Taste of Cambridge

A few weeks ago, I saw a tweet from Megan about meeting up to attend Taste of Cambridge. Being a big fan of “Taste of” events, I bought a ticket and arranged to meet her at the event.

Since it was another beautiful Boston day, I decided to walk through the Public Garden to get to the Charles Street T station. On the way, I met a few very aggressive squirrels and passed by this nesting swan.

Public Garden swan

I stopped to take a few photos of the flowers in the garden. Oh what a difference a few months makes! Boston is at its best this time of year!


Before meeting up with Megan, I tried a Nantucket Nectars watermelon strawberry drink which was refreshing and not too sweet. I was glad that I was well hydrated as the Taste of Cambridge offered a variety of cocktails in addition to beer and wine.

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As VIP guests, we had a few cocktail tickets in the form of tomatoes on our nametags. We all agreed that we would start with a St. Germain cocktail made by Upstairs on the Square, The Lovely Kathleen.

Upstairs on the Square cocktail

In addition to being really pretty, The Lovely Kathleen had a beautifully tart flavor with a hint of violet. It was delicious.

Creme de Violette St. Germain from Upstairs on the Square

Upstairs on the Square chef Susan Regis was also doing a non-cooking demo with some summery steak and salads. It was pretty entertaining.


Though I don’t eat beef, the steak looked pretty good. . .

Upstairs on the Square steak

Instead of digging in to the food quite yet, we opted for another cocktail, this time a watermelon basil cooler from Tavern in the Square. It was cool and refreshing and combined two of my favorite summer ingredients, basil and watermelon.

watermelon basil cooler Tavern in the Square

We then dug into the food, some gazpacho and pizza from Stone Hearth Pizza and these shrimp toasts which I THINK were from Russell House Tavern.

Stone Hearth Pizza image

Of the MANY cold soups of the evening, we really enjoyed Ten Tables’ creamy asparagus soup.

Ten Tables soup

I loved the butternut squash arancini from Tavern in the Square but thought the choice of butternut squash was a little too autumnal. . . give me some in October!

Tavern in the Square butternut squash arancini

Jasper White’s Summer Shack offered this lovely clam ceviche.

Jasper White clam ceviche

And the awesomely fun and delicious How2Heroes table was packed full of baked goods.

how 2 heroes baked goods

These creamy minty brownies were just about to die for. image

The How2Heroes team also had Chili Pepper Jell-O shots which required a waiver before consumption! I caught Chelsee and Susie from We are not Martha knocking back some spicy Jell-O.


After watching these ladies suffer the heat of the shots, I grabbed some kimchi from Koreana. I could live on kimchi, I love it so much.

Koreana Kimchi

My final taste of the evening was a flatbread pizza from Jody Adams of Rialto. It had duck on it, and while I normally do not eat duck, I actually really liked this.

Rialto flatbread pizza by Jody Adams

I also sipped on a Harpoon IPA throughout the evening. There were so many different tastes to try that I couldn’t photograph all of them, but I hope you get the gist: the food at this event was plentiful and delicious!

The best part about Taste of Cambridge is that the whole thing benefits two great charities, City Sprouts and YWCA. I am more than happy to support such great causes and give a big round of applause to the chefs and others who donate their time and resources to an event that raises money for them.

I enjoyed seeing the We are not Martha girls along with Megan and her friend Nina and Justin (@justincancook) and meeting other Twitter friends. Boston has the BEST Twitter/Blogger community, and I can’t wait for the fun events the summer brings.

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Tags: beer, bloggers, cambridge, cocktails, Food, How2Heroes, Rialto, Taste of Cambridge, Ten Tables

  1. Michelle’s avatar

    So sad to have missed this event and I’m sadly still sick in bed. But your photos make me feel like I was there!


  2. MarathonVal’s avatar

    You always go to the most exciting events – I’m always so jealous reading your posts! That martini is adorable with the little yellow flower…..


  3. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    Oh wow, the duck pizza sounds very interesting! I’ll have to put that on my list of places to hit up this summer.

    Looks like a fun event!


  4. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

    It’s too bad I wasn’t able to attend this last night! I live a block away but I had class and couldn’t skip it :p Glad to hear you had fun though!


  5. Megan’s avatar

    This is such a great recap. I really enjoyed that duck flatbread from Rialto too and the rhubarb crisp from Henrietta’s Table. You took the most gorgeous pictures. It was nice to catch up with you… although I think the format of the event made trying to chat a little difficult! Wish we had gotten to talk even more! I hope you got some rest last night.


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      Thanks so much for suggesting that we go! It was great to see you.


    2. Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear’s avatar

      Wow, those steaks look so good.. so does everything else too. Cute desserts! :D


    3. Morgan’s avatar

      Everything looks so amazing. I need to make it my mission to explore Cambridge more!


    4. Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards)’s avatar

      great recap, so much fun! I have so loved reading about these events on blogs and I hope someday I can go to one!


    5. Corinne’s avatar

      chili jello shots! oh me, oh my! i think i’d stick with the refreshing st. germaine beverage! beautiful pictures and write up of the event :) i think i need to taste cambridge now


    6. Daisy’s avatar

      I swear one of these days I’m going to go to one of the fabulous events around here that you are always hitting up! I’m constantly commenting about how good the food looks, and how much fun you had! I must sound like a broken record. But seriously, fantastic pictures, well done!!


      1. traveleatlove’s avatar

        Are you on Twitter? That’s where most of the meetup planning happens. Would love to have you come to the next event!


      2. Rachel @ boots in the oven’s avatar

        How awesome! This looks like a really upmarket Taste event. Love your shot of the kimchi and the drink with creme de violette! I’m a sucker for an Aviation, myself.


      3. Lizzy’s avatar

        I’m with Daisy- we need to attend one of these events! Look amazing! Daisy- are you on Twitter? The night looks awesome Megan!


      4. Chef Dennis’s avatar

        Everything looks so good! what a wonderful day to be a foodie! I missed ours in Philly, maybe next year!


      5. Vicky’s avatar

        Everything looks delish!! I hope you had a good time!


      6. Kelly’s avatar

        You really do the coolest things! I need to be done with this wedding so I can have more time for all the awesome things Boston has to offer! All the food looks so delicious :)


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