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I can’t really get back to normal blogging without first sharing my heartfelt heartbreak over the devastation that has occurred to Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino Counties places near and dear to us. I just got back from Sonoma a few weeks ago, and while I am holding off on blogging, especially because the danger is not yet 100% over, I do hope that someday I can, in a sensitive and appropriate way, share some of that trip and help to promote the businesses that we visited that remain. Sadly, not all of them are still standing, but knowing the spirit of the people of wine country, I know they will rebuild.

We have always received the warmest welcomes in the region, and all I can hope to do is share resources, prayers, love, and hope.

In times of tragedy it can be tempting to just give to any donation site that pops up;  below I’ve shared a few links shared by people from the area who I have met/known through social media for years.

Redwood Empire Food Bank

http://refb.org/

“The REFB is currently providing critical food to evacuation centers and shelters for our neighbors displaced by fires. In addition, we are working to ensure that those who needed food assistance before the fires are still able to access our help.”

Sonoma Humane Society

http://sonomahumane.org/

“Your donation is crucial as the days & weeks of this terrible disaster unfold. Your support will help us care for homeless injured stray animals and provide no-cost burn treatment for fire victims.”

Rebuild Wine Country, partnered with Habitat for Humanity

https://www.rebuildwinecountry.org/

We are pleased to announce a partnership with Rebuild Wine Country, spearheaded by a group of local wine industry professionals from both Sonoma County and the Napa Valley. With the funds they raise, we will be distributing financial support to the counties most heavily affected by the North Bay fires, and help individuals directly impacted repair and rebuild their homes.

Anova Center for Education

https://www.gofundme.com/anova

“The Anova Center for Education, Sonoma County’s only nonprofit school for children living with autism was demolished by the wildfires that are ravaging Northern California. Thankfully, none of the school’s students were injured in the fire, but the blaze now leaves 120 students ranging from 5 to 22 years old without a school.
All donations will go toward rebuilding our K-12 classrooms, transition program, occupational therapy equipment, and many other specialized needs of our students.”

For additional organizations, please refer to this blog post by Sip on this Juice.

http://siponthisjuice.com/sonoma-county-fires-in-california-what-you-can-do-to-help/

Buy Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake County wine!  Helping to support the local economy is a delicious and easy way to help the rebuilding process.

Here in Boston, I know that the Himmel Hospitality Group is doing wine promotions at Grill 23, Post 390, and Harvest  in the coming days/weeks. You can find details on their Facebook pages:

https://www.facebook.com/dineatharvest/

https://www.facebook.com/Post390/

https://www.facebook.com/grill23andbar/

I would love to update this list of Boston fundraisers, so please feel free to share those you know, and keep an eye out for updates.

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The TASTE OF CAMBRIDGE Is On The Move to

Canal Park at CambridgeSide!

Event Date: TUESDAY, JULY 11th 2017

Rain date: THURSDAY, JULY 13th 2017

5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Engage in one of the best food sampling events in the region featuring local restaurants, specialty foods, cheese, ice-cream, wine, beer, mocktails, coffee purveyors and entertainment.

Cambridge, MA– The 15th “Taste of Cambridge” is on the move! This year we are headed to Lechmere Canal Park at CambridgeSide. Enjoy spectacular food & drinks overlooking Canal Park, featuring beer and wine gardens, games, grills, craft beer, The Dirty Water Brass Band, Celebrity DJ Rich DiMare, a Mocktail Contest and dancing!

Highlights of this Year’s Annual Taste of Cambridge include:

This year, the whole event is VIP! We are offering a “Taste and Spirit” tier for $75, which includes all food, beverages, and 4 beer, wine or specialty cocktails.        

The “Taste” tier for $50 includes all food and non-alcoholic beverages (juices, teas, and specialty coffees). Children and Families are welcome! Get the ultimate Tasting Ticket for the under 12 set (accompanied by a parent):  Kids Tasting Tickets are available for $15.00 each for children 6 to 12; kids under six are free.

Mocktail contest! This year watch Cambridge mixologists compete to make the most innovative and best-tasting mocktail in the “Peoples Republic”. Local celebrity judges will decide the winner!

Best in Taste! Everyone gets a vote to elect the best “Taste” of Cambridge.  Your vote counts!

Feel good and do good!

Buy a ticket to this benefit and provide support to local Cambridge non-profits doing direct service work in Cambridge on alcohol and drug prevention.  The Taste of Cambridge helps to support multiple non-profit alcohol and drug prevention and treatment programs each year. This year’s recipients include: Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC), Caspar, Cambridge Camping Association, Cambridge Housing Assistance Fund, Paine Senior Services, and On the Rise.

The Taste of Cambridge (TOC) was founded by the Cambridge License Advisory Board (CLAB), a registered 501 c 3, and is produced by dedicated CLAB volunteers in partnership with the City of Cambridge. CLAB works year-round to prevent underage drinking and to educate and support liquor license holders. The TOC is primarily a charitable event! Our participating restaurants, sponsors, and volunteers present the best “Taste of” event to provide financial support to our beneficiaries!

Tickets:

Tickets can be purchased online at www.tasteofcambridge.com

Please note:  This is a charitable event and we do not issue ticket refunds.

In case of inclement weather we have a rain date of 7/13/17.

SPONSORS:

Many thanks to this years site sponsor, CambridgeSide for graciously hosting the 15th Annual Taste of Cambridge.  This year’s event has been graciously sponsored by: Anheuser-Busch, Bombay Sapphire, Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, Cambridge Office for Tourism, Cambridge Savings Bank, Cambridge Trust, CambridgeSide, Down the Road Brewery, Downeast Cider, East Cambridge Savings Bank, Farmer Willies Craft Ginger Beer, GoPuff, GrubHub, Irving House, Late July, Mad River Distillers, MIT, Olivia’s Organics, PEAK Event Services, Pegasystems, Privateer Rum, Purity Juice, Sparkling Ice, and Whole Foods

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What the world needs now is love. . .

If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent the past week-and-a-half in despair, rage, disbelief, shaken to the core (and, if I am honest, wanting to shake people by the shoulders until some sense is knocked into them). I still feel that way, but in an effort to shine a little light back into the world am trying to find ways to be a helper. Sharing the below food drive information is a good start, as it’s a delicious initiative to help local women. If I can use this blog to highlight ways we can help and get that information to a few hundred or thousand more people, I think it’s worth keeping around.

Please feel free to spread the word and the love!

“Spread the Love” Food Drive with Bon Me and Rosie’s Place

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“Spread the Love” Food Drive with Bon Me and Rosie’s Place

Local Food Truck and Restaurant Company announce Valentine’s Benefit for Women’s Shelter

Bon Me, a food truck and restaurant company, is encouraging customers to “Spread the Love” for Valentine’s Day by holding a food drive at all their locations between February 1 and 13 benefiting Rosie’s Place, the oldest women’s shelter in the country. The food company will be rewarding those who donate with free “Extra Meat” on their entrees.

Bon Me’s mission is to make a positive impact in the communities they call home by providing living wages to their employees and by supporting local organizations.

The company’s commissary is located just blocks away from Rosie’s Place, a women’s shelter located in the South End neighborhood of Boston.

“We feel that as a successful local food company, we should find a way to help feed those less fortunate,” said Owner and Co-Founder Patrick Lynch.

“We are very thankful for the ability to give back to Rosie’s Place, a historic shelter in our neighborhood.”

Additionally, Bon Me has a proud history of female empowerment within the company, with over 50% of management and supervisors being female. Rosie’s Place makes a logical recipient for a local food drive.

The list of acceptable donation items are as follows:

Canned fruit (no added sugars), Canned vegetables (low sodium), Canned soups, stews, sauces (low sodium), Canned tuna and chicken in water, Dry beans, Peanut butter, Brown rice, Whole wheat pasta, Oatmeal packets, Cereal (corn flakes, Cheerios, Special K, Raisin Bran), Granola, 100% juice, Shelf-stable milk.

Customers who wish to donate food and receive free “Extra Meat” on their order are able to do so at any Bon Me location, truck or restaurant, between February 1 and 13.

All donations will be delivered to Rosie’s Place in the week following.

 

Local Food Truck and Restaurant Company announce Valentine’s Benefit for Women’s Shelter

Bon Me, a food truck and restaurant company, is encouraging customers to “Spread the Love” for Valentine’s Day by holding a food drive at all their locations between February 1 and 13 benefiting Rosie’s Place, the oldest women’s shelter in the country. The food company will be rewarding those who donate with free “Extra Meat” on their entrees.

Bon Me’s mission is to make a positive impact in the communities they call home by providing living wages to their employees and by supporting local organizations.

The company’s commissary is located just blocks away from Rosie’s Place, a women’s shelter located in the South End neighborhood of Boston.

“We feel that as a successful local food company, we should find a way to help feed those less fortunate,” said Owner and Co-Founder Patrick Lynch.

“We are very thankful for the ability to give back to Rosie’s Place, a historic shelter in our neighborhood.”

Additionally, Bon Me has a proud history of female empowerment within the company, with over 50% of management and supervisors being female. Rosie’s Place makes a logical recipient for a local food drive.

The list of acceptable donation items are as follows:

Canned fruit (no added sugars), Canned vegetables (low sodium), Canned soups, stews, sauces (low sodium), Canned tuna and chicken in water, Dry beans, Peanut butter, Brown rice, Whole wheat pasta, Oatmeal packets, Cereal (corn flakes, Cheerios, Special K, Raisin Bran), Granola, 100% juice, Shelf-stable milk.

Customers who wish to donate food and receive free “Extra Meat” on their order are able to do so at any Bon Me location, truck or restaurant, between February 1 and 13.

All donations will be delivered to Rosie’s Place in the week following.

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