Our 3rd annual fundraiser, newly named "Beyond Beef: Food for Thought" was a hit last Thursday, jam-packed with food, drinks, and a wide assortment of items up for auction.
The chef-prepared food items most certainly stole the show, with each chef expressing his or her creativity with a wide array of ingredients, and truly going "beyond beef."
Karen Akunowicz of Myers + Chang served juicy (we can attest to that) duck dumplings with ginger winter spices and duck broth.
Jason Bond of Bondir went vegetarian, serving a lady apple filled with meyer lemon-tofu and garnished with Gilfeather Turnip Leaves, nicknamed Turfupple by Chef Bond himself.
Matthew Gaudet of West Bridge prepared a twist on a classic, with a colorful "King Oyster Carbonara" served with pickled chestnut mushrooms.
Jason DiSabatino, founder/owner of Roxy's Grilled Cheese went with a "Bodega Bite," Colt 45 braised chuck Flap on an Iggy's Pain De Mie with crispy leeks & funyun aioli, and (of course!) a shot of that famous tomato soup.
#True28 Sam Monsour's "Bacon & Eggs" were anything but traditional...crispy pork belly with caraway, orange glass, bourbon barrel, and an espresso egg.
Kevin O’Donnell of The Salty Pig could be seen carefully crafting each plate of lamb shoulder "in porchetta," with bagna cauda and sunchoke.
Another crowd favorite was Dan Raia's beef cheeks burger, sandwiched between the eagerly anticipated Sweet Cheeks biscuits.
Michael Scelfo of Alden & Harlow artfully presented his smoked goat steaks, with buttermilk, pistachio, & kumquat.
BCAE resident instructor and Bad Boy Bake Shop baker Dustin Rennells wowed the sweet tooth in everyone with fresh fruit swirls in strawberry, kiwi, or blackberry with assorted shortbread accents.
To top off the evening, Jenny Johnson and Billy Costa of NESN's Dining Playbook hosted a live auction, and a bunch of the chefs joined them for this Oscar-style selfie!
Thank you to all of our chefs, sponsors, and guests for such a fun, successful event! Hope to see you next year.
SPONSORS WHO MADE THIS NIGHT POSSIBLE
90+ Cellars // Accardi Foods // Acme Smoked Fish // Bully Boy Distillers // Boston Organics // Creekstone Farms // Deep Eddy Vodka // Edible Boston // Espresso Plus // Filippo Berio Olive Oil // Heiwa Tofu // Joe Jurgielewicz & Son // Hunt's Photo & Video // Nashoba Brook Bakery // New England Charcuterie // New Hampshire Mushroom Co. // Northeast Family Farms // North Star Sheep Farm // Peak Organic Beer // Pete & Gerry's // Organic Eggs // Polar Beverages // Pollen Floral Design // Vermont Chevon // Verterra // Victoria Gourmet // Yankee Farmers Market // Wusthof
All photos by Katherine C. Cohen and Chris Padgett.