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Happy Friday to all! Last weekend’s lack of sleep left me seriously dragging for this week, and I am happy to curl up with Indian takeout and TV tonight.

Earlier in the week I posted about possible Valentine’s Day date spots.  Today I have one Valentine’s Day gift idea for the food lover in your life (or you!) that will give again and again and do a world of good for hungry children in Massachusetts.

Taste of the Nation tickets are currently 20% off with this code: VDAY2012. The Taste of the Nation event is on April 19, 2012 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. It is an AMAZING gathering of chefs from around Boston, and it is absolutely one of my favorite events of the year.

Just check out this year’s honorary chef chairs:

Jody Adams, Rialto and Trade

Joanne Chang, Flour Bakery and Myers + Chang

Gordon Hamersley, Hamersley’s Bistro

Andy Husbands, Tremont 647

Taste of the Nation benefits Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, which is dedicated to ending childhood hunger by making sure kids get the healthy food they need every day.

One hundred percent of ticket sales goes to this cause.

For a recap and photos of last year’s Taste of the Nation, check out my post. Hope to see you there this year!

Share our Strength Taste of the Nation

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I realized the other day that I write about most of the Boston food and wine events I attend after I attend them which is not helpful for people might want to also attend.

Here are a few events I am either planning on attending or have attended in the past. If you have any questions about them, please let me know!

Taste of the South End

March 8, Boston Center for the Arts

If you were reading this blog last March, you might remember my review of Taste of the South End. I was a volunteer at the event, but in a pretty sweet setup, volunteers got to taste food on breaks. It was amazing, fun, and felt really good to be involved in such a good cause. Taste of the South End benefits Aids Action Committee of MA and brings together the South End’s best, restaurants like Myers + Chang, Petit Robert Bistro,      B & G Oyster, and Picco among MANY others.

Spoonful of Ginger

March 28, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

I remember the day the Spoonful of Ginger event happened last year very clearly because tweets were flying all over the Twitter-verse about it, and I was quite jealous I wasn’t in attendance. Spoonful of Ginger benefits the Joslin Diabetes Center and its Asian American Diabetes Initiative. Diabetes is such an awful disease, and I am excited to support this event. Chefs like Joanne Chang and Jasper White will be cooking up tastes for attendees, so you know it will be a delicious time for a good cause!

Share our Strength’s Taste of the Nation

April 14, Hynes Convention Center

According to the Share our Strength website: Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® is the nation’s premier culinary benefit, featuring top chefs and mixologists — all of whom are coming together to donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in America.

I also remember reading blog posts and tweets about this last year and wishing I had gone. The food looked absolutely amazing, and ending childhood hunger is definitely something that we can all get behind.

Do you have any events like these you are looking forward to in the coming months? Feel free to share links!

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