Re-Cap of Beyond Beef 2014: Food For Thought

Posted by Kim Wieczner on Fri, Mar 21, 2014
Farmers Table

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."


Myers + Chang Duck Dumplings

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- Lady Apple

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, Oyster Carbonara

Matthew Gaudet of  West Bridge prepared a twist on a classic, with a colorful "King Oyster Carbonara" served with pickled chestnut mushrooms.

Roxy's Grilled Cheese bodega bite

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.

Michael Leviton bison short rib

Michael Leviton of Lumière & Area Four made a crowd favorite--braised bison short ribs with root vegetables and malted celery root-parsnip puree.

Sam Monsour's Bacon & Eggs

 #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, lamb shoulder

Kevin O’Donnell of The Salty Pig could be seen carefully crafting each plate of lamb shoulder "in porchetta," with bagna cauda and sunchoke.
Sweet Cheeks beef cheeks burgers
Another crowd favorite was Dan Raia's beef cheeks burger, sandwiched between the eagerly anticipated Sweet Cheeks biscuits.Goat Steaks from Michael Scelfo of Alden & Harlow

Michael Scelfo of Alden & Harlow artfully presented his smoked goat steaks, with buttermilk, pistachio, & kumquat.

Fresh Fruit Swirls, Dustin Rennells

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.

Deep Eddy vodka

To wash it all down, we had Bully Boy cocktails crafted by Moksa’s Noon Inthasuwan-Summers, beer from Peak Organic, wine from 90+ Cellars, and fruity vodka mason jar cocktails from Deep Eddy.

Jenny Johnson & Billy Costa selfie

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.

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.

Topics: BCAE, beyond beef 2014, Boston Center for Adult Education, Celebrity Chefs, Boston fundraiser