Spoonful of Ginger

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When March rolls around, it seems like Boston’s event season starts to kick into full force. The December holidays usually bring work holiday parties, friend and family visits, and lots of travel here and there, at least for us. January and February are the post-holiday lull, and then March arrives. The weather is supposed to be better, there’s more daylight, and the invitations to charity events in Boston start to roll in. One of my favorite events that happens every March is Spoonful of Ginger, a benefit for Joslin Diabetes Center’s Asian American Diabetes Initiative. Held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Spoonful of Ginger features chefs from around the Boston area serving up bites of Asian-inspired deliciousness.

As you can imagine, the event space is gorgeous. I just adore visiting the MFA and could wander its halls for hours. Another thing I love about this event is that people get pretty dressed up. Who doesn’t love donning a dress and heels on a Monday night? I work in a pretty casual agency, and I am starting to make it my mission to dress up more often.

tuna tartare

Daisy and I made short work of our tasting, visiting the tables that were the least crowded first, and making our way to the others as the crowds dissipated. There were so many delicious bites, and I was full in no time. I could have easily parked myself at the Lotus Blossom table, where we feasted on mini lobster tacos and tuna tartare with truffle on crispy taro root, which is apparently beneficial to patients with diabetes.


Basho’s sushi boats were a hit with the crowds, and they reminded me that it’s been way too long since my last Basho sushi fix.

lobster bisque

I made my way back to Shojo’s table twice; Nick Lee’s  lobster bisque with truffle foam was warm, velvety, and perfect for the chilly gray March day.


Bao Boston

Crowds flocked to the Bao table for bao and the good energy the chef was putting forth. Looks like Bao will be a hit in Boston!

Empire Restaurant

Other favorites included these rolls from Empire. I’ll fully admit that I have a bit of thing against Empire because of their awful television commercial. I can’t stand when restaurants have commercials; it makes me not want to visit them. This sushi was out of this world though; I had at least two and longingly looked at the table each time I passed. We definitely ate well at Spoonful of Ginger; it was fun being able to taste food from many restaurants I have never even heard of. I clearly need to get out and about more often and to try some of the  lesser-known (to me) restaurants we encountered at this event.


To top it all off, Spoonful of Ginger offers some great music and entertainment, education about diabetes in Asian communities, and recognition of honorees each year. This year we heard from Ming Tsai, who shared that Boston celebrity chef Jasper White (also in attendance) is is hero for changing his own lifestyle when being diagnosed with diabetes. It all definitely made me think about my own eating habits and was a good reminder to cherish and take care of my health.

Do you have a favorite charity event? Do you think it’s weird that I avoid restaurants that have TV commercials? :)

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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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