It’s that time of year again. The leaves are changing, temperatures are dropping, and sports and drinking are taking over our televisions and our lives once again. I’ve never been a huge sports fan, but while working at Sports Depot during and after college, I gained an appreciation of the food, fun, and friends that surround football Sundays, college games on Saturdays, and daily Red Sox playoff games. Beer, buffalo wings, sports. The perfect Sunday.
Well, I’ve found the ideal event that combines a few of my favorite things — sports, food, and nonprofits.
On Sunday, November 10th, 2013, Lovin’ Spoonfuls, will host the third annual Ultimate Tailgate Party overlooking Boston’s scenic waterfront on the lawn at Sam’s. The annual event, hosted by Esti and Drew Parsons, co-owners of Sam’s and emceed by Charlie Rose of City Year, features 17 of Boston’s “MVP” chefs cooking high-end versions of their favorite tailgate food, cocktails shaken by Sam’s own Jon Parsons & the legendary Josh Childs, a silent auction, entertainment and much more. This year’s event will also be honoring Mayor Thomas M. Menino for his hard work and service to the city of Boston. The theme of the event resonates Lovin’s message: combatting hunger is a team sport.
Currently 1 in 5 Bostonians are classified as food insecure, meaning they don’t know where their next meal will come from. Since founding Lovin’ Spoonfuls, 501(c)(3) non-profit, in 2010, Ashley Stanley and her team have collected more than 785,000lbs of fresh, healthy food that would otherwise be thrown away, and distributed it at no cost to local soup kitchens, homeless shelters and crisis centers throughout the city. 2012’s ultimate tailgate party allowed Lovin’s team to put a third truck on the road, drastically increasing their ability to pick up and drop off rescued food, and this year aims to do the same!
This year’s event will include previews from three highly anticipated restaurants (Row 34, Alden & Harlow, and La Brasa), as well as an all-star team of 17 of Boston’s premiere chefs who will join the party by cooking their own creative takes on their favorite tailgate food. Guests will be able to enjoy creative comfort food from Lovin’ Spoonfuls board members, Joanne Chang (Myers & Chang andFlour), Jeremy Sewall (Lineage, Row 34 and Island Creek Oyster Bar) and Jamie Bissonnette (Coppa and Toro), as well as Karen Akunowicz (Myers & Chang), Alex Sáenz (Lineage), Asia Mei (Sam’s), Jason Bond (Bondir), Colin Lynch (Menton and No. 9 Park), Mary Dumont (Harvest), Will Gilson (Puritan & Co.), Louis DiBiccari (Tavern Road), Joe Cassinelli (Posto) who will be bringing Posto’s mobile pizza oven, Michael Scelfo (Alden & Harlow), Daniel Bojorquez (La Brasa), and Christine & Carla Pallotta from the newly re-openedNebo. Frank McClelland, executive chef and proprietor of New England’s most decorated independent restaurant, L’Espalier, will be hosting a tailgate to the tailgate during VIP hour from 6PM to 7PM.
That’s not all! The event, emceed by Charlie Rose of City Year, will feature a silent auction with fun and unique experiences, a photo booth stocked with everyone’s favorite football memorabilia, and complimentary beer from Peak Organic Brewery, as well as wine & champagne from sponsor M.S. Walker.
What would a party be without cocktails? Popular Boston mixologists, Jon Parsons (bar manager at Sam’s) and Josh Childs (Silvertone, Parlor Sports and Trina’s Starlite Lounge) will be throwing down and shaking up specialty drinks all evening.
WHERE: Sam’s| 60 Northern Avenue Boston, MA 02110, (617) 295-0191. The event will take place under a tent outside of Sam’s along the waterfront.
WHEN: Sunday, November 10th, 2013; VIP Hour from 6:00PM to 7:00PM, event from 7:00PM to 10:00PM.
COST: All proceeds benefit Lovin’ Spoonfuls. General admission tickets are $100. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $250 and include access to the VIP hour from 6:00PM to 7:00PM which includes a special tasting as well as a VIP gift bag. VIP ticket holders will also have exclusive “buy it now” privileges for all silent auction items. All tickets are available for purchase here: http://lovinspoonfulstailgate13.eventbrite.com
PARKING: Complimentary valet parking will be available.
ADDITIONAL: For more information, please visit http://lovinspoonfulstailgate13.eventbrite.com