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Boston Benefits for Food-Lovers

By Scott Kearnan
March 4, 2014

Great Boston Chili Bowl. Coming up this Saturday, March 8 in the atrium of Kendall Square's 100 Technology Square building, the Bowl will bring together chefs from about a dozen different area restaurants as they spoon out their spiciest bowls. From 12-4 PM, Catalyst, Commonwealth, Puritan & Company and Lolita Cocina will be among those stoking the fiery passion of chili lovers, while a litany of local brewers - including Peak Organic, Blue Hills Brewery, Portico Brewing and Downeast Cider House - will help extinguish the flames with samples of their craft beers. Tickets are $35 (available here) and include unlimited sampling and free garage parking (bonus!), with all proceeds benefiting the Cambridge nonprofit ALS Therapy Development Institute.

Beyond Beef: Food for Thought. On Thursday, March 13, carve out some time from 6:30-9 PM for "Beyond Beef," a meat-centric soiree with a newly expanded emphasis on veggie-friendly fare. (In past years, this event for the Boston Center for Adult Education's tuition assistance program went by "What's the Beef?") Breaking it down with various cuts of cattle - and farm-to-table crops - will be Jason Bond of Bondir, Tiffani Faison of Sweet Cheeks (pictured), Matthew Gaudet of West Bridge, Michael Scelfo of Alden & Harlow and several more. $80 general admission tickets (available here) cover all your food and beverage desires, but spring for a $200 "Farmer's Table" ticket and you'll score one of just 14 seats plus early access to a VIP reception where you can rub elbows - or shank, or jowl - with the chefs.

A Spoonful of Ginger. Scoop up tickets now ($250 here) for a Monday, March 17 outing to benefit the Joslin Diabetes Center's Asian American Diabetes Initiative. Pan-Asian cookery and all the ginger you can ingest will be provided by a host of toques from 6:30-9:30 PM at the Museum of Fine Arts, including Jasper White, Hell's Kitchen alum Andy Husbands of Tremont 647, Flour and Myers + Chang empress Joanne Chang, and Kevin Long of Big Night Entertainment Group's Red Lantern, Gem and Empire. It's a hefty price tag, but the annual Spoonful is always worth forking over the cash. 

Places Mentioned

Food- Decor- Service- CostM
 
 
 
Myers+Chang

Asian • South End

Food25 Decor21 Service23 Cost$34
 
 
 
Flour Bakery

South End

Food26 Decor20 Service20 Cost$13
 
 
 
Tremont 647

American • South End

Food23 Decor19 Service21 Cost$35
 
 
 
Flour Bakery

Cambridge

Food26 Decor20 Service20 Cost$13
 
 
 
Sweet Cheeks Q

Barbecue • Fenway/Kenmore

Food25 Decor22 Service23 Cost$29
 
 
 
Summer Shack Restaurant

Seafood • Dedham

Food21 Decor18 Service20 Cost$35
 
 
 
Summer Shack

American • Cambridge

Food21 Decor18 Service20 Cost$35
 
 
 
Flour Bakery

Seaport District

Food26 Decor20 Service20 Cost$13
 
 
 
West Bridge Restaurant

French • Cambridge

Food23 Decor24 Service23 Cost$42
 
 
 
Summer Shack

Seafood • Montville

Food22 Decor17 Service18 Cost$39
 
 
 
Bondir Restaurant

American • Cambridge

Food27 Decor24 Service25 Cost$58
 
 
 
Summer Shack

Seafood • Back Bay

Food21 Decor18 Service20 Cost$35
 
 
 
Puritan & Company

American • Cambridge

Food- Decor- Service- CostE
 
 
 
Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar

Latin American • Back Bay

Food24 Decor25 Service23 Cost$35
 
 
 
Food22 Decor25 Service22 Cost$37
 
 
 
Catalyst

American • Cambridge

Food25 Decor26 Service22 Cost$46
 
 
 
Empire Restaurant and Lounge

Asian • Seaport District

Food26 Decor27 Service26 Cost$47
 
 
 
Flour Bakery

Back Bay

Food26 Decor20 Service20 Cost$13
 
 
 
Food- Decor- Service- CostE
 
 
 
Alden & Harlow

New American • Cambridge

Food- Decor- Service- CostM
 
 
 
 
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