A Spoonful of Ginger

What a way to spend an evening! Last night I was fortunate to have a media pass to the Joslin Diabetes Center A Spoonful of Ginger event at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

A Spoonful of Ginger is a tasting of food from the Boston area’s most renowned chefs to benefit the Asian American Diabetes Initiative (AADI) at the Joslin Diabetes Center.

Joslin Diabetes Center’s AADI Web site is a one-stop comprehensive diabetes resource dedicated to Asians and Asian Americans affected by diabetes. Available in multiple Asian languages (English, Chinese and Japanese currently), this site offers innovative and interactive tools that are culturally relevant to help make diabetes management an easier part of life.

I didn’t know this prior to being invited to the event, but diabetes is a very rapidly growing health challenge among Asians and Pacific Islanders who have immigrated to the US. Joslin aims to not only work towards finding a cure but also to make diabetes in its patients more manageable.

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

After meeting Michelle on the train, we headed to the Museum of Fine Arts where we snapped a few shots of the majestic museum before heading inside.


Once inside, we saw Chelsee and Susie from We are not Martha and checked in at the media table and then got started making our way around the beautiful Art of the Americas wing at the MFA.

There were so many tables featuring exquisite food that I certainly didn’t get to them all. I’ll share the highlights, and for more, maybe I will see you at A Spoonful of Ginger next year. Smile 

We had a nice chat with Chef Jose Duarte of Taranta as he made us lamb tamalitos. Chef Duarte spoke to us briefly about his use of QR codes ON his food to share information on things like the origin of the fish. Chef Duarte is a leader in not just using QR codes but in  the green restaurant space. I have never eaten at Taranta, but based on our interaction with him and the delicious tamalito, I need to make a Taranta visit happen soon!

Chef Jose Duarte, Taranta


Flour Bakery and Myers + Chang were both well-represented, both in the food sense and the honoree sense. Joanne Chang was one of the evening’s honorees.

Flour Bakery

Flour’s Pavlovas were simply gorgeous.

Flour Bakery

Fried catfish strips from Darryl’s Corner Bar and Kitchen. Darryl’s is another restaurant I have been meaning to try, and their fried catfish with a spicy Russian-dressing like dip definitely left me wanting more.

catfish strips

A Spoonful of Ginger offered many tables of beautifully presented food, but one of my favorites, both for unique flavor and presentation, were Changsho’s green tea infused deviled eggs.

green tea infushed deviled egg

We couldn’t pass up the Blue Ginger table, where Chef Ming Tsai was busily prepping gingered sweet potato soup. 

Chef Ming Tsai

It was divine.

Gingered sweet potato soup from Blue Ginger

I also sampled this chilled lemongrass chicken with vermicelli and a side of peanut sauce, some of my all time favorite flavors.

Grilled lemongrass chicken with vermicelli

Bravo at the MFA was my last stop. A fluffy Pavlova topped with pineapple, with a drizzle of basil-infused syrup was the perfect way to end an evening of tasting. I expected this to be crunchier than it was, but it was light and airy. . . and got all over my face. You can’t take me anywhere. Smile 


From the elegant space in the Art of the Americas wing, to the many gracious and welcoming chefs and event staff, to the tasty samples, A Spoonful of Ginger was a great way to spend an evening mingling and eating while learning about the challenge of diabetes in the Asian-American community.

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  1. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog)’s avatar

    Everything looks wonderful! I’ve never had fried catfish, but it looks tasty.


  2. Daisy’s avatar

    What an amazing event! Taranta is a really nice restaurant, I think you’d enjoy it. I like fried catfish a lot, we totally need to use the discounts we got from BFB and go to Darryl’s!


  3. Elizabeth’s avatar

    I just checked out the new wing this past weekend! It is gorgeous and that area is perfect for such an event.


  4. brandi’s avatar

    what a fun event! everything sounds wonderful


  5. Jess’s avatar

    This reminds me… I need to buy some corn husks to make tamales soon! What a great and fun event.


  6. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    Everything looks delicious. That is such a great cause too. My cousin spent a lot of time at Joslin when she was younger. It’s a wonderful center. They were so nice to her and very calming to my Aunt.


  7. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    As a public health nerd, I am glad to hear that this event was so effective in opening your eyes to this increasingly troublesome issue. And, it looks like a lovely evening to boot!


  8. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

    Looks like such a lovely event! I’ve never been to Taranta either but met Chef Duarte at another event. We should go together!! Maybe I should arrange another small dinner get-together soon…


  9. Peggy’s avatar

    This looks like a fantastic event and definitely supports a great cause!


  10. Shannon’s avatar

    What a great re-cap! The food looks incredible. And for such a great cause… Diabetes in general hits close to home for me as my boyfriend is Type I, a good friend Type II and my grandmother Type II and I think any awareness is fantastic.


  11. Michelle’s avatar

    Last night was a lot of fun! My blog post will be up tomorrow. Also, did you notice that Ming Tsai’s soup recipe was in the booklet? I definitely will be making this at home soon!


  12. Megan’s avatar

    What a wonderful event. Glad you guys enjoyed it and that you learned something new from it. Those Flour pavlovas are adorable! I might have to make some of those this summer!


  13. Justin @JustinCanCook’s avatar

    Mmm… I love ginger. Looks like a great event. I’ve been meaning to go to Taranta soon too. I think the AIWF just went there month or so ago. I heard it was a fantastic meal too.


  14. Kath’s avatar

    Looks like a great (and fun) event for a worthy cause!


  15. Belinda @zomppa’s avatar

    What a great event and cause! Ming Tsai!!!


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      He handed me my soup! I was so excited :)


    2. Sues’s avatar

      Great seeing you!! And I’m totally kicking myself for somehow missing Bravo’s pavlova… It looks amazing!


    3. RavieNomNoms’s avatar

      That all looks amazing!


    4. alicia’s avatar

      Looks like great food, and clearly a great cause.
      Beautiful photos!


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