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

Posted by Kim Wieczner on Thu, Feb 26, 2015

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.


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!

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.

VIP Admission 5:30PM | $130
OR General Admission 6:45PM | $85

Join the conversation #ChewonThis15


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
New England Charcuterie
Northeast Family Farms
Peak Organic Brewing Co.
Peterson Party Supply
Polar Beverages & Polar Seltzer
Victoria Gourmet


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

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