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Recap of 4th Annual BCAE Fundraiser Chew on This 2015!

Posted by Kim Wieczner on Tue, Mar 17, 2015

Deep Eddy cocktailPhoto Credit: Chris Padgett

Thank you to everyone who made it out for our 4th annual fundraiser, Chew on This: Kicked Up Classics last Thursday, March 12th, 2015 right here at the BCAE. We were sold out, with close to 300 people in the building, but in case you were unable to attend, here's a taste of what you missed.

decor hubPhoto Credit: Chris Padgett

The theme for the evening was classics, kicked up, and the BCAE transformed into a retro diner for one night only. The event started out with our VIP Reception, featuring a mashed potato bar, passed Kabobs appetizers, and New England Charcuterie. And of course the bars were open as well, featuring Downeast Cider House, Polar Seltzer, Peak Organic beer, 90+ Cellars wine, and a Deep Eddy Vodka & Polar Seltzer cocktail.

mashed potato hubPhoto Credit: Chris Padgett

NE CharcuteriePhoto Credit: Chris Padgett

Then the chef stations opened up, with 9 celebrity chefs on 2 floors cooking up their takes on some classic foods.

meatloaf and chickenPhoto Credit: Katherine C. Cohen

Chef Michael Scelfo of Alden & Harlow wowed with his unusual take on "meatloaf," a Seared Pheasant Terrine, Sunchoke Crema, Pearl Onion, Lemon. Chef Tiffani Faison of Sweet Cheeks prepared what she called a "Crispy Chicken Waco," a cross between Chicken 'N Waffles and a taco.(Both Pictured Above) All of the dishes had hungry attendees lining up for a taste!

Mei Mei hubPhoto Credit: Katherine C. Cohen

Billy Costa auctionPhoto Credit: Chris Padgett

From the Hunt's photo booth to the auction to the wacky chef shenanigans (Mei Mei Street Kitchen brought their own indoor "truck"!), it was a fun-filled night!

selfiePhoto Credit: Katherine C. Cohen

After all, it's not often you get to mix, mingle & dine with Boston's culinary elite. We even caught Billy Costa & Jenny Johnson of Dining Playbook taking a selfie with Chef Karen Akunowicz of Myers + Chang!

The night ended on a sweet note, with Dustin Rennells mixing up some ice cream floats. Taster's choice: Boozy with Peak Organic Espresso Amber Ale or Mocha Stout, or not with Polar Beverages Classic Sodas.

We can't possibly fit all of the fantastic moments from the event here, but looking for more photos? Search #ChewonThis15 and check out the Facebook album here!

Thank you to all who made this event possible:

FEATURED CHEFS
Karen Akunowicz//Tiffani Faison//Mei Mei Street Kitchen//Kevin O'Donnell//Steve "Nookie" Postal//Erwin Ramos//Michael Scelfo//Michael Schlow//Jeremy Sewall

AUCTIONEERS
Billy Costa & Jenny Johnson of NESN's Dining Playbook!

SPONSORS
90+ Cellars//Accardi Foods//Deep Eddy Vodka//Dole & Bailey//Downeast Cider House//Edible Boston//Espresso Plus//Filippo Berio Olive Oil//Hunt's Photo & Video//Kabobs//New England Charcuterie//Northeast Family Farms//Peak Organic Brewing Company//Peterson Party Center//Polar Beverages//Victoria Gourmet//Wüsthof//Zesty Cookie Co.

...and our friends Diane Manteca, Dustin Rennells, and Jan Quinn for their help in the kitchen and with the decorations!


Topics: BCAE, Boston restaurants, charcuterie, Boston chefs, fundraiser, Boston foodies, BCAE Fundraiser, cocktails, Chew on This, Boston event

The BCAE Presents Chew on This 2015. Let the Countdown Begin!

Posted by Kim Wieczner on Thu, Feb 26, 2015

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The 4th annual BCAE fundraiser is 2 WEEKS AWAY, and we could not be more excited for you to join us. As you may know, we changed up the theme a little bit this year...moving from "What's Your Beef" 2012 and 2013, then to "Beyond Beef" last year, now to "Chew on This: Kicked Up Classics."

This year, we are STILL featuring 9 of Boston's finest and most highly renowned chefs that will be cooking and mingling with attendees come March 12th. What's the difference, then? What you will be eating may not be beef or even meat...it might be seafood or cheese or vegetables...but WARNING: may cause feelings of nostalgia.

We asked our 9 featured chefs about some of their favorite classic foods, and then we told them to pick one and kick it up...and we mean WAY up! This is not your average blue plate special nor is it your mother's meatloaf. What will it be? The only way to find out is to buy a ticket and join us on March 12th. Step back in time as the BCAE transforms into the diner of your foodie dreams.


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The All-Star Celebrity Chef Lineup:

Karen Akunowicz - Myers & Chang
Tiffani Faison - Sweet Cheeks
Mei Mei Street Kitchen & Food Truck
Kevin O'Donnell - The Salty Pig
Steve "Nookie" Postal - Commonwealth
Erwin Ramos - Olé
Michael Scelfo - Alden & Harlow
Michael Schlow - Via Matta, Alta Strada, Tico
Jeremy Sewall - Lineage, Row 34, Island Creek Oyster Bar

What else to expect:
-Live auction hosted by Billy Costa & Jenny Johnson of NESN’s Dining Playbook
-Silent auction
-Fabulous raffle items
-Hunt's photo booth to document your night
-**Surprise food-related addition new to this year's event!**
-Peak Organic beers, 90+ Cellars wines, Downeast Cider, a Deep Eddy Vodka & Polar Seltzer cocktail
...and more!

**VIP BENEFITS** 
Early entry at 5:30PM with full bars, passed Kabobs appetizers, New England Charcuterie, and special early access to the surprise food-related addition. Take home a deluxe Wüsthof gift bag full of outrageously good goodies.

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!
VIP Admission 5:30PM | $130
OR General Admission 6:45PM | $85

Join the conversation #ChewonThis15

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Thank you to our sponsors!

90+ Cellars
Accardi Foods
Deep Eddy Vodka
Dole & Bailey
Downeast Cider House
Edible Boston
Espresso Plus
Filippo Berio Olive Oil
Hunt's Photo & Video
Kabobs
New England Charcuterie
Northeast Family Farms
Peak Organic Brewing Co.
Peterson Party Supply
Polar Beverages & Polar Seltzer
Victoria Gourmet
Wüsthof

 

Topics: BCAE, Boston restaurants, Boston chefs, fundraiser, Boston foodies, Celebrity Chefs, Boston fundraiser, Chew on This