visiting in California wine country in just a week and a half! I also tried to chat to reps from another winery I planned on visiting. . . and they were quite unfriendly! Reconsidering that visit. . .

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Boston Center for Adult Education had a gorgeous display of tasty cupcakes. Aren’t they pretty?

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Aroa Chocolate offered a variety of treats, including a spiced hot chocolate that they were brewing up on site.

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28 Degrees had these awesome cups of tuna tartare.

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And my favorite brunch spot, Masa, was serving up their habanero watermelon margaritas.

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The Flour / Myers + Chang crowd were all smiles as they served up decadent eclairs and little boxes of chicken noodle salads.

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Chef Barros from Myers + Chang wins for best headgear :) I’d say that Flour and Myers + Chang win for the most fun restaurant tables at the event.

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I hate to say it, but I forget which restaurant served these delicious bites. But I had two ;)

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Sibling Rivalry and their refreshing mango gelee topped with crab salad.

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Petit Robert’s delicious chocolate macarons (I also had 2 of these.)

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Cocktails poured down an ice luge at the Franklin Cafe table

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Volunteering was a lot of fun and very easy. I got to chat with a few of the other volunteers, and the best part of course was that we got to take breaks to sample the delicious food on display. The only downside was that we could not taste the wine, and there were a few great wineries there. Next year, I would definitely consider buying tickets to attend the event. With the money going to a great cause and the sheer number of quality South End establishments cooking up a storm, its really a great deal for an evening out.

The planning team and everyone involved deserves a real round of applause. They did a great job, and from what I could see, everything went very smoothly.

Have you ever volunteered at an event? What was it, and what was the experience like?

My ALLY Foundation raffle will end on March 20, my birthday

$10/ticket at http://firstgiving.com/meghanmalloyteamally

The prizes so far? A custom me & goji mix, a one month membership to Healthworks fitness, a case of wine from Wine Cellars of Stoneham, a tour and private tasting for 10 at Westport Rivers Winery, and a $100 Williams Sonoma gift certificate. There aren’t a ton of entries, so there is a good chance of winning!

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  1. Michelle’s avatar

    Your photos look great from last night! I wanted to make it over but had a schedule conflict…what a great time for such a good cause!

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  2. photodelicious’s avatar

    it was great to meet you last night! i left absolutely STUFFED, haha.

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    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      It was great to meet you too! Can’t wait to check out your photos later. I was stuffed and probably didn’t eat the best combination of samples. . . raw shellfish and cupcakes anyone? :)

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      1. photodelicious’s avatar

        Haha I know exactly what you mean! But it was fun nonetheless.

        Here’s my first installment of photos — more to come tomorrow!
        http://www.jleibowitz.com/blog/taste-of-the-south-end/

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      2. Morgan’s avatar

        I used to volunteer at a big St. Jude’s event at the Wang center, it was always fun!
        So I am 90% sure my hubby and I are moving back to Boston this summer, so I am all for volunteering for this next year! It looks AMAZING! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Masa’s habanero watermelon margaritas!

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        1. traveleatlove’s avatar

          When you move to Boston we will definitely have to meet for a margarita!

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        2. genesis’s avatar

          what a cool event. id have to be kept on a leash to survive an even like this without gobbling everything in sight.

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        3. Melissa’s avatar

          That looks like tons of fun. And great food! Now that I know how much the tickets are, the boyfriend and I will plan ahead of next year’s event too. I love all of those restaurants and you’re right, it’s for a great cause.

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        4. Tory’s avatar

          Thank you for volunteering, I wish you could see the impact of what you do. It is an honor to work for people whom are struggling with the HIV/ AIDS and I just wanted to say thanks for lendinga hand.

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          1. traveleatlove’s avatar

            Thank you! Great job, and I look forward to volunteering next year!

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          2. Simply Life’s avatar

            What a FUN event – I love that I actually know some of these places now from you!

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          3. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite’s avatar

            What a great event. Anything involving food and supporting a good cause can’t really go wrong. Great pics!

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          4. Nicole’s avatar

            how did you not eat everything in site? everything looks so amazing and delicious, what a great event!

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          5. Kelly’s avatar

            Wow what a great idea to volunteer at an amazing event like this. I would’ve loved to be there, everything looks delicious!

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          6. Danielle’s avatar

            Oh my gosh what an amazing event! Unfortunately I haven’t been to anything like it, but I hope I do get to go to one some day :)

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          7. Joanne’s avatar

            This sounds like an awesome event to volunteer for! Now if only I knew why I never ate at ANY of these places while I lived in Boston…that is really the question. Except for Flour. Flour is awesome.

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          8. Jessie’s avatar

            A chocolate Eiffel Tower?? Yes! I’m so glad you had a good time at the Taste event. I’m jealous that I didn’t hear about it when I was living in Cambridge. But, I can live vicariously through you :) I agree – I think you should get tickets next year so you can taste the wines and tell us all about them! Have a great Thursday!

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